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Unread 11-22-2011, 10:42 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. For those of you that have a V8, how many miles are you able to drive on a full tank of gas.

I have a V6 and am only getting about 430 miles. I am thinking about getting the 2012 V8 (lots of problems / issues with the 2011) and wanted to know the average miles one can expect from a full tank.

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Unread 11-23-2011, 05:18 AM   #2
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The two Jeeps have the same tank size. Most get about 10% less mileage with the V8, so if you are like most, you should get a little less than 400 miles out of a tank... but there are a lot of variables. I routinely get about 500 miles out of a tank, for example... but I run it near dry before refilling and spend a lot of time highway cruising.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 07:38 AM   #3
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I got mostly 500 miles with one fill up out of my V6 Cherokee but I drove also mostly highway. If you drive more city than highway then it's okay with 400 miles per tank fill up. My V8 Cherokee is a little bit thurstier.
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I'm getting about 375 - 400 miles out of a tank. I never let it run completely empty. I usually get it filled up when it starts dropping below 1/4 of a tank.

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I have an '12 GC Overland Hemi (Refuse to call it MDS) and am getting about 400/tank but only have 500 miles on it. Only one fill up so far.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 01:22 PM   #6
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but I run it near dry before refilling and spend a lot of time highway cruising.
This is bad for the fuel pump.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 01:36 PM   #7
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I'm hoping for about 400 miles on a tank. I'm picking up my new Laredo X with Hemi on Friday. My Black Friday will consist of me picking up my new Black on Black Jeep!!!
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Unread 11-23-2011, 01:40 PM   #8
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... but I run it near dry before refilling and spend a lot of time highway cruising.
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This is bad for the fuel pump.
Um.... why? Not enough head pressure?
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gas cools fuel pump?
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Unread 11-23-2011, 01:43 PM   #10
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How big is the tank on these things??

My 4.0 ZJ can barely get 300 miles to a tank, and that's with a 23 gallon tank! Of course the most I've ever put in it is 19 gallons, I refuse to let the gauge get down into the red.

I avarage around 16mpg with it.

I find miles per tank discussions irrelevant...there's no set way of comparing that since people all fill their tanks at different times. Like above...one guy says he lets it run near dry, another said he never goes below 1/4 tank. So of course there will be very different answers.

Figure out your miles per GALLON, that's a much more relevant figure.
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The tank is just under 25 gallons.....and it's bad to run it nearly dry because the pump isn't being cooled and lubricated properly, and enough sediment can get kicked up from the bottom of the tank to get sucked into the pickup and go through your pump. Not a big deal if it happens every once in a blue moon, but if you do it repeatedly it's not good.
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Figure out your miles per GALLON, that's a much more relevant figure.
For those of us that take long trips routinely, or have long commutes and don't want to stop for gas every day, I think the miles per tank is a more relevant figure that mpg... but its just math so no big deal. The OP intends to drive the V8 the same way he drove the V6 and simply wanted an idea of how far he could drive per tank. So the relative miles per tank is equivalent to the relative miles per gallon, given that the tanks are the same size.

Once your add in other variables, like driver, ride type.. etc the comparison may become irrelevant.

Good thing I got that lifetime warranty, the way I abuse that fuel pump
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Unread 11-23-2011, 02:41 PM   #13
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Driving no more than 65-70 mph from Salisbury, NC to Washington, NC, I made it on one tank. That's about 480 miles roundtrip. I was shocked I made it... but I did, with about 30 miles to spare (according to the computer).

If I'd driven 75+ like I could have, no way I would have made it. I got around 21 mpg on that trip w/ the Hemi 4x4.

That was a one-time thing, though. I typically fill up before 1/2 tank.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 06:02 PM   #14
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Hey everyone. For those of you that have a V8, how many miles are you able to drive on a full tank of gas.

I have a V6 and am only getting about 430 miles. I am thinking about getting the 2012 V8 (lots of problems / issues with the 2011) and wanted to know the average miles one can expect from a full tank.

Thanks
Have you taken it back to the shop to get it looked at are they giving you a new one ?
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Unread 11-23-2011, 06:28 PM   #15
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For those of us that take long trips routinely, or have long commutes and don't want to stop for gas every day, I think the miles per tank is a more relevant figure that mpg... but its just math so no big deal. The OP intends to drive the V8 the same way he drove the V6 and simply wanted an idea of how far he could drive per tank. So the relative miles per tank is equivalent to the relative miles per gallon, given that the tanks are the same size.

Once your add in other variables, like driver, ride type.. etc the comparison may become irrelevant.

Good thing I got that lifetime warranty, the way I abuse that fuel pump
If he never lets it get below say 1/4 tank before filling, and you let it run dry, how is that an equal comparison? You may say "I get 500 miles per tank" because you run it dry. If he in turn tries to do the same thing, and only gets 425 because he fills up at 1/4, he's not going to be happy, and will then complain that his Jeep gets horrible mileage, when in fact he has no idea what mpg he's gotten.

Or one guy might get 300mpg per tank becasue he does all stop and go city, while the next guy gets 500 per tank becasue he does almost all highway.

So that really tells you nothing, only that you get better mileage on the highway.

Only good comparison is MPG. But yes, you are right, driving style, type of commute, road conditions, weather conditions, all make a difference in mpg. But it's still a better figure to judge by.

If you get 500 miles per tank (based on a 25 gallon tank), but have to fill it with 23 gallons, you've gotten 21.7mpg. If you've gotten 430 miles per tank, but have filled it with 18 gallons (at aprox 1/4 tank mark), you've gotten 23.8 mpg. Sooo, the less miles per tank driver actually got better mpg. See my point?

And if you take frequent long trips or whatever, what's the difference? Yeah, I have a long commute and don't like stopping for gas everyday either. SO, when I need gas, I FILL IT UP. If you're one of those people that only puts in 10 or 20 bucks at a time, yeah, you'll never be able to really figure out mpg.
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