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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Finding a Dimmer Workaround in the Aftermarket Stereo

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 7, 2016

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

The first time I got Android Auto working in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, I reported that Google Maps' off-blue color palette made it difficult to see during the day. Well, of course it did. It was in its night mode.

The Pioneer headunit has a day and a night mode, but I've never seen it automatically switch between the two. I take partial blame, because I never took the time to dig in and figure out how it works. As it turns out, there's something wrong with the auto setting, but the other options provide a workaround.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Bad Stereo Install Gets Worse

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 2, 2016

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

I wasn't looking for more reasons to be frustrated by PCH Custom Audio's install job on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. Still, I found one. The large bezel surrounding most of the center console is going to crack. And being the owner of an older Nissan 240SX, I'm sensitive to cracks in the dash.

Installing aftermarket stereos often requires using what's called an adapter kit. These plastic pieces replace certain parts in the dash so your fancy new aftermarket headunit fits better.

The problem is our bezel doesn't fit.

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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

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

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:

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Attempting to Fix the Drone with Dynamat

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 24, 2016

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The drone can last no longer.

It's so bad in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 that you can't have a conversation. It can be hard to think. It occurs at around 2,500 rpm indicated, which happens to be what the engine turns at normal freeway speeds. The volume is as high as 82 dB, per our decibel meter. That's a little louder than your typical vacuum.

Some in the office have adopted the Niebuhr Workaround, but we wanted a permanent solution.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: One-Touch Burnout Access

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 21, 2016

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In many ways, our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 is a simple car. Deactivating stability control is no exception. See that button? Simply tap it for burnouts.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Automatic Headlights Work Sometimes, Maybe

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 30, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

A weird thing happened when I hopped in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 one night last week: The headlights didn't turn on.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Exploring Android Auto (With Video)

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 28, 2015

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With Android Auto finally working in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, I was eager to pair it with my Nexus 6P and use it as my primary infotainment system for a few days. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it works just as fluidly as its Apple CarPlay counterpoint, but also has the advantage of Google's suite of products like Maps and Search.

So it's better.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Android Auto Works, Finally

Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 14, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

I switched to Android recently after purchasing a Nexus 6P. After testing out how Apple CarPlay worked with the aftermarket Pioneer head unit in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, I was eager to see how the equivalent Android Auto worked. Imagine my disappointment when it didn't.

When I plugged my fancy new phone in, the head unit displayed "Incompatible USB." After doing some research, I learned that our Pioneer AVH-4100NEX has two USB outputs on the back and that only one of them supports Android. Fortunately, our installer plugged a USB cable into each, and both sit easily accessible in the glovebox.

I plugged in my USB 3.0 adapter into the correct cable. It still didn't work.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Handy for Holding the Wallet

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on November 10, 2015

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I'm not sure what the original intention was for this slot on the center console of our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 but it works perfectly as a wallet holder; wide enough for everything this side of a George Costanza-esque overstuffed wallet, and deep enough so it won't fly out while negotiating a sharp curve.   

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Help! My Millennial Parents Bought a Charger

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 3, 2015

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A few weeks ago, Time magazine ran a cover story titled "Help! My Parents Are Millennials" that detailed changing parenting styles as the millennial generation starts having children. Oddly, Time overlooked reporting on our super awesome 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Millennial Used Car project. But nonetheless I've got a few observations on how well our Charger fares for kid duty.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Calibrating the Rearview Cam

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 20, 2015

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Although the rearview camera made its first appearance in the United States on the 2002 Infiniti Q45, the technology hadn't yet trickled down to more mainstream cars like our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 when it was manufactured. But cameras have become ubiquitous over the last decade, and now even a new Scion iA that costs $16,500 comes with a backup camera. So when it came time to bring the Charger up to current standards, a backup camera topped the list.

We installed a camera made by Pioneer and the results are impressive.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Exploring Apple CarPlay (With Videos)

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on September 15, 2015

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The new Pioneer head unit lands like an alien monolith into the interior of our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. What was once a tired-looking relic of last decade's tech is now a beacon of modernity amidst the wasteland that is this late-2000s Dodge interior.

Seriously, before this stereo, the interior would've looked at home in a Dodge Caravan.

The large, comparatively high-res Pioneer unit comes with a host of features, but crucially it supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. I still soldier on with an iPhone — as tempting as Android devices look — so we'll be exploring CarPlay in this post.

See the video below for an overview and the text beneath for some more thoughts.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8: Old Car, Modern Tire Tech

by Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on September 10, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8

Maybe it's the change of season and lower temperatures, but our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 was showing low air pressure in all four tires. The front left was so low at 27 psi that the number was blinking to get our attention. It's interesting to note that this eight-year-old car has a nice tire pressure indicator on the gauge cluster.

While we recommend checking the tires once a month, it's easy to let it slide and then fall below the limit. The digital tire indicator is a welcome call to action.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: A Celebration of Hard Plastic

by James Riswick, Automotive Editor on August 28, 2015

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The 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8's cabin was junk when it was new and it's definitely still junk today. It is a remarkable celebration of hard, cheap plastic everywhere you look. There are actually a few squishy bits on the dash, but they too are glossy and look chintzy. Dodge supposedly "improved" the cabin the year after our long-termer was produced, but that's an extremely relative term, as it still trailed just about everything remotely in its price range.

Personally, I think actually it looks worse.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Spotty Satellite Radio

August 4, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but during the last couple drives in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, the satellite radio was cutting in and out more than usual.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Great Seats Then, Great Seats Now

July 29, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

The front seats in the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 were great back when it was new, and they're still terrific now. And the last point is, in fact, two-fold.

Huh?

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Tight

July 3, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

Remember that story a while back about Chrysler assembly-line workers smoking a doob on their lunch break? That's one reason why I was expecting our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 to be in pretty rough shape. At the very least, I figured it would creak and rattle over bumps like, well, an eight-year-old Dodge.

Man, was I wrong.

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