Brake Dust - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Brake Dust

December 03, 2012

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If brake dust covering your front wheels is on your deal breaker list, then a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is not your ride. I took these photos after just one week of normal driving. The Jeep's front wheels are already covered in brake dust, which makes them look darker than the vehicle's rear wheels. To illustrate the problem better I ran my finger through the soot and created a clean line.

Remember, this is after just seven days of driving. After another week, the Jeep's front wheels would be almost black.

This is not an issue for many people. The more aggressive brake pads used on the Jeep, as well as all models from BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Porsche, are notorious for this. But their superior performance is considered to be worth the mess by the buyers of those brands.

I'm not saying the brake dust is a deal breaker for me, but having dirty wheels just a few days after a car wash is frustrating. And I think consumers should consider this issue when choosing a new car or truck.

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Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief


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