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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-22-2005, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

Is the best bet here the 4.7 V8? Hasn't this engine been around longer than the recently recalled 3.7 V6?

How significant is the power difference between the V6 vs V8?
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Re: 3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

From my understanding, the 3.7L is based on the same design as the 4.7L. The 5.7L will give you the best bang for the buck (close to same gas mileage as 4.7L, greater horsepower).

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Re: 3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

I've got the 3.7 V6 in my 03 Liberty, it hasn't missed a beat, I wouldn't trade it for nuthin. It's got plenty of power for the Liberty. I tried the 05 GC with the V6, it was under powered compared to the Liberty, even though there isn't much of a weight difference between the two. I'd go with the 4.7
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Re: 3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

I was poking around the Jeep site, noticed that the Commander comes with the 3.7, I wasn't aware of that. IMO it would be way underpowered. Go with the 4.7.
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Re: 3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

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Is the best bet here the 4.7 V8? Hasn't this engine been around longer than the recently recalled 3.7 V6?

How significant is the power difference between the V6 vs V8?
Hello jeepster,

The power difference between the 3.7L V6 engine and the 4.7L V8 is 25 horsepower. With the 3.7L V6 engine rated at 210 hp and the 4.7L V8 rated at 235 hp. You are correct, the 4.7L V8 engine has been around for much longer than the 3.7L V6, however, I can't solidify the information for you about a recent recall on the 3.7L V6. To acquire the most up-to-date recall information, my best suggestion would be to get in contact with the DaimlerChrysler Recall Information Center at 1-800-853-1403 (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm ET).

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Re: 3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

My suggestion is to go with at least the 4.7L. With the Commander weighing at least 2.5 tons with 2 passengers. I believe the Jeep Liberty weighs about 2 tons with 2 passengers.
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I just bought a Black V6 with all the goodies and I drove a V8 with no goodies. The price was almost the same. I would say if you had to decide between an extra 25 hp and a navigation package with other nice things. I say ditch the V8.
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Re: 3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

We have the 4.7, I get the same mileage as in my Hemi Ram. The 4.7 definately has ample power. I think the 3.7 felt a little anemic for the Commander. The only reason i didnt get the Hemi was although its only a $1000 option I only saw it on the Limited pushing the $40,000 range.
Overall quite happy with the 4.7.
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Re: 3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

I just bought a dark khaki Commander. I ditched the price of the V8 and got the 3.7 V6 instead. I put the price I saved toward the awesome NAV system (well worth it). I drove both 3.7 and 4.7 and did not see much difference. I wont be towing anything so the V6 is fine. Having this car for 4 days now, the V6 actually has ample power.
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Re: 3.7 V6 vs. 4.7 V8

I jumped to the 4.7 V8 for the difference in tow capacity -- up from 3,500 pounds with V6 to 6500 with the V8. (Of course, Hemi is even higher tow capacity but I don't need that.)

So far (2600 miles) I'm loving the small V8. Very tractable, accelerates smartly and mileage is tolerable. Only thing I've towed so far is a small UHaul trailer with some furniture in it and it 'wasn't even there.' I have a lightweight boat now with perhaps a heavier one in the furture, so I'm glad I have that extra towing capacity.

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