2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Twenty-Three Grand Well Spent
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 30, 2015
Here are some guilty pleasures I've been enjoying recently: Listening to the SiriusXM NFL Blitz program with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon. Sneaking Snickers Halloween candy, pre-Halloween. Fallout Shelter.
Also, our 2007 Charger SRT8. Unexpectedly, it's one of my favorite cars in our long-term fleet right now.
Given that one of the parameters for our Millennial Used Car Project was to acquire "a cool used car," I'd say mission accomplished. (And hopefully not a premature "mission accomplished.")
True, our Charger is not for everybody. While I still maintain that it can stay surprisingly under the radar because of its age, it is, in the grand scheme of things, a fairly loud and brash car. I know one of my coworkers hasn't touched the car yet for that very reason. My wife, meanwhile, finds it "too loud" and "drives like a boat."
Dan Frio and I seem to be closer in opinion. He recently wrote how even though he's of the Gen X timeframe, like me, the car appeals to him. I would agree: you'll never go wrong with the attitude that comes with a hood-scooped 425-horsepower V8. But I might even be fonder of our Charger than Dan. He doesn't like its aftermarket exhaust or its chintzy interior materials/design.
Me? Yes, it's boomy at times. I've thought about investigating whether we can affordably source a quieter exhaust. But I can't bring myself to go any further than that. I just love its cranked-up sound too much. As for the interior, so what? It's functional. Do you want to fondle fancy-pants trim pieces or go fast, Frio?
Also (knock on wood), our Charger has been very reliable so far. Almost five months in, the only money we've put into it has come from upgrades (touchscreen stereo) or repairing or replacing minor parts (parking brake, tires). Unlike many other used cars we've bought over the years, it hasn't died, leaked to the point of failure or required frequent repairs.
This car is cool.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor