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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Test drive the 3.2 on Coquihalla Hiway

Would like some Feedback on your experience driving the Coquihalla hiway in BC to the Summit with your Cherokee 3.2 L engine.
I figure that should be about the Best test for highway driving in the province. Feedback on the rpm on the hills if it handled it with ease without working hard.
I've driven it a number of times with other vehicles some with 4 cylinder and was hard to maintain the new speed limit of 120kph. But think the 6 cylinder should do a good job.
We all know that highways has the steepest longest grades combined.
Hope to do that run in March!


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I have a 2016 i4 cherokee sport 4x4 and it runs the coquihalla fine. The 9speed transmission really helps the smaller engine. There will be certainly no issues with the v6.

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Good to here the 2.4 is doing good on those grades. I had the 2.4 with 6 speed in a compass and it struggled a bit jumping down in gears and pretty high rpms. Anyways hard to beat BC for sight seeing!!!


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Good to here the 2.4 is doing good on those grades. I had the 2.4 with 6 speed in a compass and it struggled a bit jumping down in gears and pretty high rpms. Anyways hard to beat BC for sight seeing!!!


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Right... jeep's are heavy!! But the 9speed makes a huge difference for the little engine. I can't imagine a 6speed in a 4500lb jeep hooked up to an i4.

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Driven it lots of times , you'll see ninth dropping into Merritt and Hope down the smasher , also towed the boat #3500 lbs , handled it fine , although coming back up the smasher I was in 3rd gear , just about the only place I felt the 3.2 working hard . Think I did the trip with the boat 6 times last year , Kamloops-Fraser Valley . Lots more solo and in the depths of winter . Probably the best car out there for this road !

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Done the Coq a few times. The 3.2L handles it with ease. No problem doing 130km/h. Does suck the fuel though. lol Last summer I used 1/2 a tank to go from Hope to Kamloops. Yes I was flyin'
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Would like some Feedback on your experience driving the Coquihalla hiway in BC to the Summit with your Cherokee 3.2 L engine.
I figure that should be about the Best test for highway driving in the province. Feedback on the rpm on the hills if it handled it with ease without working hard.
I've driven it a number of times with other vehicles some with 4 cylinder and was hard to maintain the new speed limit of 120kph. But think the 6 cylinder should do a good job.
We all know that highways has the steepest longest grades combined.
Hope to do that run in March!


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When I got my LTD last May and went to Edmonton in June, I set cruise on the Coq at 125 and it did not falter one bit, I averaged 7 litres per 100. Mine has the 3.2 with the tow package. Plenty of get up and go to pass. I have a hemi Ram and this Jeep impressed me.
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No problems but roaring up the great bear snow shed Hill to coq summit will really suck back the fuel and is generally unwise, since I usually pop out of the snow shed to find at least one transport trying to pass another and the left lane unplowed......
Driving the Coq at 120 takes about half a tank hope to Kamloops and slacking off to 110 or even 100 on the steepest grades gets you there on a 1/4 tank.
Ripping up the hill on a hot summer day would certainly be an invitation to overheat
Missed getting caught in the two twelve hour closures last week.
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When my colleague designed that highway it was to be safe at 120 kmph and posted at 110 and while my lead foot kind of takes me over that (well over...)occasionally, I kind of know that there are some rather life altering consequences to pushing past Greg S's ? Design speed for the road.

Occasionally road maintenance messes up and you could park at the top of Great bear give the bumper a solid kick and skate the 3 km 9% grade down to see where your cherokee landed. I still keep in mind the sanding crew following me that didn't make it down the Inks lake Hill into Kamloops.
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Don't know about the Coq, but I take a 1300 lb camping trailer + kids, canoe and gear, over the Malahat every time we head out camping. The i4 Sport handles that pretty easily. 28% grade if I recall correctly, though not as long as the Coquihalla. Usually end up passing someone on the first two lane stretch out of Goldstream. Revs between 3500 and 4000 on the uphill, but coasts down the other side in 9th sipping 3 litres per hundred.

I think your six will be fine.
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