3.8l or 4.0l ?



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    Question 3.8l or 4.0l ?

    Seems there is little conversations here and there, but not a good thread on this.. or I missed it.

    Seems like the pro for the 3.8 is a timing chain vs a Belt on the 4.0l (anyone know when Chrysler recomends changing the belt? )

    A bit better fuel economy with the 4.0l plus more power.

    But the 4.0l is harder to find and may require compromising on options.

    Plus only newer ones are available so the sticker price is $250 more plus they may not offer the $500 reddot discount. So that $630 option becomes a $1380. I think I am leaning toward the 3.8 on price alone. No plans to tow and no big mountains in Michigan.

    Any thought?

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    Timing chain scheduled mtce is 102k miles.

    Regarding price of 4.0, everything is negotiable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T&CFan View Post
    Timing chain scheduled mtce is 102k miles.

    Regarding price of 4.0, everything is negotiable.

    I think you mean Timing belt

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    I'd definitely choose the 4.0L
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    Timing BELT change is every 100kmiles on MOST ALL engines that have timing BELTS. The chains can go 400kmiles, easy.
    The 3.8L gets better MPG, and overall is a better, more reliable engine.
    Whichever engine you get, I STRONGLY recommend you get the 6speed tranny. It comes with a "Lifetime Warranty" .......
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTraveller View Post
    Timing BELT change is every 100kmiles on MOST ALL engines that have timing BELTS. The chains can go 400kmiles, easy.
    The 3.8L gets better MPG, and overall is a better, more reliable engine.
    Whichever engine you get, I STRONGLY recommend you get the 6speed tranny. It comes with a "Lifetime Warranty" .......
    Actually the 4.0 gets better economy by 1mpg city and 2 highway. A much more advanced engine compared to the aging 3.3/3.8 engines.

    Both the 3.8 and 4.0 get the 6 speed which is nice, but I would opt for the 4.0. Why? Because it gets better fuel economy with having an extra 50hp and more torque as well. The timing belt is something you know will have to be done so you can save up for the cost starting a few months in advance and not have it be such a hit on the wallet.

    More power is always better if you can get it.
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    I can change belts myself, however, I'll still take a chain over a belt, any day ........
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    Fuel economy is great, but a very tiny increase in it means nothing when compared to the costs of replacing the timing belt.

    Drive both. See which you like better. I did, and ended up with the 3.8L.

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    I'd also opt for the 4.0. Better MPG, and timing belt replacement is not THAT expensive... And I drove a 6 speed at WOT for a little bit Friday. It's exceptional. The shifts only drop around 500 RPM so you stay in the torque band. And that was a 3.8.

    However no 2010 van comes with a lifetime powertrain warranty, reguardless of transmission choice. 6 year 100K on the powertrain. The limited lifetime powertrain warranty ended in 2009.
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    I'd personally just wait for the 3.6L Pentastar!

    It'll be here for the 2011 model year hopefully. It has more horsepower and better fuel economy than the 4.0L
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