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Fun with numbers...

Okay. We've been nervous about what the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was going to cost, and our worst nightmares have been realized. I've been playing with some numbers this afternoon (being the nerd that I am), and there is SOME good news when it comes to money and the WK2 SRT8... improved MPG = SOME savings over the 1st generation SRT8s. Hear me out:

First of all, please keep in mind that all of my numbers are based on the current official government MPG rating assumptions so that we compare apples to apples; your numbers may vary based on usage / gas prices: Government assumptions include 45% highway driving, 55% city driving, 15000 annual miles, and premium gas @ $3.95 per gallon (source: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/)

Keeping the above in mind, consider the following:

1. 2006-2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8:
a. 12 MPG combined rating
b. $4936 annual fuel bill

2. 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8:
a. 13 MPG combined rating
b. $4556 annual fuel bill
- $380 per year saved over 2006-2009 SRT8

3. 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 with 5-speed automatic:
a. 14 MPG combined rating
b. $4230 annual fuel bill
- $326 per year savings over 2010 SRT8
- $706 per year saved over 2006-2009 SRT8

4. 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 with rumored 8-speed and estimated 15% MPG increase
a. 16 MPG combined rating
b. $3596 annual fuel bill
- $634 per year saved over 2012-2013 SRT8
- $960 per year saved over 2010 SRT8
- $1340 per year saved over 2006-2009 SRT8

So... using todays numbers for example, if you replaced your 2006-2009 SRT8 with a 2014 model with the rumored 8-speed automatic, you would save $8,040 in gas over the course of owning the car for 6 years compared with keeping your 1st generation SRT8.

Where am I going with this... I guess what I'm trying to say is that even though the price of the new model is simply outrageous, improved MPG's are at least one way that we'll be able to make up some of the over inflated price if this is a car that you simply HAVE TO have...

What does this mean for me personally? There's absolutely NO WAY I'm interested in getting one of these beasts at this price if it comes with a 5-speed.

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Old 08-02-2011, 07:10 PM
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Re: Fun with numbers...

I swear I saw this somewhere else.....

Anyway, 2014 is too long for me to wait, I am getting a 2012 then trading it in for a 2015 8-speed.....
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Re: Fun with numbers...

Lol you did see it on the other forum haha.
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Re: Fun with numbers...

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Lol you did see it on the other forum haha.
Yup; posted it in both places. Shhhh... some people here don't like knowing that BOTH forums are talking about the same thing...
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Re: Fun with numbers...

Something else I guess that could be figured in: original equipment tires are currently $262 cheaper to replace on the 2012 model when compared with the 2006-2010 model (source: Tire Rack)
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you can say cherokeesrt8 here...we dont censor THEM......
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Re: Fun with numbers...

I wouldn't count on those #'s for gas mileage, I get 12.5-13.5 city in my WK2 Overland and drive like a grandma, I use to get 14-15 city in my '06 SRT8 Jeep.
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It also goes without saying that the resale value of the 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8's will be absolutely murdered if the 2014's have the 8-speeds. There's already talk about Dodge and Chrysler dealers "hiding" any future stock that has 8-speeds until all of the 5-speed models get cleared out, because given the choice between the 2 models buyers will likely always want the model with the same or better performance with higher MPGs. You're kidding yourself if you think it will be any different for the GCSRT8s.
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Re: Fun with numbers...

For me, buying a Jeep should be about the performance, not the economy. It's just that simple. However, your numbers are interesting pantheman75.
I totally agree that all 5 speeds must be sold before 8 speeds come to the dealers.
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you can say cherokeesrt8 here...we dont censor THEM......
FYI, just got my post deleted in the red site form mentioning "the blue site".....
Talk about insecurities over there........
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FYI, just got my post deleted in the red site form mentioning "the blue site".....
Talk about insecurities over there........
Lol...so petty. We used to censor the red site then we realized how silly it was ....lol. its all about money there......

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