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New to Jeeps, seeking advice on GC SRT

I'll admit this from the get go, I am generally a Ford guy. I am currently driving a 2004 Lincoln Aviator AWD with the DOHC 4.6. It's been a great vehicle, but it's on the way out. I hoped to hang onto the car a bit longer, but I can't see the trade in value holding up much longer. If it weren't for the area I live, I'd be interested in a hi po Mustang, but that really wouldn't do well here between October and early May.

I really like the Aviator; the peppy engine is nice, but it's the handling that has really taken hold of me. It's a car that will drive down a snowy back road like it's a fresh super highway, stop on a dime, and corner capably. I've waited for Ford to offer something featuring an amply powered V8 and RWD/AWD architecture in a reasonably sized SUV. However, despite promises of a future car fitting my desires, the rumors may end up as nothing more by 2019, and I certainly am not going to hang onto this Aviator that long.

I grew up around Cherokees and Grand Cherokees, with my family switching to other cars in 1993 after AMC left the picture. My memories of Jeeps are good, Chryslers, not as much. Reading this forum has made me think that things may have changed with MoPars, and has also made me realize that there are a lot of people who may be able to help me figure out if I'm going down the right path.

I am very certain that I want my next car to be a new GC SRT. I'm looking at buying a car very soon. What are your overall impressions with the cars, the dealers, and how the company stands behind their product?

I'm not looking to hop the car up, but I'm looking for something amply powered and maneuverable off the lot. Are there any options or features that are must haves? Any to avoid?

I've heard some people having issues with the 8 speed trans, but that's the main issue. From my experience with Fords, I've see a lot of parts go bad, but a service network that almost makes dealing with problems pleasurable.

I've also seen that many dealers aren't that willing to move on the price. What are the best deals that have been had on these cars?

I will be looking to use the car for some towing, long drives in bad weather across the state, and generally as my daily driver. It sounds as though a test drive will convince me to buy it, but I'd really like to know how it handles past the 6 miles generally on them at the dealership. Do they hold up? Are you happy with your purchase?

Things I hated about my car: wheel hubs needed to be changed at 60k intervals and the entire hub assembly needed to be changed, the transmission fluid level could not be checked without crawling under the car, the shifter was locked by the ignition and steering wheel (possibly vacuum actuated), the rear hatches on all of these cracked after their first winter, there is not enough room to change belts if necessary, etc. I'd like to be able to work to maintain my car if at all possible.

Also, I've enjoyed about 15 city mpg and 19-21 highway mpg. I'd like to be somewhere near that again if at all possible.

Sorry for the questions, but a new car is quite an investment, and I really want to make sure I make the right decision. If you could please help me out with this decision, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you!

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Old 07-23-2015, 12:42 PM
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Imho the 2014+ gc srt is the best suv period!
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Re: New to Jeeps, seeking advice on GC SRT

Test drive a new Jeep SRT and you'll buy it. Done

My dealer let me take it home for an few hours. Total of 50 miles. Try that.

No issues with mine so far. I love it

The best mpg I've seen while driving like a geriatric women is 17mpg. I average 14mpg
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I am so in love w my 2014 white SRT. Its the best SUV/vehicle ive ever owned and ive owned a lot of expensive rides. Super comfy, decent MPG for the speed tradeoff, just quality all around. Go test one out, you will fall in love.
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Re: New to Jeeps, seeking advice on GC SRT

Thank you all for your replies. The things you have said are the things that are really pushing me toward the SRT. I finally test drove a GC. Not an SRT as this dealer scoffed at the idea of letting me drive one, even if they had one. I believe I drove the Summit with the 5.7. Oddly enough, the salesman tried to sell the SRT as overpowered and then pushed me towards the 5.7, until finally saying the v6 was truly the best... There will hopefully be no v6 in my immediate future.

The car felt nice overall and I was pleasantly surprised. However, I'd love to know more about the SRT. I think the closest ones are an hour from me.

Does anyone here have the Laguna seats, the SRT sound system, or the sun roof? Also, can you not get the full size spare if you get the towing package? It wouldn't let him configure it with both on his computer. The salesman made an off handed comment about the stereo sucking, but he may have been talking about the song playing.

Would it be wise to buy a 15 or wait for the 16? I read someplace here that the 16 will have the electric power steering versus the hydraulic, but that was the only thing that really caught my eye.

Thank you again for your advice and I'm looking forward to your replies!
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I have a 15 SRT and this is my first SRT. This is my dream vehicle and so when I made the decision to jump for it, I loaded it up. I have the Laguna seats, the HK system and the panorama roof.

The Laguna seats are beautiful, of fantastic quality and I get remarks from everyone who sits in or touches them. The HK sounds great - particularly given a vehicle is one of the worst acoustic environments to listen to music. Worth $2k? Probably not but it is a quality system and I'm very happy with it in my SRT. The panorama roof is also worth it to me as I enjoy driving with the roof open and lots of light in the cabin. I just feel it enhances the overall appeal of the vehicle.

I went with the spare but in hindsight I regret it as I have actually taken it out and put it in the garage to save weight! I went with the p-zeros for summer and have Pirelli scorpion ice and snow for the winter. The spare is a waste of money IMO.

Only issues I've had are with the clunky tranny but that has since smoothed out considerably since a software update and 11,000 total miles. Could just be all of the components breaking in. Idk but the fun of the vehicle far outweighs any shortcomings in my opinion.

My only real complaint is with jeep service. I've tried a few dealerships and just feel they're largely behind with regard to these sophisticated vehicles and systems.

Otherwise, this is by far the best and most enjoyable vehicle purchase I have ever made. It's fun to drive and provides exciting performance. Good luck.


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Buy my 14 2700 miles. Haha. I dont drive it. Bought it for my wife and she doesnt drive it. ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1437705401.729789.jpg ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1437705355.379392.jpg


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Re: New to Jeeps, seeking advice on GC SRT

It's the best performance SUV.

8 speed is fine and you get increased performance and efficiency over the old 5 speed. There are occasional bumps on the 5-4 downshift, but they are few and far between.

I love the panorama roof. Aside from the times that it is 100* out, the shade is always open.

SRT sound system is a fantastic stock stereo. Can you do better with 2k on your own? Probably, but you are going to be ripping a bunch of stuff out and trying to work it out. Too much hassle for me...

As others have said, you can't get the tow without the spare. But, you can take it out.

Laguna seats weren't available at the time I got mine, and they are really nice. Personally, I like the standard leather with suede middles.

And, the salesman is just trying to sell you what he has available. There is no comparing the SRT to the other models. The power, the suspension, the handling - completely different vehicle dynamic. Find another dealer or find someone close to you with one, I'm sure they'd be happy to show off!
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Here's a pic of the Laguna leather from mine in case you haven't seen it. It is quite nice. ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1437733707.583372.jpg


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Re: New to Jeeps, seeking advice on GC SRT

Thank you all for your advice, I really appreciate it. When you brought up service, it reminded me that the salesman was saying that if I bought the car from any other dealer, I wouldn't get the excellent service provided by his dealer's service department. I thought all Jeep/Chrysler dealers were part of a network, like any other dealer and had to work on any MoPar brought in for service. Has anyone else had service issues? Also, is the warranty any different on the SRT? Is there an extended warranty available or is the included 5year/100k sufficient?

Thank you for the photo of the Laguna seats. They look comfortable, but a little lighter in color than I thought from the other photos I've seen. I'm curious how they'd look in the cherry or the graphite colors.

Does anyone know where the cd player is mounted? The dealer said it is an inelegant addition to the dash below the radio, unfortunately, I haven't found any photos of it either.

Overall, it sounds like you are all very happy with your cars and it sounds like you couldn't recommend them more. Would you wait for the 16 or go for the 15? Is buying off the lot better than ordering one price wise? What kind of deals have people been getting on these trucks?

Thank you all again!

Also, Hankwedge, why doesn't your wife drive hers very much?
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Re: New to Jeeps, seeking advice on GC SRT

To answer a few of your questions, there are a few extended warranty options, including a full lifetime warranty (which I went with, as I'm planning on holding on to this thing until I drive it into the ground).

I didn't go with the cd player, but if you get that option, it is mounted in the center armrest. It takes up more than half of the center armrest space. Not exactly great placement, but I never use CD's anymore so I went without it.

The pricing was the same for me at my dealer with his 2 on the lot vs. ordering (maybe a few hundred $ difference), but it allowed me to spec the car to my exact needs and wants, so I had mine built to my specifications, and I wouldn't do it any other way. The 5-6 weeks of waiting sucks, but when it was delivered, it was worth it.

I'm sure every dealer's service department is different, but so far (knock on wood), mine has been fantastic. I had an issue from 200 miles that they took care of without hesitation and were pleasant to deal with.

I haven't looked up the 15 vs 16 differences in a while, but I didn't think there were many, so I would base it more on timing.
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Thank you all for your advice, I really appreciate it. When you brought up service, it reminded me that the salesman was saying that if I bought the car from any other dealer, I wouldn't get the excellent service provided by his dealer's service department. I thought all Jeep/Chrysler dealers were part of a network, like any other dealer and had to work on any MoPar brought in for service. Has anyone else had service issues? Also, is the warranty any different on the SRT? Is there an extended warranty available or is the included 5year/100k sufficient?

Thank you for the photo of the Laguna seats. They look comfortable, but a little lighter in color than I thought from the other photos I've seen. I'm curious how they'd look in the cherry or the graphite colors.

Does anyone know where the cd player is mounted? The dealer said it is an inelegant addition to the dash below the radio, unfortunately, I haven't found any photos of it either.

Overall, it sounds like you are all very happy with your cars and it sounds like you couldn't recommend them more. Would you wait for the 16 or go for the 15? Is buying off the lot better than ordering one price wise? What kind of deals have people been getting on these trucks?

Thank you all again!

Also, Hankwedge, why doesn't your wife drive hers very much?

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