2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: New Shoes and an Oil Change
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 6, 2015
Soon after we purchased the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, we started to notice that the parking brake wasn't quite holding the car in place as well as it should. After a while, you'd press the pedal to the floor and it did nothing.
"We should have this looked at," said Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing "You don't want the transmission bearing the weight of this car."
So we took it in to our local Dodge dealer and, no surprise, the mechanic confirmed that the parking brake needed new shoes.
The $138 shoe kit wasn't in stock, so we ordered it and paid in full, a fairly common practice for dealers who prefer not to be on the hook for an expensive part should you bail and buy it elsewhere. We plan to bring the car back for installation when the kit arrives. It should require about an hour of labor.
The dealer also noted that the front brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced. The SRT8 has slotted rotors, which along with pads and labor will cost $695 to replace. We told the dealer we'd take care of it later; we may be able to find a less expensive solution.
With the Charger at the dealer, we noticed that it was almost time for an oil change. The owner's manual calls for an oil change every 6,000 miles under a normal service schedule. It had been about 5,500 miles since our last oil change and given that we'd driven it hard for standard testing and a comparison test, we figured it doing it early wasn't a bad idea.
An oil change on the Charger calls for seven quarts of synthetic oil, which the dealer priced at $9.70 per quart. The oil filter cost about $12. The oil change totaled about $111.40 after the 0.3 hours of labor.
I dropped the car off in the morning and it was ready just after lunch. I chuckled when I saw the sticker the dealer had put on the window, reminding me to return after 3,000 miles, based on the severe maintenance schedule. Guess old habits are hard to break.
Total Cost: $270.10
Days Out of Service: None
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 71,843 miles