by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 7, 2016
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.
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
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:
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 28, 2015
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.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 14, 2015
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.
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on November 19, 2015
I completely understood the desire to replace the dated-when-new head unit in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, but I didn't hold out much hope for the new piece. I have this hate/hate relationship with aftermarket stereos, partly from having one in a personal car and partly from experiencing them in other people's cars.
I could go into the general tackiness of their design, the cheapness of their controls or any other irks that have soured me on these things, but my main reason has always been that the colors don't match the rest of the interior lighting.
With our Pioneer, I needn't have worried about that last bit.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 22, 2015
Firmware updates are inevitable with any modern high-tech device. In a perfect world, everything would be connected to the Internet and things would update themselves while you sleep. While some things, like my iPhone, can do that already, the Pioneer stereo on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 cannot.
I stumbled on this firmware update while researching the Pioneer website for an article. There was a tab labeled "Firmware and Software," so I clicked on it. There lay a file for updating the firmware of our unit to version 1.03.
Here's what it covered:
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 20, 2015
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.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on October 8, 2015
Besides age-old factors like mileage, maintenance and the grossness of strangers, there are two key areas where buying a used car, especially those that have been on the road for almost a decade like our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, is worse than buying new.
First is fuel economy. Take a random sample of 10-year-old cars on fueleconomy.gov and marvel at comparatively crappy fuel economy standards from just a short time ago.
The second area is in-car tech. But as the new Pioneer head unit in our Charger proves, that can be fixed far easier than fuel economy (which in no way can be fixed).
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on September 23, 2015
Two items were missing from the head unit install we did a few weeks ago on our long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: a backup camera and an adapter to restore the satellite radio functionality lost when we replaced the factory head unit.
Many of today's cars come standard with a rearview cam and it's not a stretch to think that a tech-savvy millennial (the demographic that inspired this long-term project in the first place) might want the same on their car. Our Pioneer AVH-4100NEX head unit has the capability to display a backup camera signal and Pioneer was nice enough to send us one.
The Pioneer ND-BC8 goes for about $87 on Amazon. This camera is on the pricier end, but since it's the same brand as the head unit, we could expect perfect compatibility. The Esky EX180-19 camera, which costs about $40, is a less expensive alternative.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on September 15, 2015
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.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on September 2, 2015
Infotainment technology doesn't age well on used cars. What passed for the latest in-car technology a few years ago can feel like a relic today. And for millennials, a generation that grew up with the Internet and rapid tech development, the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8's old tech wasn't going to cut it, especially for a car we've billed as the "Millennial Used Car Project"
Social Media Editor and in-house millennial Travis Langness first pointed this out back in July when he noted that the Charger's head unit "graphics were pretty bad" and that there was no place to hook up his iPhone.
Well Travis, ask and you shall receive. We gave the Charger a dose of updated tech in the form of a new Pioneer head unit.
August 4, 2015
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.
July 9, 2015
The stereo interface in our long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 is seriously out of date. Sure, it's got navigation and satellite radio, but the graphics are pretty bad and the tipping point for me is that there's no way to hook up my iPhone.
July 3, 2015
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.
June 29, 2015
For the most part, our flashback 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 is in great shape. There are only a few issues I noticed over the weekend. One of them is the parking brake.
It doesn't work.
June 24, 2015
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.
June 19, 2015
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.
June 16, 2015
Does driving a 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 keep you from helping out a friend with some painting? Not really. In fact, with its sizable trunk and fold-down rear seats, you can fit plenty of awkward cargo.
In this case, I was able to slide in a 6-foot step ladder without much trouble, along with a Shop-Vac, a tool bucket, several gallons of paint and a few drop cloths. I could have fit more if I packed everything more tightly.
June 15, 2015
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.
June 10, 2015
Many of us seek to one day own the car of our dreams. Not something unrealistic, like a McLaren P1, but something, that if things were slightly different, would be just within our reach. This reach can be a real stretch, however, for the generation of car buyers between the of car buyers between the ages of 18 and 34 — the millennials.
In the spirit of the Debt-Free Car Project, our next long-term car puts us in the shoes of a millennial buyer who is on a budget but still wants a cool used car. We came up with what we think is an interesting choice: a 2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8 with 66,000 miles on the odometer. Here's how we got there.