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Old 04-24-2020, 06:48 PM
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So after the thread on the mustang and camaro, I figured I'd get another weekend / occasional driving car. Bought and drove a 911 for about a month, didn't work out for me. Not practical to get in and out.
Took my 2500 Ram in for service and they had a nice Challenger wide body scat pak. Drove it and really liked it. Easy in and out for my fat arse. Car is extremely fast and sounds great. Of course the interior lacks the niceties of others.
Built one and priced it out. Almost ready to pull trigger. Once again I reach out to the THT ers in hopes of real world experience with this particular model....

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I have a 2017 Charger SRT8 (same engine). It's my second. Previously had a 2008 SRT8 and after 10 years and 100K miles I wanted another car and couldn't find anything I liked better so I ordered another one! These are big/heavy cars so they don't corner as well as some others but they corner better than most people give them credit for. However that extra weight helps the ride quality and I enjoy being inside a "big" vehicle as well.
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My primary experience with Challenger 475 hp V8's is as rentals from Hertz. I have had at least 6-8 of them in the past 3 years. I like them - plenty of power, handles decent, is nice and roomy with good visibility and a large trunk, so they may a pretty easy to live with every day coupe meaning, you don't need to stuff 3-5 people in them every time you go somewhere (just like a Camaro or Mustang).
Not sure I would buy one as a "mid-life crisis car", as they are far too common (just like Camaro's & Mustang's) for that purpose (that is why Corvettes, 911's, and for the poorer, BMW Z4's were created), but as a second/extra every day car it would be pretty neat to have, especially with a 6-speed manual transmission.
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I was gonna buy the same car, test drove picked colors etc etc. loved it, but they ended up making me a deal on a redeye, I would have been foolish to walk away from. 1200 miles on her now. Love the car, wife loves the car, I really love the power, but to be honest it’s overkill.
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Why does a mid-life car have to be a low production car ?
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Dodge is NOT a mid life car. If it makes you happy- buy it

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The HEMIs are intoxicating!
My RAM is getting old, I keep looking at other pickups...but they just don't have the look, nor the HEMI.
My wifes Charger R/T...best car we've had.
Love the look of the Challengers, just too low for my tall body with a really bad lower back. Would LOVE to get a ~70 model, heck even just with a 318 under the hood. Back in end of high school dated a girl that had a green with with the 318. Was considered a semi junker of a car back then. Now they're rare, and pricey even for a rusty old one.
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Originally Posted by LongIslandFisherman View Post
Why does a mid-life car have to be a low production car ?
It doesn’t. And there are not a ton of Challengers out there. 60k annual production is not a lot.

get a 6 Speed you’ll love it

The Challenger makes a repeat of 2018 by once again outselling the Chevy Camaro. In 2019, Dodge sold 60,997 Challengers, down 9 percent from 2018 from when the company sold 66,716 models. However, 2018 saw Challenger sales up 3 percent compared to 2017. Dodge sales have held in the mid-60,000s since the model’s 2015 facelift.

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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
Dodge is NOT a mid life car. If it makes you happy- buy it
I’d say a 50k to 90k real wheel drive, all torque car is a midlife crisis car regardless of brand.
It’s a gawker car. I watch from my office every day. I should say I used to.






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Originally Posted by LongIslandFisherman View Post
Why does a mid-life car have to be a low production car ?
Because for most people, being low volume with only 2 seats, allows them to believe they have gotten to a special place in life. A nice car that seats 4 people is just a car that most upper middle-class folks from their mid-20's on up can and do buy as transportation.
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My wife's daily driver is in 2018 RT with the blacktop package. It has been a hundred percent reliable and it's very comfortable. We can actually put full-size adults in the back seat and it gets 25 miles per gallon on the highway. I wanted the SRT but after she test drove it she said she didn't need that much power for her everyday car. They are so much better looking than the Camaro and mustangs and I am a lifelong Camaro and mustang fan...the 1320 package sure looks cool.
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My wife has had a new 2013 charger rt and a new 2015 charger rt. Just traded the 15 on a new charger scat pack. She loves it We have had no problems with any of them and wouldn’t buy anything else. I would have preferred the challenger but she likes the 4 doors and it’s her car lol. I wish I had kept my 69 charger I had years ago. My favorite car of all time.
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Lol at the elitists. A Focus RS could be a midlife crisis car, or a WRX, or an old Bronco.

Buy whatever makes you enjoy the drive. There are far too few people anymore that appreciate the pure joy of driving a fun car. Most just view them as an appliance, and thus we have the pathetic vanilla offerings car companies are putting out nowadays.

I'd love a charger. No thanks on a Porsche.

I mean, if you gave me one though...

Edit: for God's sakes though, whatever you buy...make sure it has a proper transmission...ie, one that requires input from your left foot. Otherwise you are just half assing it and only like the idea of a fun car.




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After driving the Porsche with a pdk, I don't think that an automatic transmission will ever completely satisfy me. However, because I'm sort of big and fat, using a clutch forces me to be very close to steering wheel which makes it uncomfortable for me to get in and out. I initially thought of a Mustang GT with a manual transmission but then changed to an automatic I happen to like to scat and how it drives with an automatic. Also, I may be using the car a lot more then just occasionally and the traffic down here south Florida is horrible. I will not be racing the car or putting it on a track so that's them look performance may not be necessary.
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I've had three Challenger SRT's since 2009. First up was a 2009 6 speed manual Hemi-Orange SRT that I lost in the Hurricane Irene flood. I almost regretted purchasing the manual when I drove the car home from the dealership in Friday afternoon rush hour traffic in Northern Virginia.

To replace the 2009, I bought a 2011Toxic Orange 392 with an automatic in late 2011.

I had that car up until November, when I traded it in on a 2019 Redeye Widebody. I've always wanted the Hellcat and finally pulled the trigger when they had the Dodge Power dollars rebate (I think these are still going on for the 2019's.). All of them were great cruisers with plenty of power. As E.S.H. said, the Redeye power is overkill but its nice to have....there's not enough rubber on that car to keep it on the road if you floor it. Good luck on your decision.
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Why can't we get the big HP engine packages in a RAM pickup?
No bling or stickers .
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Why can't we get the big HP engine packages in a RAM pickup?
No bling or stickers .
Yeah, the RAM SRT didn't last long (the Viper V10 engine)
Last year they were talking about a RAM TRX...different articles discussing different high HP engines, from the old 392, to some new "banshee" 426 HEMI or something. But..haven't heard it announced yet...just beta tests.
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The 6.4 can be had in the 2500, shame they don't offer it in the 1500.
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Originally Posted by Wicked4659 View Post
The 6.4 can be had in the 2500, shame they don't offer it in the 1500.
We have the 6.4 2500 in one of my work trucks, it's no speed demon, no different then my 6.2 Ford 250. Probably a lot of different components in the car vs truck motors.
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So after the thread on the mustang and camaro, I figured I'd get another weekend / occasional driving car. Bought and drove a 911 for about a month, didn't work out for me. Not practical to get in and out.
Took my 2500 Ram in for service and they had a nice Challenger wide body scat pak. Drove it and really liked it. Easy in and out for my fat arse. Car is extremely fast and sounds great. Of course the interior lacks the niceties of others.
Built one and priced it out. Almost ready to pull trigger. Once again I reach out to the THT ers in hopes of real world experience with this particular model....
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