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2015 Challenger SRT - daily driver and 20,000 miles later

This forum was a great resource to me when I bought my car. I thought I would give back by providing my ownership impressions after 15 months. I daily drive my car and have over 32,000 KMs (20,000 mi) and have now driven the car through two Canadian winters.

This is my first muscle car as I mostly owned imports and german cars. I have a 2015 SRT with the 6 speed manual and I absolutely love it. I feel like I'm 14 years old every time I drive it. Of course the power is awesome but my favourite part of the car is the sound. Especially at 5,000 RPM. It is so sweet. A close second for sound is cold starts. Especially here in Canada, on a cold morning, the sound is absolutely evil. The crack of the exhaust is loud enough to wake the dead.

I considered a Camaro and Mustang as well before my purchase but this car is a way better fit for me as this was my daily driver. Both those other cars literally have no back seat. My car can fit an adult comfortably in the back seat with no problems. As well, both those cars (at the time I was buying), the interiors and features were a lower grade compared to the Challenger. Finally, although those cars may handle better, I came to the conclusion that for a majority of the time, you are driving straight!!

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How is the gas mileage for a daily driver? It's bad. 13.9 l/100Km (17 mpg) but I'm actually spending less on gas compared to my previous car. My previous Audi S4 needed premium gas and with this car, I use regular so at the end of the day, it cost me less.

How is the manual car in traffic? It's fine. I've sat in Toronto traffic and it didn't bother me. The clutch is not that heavy. The fun factor that I gain by having a manual far outweighs any of the negatives.

How is the car to drive in the winter? I'm in my late 40's and in my generation, we all grew up driving rear wheel cars in the winter (and with no snow tires!) and we all managed to do fine. So it's interesting when people ask me this question today. Obviously you can't drive this car like a 4WD car but you can certainly manage. We'e had days here where the snow was at least an inch and the car was able to get through it. I find starting the car in 2nd gear helps a lot as it reduces the wheel spin. For the number of days where it gets bad enough for a snow day versus the rest of the years where it is fine, again the trade off for me was well worth it.

Have you had any problems with the car? Not really. I've had two issues covered by warranty.
#1 - I had a clicking noise coming from the shifter. The dealer replaced the shifter mechanism and retaining pins which hold the shifter rods. That fixed the issue.
#2 - I've also had an issue with the Uconnect screen in cold weather. The screen would be blank and would not work until it got warmer. When this started to happen, it would only take about 5 seconds for the screen to work again but then it got progressively worse when it would take about 30 mins to warm up enough to work again. The dealer replaced the whole unit and now it's fine.

Other observations:

The trunk can decapitate you. Not sure if other owners of have experienced this but I remember the first time when the drunk came down on my head, I've never made that mistake again. If there is a breeze or any type of snow/ice on your truck, be careful!!! The trunk is heavy enough that it will hurt if it comes down on you.

More boys stop and stare at this car than any other. It's amazing how this car captures the attention of boys 10 and under. I do my duty to live up to their expectations by turning up the volume on the exhaust when I drive by(ie. rev the shit out of the car).

Non car people won't understand why you bought this car. I've tried to explain my reasons in the past but nowI give up and make a joke as to how good my car is on gas. They just won't get it.


Hopefully my comments have helped you in your car buying decision. Glad to answer any other questions you may have.

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Thanks for sharing! These cars are awesome for sure!

I noticed you said you run regular gas in your SRT? Why is that? The 392 requires premium, at least 91 octane. The engine has 11:1 compression and mine even gets a little knock retard on the stock tune as they're tuned pretty aggressively from the factory. You're likely losing out on some performance by running the crappy gas.

I sat in a new Camaro the other day. It's a nice looking car, but man is it ever small inside! They're nice cars but I'd take my Challenger over it every time.

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Thanks for sharing! These cars are awesome for sure!

I noticed you said you run regular gas in your SRT? Why is that? The 392 requires premium, at least 91 octane. The engine has 11:1 compression and mine even gets a little knock retard on the stock tune as they're tuned pretty aggressively from the factory. You're likely losing out on some performance by running the crappy gas.

I sat in a new Camaro the other day. It's a nice looking car, but man is it ever small inside! They're nice cars but I'd take my Challenger over it every time.
I agree, the owners manual states you must use premium. The difference per tank full is only a few $.
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Also - if you run Premium as your engine requires, your mileage may likely increase.

With regular, yours is probably pulling timing which both reduces peak output and mileage. This is done to protect the internals from spark knock / detonation which can cause internal damage long term or under high demand conditions.

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Also do you run a catch can??
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If you plan on keeping your car for a while it's best to fill it up with at least 91 oct gas. There's is a reason why the manufacturer recommends putting in premium gas in these cars. Long term no good. No good.


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How is the car to drive in the winter? I'm in my late 40's and in my generation, we all grew up driving rear wheel cars in the winter (and with no snow tires!) and we all managed to do fine. So it's interesting when people ask me this question today. Obviously you can't drive this car like a 4WD car but you can certainly manage. We had days here where the snow was at least an inch and the car was able to get through it. I find starting the car in 2nd gear helps a lot as it reduces the wheel spin. For the number of days where it gets bad enough for a snow day versus the rest of the years where it is fine, again the trade off for me was well worth it.
Good review.

What size/type of tires are you running in the winter? All-seasons?


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Good review.

Ive got the same car with 23k miles on it. (I use premium gas and dont run a catch can)

Cant say ive had any issues with the trunk coming down on me.

I Live in NYC and use the car year round on the weekends and for road trips. The car gets alot of looks (mines silver with black stripes) and thumbs up. Many European tourists ask about it.

Also driven in some light snow at times (New Years in Saratoga Springs) and didnt have any issues.

It been a great car. Ive maintained well and its treated me right.

No complaints.
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Also - if you run Premium as your engine requires, your mileage may likely increase.

With regular, yours is probably pulling timing which both reduces peak output and mileage. This is done to protect the internals from spark knock / detonation which can cause internal damage long term or under high demand conditions.




This is worth repeating OP.... You can get 20 out of her and still have fun!


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