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Old 02-23-2009, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to purchase SRT8 how's the reliability? (Moved)

Im in the market to purchase a SRT8 300 with in the next month or so.

Ive been looking at 06 and 07 SRT8s.

Just wondering how is the reliability? Anything I should look out for on these specifically before making a purchase?

Im coming from a Mazda RX8 which is about as high maintenance as they come; spark plugs and coils every 15 - 20k miles, etc. Always in and out of the dealer for minor issues.
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WELCOME from our very reliable West Virginia LXs in the Mid-Ohio River Valley! Thanks for joining us here at 3ooCforums.com. When you have opportunity, please consider starting an introduction thread in the New Members forum.

I can identify with you because we seriously looked at RX8s before making our inital purchase of a Chrysler Certified Used 2005 300C. Spark plugs are a 30-36k miles item with these cars and there are 16 of them. We didn't have any reliability issues with that used 300C, nor have I had with the 2007 MSRT8 for which it was traded, or the new 2006 Heritiage Edition 300C we which purchased out right. The only issues I've had are the transmission fluid leak and cloudy/ammonia smelling antifreeze for which there are Tech. Serv. Bulletins to fix, and a loss of the small plastic and rubber air flow seals around the radiator that were drawn into the cooling fan and made a racket. Those were replaced under warranty. Almost no issues at all with the 300Cs.

If you're purchasing a used SRT8, then gaining some idea of how it has been driven by previous owner (if possible) would be a good idea. Condition of the tires might be a clue here, but if it was driven hard, the dealer might have replaced the rubber and you wouldn't know. CarFax doesn't always tell you everything either.

I'm sure that others will be along to add to this small starter list of comments and recommendations. But I wouldn't hesitate at all to recommend the SRT8 to you that's for sure.
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just get the SRT8. I love mine. No regrets!
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Just get the SRT8. I love mine. No regrets!
+1 on that... I haven't had my '06 long enough to know if it's reliable, but it's such a great car that I don't really care. I've had other fast cars, but this is the most fun, and the best all-around!

Part of what sold me was that my last car was an '07 Sebring...I had virtually no problems, the car felt very solid and well made, and when I flipped it on Interstate 95 during rush hour and totaled it, I walked away without a scratch. That made me a believer in Chrysler!
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I bought my 06 new in 06 and have 42k on it now. Only problem is the brembo brakes are too hard on the rotors. Other than that, this car takes a beating and keeps getting faster. I've drag raced it at the track a few times and practice launching it at every stop light.
I'd recommend an 07 since they have a built in 0-60 timer and a 1/4 timer in the dash hidden menu.
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the SRT8 is solid as a rock. i've got almost 50k on mine and it hasn't required any service other than the scheduled maintenence (including new tires).

this car can really take a beating. i haven't heard about anyone having mechanical breakdowns with the engine or transmission.
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purchased mine new July, 2007.
replaced front strut 6 months into it.
so far, thats it.
i get on her weekly, and she is still awesome.
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I bought my 06 new in 06 and have 42k on it now. Only problem is the brembo brakes are too hard on the rotors. Other than that, this car takes a beating and keeps getting faster. I've drag raced it at the track a few times and practice launching it at every stop light.
I'd recommend an 07 since they have a built in 0-60 timer and a 1/4 timer in the dash hidden menu.
See I have an 07 and I don't have the 1/4 mile timer in it like the little booklets show, only the 0-60 (they actually show 1/4 and 1/8)... I just hold the two buttons down on the steering wheel like they say to get to the hidden menu...

Also on a side note, my normal 300c 5.7 had the 0-60 timer as well through the hidden menu)
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Frequent, but scheduled or anticipated servicing is one thing.

Unscheduled component failures and bugs due to quality control is another.

I drive the 5.7L Hemi version of the 300C rather than the SRT8, and with that I have found it's a bucket of quality problems. For over 2.5 years I was visiting the dealership monthly for warranty fixes, a number of which were performed repeatedly. Now that I have drastically reduced the monthly mileage of my 300C, preferring to drive my other cars, the problems are now taking 2 months (rather than 1) to reveal themselves (although one problem seems to have emerged whilst the car was standing in the garage undriven for about a week, WTF!).

Suggestion: Take a look at readily available consumer reports on customer satisfaction, quality, reliability, etc before buying this car. It presents a sobering view of the manufacturer in general and the product in particular. I wish that such data was available at the time that I bought my 300C in 2006. That survey data could take you into a very different direction.
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Frequent, but scheduled or anticipated servicing is one thing.

Unscheduled component failures and bugs due to quality control is another.

I drive the 5.7L Hemi version of the 300C rather than the SRT8, and with that I have found it's a bucket of quality problems. For over 2.5 years I was visiting the dealership monthly for warranty fixes, a number of which were performed repeatedly. Now that I have drastically reduced the monthly mileage of my 300C, preferring to drive my other cars, the problems are now taking 2 months (rather than 1) to reveal themselves (although one problem seems to have emerged whilst the car was standing in the garage undriven for about a week, WTF!).

Suggestion: Take a look at readily available consumer reports on customer satisfaction, quality, reliability, etc before buying this car. It presents a sobering view of the manufacturer in general and the product in particular. I wish that such data was available at the time that I bought my 300C in 2006. That survey data could take you into a very different direction.
avm, VERY well said! I have to agree with you in comparison to my old 300c that I drove for exactly 1 year and put 28,000 miles on it in that year... Just couldn't compete with my Scion xB (Toyota) for beans man... It just had so many problems, such as power steering pump going bad, leaky o-rings (which everyone has to deal with, but for craps sake Chrysler, stop putting these crappy parts in!!!!) Anyways, I had my Scion for 3 years and put 68,000 miles on it and it was the best damn little car I've ever owned, never had a SINGLE problem!!! (granted it wasn't very luxurious), but that was back in my nerdy days of college and finishing growing up... The SRT is the newest to me and this type of vehicle has WAY more things on it (hence more things to go wrong), and you HAVE TO RESPECT THIS MUCH HORSEPOWER.

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