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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 763 days ago 718 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jerkylips

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763 days ago

I’m sure there are plenty of people here that use their vehicles for work & pull trailers, so I thought I’d post this. The 2013 jeep grand cherokee is going to have a 3.0L turbo diesel option. 400+ lbs of torque, tows 7700 lbs, & gets 28mpg! I guess it’s been available in Europe for a couple years & their mpg rating is a little more generous than here, but it sounds like it should still be 26mpg on the US standards.

I totalled my Cherokee last year & got a Liberty, don’t really like it all that much, so this is really tempting to me..


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David

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#1 posted 762 days ago

I would call myself an admirer, never owned one personally but have a friend who swears by them. I’m excited that it seems the mid size diesel engines seem to be making a comeback in the US. There’s a reason they’re so common in the rest of the world.

Personally I wish that Toyota would bring their 3L D-4D engine to the US.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 762 days ago

Jeep guy here … i owned a 2000 cherokee (which unfortunately was sold) and currently a 2001 wrangler. I would LOVE a diesel version. I even saw a commercial for a deisel BMW the other night.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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AKSteve

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#3 posted 762 days ago

Another Jeep guy, but I couldn’t advise you on that model, I driver a TJ Wrangler and love it. it’s paid for and it Has 214k on it. I love it and do all of my own maintenance on it. Diesel would be a natural fit for Jeep, I always wondered why they never put one in it.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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jerkylips

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#4 posted 762 days ago

chrisstef – I had a 2000 cherokee sport also. I bought it new & had it until Dec 2011 when I had my accident. Best vehicle I ever had! I also had a wrangler a few years earlier – loved that one but it was just too small for my only vehicle..

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#5 posted 761 days ago

The wrangler is a tough one to handle everyday, its actually my wifes, it was her daily driver for 7 years. We were finally able to get her a new little mazda but we wouldnt even think about selling the jeep, its paid for and its ours, its my weekend / snow driver. 103k on the odometer but more like 120k … love that jeep wiring.

I loved my cherokee but i had to sell it when the boss offered me a company car. Ive never been a car guy but i sure do miss the Chee Chee.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Billinmich

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#6 posted 761 days ago

Grand Cherokee since 96 01 04.still have 04 110000 miles and still running strong.Jeep offered hemi in 05 which i would have liked,and I thought they offered a diesel for a while when they were part of damler,could be mistaken.i pulled a 5000 lb travel trailer for 3 years,did a good job bet only got 10 mpg.Wonder what diesel will get pulling a trailer?

-- Bill in Mich

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jerkylips

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#7 posted 761 days ago

Bill – They did offer a version of the same diesel back in 2008. It was very good, but at the time it was only offered with the “limited” package or something like that, so you couldn’t get it unless you spent $40,000+ (from what I remember). They didn’t sell many, but it’s still talked about as one of the best GC’s ever offered. I’m hoping they don’t make the same mistake this time. That said, this version of the engine, with today’s technology, makes something like 75lbs more torque than the old one. With the characteristcis of diesels, there shouldn’t be anywhere near the drop when towing that you’re seeing. I’d be willing to bet that you’d get 18/25 city/highway when towing..

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Brandon

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#8 posted 761 days ago

I would venture to guess that this guy is a Jeep fan:

http://lumberjocks.com/jeepturner

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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GMman

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#9 posted 761 days ago

Jeep have a really nice vehicle compare to what they used to have.
Great on gas, well build and great looking.

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