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Old 08-22-2014, 08:35 PM
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Angry Brake Booster Recall

It's been a while since I posted here. Maybe two years or so. I've been busy, doing life's things, and enjoying my 2012 SRT8, one of only about 150 delivered to this part of Canada for that model year. The rarity is fun, even though a few more in the later model years are appearing on the streets now. It has been a great performer, tripping into cottage country hauling boats and utility trailers. Last month, in the small town of Haliburton, ON we left a restaurant after dinner and found ourselves parked on the main street with the traffic closed off and the sidewalks lined with families waiting for the Rotary Carnival parade. As we pulled out slowly to avoid all the kids darting across the street, the first marching band slipped in behind us and everyone thought we were the start of the parade. By now, we're pretty well used to getting lots of stares directed mostly at the big red Brembos shining through the wheels, but this was just weird. With all the clapping, cheering and excited kiddies, all we could do was just smile and wave and hope the local press didn't make an issue of trying to identify the new Grand Marshal and Princess.

Yessir, the SRT8 has been a hoot. This afternoon, however, our bubble was burst. I had the recall notice for brake booster come in two months ago. Our dealer service team, great guys by the way, checked things out and ordered the shield to protect the booster from corrosion. It was to be installed today, but when the mechanic opened things up, it was worse than originally thought, oil leaking everywhere. So, suddenly, I was at the service desk learning the Jeep can't be driven and a rental will be supplied for the next 8.....yes 8!! weeks or so, while we wait for a new brake booster, master cylinder, and the shield to be installed.

So, I collected the things I knew I would need from inside the Jeep and waited for the rental company to pick me up. I must say, they were very efficient at National Rental Car and tried their best to put me into a similar vehicle; At least, one that could transport my two big dogs to the cottage. There is, however, no such thing as a rental tow vehicle, unless you get a commercial licensed truck, and have the requisite commercial driver's license. So now, I expect I'll have to borrow my daughter's '04 G.C. to get the bowrider out of the lake when time comes to winterize it.

National gave me what they describe as an SUV. It's a Chevy Equinox. In rental company white.

So, now, this steaming white pile of $#!+, sits in the place of honour in my garage formerly reserved for the SRT8.

I forgive you, Chrysler, for taking the initiative to secure my vehicle against a potential safety issue.

I do not forgive you, for sourcing safety components from China.

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