2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: 6,000 Mile Service
July 31, 2012
We caught some flak after getting our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8's oil changed after only 3,000 miles, so we're expecting an equal amount here when you find out that we went ahead and did it again at 6,000 miles.
The first oil change was done early in part because of our driving habits over those first few thousand miles and with the full intention of getting it done again at 6,000. We've tested this Jeep, towed with it, driven it hard and otherwise exploited every one of its 470 horsepower. We're generally against pointless oil changes, but without a "heavy duty" use maintenance schedule (other manufacturers give guidelines for heavy use), we're on our own here.
Like the first, this service was done at Buerge Jeep (by far the closest dealer to us now that LaBrea Chrysler Jeep moved out of my neighborhood) and cost us $147.63. $54.10 in parts, $88.75 in labor and about $5 in tax.
We will likely return to the normal schedule after this. Look for the next oil change at the 12,000 mile mark.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 6,945 miles