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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Carmax Offers the Minimum

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 19, 2016

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With our test of the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 drawing to a close, we took a look at the used car market to determine an asking price.

Here's what we found.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Automotive Tinder

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 27, 2016

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Alright, so here's an amusing story to tell about our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. I recently took my four-year-old son to his preschool for morning drop-off. While I was getting out in the parking lot, one of the other moms whom I'm friendly with approached me.

"I love your car!" she said, while rustling her own kids out of her Honda Odyssey.

"Oh, thanks!" I replied. This wasn't long after I had fixed the shifter and washed it, so I was feeling pretty positive about the Charger as well.

"Normally, I don't like Chargers," she continued. "But there's something about the red paint, and the way it sounds. It's exciting."

We both took our kids into the school at that point, but I saw her again outside once we were done.

Now I was curious. "So if we were both single, would you date me just because of my car?" I asked.

"Definitely!" she replied.

Now where was this Charger when I was in high school?

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Clears 80,000 Miles Under Our Watch

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 20, 2015

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"You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation." That's the ad tagline for the Swiss luxury watchmaker. But it's also how I feel about our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. We bought it with 66,350 miles and we've been looking after it through 80,000 miles. And in the next month or two, we'll be passing it off for somebody else to enjoy.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: DIY Transmission Stuck In Park Repair

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 18, 2015

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"What do you want to do?" my coworker Mike Schmidt asked me. We were at his desk in the Edmunds offices deciding on a course of action for our long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 and its uncooperative transmission shift lever.

As Mike wrote previously, it became stuck in Park under his watch. Mike figured out a temporary workaround, but clearly not everybody was going to be willing to use a screwdriver to essentially hotwire the thing every time he or she wanted to drive the Charger. Now it was my turn to deal with it. The dilemma was: a) just take it to the dealer and likely pay hundreds of dollars, or b) try to fix it ourselves?

"Well, it is our Millennial Used Car Project," I said. "Millennials aren't supposed to have much money, otherwise they would have bought a new Charger Hellcat. Plus, there are YouTube videos out there on how to fix it. How hard can it be?"

In the back of my mind, though, was the question of whether those would be famous last words.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Smokey and the Bandit Too

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on April 20, 2016

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Next month, it will be 39 years since my father scarred me for life. I wrote about that special day here, and I still regard it as one of the absolute greatest days of my life.

I want to thank Quentin Tarantino for making it possible for me to pass on the favor to my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.

Thinking I would never see the original film in a real theater ever again, last June I wrote that of all the cars in our long-term fleet, our 5.0-liter Mustang GT would have been the most appropriate to drive to the theatrer to see a remake of my all-time favorite movie Smokey and the Bandit. (My dog's name is Bo Darville. I'm not kidding.)   

I wrote, "Our orange long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT would be the perfect ride for such a father-daughter outing. Maybe someday. I hear there's a "Smokey and the Bandit" remake in the works. Maybe The Bandit will go Mustang this time around."

Then, last month, two things happened. First, we sold the Mustang. Then I got word that the New Beverly Cinema, a small theater in Los Angeles, was showing an original 35mm print of the original Smokey and the Bandit.

So I did two things. First, I bought two tickets for Jane and I. Then I grabbed the keys to our long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: An Uncooperative Transmission and a Brief Moment of Panic

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 11, 2016

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I was running some errands in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 over the weekend. This big, red and loud sedan was a nice reprieve from the monotony of cruising from one nondescript big retail store to another. Right until it wasn't.

It wouldn't downshift.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Bad Stereo Install Gets Worse

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

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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: 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

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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: Android Auto Works, Finally

Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 14, 2015

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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: That's Not Lumbar

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on November 24, 2015

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We hop in and out of a lot of cars, so it can always take a few miles to really settle in and get comfortable. And what I thought was a good driving position in our Dodge Charger SRT8, when I was parked, turned out to need a little adjustment once I was on the road. More specifically, the lumbar support.

Now, the Charger's got power seats, so as I hurtled down the 405, I slid my hand along the side of the seat and found the lumbar rocker switch. And then I found myself speeding up.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Still No Love for Android Users

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on November 16, 2015

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At the end of October, Senior Consumer Advice Editor Ron Montoya updated the firmware for the new Pioneer head unit in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 test car. This update was reputed to offer "Expanded compatibility with Google Android Auto." Prior to that, we'd had no luck getting the stereo to recognize an Android phone.

So here's the update: "No Device."

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Twenty-Three Grand Well Spent

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 30, 2015

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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.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: New Radio Install Increases Hazard, Instability

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 28, 2015

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We recently had our new aftermarket Pioneer touchscreen head unit installed on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, but it seems that when the shop guys put everything back together they forgot to re-connect the button array at the top of the center stack that activates the hazard lights and traction/stability control.

How do I know this? Well, obviously, any self-respecting Charger SRT8 driver is a frequent user of the hazard lights, right?

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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: Appeals Across Generations

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 29, 2015

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Forget those sniveling, oversharing, irony-as-lifestyle Millenials for whom we've devised this project car — I'm demographically-certified GenX, friend. My generation built this great country! And we did it without Facebook or Instagram, but with mixtapes, Xerox-ed fliers, and a shared CompuServe account. Our hope, optimism and shared love of The Scorpions toppled the Berlin Wall. We made Tom Cruise!

Therefore, I want the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 for myself and my generation.  

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Hellcat Shreds It

August 19, 2015

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If you had our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 for just one afternoon, what would you do? Besides replace the exhaust, I mean.

You'd probably drive to pick up some In-N-Out and navigate to your favorite on/off-ramps and sweeper interchanges. You'd probably find some traffic signals away from the watchful eye of the law, test your reaction time, see if you still got it. Maybe you'd drive four adult friends — they'd all fit — to Vegas for burger. You'd plant some stripes somewhere.

Now, what if you had a Hellcat for an afternoon?

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Anonymous Muscle

August 14, 2015

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A few days ago I was eavesdropping on coworker Josh Sadlier and head honcho Scott Oldham in the office. Josh was saying how our 1989 Yugo GVL, despite the Balkan Bullet's rarity, was nondescript to other motorists while driving. Scott said the same thing was true of our 1966 Chevrolet Corvette.

"Nobody cares," he remarked.

This is no doubt related to our offices being based in Los Angeles, where BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes are mundane and Ferrari sightings are regular.

So where does that leave our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8? Pretty much invisible.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Macho Man Car at the Valet Line

August 12, 2015

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Here's the scene:

I've checked out of a semi-swanky Los Angeles hotel after an event and I'm standing out front after I gave the valet guy my ticket. There were a few people ahead of me though, so I'm waiting as cars belonging to other hotel guests start pulling up.

A scuffed-up Toyota Prius comes first, then a white Chevrolet Impala, no doubt a rental given that the couple piling into is speaking German. Next is a Volvo S60 in fine, anonymous silver. It's a snooze parade.

Then I hear it: Rugga! Lub-lub-lub-lub-lub-lub. Yep, it's our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 pulling up out of the hotel's lower level parking garage. Go America!

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Its Dampers Are Tired

August 11, 2015

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I took my first whirl in our long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 over the weekend. Yeah, the exhaust gets old in about 10 minutes of driving.

My fellow editor Josh Sadlier is correct that the big sedan is nicely devoid of squeaks and rattles, but "tight" isn't how I'd describe the current state of its dampers.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Terrible Headlights Need Replacement

July 31, 2015

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My oh my, behold that dim yellow glow. As you might imagine from the photo above, the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 has some pretty lousy headlights. When I got back into the car after taking the photo, I actually wondered if they had somehow been turned off leaving only the fogs on. They had not. They just stink.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Almost Perfect on Clear Roads and a Rainy Evening

July 24, 2015

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Two things generally happen when it rains in Los Angeles: it's either gridlock of unimaginable proportion, or the city's driving populace scatters into its garages like cockroaches seeing that first glint from a light bulb. Typically, it depends on when said rain begins to fall. On a recent Sunday evening, it was quite happily the latter and I had the keys to our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8.

Set course for Sunset Boulevard!

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Not Digging this Exhaust (Video)

July 21, 2015

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I'm over aftermarket exhausts, especially the one on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. I had an aftermarket unit on the last car I owned. Yes, it sounds cool when you first get it and when you show it off to friends, but after that you're left with a car that brings way too much attention to itself. I'm not really that type of guy.

Worse yet, as Mike Monticello noted, our JBA exhaust makes an annoying droning noise at sustained speeds. More on that in a bit.

We didn't have much choice in the matter when we were shopping for Chargers. Just about every SRT8 we saw in the wild had a modified exhaust. I guess it's just a thing that SRT8 owners do, but I wonder: Was the stock exhaust really that bad?

If you drive our Charger a short distance, you don't really notice anything out of the ordinary. This is why we couldn't hear the exhaust during the test-drive. Spend a day or two in it though, and you'll start to hear the noise. It's a low-pitched booming noise and rather than sounding cool, it just beats on your eardrums.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Caught Up in the Takata Airbag Recall

July 16, 2015

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The Takata airbag recall has affected about 40 million vehicles worldwide, according to the New York Times. (Honda added 4.5 million vehicles outside North America on July 9.) Takata has been working around the clock to get the replacement parts shipped, but demand is exceeding supply. Early reports were estimating that it would take two years to produce the parts needed.

If you're unfamiliar with this recall, the inflators on a number of Takata-supplied airbags proved to be defective and can rupture during an accident, resulting in metal debris that flies through the cabin and in some cases has killed drivers. The problem seems to be exacerbated if the vehicle has lived in humid climates.

The 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 was among the vehicles recalled, but we knew that before we bought ours. This was a chance for us to document the recall process and how long it would take to fix.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Tight

July 3, 2015

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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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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Highs and Lows of the JBA Exhaust

June 24, 2015

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I was talking about the aftermarket exhaust system on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 with new-guy Jonathan Elfalan, when E-I-C Oldham did a "drive-by" and stopped at my desk to critique the crappy photo I had taken.

Trying to move things away from my untrained photo eye, I dug myself a deeper hole when I said I had never heard of JBA before.

"What's the matter with you?" he asked. "They've been doing exhaust systems for years. And they're local too, based here in Southern California."

Then he docked me a day's wages for my aftermarket ineptitude.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Swagger, Heft and the Roots of the Hellcat

June 19, 2015

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A lot can change in a decade. See our new long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. If you had said, back when it was new, that the platform underneath it would one day support cars with 707 horsepower and top speeds of 200 mph top speeds, you would've been called crazy.

But it has. And though the Hellcat is a very different car than our SRT8, you can sense its roots from the driver's seat. The tallish seat position, the view out the glass, the sense of heft; the Hellcat's drivability is vastly improved, but its character remains in our SRT8.

Much has changed, of course.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: An Approachable Sports Car

June 15, 2015

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Driving our "new" 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 over the weekend, I got four "how you doin'" nods from strange men at stop lights.

For me, this is a new record.

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