2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Finding Drugs, A Lazy Stereo Installation, and Strange Sound Deadening Solutions
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 29, 2016
You find things when you tear apart the interior of a car that's already lived a lifetime. The trunk of our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, which we dug into during a recent Dynamat install, was no exception. Here are three peculiar things we found:
After removing the battery box from the trunk, a small pink pill popped out. Before flushing it, we ran its code through Google and discovered it was 75 mg worth of Bupropion, an antidepressant.
A lazy and bad stereo and backup camera installation
PCH Custom Audio in Wilmington installed our Pioneer head unit and backup camera, and their efforts wouldn't even qualify as half-ass. We already know the installer used the wrong adapter kit, but after taking the trunk apart, we found another point of failure. Those red and black wires? The black goes to the backup camera. The red? It goes nowhere. The installer made no effort to secure them in place.
The laziness gets worse. The installer unplugged the rubber seal pictured above to run the backup camera wire to the bumper. Plugging the seal back in? Too much work. The wire continues to hang loose through the rear bumper, held precariously near the exhaust with a zip-tie.
Note: Work on your car yourself, or find someone trustworthy and reputable. You'll pay more, but you get what you pay for.
A curious sound deadening solution
After pulling the carpet out, I saw a black bag wedged between the rear wheel well and the wall behind the rear seats. Having already found a pill, I figured more exotic drugs. Opening them was disappointing.
That's sound deadening material. The bag didn't look like anything an owner would install, so I started searching online. Sure enough, a few people on LX platform forums who underwent similar sound deadening-install jobs reported the exact same bags. They're factory.
As the saying goes: If it's silly and it works, it ain't silly.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 77,900 miles