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Old 03-20-2014, 08:37 PM
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Default Hemi vs v6 - beach

Want something to drive on beach. Should I get hemi or v6. Does low gear of v8 matter? What are differences in transmission
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I'll let somebody else discuss the main advantage over the 2spd transfer case in the HEMI equipped models vs. the single speed in the v-6 models. Usually the 2spd transfer case with the low range is better suited to rough, uneven terrain where low vehicle speed is a must. Not sure what's best for sand.

As for the HEMI vs. the V-6, if you have the funds and gas mileage isn't terribly important then without question get the HEMI and enjoy it's significant low end torque and effortless cruising. If gas mileage does come into play as well as funds then the V-6 is perfectly capable in the Durango with the 8spd transmission. I'm coming from a HEMI Charger and have been very pleased with the 3.6 and it's performance. Do I miss the HEMI? Sure, but it's not a must have in a vehicle like this unless you tow on a regular basis or simply want the grunt of the 5.7.
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