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Reliability of srt8 particularly the trans?

Hi I'm looking at spending around 25k on a srt8 and it would probably be a 2007. I looked into the trailblazer ss but I was told that the transmission was a weak point. I need to drive 100 miles to school and back when I get on break/off of break. Gonna be driving on 30 miles a week or so when I'm on campus. Needs to be good in the snow and gas mpg is not a concern but reliability is. Parents would rather get me something new but I want something fast plus I'm gonna be working so if anything goes hopefully its not serious and I gotta tell them that I won't beat the piss out of it. Was just wondering what the most common problems are. I found some lower mileage srt8s in the 20k range.

Gonna be checking this one out 28k miles for 25k seems like a steal to me if everything is mechanically sound.

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If the maintainence is regular, stock Jeeps are very reliable. Even mildly modified mine has been great. If you find a low mile example with good maintenance records. It should last a long time. If you drive it hard then more frequent fluid changes. The tranny is pretty strong unless you start adding power.


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You couldn't afford to keep up with the maintenance on these rigs or if it even has a problem. Between gas, oil changes, $50 a quart for your TC fluid, and diff oil. This isn't a rig for a college kid unless your parents are forking the bill for repairs and maintenance.

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You couldn't afford to keep up with the maintenance on these rigs or if it even has a problem. Between gas, oil changes, $50 a quart for your TC fluid, and diff oil. This isn't a rig for a college kid unless your parents are forking the bill for repairs and maintenance.

Get yourself something reliable. Be smart.

Hmm yes I can have money saved up + internship will pay $10-$12 an hour and my regular job is $9 an hour so I'll have 2 jobs one on campus so I won't have to waste gas and internship is with a buddy of mine so we'll use his little fuel efficient civic to get around. When I use all my money on booze and maintenance it will be enough and if not parents will help. I need an srt8 lol. I'm still undecided but I will look into getting a low mileage srt8 if I do get one and one with an existing warrenty I know a trailblazer ss I looked at had 100k warrenty which is pretty good I just don't like that their trans are weak even in stock form because I found nice ss with 45k miles for only 15k.

I don't really drive a lot so I won't be doing too much maintenance besides standard oil changes and stuff. I drove my current car 2007 Nissan Versa for close to 5 years and have only put 10k miles on it in that time period although I did use parents cars a lot of the time as well. I don't do a lot of driving.

But I will maybe have to settle for something more reliable and then get an srt8 after I graduate but it would be hella nice to have one right now!

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Stock they are pretty reliable. Before I went nuts she never saw a garage outside of the regular fluid changes. Like anything else if you keep on top of the maintenance she'll be good to you. The tranny is not an issue stock. I know some guys putting some pretty impressive power to the stock tranny and there's are still holding. If you don't go nuts with mods you'll be just fine. Gas guzzler is a fair statement lol.

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These things suck in the snow. Unless your willing to fork over approx another 1k for a winter setup, the stock goodyears make the car worthless in the snow.

I dug out my driveway and moved the jeep to the semi-plowed street to get another car out and it got stuck.


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OP - Here is what I pay just to keep my rig going - I will list my yearly expenses then divide by 12 to show how much you can expect to spend. Keep in mind I live in vancouver BC so pricing may vary slightly on fuel and fluids. - based on driving 12 thousand miles/year.

Fuel - $8,000
Oil/filters - $500
Tires - $500 ( based on a set lasting 2-3 years )
Misc upkeep - $500
Insurance - $2,500
Total - $12,000

Monthly running costs ( baring no mechanical failures ) - ~$1,000.00

Just a good thing to keep in mind.

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OP - Here is what I pay just to keep my rig going - I will list my yearly expenses then divide by 12 to show how much you can expect to spend. Keep in mind I live in vancouver BC so pricing may vary slightly on fuel and fluids. - based on driving 12 thousand miles/year.

Fuel - $8,000
Oil/filters - $500
Tires - $500 ( based on a set lasting 2-3 years )
Misc upkeep - $500
Insurance - $2,500
Total - $12,000

Monthly running costs ( baring no mechanical failures ) - ~$1,000.00

Just a good thing to keep in mind.
Fuel and insurance are killing you on the west coast. It definitely isn't "cheap" to run for sure.
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Damn, the expense's add up quick!

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The Jeep is fair in the snow... The Tires are the problem, Goodyear plain sucks... My toyo's were pretty good... It's far better then any STI or EVO I've driven (all without snow tires)

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