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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, SUV
Oct 24, 2006 (10:13 am)
The Jeep SRT-8 is nothing short of amaizing in terms of performance, engine sound and looks.
However, I preordered mine before test driving, and now can note its hang-ups (currently have 10k miles on mine).
1) Transmission leaves something to be desired (poor shift points, 3k rpms at 80mph, ...)
2) Pretty harsh ride under poor road conditions (but the trade-off for it's outstanding handling)
3) No color option for interior
4) Cheapest e-brake handle I've ever seen
5) Heavy doors swing close on your leg when pushed open (more wife's complaint, but happens to me too)
6) no passenger "jesus" handle above window pillar (again, more wife's complaint)
7) The "glub - glub" factor!! Horrible gas milage (another trade-off with performance)
8) Cramped rear seating when front seats are all the way back (which mine is - I'm 6'2")
9) Still no towing hitch available (bought mine with intention of pulling my SeaDoo's)
10) Limited mod options
Regardless, I wouldn't trade it in for anything else - not even the Cay TT. Best performance SUV money can buy
#8 of 9 SRT8 Test drive
Dec 14, 2006 (7:28 pm)
Took a black '07 out today for a test drive. Impressions:
1. A real head-turner. My college-age daughter described it as "bling-ghetto" and said that was a compliment.
2. The exhaust note is perfect, deep & throaty without droneing.
3. The massive torque, combined with the AWD & 5spdAT, is incredible! The drivetrain seems always up on its toes, even compared to my supercharged '03 SVT Cobra and turboed Typhoon.
4. The ride/handling tradeoff is right on the edge. On bad pavement it gives you second thoughts, but on on-ramps its all smiles!
5. This feels like a beast. It feels serious, heavy and brute quick, an unusual combination.
I plan to drive an TBSS next week to compare. I know it wont be as brutally quick, but I am interested to see the ride/handling tradeoff, as well as the backseat room (it was better on the SRT8 than I expected). There is no question though, that the SRT8 is one sweet unique ride. Enjoy!