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    Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    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.
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    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.

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    Re: Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    If it has MRC it could be an expensive repair when and if needed.
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    Re: Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    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!

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    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.

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    Re: Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    My 04V8 and 09V8 have been problem free and awesome to me.

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    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

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    Re: Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    A 9 year old SRX will come with some issues unless it was owned by GLAKE. :-) PJ

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    Re: Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    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.

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    Re: Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlh6805 View Post
    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.

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    Re: Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    Quote Originally Posted by repnatl View Post
    Your lucky mine barely pulls 16mpg combined and 19 highway. Dodge ram with 200k does better.
    16?? WOW!!! That is truly horrible.

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    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

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    Re: Should I make the jump to an SRX?

    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.

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    Yeah its normal driving lol

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