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Sep 17th, 2017 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I drove all the Mustang and Camaro models too before settling on the Dodge.

The Challenger is a big car, and that is the reason I went with the Dodge. I have a Toyota Tacoma quad cab truck, and the Challenger is just as long, but wider.

Dodge has the Challenger GT out this year, and it's an all-wheel drive car. The weird thing is it's available only with the V6. Imagine launching off the line in a supercharged 700+ HP 4WD beast. You could take it to the hillbilly tractor pulls!

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Sep 17th, 2017 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One of our suppliers at work bought a Hellcat and 2 months later it's up for sale; he ordered a Demon. More money than sense perhaps?

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Sep 17th, 2017 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some people have to have the latest/greatest.

Compensating, perhaps? haha

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Sep 17th, 2017 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ditto the uConnect system. It is a very nice interface. Not hard to learn either.

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Sep 17th, 2017 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Compensating - oh yes most definitely - and I say that with not just a small twinge of jealousy!

These car multimedia/connect systems are going to be really hard for me to get used to. I had one on the loaner car the dealership gave me one of the many times the Fusion has been in the shop and the first thing I tried to do was figure out how to turn all that stuff off. I guess I'm one of the last curmudgeons who wants his phone to be smart and his car to stay dumb!

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Sep 17th, 2017 06:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The uConnect touch screen is easy to operate--it's like a smart phone with app icons. You tap the icon to access the function you want. There are back and forward arrows to take you to the previous and next pages too.

It's a lot less complicated than the older style--or the current BMW style with the large non-touch screen and terrible rotary selector knob.

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Sep 17th, 2017 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I drive a sibling with the same 6, a Chrysler 300, and I've never felt that it needed more power for any situation. The hemi and the hot versions would be an expenditure for entertainment purposes and while I can enjoy that as much as anyone, I'm past that now. I'd enjoy a new Challenger with the 6. I know someone who bought one for the reason of legroom. He is very tall with long legs and simply won't fit in a lot of vehicles, and he fits in the Challenger.

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Sep 17th, 2017 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I rented one recently. I am not a fan of Chrysler products as I have noted in the past but I was impressed with the base model V6 that I rented. I had to get from Austin to Dallas in a hurry and it covered the 250 miles well, in heavy rain. Perhaps not a long sample but nonetheless:

The good:

- excellent performance from the V6. I was shocked. Much better than expected, not a rocket ship but real performace. Far better than I would have thought. Not like the V6 options in Mustangs from 10 years ago.

- Great economy on the highway. Again stunning. 35mpg. I was amazed. Also huge range.

Negatives:

- blind spots. Kinda scary at times, might have been cause of my seating position and being not so tall, but need a head check for lane changes.

- Ride comfort. Kinda choppy at times.

- Seats. Back ache central. I could not find a position that pleased my back. I'm used to doing that drive to Dallas and not feeling like a cripple at the other end...

- The law. Them boys like to follow these fancy muscle cars. As in for 100 damn miles up IH35, when I needed to make some time up. Really. :-)

For perspective I had just sold my MB C63 - that thing did haul ass but also drank gas. I now have a BMW 335i.



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Sep 17th, 2017 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does Chrysler do the small stuff well, such as durability? One thing that has caused me no end of frustration with the Ford is the interior parts are really chintzy. I have had to replace the driver's side interior door handle twice because they break inside the door...this necessitates taking the door apart and even with the proper removal tools those plastic inserts that hold the door panel break and now you have a loose panel. The same kind of fastener secures the trim inside the trunk, and inevitably they strip or break when you go to do something simple like replace a taillight bulb. Even the radio pushbuttons have started to wear - there's a black coating on the buttons and actually one day the coating stripped off on my fingertip when changing the radio station, exposing white plastic underneath. Never seen anything like it.

(This message was last edited by Itchy at 10:23 PM, Sep 17th, 2017)

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Sep 17th, 2017 09:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't fit in the BMW seats. I have the same issue as you did in the Dodge. After 100 miles or so my back ached so bad I wanted to give the car away.


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Sep 18th, 2017 06:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't had my Ram long enough to speak to those issues, Itchy. But it seems very-well thought out and durable.

We drove a couple of GM products last weekend and I can't say that those interiors inspired confidence in reliability/longevity.

I had my Mustang for 3.5 years and it held up fine. It was still new looking inside and out. I didn't have any button wear, etc. It only had 31,000 on it when I parted ways with it though.

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Sep 18th, 2017 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Does Chrysler do the small stuff well, such as durability? "

You need to read Consumer Reports or look at a JD Power survey. That's the problem with Chrysler. The build quality is crap. Worse if that were possible.

Honestly in the rental I had the switch gear felt cheap compared with the Fords I've owned, let alone European cars.

If you are worried about durability and longevity you really should stick with Toyota or Honda in my opinion. Maybe a German brand if you can stomach the risk of some pricey repairs or fix it yourself.

(This message was last edited by neilp at 11:22 AM, Sep 18th, 2017)

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Sep 18th, 2017 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Neil,

You recent rental experience mirrors my experiences over the last couple years. I've rented a few Challegers, 1 Charger and 3 Ram Bighorns like the one I eventually bought. I did not like Chryslers. They have had more than their fair share of significant issues.

The above-mentioned rentals entailed a couple thousands miles. They won me over. I talked to people with pickups. I found nothing of concern in their experiences. To ease what little worries I had remaining I did buy the extended warranty at the time of purchase.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 02:48 AM, Dec 31st, 2017)

jay1vinton

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Sep 18th, 2017 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How do the new Chrysler products fare against the old and lesser material vehicles they once produced. Does dash and upholstery stand up against the elements better than the old cars who would oxidize and begin to crumble in a few short years?? I really like those cars, but have no use for one on an island....

Leftee
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Sep 18th, 2017 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't know. I'm on the ginormous island to your east.

Itchy
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Dec 31st, 2017 12:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I'm digging my own thread out of obscurity to say I finally did it - bought a 2015 Challenger SXT Plus in Billet Silver Metallic yesterday! Interior is two tone black/Pearl leather.

LOVE this car.
I'll have to figure out how to post a pic, the iPhone pics are too big to add directly from the phone, need to resize.

(This message was last edited by Itchy at 02:47 AM, Dec 31st, 2017)

Leftee
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Dec 31st, 2017 12:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats!

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Dec 31st, 2017 01:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like any and all of the new (and old) pony cars and if I had a Challenger, Camaro or Mustang it most certainly would have a V-8 in it !

Mike

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Dec 31st, 2017 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very cool. The one I have is the silver metallic.

Mine is still working great. The only new complaint is where the windshield meets the hood in the vicinity of the wipers: park under a tree and that area will collect every last leaf that falls :0)

Other than that, it's still looking brand new and running great.

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Dec 31st, 2017 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had a '15 Scat Pack, but not the 6

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