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2012 V8 vs 2016 V6

Discussion in 'LR4' started by Robbouchard, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. Robbouchard

    Robbouchard Active Member

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    After my recent scare with my 2012 v8 timing chain I am considering trading her in. I am considering either switching to a 2016 V6 or jumping out of the LR and going to a Jeep GJ diesel V6. For all its faults I do love the LR4. So switching up to the V6 do I get away from the timing chain and crossover issues? Are there other engine killing issues with the V6? Are there turbo charger issue as?
     
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    The V6 is essentially the same block as the V8, with the back two cylinders rendered inoperable and a supercharger put on top.

    You have the same timing chain, but with updated guides. Same crossover pipe issues, same water pump issues, etc. And you'll have supercharger issues as well.

    Not sure one the Jeep diesels. I had heard they had some issues at one point, but those may have been addressed.
     
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    Not aware of anyone having issues with a timing chain on the v6. The only issue with the supercharger is the coupler, which can get noisy, but that’s super easy to change when you have it off to do your cooling crossovers, which are still an issue.
     
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    I think there are a few Land Rover mechanics who post on the Land Rover owners facebook group who've talked about doing timing chains on the V6s, and that the new guides made the issues better, but didn't fix them entirely.

    I think that a good oil change interval is key, and doing that with the new guides is probably good enough to keep the problems away. A big problem with Land Rovers on the secondary market, though, is that most of them started out as leased vehicles, and people do the bare minimum maintenance on a leased vehicle.
     
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    i had both a 2012 and the 2016 V6 at the same time. I have always loved the V8 in my 2012 and really surprised myself in how much I did not like the V6 -- so much so that even as an ardent LR4 fan, got rid of it after a few months.
     
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    magus. If you don’t mind me asking, What were your issues with the V6?
     
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    Sure and I am of course, just one opinion but I found the V6 to feel underpowered and laggy in that turbo-lag kind of way. The eco engine cut-off was also very annoying to me. I got into the habit of turning it off but always felt like a nuisance to me.

    The LR4 can run on that delicate line between capable off road hauler and shopping mall kid commuter. With no low gear in this model and the underpowered feel, it drifted into a heavy commuter-oriented SUV for me and was a stark contrast to my V8 2012. YMMV
     
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    I have a 2012 and have a coworker with a 2016. The lag is super noticeable if you drive them back to back. Obviously, there's the torque difference off idle, but I almost wonder if a good part of it is throttle tuning on the V6 that could be improved with remapping.
     
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    We have a 2013 V8 and a 2016 V6.

    All three of us agree that we like the V8 better. Just something about the power distribution that's so much smoother in the V8, particularly on take off.
     
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    Thanks guys. You have given me a lot to think about. My current thoughts are to abandon the idea of switching to the V6. I recently had the timing chain guides fixed and the coolant crossover pipes replaced plus a new coolant pump. I figure my V8 is worth $20k, to ‘upgrade’ to a 2016 V6 is going to be $40k or I could allocate the extra $20k for repairs on the V8.
     
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