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Dodge Charger 2006+



  • IMO, I wouldn't touch or even think about purchasing a Japanese or pure German car if you paid me. But that is just me. I have always bought American, and I always will. I have never had really any quality issues with any American car I have bought. To me, the Charger is the best vehicle I have ever driven, better than the Porches I have driven, and the Japanese cars my parents own.(Honda and Toyota)

    When I bought the Charger, wife was skeptical if we could make the payments. We just leased a Grand Caravan SXT the month before. But after driving the Charger, she quickly fell in love with it and drives it to work most of the time. She forgot all about her skeptism. I drive a company vehicle to work, so that is why she gets to drive it. My sons love the car, my 12 year old gives it 2 thumbs up and said its an 11 out of 10. To him, a Viper is the only car that is better. I have had nothing but compliments and double takes when driving the car. I think my Charger will be a long time keeper. ;)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Thank you for getting us back to our subject. ;)

    Folks, this is not the place to get into argu.., er discussions about Japanese and German vehicles quality. Let's stick to the Charger. Thanks.
  • jimhemijimhemi Posts: 223
    And yes, they are 4 doors built on the LX platform. It could have been done, must be "too outisde of the box" thinking for Dieter and the gang.
  • aab4aab4 Posts: 39
    I agree.

    But remember, stating a person's opinion as facts, is not always relevant.
    Japanese cars, have been winning most of the quality awards, not German vehicles. That's a fact! So when I see a statement that is obviously wrong, I agree to disagree.

    Not to cause arguments.

    So as not to beat a dead horse here, Most of the Charger is MB anyway.
    Which could be good or bad depending on your point of view.
    I think it is a good combo of American and German partnering.

    Charger RT looks like more fun than most Honda's or Toyotas, until the new Lexus IS comes out.

    I will make a decision after driving the new IS, and the Mazdaspeed 6. Like to drive the SRT version when that comes out. Sure that will handle better than RT does right now.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,543 a car show last weekend. I was disappointed. Never liked the photos I had seen on the web but figured in the flesh would look better. It didn't. The car was dark blue with gray interior and it really had no "pop" to it at all. The hooded, blacked out headlights didn't help. But what really turned me off was the interior. The gray leather was blah, it was cold and unappealing looking, and most surprisingly, the dash and cabin seemed to be a sea of hard black plastic with a matte finish designed to make it look soft when it really wasn't. All it did was look cheap to me, sort of like the new Mustang interior. I know these cars are built to a price, but the interiors really disapponted.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • tex10tex10 Posts: 27
    well it beets one them import jobs from japan. you know the things with the weed eater motors or sounds like one. There might be a new muscle car one block in 07 well it really old but you now what i mean the dodge challenger. The concept is in 06 and its a two door looks lot like a cuda l saw drawing of what may look like in 06. Its dodge answer to the Mustang.
  • eagle41eagle41 Posts: 54
    I just got back from taking my Rt for a spin on the highway (rt 75) in Gainesville. I was cruising over 80 at 2250 rpm . Smooth ride !! There are some similarities to my old (69) charger. The ride I know is far better on this one. Hey, for those complaining about the the interiior , remember that the orinial chargers inside was rather plain !!
    Hemi power is sweet !!
  • heinzh2heinzh2 Posts: 49
    I don't want to beat a dead horse either ... but keep in mind this is an opinion message board, and I would hope everyone will post their opinions here. Now to believe everything that is posted here, and not to follow up with your own research, could lead to what we call down here in GA as ... "ig-nance".

    I agree with you 100% of what the combination of Chrysler/Mercedes have done, and that the cars look a lot more fun that the Japanese counterparts. I will be curious to see how the Charger stacks up to the new IS!!! FYI ... there was an article in that had an interview with the guy that helped create the new IS. He said that they had left out some, of what he thought, was some vital things on the IS ... about 1000 things! Interesting read ... doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy about the car. So I think the Charger will be the one in the long run ... :blush:
  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978

    I was looking at the 5.7 Hemi Charger R/T this weekend and it had good points and bad points:

    very good acceleration, good mileage rating for the horsepower. Large trunk, good space inside.

    Boston Accoutics excellent sound.

    Good Pricing $2,000 under MSRP ( almost invoice)


    The interiror is pretty cheap feeling hard plastic, not on the level I would expect of a $30 car. Honda Accord , Toyota Camry and Toyota Avalon , much better executions. Make the interior better like the 300C

    Air conditioning is not good enough for Texas summers. Front on max recirculate wouldn't get cold. Back seat was hot; not a lot of air flow out of the back vents and air coming out front and back was only mildy cold, not ice cold.

    Navigation system is terrible! No touch screen! Only a single rotary dial ( not even multidirection) and comeo n white highlight on yellow letter; extremely hard to see.

    Not clear how you get from manual shift back into auto drive; cart salesman didn't know, but then there wasn't much he did know.

    No sunroof!

    Car felt a little heavy and not nimble; but I guess that is reality.

    All it all is was a good car, not a great car. But for 30K+ there is a lot of competition. Make xexons avaialble. Make 20 inch rims standard or at least a supported option.


  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    In Houston, they advertised in the Sunday paper ( 7/24/05) $2,000 off MSRP on Charger R/Ts.
  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    I could go for the Charger R/T if it only had a short throw 6-speed manual shift transmission.

    Cruis'n in 6th :shades: ,

  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    Posted too much before try "Gulgate Dodge"
  • frasierdogfrasierdog Posts: 128
    "Air conditioning is not good enough for Texas summers. Front on max recirculate wouldn't get cold. Back seat was hot; not a lot of air flow out of the back vents and air coming out front and back was only mildy cold, not ice cold."

    Hmm, let me see what did I say about the A/C?

    #417 of 539 Charger SXT Test Drive by frasierdog
    The day was 96 degrees and after a 20 minute test drive the car never cooled off and the air blowing was not that cool. (Yes, it was on MAX recirc)

    Seems to be a pattern here.
  • gmctruckgmctruck Posts: 186
    Yep... I noticed the same thing on the one I test drove. I don't understand how DC could put out a car with such a lousy AC system these days. Could turn some buyers off if DC doesn't address and fix this issue fairly soon. I know there are some who say it's fine and don't care, but people who live in hot climates do care!
  • johndodgejohndodge Posts: 25
    Thanks for the link Jimhemi,

    I have seen those pictures before. The engineering team that worked on the 2006 Dodge Charger wanted to go for something more modern, retro wasn’t what they were going for. They wanted to pay homage to the muscle cars of the 60’s without retro styling. I can’t comment of the 2009 Challenger as there has been no official word in regards to it at this point.

    John B.
  • johndodgejohndodge Posts: 25
    Thanks for the great feedback Midnight Cowboy!

    Not too many people are familiar with the subtle intricacies that make the 5-speed automatic with Autostick shine. To change back to the normal Drive gear you have to press and hold the selector lever in the “D +” direction. The transmission will shift from the current gear directly to gear “D”. I can’t say for certain whether or not you’ll find xenons and 20 inch rims as available options. You can find 20 inch rims for the 2006 Dodge Charger though. The SRT-8 vehicles come standard with 20 inch rims, so I would recommend talking to your local Dodge dealership about putting some 20’s on a new Charger. Well that’s all I got!


    John B.
  • bee7bee7 Posts: 15
    Test drove the Charger RT, and it is great in a straight line.

    I agree the quality of German cars, which includes the suspension and transmission, of the Charger, is not on par with the Japanese.

    The interior of a Toyota Avalon, even a Ford Five Hundred is better than the Charger. Ford needs a Hemi though.

    A loaded RT is in the mid 30's, so you are now approaching LEXUS IS, BMW 330 territory, although smaller than the Charger, much better handling, and execution.
    Much better quality materials.

    The Avalon loaded is in same price range, Mid 30’s, and is much better quality than The Charger.

    If you really want a lot of room, and the quality, and handling is not as important,
    and price is an issue, then Charger would be your cup of tea. With the Hemi, it is fun going from stop light to stop light, but throw it into a S curve, and the BMW runs circles around it.
  • gmctruckgmctruck Posts: 186
    After the initial "shock and awe" wears off and there are more Chargers sitting on dealer lots, I think the Charger will have trouble competing in the $30k+ price range. Most people except for the diehard Mopar fans could care less about the Hemi engine. I think the Charger is a nice car, but I would never pay $30k+ for one. After all, it really is just another family sedan. Only time will tell if the Charger will survive in the marketplace.
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I'm not a die hard Mopar fan. I would respectfully disagree with your assertion about not caring less about the Hemi. When I was checking out the 300C/Magnum RT models last year, that engine was the deal closer for me. The ability to have a 340 HP engine with the performance that comes with it in a family friendly sport wagon (that still gets 24 MPG on the highway) made the decision to purchase the Magnum a no-brainer for me. The utility, the performance, and the style for a bargain price makes all three Hemi models absolutely unmatched in the marketplace. I still love my GMC Envoy too, but it is for a totally different purpose (trailer towing & 4WD) than my Magnum.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "Most people except for the diehard Mopar fans could care less about the Hemi engine."

    Uh-huh, I suppose that explains why the Saltillo engine plant is running three shifts and why DC is investing another $70 million to boost production from 480,000 units per year to 520,000 by next year.

    As I see things, one does not have to be a "diehard Mopar" fan to appreciate the power and efficiency of the modern Hemi. Correct me if I'm wrong, however, I don't think there is a single engine built anywhere in the world at any price that can yield the kind of specific power output of the Hemi AND return the fuel efficiency that the Hemi does when not being flogged.

    Best Regards,
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