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jaredstrauss 12-24-2013 11:44 AM

Hemi to diesel
Has anyone gone from a hemi Jeep Grand Cherokee to a diesel. I have a 2012 Summit and am thinking of going to a 2014 Summit diesel.

fun2drive 12-24-2013 12:27 PM

Re: Hemi to diesel
On the WK2 board there is a member that went from a Hemi to diesel. I think he had issues with his hemi however.

overlandguy 12-24-2013 02:32 PM

Re: Hemi to diesel
I have. Went from a 2011 Hemi Overland to 2014 Overland Diesel. In short, very similar power to the Hemi and better fuel economy. Only thing I miss about the Hemi is that great V8 grunt sound when you punch it.

Aeroguy 12-24-2013 05:53 PM

Re: Hemi to diesel
I had a 2012 summit w/Hemi and loved it! I hated the gas mileage though. I just traded my Summit and got a loaded 2014 Overland 3.0 Diesel. I've only had it 2 days and it's great! I drove Seattle to Portland and back (28.4 mpg). The very best tank I ever got with my Hemi was 17.2, the next best tank ever was 16. My average MPG through 24K miles was 14.1 mpg.

I have a 14' enclosed dual axle motor cycle trailer that I'm looking forward to towing with the new GC. I have no doubt it will handle it every bit as well as the Hemi did.

I can also say that the upgraded dash and entertainment system are leaps and bounds above the 2012.

NC4stroker 12-24-2013 06:23 PM

Re: Hemi to diesel
We traded our 13 hemi for a 14 diesel. Glad we did!!!!!

joenjulie 12-26-2013 09:26 PM

Fun2drive, that was me...yes, it was slightly troubled, maybe a late Friday afternoon build ;). Makes me laugh when people say they didn't like hemi gas mileage...what did you think it was going to get? We got about 15.5 overall, and been about 20-22 in the diesel so far. Would've kept the hemi for a while if not for the trouble, was getting ready to get a corsa to go with the intake to really make it sing...oh well very happy with the 8spd diesel combo, usually right in the fat of the torque band

jaredstrauss 12-28-2013 05:14 PM

Re: Hemi to diesel
Thanks for the information. I guess I didn't need too much convincing. Picked up a black diesel summit today.

fun2drive 12-28-2013 05:22 PM

Re: Hemi to diesel
Congrats I am still waiting on my to ship from JNAP.

NC4stroker 12-29-2013 11:26 AM

Re: Hemi to diesel

Originally Posted by joenjulie (Post 950561)
Makes me laugh when people say they didn't like hemi gas mileage...what did you think it was going to get? We got about 15.5 overall, and been about 20-22 in the diesel so far.

Yep. People know going in the Hemi isn't gonna impress at the pumps.....neither does my Shelby GT500!!

The hemi tank needs to be maybe 5 more gallons. I hated filling up the dang thing every 4 days. But I didn't expect Jeep to know my wife drives 25K a year either!

The diesel is powerful, and gets me that 1 week fill up interval I personally was looking for.

jaredstrauss 01-01-2014 08:11 AM

Re: Hemi to diesel
So far the 2014 has been great. It is a lot torquier (not sure if that's a word) than the hemi with 6 speed. It also feels a lot faster from 30-60 or 60 to 80. The interior on the 2014 Summit is also way better than the 2012. Overall I think it was a good purchase. I got black and it looks great when it's clean but this is my first black car and I think I'm regretting the color choice.

Route 66 01-01-2014 12:20 PM

You must have missed the old saying - "you don't own a black car, a black car owns you."

crabman 01-01-2014 12:25 PM

Re: Hemi to diesel
I like "Black isn't a color, its a lifestyle choice." Either way its true enough for me, black positively drives me mad. I last owned it a couple cars ago after a long hiatus. In other words long enough to forget. lol

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