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#11 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 11:20 AM
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I would keep what you have...You have a brand new 2012 Challenger SXT at 17...yeesh count your blessings.
Personally I wouldn't consider going from a 2012 V6 to a 2009 V8 an upgrade


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Rock with your SXT....Save 300/ month for the next 4 years you will have over 15K with interest towards a really nice graduation present for yourself!

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At 17 there's only one reason you would want to upgrade to a bigger motor.

Look up the penalty for exhibition driving which LoJack don't tell. It's worse then speeding and wreckless driving. You would most likely lose your licsense within a few weeks. Judges/cops aren't easy on teens. Plus your driving skills aren't good enough yet.

Save that insurance money for more important things like beer, and chicks.

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Sadly, I always have to watch my speed. My mom put a kind of lojack in my car that texts her everytime I exceed 5 mph of the speed limit.

mom is brutal !!!
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Keep ur car. Don't mod the engine. Work on the appearance. Make a project out of it as far appearance. You'll get the cool factor. Gain driving experience. Concentrate on ur school. Then in few years u can reward urself. Gain knowledge about driving. Form solid driving skills. That'll help u when u upgrade. My 2

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Sadly, I always have to watch my speed. My mom put a kind of lojack in my car that texts her everytime I exceed 5 mph of the speed limit.
Glad my mom doesn't get a text when I go 5+ over. She'd be calling me about how to turn off this newfangled texting thing.

I'm with the crowd. Keep the V6.

1. It's a sweet setup financially for you.
2. You're not ready for a V8 in a flashy car like that with your driving experience.
3. Insurance is going to screw you until you're 25 if you drive anything you want to drive. I pay about $100 a month at 27 on an '11 R/T classic with a pretty good driving record (a couple of speeding tickets spread out over 10 years). I've no doubt that would be $300 if I were under 25.
4. The car will basically be going to war in the student parking lot, so better it's a car you're not head over heels for. I've had my R/T for about 2 months now (in a student parking lot) and there are 13 small scratches, dents, or other marks on the car that I'm pretty sure weren't there when I picked it up. My old truck accumulated medium sized dents in both bedsides, the front left fender, the front bumper, 4 in the rear bumper, and 5-6 creases in the door area over about 4 years in a student parking lot. I wasn't responsible for any of them. I only witnessed 1. It was spotless when I bought it.
5. The warranty may/will save you money, and for a college student car repairs can mean enrolling for the Spring semester or not. That's not the kind of thing you'll want to deal with the week before finals, right after your girlfriend runs off with that guy in English 101, and your roommate broke your coffee table by riding it down the hill on a dare. I'm not a huge believer in warranties, but if it's the factory warranty and it will get you through most of schooling it's a big plus.

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Flashback 28 years ago. They year was 1984, my best friend bought a used 318ci, 3 speed manual shift Challenger. The car was cool and all, but we decided to swap the motor for a 340 four barrel with 2.02 heads and a purple shaft cam. Installed a 4 speed pistol grip from a swap meet along with a 3.91 sure grip 8 3/4 rear.

That Challenger went from cool to bad a$$.

Oh, and we were only 16 at the time... (Looking back we would have done the exact same thing all over again)

You're only young once.

Go for the R/T
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Your youth and eagerness for more power can be a dangerous combination. The 5.7 has tons of torque, and it is very easy to go sideways in. The desire to speed is immensely powerful in this car. With it's flat torque curve you just want to go and go.

Keep your head in the books, and get a good job. Then you can buy an R/T, or hell maybe an SRT. Good things come to those who wait. Learn some patience, and be happy you have a Challenger at 17 given to you. Not many people can say that.

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If this helps any, (car wise) after college I plan to relocate and buy back my dad's Z06 (Heavily modded) that my mom sold after he passed. It holds immense intrinsic value to me and realistically I'd do anything even sell the car I have at the time to buy it back.

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Originally Posted by PatrickY View Post
If this helps any, (car wise) after college I plan to relocate and buy back my dad's Z06 (Heavily modded) that my mom sold after he passed. It holds immense intrinsic value to me and realistically I'd do anything even sell the car I have at the time to buy it back.
I think that should pretty much make your decision for you. Wait and save any and all money so you can to buy back the Z06.

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