Farewell to my Charger SRT

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Had a rental 2020 Hemi Charger for a day while my vehicle was in for service. Spent most of the day in it.

Ran great. No hesitation on take off. Super quiet ride. Handled awesome in the rain. Tons of trunk space. Did not notice the stop and start at red lights.

Only downside was the a/c was not cooling well at red lights unless the blower was in the highest setting. It was in the mid 90's that day. If the Charger had tint it probably would have been okay.

The FHP loves their Hemi Chargers.
 
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But why exactly is it very popular with them? Was FCA the lowest bidder? :)
Va. state troopers got a bunch of them when they first came out. They loved them because they were fast. Then they started spending a lot of time in the shop, so they didn't love them any more.
 
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Lord willing I'll never part with my Challenger SRT8. I'd give it 4.9 out of 5 stars, and my complaints are quite trivial. I have the manual 6 speed and absolutely love it. I don't drive it much, but it sure puts a smile on my face.

I did rent a V6 Charger about a decade ago for a 500 mile interstate trip. I was very underwhelmed by it. It felt sluggish and boatlike, but granted it was an earlier model with a smaller engine. Still...

Here's my SRT8.
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Why did I buy it in the first place? I had an itch to scratch fueled by some midlife crisis and a secret desire to once own a big honking NA V8 in its pure unrefined unpolished rough-around-the-edges American muscle car glory. This car was an “out of character” purchase for me, but I intentionally wanted to try something very different.
Most people with just an itch to scratch would buy one a couple or three years old after the depreciation hit was absorbed by the first owner.
 

Quattro Pete

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Most people with an itch to scratch would buy one a couple or three years old after the depreciation hit was absorbed by the first owner.
Those cars hold their value pretty well. There wouldn't be a whole lot of savings to realize by buying a 3 year old one, plus, with a performance engine like this, I didn't want to take a chance on how good or bad the previous owner may have treated it. At the time I was buying it, I didn't know whether I was going to keep it "forever" or not.
 
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That's a pretty slow learner then. I should have put it in some kind of special ed class.
When I got the software for my transmission updated, together with the engine software, it took 2000 km or about 1250 miles before it adapted to my driving again, and I'm the only one who drives this car. Now it's as good as it was, though I liked the old shift logic more.
 
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Lord willing I'll never part with my Challenger SRT8. I'd give it 4.9 out of 5 stars, and my complaints are quite trivial. I have the manual 6 speed and absolutely love it. I don't drive it much, but it sure puts a smile on my face.

I did rent a V6 Charger about a decade ago for a 500 mile interstate trip. I was very underwhelmed by it. It felt sluggish and boatlike, but granted it was an earlier model with a smaller engine. Still...

Here's my SRT8.
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Pretty blue, glad you didn't go with the black rims. ;)
 
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Quattro Pete, sorry to hear about your Charger. I totally understand and given today's used car prices...makes perfect sense. I agree with your review. These are not $150,000 cars and the refinement isn't perfect. I love my 2018 Charger Hellcat and is my daily (which has slowed down some over the last year as well). Have 22,000 miles on it now and is a fun car that also works with a family.

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That's a pretty slow learner then. I should have put it in some kind of special ed class.
Given the trans shift issue PLUS the throttle response issue I think you had a problem there,

Did someone mess with the factory air filter intake? if not there was likely a stuck evap valve or a leak post the MAF.
or a bad ALDL load. Ever look at ST/LT FT?
 
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