These are my real-world numbers using a calculator, not the EVIC, from my current and last Jeep:
1999 WJ, 4.0 I6 engine: 17.54mpg over 12,963 miles
2006 WK, 5.7 HEMI: 16.33mpg over 27,661 miles
Both Jeeps are driven the same daily commute and the occasional camping trip. Probably a mix of 80% highway, 20% in-town.
Would I buy the HEMI again? HELL YES, it's well worth having the power when I'm driving with 4 people, the dog, and camping gear over Colorado's 10,000 foot passes and having the power to do it easily.
-Climate control/evic lights being out. My radio also had a couple lights out.
-Power window operation (my switches are wearing out/dirty and have to play with them to get the window back up)
-My rear glass had a strut locked up so it was frozen shut. Cheap fix but something to try.
-Shocks & struts. If they're stock they're worn out.
-128k I just had all 4 ball joints done.
-A lot of us seem to be having front driveshaft joint issues lately.
-My back seat creaked when I got it (don't know how someone drove it for 116k with the noise). A little tape on the latch fixed it.
-Lately my rear glass has been hitting the hatch and rattling. Actually has worn down paint. Haven't had time to figure out the fix yet.
-Overall my paint is weak. Hood & front bumper look like the previous owner worked at a quarry. There are a few blemishes other places as well.
-My spare was cracked. It held air until we mounted a different tire on it. Couldn't see it without lowering the tire.
If you do purchase:
-If one day it just doesn't start try wiggling the starter wires. If that starts it up most people replace the connection, I cleaned it and put dielectric grease on and it's worked since (probably over a year ago).
-If it's cloth, the seats stain if you look at them.
And what to expect for mpg with the 3.7 - I fairly consistently get 17 mpg with my 2" lift and bigger tires. Much of that is steady 60 mph 2 lane highway. Pre-lift I think I got about 18 (didn't have it for long before lifting). I was as high as 21 on one road trip. Just because it says V6 doesn't mean it's better for fuel economy. If you live in a hilly area or do a lot of freeway driving I'd recommend one of the V8 options.
-Sold 3/13. Replaced by 2010 VW Jetta 2.5-
2005 WK 3.7L Laredo. RC 2", 265 70 17 Bridgestone Dueler Revo 2's. Class III OEM hitch added. Bilstein Struts. Monroe Load Levelers (58643).
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Well, guys, I bought my 2005 WK last Wednesday, before I read this thread. My only issues (which I knew about at the time of purchase) where the tires had little life left and that the lifters (all 5 of them) were shot. Overall, I have spent roughly $1K correcting these "ills" and could not be happier. The Uconnect, according to Chrysler over the phone, has some software issue that the dealer will have to correct and I believe that the front struts are just about gone. Not a big deal, especially considering the 92k miles. I know it lived in an upscale part of town (Scottsdale) and that it was garage kept. All things point to a great WK that nobody seems to believe has that many miles nor is that old.
Thanks for the helpful tips, though!
"Roads? Where we're going, you don't need, roads.)
I actually see no reason to get the v6 since the mpg isn't a significant difference anyhow.
Maybe... Not to digress from the purpose of this topic, but i can answer that. v6 are cheaper, lol. Which is pretty important. i used to say that 2mpg's was negligible, but 2mpg's better still get you 40 more miles a tank. In all honesty, If I were to pick up a WK today for my GF it would be a limited V6. She doesn't need, or want the power. V6 WK's, at least on JF represent half the group. Our engine is simpler, involving a little less technology, and thus cheaper and easier to service. it's still a safe vehicle that provides enough room for little ones, cheaper to insure, and these WK's regardless of engine size, still ride like a wet dream.
Just bought a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited with 110 miles. It needs some work but i think i got if for 7000 wondering if that is a good price or too high? Any comments are great
I paid 15K (Canadian) for a 2005 Ltd Hemi one owner in showroom condition. Garage kept, and no declarations. From my research here locally it was the best deal around by about 2K and it has 1/2 the miles. Mine is at 65,000 km, which is only about 40K in miles...barely broken in.
All I could find were Laredo 4.7L with around 100-120,000 KM on them for about the same price. That and some sweet CRD's but they were $23k minimum.
Sounds like you did ok, depending on the work it needs. These seem pretty reliable from my research so far. 5.7 or 4.7?