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4x4tony

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Hi thinking of going for the SRT Grand Cherokee.

Just wondering have 4x4 capabilities been sacrificed for performance or are they still capable in snow not planning deep mud.

Also are they capable for towing caravans being a performance car.

Thanks Tony

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General consensus on most forums is the srt is perfectly fine in snow & towing. If you intend on using it hard then the 5.7 is a better option but if only light use & more for performance then the srt shouldn't cause any issues. Tyre choice is more of an issue than the changes in transmission they made. Just be aware that if you are looking at an wh/wk1 srt then you are very limited in tow bar options as the exhaust is centre exit

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I agree with Kryton - but be aware that the SRT has a much lower weight limit for towing, 1.587 kg compared with 3,500 kg for the 4.7 and  5.7 models. This may be due to the higher gearing and lack of a low range in the transfer box. There are quite a few SRTs around that have the standard driver's handbook instead of the correct SRT version.

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If you get a 5.7, you can get the power up to similar levels whilst keeping reliability but not going to be cheap to do it. There plenty of options for aftermarket cams, headers etc & you can get one so much cheaper, it might end up being a similar outlay.

 

Only problem is, when you go to sell it on, you will have a car owing srt money which isn't an srt! The brakes will also need upgrading if you get too carried away which means $2500 for an off the shelf kit from cb or buying srt calipers which you will also need to change the spindles to fit them

 

On a plus, you can get an 05 hemi which is cheaper tax but be aware that 05-07 5.7 can suffer from valve drop. Again, not a problem if you upgrade the top end. This issue generally seems to arise after overheating so look after it & you should be fine. 380 bhp is easily achievable for around £1500. Any more and you will be looking at chucking an extra £2000 on top of that before you get started

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