2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Knob Replacement

June 04, 2010

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^ This is what the driver seat adjuster looked like when we dropped the Dodge Challenger off at La Brea Chrysler Jeep (they've always been good to us-- fast service and in my neighborhood) the other morning.

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Service

May 19, 2010

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The helpful warning beep and reminder light on our 2009 Dodge Challenger reminded us that our car was ready for another round of oil this week.

We made an appointment at La Brea Chrysler Jeep letting them know that we'd be waiting on the car. I showed up at 7:30 on the dot-- their opening time-- and was first in line. No more than 45 minutes later the car was done, paid for and back on the road. SportsCenter was on the tube and the coffee was free. I was sort of hoping it would take longer.

Total cost: $45.
Days out of service: None.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 25,748 miles

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2009 Dodge Challenger RT: Sticky Shift

May 11, 2010

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I noticed this weekend that the tranny in Challenger isn't as happy as it used to be. Pulling the stick between gears -- especially when driving short distances before the fluids are up to temperature -- isn't as easy as it once was. Clutch take-up isn't as smooth as I remember, either.

Remember that we've have the clutch replaced once and that this car's miles are starting to accumulate. And there's this little endeavor, which probably didn't do it any mechanical favors.
We'll see if this amounts to anything.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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2009 Dodge Challenger: Busted Knob

March 18, 2010

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I climbed intoour 2009 Dodge Challenger the other night. It wasn't long before I realized that the driver seat adjustment knob was still busted. This repair clearly fell off our radar and now the cover is missing completely.It did getme thinking, though. If I owned this car would I replace the part?

As the primary driver I would rarely touch the knob and easily forget it wasevenmissing. I wouldprobably just fashion my owncover and forget the OEM part altogether. If it was your Challenger, wouldyou replace it?

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 21,867 miles

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Maintenance Reminder and Startup

January 18, 2010


Note the chime, the extended display and the two-stage reminder system. The 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T does maintenance reminding well.

Oh, right, it's in for service for this and the key fob. Will post results next week.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 18,670 miles

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: I can find the fob

January 17, 2010

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I can find the key fob. Can you find it? Our 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T can not.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Due for Service

January 13, 2010

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Just the other morning our 2009 Dodge Challengergreeted us with aservice reminder. Dodge products are on a 6,000-mile recommended service interval. So it was really no surprise considering our last visit to the dealer came at the 12,000-mile mark.

Expected maintenance for this visit includes new oil andfilter, diff fluidinspection and a tire rotation. In our town that runs about 90 bucks. We'll schedule the appointment and let you know how it goes.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 18,533 miles

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Stubborn Unlocking

January 12, 2010

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...or perhaps stubbornly locked. Either way, pressing the unlock button on our longterm 2009 Dodge Challenger's key fob issomething of a crapshoot.This morning I gave it a good five presses before it relented.

Maybe the battery's going dead? Dunno about that -- locking and/or trunk-ing works fine.

That, and the Ram's key fob misbehaves in the same manner, too. Could be coincidence, but I doubt it.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: 12,000-mile Service

October 28, 2009

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Last week we had our 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T serviced at La Brea Chrysler Jeep. We were a little off schedule, so this appointment satisfied the 12,000-mile maintenance interval and put things back on track. As expected, it included an oil and filter change, air filter replacement, tire rotation and various safety inspections. But it was pricey.

Total cost: $179.47

Days out of service: 0

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 12,411 miles

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Replacing the Clutch

September 09, 2009

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We purchased our 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T back in March of this year. Over the past 6 months we've driven our Challenger more than 10,000 miles andit's taken all we could give. So why are we looking at a picture of its clutch?

Well, just because your brother-in-law says he knows how to drive stick doesn't mean it's true. We loaned our Challenger to the clutch rider for 2 days. That's all he needed to smokeit up.

Anominous stench of clutch was thefirst sign of trouble. So we fired it up. We let out the clutch pedal andfelt asignificantjudder at theengagement point. This wasn'tgood. It was still drivable butclearly upset.There was only one way to get to the bottom of this. Pull the clutch.

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: 6,000-Mile Service

June 04, 2009

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I took our 2009 Dodge Challenger in for its scheduled 6,000-mile service yesterday. Lithia Dodge of Fresno, Calif.,was the dealership of choice for an oil change and a tire rotation. Just as was the case with my previous experience at this dealership (with our now-departed Dodge Caravan), service was friendly and without any sort of annoying up-selling of stuff not required. Lithia Dodge also installed the Challenger's front license plate bracket for us (yes, it's on there straight), so this photo is the last new pic you'll see of our car with a clean-looking front-end. Total cost was $57.30.

Also, Edmunds still has its dealer rating and reviews feature, so remember to tell your friends and family about it if they buy a car or have a car serviced at their local dealerships.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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