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    Need help figuring out Chrysler Aspen model year options

    My wife is in love with the Aspen, which means we're getting an Aspen, but I can't find a site that gives me accurate specs!! It was made from 2007-2009 model years. What engines were available for each model year and what were their performance specs??

    There appears to be a 4.7L and a 5.7L available for each year, but the HP numbers I'm finding on various websites are conflicting. I'm mainly looking at getting the Hemi, but I wanted to get one with MDS (that works on the highway above 70mph.) I thought I read the 376HP Hemi was introduced in the 2009 model year, but I can't say that with any confidence??

    Any help finding the real answers would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    If you go to cars.com, they have a rundown of options by model year.
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    I already checked them out and they appear to have a lot of discrepancies with other websites so I was wondering if someone could straighten everything out for me. They list the 5.7L Hemi for 2007-2009, but I read somewhere the 2009 Hemi got VVT, they upped the HP from 335 to 376 or so, and it gets better highway MPG, but I can't seem to find any confident proof of this anywhere??

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    I believe when the Hemi got VVT it went up to around 360 HP from the original 335 and then 345. I also believe the "hybrid" package bumped the HP up a bit more, but that was a short lived beast for 2009 only. The 4.7 was upgraded to 303 HP in mid 07 as we saw the new ones being installed when the DOC members toured the Newark plant in October of 2007.

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    So if I'm looking for a used Aspen with either the 303 HP 4.7L or the 365 HP Hemi, what model years should I look for for each one?

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    You're really going to want a late 08 to 09 Hemi Aspen.
    The 4.7 will just be OK in a full-sized Aspen, but won't yield any better gas mileage.
    Good luck finding a nice used one, most owners are very pleased with them and wanna hold on to them.
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    +1 on the 2009 Hemi Aspen.

    As for technical specs, etc? 99% identical to the 2009 Durango Hemi so anything you find here or elsewhere will apply.

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    So, if I'm understanding what you're saying, I shouldn't notice any significant mileage difference between the 4.7L on a 2008-2009 Aspen vs the 5.7L on a 2009 Aspen? Just a 70 HP difference in power? My wife mainly does stop & go city driving to the grocery store (so MDS would be useless), but we'd be using it on long trips too. So there'll be a good bit of short 1-2 mile trips on it as well as a good amount of steady highway driving. Does MDS help that much compared to just going with a 4.7L?

    The power isn't important at all, I'm mainly concerned about mileage as well as durability between the two engines.

    Thanks!

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    Yeah, but what if I can't find a 2009 with a 376 HP Hemi (they seem to be like the proverbial needle in a haystack!) If the 4.7L delivers the same mileage and is equally reliable, then I'd go with the 4.7 and have 2008 and 2009 to choose from. Remember, it's for my wife and she really doesn't care about going fast in with our babies inside, so I'm wondering if it's even worth looking for an 09 5.7L Hemi needle in a haystack as it relates to MPG and reliability? Can someone tell me what the MPG difference is between the 08 4.7, 09 4.7, and 09 5.7 models? Would looking for the 376 HP Hemi just be splitting hairs when I could settle for the 303 HP 4.7?

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