2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee HEMI

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  1. FlyNReeLow

    FlyNReeLow Elite Member #200

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    Was looking for an 04, but now think that I want to get the 05 with the HEMI. Can anyone tell me the reliability of these HEMI engines... and Jeeps in general (2005)

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    the 5.7L HEMI is an excellent engine.

    However, the 2005+ went to an IFS setup which I hate. Honestly, I think the 2004 with an I6 -- althought not as powerful -- would be a more capable and very reliable vehicle.
     
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    FlyNReeLow Elite Member #200

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    Can you tell me more about the IFS Set Up.

    The 04 I was looking at had the HO engine, 287 HP, didnt really look at the I6 because of the lower HP and Torque
     
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    I don't have much experience with the 4.7L V8. I have heard both good and bad things about it, but really couldn't tell you either way.

    I know the 4.0L I6 is a great motor.

    They had a solid axle up front through 2004. In 2005 they switched to a IFS setup because it gives more clearance in the engine bay for the larger HEMI -- and it rides smoother on the pavement. However, it is not quite as capable offroad, and has a signifigantly greater number of moving parts -- which means more to go wrong.

    That said, if you want a comfortable street-queen SUV with plenty of get-up-and-go, then you might as well go with the Nissan Pathfinder with the 5.6L Endurance V8.
     
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    4.7l /= Hemi

    GC with the Hemi is good choice, as well as the Pathfinder with the 5.6 V8
     
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    FlyNReeLow Elite Member #200

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    Yea, the only thing holding me back from the 5.7 hemi is the gas mileage( and yes, I know the 4.7 doesnt do much better). Im currently driving an acura that gets great gas mileage, but I think its time for a change. I dont do a lot of driving, but when I take trips, I want a more comfortable and luxurious ride.

    Im looking at an acura TL as well, but afraid if I get that, I will then scratch getting a boat or jet skis( since I wont be able to pull them with the TL)
     
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    They made a 5.6 pathfinder?
     
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    You do realize that the only advantage the HEMI engine has nowadays is the cool HEMI badge on the side of the car, right? Hemispherical cylinder head chambers made a difference 30 years ago, but compared to everything that's happened since then, it makes shit worth of difference to have them now.
     
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    yes. they STILL make a 5.6L pathfinder.

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    FlyNReeLow Elite Member #200

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    Can anyone tell me about the reliability of these Jeeps/ HEMI engines. Buying used with 47k miles? is that a bad idea? What about warrantee. Heard Jeep warrantees are pretty good.. power-train as well.

    LMK thanks..
     
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    jeep warranty is CRAP compared to the rest of the industry.

    5.7L HEMI is very reliable.

    2005+ GC ranks as "average".
     
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    my dad has an 03 with the 4.0 and it moves well, not to mention the engine has been bulletproof, it has 90k on it and runs as well as it did on day 1.
     
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    good if you buy brand new to get the unlimited powertrain warranty.
     
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    my 2005 ram with the 5.7l "hemi" has been very reliable. almost at 91k miles and no problems, minus a bad egr valve..
     
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    good to hear...

    thanks...
     
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    With gas prices what they are, I'd get the 4.0 and suck up the lack of power.
     
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    Good god that thing is ugly


     
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    jump on that bandwagon now. I feel that once the investors that bought out daimlers portion of chrysler make their profit with everyone jumping on the unlimited mileage warranty, they will bail and that warranty will be knocked back to what it was. That is, if it isn't too late and it doesn't bankrupt chrysler :noes:
     
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    they already announced that the plan was to offer unl powertrain warranties for 2 years. They said they will consider extending it -- but the current plan is to revert to a traditional warranty in a few years; and they have been very vocal in admitting that.

    I think we'll see them revert to a warranty comprable to other manufacturers, in the ballpark of 60mos and 60-100k miles.
     
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    that wouldnt be AS bad
     
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    I wouldn't be as concerned with engine failure as I would with the AWD, axles, transmission, or electrical equipment failing. I've never seen a modern engine fail before the transmission or electrical accessories break, or the body just plain goes to shit.

    This is a good thread though. I came into the subforum looking for Jeep info because I'm also shopping around for an 05+ GC.

    Can any GC owners give some advice for a first time Jeep shopper? Are there any known problems? If I go look at an 05 or 06, what warning signs should I look for?
     
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    Good Questions top gun.. lets keep this tread going...
     
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    Expect 13 city, 20mpg at <60mph, and 17 at freeway speeds. The engine has tons of power and it's a great road SUV. The '05 seats are kind of hard IMO, the new ones are much nicer.

    As for reliability, no problems in 30k, but the amount of electronics in these new AWD systems are starting to scare me, too much to go wrong and I doubt it will be very dependable with very high mileage, but I could be wrong.

    Either way, you don't fix these vehicles, it's too complex. You replace parts. Like transmissions and engines.
     
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    dunno about the newer ones, but my dad had a 98 (99??) and he got the full time 4 wheel drive and a 318ci V8 was a dream, im looking for one now as a supplement to my tj and xj!
    plenty of power, about 19mpg, and full time go anywhere traction!
    the damn thing was tough as nails too, 70k miles in two years and nothing broke, good deal....now to only find one for sell...
     
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    Just thought I would mention:

    When I had my 2001 Grand Cherokee with the 4.0L I6 I averaged 18.8mpg combined driving. About 22mpg going 70 or so.

    Dammit I miss that Jeep.
     

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