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post #1 of 37 Old 09-07-2019, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Looking to buy 17-18-19 Grand Cherokee

Hello,

We currently have a 2016 GMC Yukon SLE standard wheel base that is my wife's daily driver. She has decided that she want's something a bit smaller that she will feel more comfortable driving.

I steered her towards a Grand Cherokee with the Hemi V8...we do tow a boat and may end up occasionally towing a camping trailer....plus honestly...I didn't want to give up the V8 power and Torque we are accustomed to with the Yukon.

In looking for a pre owned Grand Cherokee I am finding that 90% of what is on the market for sale are equiped with V6 power. Are Hemi Grand Cherokees rare? I am looking in the mid $30K range with 4wd and leather. I was surprised to learn that there are 10-12 different trim levels of Grand Cherokees and this makes it a bit confusing figuring out what to look for.

Also...we are in Central Florida and when I search here online I see hundreds of V6's but very few V8's...unless I get into a 500 mile plus radius. Is it reasonable to expect to find what I'm looking for in the mid $30K range with a V8 with 30K or fewer miles?

Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 37 Old 09-07-2019, 10:30 AM
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I know where you can find a metallic red one near Myrtle Beach, SC. See yesterday's WK2 thread. Just kidding. Good Luck with your search. I had a Condo in Orlando for 10 yrs (2008-2017) and I found the same issues when beginning my search for a new 2018: Mostly V-6's and not 4x4. I ended up buying one near my home in upstate SC in Dec '18. Even then, Hemi's were few and far between in the Charlotte Metro area, though 4x4's were more prevalent.
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post #3 of 37 Old 09-07-2019, 10:49 AM
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Yes V6s are predominant. The V6 is certainly adequate unless you tow 7000 pounds, you may want to test drive one. I don't think the V8s were offered in the base Laredo during 17-19 and they sell way more Laredos than any other. Depending on model year, finding a dealer that stocked V8s new was a challenge, and the ones you find were typically loaded with options. So many were special ordered and, combined with its $2000-$3000 option price and not being available in the Laredo, in the end they seem relatively rare on the used market. You can find them, there are plenty out there and there are some areas of the country you may find a bigger population. If you were shopping for a RAM, virtually none came with the base V6, all seem to be V8s.

So you would be looking at Limited, Overland, or Summit trim. The Overland and Summit have air suspension, the Limited not, unless it happens to be a TrailHawk or have a off road option package. The overland and Summit have leather standard, its in a luxury option on the Limited, I think.

I dunno the market in your area, but just because a V8 in the model/option package you want may be a little challenging to find, it shouldn't have a premium just because its a V8. The V8 demand isn't high enough in most areas and typically won't fetch a premium price.

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We just got a 17 JGC Limited 2wd 3.6L Pentastar 24v with 8speed paddle shift A/T. Has ESS (ESS disable manual stop not avail on 2019 models). Eco and Sport buttons.
The new in 2017 upgraded 3.6L 24v V6 Pentastar engine is designed to run efficiently on 87 octane gasoline. . This engine delivers 290 horsepower (216 kW) at 6,350 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 N•m) of torque at 4,300 rpm, an increase of 38 percent in horsepower and 11 percent in torque over its predecessor, while providing up to an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy. The engine’s torque exceeds 90 percent of its peak value from 1,600 to 6,400 rpm, which provides outstanding drive-ability and responsiveness.

I can tell you, when I select the SPORT mode button this baby comes alive! We got ours from Enterprise Car Sales with 48k on it in July. It is my second JGC I have bought from Enterprise. We had a 96 Laredo 4.0L L6 2wd we towed U-haul trailers between FL and VA in the late 90's with add on tow hitch, too.

Our old 15 year old 2004 Jeep Grand 4.7L HO V8 engine is pretty hot, too but only has 265HP. Ain't newer technology wonderful for getting more out of less?

Our 2wd model limited to 3500 tow as doesn't have factory tow package. We added U-haul hitch as we tow a 3000# rated axle rated cargo trailer between VA and Central FL and have been using our 04 Overland and with 265 hp and made VA to FL trip about 6 times in last year.

I tell ya the new upgraded 3.6L 24v engine has got more grunt than our 04 HO 4.7L V-8.

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post #5 of 37 Old 09-07-2019, 05:30 PM
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IF I could find a 8 spd with V6, that is what I would buy, if I did not need the tow capacity of the V8. MPG is higher, tow capacity is within 1000 lbs if I remember.

I have a 2011 5.7 V8 non-HEMI, itís pretty strong. NOT as stout as my 2006 HEMI GC I owned.

Good luck shopping.

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post #6 of 37 Old 09-07-2019, 06:39 PM
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All WK2s regardless have had the 8 speed since the 2014 model year. The PUG upgrade also gives the later models more zip over early models.

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Yes... I should have said if you can find the model year, and combo of V6 and 8spd.... I was shopping pre/post 2014, so I had both 5 spd and 8 spd on my radar.
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I just bought a 2019 with the V6. It regularly tows a 5000 lb boat with no issues. Regularly I mean every weekend 25 miles to the lake it back. It is 4x4 and for the price I think it's the best bang for the buck. Not much out there with a 6200 lb rating for $35k new
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Thanks guys. I am working with a dealer in Ocala that's checking two/working two auctions tomorrow...so we will see.

They are out there...I think FAC made many more V6's lately chasing the CAFE mileage standard that they have to adhere to. These SUV's are popular and they sell a lot of them. If they sell most of them with the V6...even if it bumps their Corporate MPG average 2 MPG it's significant. I found the same thing in Yukon's and Tahoe's...you have to buy the top end model to get the 6.2 LS instead of the 5.3. The days of easily going in a dealer and ordering a sleeper low price vehicle are over...I am afraid. I just missed a nice 17 Limited...Blue on Tan with a Hemi for $33 yesterday...so I know they are out there.

Wish me luck...Stay tuned.
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Found this one but wife hated the interior...

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The v6 is plenty powerful, most people don’t use the entire pedal, put it past halfway and it will pull just fine.


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post #12 of 37 Old 09-08-2019, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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May have found one. Going to test drive tomorrow...stay tuned.
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post #13 of 37 Old 09-09-2019, 02:10 PM
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I am not sure where 2017jgc got the info on the Penstar V6 from? Those figures are the same as the first WK2 from 2011. I suspect the 38% increase in power is compared to the old 3.7 V6 that was used in the Wranglers which wasn't the best engine Jeep made. I believe there have been some ECU mapping changes to the Penstar over the years and the 8 speed gearbox (2014 on) certainly made it feel more lively.

The hippies are taking over:-) I used to feel like I was the only person who bought the V6, most of the other GCs I see on my commute are V8s. Yet I just checked the local dealer and they have an inventory 49 new GCs and they are all V6 except two supercharged Trailhawks for "just" $88,000!

If I was buying one to tow boats and RVs I would probably go the V8, in every other respect the V6 is going to be more than enough.
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The supercharged Grand Cherokees were probably TrackHawk models, not TrailHawk.

The 3.6 was upgraded for 2016. The so called PUG or PSU update provided 15% higher torque at engine speeds below 3,000 rpm, for better drivability; at the same time, gas mileage increased by over 6%. Horsepower rose by 5 hp to 295 hp. Jeep advertises the upgraded V6 as having up to 295 hp at 6,400 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm.

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Well, I'll jump in here. I have a 2014 JKUR that I am thinking of trading for a 17-19 GC Trailhawlk. Like the idea of the 5.7 hemi because I want some performance that the JKUR with the 3.6 just lacks. If the 3.6 in the GC has more go, then that might work. But just wondering about reliability and the ability to do the service work myself. Some of the parts look burried deep. Like the radiator, water pump, and just forget about touching the dash and everything in it. Even the oils and filters. Is the 5.7 harder to service? Is there a difference in drivetrain between the 3.6 and the 5.7 other than engine? What is real world MPG difference? Thanks for the real info.

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