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  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I went for the Magnum. I just could not get past the versatility plus the fact that I just love the look of it even more than the 300C. Got a great deal and could not be happier. Pick it up in the morning. Thanks for all the comments.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Enterprise Car Rental has Magnums--as do Thrifty which used to be exclusively Chrysler. On a trip to Florida in June--Thrify had 300's available for rent. Enjoy!
  • foureyes3foureyes3 Posts: 165
    Do you know if they had any RTs?
  • gsteimgsteim Posts: 1
    I've managed to get my SXT horn to stop beeping everytime I unlock the doors, but does anyone know how to stop the headlights from coming on?
  • tlktlk Posts: 21
    I need help. My leasing agent ordered my red AWD RT on August 11. I have called the factory customer service number (800-992-1997) repeatedly to get updates - it seems like they always say "call back and we may have some more information." I have gotten wildly contradictory information from them. One customer service agent, when asked how long it takes to make a car, replied that it could take "up to a year..." So this is my question, where can I get good, reliable information? This is a business car, and my need for it (or some other car) is getting critical due to current leasing arrangements. If I find that the car will not be built for quite some time, I will need to cancel the order and go somewhere else, but I need to know. Thanks in advance....
  • jglackinjglackin Posts: 164
    Maybe this will help. Find out what dealership your leasing agent placed the order through. Get the VON, and go to the dealership. I'm not suggesting you skate the agent, but the dealership can always give you a status on the vehicles that they have on order. I think I may have bad news though. If your order was placed on 8/11, it is approaching 90 days. If it is still in a 'B' status, it will likely be dropped on 11/12. That's my best advice.
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I don't want to sound negative, but the Magnum RT I bought was ordered in April and was supposed to be at the dealer for Dodge Premier night in June. The dealer got it on October 18th and I took it on October 19th, picking it up on October 20th. Mine was not ordered for me, but since it was almost exactly what I would have ordered, I jumped on it. It was the first Magnum RT the dealership got. I am hearing that new orders will take 16 weeks. :-(
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,231
    These are very high demand at this point, as are the Chrysler 300's built in the same plant. Chrysler finally worked a deal with Canadian Auto Workers to expand plant production and by February the plant will be running 24 hours. Demand for the Hemi is particularly strong, and availability of the motor is limited. I would start shopping for something else.

    The Brampton factory is also going to start producing the Charger in January. Chrysler has said they'll only expand production cautiously. I don't think they want to be GM and sell as many as possible, they'd rather keep production under control and make more profit. Toyota has done this successfully forever.

    They've produced 156,496 Magnums and 300's through 10/23/04. 49,243 of those were Magnums.
  • I ordered on 8/4 and I'm quickly approaching the 90 day mark. My dealer politely asked me to stop calling by saying he'll call me when he finds out more.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Chrysler does not want to get too far into Hemi Magnums and 300Cs because of CAFE. Too many V8s will bring the 2005 CAFE down, and they'd much rather you buy a 3.5 V6.

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  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    One factor that helps with CAFE is the fact that the Magnum is classified as a truck rather than a car for CAFE purposes. Something about the flat floor even with the second row seats folded allows it to be classified that way.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    True that the Magnum is a truck**, but it still has to be balanced by enough of the higher mileage trucks (PT Cruisers, smaller-V6 minivans, diesel Liberty, 4-cyl Wrangler) - the Hemi is already bringing down the truck CAFE in the Ram 1500 and Durango.

    ** If USDOT has any sense, they will rewrite the various vehicle regulations to prevent these types of loopholes. We all know the Magnum and PT Cruiser are wagoins, but because of very minor details, they are legally classed as trucks.

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  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I agree totally. The regulations need a major overhaul. I also must say that I am glad I got the Hemi despite the negative impact on the DCX CAFE. I love it. Just cruise along on cruise control at 69, so don't need it the vast majority of the time. However, it is real nice when it comes time to pass. At only 500 miles, it is far too early to see what my actual mileage will be. I will keep the board posted once I start keeping track of it more seriously.
  • My black awd rt is coming this winter. Could someone explain what DCX and CAFE mean. Do these symbols affect your insurance?
         I ordered every option. As for the towing package. How does the suspension work? If you are not towing but are carrying a load does the car adjust? I know the hitch is not included. Has anyone installed an after market? How visible is the hitch? Is the wiring already in place?
          I am interested in installing a dvd player with a screen or two. Where could it be installed? Maybe on the ceiling. I wonder if the moonroof will be in the way? Any help
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    DCX is the stock symbol for Daimler/Chrysler. CAFE stands for corporate average fuel economy.

    I would go with portable DVD players. I got one for each son and they can each watch what they want as well as take them from vehicle to vehicle.
  • I just had a salesman call me about a blue rt on his lot. He is given the rush out here and get it before someone else buys it speech. He said the price is 33000. Some salesmen have a real discrete way of pressuring for a sale. I had almost got tired of waiting for a magnum. I was just about to get a 2001 fully loaded pathfinder for 16500 with 40000 miles at another dealership. I think I just might used the pathfinder as a bargaining chip for the magnum. The salesman says the magnum is too hot to negotiate on for a deal. Is this really true? I have seen some people getting some great deals. He did not really tell me all the equipment it had on the vehicle. He said it did not have the sirius satellite radio. That's the only equipment he said it did not have over the phone. I just might check out of state for a better deal. Has anyone seen a blue rt in person?
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I got my Blaze Red RT for about $200 over invoice, but that included some accessories that make the final deal about $100 over invoice. I was thrilled with that compared to what some people are having to pay. I have seen a blue RT and it looks nice in my opinion. The satellite radio can be added for about $200 and the factory radio integrates with it perfectly.
  • Hardhawk, I guess I might need to look elsewhere for an rt. Hopefully I can get a deal on mine without 2 or 3 grand over invoice. I think I might need to go to a bigger dealership. The dealership with the blue rt is 74 miles away. I am not willing to drive the distance if there is no negotiating on the price. I might just wait till the fall for the rebates to kick in on the magnum and save a bundle of money that way.
  • Good evening, I was wondering what the latest real world (not EPA) gas mileage estimates are from owners? I'm trying to justify the $ difference between my current car payment and a Magnum RT payment based on gas savings so I'm curious. Can you help? Thanks, Tim B.
  • dshueydshuey Posts: 10
    I ordered a fully loaded RT AWD on August 28th from a large dealership in Pennsylvania and still have not been notified of a "build date". I am being told that Dodge is test driving several to work out the final bugs (what ever that means). I put $1,000 down and bought the car for $1,000 over dealer invoice. Am trying to be patient. I see that some of you are paying dealer premiums for RTs. That's rediculous...dealers in PA have these cars and are selling for MSRP or below if you want to beat them up a bit or buy at the end of month or during dealer incentive times.
  • dshueydshuey Posts: 10
    I too hope to tow a small trailer with my RT AWD but really haven't done much homework on how the "towing package" looks ot effects the performance of the car. Will do some investigating and post here if I find anything.
  • jglackinjglackin Posts: 164
    First, good luck with your order as you approach the 90 mark. Second, please realize that more importantly than the looks of the tow hitch, is the fact that you will have to invest in a full size spare tire for your Magnum (or at least should), since you only have a compact spare from the factory. I know you said "small trailer", but what happens if one of your rear wheels goes flat during towing?
  • jklossjkloss Posts: 39
    I was at a local (Chicago) Dodge dealer this am and saw at least 9 Hemi's for sale along with another 10-12 regular magnum's E-mail me and I will give you the dealers name.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    jkloss, we do allow a dealership name, city, and state to be posted as long as you are not connected to the dealership. No contact info or personnel names are permitted, though.

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  • jklossjkloss Posts: 39
    No connection with a dealer
  • I just picked up a RT with the Continental Self-Sealing Tires (P225/60R 18"). I have been trying to find some Type "S" Cable Chains to fit with no luck. Has anyone find a source of acceptable chains for these tires?
  • I got 15.5 MPG on the first tank and 16.9 MPG on the second around town, but I have a pretty heavy foot. The power is almost an aphrodisiac. I only have 1,000 miles on it and expect the mileage will still improve some. I haven't had a chance to get it out on the road and use the cruise control as yet. The car is so quite and powerful, I have trouble maintaining a steady speed without the cruise. But who needs justification, it's a HEMI.
  • Anyone found a cat back system yet besides Borla?
    I am also looking for floor liners and seat covers. Any help would be great.
  • Boy you said it.... Not only that but the drivers side front pillar makes it almost impossible to see anyone coming from the left. I am still getting use to it.
  • I've been waiting for a V6 SXT with the 5 speed transmission, larger disk brakes, and heavy duty suspension. This web article on 2006 Magnum police package mentions this combination. Might hint that the commercial 2006 SXT could come with the 5 spd auto.
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    2006 Dodge Magnum Police Package

    The 2006 Dodge Magnum will be available with a police package in the fourth quarter of 2005.

    The standard 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine featured on the 2006 Dodge Magnum police package vehicle delivers 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque for great police performance.

    A five-speed fully electronic transmission with steering column shifter, 18-inch V-rated tires and steel wheels, heavy-duty police brakes and linings and heavy-duty suspension will be included as standard equipment with the police package models.

    For the ultimate in pursuit power, the Dodge Magnum police package also

    will offer an optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cylinder deactivation that produces 340 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Chrysler Group's Multiple Displacement System (MDS) seamlessly alternates between smooth, high fuel economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. Fuel efficiency is improved by up to 20 percent with cylinder deactivation, but not at the expense of performance.

    The HEMI powertrain, mated to a fully electronic five-speed automatic transmission and high-performance suspension, will give officers in pursuit situations a balance of world-class performance, power and handling.

    The 2006 Dodge Magnum police package will include the following specific package items: certified speedometer, column shifter, emergency rear door lock override, heavy-duty five-link suspension system, heavy-duty alternator, heavy-duty battery, heavy-duty brakes, inoperable rear door locks and rear windows, and special police electrical wiring.

    Optional equipment includes: daytime running lamps, dual spot lamp, police-type heavy-duty front seats with manual lumbar adjustment and full-size spare tire.

    The 2006 Dodge Magnum police package will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2005. Pricing will be announced at that time.
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