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|General Challenger Discussion This section contains general discussion about the Dodge Challenger. If it does not fit into a more specific area, it probably belongs in here. (Dodge Challenger General Discussion)|
|View Poll Results: What is your impression of quality of the Challenger|
|High (its solidddddd)||74||22.16%|
|Might as well be a Kia||2||0.60%|
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I would not condemn KIA in the poll. I have seen and driven the new Optima and it is outstanding as far as the fit and finish goes on the models I saw. Not sure of long term but short term it looks to be a winner.
My Challenger on the other hand has had it full share of issues (and continues)
1. Windshield leaks water when it rains or is washed (fixed although half ass)
2. Driver seat mechanism went bad (fixed)
3. wheel alignment was off (fixed by 3rd party, Dodge could not do it)
4. paint peeled on the head cover (fixed)
5. a/c line damaged from rubbing #1 coil pack (fixed)
6. rattle inside my dash (intermittent cannot locate to fix)
7. engine intermittently boggs/loses power (no fix, will do nothing since they only felt it once and no other times. I am pressing hard on this issue)
8. sheet metal ripples (pictures are at Chrysler Digital)
Total days without my car in the past 10 months = 41 days (14 percent of my ownership)
I never had a car in my life that had so many QC issues in such a short time.
No offense to Audi fans but they look so generic IMHO. The only thing that stands out is the rings on the grill. Looks are important to me and I drive a Challenger because it's has a BAD ASS persona and is fun to drive.
I have had one issue with my R/T that was quickly repaired, a faulty fuel pump. I expect to have more as time goes on.
I had more issues with a 2006 Impala SS I bought new. The sun visor broke on the way home from buying it, the plastic trim pieces around the windows looked like they were peeling clearcoat after 2 years, I had numerous irritating rattles behind the dash, I had a consistent tire pressure sensor issue that the dealer could never seem to fix no matter what they tried. The paint on the hood was doing that dry lake bed thing in one spot after 3 years. The drive train was great though, no issues to 70K. The dealer fixed most of it except the paint and the tire thing.
I never owned a Honda or an Audi but I bet if I did I would find the overall quality to be great, better than Dodge or Chevy. That being said, I know folks that own Hondas and they have mentioned small flaws in the paint, and they also have crappy looking plastic parts after a few years. Their fabric seats have been known to fade in the sun. No car is perfect.
What I find here on CT is many car enthusiasts that talk about common issues that come up with these cars. My guess is that we as a group are way more discriminating and mention every little thing. I haven't really hit other car forums but I'm sure there are issues with just about any car that are common with that brand. The real issue is do the dealers fix stuff under warranty?
So far so good on mine. I'm just gonna stay on top of any issues and enjoy driving it.
Cars sure are better in almost every way than they were 40 years ago but it's all relative to the times and the competition.
Does anyone have a Honda beater I can buy to drive to work? I hear they run forever. I'd like to garage the Challenger some of the time so I can enjoy it for many years to come.
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i am very quality concious and this all makes me a bit warey of buying the car, especially dropping 32k on a brand new car which buying used isnt an option since it seems that dodge has made improvements over the older models.
My biggest drive to get this car is that it is a hige 2 door with a big trunk and back seat. I am loking at 370z's too but they are just a 2 seater with almost no trunk at all. My assumption is that the camaro and mustang are going to be like quality to the challenger since they are both american and americans are dumb and don't watch their foreign competitors which salughter them in almost every category. I want something high HP/TQ and around 32k all in. Tough margins to work with (brand new)
My 2011 392 is near perfect. No problems except door handles which were fixed during a normal oil change in less than 45 mins. I got my 6sp 392 in November and drive it 70 miles in Wash DC traffic everyday. I have 12000 miles on it already and it is as perfect as the day I bought it.
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