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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-15-2001, 12:35 AM
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Jeep totally missed the boat with the 3.7 motor. Chevy recently introduced a 270 hp/285ft-lb 4.2 litre I-6 in their Trailblazer. Any other disgruntled consumers out there?

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Nope.Not at all.Horsepower isn't everything.Take a good look at the long flat torque curve.

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The Liberty could have a 1.7 liter motor in it with 50hp and still go places the "Trailblazer" could only dream of. Chevy is the one who missed the boat on this one, the S10 was never a hardcore offroader but now it's nothing more than a 4wd minivan. First time I saw one I thought it was just that, then to hear they call it a "Trailblazer"? Might as well slap "Dune Runner" on the side of an Astro van.


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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2001, 12:40 PM
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Check out the latest issue of Four Wheeler. They just did the testing for their 4x4 of the year, and I believe the TrailBlazer finishes dead last, even with the horsepower. The Liberty finishes second to.....the Grand Cherokee. It beat the explorer, land rover..... not bad.

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Re: Liberty V6

The hard part for (pardon the term)SUV manufacturers is designing and building one that can do fairly well on and off road. A lot of manufacturers have biased their modern designs to the on road side of the equation.

The HP/Torque controversy is not that big of a deal really, gearing can be modified to make any stock engine useful for off roading. For example, the 1984-86 XJs, with their small HP 2.5 and 2.8 engines had much lower gearing than the 1987-01 XJs..the big difference is the much more poweful 4.0 engine. The 4.0 didn't need all that gearing, making up for the taller gears with brute torque.

As for the small engined Jeeps, the 1984 Jeep Cherokee XJ is, so far, the only 4x4 to win all 3 major mags "4x4 of the year" award in the same year. The engine in that record setting Cherokee? A 2.8L V-6....... all 115 HP and 145 ftlb of it, the very same engine that was used in the S-10 Blazer that year....[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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