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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

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Congratulations! Would you share how many miles your 2016 had and cost to make this upgrade?
My 2016 had 5,500 miles on it.

The cost of the '17 is a bit complex because I had a trade-in allowance plus a FCA $750 rebate. But roughly speaking I got the vehicle for ~10-11% below MSRP. My research revealed that "no-haggle" dealerships are offering some '17s at that price as well.

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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

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Since using anything higher than 89 has no benefit, I wonder if you will be saving buying 93 at Sams, rather than 89 at a local station
Heck, you can estimate how many gallons to fill (or just under fill it to be exact) and put in a bit over half with 87 and about half with 93 to get just about 89-90. You'll have to run the pump twice and have two receipts but might be worth the slight inconvenience if you're near empty...
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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

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Heck, you can estimate how many gallons to fill (or just under fill it to be exact) and put in a bit over half with 87 and about half with 93 to get just about 89-90. You'll have to run the pump twice and have two receipts but might be worth the slight inconvenience if you're near empty...
That's a good idea.

Sam's and Costco only sell 87 and 93. Also, 93 at the clubs is 20-40 cents cheaper than 89 at other stations. So on a fill up at the clubs I could pump about half 87 and half 93 to arrive at 90, which is close enough!
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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

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Congrats.

I never even considered the V6. I don't think you will regret the upgrade.

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Same for me Bill. This is my sixth hemi and I've never had a V6. A couple of weeks ago when I dropped my Summit off for service they gave me a V6 GC loaner. I was really surprised how well it did around town. Although not the same sound or feel as the hemi it was really responsive and didn't feel underpowered.

On the Interstate going home however there was a huge difference. Somewhat subjective since I'm so used to the hemis but once up to 70 or 75 when I had to squirt around a truck or accelerate into the left lane there really wasn't much there. Once I got back in my Summit it was like night and day.

I'd never criticize anyone for getting the V6, totally personal preference. Not that much difference in fuel economy really. For me spending the extra $3000 is just getting what I want, just like your upgrading to Laguna.

Great looking ride sir. Enjoy it!
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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

I really regret giving up the Hemi (and 4x4) on my '11 Summit for the V6 4x2 on my' 16 High Altitude, but I just couldn't afford those options. I'm already thinking I'll trade but it will take some creative financing. Have to do it though before the Hemi is no more!!
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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

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I really regret giving up the Hemi (and 4x4) on my '11 Summit for the V6 4x2 on my' 16 High Altitude, but I just couldn't afford those options. I'm already thinking I'll trade but it will take some creative financing. Have to do it though before the Hemi is no more!!
Totally agree. I'm planning on waiting another 18 months and buying an '18 Hemi Summit with lifetime Maxcare and driving it until the wheels fall off. And I will certainly stay away from the new platform for several years, I learned that lesson the hard way getting one of the first '14s off the line.
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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

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And I will certainly stay away from the new platform for several years, I learned that lesson the hard way getting one of the first '14s off the line.
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Wasn't it your Summit the one that was held up for quite a while for a 100% quality audit?


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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

No regrets going from '14 Summit V8 to '15 High Altitude V6. I know this topic has been brought up many times and they usually turn into a pissing match, but like others have said it's all just personal preference and there are benefits to each. When I first test drove the V6 I was actually impressed. Not entirely by the performance of the engine, but by the handling and feel. My Summit V8 felt like a heavy barge. The V6 felt much lighter and I liked the steering feel a lot more. That may have changed now though that even the V8 gets the electric steering.
I have a different opinion about responsiveness than another poster in this thread. One thing that drove me nuts in my V8 was the throttle lag. Pleasantly surprised that the V6 is more responsive as far as that goes. I actually had a couple scary situations where my Summit V8 just did not go when I needed it to go.
Acceleration wise, obviously the V8 is the winner, but not huge differences. I think a drag race between the two would give the V8 a couple car lengths.
Fuel economy wise, I have logged just about 7,000 miles in both with the exact same commute using my fuely app. To date my V6 is exactly 4mpg better in my far suburban driving.
My biggest complaint about the V6 is the sound. Somehow Chrysler did not make it a pleasant engine to listen to whatsoever. The good news is during normal acceleration and cruise it's very quiet, infact more so than the V8, but inside the cabin it's kind of a rackety sounding engine during acceleration. The V8 is absolute music to my ears and I won't forget that great sound.
I don't know how other manufacturers make a sweet sounding V6, but our Pentestar sounds kinda goofy. Honda/Acura has a nice sounding motor. When I lay into my wife's 3.5 liter V6 Honda Odyssey it sounds actually damn good.

Again, no regrets with my V6. It does everything I need it to do just fine. With all that said I'll probably get another V8 some day hahah
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Totally agree. I'm planning on waiting another 18 months and buying an '18 Hemi Summit with lifetime Maxcare and driving it until the wheels fall off. And I will certainly stay away from the new platform for several years, I learned that lesson the hard way getting one of the first '14s off the line.
This is the exact situation im currently thinking about. Is it better to buy a '17 now even though the new body style will be release in a (relatively) short amount of time OR better to wait for the new body style but risk the gremlins that exist in the first few years of any launch. Then theres the consideration that every year that goes by my MY15 loses a little bit more value.

Might be the epitome of a First World Problem.
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This is the exact situation im currently thinking about. Is it better to buy a '17 now even though the new body style will be release in a (relatively) short amount of time OR better to wait for the new body style but risk the gremlins that exist in the first few years of any launch. Then theres the consideration that every year that goes by my MY15 loses a little bit more value.

Might be the epitome of a First World Problem.
The losing value part really makes no difference in the long run. As soon as you trade it in your new car starts losing value, and at a faster rate.

I would not look forward to owning an entirely new anything from FCA. MY14 was a refresh.

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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

LOL, notice how these V6 guys get all bent, swinging their handbags around when someone accuses the 6 of being weak, haha. Love it. Congrats on the MY17 upgrade, I'm sure you got killed on paper, but I can't blame you - I like the new design elements, no matter how minor.
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Re: Traded a '16 Summit V6 for a '17 Summit 5.7L V8

Having owned a MY14 GC Limited, I can completely agree with that. As much as I love the GC it definitely takes them a couple MY to work out all the bugs.

I think come April/May I might shop around for a Summit.
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