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2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

Just saw a new 2011 GC Laredo with 5.7 V8 at Pollard Motors in Boulder, CO.

GREAT looking vehicle. The 2011 Laredo interior looks like a Overland of the 05-10 WK vintage. Hight level of fit and finsih and trim. Super exterior styling. Has the bulked up look of GMC Acadia.

Jeep is pushing the 5.7 right now because the V6 has had block casting quality problens

http://www.allpar.com/mopar/phoenix-engines.html

This link shows future of Pentstar V6. Looks like good engine but would give it some time to mature. I'd like to see DI as drove a 2009 Buick Enclave rental on a trip ad was very quiet and as powerful as my 05 4.7 with 26 MPG highway.

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Re: 2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

I believe the problem with the pentastar was fixed at the end of may, thus why production was so low. I might be wrong though...
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Re: 2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

Jeep is pushing the 5.7L because of engine casting problems?!?

So why are we barely building any of them!?
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Re: 2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

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Jeep is pushing the 5.7L because of engine casting problems?!?

So why are we barely building any of them!?
I doubt jeep is pushing the v8 over the v6. Look at most of the reviews from magazines and such in every single one they mostly wanted the authors to drive the v6 to show off the "power and fuel efficiency" of the new engine. Not only that but since jeep is now ashamed to use the term HEMI (it offends the treehuggers and blah blah, because fuel efficiency) I dont see them pushing the v8. Also if you go to your local dealers website (at least around here) you can see what they have on order and what is in transit, and most of what everyone has ordered here is the V6 and many are built and on the way.
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Re: 2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

The dealer I was at the other day said they had 15 2011's on order only 2 of them had HEMIs.
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Not only that but since jeep is now ashamed to use the term HEMI (it offends the treehuggers and blah blah, because fuel efficiency) I dont see them pushing the v8.
That is NOT the reason for the discontinuation of the term "HEMI". Far from it.

Although I must say that I agree with their reasoning. Got sick of that moniker anyway.
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That is NOT the reason for the discontinuation of the term "HEMI". Far from it.

Although I must say that I agree with their reasoning. Got sick of that moniker anyway.
Really? These sources disagree.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...940667038.html

http://www.dailytech.com/Bowing+to+G...ticle18971.htm

http://blogs.insideline.com/straight...marketing.html

http://www.allpar.com/reviews/2011/g...e-preview.html
(second paragraph on this one where they are "emphasizing mileage")

http://www.musclecarblog.com/1315-he...rnacular-again

http://rumors.automobilemag.com/6667...ame/index.html


Every single one mentions fuel efficiency or "green". I understand that they are trying to move away from the offroad and power vehicles to more luxury but that is not the real reason. They are trying to overcome the stigma of "gas guzzling suv" to try to attract some new demographics and a younger crowd that prefers to drive prius and hybrids. Might work to some degree but I am fairly young and have two of those evil suv's and one more on the way (hopefully soon!).
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Re: 2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

If they truly wanted to get away from the term HEMI, they would have abandoned it on the engine as well. I'm surprised they didn't hide one of the exhaust tips somewhere so you wouldn't be able to tell at all by looking at it.
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Re: 2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

About the only one that's remotely accurate is the Edmunds "Inside Line" article. It's being re-purposed to become a Dodge Performance Vehicle thing.

It won't be all over everything, like it used to.

That is all.
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Re: 2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

What crap. I think I will stock up on HEMI badges so I can put them on a new Jeep when I get another one. I am proud to drive a gas guzzler, and laugh every time I see my old ZJ smoke when it idles.
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Proud to drive a gas guzzler? LOL, that's some sense of pride you have there!
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Re: 2011 GC WK2 and New V6 Engine Caution

Call it what you will, it's nice we have choices and the Hemi will be mine.
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