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Mine pegs at whatever the halfway mark is.

Digitally, it's about 210 or so during the day, 70 degree ambient temp. It's VERY steady, though, no variation to speak of once it reached operating temp.
This thread, however, calls to mind an article I read years ago about a similar question about some import, BMW, etc's proper oil pressure. Seems the gauge didn't have any numbers or even decent hatch marks, and the guy was having trouble comparing it to other owner's readings.

Turns out that BMW, or whoever, got tired of explaining to irate buyers that there is a RANGE of normal, and they deliberately made it difficult to make such complaints by removing the numerical values.

The internet must make them squirm, huh?
 

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Here's a couple of quotes from RG61 (Ralph Gilles, Design Director of the 300 family) from this forum on the subject:

"Between 190-225 but it is winter up here in a big way. That is very normal."

"No worries we test to some serious extremes. The car has lot of cooling capacity and is actually very effecient at what may seem like "hot" temps. Most modern cars are designed to run relatively hot for many reasons. Some emissions related other performance related.

The Mobil One can handle significant heat. No concern at all. The boys at SRT had concerns about making that data available as they didn't want owners to agonize over numbers. So please don't worry about it."
 

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Yes

On my gauge on the dash it seems to be close to the red , and it never seems to stay constant, We had a 60 degree day here and it concerns me that it will get even hotter on a summer day,,

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Steve, I know how to get into this mode now. Your service advisor says they will take some laser measurements on the temp. I was going to leave my car overnight , but the girl fixed my other problem right away.My basic needle guage for the coolant seems to be 3/4 the way up constantly. I see someone said theres was below half..

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SRT-8 Enthusiasts,

Nice to meet you all. I am one of the engineers at SRT who assisted in the development of the SRT-8 powertrain cooling system. We are very proud of our car and its capabilities. Given the the nature of this topic I felt compelled to respond. Let me reinforce what Ralph has said: this vehicle was designed to run at the 195F to 225F operating range. From the posts I have read, I do not feel anyone has anything to be concerned about. With respect to powertrain cooling, we simply did not make any compromises. Your car has a robust cooling system that has passed all of our stringent corporate tests.

As an aside, many of us at SRT would very much like to hear your driving impressions. Please let us know what you like and dislike about the car.

Best regards,

Peter
 

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peter73 said:
SRT-8 Enthusiasts,
Nice to meet you all. I am one of the engineers at SRT who assisted in the development of the SRT-8 powertrain cooling system.
As an aside, many of us at SRT would very much like to hear your driving impressions. Please let us know what you like and dislike about the car.

Peter
Hi Peter: So this explains why you made this car so "hot". :D We don't have anything close to Death Valley as far as I know in Canada, matter of fact it's snowing here right now. I love everything about the car so far & wouldn't change a thing. Well maybe one thing...The brake dust is very annoying and detracts from the beautiful wheels which require constant cleaning. Can you find out what the material is and if a dust free lining would be available. This is not a problem with the 300C as I've found out, so obviously it's the Brembo brakes. Thanks again for your part in bringing this car to us.

Rambit :)
 

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peter73 - I don't have my 06' SRT8 yet, so I can't provide any driving impressions. But, like many on this forum, I am anxious to do so.
I want to thank you for posting on this site. It's a sunday afternoon and you've taken the time and interest to address the concerns of a few earlier buyers of these special cars. Nothing has given me as much confidence to spend $46K on a new Chrysler as your exemplary attitude toward your product and it's following. Frankly, your detailed post as well as the posts of RG61, Grunt and Carbuilder, leave me so impressed I can't wait to get my car. I believe you will not let me down.
 

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Peter 73 thanks for taking the time to explain this to us. I very much appreciate it and I don't even have my car yet or in other words:
Ditto SRT8itchy.

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Thanks

Thanks Peter , Your explanation is easing my worries . I love the car, good job at DCX in building this great machine..

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Walter :)
 

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Hey Peter,

THANKS for the post. After Ralph’s response to the question, I was less worried. I've driven so high HP cars and they always run a little hotter. Thanks for the great information.

As far as feedback, how does "Hot Damn!" sound? ;)

I have NEVER felt so excited about driving another car in my life, and I've had quite a few. I have my, just want to coast days and enjoy the luxury ride, and I have my days where I get in the car and I can tell by the mounting excitment I'm feeling that it's going to be an adrenalin junkie day.
 

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Thanks, Peter.

We appreciate your efforts. I left the"German fold" for these cars. You guys are right on track. Now if I could just get my SRT8. Keep up the good work!
 

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Please allow me to also thank you, Peter, for your time and concern for our forum. I agree with our fellow members that it instills great trust and confidence to hear from a designer on the issues that concern us. Many of us are still waiting to get our cars, and so we very much enjoy living vicariously thruough those who have been fortunate enough to get theirs early. I hope you will find time to jump in again and clue us in on the intricacies of the design of the SRT-8 program. I know I for one am fascinated and excited to know everything you wish to tell.
Best wishes,
Dr. Jason Sober
 

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All, thank you for your kind words. In all honesty, I should really be thanking you for your patronage. It is a competitive market and it is very easy to be brand loyal given how good the current crop of cars are. For those of you who would have never considered a Chrysler product before, thanks for giving us a chance. You won't be disappointed.

I am glad to hear all the positive comments regarding the car. Forgive me for my indulgence, but I cannot say I am surprised. It truly is a fantastic car.

Rambit, I empathize with your brake dust /wheel soiling concern. Unfortunately, this is a common issue with racing vehicles and street cars with high performance brakes. The spoke design of the wheel simply exacerbates this problem. Have you tried waxing the wheels once they have been cleaned? A light coat of wax should make it much easier to clean the wheels; just hose them off when they get dirty. I am sorry that I can't offer anything more at this time.

Dr. Sober and all please feel free to ask all the questions you wish. My expertise is in aerodynamics and thermal systems, but I will try and entertain any questions you have.

Thanks again for your feedback and for your enthusiasm. This is what keeps us going.

Cheers,

Peter
 

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We are a lucky group!!!

Ralph, Rob, Peter and grunt.

From the designer to the head MOPAR electronic rep. to an SRT engineer and then to the factory!!!

Thanks guys for the 300 series!!

Your hard work has paid off! Not only w/ the car but that you take the time to respond and explain!!!

If this keeps up, I will become "branded".
 
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