Was really pumped about the diesel, now, not so much.
Limited (because of 3.0 CRD availabilty) 36,192 + $995 des + Off Road adventure II $2221 + CRD $4005 + block heater $85 = 43498 - 1% ( I hope ) = $43,063.02
Laredo 30,795 + $995 des + Off Road adventure I $886 + Block heater $85 + Trailer Tow Group IV $574 = $33,335 - 1% (still hoping ) = $33,001.65
Limited - Laredo = $10,061.37 difference!
yes, all the prices are invoice and destination is included. Both are available in that beautiful Dark green they call Black Forest, either would be ordered with the lighter colored interior. ( summers get hot! ) Either would suit, but was hoping for the diesel because of long drives I ususally take. Towing is a factor, yes, BUT the towing duties are light as I would be pulling a smaller covered trailer with an ATV in it. So not that heavy. Unless I actually get lucky and bag an elk then add another 1000 pounds. And yes off road to me means OFF-ROAD, like miles and miles.
So now the penny pinching.
Laredo up to 25 mpg ( yes mine will be less as I am sure this is for the 4X2 and I NEED 4X4) This is the only mpg estimate i could find for the 3.6l in the Laredo.
As an aside, Why would anyone want a two wheel drive JEEP? After all, it's a JEEP!
And that is a good thing.
Limited up to 30mpg with the 3.0l diesel ( yes also a 4X2 but i'm trying to keep things comparative. )
If i use today's prices ( forcasting fuel prices is about as accurate as alchemy )
$3.77 / 30mpg = $0.1257/mile for the diesel
$3.09 / 25mpg = $0.1236/mile for the gas
So the diesel would pay for the extra $4,005.00......never. In fact i would be going backward with each mile Driven.
Since I tend to keep my vehicles for 100,000 + miles, 100k X -.0021/mile = -$210 in the hole by buying the diesel.
So let the
begin. I realize diesels often ( though not always) exceed EPA estimates, I just used what hard numbers are currently available. When trying to compare maintenance costs in gas verses diesel it gets dicy because it really depends a lot upon how they are driven. Dust and gravel roads/no roads are kind to niether.
Given; Limited is a nicer vehicle and the Quadra drive II is better. I'm not so keen on the QD lift that comes with the Off Road Adventure II.
(AWY) on the Limited is much the same as (AWL) + (AHX) on the Laredo
Yes, I wanted the diesel. But do I want it to the tune of $10,061.37?
Maybe I would be better off just getting a Ram 1500 crew and skip towing anything. The new Rams are ALSO rated at 'up to' 25mpg (same cravat about 4X2 verses 4X4) Grand Cherokee diesels won't start production until March 25th. Ram's will not have the 6'4" box until ? ( late availablity, however long that means ). So no help there.
Maybe I should hold my breath waiting for the Jeep Gladiator.