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Old 12-16-2011, 10:52 AM
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The Jetta TDI has been a great little car, but I am needing something bigger. I took a look at this car, had a test drive, and was very impressed. Dodge seems to have taken it to the next level.
Anyone here have first-hand knowledge of the '11 Charger R/T's?
I know they don't get great fuel economy, but I have read that some are getting up to 28 MPG highway if they keep their foot out of it.
I also realize Dodge took a government hand-out, so that doesn't need to be re-hashed here.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:07 AM
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I had one for a while; it was a nice ride, a little short on quality but a hoot to drive. I had one with the super track pack, 6 speed manual. It was getting about 22 MPG average, it was too damn much fun to keep putting my foot in it. Tires evaporate quickly and are expensive. I have nothing bad to say though. There are quicker cars out there but they are not as user friendly. This is my opinion. If you can swing it, the SRT 392 is a beast. Merry Christmas.

Uh-oh, I had a Challenger, not Charger. Not a fan of the Charger sorry.

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Old 12-16-2011, 11:10 AM
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I don't know about the chargers, but I'm sure pleased with the 2011 Ram quad cab HEMI I bought last week. More power in the HEMI, new coil rear suspention..etc. They get nicer every year, and I've had four of them bought new. An 04, 05, 07, and now an 11.
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I have an 08 SRT-8 Charger and love it, so much so that even though it's a lease that ends next month I'm buying it to keep driving. Nice big car that's comfortable for long drives (which I rarely do anymore). Had an intake and custom tune done right after I got it and that woke the car up even more (ran a 12.9 1/4 with 1,700 miles on it). This past spring I started road tracking the car and get approached multiple times each trip by people who can't believe how fast and well such a big car handles the track.
I get lower mpg but it's the bigger engine and since I drive about 11,000 miles a year, I don't care. It's been 4 years and so far (knock on wood) no service issues other than blowing a power steering pump at the track.

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Old 12-16-2011, 11:14 AM
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EDIT forget it - I was thinking Challenger.

Don't want to untrack or turn this into a this vs. that thread but make sure you drive the new 5.0 Mustang too.
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EDIT forget it - I was thinking Challenger.

Don't want to untrack or turn this into a this vs. that thread but make sure you drive the new 5.0 Mustang too.

Performance wise it's probably a better deal.......but you'll see yourself coming and going.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by FloatinChecks View Post
I had one for a while; it was a nice ride, a little short on quality but a hoot to drive. I had one with the super track pack, 6 speed manual. It was getting about 22 MPG average, it was too damn much fun to keep putting my foot in it. Tires evaporate quickly and are expensive. I have nothing bad to say though. There are quicker cars out there but they are not as user friendly. This is my opinion. If you can swing it, the SRT 392 is a beast. Merry Christmas.

Uh-oh, I had a Challenger, not Charger. Not a fan of the Charger sorry.
The SRT-8 is more than 10K above what I am looking to spend...and they aren't dealing on them whatsoever. The sticker is the selling price. Besides, I could see me getting into serious trouble if I got behind the wheel of one...
I rode in a friend's '09 Charger, and the difference in quality and ride between that and the '11-'12 models is stark...no comparison at all.


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EDIT forget it - I was thinking Challenger.

Don't want to untrack or turn this into a this vs. that thread but make sure you drive the new 5.0 Mustang too.
I need 4 doors for my job...I like the 'stang, but can't use a coupe.
The SRT-8 is a beast...but more than 10K out of my price range. A couple of dealerships have anywhere from 5-8 '11 R/T's left on the lots, and they are priced right. Most of the ones I have looked at with the tunes and wheels package and a sunroof are just under 30K. I got an internet price on one that sold for less than 28K, and it was optioned up nicely...more so than what I am really wanting.
The dealership that is the most aggressive also has a "tires for life" offer with every new car they sell...I am sure it has some conditions, but that can save me about a grand down the road.
Heading out to take a look here shortly...
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:16 AM
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My brother-in-law had a 2010 Challenger SRT-8 for the past 14 months, he just traded it in on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler - go figure. He has always owned BMWs and Audis and he thought the build quality of the Dodge was pretty good.

Can't imagine you would be happy with the fuel economy of a Charger R/T as a commuting car, seems like a strange choice after a Jetta TDI. What about the new Passat TDI?

What year is the Jetta? I could be interested.
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It's a Dodge....pass
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Make sure you check truecar.com. Enter your car and location, add options, etc. Then click on "recent sales" tab. Put your mouse on the left-most bar on the graph (shows lowest recent sales in your area) then go for the LOWEST PRICE shown. I ran your car quick and it looks like you could do 26-27k.

I just bought a new Altima this way. I sent emails to 5 region dealers indicating exactly what I wanted and gave them that lowest price. Had one bite and bought the car @ 6k under sticker.
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What about the new Passat tdi?
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Here are some prices paid for Chargers

http://www.realcartips.com/Dodge-Charger-Prices
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The car's to loose in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by kone View Post
Make sure you check truecar.com. Enter your car and location, add options, etc. Then click on "recent sales" tab. Put your mouse on the left-most bar on the graph (shows lowest recent sales in your area) then go for the LOWEST PRICE shown. I ran your car quick and it looks like you could do 26-27k.

I just bought a new Altima this way. I sent emails to 5 region dealers indicating exactly what I wanted and gave them that lowest price. Had one bite and bought the car @ 6k under sticker.
I offered $26K, and they countered with $27,900;that's $2K off their sale tag price, and a little over $5K off sticker. That's the last exchange I have had with them...they are closed today. I will go to $26,900.00, but that's the limit. Based on my research, their last counter is a good price, but I think they could do better.

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What about the new Passat tdi?
I like VW...I have owned 3 GTI's besides the Jetta. I do not like the new styling on the Jetta and Passat, so I am not considering VW.

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The car's to loose in my opinion.
Have you driven the '11 and newer model? I agree with you on the older Chargers...they are not something I'd want to own. I can say the new model is not loose...the cabin is quiet, the steering responsive, and the ride
better than any other car in their category and price range that I have driven. Granted, I haven't slung one around the corners or skid pad...but that's not the kind of car I am looking for. I did hammer down on it once yesterday--90 MPH came and went quickly, and it did not seem that I was moving that fast.
Thanks for the input, folks...keep it coming.
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I offered $26K, and they countered with $27,900;that's $2K off their sale tag price, and a little over $5K off sticker.
jmo I'd find another dealer who will do your $26k, even if i had to drive some. Good luck.
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Go to zag.com and get the price there.

No hassle, no haggle car buying.
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jmo I'd find another dealer who will do your $26k, even if i had to drive some. Good luck.
There are only three within easy driving distance that have any '11's left that are equipped the way I want. I'd like to stick with one of those, since I'd prefer to have the car serviced where I buy it.
I haven't heard back from the dealership that's closest to my price...we shall see. If I can't get it for what I want to pay, then I'll hang on to the Jetta for a while longer.

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Go to zag.com and get the price there.

No hassle, no haggle car buying.
Checked it out...thanks. I don't qualify for any of the affiliates listed, and when I go for the "Drive Your Dream" site, I get the same price as the first internet offer for the car I am considering.
I like the idea, though...but I already have a slightly better offer on the table now. We aren't far apart...but I have already told them what my final price is. The salesman I am dealing with has told me they'd get there, but I don't have anything in writing yet.
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It's loose. More power than they can handle. If you don't push it, you wouldn't notice this.
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I drove a 300C STR8 for 3 years. Loved the car.

Very fast. Top speed on the car is a true 172mph and its not out of control.
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Originally Posted by Joe Belletti View Post
It's loose. More power than they can handle. If you don't push it, you wouldn't notice this.
OK, I had to go to the horse's mouth. I have an acquaintance who is a state transport police officer. They aren't known for taking it easy on their cars. His cruiser is a '10 Charger Hemi. According to him, it's very stable on the straight at very high speeds...he would not tell me what the fastest he has driven it, but did say it was well over 120 MPH. It's not the best on curvy roads, and it can be a handful if driven hard in those conditions. However, it handles much better than the Crown Vic or Impala that he has driven. The newer models('11 and later)have had the suspension and steering improved to make them handle better, along with better weight distribution. He can't wait to get his hands on his new cruiser, which will be a '12 model.
I guess it's a subjective opinion...I am not buying the car to race at Road Atlanta...I wanted something with a little umph as an everyday driver. For my purposes, I believe it's a good vehicle.
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