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    Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    Hi All,

    I stumbled across this forum over the weekend, and have spent quite a few hours exploring the various threads. I'm a member of a lot of forums, and this one definitely has a lot of really useful information. As the title implies, I'm debating purchasing an '09 SRX with a V8, and I'm looking for a little advice/guidance.

    My wife and I have owned Chevy Suburbans since 2001, and we've generally been very satisfied with the ownership experience. We have four kids, and at one time had a need to trailer things, so the Suburbans were the perfect vehicle for us. Now, two of our kids have graduated from college and moved out, so we're downsizing the Suburban. My wife doesn't really want a Tahoe, so I started looking at the SRX's about 8 months ago. It seems like the perfect vehicle for the next 10 years for us (until the other two kids are out.....haha), so the search has begun.

    I spent some time on the "Known Issues" sticky (great source of info) and got some of my questions answered, but I have a few others. I'm pretty set on the V8, just because my wife doesn't drive very far (averages 5,000 miles a year) and I LOVE the performance of a V8 (my daily driver is a Lexus GS430). Is it possible to find a V8 model in '09 without AWD? We live in NC, and honestly, just don't have much of a need for AWD, and I'd rather not have the extra weight/maintenance.

    Also, since I'm buying the '09 through a non-GM dealer, is it possible to still get an extended warranty from GM if my SRX falls within the warranty parameters? Or IS there an extended warranty, since the powertrain is under the 5yr/100,000 mile warranty?

    The last question I have is in regard to the Magnetic Ride Control. I have a friend who has this on his new Camaro, and I have to admit, the handling is brilliant. However, is the MRC going to be a money pit once the warranty expires? I don't mind nominal annual maintenance expenses, but I don't want the vehicle to eat me alive either.

    For the moment, that's all the questions I have. My timeline to acquire an SRX is probably right around 90 days or so. I'm really sold on the Black Raven color (fortunately, I've been a detailer for more than 20 years, so I can deal with the finicky nature of black paint!), and am willing to wait until I find what I'm after.

    Thanks in advance,

    David

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    Some interesting production stats here:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...arity-key.html

    Best regards,

    Elie

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    Quote Originally Posted by garfin View Post
    Some interesting production stats here:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...arity-key.html

    Best regards,

    Elie
    Hi Elie,

    Thanks for this link -- wow, looks like the V8 non-AWD SRX's are pretty rare indeed! I know the gas mileage isn't that much different between AWD and 2wd, but have you noticed any extra maintenance costs with your AWD?

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    Welcome to the forum, David! I see you're already starting to receive the owner feedback you're seeking, and please email me anytime (Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com) if you would like me to investigate any questions further while you search. I am, for instance, always happy to provide the existing warranty information and build code listings for you if you provide me with the last eight of an SRX's VIN.

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    No extra maintenance costs on mine with the AWD, approaching 80K miles on a 2007 V8.

    Me? I took out the factory CPO warranty extension from a new/used Caddy dealer. Am really glad I did. In your situation there are aftermarket warranty extension companies out there, some good and some horrible; so do your homework and read the fine print: what is covered and what is not; who underwrites the warranty & their financiak strenth; BBB reports on them; AG complaints.

    There are a ton of gadgets on the SRX that can go South. Hopefully someone with an aftermarket warranty extension will chime in here. I have purchased a grand total of 1 aftermarket warranty extension, in 1999, on a brand new Pontiac Trans AM, and initially my Pontiac dealership who sold me the policy in the first place would not accept the very warranty they sold me.......because the warranty company wasn't paying their bills!!! The dealership wanted me to prepay the estimated cost of repairs and chase down the warranty company for reimbursement!!!! No way!!!

    I had to elevate that discussion to the dealership manager who somehow managed to get the warranty company to prepay them for the estimated cost of repairs. Close call.

    PJ
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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    Yeah! I just picked up a cherry '07 N* AWD in August with 63,000 KM. It was a "GM Optimum" used vehicle and as such, I had the opportunity to buy a 4 yr. GM bumper-to-bumper warranty (with a $250 deductible, if I recall correctly), which I did. I love this vehicle! So far, so good!

    Best regards,

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    David...... you might be best served to drop into your local Cadillac or GM dealership and pose to them the warranty extension question, whether or not you can still buy from them a factory warranty extension even though you do not purchase the car from them. After reading this forum for a couple of years I don't recall anyone trying this. Most who bought from a Caddy or GM dealer while the vehicle was still under the original factory warranty made the decision at the time of purchase.


    Those who bought preowned from non-GM OEM dealers, a strictly used car dealer not affiliated with an OEM, or from a private party? Since we didn't get any responses from folks who have or recently have had experience (good, bad, or indifferent) with the aftermarket automotive extended warranty companies, and my experience is dated (13 years), you might want to start your research here:

    https://www.carchex.com/protect/Form...75ff4ee5dd019a

    You can't do too much research before you buy. And you certainly do not want to find out after the fact that your dealer of choice or the private mechanic you trust to work on your car won't accept the warranty company you have chosen, expecting you rather to front your money and then seek reimbursement directly from the warranty company.

    In another thread here during the past few weeks one poster, the purchaser of a pre-owned V6, has been unable to get his aftermarket extended warranty company to cover his timing chains, citing a "pre-existing condition not covered," sludge, which the warranty company said was contributory to the failed timing chains, along with the prior owner's apparent failure to maintain the vehicle properly within the OEM's recommended maintenance schedule. Ironically, the poster had driven his preowned V6 for 18,000+ miles post purchase and had religiously changed the motor oil ahead of schedule. He had (no prior to his purchase) documented maintenance from a dealer or a private mechanic (no printouts or receipts), proving that his SRX was indeed maintained properly.

    The FirstGeneration SRX (2004-2009) is a vehicle I myself would not take on without a warranty extension of some sort, OEM or aftermarket. There are too many gadgets and expensive things that can malfunction and hurt you financially, arguably less so if you are mechanically inclined and can do the work yourself. Even mechanics who regularly post on this forum might agree with me on this point.

    While absolutely everything on my SRX works perfectly, it would not be so without the original factory warranty, the factory warranty extension, and with some effective help from Ashley, a Cadillac Customer support person here on this forum (thank you, Ashley!!!!)

    Let us know how you proceed.

    PJ

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    Depends on where you live, if I paid my Canadian dealer what they wanted for extended warranty I would need the motor and tranny to fail before I was close to even.

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    Cone........my warranty extension from the Caddy dealer here in the States listed for $2,500 and is called the "Certified Pre-Owned Warranty." It takes my 2007 SRX out to 2013, seven years from the original inservice date, and/or 100,000 miles (162,000km), whichever comes first. It covers virtually everything that was covered under the original Caddy/GM factory warranty.

    Down my way a transmission repair alone can run North of $2,800 US.

    What do warranty extensions run up your way?

    PJ

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    I bought our '07 Northstar SRX4 as a "GM Optimum" used vehicle from a GM dealer just north of Toronto. The SRX had 64,000 km on it and I was able to buy a GM 4 yr. bumper-to-bumper warranty for the vehicle. I had a choice of deductibles and mileage limit. It was buy it on the day of delivery or forget about it.
    Just glad I've got the warranty for the next 4 years/60,000 km and it's backed by GM.

    Best regards,

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    It was way more than that, mind you I don't have a number but I think $3800.

    You can get a new tranny for under $2000 all day long online.

    This is of course based on a mix of me doing some repairs and paying for some but I have yet to loose at the warranty game so far.

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    The SRX is a great vehicle and is loaded with features. These are great, but can break. This is the reason why most of us opt for some type of warranty. I can definitely see those who are very mechanically inclined (e.g. retired mechanics) not wanting warranty, but you have to make that judgment for yourself. In case you do opt for warranty, make sure you know what is included. For instance, I have extended warranty but was surprised to find that light bulbs are not included, while light sockets are. Fortunately, I was able to source the bulbs and install them, but not everyone is in the same position. Overall, I would say the vehicle is highly dependable and better than any competitor of its time including RDX, X5 etc.

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    Cone......you should have bought the warranty extension at that dealership just North of Chicago where you got your 2009. We want to strip all of the money we can out of the Canadians before they return North of the border. I am surprised you didn't get a couple of speeding tickets on your way home from our revenue-enhancing State Police.

    BTW........this past Summer on our way up to St. John's New Brunswick, the Canadian border agents interviewed me at one of their border booths, then asked me and the wife to pull off to the side and go inside to see one of the counter agents who interviewed us again, then escorted us back outside to check my SRX.

    I didn't know the SRX is so unique and so popular up there that they wanted to thoroughly go over the car.

    PJ

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    I could not buy the us warranty, I tried it was soooooo cheap.


    People have no clue what an SRX is most of the time, I would have it no other way

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    Re: Debating purchasing an '09 SRX V8, and have a few questions....

    86k miles on our '07 V8 AWD Sport. I would steer clear of the magnetic ride control shocks. The SRX had Gen 1 MRC and they are very pricey to replace. The regular shocks are fine and actually on the sporty side, handle very nicely. I am not sure what everyone is talking about when they say it has alot of gadgets that can break. Don't all modern cars have a ton of electronics and gadgets? We haven't really had any major issues with the car aside from it needing the usual brake pads/rotors, tires, etc..We did have a power steering leak, had to have the torque converter replaced under warranty at 49k miles, and some ball joints in the rear wheels. I can't really think of anything else. Been a reliable car for me. It is the fastest crossover I have driven to date and the fuel economy while not good is acceptable, I use 89 octane and get 21 on the highway, maybe 13-14 city. I plan on keeping the car long term. It is a great cruiser, the kids love the rear entertainment, and it is easy to hook an iPod/iPhone up to the RCA inputs and play tv shows and movies on the rear screen. We throw a thule on the top when we go on road trips for extra storage, but the rear cargo area has plenty of space. The 1st gen drives alot better than the 2nd gen SRX and is much roomier inside. The Northstar engine is one of a kind, silky smooth and just a real joy. They don't make V8's like it anymore. Good luck in your search. You should be able to get a low mile '09 for a great price since the 1st gens just aren't that popular.

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