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Sanity Check

I just had a surreal experience with another SRT owner who said they'd never floor the throttle for fear of blowing up the engine.

I generally drive as quickly as I can safely get away with. I look forward to on-ramps. I seek out twisty, hilly roads to experience the SRT's astonishing traction. When the opportunity presents itself I indulge in wide open throttle exuberance. I use Launch control nearly every week while demoing the SRT to eager passengers.

Isn't this what this machine is made for? Beyond the expected hit for tires, brakes, and fuel, am I wrecking this thing?

The only activity that feels "damaging" is stop and go traffic.

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Re: Sanity Check

Nah. I drive the shit outta mine. 7yr/100k warranty. Why wouldn't you. I'm averaging 12.7 mpg after 5700 miles or so, and that's with looong hwy trips (but lots of foot to floor action *120mph runs*) to Six flags...150 miles one way
..like literally 5 times since we bought it.
I took it to the drag strip already too and the dealership loves it! Shared my posts as "one of my favorite customers"!
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I bought the SRT to drive hard...looks sexy too but main reason is to (literally) floor it at every stop
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Btw....at 5800 miles I'm at 4/32 tire tread lol
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Each to their own I guess, my pedal hits the floor at every opportunity!!

It's an SRT not a 1.6L family sedan, why spend the $$$ on a performance SUV if you're hesitant to utilise its capabilities????




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when i did the SRT driving experience, the instructors told us they were made to be driven hard and the only things they have replaced were brake pads and tires.
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Any car with Launch Control and "Track Mode" are designed to be driven hard.
I drive mine hard and it loves it.
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I knew I was doing it right!
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DRIVE it!! That was one of the main reasons for my purchase...got the MaxCare warranty and always let him warm up; I also try to drive consistently during each start (similar throttle input and/or Sport vs Econ). Love it...truly is the best of all worlds. 13,8XX miles right now and is driving better and more efficient than the first 4k-10k miles (bought it used with 4k miles in December 2014)
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DRIVE it!! That was one of the main reasons for my purchase...got the MaxCare warranty and always let him warm up; I also try to drive consistently during each start (similar throttle input and/or Sport vs Econ). Love it...truly is the best of all worlds. 13,8XX miles right now and is driving better and more efficient than the first 4k-10k miles (bought it used with 4k miles in December 2014)
First off, nice to see someone else got the "right" color too!

I always let her drop to low idle before putting it into gear. Remote start helps cut wasted time.

I had Lifetime Maxcare ordered before I took delivery once I got the VIN. Always had Mopar Service Contracts on all my Jeeps

I'm obsessive about maintenance. First oil change was at 750 and will have the second at 3k, then 6k and 6k intervals from then on with Penzoil and the Viper SRT filter.

Bought a second set of spider monkeys and pirellis that will be hunter balanced and ready to throw on when I burn through these.

I'd stockpile brake parts but I won't be the one changing those.

Spent $5k on extensive self healing paint protection film and 10 layers of ceramic pro, as well as ceramic pro'ing 4 layers the plastics, metal trim, glass, and leather. Looks like it's coated in candy gloss. Interior is like 2 shades blacker because of the coating. Cleans off easily with my pressure washer and always looks like it's just been hand waxed to perfection.

So she knows I love her, and thanks to you guys I don't feel guilty doing launches just to see if I can get .1 second faster time....
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Have you considered getting your car rustproofed? I'm up in WNY and I've seen what this salt does to the cars here. Given the build date of my car, I didn't have too much time to think about it so I jumped on getting it done.

Also, what is this paint protection you're talking about? I'd like to keep my car as nice as possible considering it lives outside and is my daily driver.
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Have you considered getting your car rustproofed? I'm up in WNY and I've seen what this salt does to the cars here. Given the build date of my car, I didn't have too much time to think about it so I jumped on getting it done.

Also, what is this paint protection you're talking about? I'd like to keep my car as nice as possible considering it lives outside and is my daily driver.
I am considering something for the undercarriage, but I'm not sure what.

The protection I'm referring to consists of two components. Paint Protection Film (or "clear bra") is a self healing adhesive film designed to primarily protect against damage from rocks and sand. I had the "full nose" covered, including hood, bumpers, and A-pillars. I also had the rock rails (or whatever that lower area under the doors is called), wheel arches, backs of the mirrors, and rear bumper covered. Once the film becomes too damaged from impacts it can be replaced, typically 5 years or so on a daily driver. See that patch of plastic near your rear arches? That's a crappy piece of paint protection film from the factory.

The second component is a "nano coating". Think of this as coating the paint in acrylic nail polish. If you have film it goes over the film because the surface of the coating is so slick the film wouldn't stick. There are several types, but Ceramic Pro seems to be the best at the moment. I've had 9 layers of their "9H" permanent protective coating applied to the paint (which must be perfect prior to coating, since the coating can't be removed without grinding it off) followed by a less durable (2 years vs lifetime) top coat of Ceramic Pro Light, which increases gloss significantly. Beyond a fresh wax shine.

What does this do for me? It means I can quickly wash the vehicle with my pressure washer and it looks like it's been freshly waxed to perfection, day after day. Brake dust sprays off. When I drive in the rain, it barely leaves any dirt on my white SRT. It's unreal. I've never seen a white vehicle with this much gloss. The original paint is safely protected from acid rain, bird bombs, salt, and the constant bombardment of sand that hammers your paint. It won't protect against a rock impact though, which is what the film is for.

They use different Ceramic Pro formulations for glass, metal, plastic and leather. Black plastic (looks super deep and rich, without any greasy residue, and is guaranteed to remain so permanently. Glass behaves like it's been treated with rain-x. The glass treatment lasts about a year. The leather, ultrasuade and plastic in the interior look 2 shades blacker than before (I saw it in process, the difference in color of the leather is significant). It doesn't change the "feel" of any of the materials inside.


Maintainance of the lifetime warranty require an annual "inspection" by the installer. What this really is, is a $199 procedure in which they decontaminate the surface of the vehicle, and "refresh" the coating with a single fresh layer to restore its hydrophobic properties and gloss to the way it originally was.

My SRT looks better than it came off the lot, and keeping it looking perfect is a breeze. Search youtube for Ceramic Pro, and Google "Ceramic Pro forum" and you'll see it's a treatment owners of high end cars do frequently and are generally as pleased as I am. I liked the results so much I had my Wranglers done as well. No more waxing. What a relief.
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I am considering something for the undercarriage, but I'm not sure what.

The protection I'm referring to consists of two components. Paint Protection Film (or "clear bra") is a self healing adhesive film designed to primarily protect against damage from rocks and sand. I had the "full nose" covered, including hood, bumpers, and A-pillars. I also had the rock rails (or whatever that lower area under the doors is called), wheel arches, backs of the mirrors, and rear bumper covered. Once the film becomes too damaged from impacts it can be replaced, typically 5 years or so on a daily driver. See that patch of plastic near your rear arches? That's a crappy piece of paint protection film from the factory.

The second component is a "nano coating". Think of this as coating the paint in acrylic nail polish. If you have film it goes over the film because the surface of the coating is so slick the film wouldn't stick. There are several types, but Ceramic Pro seems to be the best at the moment. I've had 9 layers of their "9H" permanent protective coating applied to the paint (which must be perfect prior to coating, since the coating can't be removed without grinding it off) followed by a less durable (2 years vs lifetime) top coat of Ceramic Pro Light, which increases gloss significantly. Beyond a fresh wax shine.

What does this do for me? It means I can quickly wash the vehicle with my pressure washer and it looks like it's been freshly waxed to perfection, day after day. Brake dust sprays off. When I drive in the rain, it barely leaves any dirt on my white SRT. It's unreal. I've never seen a white vehicle with this much gloss. The original paint is safely protected from acid rain, bird bombs, salt, and the constant bombardment of sand that hammers your paint. It won't protect against a rock impact though, which is what the film is for.

They use different Ceramic Pro formulations for glass, metal, plastic and leather. Black plastic (looks super deep and rich, without any greasy residue, and is guaranteed to remain so permanently. Glass behaves like it's been treated with rain-x. The glass treatment lasts about a year. The leather, ultrasuade and plastic in the interior look 2 shades blacker than before (I saw it in process, the difference in color of the leather is significant). It doesn't change the "feel" of any of the materials inside.


Maintainance of the lifetime warranty require an annual "inspection" by the installer. What this really is, is a $199 procedure in which they decontaminate the surface of the vehicle, and "refresh" the coating with a single fresh layer to restore its hydrophobic properties and gloss to the way it originally was.

My SRT looks better than it came off the lot, and keeping it looking perfect is a breeze. Search youtube for Ceramic Pro, and Google "Ceramic Pro forum" and you'll see it's a treatment owners of high end cars do frequently and are generally as pleased as I am. I liked the results so much I had my Wranglers done as well. No more waxing. What a relief.
That is GREAT information...thank you! I have been wanting to do the same with clear film but should have done so when I first bought the vehicle...oh well. I had my headlights done, but want to do the front-end, hood, mirrors, lower side-skirts and fender flares (and maybe the rear bumper). What would you say is a good price to have all of that done with a clear film? Thank again for the detailed information
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