Join Date: Sep 2012
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To include a bit of semi-outside perspective, I bought a used 6.1 SRT8 (with manual transmission) instead of a new RT partly due to concern of this issue. With this many members reporting the problem, even if some of them joined the group just to report it we are not talking about a few isolated cases, we are looking at a systematic problem on a part that should never break on a low mileage car. Sure any part can break, but a timing chain breaking on a low mileage vehicle should be something that is reported by one or less likely two members of a community like this, not something that is reported by dozens. If this problem effects 1%, 2% or 5% of the auto R/T's is somewhat moot point when you remember this is a part that SHOULD NEVER FAIL.
On a somewhat separate note I went through something similar with my previous car, it had an all plastic intake that was prone to cracking after a couple of years an improved metal crossover part was introduced on new cars and was retrofitted to cars with all plastic intakes when they broke under warranty. This was a $1,000 plus job counting parts and labor, and was only covered under the standard 3 year warranty with a cracked intake, well eventually there was a class action suit against the company which was settled by extending replacement coverage to 5 years from the date the cars were built, but still no changing out intakes that had not cracked. This settlement was reached when my car (one of the first ones built with this engine) was 4 years and 9 months old, thankfully at 4 years and 10 months mine developed a very small crack and started oozing coolant.. Take what you will from this, but given this experience, but I personally doubt there will be any fleet wide recall, at best expect something similar to the situation described above where they will settle for slightly extending the coverage on the questionable part, but in no way giving satisfaction to those people planning on keeping the car for a long time, this of course assumes that there will be a "fix" and not just a band aid.
2010 Plum Crazy SRT8 with Manual Transmission-------
Mods list: K&N Typhoon CAI, Skip Shift Eliminator , Petty Strut Tower Brace, Diablo Predator 91CAI tune, License Plate backup camera with Lockpick V2, mini spare tire and adapter, Moroso Catch Can, some BT bling, 3rd brake pulser, Larry's mod Hurst shifter, coming soon Web Electric Sequential tail lights and LED under door lights
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