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ccdio

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Considering a Jeep.. anyone towing a 490 with a Jeep ?

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I tow my 490 with a 2013 WK Grand Cherokee 3 ltr diesel with 5 speed transmission. It develops 177kw @4,000 RPM and 550Nm @ 1800- 2800RPM.  The 2018 models are 184kw @ 4,000 RPM and 570Nm @ 2,000 RPM with an 8 speed transmission and better fuel economy. I get around 8ltrs/100km at highway speed without the drag of the 490 and about 13.5ltrs/100km towing the 490 at highway speed. It can get up to 16ltrs/100km in hilly country towing the van. It has had no major faults so far in its 86,000 km. It has no problems towing the van up hills.

Last year, I did a 7,800 km trip with the 490 going from Brisbane up to Lawn Hill George and then across to Tennant Creek and down through Uluru, Kings Canyon, Port Augusta, Wilpena Pound, Broken Hill and back to Brisbane. I drove unsealed sections between: Lawn Hill George and Camooweal; Glen Helen George  in the West Macdonald Ranges to Kings Canyon; Wilcannia to Bourke along the Darling River Valley; Brewarrina to Goodooga to get to Lightning Ridge.

I have found the limits of its clearance on the Fraser Island sand tracks. Did some under body damage. I would now prefer air suspension to be able to raise the body temporarily for situations where it is required.


I did have an electronic fault warning (electronic throttle control) in the 1st year I had it. I was 50km west of Windorah on the way to Birdsville when the fault indicated on the instrument panel. I had about 330km to get to Birdsville, so I turned around and drove back to Windorah. I contacted Jeep Assist and they arranged a 1,200 km tow back to Brisbane at their expense. It was still driving OK but I didn't want to risk driving it back to Brisbane.

I have spoken to other diesel Grand Cherokee owners who have had problems with clogged diesel particulate filter that affects the motor performance. I think this only happens a around town commuting speed. A solution to this is to burn it off at highway speed. I haven't had this problem myself.

Services for the Diesel are 10,000km or 6 months and they are more expensive than a Toyota because of the cost of the parts.


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Additionally, they have a limited 50 cm wading depth. I had a snorkel fitted to mine.

The spare tyre is a smaller width to the road tyres. Road tyres on my Laredo 265/60/18. Spare 245/65/18. I bought an additional full size mag wheel for a full size spare that I carry in a basket on the roof when I go on long journeys.
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