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Re: Inching Closer to an Overland V8 - Questions!

Well: I do not have the saddle colored interior, I had to settle for the frost colored. I have noticed a little bit of wear on the left bolster on the driver seat - but that is a direct result of the way that I get in and out of my truck. Got 20k on the clock.

Then, your question about milage: I average around 15-16, and there are times that I do "clean it out" by putting my foot into it. In long range criuses I get around 18 MPG. Towing the boat is another story....

To your point regarding the vette and MPG - on the highway I get better fuel-eco in the vette than the Jeep....

Overall, with the exception of the tires (Michilen Lattitudes) I would recommend the O-land purchase....
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Re: Inching Closer to an Overland V8 - Questions!

Thanks for all the responses. For me, the SRT is not a viable choice. Among other things, the vehicle will be used for back and forth trip to our Wisconsin cabin. Snow and gravel-laden switchbacks are among things we'll encounter regularly, as well as a bit of light off-roading.

I know that moving this much mass, even with 360 hp, is not going to be an exercise in neck-snapping acceleration. It would sure be nice, though, to get to the performance levels of some of the previous hemi-powered GCs. Having said that, the only SUV option currently in our driveway is a '96 4Runner, with acceleration that is charitably described as "leisurely."
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Re: Inching Closer to an Overland V8 - Questions!

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Well: I do not have the saddle colored interior, I had to settle for the frost colored. I have noticed a little bit of wear on the left bolster on the driver seat - but that is a direct result of the way that I get in and out of my truck. Got 20k on the clock.

Then, your question about milage: I average around 15-16, and there are times that I do "clean it out" by putting my foot into it. In long range criuses I get around 18 MPG. Towing the boat is another story....

To your point regarding the vette and MPG - on the highway I get better fuel-eco in the vette than the Jeep....

Overall, with the exception of the tires (Michilen Lattitudes) I would recommend the O-land purchase....
Thats cool. Your Vette is nothing like that Vette and any other driving is seriously single digits in both production years; of the Vettes that is.
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Thanks for all the responses. For me, the SRT is not a viable choice. Among other things, the vehicle will be used for back and forth trip to our Wisconsin cabin. Snow and gravel-laden switchbacks are among things we'll encounter regularly, as well as a bit of light off-roading
I do those very things (Chicago to WI and MI plus cabin-trails) monthly and have zip, zero, nada, NO regrets getting the Hemi. The acceleration is decent (~6.8-7.2 secs 0-60) but should not be the primary reason to buy a Grand Cherokee anyway. The fuel economy we get ranges from ~10mpg pure field/trail use to 14mpg serious Chicago-bumper-crawling traffic to 21+mpg (typical) and 24mpg (best) on the interstate. By my gas receipt math we have a bit over 17+mpg overall in our 10,000 miles of ownership. Yes, lots of highway mixed with lots of "other". A Honda Accord I had one summer gave me an overall 19mpg average which really is trivial given what the Grand can do vs, say, the Accord.

I've never been a Mopar fan and shrugged whenever the Hemi name was brought into conversation because I was a Ford 427SC and Chevy 427/454 Rat guy, but the Hemi is an excellent fit to the current Grand Cherokee and a very solid design. If you want to keep the vehicle for 200,000 miles like I do or just want dependability with power to spare for hauling cargo or towing, the Hemi is pretty darn awesome for what it brings to this 5000lb package.
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