2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: An Uncooperative Transmission and a Brief Moment of Panic
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 11, 2016
I was running some errands in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 over the weekend. This big, red and loud sedan was a nice reprieve from the monotony of cruising from one nondescript big retail store to another. Right until it wasn't.
It wouldn't downshift.
I was on a busy road, going maybe 50 mph. I added some gas pedal to move into a hole in traffic that'd just opened. Normally this induces that awful drone we've been complaining about, but this time nothing happened. The downshift, the drone, none of it came.
Puzzled, I came off the gas pedal and reapplied it. Nothing. Then the realization started setting in: This was big. A transmission that won't shift is as useful as a boat anchor.
I started looking for places to put the now slowing car. Where could I park it? I kept stomping the gas, hoping to provoke a shift. I stood on it.
After a few seconds, the shift happened. The transmission was changing gears like normal. The drone returned, and, for once, I was grateful for it.
The Charger continued to act normal for the rest of the weekend. I haven't been able to replicate this transmission hesitation yet, but we'll be keeping an eye on it.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 78,650 miles