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Grand Cherokee2008 Grand Cherokee Debuts
Posted by Anonymous on 2007/4/4 7:22:05 (5043) reads

Although Chrysler Group hasn't officially debuted the 2008 Grand Cherokee (that'll happen this week in New York), plenty of news outlets have specs and photos...

AllPar
Kicking Tires
MotorTrend
Edmunds

While this is just a minor refresh, the biggest changes are under the hood with a total of 5 engine options from the standard 3.7L V6 through the 6.1L Hemi V8. New is the common-rail 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 and the twin-spark 4.7-liter V8.

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daloudin12791
Posted: 2007/4/10 22:15  Updated: 2007/4/10 22:15
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 Re: 2008 Grand Cherokee Debuts
Let's see:
2004 GC = 20,382 / Wrangler = 4,573
2005 GC = 21,732 / Wrangler = 5,363
(Commander Debuts)
2006 GC = 12,853 / Wrangler = 8,623
(New Wrangler Debuts)
2007 GC = 10,397 / Wrangler = 13,397 (so far)
(2008 New GC Debuts... any guesses on sales?)
That's GC 65,364 / Wrangler 31,956... in just over 3 years?
More than double the sales at 50% more in Price?
Yeah I think it's pretty obvious who cares... BTW, after having owned 11 Jeeps including 5 different Wrangler predecessors, 4 different Cherokees and two Military Trucks NOT including the ZJ I'm currently driving with 210,000 miles and not a major overhaul or breakdown yet... I'd have to say that for daily driving (and still having the ability to crawl over, around or through 99% of what ANY Wrangler can do) with real A/C and virtually no wind noise while being able to tow more than a JetSki, the Grand Cherokee is exactly the vehicle that deserved the CRD in the first place! Don't get me wrong, I'll still have my TJ with 37's on the trailer when I get to Camp Jeep this year, but come on... why all the haters?

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jpsmith
Posted: 2007/4/4 14:43  Updated: 2007/4/4 14:43
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 Re: 2008 Grand Cherokee Debuts
...Crickets...

Does anybody care about the GC? There are people that love all incarnations of the CJ & Wrangler. There are XJ fanatics. There are even people that swear by KJ's. But the GC? I don't hear too many people talk about Jeepin' in their GC. A lot of sales execs drive GCs.

Apart from the 3.0L CRD, which should be dropped into the JK, JKL, and KK, I don't see anything interesting here. Twin-spark V8? More like, "Twice the cost to replace your spark plugs after 100k." Just ask anyone with the 5.7 Hemi. $200 for the plugs alone.

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sylvanis
Posted: 2007/4/4 16:18  Updated: 2007/4/4 16:18
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 Re: 2008 Grand Cherokee Debuts
You hit it right on the head. If I wanted a bigger SUV I'd get a Commander....same price, better look. Now drop one of those 3.0's in a JK or JKL and I will be replacing my TJ Unlimited in a hot second.

Hopefully the 3.0 GC will show Jeep executives that there is a desire for a strong diesel engine. I know that the Jeep engineers know about people wanting it, it's now down to the exec's to put it in place by paying off all the federal regulators and tree hugging granola eaters....

err...wait...I eat granola

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CJtoTJ
Posted: 2007/4/10 8:16  Updated: 2007/4/10 8:16
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Engineers please listen, you sold us on the promise of diesel in the liberty. We were flabbergasted initially and so proud, now after 30k our transmissions/rears are failing and the F37 20ftlb torque removal bandaid fix on the torque converters will cause more ill will. Please use your degrees and figure out what driveline should be used behind the diesel before you put it into the engine bay of any of the jeeps. Give those guys a call at Allison , or screw it, just give us stick torque monsters .
Thanks,
Steve

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Josephus
Posted: 2007/4/4 23:13  Updated: 2007/4/4 23:13
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Better ported heads and twin plugs per cyclinder... 25% more horsepower with a minimal increase in torque? Hhmmmmm ? Where have I heard this before?
Wait a minute, they put Hemi heads on the 4.7L flex-fuel V8!
Now all they have to do is put the MDS on it and you'll have something to compete with the 3.0 CRD in my book.
Supercharge it and you've got the "Golden" engine!

Supercharged MDS Flex-fuel Hemi small-block V8 = Everyone is happy!
Easily 300hp, prolly 400lb/ft , 19-25mpg for a mid-size SUV, American Bio-fueled tax-credits, and best of all - It's a rock solid engine. The 289 goes back to the 60's, I've got over 100K miles on mine and it's just about broken in right.
I'm telling ya, I should work for Jeep. I come up with all the ideas and marketing spin too :)
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