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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, SUV
#932 of 964 Re: All Weather Tires [suomi8]
Mar 26, 2008 (10:33 am)
I live in Michigan and have an '06 Grand Cherokee SRT8 which I got in early March of 2006. I have gone through two winters with it and although it's not great, it's not horrible either. As you well know, this has been an especially snowy winter here in the upper mid-west and I've driven the SRT8 every day with no problems. I also have an especially steep driveway and have never had a problem going up. My last two cars, M5 and XJR both with 4 aggressive snows had a major problem getting up my driveway in heavy snow.
Admittedly I was very disappointed in the fall of '06 when I tried to purchase snowtire/wheel combos from Tire Rack, Discount Tire and pretty much everyone else and found out that there was nothing available. Since I got through the first winter ('06-'07) okay I decided to not even bother looking for snows this year. As you know, last winter and this one were very different, but as I said even with the much heavier snow this year, I got through.
On a separate note, the Jeep dealer in Ann Arbor has the owner's black GC SRT8 sitting on the lot for sale in the $39k range. I don't know the mileage. Mine will be on their lot in around 14 months when my lease is up too. I love it and so far it has been bulletproof, but I'm ready to move back to a car. I do know that will miss the incredible acceleration....wet or dry.
#933 of 964 Re: 2007 SRT8 Roof Rack [nemisus]
Mar 26, 2008 (10:40 am)
I know that in '06 the standard Grand Cherokee roof rack was a fairly inexpensive option on the GC SRT8. I would be surprised if that has changed.
#934 of 964 Re: All Weather Tires [kec8]
Mar 26, 2008 (10:57 am)
Hi kec8 -
Thanks a great deal for the info. It sounds like the car is certainly something that can work in the winter time but it would be foolish to get it and expect it to handle the slippery weather with no troubles at all. Maybe the next time it snows up here I will take one out for a test drive and see how it handles.
Thanks again to everyone for their info and help
#935 of 964 Jerky and Lost Power
Apr 20, 2008 (10:40 pm)
My 2007 GC SRT8 has about 9k miles. It has been great. But, recently, at low speed, I gave it moderate gas and the car moved in jerks with little power. It did this for a short distance. I parked the car but kept the engine running. I put it in reverse. My NAV screen did not show a backup image! Clearly something was wrong. I shut off the engine. 30 minutes later, I started the car and all was well again.
I suspect (1) fuel pump, (2) transmission, (3) electronic control. Before I take it to a dealer, I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
#936 of 964 Re: Jerky and Lost Power [guertin]
Apr 21, 2008 (4:41 am)
I find if the car is cold--it does this--it takes a while for it to warm up--the dealer told me I did not have to warm up the car--and if I leaveit running in the driveway --it doesn;t help to warm it up--you just have to drive it,,,The dealer did a complete diagnostic on it and it was fine...Even if you just turn it off for 30 seconds and restart it-it willbe fine..I have 40K miles--it happens often--not all the time
#937 of 964 Collectible SRT8?
Apr 21, 2008 (4:47 am)
Ha sanyone given any thought to whether these cars will be collectible cars down the line? I have an '06--had an order on it for 9 months before they started making them...It's great in good shape--but the gas is outrageous--in NY Premium now is 3.85 a gallon--I am torn between getting rid of it ---or just garaging it and use it on special occasions--I would like it to be a collector's item one day...Any thoughts?
#938 of 964 Re: Jerky and Lost Power [paulad]
Apr 21, 2008 (7:29 pm)
Thanks for your suggestion, Paulad. I forgot to mention that when this happened, the engine had been at full temperature for at least 10 minutes. I think the focus has to be on electrical because of the loss of the backup camera image on the NAV screen! I am taking the car to dealer tomorrow and will report back.
So, Paulad, does that change your comment?
As for your idea of the car as a collectors item . . . I think it may have merit. Here's why: When I picked up my 2007 SRT8 (after 4.5 month wait), the dealer told me he could have sold the car for $5k more than I paid for it and within 1 month of having the car, I got an offer from a guy while I was getting gas for $4k over what I paid for it! You see, some folks don't want to wait 4 months for the car and they have money! Now, it will be important that the car performs as advertised (0 to 60 mph in about 4.8 s) and with no significant defects. One other item. If Jeep SRT8/SRT10 comes out with a 600 HP, 600 ft-lb torque engine in 2009 or 2010, then all bets are off.
I hope this helps and I look forward to a rapid reply to my problem before I take the car to the dealer.
#939 of 964 Re: Jerky and Lost Power [guertin]
Apr 22, 2008 (4:51 am)
no--your problem sounds just like mine---and I just pull over--and restart it-- it's fine...I did have the dealer check it out--they ran everything and couldn't find anything...I don't have much confidence in them though--my jeep had that problem with the brakes--it was in the dealership--5 times within the first three months that I had it--almost went into a tree...they told me I was nuts...A while later a recall for that same thing--hasn't happened since...so...I don't necessary believe what they tell me...
#940 of 964 Re: Jerky and Lost Power [paulad]
Apr 22, 2008 (9:14 pm)
Paulad, here's an update. I was at the dealer today. Everything checked OK except one item: the shifter assembly. Of course, they did not have the part and it was ordered. They were confident that this would solve the backup camera problem but were not sure it would resolve the intermittent loss of power and jerky motion at low speed. We will know more when I have the shifter assembly installed. I will update you then.
NOTE: to the dealer's credit, they said it the shifter assembly did not solve the problems, they would place an electronic monitor/recorder on the car so that when the problem occurs, it would be recorded.
#941 of 964 Re: Collectible SRT8? [paulad]
Apr 29, 2008 (6:22 pm)
Will this car be a collectable? Probably. But you're talking 20-25 years down the before there is any appreciable increase in value. It's a limited edition car, but it won't be increasing in price for quite a while. Do you remember the people that bought Buick Grand Nationals with thoughts of them increasing in value. Right now the Grand Cherokee SRT 8's are probably dropping in value due to the gas prices.
Unless you are absolutely attached to the car love it and can't think of parting with it don't keep it as a collectible with the thought of making money on it. If you figure the cost of keeping it for 20 years (insurance; storage; maintenance), it doesn't make fiscal sense. You're better off selling the car now and then buying another one in 15 years when the value is probably at the bottom.
You can count the number of cars that can be purchased new and kept as a collectible on half of the fingers on one hand. Unless you purchased an Enzo or some other very limited model, even most Ferrari's or other exotic cars don't increase in value for many years.
A year or two ago I'd have suggested that you to put your money in the stock market or in a CD for 15 years and then go buy the car, but these days those aren't doing so well either. Maybe cars are the best investment after all....