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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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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

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

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: The Workaround

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 3, 2016

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

I think it was either Niebuhr or Schmidt who when asked what car they were taking that evening replied "the Charger-er-er-er-er." The vocal imitation of our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8's exhaust drone has become a bit of a pet nickname for the big V8 sedan, and I was thinking of it off and on after I decided to sign out the Charger for a couple of nights.

I was reconsidering my decision when Niebuhr came by and I mentioned to him my trepidation. The last time I drove the Charger, I swore it would be my last. The boomy exhaust hum was just too much for my commute. It made music almost unlistenable, and nearly made my silent thoughts inaudible (not a bad thing, considering what the Voices are always telling me).

Kurt had been in the Charger most recently (and dealt with its dead battery issue) and had a simple, terrific workaround.

"Just keep it in fourth."

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: One-Touch Burnout Access

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

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

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: Still Buttoned Down After 75K

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 26, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

For an eight-year-old car with more than 75,000 miles, our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 doesn't feel very tired. And it's not simply because of its 425-horsepower V8.

This car still feels tight from top to bottom. The steering is solid, there are no squeaks in the suspension and the brakes grab hard. It feels nothing like your typical used car.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Cleaning the Dirty Mopar Air Filter

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 26, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

I recently opened the hood on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 to check the engine oil level (it's fine) when I noticed the blue Mopar aftermarket cold air intake. Specifically, I noticed how dirty the air filter was. The blue fibers looked dingy and there was a lot of dust and detritus between the pleats.

Figuring I'd show our Charger a little love, I took it upon myself to clean the air filter. Now I just needed to figure out how.

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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: Feels Like a Bus Around Tight Turns

August 21, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

This won't likely be a surprising observation, but our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 is not at home on narrow, curvy roads like the one pictured here. This is a big-boned sedan weighing more than two tons, and you notice all of it when you're seated behind the wheel.

There's a lot more car behind you than ahead of you. The steering wheel rim's diameter is big, and the feel is overly light and numb when you enter a turn. Take a few consecutive tight turns on less than smooth pavement and the lack of steering feel and choppy ride (likely related to the past-prime suspension dampers) can make it seem like you're driving a bus.

But it's a party bus, at least. A big red party bus.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Hellcat Shreds It

August 19, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

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: 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: Almost Perfect on Clear Roads and a Rainy Evening

July 24, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

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

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

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: Highs and Lows of the JBA Exhaust

June 24, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

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

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

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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