Gearshifter Guessing Game - 2009 Dodge Challenger Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger: Gearshifter Guessing Game

September 21, 2009

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The pistol-grip shifter on our 2009 Dodge Challenger takes some getting used to. Not for the shape of the shifter but because its canted toward the driver so it's difficult to tell exactly which gear I'm in, even when I glance down at it. For instance, guess which gear the Challenger is in in the above picture? (Answer after the jump.)

Of course this is more of an issue when driving around town, when you're shifting a lot and have short-term memory like I do. It's gotten so that I'm afraid to downshift for fear that I'm going to slot it into 3rd instead of 5th. So now I just shift to neutral and apply the brakes. I wish the dash displayed which gear the car was in.

BTW, I'm still trying to figure out what sets off the 1-4 skipshift so that I won't ever activate it. It doesn't happen when I upshift under 2,000 rpm and sometimes doesn't even happen when the dash reads "Shift 1 --> 4." Editor J to the K said that it's a combination of applied throttle, engine and rpm but most times it just seems random to me.

And if you guessed 4th, you're wrong. It's actually 6th gear. Below is 4th. Yes, they look exactly the same.

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Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 11,207 miles

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