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#1014 of 1087 2007 R/T with the Hemi... One sweet ride..
Apr 03, 2007 (6:09 pm)
Looking at replacing the 2002 Dodge Intrepid SE in a couple months (102,0000 absolutely positively trouble-free miles. Nothing, but NOTHING that broke on the car except the driver's side mirror that I broke off early on when I pulled out of my narrow garage door...). Junior will take that one over when he gets his driver's license.
Today was a perfect day in Northern Virginia to take a lunch break for a change and head down to the Dodge dealer for a test spin in a Charger. Drove an R/T, TorRed, light grey interior, with the 5.7 L engine, Electronic Conv Group, Conv Group II, Sunroof and the 18" Alu Chrome Clad Wheels. Car was equipped just about the way I would like it to be if, IF the Charger is my next car (I'd take the darker Inferno Red over the TorRed and the darker grey interior over the light grey one and I'd pass on the expensive wheels) Drove anything from main road to back country road to open state roads, parking lots. Great overall impression (the weather did help... .
I'm 6'6", didn't need the seat all the way in the back with the wheel push back (almost all the way). Found myself LEANING FORWARD to adjust the rearview mirror (a first..). 3 inches of space between steering wheel and my right knee and another 3 inches from knee to center console (give or take an inch). Very comfortable in the car. Noticed the cruise control on the extra handle on the left. Would need to get used to it, but I think I could (Intrepid has it on the steering wheel). Other controls in nice, easy reach. Storage space looked nice, doors to storage and cup holders opened nicely dampened (thought the armrest space was quite large...). Car handled very easily, very nicely, very precise. With windows and sunroof closed, very quiet. Push the pedal and it runs smooth, very smooth. Great acceleration (duh, it's a HEMI...). On one of the back roads, coming off a stop signal, I got it up to about 60 - 65, without pushing the engine above 4 - 4,500 RPM. Again very, very smooth, nice shifts (didn't play with the autostick). Had to back off at about 60, saw some cars down the road on the right and it indeed turned out to be law enforcment enforcing the laws of the road (back off early enough so that were not interested in us). It was a dream to drive this car. Felt very, very large inside (similar to the feeling of sitting in a cavernous car when I first got the Intrepid). Felt safe (like a tank without driving a tank... yeah, a muscle car). Pitty I had to return the car to the lot and drive off in my Intrepid.
I have three more makes/models to test drive before narrowing it down to one or two, but man, this is one sweet ride..
#1015 of 1087 Dodge Charger Safety
Apr 16, 2007 (8:44 pm)
I'm thinking about buying an SRT8 but am concerned about the
safety rating. The frontal impact ratings from the Insurance Institute for the Charger and 300M are excellent, but the side impact ratings are "marginal" even with side airbags.
The reason seems to be the lack of an actual side airbag in the seat or door. There is only a curtain airbag for head protection. Without the side "torso" protection airbag,
the body gets hammered pretty good in a side impact.
If anybody from Chrysler is reading this, do you plan on
installing a seat or door airbag anytime soon? If so, you
will sell a lot more cars, probably even one to me. This
seems to be the only thing holding me back from buying this
#1016 of 1087 Help! SXT vs. SRT
May 09, 2007 (6:14 pm)
I want to buy a Charger, but am getting confused. I have driven the SXT, R/T, R/T with Road and Track, and the SRT8. I absolutely LOVE the look of the Charger, but can't decided which one I really need. Of course the handling of the R/T's are the best, but I really don't need the HEMI (would like to get more than 16-17 mpg too). I know I would pass on the SRT8 - don't need that much power. I basically drive my daughter to school and run errands, but I want the best car for my $$.
Most charger forums I read say not to bother with the SXT, get the HEMI.
Do the SXT's drive "basically" as well as the R/T's? Also, are you basically getting the same gas mileage from the SXT as the R/T or do you actually get more from the SXT? The forums I have read said you pretty much get the same mileage between the two styles. I don't do any highway driving - city only. I wish the SXT's had more options because I would like a fully loaded one, but I guess you can't have everything ...
Any help on comparison would be of great help. I AM READY TO BUY! Thanks.
#1017 of 1087 Re: Help! SXT vs. SRT [kboop]
May 09, 2007 (6:34 pm)
Go with the R/T and Hemi power. Otherwise you will always have to answer the question: why not the Hemi?.... And it does give you more options, it ought to give you more driving pleasure if you get out of the city (let's face it: if it is just city driving and you don't want the pleasure or knowing that you could blow just about everything away with the R/T's performance, you might as well drive a small hybrid, right?)... Plus.. it got a HEMI......
#1018 of 1087 Re: Help! SXT vs. SRT [kboop]
May 09, 2007 (8:38 pm)
I have the SXT and the 3.5 has plenty of power.My SXT is getting bewtween 19-20 in the city and there is no way a Hemi is going to get that.As for options,my SXT looks identical to the R/T but with the better mileage.The Hemi is awesome,but the mileage is not great.I am very happy with my SXT,and with gas prices the way they are,I'm glad I have the 3.5.And the Hemi is only about 1.5 seconds faster then 3.5.As for options you can get what you want,just show them the money.Mine has the R/T 18inch wheels,moonroof,power pedals,upgraded stereo system with the Boston Acoustics speakers,and the SRT wing.Click on my name and see my car,and it looks like a R/T,but about 3k less.I had my service advisor one time try to charge me more for a oil change because he thought my car had the Hemi,so it fooled the dealer.As for the ride,its great,and has the same ESP,traction control as the R/T.,4 wheel disc brakes with anti-lock.Good Luck.
#1019 of 1087 Re: Help! SXT vs. SRT [xtec]
May 10, 2007 (8:08 pm)
Hello xtec. Your Charger looks very nice. Identical to mine except I don't have a sunroof.
Since you mentioned that you were a mechanic, I was wondering if you could guess as to what is wrong with my Charger. If the car sits more than 5 hours it will make a thump sound from the rear (only one time) when accelerating past 3000 rpms.
This only occurs once per driving session and it won't make the sound if you keep it under 2500 rpms.
I haven't taken it in yet but thought I would get some advice.
#1020 of 1087 Re: Help! SXT vs. SRT [batista]
May 10, 2007 (9:10 pm)
Thats a good one.Its hard trying to diagnose over the internet.I can't figure out why it only does it once.My first guess would be a U-joint,but that would do it all the time.Best bet is to take it in and have them check everything in the back suspension,shocks,trailing arms,bushings,u-joint.Thats all I can give you.Sorry I couldn't give you more.Good Luck.
#1021 of 1087 Re: Help! SXT vs. SRT [batista]
May 10, 2007 (9:56 pm)
I just thought of some other things to check.I find myself sometimes getting in my car,and my foot will hit the parking brake pedal.When I pull on the parking brake handle,I will see the pedal move up just a little bit.So check that out.And it could be one of the calibers is sticking and when it sets, the piston pushes the pads against the rotors,then when you drive,hit the brakes,the caliber starts working.Im trying to cover all possibilities,thanks for the compliment on my car.I'v been driving Mopars for 37 years,and the Charger(300) is the Best cars Chrysler made.Thats why it hard to figure out why Chrysler in trouble..
#1022 of 1087 Re: Help! SXT vs. SRT [xtec]
May 11, 2007 (7:00 am)
Thank you for your ideas. My parking brake sometimes sticks as well. Occasionally I pull on the release handle but it only comes up half-way until I press the pedel and release again.
I checked forums and googled it and the only thing that came up was differential mount bushings and pinion seal.
I will take it in eventually but hate the fact that my dealership is so far away and it only happens a couple of times a day. That means I pay for a car rental for 2 days and the incovenience.
#1023 of 1087 Did I really see this....?
May 14, 2007 (9:05 am)
Dodge Charger SRT-8 TV commercial that touted the 425HP HEMI engine but then popped the hood to show a "cross", East-to-West, mounted V8 engine.
To me East-to-West meant FWD and I could not reconcile 425HP at the front wheels.
Research indicated the Charger SRT-8 engine is actually North-to-South and RWD just as it should be.
So, did I really see what I remember seeing?
Somebody screwed up?