A Celebration of Hard Plastic - 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: A Celebration of Hard Plastic

by James Riswick, Automotive Editor on August 28, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

The 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8's cabin was junk when it was new and it's definitely still junk today. It is a remarkable celebration of hard, cheap plastic everywhere you look. There are actually a few squishy bits on the dash, but they too are glossy and look chintzy. Dodge supposedly "improved" the cabin the year after our long-termer was produced, but that's an extremely relative term, as it still trailed just about everything remotely in its price range.

Personally, I think actually it looks worse.

This was really the deepest, darkest era for Chrysler interior quality (well, at least in relative terms within the past 20-plus years or so), corresponding with such abysmal muck-dwellers as the Dodge Caliber, Chrysler Sebring and the first years of the current Dodge Grand Caravan, easily one of the worst-made long-termers in the history of our fleet.

Having said that, our Charger seems to be screwed together extremely well. The bits and pieces may be hard, cheap plastic junk, but there aren't any notable squeaks and rattles after eight years. It's almost shocking, really. Kudos then to the folks at the Brampton, Ontario, plant who prove once again that if you want something done right, call a Canadian.

James Riswick, Chief Canadian Editor @ 70,313 miles

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