Afraid of the Dark - 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Afraid of the Dark

December 15, 2009

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I love the Challenger. I really do. There are just a few things that bug me about it -- they're all pretty minor and I'm sure that if I owned and drove the car on a regular basis they wouldn't even be an issue. See the dark picture above? Find the start/stop button. I dare ya'. I triple-dog dare ya'.

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Can't find it, right? That's because it's not illuminated, not even when the lights are on. When you get in at night, you've got to feel your way through the darkness, then hold the button down until it starts. With most other push button starters, a quick tap will bring the engine to life. When you park the Challenger in the dark, it's just as difficult to find the button to shut it down. Note to Chrysler and their Italian overlords, "per piacere, illuminare il pulsante."

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 16,360 miles


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