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Old 03-24-2005, 08:32 PM
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It looks a little better in black.
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Exterior looks like it wants to be a Mustang, at least until you get to the Stratus-inspired back end.
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It looks a little better in black.
All cars look better in black.
The seats are cool, but that side profile is
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Four door mustang?
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Old 03-25-2005, 05:03 AM
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i think the front looks amazing

but the rest

well thats my
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These cars look like beluga whales.



Originally Posted by SilverCL97
i think the front looks amazing

but the rest

well thats my
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:39 AM
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It's a fat pig, but it's a fast fat pig.

Front end looks mean. Too bad it doesn't come w/ 2-doors instead of 4, since I think that would look better with the Charger's design.
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^Very nice. The rest looks ok in black. Interior looks nice.
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I'd pass on it.
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:10 PM
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I think the exterior styling is pretty good, but the interior really looks outdated.. too many boxy designs inside..
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Okay I'm confused. Why would you put 245/255 staggered arrangment on a car? The gains in grip can't be that significant from ten milimeters of tread, but now you also can't rotate the tires normally. Stupid. If you're going to stagger, do like 285 in the back or something
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Old 04-02-2005, 02:50 PM
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the front looks cool...but man TOO MANY DOORS!!
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Hopefully it's ugly enough that the resale value sucks and I can pick on up in 3 years for $10K.
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Dodge Prices Charger from $22,995 - - Source: The Car Connection

The new four-door Dodge Charger arrives at dealers in the spring wearing a base price tag marked $22,995 including destination, the Chrysler Group announced on Wednesday. The base Charger SE will be outfitted with a 3.5-liter V-6, five-speed automatic, stability control, power windows and locks, cruise control, and tire-pressure monitors. A $25,995 SXT model adds 17-inch wheels, a power driver's seat and a better sound system, while the $29,995 R/T includes the 340-hp HEMI V-8, 18-inch wheels and leather seats. A special $32,495 Daytona R/T version gets a 350-hp HEMI, special badging, and orange or yellow paint.
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I wonder if they are going to command close to sticker prices like the 300.
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Originally Posted by biker
I wonder if they are going to command close to sticker prices like the 300.



Doesn't have the styling or the novelty to pull it off.

Pricing really isnt too bad at all. Of course no stick = no sale for me.
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Old 04-08-2005, 03:16 PM
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[QUOTE=95gt

Pricing really isnt too bad at all. Of course no stick = no sale for me.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, if it was a bit smaller and had a stick I'd consider it.
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Old 04-09-2005, 05:18 PM
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Not bad. The price isn't what botheres me though...it's the build quality. Hopefully it'll be better than the old Dodges...
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Old 04-11-2005, 06:20 PM
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I'm not a fan of Dodge, but if anyone forces me to drive a Dodge, by looks alone, it would be this car (not including the old Viper).
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:35 AM
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Dodge Charge...let me introduce you to Pontiac Aztek.....get to know each other well....as you will both be on the same page in the history of fugly cars!
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Dodge Charger debuts minus Hemi tag line; slogan missing, but size of engine badge grows - - MARY CONNELLY | Automotive News - - Source: Autoweek

Marketing of the 2006 Dodge Charger stresses the performance of its Hemi engine. But you won't hear the tag line: "That thing got a Hemi?"

Charger advertisements that begin this month do not include the famed Hemi slogan, says Dodge Marketing Director Judy Wheeler.

"We are focusing on performance with the Charger, and with performance goes the Hemi engine," she says. "But you won't see us use that tag line on Charger."

Consumers first heard "That thing got a Hemi?" in October 2002, in advertising that introduced the Hemi-equipped Dodge Ram heavy-duty pickup. Dodge reprised the line in ads for the light-duty Ram pickup and Durango SUV.

Hemi has become a brand name that stands on its own, Wheeler says.

Only a few automotive components have breakout brand names. General Motors' OnStar navigation system and the Chrysler group's Stow 'n Go minivan seating system are widely recognized.

Bigger badges

Even as it avoids the popular slogan, Dodge is supersizing the Hemi badge affixed to the Charger as the sedan begins to reach showrooms.

The Chrysler group says the Hemi badge also will be larger on 2006 nameplates other than the Charger. The badge is 41 percent larger on the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Magnum wagon and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's 35 percent bigger on the Dodge Ram and Durango.

"It's kind of like women and their diamonds," Wheeler says. "People want to show off their Hemi."

She cites bumper stickers that state: "Yeah, it's got a Hemi."

Chrysler has increased production capacity for the Hemi twice since it introduced the current version of the engine in fall 2002. Last month, Chrysler said it had sold 556,614 Hemi engines.

The engine is available on the Durango; Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500; Magnum; Grand Cherokee; 300 and Charger.

At least 60 percent of 2006 Chargers will have Hemi engines, Dodge says. And more Hemis are available if they are needed.

Gimme Hemi

The Hemi take rate is 41 percent on the 300, 46 percent on the Magnum, 53 percent on the Durango and 19 percent on the Grand Cherokee, the Chrysler group says.

Wheeler predicts the Hemi take rate on the Charger "will be higher than any other vehicle in our lineup because of what Charger stands for. It is a performance vehicle." Charger ads will emphasize the sedan's performance, styling and value, she says.

Customer research shows consumers "don't necessarily know what Hemi stands for," Wheeler says. "But they know they want to be part of it. It appeals across generations."

The Hemi name is derived from the hemispherical shape of the top of the engine's combustion chamber.

Dodge opened the dealer order bank for the Charger on April 11. It received more than 20,000 orders in the first week, Wheeler says.

About 85,000 people, she adds, have contacted the company for information about the sedan.
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Old 05-05-2005, 12:37 PM
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it will be a beast and will sell very well. It's better than the charger that came out in the 80's.
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Old 05-05-2005, 01:13 PM
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An incrdible car, GO Chrysler!!!
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Old 05-06-2005, 12:16 AM
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Like most of those nostalgia car, I think this will sell a lot initially and then quickly fall in later years as the fad dies.
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Old 05-07-2005, 02:46 PM
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if they know what's right, they'll make a Charger coupe...
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Old 05-07-2005, 06:26 PM
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Old 05-25-2005, 10:32 AM
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Gets 5 star rating for frontal crash protection

Chrysler group has another 5-star car; Charger is 10th straight to get top crash-test rating - - By GREG BOWENS | Automotive News - - Source: Autoweek

The Chrysler group is on a safety streak.

The 2006 Dodge Charger has earned a five-star government rating for frontal crash protection. The sedan is the 10th straight Chrysler vehicle launched since 2003 that has attained the rating.

"No one single test represents the total safety of a vehicle," said Luis Morais, Chrysler group senior manager for safety planning and programs.

"However, this third-party validation shows we are building vehicles that are safe for real-world conditions."

The streak began with the introduction of the 2003 Chrysler Pacifica. Then a slew of products received high marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, Ram 1500, Ram Quad, Dakota and Magnum also got five-star ratings for frontal crash protection. Redesigned Chrysler and Dodge minivans, which share a platform, also got the five-star rating when they were launched last November.

Morais said many of those vehicles share platforms, so it's not surprising that energy-absorption characteristics would be similar. The Charger, for example, is built on the same platform as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum.

Mark Krawczyk, an NHTSA program manager, said the Chrysler group's crash-test performance reflects industry improvements in frontal crash protection.

Said Krawczyk: "Almost all vehicles are getting at least four stars in frontal crash testing."
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Great news for Chrysler and Dodge. Every Dodge dealer should be touting this when showing the Chargers. Good job.
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Like I said, the Charger will be a hit.....
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Old 05-25-2005, 01:21 PM
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5 star front crash safety rating won't save the charger from the fact that it is ugly!!
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S
5 star front crash safety rating won't save the charger from the fact that it is ugly!!
You'll see, sure maybe foreign car whores like yourself may not approve....but it will sell.

The 5 star rating was just the icing on the cake.
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You'll see, sure maybe foreign car whores like yourself may not approve....but it will sell.

The 5 star rating was just the icing on the cake.
^^^ Hehehe...
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Old 05-25-2005, 01:56 PM
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You'll see, sure maybe foreign car whores like yourself may not approve....but it will sell.

The 5 star rating was just the icing on the cake.
Foreign car whore?!?! It's not a foreign vs domestic thing....its an UGLY thing....the 300C and Magnum Wagon look good....the Charger is
Sure it's fast no doubt...but the design is
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Its growing on me









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2006 Dodge Charger R/T. Click image to enlarge
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Durham, North Carolina - It was like a fashion parade at the 2006 Dodge Charger launch in Durham, North Carolina. To help set the tone for the event, auto writers wore "Go ManGo" Dodge jackets and retro Charger ballcaps. The jackets did have a practical application: they were needed for track time at nearby Virginia International Speedway (you have to wear long-sleeved apparel while driving on the track) and the ballcaps enabled us to blend in at Durham Athletic Park (the location for the movie "Bull Durham") during an evening of classic Chargers, batting practice and barbequed beef.


But there was no bull when it came to the cars. This new vehicle from Dodge isn't a retro reincarnation of the original 1960s and '70s Chargers. It's a "Modern car for a modern customer," according to Charger senior design manager Mark Hall.

Actually, it's a sedan version of the Magnum, but there are several other differences between the two vehicles beside the fact that it doesn't have a rear hatch.

The roofline is different, as is the treatment of the grille, fascia and front lights. And although it's not a coupe (like the original Chargers) there is something of a coupe profile, with its distinctive C-pillars, and short rear deck. Front and rear fenders are tautly rendered to suggest the performance potential of the car, while the optional 18" wheels add some sparkle to the overall stealth look.

The front, of course, is designed to be aggressive and forceful. Look in the rearview mirror and see one of these fast approaching, and most people will smartly move out of its way (especially if it's black and white and has lights on top, as the police interceptor versions will surely be).

Yes, the Dodge Charger is built just the way police departments like them: rear-wheel drive, lots of available power, roomy interiors and a big trunk. The platform is shared by the Magnum and Chrysler 300, but the Charger's "Touring" suspension is tuned for more performance.

There'll be four versions available, all with standard electronic stability control, antilock brakes, traction control, air conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering column, power amenities, CD player and cruise control.

The $27,495 SE will use a 190 horsepower, 2.7-litre V6 that makes 190 lb-ft torque, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. It wears 17" steel wheels.

At $31,385, the SXT features the 250 hp, 3.5 L V6 making 250 lb-ft torque, and adds 17" aluminum wheels, power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, fog lamps, chrome grille and premium Boston Acoustic sound system. The transmission on the SXT is a five-speed automatic.

The Charger R/T is equipped with a 5.7 L HEMI V8 engine making 340 hp and 390 lb-ft torque, five-speed automatic transmission, and costs $37,550. It adds performance brakes and suspension, 18" aluminum wheels, performance touring tires, dual exhaust, leather-faced seats with heated front seats, power adjustable pedals, silver interior accents and a tire pressure monitor.

Finally, the Charger Daytona R/T is a special package limited to 8000 cars for the 2006 model year (with 5-10% coming to Canada). Available in Go ManGo orange or Top Banana yellow, the Daytona R/T gets and additional 10 hp from its specially tuned exhaust, and features a Road/Track performance package (an available option on the R/T) with load levelling suspension, 18" polished wheels, unique front facia, front and rear spoilers, suede seat inserts, matching body-coloured centre stack bezel, and a special numbered limited-edition Daytona badge on the instrument panel. Price for the Daytona R/T is not yet confirmed.

There's no manual transmission available on any Charger models, and to be realistic, it's unlikely that there would be more than the slimmest demand for one. Nonetheless, a five or six-speed manual on the Charger Daytona R/T would fit well with the car's character. Maybe on the upcoming SRT8 version, which will arrive with a whopping 425 hp.

On the local highways, the Charger impressed in both 3.5 V6 and 5.7 V8 forms (I didn't get an opportunity to drive the 2.7 L V6), with its quiet, stable and comfortable ride. Both engines are virtually inaudible at 100 km/h, and cruising speeds can be much higher than that without wind or engine noise. Fit and finish is superb in these spacious, Canadian-built, driver-friendly vehicles. Passengers will love the rear seat roominess.

When considering the competition (Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Five Hundred, for example) the pricing for both SXT and R/T is very competitive. With the Charger, buyers definitely have another contender for their sedan dollars, as long as they'd like a car with a bit of attitude.

That attitude, as I said, is no bull. On the track (in R/T guise with the Road/Track package) the Charger is stable in hard braking from 170 km/h, cornering is balanced, and acceleration is fierce. For a big sedan, this is a lot of handling and performance, and it translates into a high potential for safety and control for the average driver using the car as a family hauler.

The 3.5 V6 versions will likely be the volume seller, however. It provides all the looks, much of the personality, and more frugal fuel consumption than the HEMI V8.

The Dodge Charger will be available in early June, 2005.
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I think it looks great and will be a welcome site amongst the sea of bland toyotas and hondas. (IMHO)
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It will sell. It looks pretty good in person.

Its the SRT8 model that looks fucking hot B)
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I like it very much, its a tough looking rig.
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Now that I see I again, it continues to grow on me. I think that it's definitely a man's (very masculine) car.... looks like it'll eat a 500, Avalon, Camry, etc. for lunch. Most importantly, I think there is truly a market for it. Look at how well the Magnum's done, and it's a wagon. This car is different enough from the 300 to make it's own splash.
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"Go ManGo Orange" & "Top Banana Yellow"? Who comes up with the names for these colors? :shakehead
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"Go ManGo Orange" & "Top Banana Yellow"? Who comes up with the names for these colors? :shakehead
Someone who loves fruit?
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