Advertisement
Find a Car
Go!

Cherokee SRT8 Trashes Its Tranny


Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Transmission

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Transmission

Enlarge Photo

Trashing a tranny ain't pretty. It'll either land a few nasty Lee Press-On gashes in your forehead or, in the case of the hapless owner of a Grand Cherokee SRT8 who decided to rat out his motor to a staggering 921 rear-wheel horsepower, metal shrapnel and ATF spewing from the transmission tunnel at startling velocities. See what can happen when you more than double your ride's original hp rating?

Surprisingly, this Grand Cherokee was not in a stump-pulling contest or tearing up the quarter mile when the mishap occurred: rather, they claim it was idling softly with the gear selector in park. However it went down, it must've been pretty exciting judging by the pictures (though no injuries were reported). You can bet Jeep ain't even gonna think about warranty service, though Chrysler transmissions don't exactly have the best reliability record in the industry.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Transmission

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Transmission

Enlarge Photo

Rednecks and and shade-tree import tuners across the land seem to forget that transmissions are designed around the power of their stock engines. Just imagine feeding, say, 100 hp through the chains and sprockets on your Schwinn: "snap, crackle, pop." The same goes for those who decide to bolt on a turbo or supercharger without beefing up engine internals, in which case destructive pinging and even connecting rod damage often follow.

[source: Modern Muscle Forums, via Edmunds Inside Line, via Carscoop]

Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comments (3)
  1. "GARBAGE"

    GARBAGE, not the transmission, but the story. What purpose does this story serve other than another way to bash Chrysler? When you set out to destroy a tranny eventually you will. What did this guy do to have this happen? I've owned two Jeeps, my son owns one, my daughter one and they are practically indestructable, they have built a world-wide reputation on it. I'm a drag racer and EVERYONE knows Chrysler transmissions are the BEST, most reliable, and the choice of racers.I realize my point of view is based on personal experience,and personal bias,but it's just as valid as this story on the transmission destroyer. Was it necessary? Now repeat after me, I will never be bad again, I will never be bad again..
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  2. "Agree"

    Yes Chrysler had issues with 1 transmission, the A604, but since then which has been at least 10 years they have been bullit proof. Idling my ass, they just dont do that when idling. By the way, the transmission in the SRT8 is a Mercedes design called the NAG1.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  3. "oh really?"

    Come on B Burke...if you'd read without looking through those pentastar hood ornament glasses you'd see the story is about an idiot sending 921 hp (!!) through a regular transmission. Is it newsworthy? Well, it got you to respond...
    As to David S. - very good point on the Benz 5-speed auto in the SRT8. Didn't know that, but it makes sense as the HEMI 6.1/5-speed auto combo is found in Chrysler 300 and Challenger. I believe they use some version of that tranny (way beefed up, obviously) to handle the 700+ lb-ft torque in the SL 65 AMG monster. From what I've read, the 7-speed auto in other Benz products can't handle the twin-turbo's twist.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement
Advertisement
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Take Us With You!
   
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.