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Lots of problems
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By spedly
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2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my '11 SE model with less than 7000 miles on it. (It turned out being wrecked). I have had two recalls (which came after the problems started and the dealers didn't know how to fix). Just recently, my alternator died and I couldn't find an aftermarket one, so the mopar alternator cost over $500. The radio was not at all powerfull so I had to put in an aftermarket amp which may have lead to the Alt. breakdown. Lots of frustration and disappointment! The blind spot is huge and is hard to back up to park. On the bright side I love my car when it is running. Haha! I always get compliments on it and I think it rides better than the CTX Caddie.


Favorite Features

Ride is super smooth and has enough power to make that pass or make that quick left hand turn. You see lots of Mustangs and Camaros on the road, but fewer Challengers making the 'cool' factor greater.


Suggested Improvements

The electronics needed improvement from the start. Longer warranty Louder radio...


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too many recalls
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By gearheadbear
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2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I've had my 2011 Challenger since the end of 2011 and still have less than 15,000 miles. My wife stays at home and this is not a commute vehicle. I had problems with the door handles and wiring harness before the recalls even came out. Now the torque converter gave itself up internally. After taking back twice dealer is replacing the torque converter only and "flushing" the transmission. Antioch Dodge in Northern California is not the right place to get proper service done right the first time.


Favorite Features

Style


Suggested Improvements

Better support and customer service after the vehicle is sold.


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Year old and still #1 in my choice
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By fuelfromh2o
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2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased July 2011, have 17k miles on the hub with NO problems in quality, performance & reliability. Added a CAI and HHO to the V6 and it came alive after 8k miles of break in. For a V6 it turns 0 - 60 in 6sec flat all day long. It will bury the needle with a little effort approaching the 140mph mark. Dodge did it "RIGHT" with this combination. Can honestly admit that the Challenger can hang with the Mustang or Camero of equal equipment any day of the week and in most cases walk away in second gear and never look back.


Favorite Features

Nicely made interior and very comfortable on long trips Atlanta to Seattle. Fuel mileage was great 29.7mpg at 80+mph and it held the road perfectly on the mountain passes in Montana and Idaho on I-90. Visibility is good and road noise was minimal on various road surfaces. The cruise control was very efficient, one could never out drive it. Dodge put the pencil to the drawing board on this one and got it RIGHT.


Suggested Improvements

Only problem is the Dodge folks won't release the code for performance after market tuning. The 305 Hp is great but this V6 has a lot more to offer if they'd give up the code. OR at least let the dealership have it for customer requests for a performance dealer tune. The problem is a soft start throttle. lacks responsiveness. Dump that sluggish start and the V6 would come out screaming, instead of the 1800rpm kick in on the tach.


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Disappointing quality
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By harrison310
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2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I chosen the Challenger because it was roomy, looked good, & JD Powers scored it high for initial quality, but in the 6 months i had the car, interior trim fell off, power window motors screwed up, and the driver's seat motor refused to back up. The midline stereo could not be turned up without causing interior trim buzzing (and we're talking only 21 on the vol dial), and of course, even with the Pentastar V6, I was getting no better than 17 mpg city or highway. the pitch black interior was hard to live with. My first and last Chrysler product.


Favorite Features

Styling, performance from the Pentastar V6


Suggested Improvements

Interior needs redesign - there's retro and then there's just being cheap (new Charger interior could have been nice in the Challenger). Build quality! Why does Challenger rank well with JD Power and yet the Chrysler/Dodger brand rank on the bottom?


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dont waste your money
5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By tallfinger
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2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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styling is awsome however the drive train of this vehicle is the worst ive seen since ive started buying cars. fell in love with the styling but that love has turned into regret for speanding so much money on a lemon.


Favorite Features

styling and the old look


Suggested Improvements

better drivetrain especially the tranny


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Very Nice Retro Muscle Car
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By jethrobodine
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2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I own the Toxic Orange v6 Ralley with the track pack and upgraded stereo. The track pack added loads of torque and will throw my head back when pushed. Just a tap on the accelerator at the light is all that is needed to leave most behind. The interior is well layed out with the cabin insulation excellent. The seats are extremely comfortable and the radio will blow ones ears off. While in the car the v6 can not be heard at idle but makes a nice throaty sound at the exhaust and when pushed has a very nice roar. The ride is very smooth and makes a nice freeway cruiser but handles well within traffic and on residential streets. Overall one of the best retro muscle cars if not the best.


Favorite Features

Exterior and Interior are nicely done, with quality leather seats in my car and the U-Connect for my cell phone is very easy to use, my 9 year old had sinked and going before I could finish with the instructions. The smooth engine and transmission along with a tuned suspension make for a nice handling auto. I luv the retro muscle car looks of the exterior. The leather power seat with lumbar support makes those long rides easy on the back and behind. The stereo is top notch and easy to use and the steering wheel controls are easy to use. The fit and finish is excellent thus far.


Suggested Improvements

The one thing I would have liked is for the speedometer numbers to be larger as they are difficult to see during the day time, but easily enough to see at night when they are illuminated.


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Rallye with Super Sport - Best Value
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By amcmastertech
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2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I waited 3 years for the Pentastar and it was well-worth the patience. The engine delivers exceptionally smooth performance from idle all the way to redline. Combined with a cabin that is very quiet, you'd almost think that the engine was turned-off while stopped at an intersection or light; I asked the salesman if the car had some sort of "engine shutdown" feature during the initial test-drive. The big letdown is the 5-speed automatic, which lags badly when you need instant throttle response. Excellent engine, not-so-great gearbox. The Rallye Super Sport repsresents a good value with interior, suspension, steering, braking, and axle-ratio upgrades.


Favorite Features

Engine is lightweight, very powerful, smooth, quiet, efficient, and thoroughly modern. Rallye Super Sport is a high-value car that delivers performance of a LT-1 Trans-Am and luxury of a 300 C.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission was fine in the Hemi 300/Magnum, but lacks in the newer applications; downright poor with the Pentastar. If you can get over the response lag and confused shifts, you'll love it. It's not much different that having a late 90's LT-1 powerhouse mated to the 4L80 four-speed slushbox!


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New Pentastar V6 Shines Bright!
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By gepfund
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2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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The New 2011 Challenger Rallye is now the car to buy. I held off buying one until now because the old V6 engine was a slug. This new Pentastar V6 engine with over 300 HP and over 260 lb-feet of torqe is the smoothest thing since satin coats, which by the way would look great on anybody driving a 70's flashback car like the Challenger. let's also talk power! This engine will throw you back in your seats all the while growling like a angry puppy. This engine is loving this car. Hemi's are great but let's talk insurance premiums and 5 dollar gas plus city traffic. The Challenger Rallye is the complete muscle car of the future because it lives the part and gets 29 mpg on highway.


Favorite Features

All the changes for 2011. new smaller soft touch leather steering wheel, getting rid of the ram emblem on the hood really cleans this car up. The new duel exhaust system for the V6. The upgraded dvd/HDD 7 speaker stereo with amp and display. heated seats, and the seats are as comfortable as Volvo's which is saying something. And of course the New Pentastar V6 Engine. This car is a tank. The looks she gets every time i drive her. Hood Stripe and standard retro fuel fill cap.


Suggested Improvements

Ok so i know this is a muscle car but it is already teched out so a nice back up camera would have been cool since it's got the display screen already. Also heated mirrors standard or in the heated seat package since you have to buy another expensive tech option package just to get them. A dvd explaining all the features of the uconnect system and dvd mp3 hard drive. I think that's about it. oh maybe better customer service training for dodge sales people. That one is for Chrysler to see. Most dealers i went to the sales men are still trying all the old tricks. One even tried to sell me undercoating. This is 2011 right? As Dodge improves its cars Chrysler Dealers need to improve


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