Originally Posted by adthebadstud
Assuming the unicorns do exist, what is everyone's thoughts on this build comparing the two engines? I guess mainly is the diesel going to be worth is assuming they are side by side. The adv tech package is cheaper with the diesel so that discounts a bit. Plus, I wonder if the average mpg for the diesel is safe to assume around 24mpg, compared to the rough average that i'm making up of 17 mpg in the V8.. seems you would make your money up there?
I've never driven a diesel before. I'm in a unique situation where I may get a second try at getting a deal on one of these grand cherokees. Just trying to weigh the options out. I'm pretty sure I am NOT getting another v6 gas one. I just can't get used to the transmission and lack of pairing with the engine.
Answering is somewhat like trying to choose your significant other for you.
If you want max towing power at moderate speeds, go diesel.
If you want max mileage and are willing to sacrifice high end horsepower, go diesel although it tends to be pricier in most places in usofa which just extends the payoff vs gas time a bit... and you'll need to keep the urea full to avoid limp mode.
If you do more driving at high freeway speeds, go gas V8.
Of course, if you are into mods, once you get the diesel, contact Gale Banks and see if he has anything available yet for that diesel from any of the work he did for the military on it.