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Thinking of stepping up!

Hello everyone. I've had my V6 Jeep for over a year now and love it. I am getting ready to sell my 08 corvette and debating on stepping up to an Overland Hemi. I test drove a Hemi with the 18 inch tire package and was surprised by the lack of acceleration. Searching and reading the forum, made me think there was a significant differrence between the two. I'm not sure if it was because of the smoothness or the weight. I did like the 6 speed trans though. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that there is not a difference. Just saying that I am not sure if it is worth the trade up. I do have cloth and the voice activated radio, but I do like the features the Overland offers. I really though about the SRT8, but just can't justify the price. $64,000 is a lot to swallow and it reeally isn't faster than the previous model. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:33 AM
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Re: Thinking of stepping up!

Thats why I personally think that the V6 is a no brainer unless you absolutely need the extra towing capabilities of the V8. Otherwise, no Grand Cherokee you buy is going to be down right fast. Even the SRT8 is not fast compared to some of the real performance cars that are available these days. Like I said if you need the additional capabilities of the V8 for towing or whatever then go for it, otherwise my vote goes to the V6 Overland. Its cheaper, uses regular grade fuel, better fuel economy, weighs less, and requires less maintanence. Again, just personal preference and this is coming from a performance car guy as well.

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Re: Thinking of stepping up!

After owning a V8 Overland I completely agree, I would buy the V6 or diesel when available next time.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:05 AM
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Re: Thinking of stepping up!

I don't mind spending money at all to get exactly what I want. And I appreciate technology. I insist though, on the best value. That's why I went with the Overland with the Pentastar.

I moved "up" from an Expedition Eddie Bauer with lots of options; engine was a 5.4L V8 and transmission was 6-speed. I do a lot of mountain driving and the Jeep performs better than the heavier, more powerful Ford did. For instance climbing steep highway grades at 60 the Ford used to spin at 3500 rpm but the Jeep does it at 2700 or so.

My same vehicle with the 5.7L V8 was rated the same fuel economy as the Ford. And Jeep recommends 89 octane.
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Re: Thinking of stepping up!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the V6 is great even in the Colorado mountains! Not sure why you would want the V8 except for towing.
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Re: Thinking of stepping up!

Not another V8 vs V6 thread! There are dozens of them to read through if you want various points of view.

You need to get the V8 if you want quadra drive. Makes the decision a no brainer if you intend to drive in foul weather or more challenging off road conditions, like mud or sand, and also don't want to work hard at maintaining traction... or you have a spouse that needs to drive in the middle of the night in any weather condition.... and you want some confidence she will not get stranded.

The hemi is high strung, meaning you have to be running 3000 rpm or more to notice the difference. From a transportation appliance point of view, the V6 is perfectly adequate if you don't need the QD. The hemi is programmed to limit acceleration from a stop to save wear and tear on the drive train. Where the hemi is loafing at highways speed over hills and valleys, the V6 is working hard. So your satisfaction depends a lot on the kind of driving you intend to do, none of the WK2s are drag racers but the SRT can move out pretty well.
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Re: Thinking of stepping up!

People need to quit posting NEW threads about this unless you have something new and interesting to say.
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Thats why I personally think that the V6 is a no brainer unless you absolutely need the extra towing capabilities of the V8. Otherwise, no Grand Cherokee you buy is going to be down right fast. Even the SRT8 is not fast compared to some of the real performance cars that are available these days. Like I said if you need the additional capabilities of the V8 for towing or whatever then go for it, otherwise my vote goes to the V6 Overland. Its cheaper, uses regular grade fuel, better fuel economy, weighs less, and requires less maintanence. Again, just personal preference and this is coming from a performance car guy as well.

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Re: Thinking of stepping up!

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People need to quit posting NEW threads about this unless you have something new and interesting to say.
Wow bro! I did a search and needed further opinions. Sorry if I made you left click too many times. I am a car enthusiast and appreciate other opinions. I'm a member of a few other forums and I post very interesting topics as well as asnwer many questions about performance. I understand certain topics can become redundant. However, after searching, I figured there would be a new group of individuals that may feel the need to express their humble opinions and for that, I am most appreciative.

Thanx guys. I will stick with what I have and find a new toy.
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The WK2 SRT is just as fast if not faster than the WK1 SRT. I have owned both. IMO the WK2 is faster. Seen some good track times posted up for bone stock. None the less, both are faster than a lot of cars on the road. Hell my best 0-60 on the WK2 is 4.2. Not bad for a 5100lb+ Jeep. Sports cars are struggling to hit those numbers at lighter weights. The WK2 SRT pulls hard on the highway. Great for when you gotta pass! Sure, the price scares some away, but it's worth it.


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Luv my v6! Plenty of power and almost 800 km per tank (mostly hwy), it rocks!
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Re: Thinking of stepping up!

I have a Hemi, but wanted the V6. I only have the Hemi because the deal on the vehicle was too good to pass. But if it was my choice, I would have went for the V6.
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