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Dodge Charger for a Rental -- and the verdict is......

By Andrew Pollack on 11/14/2006 at 08:12 PM EST

So I rented this Dodge Charger from Avis in Philadelphia today. I'm here to do some security work for a big Notes shop (yes, I said Notes, not Domino). The verdict? It's a Charger -- in both the good and the bad sense of that. My rental is an under powered version, but frankly so were most of the Chargers ever sold -- and almost every one I ever drove. Like the three Chrysler products I've owned (which I mostly like) this is very hard to see out of when backing up. Charger improves on that, and is hard to see out of in front from side to side as well. Those high fender sides make finding the edges of the car difficult and parking in a tight place is cumbersome at best. This car had 6 miles on it when I drove it off the lot, and feels stiff enough but you can also feel some float to it. I'm betting this will not be a good handling car long term.

Overall, it is a sexy and comfortable ride that's hard to park and lacks the muscle you expect from a muscle car. Sounds like a Charger to me. If Dodge wanted to bring back the real nature of the original, they've done that.

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re: Dodge Charger for a Rental -- and the verdict is......By Chris Whisonant on 11/15/2006 at 07:52 PM EST
I'm sure if you got the SRT-8 model with ~425 hp you wouldn't be lacking any
power... ;)
re: Dodge Charger for a Rental -- and the verdict is......By Andrew Pollack on 11/15/2006 at 08:04 PM EST
No doubt that's the truth. Again, like the original. They always had a hot
version too -- it's just that most of them weren't hot at all.

I remember stopping to help someone broke down - I was driving my '72 Camero,
with its 350 cubic inch V8. When we popped the hood on this guy's stunning
yellow charger -- fitted with a wing and raked -- I'll be damned if it wasn't a
six cylinder with a two barrel carburetor.
re: Dodge Charger for a Rental -- and the verdict is......By Chris Whisonant on 11/21/2006 at 08:02 AM EST
When I started working here my (now) manager had an orange 69 Charger. It was
pretty awesome. He had it pretty modded - definitely wasn't a six! :)

My father in law has an '03 Mach 1:

He's had it tuned, added C&L intake, and put on a custom cat-back. It's putting
down 314 at the wheels now with light modding. It's a fun ride...
I'm not a big fan of that Mustang, but I'm sure its funBy US Airways Baggage Response on 11/21/2006 at 09:24 AM EST
I haven't really like the Mustang in a long time, until this most recent
change. They finally got the front end to look right.

Sadly, Ford's web site doesn't do it justice -- as if the people who took the
pictures don't really get what it is that makes the new one look so much better
than previous years.
re: Dodge Charger for a Rental -- and the verdict is......By Devin Olson on 11/28/2006 at 12:53 PM EST
While I do like the looks (and attitude) of the new Charger; the car is IMHO
too overpriced to be worth it.

One of the reasons the original Chargers were so popular was that they were
reasonably priced -a normal "working joe" could afford one.

Granted, car prices have gotten a bit silly throughout the entire industry; but
it sure would be nice to be able to buy a "cool car" without having to save up
for seven years in order to afford it.

Now, when the Challenger comes out I'll probably still bitch about the price;
but I'll also probably find some way to pay for one as well.

I guess I'm just as guilty as the car companies for the stupid high prices.

re: Dodge Charger for a Rental -- and the verdict is......By really on 09/30/2008 at 12:46 PM EDT
Of course you're disappointed with it - you were driving the watered-down base
model. They did bring back the nature of the original - you just need to drive
the right model.
interesting response, mr Anonymous, to 2 year old storyBy Andrew Pollack on 09/30/2008 at 01:43 PM EDT
As I said when I wrote that, Dodge has bigger engines out there in these cars,
but they don't sell them that much. We all remember the big block v8's of the
original, but we tend to forget that those weren't the most common of the
chargers sold. There were a lot of real dogs in that old Charger line up too.
re: Dodge Charger for a Rental -- and the verdict is......By Lorenzo on 06/08/2009 at 06:32 AM EDT
I have never been more disappointed in my life. Looks fantastic from the
outside. open the door and it's the same as very other dismal american car. It
doesn't go, doesn't stop, doesn't go round corners. I nearly lost a finger
puting cases in the trunk. Do Dodge actually have car designers on their
payroll. Do they ever get into the cars and rive them.My wife's ten year old
toyota rav4 is better put together. If I was Bo or Luke Duke,I'd crash this
into the river. Pitiful

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