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Hi there,

I've recently bought a 2006 5.7 Limited. A fairly rare thing in the UK, according to the register there are only 157 on the road compared to over 1000 3.0CRD versions. A colleague has a CRD Grand Cherokee which set me wanting one.

Its done 100k, only 1 family owner and has an LPG conversion, the cost of fuel over here and the crazy annual road tax for big petrol engines is a killer but given the way things are going, this could well be my last chance to run a V8.

Jeep dealers and parts are seriously expensive in the UK. I've tried to get a replacement spare key and they want $500+20% tax.

I've just ordered a big load of service parts from the USA from Morris 4x4 center. There were cheaper alternatives but Morris seem to sell genuine Mopar parts and i'd rather go with that if possible.

It runs fantastic and must be one of the most comfortable cars i've ever driven and the performance is so effortless. I really love it.

So once the kit arrives, my plan is:

Oil and filter
Air filter
Transfer case oil
Gearbox oil and filters
Front and rear axle oil and LSD additive
Power steering oil
LPG filters
Spark plugs

If I decide to keep it longer term, i'll get the wheels refurbished and look at changing the water pump (coolant has been changed recently) and maybe even the timing chain.
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Hiya buddy, welcome. I'm from the UK also and was looking for a hemi with LPG when I bought my CRD. I looked for a while but the hemi is indeed rare, which is why I bought the diesel. You Jeep looks great pal.

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Welcome from another UK owner. Also on a CRD. Was it actually cheaper to get parts + ship + import tax? If so, I might have a more serious look at US online shops.


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Greetings and welcome. I was looking for a V8 when I bought my CRD last August. I got one with only 37k miles on a 2007 and was fairly chuffed with that until just after that there was a 2007 V8 with 31k and fulll service history etc....

However, I love my CRD (second one I've had). As one of our American cousins pointed out it actually has more torque than the V8, and I do tow a twin axle caravan.

So far I have been tidying up some bits and pieces, had the wheels refurbished and some paint scuffs done. In the process of fixing the leaking sunroof and next is an Apple play radio, reversing camera and some extra lights front and rear. Nothing too radical, although I am tempted by a Superchip tune.....

Lots of good folks and excellent advice on here.
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Hey, I'm thinking about chiptuning also. I have CRD with stock power and seems to be lazy for me now. My plan looks: 275HP and 620Nm. This is maximally variant which I can see on offer. Tomorrow my Jeep will get add heating and next day new OME lift. Then I plan new tires. Still wondering how big they will be. I have to wait on lift and than I can see how rooms will be there for new bigger tires.
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i am so jealous of you UK guys with the CRD. Id take one of those in a heartbeat. Unfortunately the CRD is very rare in the US...

A tune and bigger tires and CRD's get 25+ mpg... they come with 3.73 final drive stock which is actually too much gear for ideal highway mpg on stock tires.
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i am so jealous of you UK guys with the CRD. Id take one of those in a heartbeat. Unfortunately the CRD is very rare in the US...

A tune and bigger tires and CRD's get 25+ mpg... they come with 3.73 final drive stock which is actually too much gear for ideal highway mpg on stock tires.
I was hoping this to be true also mate. I have a CRD and at the moment with 29" wheels I'm sitting at 2500rpm at 70mph. Thats not great for a diesel where max torque begins at 1600rpm. Like you say, I'm planning to fit the biggest wheels possible with a decent lift to bring those motorway RPM's down to a more reasonable 2000rpm or as near as possible.

Currently I average about 23mpg on the 29 inch wheels and UK gallons are bigger than US! Shocking for a diesel.

Cheers, Will.
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I was hoping this to be true also mate. I have a CRD and at the moment with 29" wheels I'm sitting at 2500rpm at 70mph. Thats not great for a diesel where max torque begins at 1600rpm. Like you say, I'm planning to fit the biggest wheels possible with a decent lift to bring those motorway RPM's down to a more reasonable 2000rpm or as near as possible.

Currently I average about 23mpg on the 29 inch wheels and UK gallons are bigger than US! Shocking for a diesel.

Cheers, Will.
THey would be so much better with the 3.7L 3.07 final drive in stock form. But they take to bigger tires nicely so thats a bonus.
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For those with the LPG conversion how big is the tank and how many miles do you get between fillups?

For those looking for better CRD mileage you could run 3.07 front and rear... those gears are available for the front diff which is the tough one to find parts for.... or if it's RWD only let your imagination fly........

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Hi there,

I've recently bought a 2006 5.7 Limited. A fairly rare thing in the UK, according to the register there are only 157 on the road compared to over 1000 3.0CRD versions. A colleague has a CRD Grand Cherokee which set me wanting one.

Its done 100k, only 1 family owner and has an LPG conversion, the cost of fuel over here and the crazy annual road tax for big petrol engines is a killer but given the way things are going, this could well be my last chance to run a V8.

Jeep dealers and parts are seriously expensive in the UK. I've tried to get a replacement spare key and they want $500+20% tax.

I've just ordered a big load of service parts from the USA from Morris 4x4 center. There were cheaper alternatives but Morris seem to sell genuine Mopar parts and i'd rather go with that if possible.

It runs fantastic and must be one of the most comfortable cars i've ever driven and the performance is so effortless. I really love it.

So once the kit arrives, my plan is:

Oil and filter
Air filter
Transfer case oil
Gearbox oil and filters
Front and rear axle oil and LSD additive
Power steering oil
LPG filters
Spark plugs

If I decide to keep it longer term, i'll get the wheels refurbished and look at changing the water pump (coolant has been changed recently) and maybe even the timing chain.
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