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I am starting to look for a newer WK. Possibly in the '11-'12 range. My 05 WK Limited is starting to get some high miles on it and it would be nice to switch to something that is a little more fuel efficient and something that is newer. Without getting into finances too much, I have around 110K miles on my 05 Limited, and still owe a little bit of money on it.

My question is.....what are some of the best prices around for 11-12 WK2's? And is there really a big difference between the V6 and V8 power wise? I'm used to driving a V8 and love the power that is affords, but would like something that is a little more fuel efficient without losing some of the power.

I am not really looking to go out and purchase a newer vehicle this minute, just tossing some ideas around and had some questions. I figured that this would be the best place to start, and any input would be greatly appreciated.
 

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You really have to drive one to realize the difference between the two. The pentastar V6 is smooth but HWY mpg was only 1-2 mpg better than my Hemi, and it had no getup and go in comparison. I rented a 2011 V6 for a few days, drove it about 500 miles....and couldn't wait to get back to my Hemi.
 

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the v^6 paired with the new 8 speed in the 14's is a lot better than the v6 with 5 speed. The hemi is a beast though
 

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go V8... i plan on going with the new Hemi WK2 once i decide to sell or not.
 

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I want a limited WK, I am just not too sure about the engine size. I like the power that the V8 gives, but I would really like the fuel efficiency that the V6 provides. I don't drive a whole lot, but any fuel I can save is more money in my pocket. Decisions decisions......
 

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If fuel economy is your first priority and power is secondary, consider this. Around town in stop and go driving my 2008 wk with hemi gets 12 mpg. I test drove a 2011 with the V6 pentstar and it had 17 mpg on the CID, also all stop and go from people like us test driving it. The Hemi produces a broad powerband across the whole rpm range. The pentastar produces it's power when you go over 4k rpms. The pentastar is a fine motor, but the GC is a large beast. My friend has one and does lots of freeway miles and averages in the mid 20's. The most I ever got out of my Hemi was 19 mpg. Advertised mileage vs. real world can vary widely, especially if you have a lead foot.

The best advice I can give is forget the numbers for a moment go test drive both. I can't count how many cars that I have driven that looked good on paper that I did not like in real life, nor how many cars I took a chance on and discovered I really liked. They day I bought my wk1 I was actually looking for a trailblazer SS.
 

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Thanks for all of the help. I'll have to just go out and test drive them to see what is going to work best for me. Like I said, I have to pay mine down a little and it's going to be a little while before I am in the market for one.

I also have to get mine fixed after a small run-in with my girlfriend's vehicle while backing out of the driveway! Grr.....
 

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You really have to drive one to realize the difference between the two. The pentastar V6 is smooth but HWY mpg was only 1-2 mpg better than my Hemi, and it had no getup and go in comparison. I rented a 2011 V6 for a few days, drove it about 500 miles....and couldn't wait to get back to my Hemi.
I rented a 2011 V6 for a few days and couldn't wait to get back into my older 4.0 6 banger '95 ZJ.

I hesitate to use the term gutless but thats a pretty heavy vehicle for the older V6 and they also have been having some serious reliability issues so watch out for used ones under market.

I wonder how much the early intro of the 2014 with the 8 speed has chewed into the price of used Hemis?
 

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Thanks for all of the help. I'll have to just go out and test drive them to see what is going to work best for me. Like I said, I have to pay mine down a little and it's going to be a little while before I am in the market for one.

I also have to get mine fixed after a small run-in with my girlfriend's vehicle while backing out of the driveway! Grr.....
Save up your pennies for the 2014+ Hemi.
You can get it with backup camera and radar for whats behind your backside.

... probably works better than planting C4 in the GFs vehicle. :)

The 8 speed + Hemi can average 19 in city driving if your city has arterials and such where you can cruise at 35-45 much of the time between lights and keep your foot out of it.
 
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