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post #1 of 16 Old 03-21-2020, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a 2014-2015 Granda Cherokee SRT

I'm looking for a 2014-2015 Grand Cherokee SRT with fewer than 50K miles. While I prefer a private seller, I'd consider a decent SRT from the dealer with one or two owners. What should I be on the lookout for?



I come from the world of GM (Suburban, Z28, Trans Am, GTO) and Ford (current 2015 Mustang GT Premium). I've done a bit of research and recall an issue with the shifter in these years.

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-21-2020, 03:59 PM
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The electronic shifter is not liked by many (I love mine) and was blamed for the death of an actor who was run over by his own vehicle when he got out thinking the vehicle was in Park. A subsequent recall configured the vehicle to automatically go into Park if the door is opened and the seat belt is unbuckled.

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We used to love our shifter when we had a 2014 too, but yes, lots of people do not like it.

As with any WK2, make sure the sunroof and rear "spoiler" over the lift-gate do not rattle or make any noises while driving. Common complaints, sometimes easy fixes, sometimes not.

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I went through an extensive search for several months last summer before I found one that had all my options. Aside from specific options I was looking for one made for US market, single-owner, non-leased SRT, all stock/never modded, low miles, with routine oil changes. Once I found one I ran through this short list when looking in person. I ended up finding one at a Chevy dealership in the next state over. Before I went down there they took a lot of pics of the interior, exterior, and under carriage.

Things to Look For:
- hail damage
- smoker?
- interior carbon fiber trim issues
- tread wear
- dash wrinkles
- mis-matched panels
- smoke from the exhaust after start-up

Good luck in you search. Every time I get in mine I can't help but smile.

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Thanks for the replies, guys. I've also come across a few 2012/2013 SRTs with relatively low mileage (~50K) for around $30K. It's closer to my ideal budget. I probably just want to get into a decent 2012+ SRT at the lowest price.
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The 2012-2013 SRTs had a 5-Speed W5A580 Mercedes transmission, strong but may not be as exciting to drive as the ZF 8-Spd Auto 8HP70 introduced in 2014.

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Having owned a 2014 that is the one I recommend as ColdCase suggested. Cars.com or cargurus.com are two good places to look. Don't be afraid to travel or book a flight if need be to get the right SRT.
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Having owned a 2014 that is the one I recommend as ColdCase suggested. Cars.com or cargurus.com are two good places to look. Don't be afraid to travel or book a flight if need be to get the right SRT.
That shouldn't be happening right now. This isn't essential travel....
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That shouldn't be happening right now. This isn't essential travel....

I disagree. If you're at risk, then it wouldn't be advisable.
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I disagree. If you're at risk, then it wouldn't be advisable.
Sorry - but there are only two possible categories right now


Those in a high risk category
Those idiots who are arrogant enough to think that they are "well" enough to infect those in the high risk category.


It is stupidity that will keep us from slowing the spread of COVID19 to allow the health care systems to catch up to demand. By not following simple guidelines, those 25% of people that never show symptoms but are contagious and spreading the disease are the ones that are directly responsible for killing people.


Are you sure that a good deal on a used car is worth that?
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Yeah the virus has a community spread method not entirely known. You may be carrying the virus, maybe not, but the salesman may, or his desk and can easily infect 4 others on average, which is thr rub. Unlike most flues, this stuff spreads fast.

In most areas of the country, proper social distancing and hand washing may slow the spread enough, but the folks that know these things would rather us error on caution and just stay home for now. Without caution, one day there is no one in town infected, next day 10, next week 100... next week 1000.... once it gets started it takes off.

By the way, Those countries that used the following have been able to stem the virus enough to avoid overloading the hospitals, and medical staff. Having friends and three daughters in the medical profession may have me a bit more concerned than some others:
1. Test everybody with a sniffle or cough
2. Strictly isolate anyone that tests positive
3. Identify and quarintine any of that person’s contacts
4. 80% of population must stay at home as much as possible, so basically everyone.

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So while COVID-19 is my current passion/life/job, let me try to get thread back on track.


There a couple of things to take into consideration - the 12/13 models have the older transmission that is a bit more sluggish in shift points (and has worse gas mileage), while the 14/15 have that weird mushroom shifter that most people hate.


If you're looking at the 14/15 with the newer transmission, then make sure that it has had the recall applied.
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I may be one of the few but I actually liked the shifter in the 2014, Summit and SRT, and I am currently looking at a low mileage 2014 Summit. There was a thread going around a few years back when all the controversy started and many posters liked the shifter. To each his own.
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I may be one of the few but I actually liked the shifter in the 2014, Summit and SRT, and I am currently looking at a low mileage 2014 Summit. There was a thread going around a few years back when all the controversy started and many posters liked the shifter. To each his own.
Popular consensus was that the shifter served no particular purpose. The detente for reverse was not very obvious and it took up the same amount of room on the center console as a "regular" shifter. Like the Audi and BMW equivalents, once you got used to it it was fine but there was a huge unintuitive learning curve.
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