It looks like we're finally getting some Spring-like weather. I gave the Jeep a thorough cleaning and once-over to see how it survived the winter.
Here's a few observations;
- The replica wheels stood up really well to the snow, sand, salt & potholes. They don't have any visible chips or scuffs. Other replica wheels I've had on other vehicles have showed wear & tear after a winter of driving.
- The Jeep & the Pirelli Scorpion Snow & Ice tires handled whatever winter threw at us - a major freezing rain storm, lots of snow, & very cold temps. No starting or driving issues at all.
- A couple of common problems did show up on the Jeep over the winter - the dreaded engine oil leak & warped carbon fibre trim on the front passenger door. The leak was fixed by replacing the oil cooler assembly, & the trim was replaced. I was surprised that the trim warped in below freezing temps, dispelling the theory that the warping is caused by summer heat.
- I really like the smooth ride of the Pirelli Scorpion Snow & Ice tires over the P-zero run flats. As a result, I've ordered a set of all-season performance tires (not run flats) for the summer. No more teeth rattling.
- Last year I added the clear plastic chip guard to the front hood, facia & mirrors, & replaced the factory pieces on the back doors with larger ones. Looking at the small stone nicks in the plastic, adding the chip guard was well worth the money.
- I was unable to hand wash the Jeep because of the extremely cold temps we've had, so I used a touch free drive through automatic car wash a lot. I was concerned that the hot high pressure car wash might affect the fender flare tape adhesive, but there doesn't appear to be any resulting problems.
So, all in all, I was very impressed with how the Jeep SRT8 handled the winter driving conditions. It was a much more severe winter than normal around here, and the Jeep passed with flying colors.
Now, bring on the Summer.