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Old 03-26-2013, 02:59 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8 on 2014-- Opinions

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It all depends on what "real world" gas mileage you are getting. On my 2012 V6 JGC I averaged about 19.5mpg combined. With the V8 - 17.5. For my mileage that averages out to about $30 more a month. To me, $30 more a month is totally worth the much more spirited driving experience and being totally satisfied with my expensive purchase. For others, it might not matter at all.

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I've always gotten a bit better than the EPA estimates and my current daily driver is no different. Since I drove over 23k miles last year the difference is about $100/ month. Add in the increased maintenance cost as well as the initial cost and you're talking real lunch money.

I'll either retire a little earlier or a little better I haven't yet decided. I don't think the 1/2 second or so that I'd save going down the on ramps would make up for that.
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It all depends on what "real world" gas mileage you are getting. On my 2012 V6 JGC I averaged about 19.5mpg combined. With the V8 - 17.5. For my mileage that averages out to about $30 more a month. To me, $30 more a month is totally worth the much more spirited driving experience and being totally satisfied with my expensive purchase. For others, it might not matter at all.

To each their own
This is going to be a real head scratcher for me! Arrive in Denver on April 19th from UK to live for 5 years. Will be test driving week commencing 22nd April. Never owned anything approaching SUV in 40 years of driving. Biggest gas engine had been 2.0 ! Currently got Merc C250 CDI coupe. 201 bhp and 350 Lb ft torque. Goes very well. Looking forward to trying some big gas power trains. Will be for leisure mainly. Trips to Rockies for skiing in winter and walking etc summer.
I will only be doing less than 10k miles a year and used to paying three times your fuel costs!
I am aware of the power loss at altitude and want something comfortable, smooth and reasonably powerful. $40k budget. Can't wait to try some out!
Thanks for all your views and comments which are helping me to be better informed but test driving is the only way to tell I guess.

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Re: V-6 or V-8 on 2014-- Opinions

You can probably find a used 2011/2012 with the HEMI with 20k miles in that price range. You might even save a couple thousand if you buy from a private party rather than a dealer and use those savings to purchase an extended warranty (around $2,000). Enjoy Colorado -- the Rockies do really rock!

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:25 PM
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This is going to be a real head scratcher for me! Arrive in Denver on April 19th from UK to live for 5 years.
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Guys...How about this..If you never drove the V-8 and had only the V-6 do you think you would find it lacking or is it just when compared with the V-8?
I test drove the V6 first so I wouldn't be influenced by the power of the V8. I thought it was perfect for this vehicle, had more than enough power and didn't seem to struggle. I also could barely hear the engine in the cabin and was happy with what it presented. I then got into the V8 and since I've only owned V8 engine vehicles, I felt right at home. I loved the engine roar and how easily the vehicle moved with that engine. To answer your question, I think the V6 has more than enough power for this vehicle and if you just don't want/need the extra power and fuel consumption, then stick with the V6.
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Stop letting your tank go to empty and it wont be that expensive.
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You can probably find a used 2011/2012 with the HEMI with 20k miles in that price range. You might even save a couple thousand if you buy from a private party rather than a dealer and use those savings to purchase an extended warranty (around $2,000). Enjoy Colorado -- the Rockies do really rock!

Check the following websites for prices on used vehicles:
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kbb.com

Denver Zip code: 80020
Thanks! Can't wait. Already been skiing at Winter Park when I came over in Feb. and been able to explore the city a bit. Will be living in Cherry Creek.
Hoping to be able to take advantage of the Colorado group buy that James organised with Faricy Boys at Co Springs ($1750 below invoice with no dealer fees) and get a 2014 limited within that budget.
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Welcome! It's pretty awesome here.
Thanks. Can't wait. I am retiring early so will have plenty of time to enjoy myself! Golf, skiing, biking etc. (My wife will still be working!!)
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Re: V-6 or V-8 on 2014-- Opinions

Old-school thought to a long thread: The more powerful engine has to work less.

The "gain" in the GC V6 (3 MPG) is negligible, to me, if I'm only going to wish for more power every day I drove my new $40K rig. Somehow, settling for "adequate" in a pricey car just seems defeating.

I've been there (got the FX35 instead of the FX45 for cost and fuel savings) and regretted every mile. So, when I got my Touareg, I got the V8 and never looked back.

Mileage: If mileage truly is a concern, you might consider a crossover (Q5, RDX, RX, X3, etc.) that can feel sporty with a 6 or T4.

Cost: If a $2100 ($34 per month for V8) differential is going beyond your comfort zone, financially, then I would seriously consider a less costly vehicle. Otherwise, you'll end up with a relatively expensive vehicle that you're not totally happy with. Some listed above can cost less than the GC and several have better reliability and resale value (you'll never see a new Q5, RDX, RX for $5000 off MSRP, which is where I'm already seeing '14 Overlands).

Desire: However, if you really want a Jeep GC, I wouldn't settle for "adequate."

My goofy, old-school two-cents.

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Don't overlook the pain in the --- every time at the pump to make sure you get the 89 octane. And who knows if it really is. Cant just say "fill it up with regular".
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Don't overlook the pain in the --- every time at the pump to make sure you get the 89 octane. And who knows if it really is. Cant just say "fill it up with regular".
It's a non issue. The Hemi will run on 87. If you really have to worry about whether 89 is really 89 and would let it be part of your buying decision ... seek help.




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It's a non issue. The Hemi will run on 87. If you really have to worry about whether 89 is really 89 and would let it be part of your buying decision ... seek help.
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I am seeking help....on this board. Does anyone know what is the actual effect of using 87 octane with the hemi? I've heard it automatically retards the timing and drops some horses. How much? And when does it go back..usually you dont have a full tank of one grade of gas. What happens if you gas up with 89 and had a half tank of 87 or vice versa?
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