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Old 10-24-2015, 09:22 AM
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Thanks everyone for the very helpful replies. Basically sounds like we can't go wrong with either. So I'll let her test drive each to see which she feels more comfortable in. We might run into a problem as we didn't see too many Hemis the last time we searched Jeep(com), and she has her heart set on a Overland with the Indigo/brown interior.
You will be fine with either one. Something to keep in mind when you are test driving is there have been and continue to be shifting issues on some of the V6 grand cherokees the reason for this is the transmission is a different model 8spd produced by Chrysler vs ZF who builds the 8 spd for the v8/diesels. Just something to be aware of so if the one you are test driving doesn't seem to shift properly move on to the next one don't let a dealer tell you it will be fine or its "normal" it is not and the fix is often not easy. Most of them will be fine but just be aware of that, if shifting isn't right move to the next one. Good luck and enjoy

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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

I have the V6 and love it. I find it incredibly responsive and for a 2 ton SUV, the thing moves! I'm getting 11lts per 100kms town driving, so approx 22mpg, (my town driving is a combination of suburbia and highway) and 9lts per 100kms or 26mpg full highway driving with just under 5000kms on the clock.
I live in Northern Australia where we have massive Roadtrains, sometimes 50+ metres long (164ft+), and I have no trouble overtaking them in the v6 as they barrel along at at least 100km/h. I also may not have any trouble dragging little ****s that seem to think they can take me hehe
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I have the V6 and love it. I find it incredibly responsive and for a 2 ton SUV, the thing moves! I'm getting 11lts per 100kms town driving, so approx 22mpg, (my town driving is a combination of suburbia and highway) and 9lts per 100kms or 26mpg full highway driving with just under 5000kms on the clock.
I live in Northern Australia where we have massive Roadtrains, sometimes 50+ metres long (164ft+), and I have no trouble overtaking them in the v6 as they barrel along at at least 100km/h. I also may not have any trouble dragging little ****s that seem to think they can take me hehe
Totally and utterly agree with this. Have recently come home from a two week road trip across Australia and I barely had to push the accelerator much at all to fly past even multiple road trains (there were two of us so we were communicating via CB to co-ordinate safe passage with such long passes).

Despite this my V6 Jeep consumed sweet bugger all fuel while my mates Prado was guzzling it like there was no tomorrow.
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UPDATE.. A couple of weeks ago I took the wife to our dealer to test drive some Jeeps. Like I said we already owned a GC limited with a Hemi. But she was unsure if she wanted a another GC or the smaller Cherokee. So the dealer set us up with a V6 Cherokee limited, and a V6 GC limited with Lux package. Of course we both liked the grand better, and we agreed that while the V6 isn't a Hemi, the power of the V6 was plenty. She still was ready to chose the Cherokee, only because it was cheaper. But the dog crate would not fit the sunroof equipped Cherokee. So we had the dealer locate a Max Steel Overland with the Indigo, brown interior. We picked it up this past Thursday.

Just want to thank everyone once again,and post a pic.

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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

Well, obviously you already made your purchase, but I figured I'd weigh in anyway.

I went from a V8 powered F-150 to a V6 Grand Cherokee.

Despite the fact that I have a smaller engine in a heaver vehicle, I notice little difference in the get up and go with the V6 with the 8 speed transmission. It has more than enough grunt and gets far better gas mileage than my truck did.

It would be nice if the transmission shifted from 1-2 sooner than it does at parking lot speeds and if it shifted down to first right before coming to a full stop instead of waiting until the full stop happens. Those two adjustments would smooth out the shifts between those gears dramatically.
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Well, obviously you already made your purchase, but I figured I'd weigh in anyway.

I went from a V8 powered F-150 to a V6 Grand Cherokee.

Despite the fact that I have a smaller engine in a heaver vehicle, I notice little difference in the get up and go with the V6 with the 8 speed transmission. It has more than enough grunt and gets far better gas mileage than my truck did.

It would be nice if the transmission shifted from 1-2 sooner than it does at parking lot speeds and if it shifted down to first right before coming to a full stop instead of waiting until the full stop happens. Those two adjustments would smooth out the shifts between those gears dramatically.

My thoughts entirely! I had a 2013 F150 V8 for a company vehicle at one point, so I have similar experience in comparison.
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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

I do get frustrated with the lack of power with my V6 occasionally.

I think 30-40 more Ft Lbs of torque would be perfect for the v6. I find myself having to really stomp on it to get up steep long hills, and at highway speeds, it shifts a LOT between 6-8th to keep speed.

I find myself craving the diesel torque on the highway where I could just cruise in 8th all day long.

Now, I picked up a Camaro SS this summer as a toy, so the jeep seems a lot weaker now than it has in the past, haha.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd have gotten the diesel.

The v6 doesn't want to be quick, you have to make it quick by pushing the go pedal...often harder than I want to accomplish a simple task of going up hill or from 65-75.
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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

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I do get frustrated with the lack of power with my V6 occasionally.

I think 30-40 more Ft Lbs of torque would be perfect for the v6. I find myself having to really stomp on it to get up steep long hills, and at highway speeds, it shifts a LOT between 6-8th to keep speed.

I find myself craving the diesel torque on the highway where I could just cruise in 8th all day long.

Now, I picked up a Camaro SS this summer as a toy, so the jeep seems a lot weaker now than it has in the past, haha.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd have gotten the diesel.

The v6 doesn't want to be quick, you have to make it quick by pushing the go pedal...often harder than I want to accomplish a simple task of going up hill or from 65-75.
I hear you. I wasn't expecting a rocket. I just needed something safe. The V6 is just fine for her. I always like something fast. But I have the Challenger Scat Pack for that.
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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

If you are not pulling a trailer, I would go V6. I get great gas mileage and commute in heavy rush hour traffic a total of 60 miles/day. I was worried that it might not have enough pull for a large vehicle, but now after 4K miles, I am VERY happy with my choice. I have not pulled a trailer as of yet, but would consider the V8 if I was going to pull anything heavier than a pair of Jet Skis.

I had heard of complaints regarding the transmission on the V6, but mine has been a flawless performer to date. Drive the V6 before you buy, you will likely be happy.

I track every fill up on Fuelly.com and have averaged 18.0 MPG over 4254 miles. The majority of that during rush hour drive. My best tank was 20.1 MPG.

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If you are not pulling a trailer, I would go V6. I get great gas mileage and commute in heavy rush hour traffic a total of 60 miles/day. I was worried that it might not have enough pull for a large vehicle, but now after 4K miles, I am VERY happy with my choice. I have not pulled a trailer as of yet, but would consider the V8 if I was going to pull anything heavier than a pair of Jet Skis.



I had heard of complaints regarding the transmission on the V6, but mine has been a flawless performer to date. Drive the V6 before you buy, you will likely be happy.



I track every fill up on Fuelly.com and have averaged 18.0 MPG over 4254 miles. The majority of that during rush hour drive. My best tank was 20.1 MPG.



Paul

I towns trailers with 2 quads all the time, combined weight of 2000. It handles it just fine. It's rated for up to 6200. I love my v6 and my transmission shifts just fine. Sometimes going down a hill on the brake it will down shift and Hold the gear which I really don't want it to but am living with it. I love my 14 v6 limited.


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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

I have been keeping record of my fuel economy since day 1 using fuelly on the web and the companion app on my phone. Just checking the last 10 fill ups resulted in an 18.2 MPG. That is not a seat of the pants estimate like a lot of people will give you, but hard numbers over 10 fill-ups that should average out inconsistencies in how much you filled the fuel tank filler pipe..

I don't race the car, but kick it in the pants when entering the freeway, passing cars,etc. I do not drive in a way to max out the milage, just normal driving. The majority of the miles I put on are on the 405 freeway during rush hour traffic. On my commute, part of the drive is at 80MPH or so on the toll road and the rest is at bumper to bumper speeds including stop and go on a good part of it.

I would buy the V6 UNLESS you are pulling any trailer heaver than a pair of jet skis. It does fine. My sig below shows my last fill up.

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I have been keeping record of my fuel economy since day 1 using fuelly on the web and the companion app on my phone. Just checking the last 10 fill ups resulted in an 18.2 MPG. That is not a seat of the pants estimate like a lot of people will give you, but hard numbers over 10 fill-ups that should average out inconsistencies in how much you filled the fuel tank filler pipe..

I don't race the car, but kick it in the pants when entering the freeway, passing cars,etc. I do not drive in a way to max out the milage, just normal driving. The majority of the miles I put on are on the 405 freeway during rush hour traffic. On my commute, part of the drive is at 80MPH or so on the toll road and the rest is at bumper to bumper speeds including stop and go on a good part of it.

I would buy the V6 UNLESS you are pulling any trailer heaver than a pair of jet skis. It does fine. My sig below shows my last fill up.

Paul
Since new, I've averaged 18.3 MPG with the V8, 4X4. This is with me figuring out the MPG using real math, not the overly optimistic on board computer. I have gotten 22 MPG on road trips and most times I don't exactly have a light foot. And we do have a lot of mountains along this part of the west coast.
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