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Old 09-01-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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ZL1 or Jeep GC SRT8 or Charger SRT8

Hello all. Need some unbiased advice on a new car. Looking at the 2013 ZL1, 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the 2013 Charger SRT8. I know everyone will tell me to go for the ZL1 but since I have a 21 month old daughter, it's not really practical....but that doesn't stop me from drooling over it and I'm really tempted to go with a Camaro, which I've always wanted. The Grand Cherokee is really well built and almost luxurious on the inside. The Charger is the most practical for me since it's a sedan but basically a sports car. Any suggestions/opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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First let the last one go , then get the # one and two in your garage , case solved .Next please .
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:02 PM   #3
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I don't understand... Are you looking for someone to convince you to buy a ZL1?
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
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Hello all. Need some unbiased advice on a new car. Looking at the 2013 ZL1, 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the 2013 Charger SRT8. I know everyone will tell me to go for the ZL1 but since I have a 21 month old daughter, it's not really practical....but that doesn't stop me from drooling over it and I'm really tempted to go with a Camaro, which I've always wanted. The Grand Cherokee is really well built and almost luxurious on the inside. The Charger is the most practical for me since it's a sedan but basically a sports car. Any suggestions/opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!
Why is ZL1 so much less practical? It has a back seat.. The Charger is a fun, hot car esp in blacked out form. I did a track day with the entire SRT line of cars back in July. Drove 'em all hard. Great fun, they are very fun capable cars to drive and great on the track. SRT has done a great job. The big surprise was how amazing the Chrysler 300 SRT8 was on the track. The Charger is a sexy beast of a 4 door if you're looking for a sedan. The Jeep performs incredibly well but its an SUV so you'd be dragging alot more weight around and getting much worse mileage. Unless you need an SUV, i'd go for the Charger. I can guarantee you it would put a big smile on your face all the time..
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #5
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Why is ZL1 so much less practical? It has a back seat..
What he said. Why do you think a 2+2 isn't practical? That's the reason why they exist.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:10 PM   #6
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Guess I'm just looking to see how the interior is, if anybody has used a car seat in the back and just everyone's general opinion on the ZL1. Also, since we're all car guys, just wanted to see what you all thought of the other two vehicles, even though they're from a different auto maker.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:11 PM   #7
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Car people I should say.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:12 PM   #8
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Just seems like a large car seat doesn't fit well in a Camaro. Could be wrong though. That's why I'm asking.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:15 PM   #9
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The back seats are definitely small and adults don't fit well back there. You're kiddo's will fit fine and a car seat won't be a problem. And just my opinion...I think the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a fantastic all around vehicle with a good base platform to build a hot rod so you can't go wrong getting one.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:16 PM   #10
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Just seems like a large car seat doesn't fit well in a Camaro. Could be wrong though. That's why I'm asking.
No idea on whether the car seat would fit but you could easily test it out at any dealer with a Camaro on the lot. Obviously a 4 door would be easier to get her into and out of the car seat so I see now why you think a 4 door would be more practical. I don't think the Charger is at the same performance level of the ZL1 but its def a fast fun muscle car and I personally like the styling..
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:20 PM   #11
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:22 PM   #12
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Get the Jeep. Those things are badazz and very practical.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:51 PM   #13
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Depends on what you need. Child seat fits in the back seat just fine in the ZL1, but if you need to use it to transport your kid and all his stuff every day, the Jeep would be easier to use. We mostly use my wife's Enclave when we go out, but we can all use the ''vert when needed.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:55 PM   #14
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your a dad now, go for the charger!
That's what I was thinking, a Charger SRT8 is a nice ride and you can still have fun with it.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:30 PM   #15
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Go with the GC for sure. No contest if you are giving any consideration to frequently traveling with a small child.
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Hello all. Need some unbiased advice on a new car. Looking at the 2013 ZL1, 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the 2013 Charger SRT8. I know everyone will tell me to go for the ZL1 but since I have a 21 month old daughter, it's not really practical....but that doesn't stop me from drooling over it and I'm really tempted to go with a Camaro, which I've always wanted. The Grand Cherokee is really well built and almost luxurious on the inside. The Charger is the most practical for me since it's a sedan but basically a sports car. Any suggestions/opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!

Well I have a 2010 Charger and my Daughter has a 2012 SRT8 Charger.I love my Charger and the SRT8 is really really nice inside!
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:35 PM   #17
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I'd say Charger, you have a child and want her to be comfortable.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:38 PM   #18
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:41 PM   #19
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Plenty of room in the back seat of the camaro for kids.

You could always by an SS and a used charger or jeep.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:53 PM   #20
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It depends on what your wife drives. They are all great vehicles. If she has an SUV, then get the Z. If she drives a small sedan, then i would do the charger or GC. I had an 06 Charger RT and it had ample room for the baby seat and all the gear. The car seat fits fine in my SS. We will be switching to a front facing seat soon as my daughter is now 15 months, so it should be much easier. But there is less room for all the gear compared to the Charger. For short day trips it is fine, but overnight is really tough, with all the extra stuff. Hence the reason i traded the charger in for my 4 door Ram.
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I have a 5-month old. I m still getting the ZL1
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:07 PM   #22
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It depends on what your wife drives. They are all great vehicles. If she has an SUV, then get the Z. If she drives a small sedan, then i would do the charger or GC. I had an 06 Charger RT and it had ample room for the baby seat and all the gear. The car seat fits fine in my SS. We will be switching to a front facing seat soon as my daughter is now 15 months, so it should be much easier. But there is less room for all the gear compared to the Charger. For short day trips it is fine, but overnight is really tough, with all the extra stuff. Hence the reason i traded the charger in for my 4 door Ram.

Thanks all, for the advice. My wife drives an 05 Trailblazer so we have space in that but since it's getting older, reliability is always an issue. Want to make sure that I have space in the new car but can't get it out of my head that the ZL1 is a once in a lifetime car, especially with the new federal mandates coming down the line. Just want to get a V8 "muscle" just once before the govt kills V8's as we know them.

I also love the repect this forum gives all machines, even when they aren't a Camaro. Ultimately, test driving all of them will make the difference. The ZL1 has so much style and muscle, that it'd be hard to look at the GC without at least giving the Camaro a try, especially since they're close in price. The Charger is nice because it is cheaper, offers good room and looks like it means business for a sedan.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:51 AM   #23
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I have a 2.5 year old and a 5 month old. Car seat fit fine in my SS and it would the same for the ZL1. Gas may not be the best though if using it as a daily driver.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:39 AM   #24
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I own a 2010 SS and a 12 jeep srt8.... Love both!!! Go test drive a jeep set8... You'll love it.... My best 0-60 in my jeep is 4.8 seconds. For what it is, it's fast as hell! Mine is 100% stock. I'm not gonna mod my jeep....

On the showroom floor.... Sticker was 65,795.00 I purchased mine for 62,500.00 + tax and fees...

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Old 09-02-2012, 05:54 AM   #25
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The jeep has more features unlike the Camaro. Has adaptive cruise control ( never need to hit brake in traffic, automatically slows down for you) Automatic high beams, wipers... If the jeep thinks your gonna rear end someone, it alerts you before its to late.... Which I really like.... Epically if you text while driving... Which a lot of us are guilty for.... Lol... Its AWD... My opinion is.... It's a better family vehicle than the Camaro.... Not to say my family and I don't take my Camaro from time to time.... But for everyday use... Jeep!

The ZL1 is an awesome car though and I love it, even debated on trading my SS in on one..... Just not practical for a DD family vehicle.... IMO... I'm lucky to have both....
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