: Should I make the jump to an SRX?



strvinmarv
07-11-13, 01:21 AM
So my pain in the butt 300m has finally started to self destruct on me (power steering pump, half shaft, and a yet unknown coolant explosion this week alone!) and I found myself a pretty good deal on an 04 SRX v8 with 114k for $6600 which is doable for me, and I am hoping to appeal to your guys good nature to tell me what I should be looking for as possible problems with this car. I am just entirely done with mopar, they have been turning out junk for far too long. I see from reading through the mileage thread that there are quite a few people with high mileage 04s with relatively few problems, but is that the norm? Also, is there anything that I should be looking for as a deal killer that is a typical problem? It seems mostly well maintained, but online pictures cant really say too much there. Any advice that any of you could give me would be very much appreciated, and as an added throw in, is 6500 a good deal for that car if its in good shape? Thank you all in advance for any tidbits that you can give me.
-Bill

repnatl
07-11-13, 02:46 AM
A decent mileage v8 isn't bad. Main issues I've dealt with not engine related are transfer cases, wheel hub bearings, front lower control arms, pain in the ass front turn signal bulbs, lake Cadillac in the spare tire area, to name a few. Try to get the service records and have it looked over thoroughly before purchase.

glake89
07-11-13, 10:31 AM
If it has MRC it could be an expensive repair when and if needed.

strvinmarv
07-11-13, 11:37 AM
Well, the big one that jumps out at me is the transfer case, how often does that go bad, and are there any signs they are on their way out? Also with the mrc shocks, I have seen a lot of stuff on those, what are the odds of those needing a change out at 430 or so a piece? Also is it the shock or the controller that goes bad on them. I guess if it needs a little bit here and there that's fine, but are these vehicles that you are dumping money into pretty consistently? Thank you for your quick responses!

repnatl
07-11-13, 01:06 PM
Personally mine is a money pit I've spent $6k out of pocket in less than two years and the warranty has spent about $5k. And still needs a lot of work including an engine. Bought it at 69k I'm almost at 103k now. On these forums you won't hear too many ppl bragging about it its mainly issues and complaints. But that's my fault for buying a used poorly maintained low mileage vehicle. And a shady warranty company. But I've heard about the chains in the transfer cases a lot on here not sure what causes them to fail haven't had that issue yet.

conedoctor
07-11-13, 03:33 PM
My 04V8 and 09V8 have been problem free and awesome to me.

orandaberg
07-11-13, 04:32 PM
As with any car check it out. With the Srx get your surgical gloves out an go over your intended car with a fine tooth comb. Read the forum an write down problems other members have and look for those on the intended car. Best of luck

PJ1520
07-12-13, 03:28 PM
A 9 year old SRX will come with some issues unless it was owned by GLAKE. :-) PJ

nascarnation
07-14-13, 12:09 PM
I'm not unhappy with mine, but I wouldn't buy one with over 100,000 miles unless you're good enough of a home mechanic to do your own repairs. It's a fine driving vehicle, but likely won't be low cost to run the second 100,000 miles.

rlh6805
07-14-13, 09:57 PM
If I could take back my purchase I would. I failed to do my homework. It's a good car but the V6's oil usage is completely unacceptable. The fit and finish isn't that good either. I just had the top glove box door break at it's automatic sprung hinge. That really pissed me off. Obviously a poorly designed component. The big sunroof is also problematic. I had it "fixed" under warranty twice but it still fails to close on occasion (reverses by itself). The fuel economy is also poor for a V6. ~19mpg combined is horrible. My big F150 does better than that. If you want a Cadillac look at the 2010 or newer SRX's or CTS wagons. The engines were redesigned and the fit and finish is much better.

repnatl
07-14-13, 10:16 PM
If I could take back my purchase I would. I failed to do my homework. It's a good car but the V6's oil usage is completely unacceptable. The fit and finish isn't that good either. I just had the top glove box door break at it's automatic sprung hinge. That really pissed me off. Obviously a poorly designed component. The big sunroof is also problematic. I had it "fixed" under warranty twice but it still fails to close on occasion (reverses by itself). The fuel economy is also poor for a V6. ~19mpg combined is horrible. My big F150 does better than that. If you want a Cadillac look at the 2010 or newer SRX's or CTS wagons. The engines were redesigned and the fit and finish is much better.

Your lucky mine barely pulls 16mpg combined and 19 highway. Dodge ram with 200k does better.

rlh6805
07-14-13, 10:31 PM
Your lucky mine barely pulls 16mpg combined and 19 highway. Dodge ram with 200k does better.

16??:cookoo: WOW!!! That is truly horrible.

orandaberg
07-15-13, 01:17 AM
Run an never look back........But to be fair if you do there are great guys on here to help you, use Rippy for parts to support a member(no he's one of the honest, I will call dealer)and he has competitive prices

SFVetteman
07-15-13, 01:52 AM
It depends a lot on how you drive, traffic and the terrain you traverse. My '99 Vette gets 27-29 mpg on the freeway with the cruise control set at 79 and 9-10 mpg at the track. My last fillup in the SRX after 195.8 miles was 13.6316 gallons or 14.3637 mpg. That's combined but more freeway then city miles.

It's fine with me because gas millage has never been a concern with me otherwise I would have bought an economy car.

Bill

repnatl
07-15-13, 01:54 AM
Yeah its normal driving lol

SFVetteman
07-15-13, 02:40 AM
Well the Vette is an extreme example. Funny thing though is that the freeway mileage is 1-2 mpg better now than it was stock with 100+ hp less. The SRX does its duty in the SF bay area and that means lots of hills and lots of traffic. A trip to SF from my new place 30 miles outside of SF can take as little as 30 minutes or as much as an hour and a half depending on traffic. SF has a lot of hills with some so steep they have steps instead of sidewalks. In my old place in SF, a trip to my favorite supermarket was from 50ft above sea level to 900ft over 3 miles with a few ups and downs in between and of course lots of traffic.

On an economy run on the freeway, my Srx has gotten 22mpg at 73mph in the past but normally on trips I take a Vette if I'm driving.

Bill

orandaberg
07-15-13, 02:41 AM
Since we are off topic? For mileage I also am not concerned, but admit for the size engine and speeds I do on the the autobahn, it does well, now town driving is a different story. Also sport mode and you can watch the gauge drop. But then I did not buy this for mileage..having said that I also did not plan to replace every under body part on this truck either. Unfortunately repairs on this truck is a domino effect. If I had paid a cheap price for this truck I would of been glad (hobby wise) to tinker, but I paid big euros for a low mileage 1 owner. That's what bitters me to no end. And the parts I am replacing should never go out at the 50,000 mile mark and that's the mileage I am replacing them, so they probably already were bad thousands of KM before

glake89
07-15-13, 03:36 PM
A 9 year old SRX will come with some issues unless it was owned by GLAKE. :-) PJ


Oh, I have issues, no expensive ones yet; how else do you think I'm able to offer so many suggestions. The last cars of mine, actually the only, that I didn't work on myself were my new '60 and '61 fuelie vettes.

PJ1520
07-15-13, 06:57 PM
Bet you wish you still had both of those, based on what they are going for on the Mecum auto auctions aired on the VELOCITY channel. PJ

TimRSRX777
07-15-13, 08:47 PM
There's such a thing as a Velocity Channel? :) Orandaberg, you are dealing with an abused vehicle, in hind sight probably an unwise purchase, but any model/brand of car treated like yours had been would probably have similar issues. I think the SRX discussed in the first post of this thread could be a good purchase, but just to satisfy Orandaberg's curiosity, be sure, before purchase; to put it on a hoist and inspect the undercarraige parts for any corrosion, rust and other maladies and if it looks like expensive repair work negate the purchase.

orandaberg
07-15-13, 09:41 PM
There's such a thing as a Velocity Channel? :) Orandaberg, you are dealing with an abused vehicle, in hind sight probably an unwise purchase, but any model/brand of car treated like yours had been would probably have similar issues. I think the SRX discussed in the first post of this thread could be a good purchase, but just to satisfy Orandaberg's curiosity, be sure, before purchase; to put it on a hoist and inspect the undercarraige parts for any corrosion, rust and other maladies and if it looks like expensive repair work negate the purchase.
Poor craftmanship. You cannot abuse brake lines to the point
Of layers of rust. A sagging radiator. Transmission oil cooler lines rusted to the point of replacement. Torn boots on shocks that had no tow hitch on the car. Rotten power steering hoses. A non working tire depoyment system. 3 set of batteries. Rotors trusted to the point to replacement(4). Front wheel bearings. There are no hills in Holland and no great snow storms. Its just rain. Its flat as a pancake. This truck had less then 45000 miles on it when bought so it must have already been going to pot at half those miles to get it to the point I got it. This is just a dentist who drove to work daily for 5 years. I am simply passing on my hardships to another member as it should be. I want him to look it over so hes not stuck with either poor quality or abused truck.
Please note I am referring to My SRX. This opinion is soley based on my experience. Any statement I make about what to look for is up to the reader to judge. If he/she thinks the SRX needs no looking over that's ok too. So its not my curiosity to satisfy.

TimRSRX777
07-15-13, 10:06 PM
Yes but the water floating in the Netherlands is not Fresh Water.. its salty. Salts rust anything really fast, ask anyone in the northern USA midwest. It's used to keep roads free of ice. I agree a good looking over is always important, but I disagree with you in that the problems with your car are not as you say from "poor craftsmanship" unless you mean post factory craftsmanship.

orandaberg
07-15-13, 10:23 PM
Ok I can live with that post craftmanship. The car came from western holland on the German side. No salt water. Sand is used. Which could be just as bad. But snow comes and goes. Nothing like the US has. Its usually melted by mid day. My biggest mistake is I did not lift the car and remove the under splash shield. Had I of seen this I would of run away. My crusade now is to post with pics my hardships so others can avoid it. Hopefully the advice will still be coming on my threads.

SFVetteman
07-15-13, 11:28 PM
Sorry orandaberg, but your rust problems are due to the fact that Holland has an oceanic climate much like coastal areas of northern California: rain and no snow but cursed by the salt air breezes coming off the ocean. Living in San Francisco for over 40 years, I've seen it destroy vehicles of all brands as well as anything metal associated with the exterior of a house when there was no preventative action taken by their owners. Telephone poles sometimes catch fire because of salt buildup on the electrical insulators and transformers blow up as well because the power company has stopped washing them down to save some money. My SRX was purchased in December of '08 and has never been garaged as my garage space is for Corvettes only. It survives virtually rust free because I wash it every week and I have the washing done at a car wash that does an underbody wash. The torn shock boots are due, most likely, to a broken air line that was never repaired, leaving the shock boots uninflated and subject to damage. You do have a point with the wheel bearings and some other parts because the bean counters won't let the the engineers err on the side of durability and instead ask them to come up with the cheapest part that most likely will make it through the warranty period at least and sometimes they miss.

Bill

PJ1520
07-15-13, 11:49 PM
In my 3 years on this forum I have not read of or seen pictures of an SRX that comes anywhere close to the underside rust and corrosion of oranda's SRX. I live 1 mile from the Atlantic ocean and get on shore ocean winds every day. Salt is used liberally to treat the roads in the Winter. Roughly 80% of my driving is highway where they really lay on the salt. But the underside of my 2007 remains fairly clean. So I am very surprised at oranda's rust and corrosion. PJ

orandaberg
07-15-13, 11:56 PM
Great not only are the shocks in need of replacement. I have to contend with the fact there maybe a broken air line! Somewhere in life I did something wrong to be the owner of this.

SFVetteman
07-16-13, 01:19 AM
PJ, the weather on the eastern seaboard is nothing like the coast of northern California. While you may get an onshore breeze now and then and a nor'easter in the winter, the wind out here comes off the ocean 24 hours a day for weeks even months straight without a break. Add to that the evening fog that is so damp you often have to use your wipers that also comes with the wind most of the time and doesn't lift till late the next morning, if at all. It's an almost constant barrage of damp salt air. However a dozen or so times a year we get offshore winds that sometimes last 3 or 4 days at a time. Since I no longer work and don't have to commute, I finally moved 30 miles east to the real world with sun and stars and seasons.

Bill

Meticulous
07-21-13, 05:35 PM
My gas mileage sucks nuts big time. I have an 06 and its sitting in the garage with a smoking battery :( I've had few problems with my yr model. The cat, radio and battery needed to be changed under warranty. All the other stuff was user error. Oh I forgot i do have a small power steering leak that i failed to get fixed before my warranty expired but i just make sure it is filled. I would say do ur research for your yr model on the problems like ur doing and make sure u have ur car looked at thoroughly. Good luck!