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I am currently looking at buying my first Challenger this weekend. Never owned one, but I have heard some stories. (water pump, radio causing the car to die after a few days). I was wondering if anyone could shed some light as to whether or not it is worth it. Also what are some pros and cons of owning the GT? I am trying to get everything ready in case I do walk out with it on Saturday.

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I have 34K miles on my 2017 Challenger GT. It has been a great car so far. I have over 4K miles of driving on snowy/icey roads and I haven't had to pull out the tire socks (chains won't clear the suspension with my 275/40/20 DWS06 all season tires). You have to drive slow in thick snow because the chin spoiler turns into a plow. The MSRP for my GT was over $40K so it's got all the goodies. The active cruise, blind spot, auto wipers & auto dimming headlights work great. The backup camera is awesome.

The only issue I have is the "radio" randomly reboots itself, changes stations and turns on the heated seats/steering wheel. As far as I heard there is no fix for it yet.

My 2010 Challenger SRT8 had many electrical issues that Dodge did fix. The 2017 Challenger is a major improvement over the 2010.
 

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I have 14k on my 2017 GT. Love the AWD here in MA. Have not had any issues with mine. Not even radio issues. Prob just jinx’d myself. This was my first Dodge. So far so good and I love the car



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I've got 15,000 on my 2017 GT and it's been flawless. Makes for a perfect daily driver and comfortable cruiser with plenty of pep to have some fun.
 

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I have had my 2017 GT for 5 months now and other than the radio freezing up twice I have not had any other problems. If you are looking for a daily driver the GT is a no-brainer. Handles great in any weather, decent gas mileage, fun and comfortable to drive - all in an excellent looking package. One suggestion would be to spring for the driver convenience group - the blind spot detectors make changing lanes so much easier.
 

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As large as this forum is, we are just a small part of the overall owners out there so learn from the posts but don’t take everything as a big problem. After being on forums over ten years I’ve learned to read through and separate the whiners and complainers from the genuine issues and those owners. Me, this is my first Chrysler and have since bought a new Wrangler and recently added a new Ram so now three of my 5 vehicles are FCA branded vehicles.
Welcome to the forum and good luck on your search.
 

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Hello,

I am currently looking at buying my first Challenger this weekend. Never owned one, but I have heard some stories. (water pump, radio causing the car to die after a few days). I was wondering if anyone could shed some light as to whether or not it is worth it. Also what are some pros and cons of owning the GT? I am trying to get everything ready in case I do walk out with it on Saturday.

Thanks,
You've obviously read the forums, so is it worth the risk for your situation? Is tis your daily driver?

My GT started having problems 60 hours after I picked it up. It took 17 days to get approval to replace the Uconnect unit. Seventeen days! I'm still having the center gauge cluster randomly going out. Dodge says they can't recreate the problem. It's been in the shop 15 days so far. The right thing to do would have been to replace the car at that point.

It's how the problem is being handled that rankles me. Yes, it's a beautiful car. Comfortable on long hauls. Good size trunk. But for me, I need reliability.
 

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I have a 2017 GT. so far no problems. there are a couple of items I would call irritations, not problems. it would be nice if you could disable awd when cold or in sport mode ( without having to buy a tazer) . the voice texting is limited to pre defined messages. in my 2015 challenger i could dictate a response. also if you add dealer installed remote start the phone app will only work to lock/unlock - you need factory remote start to have the remote start work with the phone app.

overall a great car. there are times I wish I bought an rt but in reality the v6 has more than enough power/performance for my needs.

I worked over 15 years at a Chrysler/Dodge dealership. currently at a high line import dealer that includes Alfa Romeo so I do deal with FCA - as far as shop downtime dealing with FCA a majority of that has to do with how the dealer is handling the situation. It gets to be a pain in the butt sometimes and we all get busy but if the dealer goes the extra mile and gets the area manager involved the repairs go a lot quicker and downtime is minimal.

I think you'd be happy with the GT --just my 2 cents worth
 

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...but if the dealer goes the extra mile and gets the area manager involved the repairs go a lot quicker and downtime is minimal.
Why should an area manager have to get involved at all? They had to with my two-day old car, but WHY? That's what really pisses me off.
 

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Hello,

I am currently looking at buying my first Challenger this weekend. Never owned one, but I have heard some stories. (water pump, radio causing the car to die after a few days). I was wondering if anyone could shed some light as to whether or not it is worth it. Also what are some pros and cons of owning the GT? I am trying to get everything ready in case I do walk out with it on Saturday.

Thanks,
New car comes with a nice factory warranty. While issues are reasonably rare from new new parts can fail at any time and the new car warranty is intended to address that possibility.

All I would recommend is you have a test ride in the car you are thinking of buying then maybe test drive it. You want to run the engine a while and so you listen to it to make sure at least on the dealer's lot it is not manifesting any abnormal noises.

As for pros/cons of a GT vs some other model you will need to visit Dodge's web site and select a few other models and the GT and compare them to see if the differences between the GT and other models is enough to sway you to consider another model.
 

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So far, EVERY issue posted involves the "radio". AKA the 8.4' uconnect. Am I right? Other than that, everyone LOVES the GT. Fine, order your GT with the 5" with buttons radio. I think you might lose the option for certain things like the performance pages but I have yet to hear about a single failure of this system. I also do not thing it requires the 'updates that the 8.4 does. Though I could be wrong on that.

My challenger is a '15 RT with the 5' radio. (I know, not a GT) I have 60,000 miles on it, the only time it ever needed to visit the dealer was for a factory rear view camera retrofit. It took longer than expected but other than that the instillation and use are flawless.
 

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Check your state government site and search "Lemon Law." I had a Lincoln that was purchased back by the manufacturer under the California Lemon Law.
 

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Check your state government site and search "Lemon Law." I had a Lincoln that was purchased back by the manufacturer under the California Lemon Law.
That's on my "to do" list this weekend. Thanks.
 

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Hello,

I am currently looking at buying my first Challenger this weekend. Never owned one, but I have heard some stories. (water pump, radio causing the car to die after a few days). I was wondering if anyone could shed some light as to whether or not it is worth it. Also what are some pros and cons of owning the GT? I am trying to get everything ready in case I do walk out with it on Saturday.

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how your decision turned out, I just purchased a 2018 GT and have put 2k miles on it already. About five hundred of them in a foot of snow during the last storm in Indy. It has been nice. I traded in my 2012 SXT plus, and while it had some minor electrical glitches, knock on wood, the 18 has been great. A lot of nice upgrades on the interior and the snow capability is amazing. It feels much stiffer, and handles more like an SUV than the rear wheel drive model...but handling in the snow which now seems to be a six months of the year process...is a welcome tradeoff. It still has the feel and appearance of the challenger styling, it's worth it.
 

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With 42K miles on my 2017 GT that is a year + a week old the only issue I've had is the dang Uconnect randomly rebooting on me over 100 times so far. There is a TSB out there now with a software update that should resolve the Uconnect issues. It's been 1,500 miles since my software update and no issues so far.
 

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I'm in the same boat and considering this car (GT) strongly otherwise back to Mercedes.

I'm here to research and observe those common issues that keep coming. Maybe you car will have issues, maybe it won't, just like ANY other car out there.

If you are unsure, takes as many test drives as you can (day and night) before your decision of putting on a down payment.

Its laughable when people rush into a car purchase without doing ANY research and then constantly complain on the forums of how "Its the worst car ever".
 

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I just purchased my 2018 B5 blue GT July 31, 2600k on it. No issues except..radio iPhone Bluetooth or something drops off every now and then, otherwise the car is amazing!!! I get 2-3 compliments on it everyday.
 

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I think that's a Chrysler issue. It happened on my Charger, Wrangler and still (though less frequently) happens on my Grand Cherokee.

mr.pole,

There was a FOTA update that was released in July that addressed the random reboots. Please go the link below with your vin and follow the steps to so see if you vehicle has the latest software level. Please let us know if this addresses your concern.

https://www.driveuconnect.com/support/software-update.html


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