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Considering buying a 2009 Challenger R/T

Just found another one. 65k miles, 6 speed manual trans. Always stored in winter. Looks very nice in ad. Asking $17,995.
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some of the things to check out:

>touch screen radio (if equipped), potential for bad screen or dead HDD

>dark spots in gauges (EL sheet failure in cluster)

>differential - there should be no whine or noises (groans noises turning in circles)

- and see how clutch take up is. if at very end of travel, clutch may be worn

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Ask them what preventative maintenance they have performed on the car to date. With the age being 10 years, it would be good to see the plugs changed at least once, the radiator fluid changed (NOT FLUSHED), and possibly even the first transmission service cleaning / fluid replacement (NOT FLUSH). Try to ask these questions in person or on phone so you get instant reaction on whether or not they actually did the things.

Also, if you're going to have a mechanic take a look at it before purchasing (highly recommended), have them check out the front end. If memory serves, the front ends on these LX earlier years tend to crap out with heavy use, after a while. Control arms and associated end links, sway bar end links, etc. Have them looked at. If they are worn up or shot, its no big deal, just barter them out of the price, and be ready to do them yourself or have a shop do it. Recommend replacing with MOOG. Good OEM replacement brand for our cars for parts like this.

Also, find out what kind of oil they ran.
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Found another one that I like more. Black '09 with 76k miles, 6 speed manual trans, new tires and wheels. Good Carfax report. This is a picture.
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Found another one that I like more. Black '09 with 76k miles, 6 speed manual trans, new tires and wheels. Good Carfax report. This is a picture.
It looks like they put Hellcat wheels on it. What a bonus if you end up buying it!

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It looks like they put Hellcat wheels on it. What a bonus if you end up buying it!
They look like replicas.

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They look like replicas.
You may be right. His ad says;
"The vehicle is sporting newer SRT Hellcat style wheels with tires that have less than 2k miles."
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I would check in front of the rear wheels for any signs of rust. Some of the older Challengers have had that issue. There should still be a thread somewhere on here about the issue. A seller can say "Always garaged, Always stored in winter etc.." all they want. That doesn't make it so.


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Since it is unlikely at this point that I'll buy it, this is the Craigslist ad for the car in case anyone else may be interested.
https://annarbor.craigslist.org/cto/...888143191.html
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Can't understand anyone putting a car for sale and not getting some tire dressing on the tires. Black tires would make that look so much better

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