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Buying Help: 2009-10 vs 2011-13 Challenger R/T
I am in the market for a Challenger R/T 6 Speed to replace the Jeep Commander I have for sale. The Challenger will be my daily driver and toy seeing about 1,200 miles per month. I have a budget of roughly $24-$26k Max to spend. Due to the fact I'm racking up miles pretty quickly I'm trying to find something with under 35k miles so that I can get about 5 years before I hit 100k.
My main concern is what model year to buy at this point. I've seen plenty of nice 2009-10 R/T's with low miles in great condition within my budget with nice options. The 2011-13's are a hit or miss with options but the mild improvement on the interior is nice.
Ideally, I'd like an R/T plus model b/c of the 18 inch wheels, leather, electronics convenience group, and better speakers. I must have audio controls on the steering wheel which is hard to find on pre 11 models? Blue tooth is a must, which appears to be standard on all of them.
My main question is, should I hold out for a 2011+ model R/T? I know the suspension and steering are improved and the interior looks nicer. I really like the 2011+ steering wheel which is oddly enough my biggest gripe about the pre '11 models. But.... other than those reasons I cannot think of why I shouldn't get a nicely optioned 2009-10 considering they are much more common and within my price range.
What do my fellow forum members think?
I apologize for the ramble...
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