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Unread 04-30-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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Is there a preferred year for a WK with 5.7L hemi?

Howdy yall. I am currently thinking about making the leap from my 04 WJ to a WK1 with a hemi. I know that when it came to the 4.0, the earlier ones had issues with piston skirts cracking and whatnot, therefore more people sought after the 03+ models. Is there one particular year that had less problems than others when it comes to the 5.7?

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Unread 04-30-2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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I got the first 05 hemi wk1 coming from a 4.0 wj. I love it .no problems .
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Unread 04-30-2014, 09:47 PM   #3
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I hate to jinx myself, but I've got a 2006 with the HEMI and no engine troubles whatsoever. It will be hitting 100k next week.
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Unread 04-30-2014, 10:42 PM   #4
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If I was getting a hemi I'd only get the VVT hemi. 09 and 10, but that's not really because of reliability.
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Unread 05-01-2014, 12:32 AM   #5
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If I remember correctly when I was buying, there was a warranty difference between 09 and 10. I think 10 transferred and 9 did not. Or length? It was something fairly substantial that pushed me to 2010... Info is on other site. And I did not want air suspension without full warranty.
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Unread 05-01-2014, 04:05 AM   #6
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Howdy yall. I am currently thinking about making the leap from my 04 WJ to a WK1 with a hemi. I know that when it came to the 4.0, the earlier ones had issues with piston skirts cracking and whatnot, therefore more people sought after the 03+ models. Is there one particular year that had less problems than others when it comes to the 5.7?

I understood it to be the opposite on the 4.0, my '04 WJ needed a rebuild at 125,000 because of a cracked piston skirt

I recently sold it for an '05 WK with the 5.7 and only 50,000 miles, and can't say enough good things about the upgrade.
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Unread 05-01-2014, 04:13 AM   #7
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I like my 08, but given the option I'd have certainly gone for an 09-10 with the VVT Hemi. More power! Heh...
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Unread 05-01-2014, 08:11 AM   #8
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My 2010 has the 5 year 100,000 mi powertrain warranty, which requires no action on the owner's part, and is fully transferable to the secondary owners. And yes, the VVT Hemi gives the right foot a warm fuzzy feeling.

2009 and previous have the lifetime powertrain warranty, which requires a yearly inspection be done during a fairly tight calendar period, AND has limited tranferability to a secondary owner. It is up to the secondary owner to verify that the lifetime warranty is still in force--if the PO missed a single inspection it terminates it.

With apologies to owners of 2005 and 2007, these are the years that I would tend to avoid, everything else being equal. But if the perfect rig was born in 07 or 05 that would not be a deal-killer to me.
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Unread 05-01-2014, 05:25 PM   #9
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Awesome. Thank you guys for all the info! Much appreciated.
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Unread 05-01-2014, 05:40 PM   #10
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My 2010 has the 5 year 100,000 mi powertrain warranty, which requires no action on the owner's part, and is fully transferable to the secondary owners. And yes, the VVT Hemi gives the right foot a warm fuzzy feeling. 2009 and previous have the lifetime powertrain warranty, which requires a yearly inspection be done during a fairly tight calendar period, AND has limited tranferability to a secondary owner. It is up to the secondary owner to verify that the lifetime warranty is still in force--if the PO missed a single inspection it terminates it. With apologies to owners of 2005 and 2007, these are the years that I would tend to avoid, everything else being equal. But if the perfect rig was born in 07 or 05 that would not be a deal-killer to me.
Lifetime inspection every five years within calendar month of purchase I beleive. Transferable, no.
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Unread 05-01-2014, 05:41 PM   #11
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Unread 05-01-2014, 05:51 PM   #12
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I have had no problems with my 05 Hemi. There are quite a few people who have had stalling problems with the 07 and 08's if I remember right.
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Unread 05-02-2014, 12:19 AM   #13
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make sure it doesn't hesitate or run funny with the mds on. its a *****
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Unread 05-02-2014, 02:05 AM   #14
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My 2010 has the 5 year 100,000 mi powertrain warranty, which requires no action on the owner's part, and is fully transferable to the secondary owners. And yes, the VVT Hemi gives the right foot a warm fuzzy feeling.

2009 and previous have the lifetime powertrain warranty, which requires a yearly inspection be done during a fairly tight calendar period, AND has limited tranferability to a secondary owner. It is up to the secondary owner to verify that the lifetime warranty is still in force--if the PO missed a single inspection it terminates it.

With apologies to owners of 2005 and 2007, these are the years that I would tend to avoid, everything else being equal. But if the perfect rig was born in 07 or 05 that would not be a deal-killer to me.
THIS!

This is why I bought a 2010. My transmission is getting dropped this Monday. You want any and all warranty you can get on a Jeep! I have Googled around and the work being done would cost me around $2300, by consensus of others who also have leaking 545RFE's.

The '09-'10 HEMI is a more advanced motor, in minor ways, but the warranty is totally the deal-sealer.
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Unread 06-12-2014, 11:37 AM   #15
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My 08 Hemi is a beast and has never let me down!

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