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Old 12-25-2012, 11:39 AM
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Re: 6290 mile road trip through 14 states

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Thanks for the write up. I plan on picking up a 2014 SRT and I was going back and forth between the SRT or the Overland/Summit. I wanted the guts of the SRT, but I was worried it would be terrible on the highway for being too stiff or uncomfortable. Your post put me at ease. Thanks =)

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Old 12-25-2012, 12:43 PM
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Re: 6290 mile road trip through 14 states

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I've never had the opportunity to drive my Jeep on a track of any kind, so I'd appreciate your comments on what limits the speed on a short track. Is it the G force as you enter the curves, or lack of a sufficient straight stretch? On a track I would be a total novice, but I would think that given sufficient laps, you could gradually build up speed. I got my beast up to 150 quickly on Route 93, but I must admit that holding that speed around a curve would have been a challenge. How fast were the Pro instructors able to go on your short track?
At 150, the JC really starts to feel loose... Anyone dared to push it faster?
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:10 AM
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You should choose the SRT. No contest!

And a Happy New Year!
your post was one of the factors that made me thin k... yup, SRT it is.

Thank you again. Happy New Year to you as well!
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:20 PM
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your post was one of the factors that made me thin k... yup, SRT it is.

Thank you again. Happy New Year to you as well!
JDR8, I'm glad I was able to swing you over to the SRT. It makes this thread all worthwhile. You can see I'm not a heavy poster, and this is my first thread that went to 4 pages and more than 1200 views. I realized when I wrote the opening post that it was rather long, and normally people don't read lengthy posts. So thanks everyone who waded through this one.
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Re: 6290 mile road trip through 14 states

Well let me just say that going 150mph is terribly irresponsible and you should really be happy you hadn't . . . just messin wit ya! LOL - I enjoyed solving your puzzle though haha.

Let me actually say that was an awesome write up and that trip sounds like it was a blast, especially the Vegas part haha. I plan on making one myself one day in my lifetime. Maybe NJ to Cali and back, thats a true dream trip right there.

Glad to hear the Jeep was everything you wanted and that build quality has come a long way over the years, as expected. Nice pictures as well, especially w/ the 06. Pretty cool that its one of the first ever and I like how you kept it in the family. Im sure you have one grateful son haha. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!
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Well let me just say that going 150mph is terribly irresponsible and you should really be happy you hadn't . . . just messin wit ya! LOL - I enjoyed solving your puzzle though haha.

Let me actually say that was an awesome write up and that trip sounds like it was a blast, especially the Vegas part haha. I plan on making one myself one day in my lifetime. Maybe NJ to Cali and back, thats a true dream trip right there.

Glad to hear the Jeep was everything you wanted and that build quality has come a long way over the years, as expected. Nice pictures as well, especially w/ the 06. Pretty cool that its one of the first ever and I like how you kept it in the family. Im sure you have one grateful son haha. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!
Thanks for your kind comments soontobesrt. Looks like you've been waiting 8 years for your own SRT. Your time has come! Just imagine driving sea to shining sea...NJ to CA and back, in the world's most reasonably priced supercar. And my son is grateful to have the 2006. It just passed 100,000 miles but he keeps it in great shape. Right now they are parked side by side in my garage as he is home on break.

Take the plunge....right now you can pick up a new 2012 SRT8 at a good price.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:12 PM
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Re: 6290 mile road trip through 14 states

As I mentioned above, my son was home on break with his 2006 Inferno Red, and we both washed our beasts on the same day. The sun suddenly broke through the clouds on an otherwise dreary winter's day, so I rushed out and snapped off a few pics. You can see that in bright sunlight, Inferno Red and Deep Cherry Red are quite similar, even though they look very different on an overcast day.

What is the name of the new 2014 red color, and have any of you seen it in person at the Detroit Auto Show?
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Re: 6290 mile road trip through 14 states

Because of this trip, my wife and I have planned a decent size trip ourselves. Not as grand as yours, but sizable for us. Around 4500 miles area, through Western Canada, down into the US, down the PCH, across from lower California through to Arizona and then back up to the Grand Canyon. Then up to Western Canada again... we're splitting it up over a 21 day driving schedule so we have time to stop at places like Santa Cruz, CA, Big Sur etc.

Not doing this until June/July because we're waiting to take delivery of our SRT!
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Because of this trip, my wife and I have planned a decent size trip ourselves. Not as grand as yours, but sizable for us. Around 4500 miles area, through Western Canada, down into the US, down the PCH, across from lower California through to Arizona and then back up to the Grand Canyon. Then up to Western Canada again... we're splitting it up over a 21 day driving schedule so we have time to stop at places like Santa Cruz, CA, Big Sur etc.

Not doing this until June/July because we're waiting to take delivery of our SRT!
Sounds like a fabulous trip. The contrast of the Canadian Rockies and the SouthWestern USA will be stunning. We didn't get to California...just didn't have time and had already been to the LA and SF areas on a previous trip. But I would really like to drive CA Route 101 sometime. Never been to Big Sur and Carmel and those exotic places. When I was a young man in Nova Scotia, my father gave me his copy of Jack Kerouac's On The Road, and since then I've always believed that the journey is just as important as the destination. Enjoy your 2014 SRT8!!
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Because of this trip, my wife and I have planned a decent size trip ourselves. Not as grand as yours, but sizable for us. Around 4500 miles area, through Western Canada, down into the US, down the PCH, across from lower California through to Arizona and then back up to the Grand Canyon. Then up to Western Canada again... we're splitting it up over a 21 day driving schedule so we have time to stop at places like Santa Cruz, CA, Big Sur etc.

Not doing this until June/July because we're waiting to take delivery of our SRT!
JDR8, did you take delivery of your 2014, did you make your 4500 mile trip, and have you posted some pics?
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Re: 6290 mile road trip through 14 states

Thanks! We're up to almost 7,000 on ours. No treks as long as yours, but two 1,500 mile round trips through the Appalachians, and a lot of other highway miles.

We had an '07 WK1 SRT8, and a '12 WK2. Loved them both, but this one gets first prize. The 8-speed transforms the WK2, it's always in the right gear, and we're seeing between 1.5 and 2.0 mpg improvement (over the same routes with the same speeds and loads) as with the 5-speed. For pure point-and-shoot driving, the WK1 (with Mopar cat-back and CAI) was more of a go-kart, but the interior fitments were typical of the German ownership period - somewhere between taxi cab and jail cell - and the noise level (possibly because of the cat-back) was high, especially on long highway trips.

I've driven the current ML63 (same bones, more $$), BMW X5M, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. OK, I admit there are some things about each that might eclipse the Jeep, but NONE of them have enough to make us part with another $40,000 to own one, not to mention the scarcity of dealer facilities, and the parts made of unobtanium.

If Chrysler could take these bones, like the LX ones, and build all of their model lines in a similar vein, they'd be a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, it looks like their future holds a bunch of crappy, Italian-designed, stuff, that not even the Europeans will buy. A sad end to a great company.
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Thanks! We're up to almost 7,000 on ours. No treks as long as yours, but two 1,500 mile round trips through the Appalachians, and a lot of other highway miles.

We had an '07 WK1 SRT8, and a '12 WK2. Loved them both, but this one gets first prize. The 8-speed transforms the WK2, it's always in the right gear, and we're seeing between 1.5 and 2.0 mpg improvement (over the same routes with the same speeds and loads) as with the 5-speed. For pure point-and-shoot driving, the WK1 (with Mopar cat-back and CAI) was more of a go-kart, but the interior fitments were typical of the German ownership period - somewhere between taxi cab and jail cell - and the noise level (possibly because of the cat-back) was high, especially on long highway trips.

I've driven the current ML63 (same bones, more $$), BMW X5M, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. OK, I admit there are some things about each that might eclipse the Jeep, but NONE of them have enough to make us part with another $40,000 to own one, not to mention the scarcity of dealer facilities, and the parts made of unobtanium.

If Chrysler could take these bones, like the LX ones, and build all of their model lines in a similar vein, they'd be a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, it looks like their future holds a bunch of crappy, Italian-designed, stuff, that not even the Europeans will buy. A sad end to a great company.
Is this your third SRT8...the '07, '12 and now the '14? That's fantastic. Do you still have them all? My son has my old '06, now with 104,000 miles, so they are both still in the family.

I am more encouraged by the Chrysler-Fiat merger. There are some terrific Italian marques, some owned by Fiat, and the current CEO, Sergio whatever his name is, is a real car guy who seems determined to select the best qualities of both companies. Here's hoping. Thanks for you interesting comments.
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