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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

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I'm an "Old Guy" and just wanted the HEMI.

I just couldn't convince my better half the need for the SRT's HEMI
Well Said!

I'm also on the "older" side and picked the HEMI. I also would have preferred the SRT HEMI but its lack of true off road ability killed that idea.

I got rid of my V8 powered Toyota 4Runner when they dropped the V8 from that lineup. If & when that happens to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, then I'll be moving on to another brand.

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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

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In what way is it disappointing?
I was expecting a bigger difference in the seat-of-the-pants-feel at wide open throttle. The HEMI's rumble was great, but it just didn't move out like I expected.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

The pentestar was too slow for me...need i say more?
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

I just celebrated the 20th anniversary of my 39th birthday, and while I appreciate the HEMI in my current JGC, my next one will not likely have the V8, even if it's a MY17 or MY18. For the 99% of the miles I drive, the extra engine capacity vs fuel economy just doesn't make sense. I don't care about the sound so much, but I never owned a "muscle car" in my youth, either, so there's nothing to miss in that respect. The singular reason I went with the HEMI on my MY12 was for the aforementioned small horse trailer and next time I'll not be able to justify that for what's important to me.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

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This. I've made this mistake before, and I'll never do it again. I had a 2004 Toyota Tacoma double cab 4x4, with the 3.4L V6 (190 HP). It seemed ok on the test drive. But driving on the freeway and up and down mountain passes was nearly unbearable. It would shift out of overdrive when negotiating a 1% uphill grade, or a 2 mph headwind. GUTLESS. And it got about 17 mpg, roughly the same as my Hemi. Gimme the V8!!
Once you get up in the 70 mph range, the bricklike aerodynamics of the vehicle tends to have more effect on mileage than the engine.

With one disclaimer, for anyone who has hit the headwinds you can get on I-80 across Bonneville or I-70 when the jet stream is playing touch and go with the continental divide. Under those conditions you can spot a hemi vs a v6 from half a mile away as the hemi keeps going and the v6 starts moving to the slower lane.

The hemi isn't really a hot rod engine, it is just a fairly competent typical big american v8 that doesn't bankrupt you at the pumps if you don't get overly crazy.

Too bad it doesn't have factory turbos for the other little issue you'll notice as soon as you try to stay with a Ford Exploder over the continental divide--turbos tend to keep way more of their power at altitudes of 9-14K.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

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The things people say to justify the larger engine are amusing.
The same could be said for your "build thread". Isn't it great that we live in a free country and we can do almost anything we want?
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

All my life when buying cars I have made the sensible choice. Spent most of my life in the UK and chose a family car over a hot hatch etc. Got my kicks driving police cars around the streets of London, until I retired and we came to live near where my wife was born in the US. Time came to trade in the 4.7L WK and the dealer had a HEMI and I test drove it and a 3.6L and got the HEMI. Wife said why the HEMI and I said for once I am making the fun choice not the sedate sensible money saving one.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

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The same could be said for your "build thread". Isn't it great that we live in a free country and we can do almost anything we want?
Everything I do to my car is to appease me and not my neighbor.
The only reason for a HEMI I care to read is ..."because it makes me happy."
That's really all that matters.

Unfortunately now more than ever because of the evolution of social media people do/say things and even drive things to be noticed.

I guess you missed my point.
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With one disclaimer, for anyone who has hit the headwinds you can get on I-80 across Bonneville or I-70 when the jet stream is playing touch and go with the continental divide. Under those conditions you can spot a hemi vs a v6 from half a mile away as the hemi keeps going and the v6 starts moving to the slower lane.
I know what you mean. I believe that since the 6 cylinder models are lighter than the V8, they do get blown around more, so they naturally retreat to the slow lane. I figure since all WK2's guzzle anyway, might as well get the V8. Only thing that kept me from the SRT was the stiff ride compared to the Summits.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

I have owned two V6s in the past with both QT1 & 2 and was very happy with both of those but I chose the Hemi this time around for several reasons, first was the shear enjoyment of the ride of the Hemi vs Pentastar and the available power at your disposal. Second was for the amount of long range road trips I take I always felt the V6 was working too hard when asked to pass or accelerate at hwy speeds or on inclines while with the Hemi its quite effortless.
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When we, wife and I, bought last year, we test drove a Limited with the V6, also a Wrangler Unlimted Sahara.

I let her decide which to get, she opted for the Grand but I choose the Hemi since I didnt want to do "woulda coulda, shoulda". I wanted the QD2 so ordered the Overland, with the 20" wheels, QD2, CD player, and engine block heater.

I think it has been a great combination, very luxuroius to me, nice ride, avg about 20 mpg during the summer, 18-19 sh winter.

Bottom line wife loves her Jeep, and that is what matters to me.
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I know what you mean. I believe that since the 6 cylinder models are lighter than the V8, they do get blown around more, so they naturally retreat to the slow lane. I figure since all WK2's guzzle anyway, might as well get the V8. Only thing that kept me from the SRT was the stiff ride compared to the Summits.
Granted we are talking about legit hurricane force head winds here.

Other than that, even at typical western freeway speeds neither of the engines is
any where near running out of power even with a pretty heavy load.
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