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Need some help deciding... 4.7l vs. 5.7l

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I've come over here from Jeepsunlimited. I have a 2000 xj that finally cracked its cylinder head, so I've decided to retire my xj and look for a commander. I've had some experience with the 5.7 hemi in my '03 dodge 2500 that I sold a few years back and I absolutely loved it. I've got about $18k to spend at most and have found two vehicles locally. They are as follows:
  • 2006 Commander Limited w 5.7 hemi and 40k miles. 2nd owner, first owner was a the owner of a local dealership. Was sold to the second owner at 12k miles (about a year after it was put in service) went into service around June 2006. Its loaded with saddle leather, nav, dvd, etc. The guy is trying to sell it privately and is asking $17,999 or best offer. I'd consider offering $17k no more
  • 2007 Commander Limited w 4.7 with 25k miles, 1 owner grey leather, CD player, no nav. Its a small used car dealer about 13 miles away and they are asking $18,995 for it. I'd consider offering $18k no more.
What do you guys think? It would be nice to have something under warrenty, and I don't care about having the navigation or DVD (I have a Garmin) but I loved having the extra power that the Hemi gave. That aside is there much difference on gas? We don't drive much, about 12k a year, but we head up north to the mountains every weekend during the winter to snowboard, so if there is a big difference in gas mileage it might make a difference. What do you guys think on pricing too?
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The 06' with 40k, I wouldn't pay more than $15,500 for it. The 07 with 25k is worth more like $15,500 to $16,500. Of course I'm in Ohio and I don't know what state you are in. Prices differ from state to state. Maybe that is just the former used car dealer in me though.
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I live in Boston, MA. I'd expect my prices to be a bit higher. Pricing aside whats your thoughts of the 4.7 vs. the 5.7.
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I can't recall that anyone has the 5.7 has ever regretted having the bigger engine. And, MOST of the 4.7s don't have any complaints either. I'd go with the 06 with 5.7.

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If you are going to do anything other than regular on pavement driving consider the 5.7

The 5.7 will be very useful if you pull any kind of a trailer and the added power off road is important.

Check on the Transfer case QD or QT, that is important as well.



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No plans on towing anything in the near future, other than a ski boat from time to time but that may never happen. No real off-road use either, I still have my 2000xj for that.

Whats your thought of being in warranty vs. out of warranty? If I'm not mistaken the 06 would be out of warranty while the 07 would still be in warranty. Sorry I'm not as well read up as I should be on this.
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5.7 , i have the 4.7 and its fine, but still sucks on gas, so go for the 5.7 definately

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Anything in particular I should look for on the 06 when I check it out on saturday?
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make sure all the tsb's and recalls are taken care or. Weatherstriping on front doors, service 4wd message, pwr window regulators,etc.

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06-08, go with the 5.7 if you want more power. I have the 4.7 and its adequate, but wish I'd gone with the 5.7 for mountain power, esp since mine's lifted with bigger tires.

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