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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel, SUV
#22 of 55 Re: unhappy 07 crd owner [oochuck]
Mar 06, 2009 (4:41 pm)
Thanks for that info! Please repost your impressions about your new 07 after you've had it for a while. I have seen the disclosure forms - they show over $3K to replace the parts you mentioned.
Thinking this would be a substantial improvement over my Silverado that gets 15mpg. I love my truck but also have a 107 mile daily round-trip commute to consider, and a boat to tow.
#23 of 55 Re: unhappy 07 crd owner [morin2]
Mar 11, 2009 (7:02 am)
You mention a 107 mile daily round trip and that makes me wonder if the CRD Jeep would be the right vehicle. So far the highway MPG has not been good. RPM's too high at 60-70MPH. Others on this site have mentioned the need for an additional gear for the highway. Getting better MPG driving in town at around 40 MPH that on the highway at 65 MPH. Will learn more as time goes on and update the the forum.
#24 of 55 Re: unhappy 07 crd owner [oochuck]
Mar 11, 2009 (1:33 pm)
What is your RPM at 70 MPH. I would think it would be geared to about 1700 RPM at that normal highway speed. My Passat TDI was at about 1800 RPM going 70 MPH. And it would stay in high gear up the longest grades.
#25 of 55 Re: unhappy 07 crd owner [gagrice]
Mar 12, 2009 (6:56 pm)
I bought n 07 Limited CRD with only 7k miles on it completely loaded - every available option they had - backup cameras, auto pedal adjust, entertainment, etc. last Friday for 28k (sticker new was 46k) and its is fantastic but only have 600 miles on it since buying.
The gearing is extremely thick and tight on the low end - all 5 gears are only abour 10-15 mph apart so the RPM I checked tonight at 70MPH is quite high for a diesel at about 2600 so its not in the sweet spot like I had with the Liberty CRD I had - would cruise at about 2200 at that speed. Having said that there isn't much movement on the tach from 65-85 - maybe a couple hundred at best from what I saw. All things considered though comparing a liberty CRD (had it for 80k miles) and this WK CRD is not even close. The transmission is a 1000 times smoother and it ALWAYS has get up anywhere in the range. The transmission seems to be constantly working and keeping you where you need without knowing it - and the accelaerator pedal feels almost endlessly deep compared to the Liberty CDR. I actually only floored the WK once when test driving and it was a long push and was REALLY strong and smooth all the way through to about 80.
Having said all that - I wish it had a 6th gear too because the RPM's would come back into the sweet spot while crusing. I am getting 21.2 MPG right now but its 50/50 city-highway. I have no idea why they didn't add it but all things considered I would rather have it thick on the low end than top end. I am really happy with it and disgusted they didn't keep it alive and stopped at 2008. -- Andy
#26 of 55 Re: unhappy 07 crd owner [gagrice]
Mar 16, 2009 (2:11 pm)
At 1500 RPM's I am at 40-41 MPH in fifth gear. My 2002 Dodge diesel runs at much lower RPM's than the Jeep. I did not get a chance to get it up to 70 MPH but when purchased I recall about 2,600 RPM's at 70MPH.
Enjoying the vehicle, time will tell on overall satisfaction. What it came down to for me was the complete package consisting of: amenities, RWD, diesel and it is a mid size SUV that had a price of $20K. I do not think there is another vehicle that comes close to this deal.
Wish you'll good luck with your jeeps.
#27 of 55 Re: unhappy 07 crd owner [gagrice]
Mar 23, 2009 (10:51 am)
RPM's at 70MPH are right at 2,500. Had an opportunity to get on the freeway and take a short trip of about 80 miles. Could not quite get 23MPG driving 65-70MPH with the AC on and the cruise control set. 90% of the driving my wife will be doing will be in town so I guess 17 MPG overall will be acceptable for going from one stop light to the next.
The front page of the Dallas Morning News auto section on Sunday did a review of the SRT-6.1L Grand Cherokee and the mileage was listed at 11 and 14. So that helps the disappointment of the freeway mileage a little. Hard to believe my 4 speed auto Dodge diesel gets better highway MPG at around 23-24 for a much heavier and larger vehicle with a whole lot more motor. But as we know the gearing makes a big difference.
Consumer reports says that this is one of the better vehicles to come out of Chrysler, take it for what that is worth to you.
Good luck to all.
#28 of 55 How far i can go
Apr 08, 2009 (9:41 am)
I have Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel 2007 with P 245/65/R17 tires. I would like to buy new aftermarket rims. My question is how far I can go in size of the rims and tires and not compromising factory specification, that include also winters set of wheels and tires.. Any help appreciated.
#29 of 55 Re: unhappy 07 crd owner [oochuck]
Apr 08, 2009 (4:53 pm)
I have it on very good reliability that an lot full of diesel GC's ready for shipping got fueled with gasoline. Therefore they could no longer be sold as new vehicles under the law. Chrysler did the repairs and sold them the dealers as used program cars. That is still a good deal considering what everyone else paid new.
#30 of 55 Re: unhappy 07 crd owner [drudgery]
Apr 12, 2009 (4:19 pm)
What did you do with your Liberty?
#31 of 55 Look at the Jeep ads on this page!
Apr 12, 2009 (4:23 pm)
Read the specs on all of the models advertised! They are all wrong!