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Dodge Magnum

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  • If you are so willing you can drive to North Carolina and pick up a Magnum for Invoice - 1/2 hold back.

    You can find the dealer on ebay they will even pick you up at the local airport.

     

    ebayer is stevewhitemotors

     

    http://motors.search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZstevewhitemotorsQQsorecor- dsperpageZ50QQsorecordstoskipZ50QQsosortpropertyZ1
  • jglackinjglackin Posts: 164
    actually, if you read it, it say all vehicles are sold at invoice minus UP TO half of hold back. The buy it now price for this Magnum that you linked is about $80 or $90 under invoice...still a good deal, but not half of hold back.
  • ken5ken5 Posts: 11
    Ordered my awd rt for $500 under invoice in Kellog, ID. I have to fly ($39 ticket) and drive 400 miles home. They pick you up at the airport. Their initial offer was at invoice. I hesitated and said I'd think whether it be worth it (convenience factor)as I had a local deal for $750 over invoice. 2 hours later I got a call said they would do $500 under which cinched the deal. Invoice includes shipping and regional advertising fees. Most local dealers wouldn't budge off of MSRP except the one that was $750 over invoice which I thought was a fair deal. No hard feelings towards those dealers and more power if they can get MSRP for an ordered car.
  • ppugppug Posts: 9
    not sure about the part, but mine broke and spilled stuff all over the driveway. Make them change the appointment to avoid the problem... and if they give you BS about the part not being in stock.. give me a shout I have some connections.
  • jglackinjglackin Posts: 164
    you're getting a great deal. Personally, I only entertain deals into holdback on cars we don't move very quickly. Makes sense, right? I wonder, if based on their RWD RT sales, they know that they will be sitting on the AWD's - I'm sure they have their reasons. Most of us in my area have more orders than allocation for AWD RT's.
  • ken5ken5 Posts: 11
    I can see why dealers don't won't to go into their holdback. Not sure why they did in this case but it did swing me over to their deal. I would think up here in the NW that AWD RT Magnums would be more popular. Almost Every SUV sold here is 4WD. I hoping that because this dealer is large, they get a larger allocation of RT AWD and therefore I get my quicker then the smaller dealer I was originally was going to go with. Of course a larger dealer may also may mean more orders that he has. Anyway I'm in no real hurry and it sorta makes you appreciate the car more.

     

    On a side note read on the FX forum where they were having trouble in snow even with AWD. All I've read about the RT AWD is that it will be superb in the inclement weather. I was considering the FX or the SRX. I couldn't get past the ride on the FX and I couldn't get past the exterior styling of the SRX.
  • jglackinjglackin Posts: 164
    Ken, its real easy to explain. Some guy who've been around forever will probably always consider the invoice price to be the lowest price for negotiations. Some of us realize that we have to consider the actual wholesale value of the vehicle being sold in the market. For a very hot car, it MAY be over MSRP...for a dead car, it could be well into hold back. Folks who don't realize that are not selling to their potential.
  • Just got the new Magnum, as promised, on December 31. Great three-year lease with a fair residual. AWD are now starting to come in out here in California. Definitely the hottest ride out there!

    The Shadow
  • Does anyone know of an upgrade chip yet for the SXT?? Curious. Love my car
  • Ordered the thing on Aug 8 and took delivery on Dec 8. Love it so far. I see some reference to recalls on the board. I just had instrument cluster gauge calib completed. Did not rcv letter, saw it on Dodge web site. On the day of delivery, dealer completed a TSB - something to do with alignment. I noticed the vehicle pulling to the right during re-delivery test drive. If there any others anybody is aware of, please let me know.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Jeff- If there is any way you can share a photo of your Magnum after it receives it's custome paint I'm sure we would all enjoy seeing it.
  • enygma6enygma6 Posts: 35
    I live in the suburban Chicago area and we just had a fairly hefty snowstorm pass through (8-10") this past week.

    My experience with my RWD RT is that while the traction control will cut back the power, it is all too easy to spin the wheels. The car is heavy, and in slippery conditions the rear wheels can spin loose very easily due to too much power. TCS cuts the power when this happens, but that means the car accelerates very slowly, and careful attention must be exercised while driving to keep the Magnum from sliding to the side. This problem is not unique to the Magnum, rather a consequence of having rear-wheel drive (I was watching a few other pickups and SUVs in front of me sliding around in the same manner)

    Never have I missed my old Subaru OBS as much as last Wednesday evening when trying to plow through 2-3" of slippery slush going down the road. I even managed to get stuck trying to get up my own driveway -- 8+" of heavy wet snow on a slight uphill slope was too much for the Magnum. fortunately big snows like that are increasingly rare in these parts.

    In conclusion, if you live in an area that gets a lot of heavy snowfall, you might want to consider the AWD Magnum. If big snows aren't very common, the Rwd RT can be driven without too much trouble; just remember to take it slow and easy when the white stuff falls. If you insist on the Rwd version in a good amount of snow, the snow tires probably wouldn't hurt.
  • dodgedodge Posts: 25
    I live in mi and we get about 1-7 inches so would you recomend getting the magnum in awd?
  • ppugppug Posts: 9
    I previously thought the RT RWD was ok in the snow... enygma6 said it perfectly... if its a choice and not a cost thing... get the AWD if you get snow. I got stuck going up into my driveway too.
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    We recently had about an inch of ice here. No snow. The RWD Magnum RT did just fine, but I did drive quite carefully and took plenty of time, giving other drivers plenty of space. On one flat and empty street I did give the gas pedal a shot to see what would happen. The dash light lit up and the electronic wizards stepped in to prevent me from getting too crazy. This ESP system really works.
  • founderfounder Posts: 48
    I've read pretty positive reviews about the magnum in a couple of Car mags as well as this site, but in Consumer reports they say that the magnum's ride and handling average. To me it came across as if the reviewer wasn't impressed. I always check Consumer Reports cause they are supposed to by unbiased and don't get the royal treatment from Car manufactures that Car magazines gets. Overall they recommended the car, but I curious cause Edmunds says the magnum handles and rides pretty well, like german sedan. Can someone give me a little input?
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    My Magnum RT is the best driving car I have ever owned. I agree with the Germanic comparison. The ride is firm yet not harsh. The steering is precise and not floaty. The car is incredibly quiet and the combination of all its positive driving and ride characteristics gives you a car that is VERY easy to get yourself in trouble with the speed police. The cruise control is excellent and keeps me at the legal limits. I would not want the car without it because it is so easy to get up to speeds above the limit without realizing it. Also, the power from the Hemi is incredible. Once again, you have to watch out because you can be way over the speed limit when passing, etc. before you know it. The Auto-stick 5 speed is nice in the bad weather. As you can obviously tell, I love this car. It has incredible room for me (6'4") in both the front and back seats plus good cargo area to haul my family's stuff. Not as much cargo area as we were used to coming out of a Town & Country van, but way more than the 300C, which was the other car we were considering. This car is a home run for DCX in my book. I don't know what model Consumer Reports tested or if the tester was biased because the Magnum is not his or her personal favorite. Frankly, I don't view my car as an appliance, which is what CR tends to do, and I put the most faith in my own testing before I buy. However, I would put a lot more faith in what Edmunds, Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile, and Road & Track have to say about the Magnum than what CR has to say. CR is very biased in its own way. You really need to go drive a Magnum and decide for yourself if you like it. If you do, great. If it isn't your cup of tea, that's fine too.
  • svevarsvevar Posts: 160
    As hardhawk has said, Consumer Reports tests automobiles just as it tests appliances. They value ease of use, 'predictability', isolation, and reliability above all else—good qualities for a refrigerator, but maybe not for a new car. By CR's estimation, a dull, rolling isolation chamber that grandma can handle comfortably—think Toyota Camry—represents the ideal vehicle.

     

    If you view your cars as appliances simply intended to get you from point 'A' to point 'B,' take CR's advice. Otherwise, personal experience and true automotive reviews will better help you select a new vehicle.

     

     -- Mark
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I read CR for a variety of reasons. The accuracy, fairness, and unbiased nature of their auto reviews is NOT one of them. At the risk of being harassed, I'll simply say where cars are concerned they "don't get it, don't care to get it, and likely never will get it".
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    Great update!
  • founderfounder Posts: 48
    Thanks for your response, heck thanks to all who responded. I'm going to test the Magnum maybe this weekend. One more thing I would like to know is that is there a ride or handling difference between the AWD and RWD? I'm sure this question at the dealership would lean in favor of the AWD due to the fact that it's more money, but I live in south FL, so traction in snow isn't an issue, but it does rain enough down here where the roads can get slippery when wet.
  • tahoe7tahoe7 Posts: 3
    Hi all,

    Going to check out 3 cars today..The magnum SXT AWD,Volvo XC 70 and the Subaru Outback VDC.I am sure my head will be spinning from the sales BS,so I would greatly appreciate any feedback from you guys..Any insight????

     

    Thank you
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I was at my Dodge dealer this morning having my 96 Ram trade-appraised in anticipation of my 05 Ram order. Was shooting the breeze with my salesguy (he's a total gearhead, restored a 72 Chevelle that is downright incrediible). He said he can't wait for the Mag SRT8... Hemi Mags don't stay on the lot long at all, but he does have a Vanilla RT AWD right now - that might be an order though.

     

    kcram

    Host - Wagons
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    It think you cannot go wrong with any of those choices. I really think it comes down to personal choice / perspective and the image you are trying to project. Face it, even if you claim you are not trying to project and image with a car, you are actually still doing it.

     

    My personal choice of those three would be the Subaru. Fun, good safety and an outdoorsy image. Reliability and durability should be good. Interior room is probably the weakest point.

     

    I could not fault you for getting a Magnum. That is a cool ride. I'd be a little worried about reliability. Don't know for a fact, but it seems the sloping roof might reduce the utility at the back somewhat.

     

    Of the three, I am least impressed with the Volvo. I am not sure it would be worth the extra price, if equipped on a comparable level with the other two. I know Volvo's are supposed to last forever, but I think maintenance costs are higher. This is a good car, but the competition (specifically including the other cars on your list)is really good.
  • I bought a 2005 Magnum RT and just love it. Its got almost 2k miles so far. I've noticed that while at a stoplight the whole car shakes. It happens intermittenly. Before I take my concern to the dealer I wanted to see if anyone else has noticed this. As a woman you know they'll think I am crazy. Is it possible there is a motor mount loose?
  • slam2slam2 Posts: 23
    Yep, sure have and I'm comfortable with it. That car has serious HP and it doesn't surprise me that it will shake with that much tork and that many horses. If I were you, I'd just sit bac and enjoy it and then let her rip.

     

    My RT is fast and cool and my wife and I both love it.

     

    Slam2
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    The RT can have a rough idle, especially when compared to a V6 or a 4 cylinder car. You can have the dealer check to see if anything can be done about it. Mine does it a little, but to me it just reminds me that I have a 340 HP beast lurking under the hood waiting to spring forth. A guy thing, to be sure, but I like it.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Used to call the shaking the "big block rock" with my 454 equipped Buick. Magnum is too much fun, I need to get one of my own.
  • My 05 Magnum RT idles smooth. Maybe you just need a different brand of fuel?
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