2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Easily Passes Smog
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 25, 2016
Before we could sell our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 to a private party, it needed a smog check. Per California DMV guidelines, this is the seller's responsibility if the car is more than four years old. We didn't anticipate any issues, despite the aftermarket Mopar exhaust and intake installed by the previous owner. But there was only one way to know for sure.
I booked an appointment at a local smog station for 11:00 a.m. After 20 to 30 minutes of freeway driving, I pulled up five minutes early. The catalytic converters were hot, so hopefully the jaunt had burned off as many impurities as possible. Within minutes the Charger was nosed into the garage and testing was underway.
"It sounds really good," the inspector offered. "Is it fast?" We talked shop for a bit while he ran the test. I'd already informed him that we were smogging the car to prepare for a change of ownership, so I took this opportunity to remind him the Charger was for sale. He didn't bite.
"I'm a Chevy guy," he said, pointing to the collection of pro-bowtie memorabilia on the wall behind him. "That's my Suburban outside. My friends might think I was going soft if I drove home in this thing." He repeated, "But it sounds really good."
By now the test was complete. The SRT8 passed without a hiccup. I paid the mechanic $50 for his service and was on my way.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 80,275 miles