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Grand Cherokee2007 Grand Cherokee CRD Review
Posted by mike on 2007/8/21 15:40:00 (3321) reads

The guys over at About.com recently spent some time with a 2007 Grand Cherokee CRD - and gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

The engine sound may be refined, but it still features the primary performance characteristic of most diesel engines: great gobs of low-end grunt. Thanks to a generous 376 lb.-ft. torque, this vehicle has plenty of pulling power at low- to mid-RPM ranges. The grippy 4WD system adds to the fun, making this a perfect vehicle for off-roading and light-duty towing. The power is especially noticeable under steady acceleration, making passing vehicles, merging into traffic and generally scooting about at lower speeds a blast. All of that extra twisting power gives the Grand Cherokee CRD an impressive 7,400 lbs. towing capacity and a driving range of approximately 425 miles.

The article makes a good point in noting that the diesel option adds $4,000 to the sticker price - not exactly a no-brainer. I think that if it cost half that, a lot more people would be going diesel.

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Havoline
Posted: 2007/8/28 12:16  Updated: 2007/8/28 12:16
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 Re: 2007 Grand Cherokee CRD Review
Imagine how much better it will be in 2010 (2009?) with the new Cummins 4.2 V6!

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Posted: 2007/8/28 12:26  Updated: 2007/8/28 12:29
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I have owned inline diesels in Cummins, Nissan, Isuzu, Vm Moturi and MB configurations. The only V configuration diesel I have owned were Detroit. I hope the Cummins V will be as good as the inline versions above.

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Posted: 2007/8/22 20:52  Updated: 2007/8/22 20:52
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We Jeepers in Australia have had this car with the 3.0L Mercedes Benz CRD for a number of years now. Sales of CRD Turbo Diesel Grand Cherokee are at least 95% with minimal 5.7, 4.7 or 3.7 engines sold. Long distance touring, off road capability and brilliant fuel economy make this one of the best 4WD's on the market. We also get the CRD KJ Cherokee (Liberty) and CRD JK Wranglers and they are brilliant. You guys over there need to push for Turbo Diesel engines as they are big sellers outside the USA. And we also need a CRD Turbo Diesel Rubicon (this would be awesome) as we only get them in 3.8 V6 here.

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MarkH
Posted: 2007/8/23 8:44  Updated: 2007/8/23 8:58
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 Re: 2007 Grand Cherokee CRD Review
Lots of us in the states would love to have diesel Jeeps, but there's a few factors working against us:

1) As of June 2006, the U.S. transitioned to 15ppm max Sulfur (S15) for passenger vehicles. That added to the already high price of diesel (~5-10% higher than gasoline). If we get a cold winter, diesel prices climb even higher (due to fuel oil consumption).
I believe Australia is on S50 as of 2006.

2) New emissions requirements threw the diesel engine manufacturers into a spin, because they now have to produce diesel powertrains with lower emissions. It is taking some OEMs a couple years to figure out a viable (new) design. No one in the U.S. is jumping at the chance to get a car with a refillable urea cartidge! (The 3.0L CRD doesn't need one, I understand.)

3) Based on the Grand Cherokee, the price premium for a diesel is ~$4000. Not a lot of people are clicking their heels over that either.

4) Diesel is not available at a lot of filling stations.

So, until the price of diesel fuel and diesel vehicles comes down, there's not going to be a big demand for diesels in the U.S. Even with diesels touting a 20-25% MPG increase, that $4000 buys a lot of extra gas...

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Posted: 2007/8/24 14:08  Updated: 2007/8/24 14:08
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Actually the improvement in MPG is more like 30% (compare the Liberty CRD to the gas Liberty). I drive 20,000 miles a year. If fuel cost $3 a gallon (the downtown station in my city still has reg for over $3 a gallon, and Diesel and gasoline have been running neck and neck for the last year or so) it would take me 5.7 years to pay it off. I've owned my Cherokee for 11 years now, so that would be free money. Also, having clean Diesel is a good thing unless you like to breath that stink.

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MarkH
Posted: 2007/8/22 20:03  Updated: 2007/8/22 20:09
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Great start. Now, let 'em debug any issues with the new ULSD (S15) diesel & the associated emissions controls, then put 'em in the 4-door Wranglers with a stick shift & we'll all buy 'em!

If Jeep stubbornly keeps the underwhelming 3.8L-V6, and then offers a diesel as the only other engine option, I predict Jeep buyers could usher in a new diesel era in the U.S. Oh wait, I just woke up with a drool goober on my chin... I hope that wasn't just a dream.

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