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MiscellaneousDeath of the 3.8L V6
Posted by Josephus on 2011/7/5 5:50:58 (1564) reads

The Toledo Blade has reported that the last of the 3.8L V6 engines has rollled off the line, and going forward all Wranglers (US) will have the Pentastar 3.6L V6 and transmission from the Grand Cherokee.

Workers at the automakerís Trenton North engine plant built their last 3.8-liter engine this month, marking the end of 20 years of production of the powerplant that for years drove vehicles as varied as the Chrysler Fifth Avenue and certain versions of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.

The 3.8-liter was retuned and introduced into the Wrangler in 2007, the same year then-DaimlerChrysler introduced the four-door Unlimited version of the iconic vehicle.

One could only hope they've got some seriously low transmission gearing planned for the Rubicon models, and additional Optional Engines are offered soon (Hemi, CRD, 4.7 H.O.).

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bkcurtis
Posted: 2011/7/10 19:05  Updated: 2011/7/10 19:05
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 Re: Death of the 3.8L V6
I have not talked to one Jeep owner who couldn't get to where he or she was going with the 3.8.

Yes, for the Unlimited Wrangler or the GC, I probably would prefer an 8 cylinder. However, the V-6 is adequate if you aren't pushing the throttle to the floor.

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Josephus
Posted: 2011/7/10 23:23  Updated: 2011/7/10 23:23
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 Re: Death of the 3.8L V6
BKCurtis,
You're right, at least the 3.8L is a sturdy and venerable powerplant. I have had Zero engine problems in the last 4 years, and 1 total transmission failure = so I should complain about the auto tranny more.

I recently retuned my 3.8L, and recalibrated the transmission to match my tires and it is significantly better.

I really wish I could get 400Lb/ft of torque, with at least 250HP and 30MPG with 5000lb towing capacity on a ruggedized driveline.

Supercharged Hemi MDS, Magic-Beans PentaStar, Turbo-diesel, it doesn't really matter what form or fuel... just get it done.

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tmedlock
Posted: 2011/7/7 10:54  Updated: 2011/7/7 10:54
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 Re: Death of the 3.8L V6
Bring on the Rubicon, manual six speed, hemi. I am ready to buy!

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MarkH
Posted: 2011/7/6 9:11  Updated: 2011/7/6 9:11
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 Re: Death of the 3.8L V6
3.8L minivan engine --good riddence! End of an error.

Can't wait for the 3.6L Pentastar. Looks like it's time to buy my next Wrangler!

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hoghead00
Posted: 2011/7/6 8:40  Updated: 2011/7/6 8:40
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 Re: Death of the 3.8L V6
Can't say I will miss it. Granted, I've only test driven the JK 4DR with the 3.8L V6, but it always seemed underpowered. Maybe, its different on a daily basis? Hopefully, the Pentastar 3.6L V6 will be better.
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