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I know, I know... it's going to be my car so it's really up to me to decide... however, I'm really struggling with this. Help! To make a long story short, I find myself in a situation where I can either get a 2016 SRT 392 or a 2018 T/A 392 that are both fully loaded with essentially the same low miles. I'm planning on making either car my year round daily driver here in Wisconsin, so either car I get will get an additional set of rims with snow tires. Warranty coverage isn't a concern because both have extended warranties on them and I won't keep either car that long. Here is each car as I see it (IMHO):

2016 SRT 392:
- "Meh" plain color / body... but could be improved with the easy / inexpensive addition of some stripes
- Better looking wheels
- I like the dark gauges and flat bottom SRT steering wheel better
- Adjustable suspension (might be a nice feature to have since this is my commuter car...)
- $2000 less expensive

2018 T/A 392:
- Flashier body with color that I love
- Not a fan of the T/A's all black wheels
- Insurance is a few hundred dollars less per year
- I like the T/A's suede seats better than the all leather seats in the SRT 392
- Updated A/V head unit with Apple Car Play / Android Auto (something that I would use daily)

Any thoughts / feedback / suggestions? Am I overthinking this or is one a slam dunk over the other? Thanks for your time and help!
 

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I know, I know... it's going to be my car so it's really up to me to decide... however, I'm really struggling with this. Help! To make a long story short, I find myself in a situation where I can either get a 2016 SRT 392 or a 2018 T/A 392 that are both fully loaded with essentially the same low miles. I'm planning on making either car my year round daily driver here in Wisconsin, so either car I get will get an additional set of rims with snow tires. Warranty coverage isn't a concern because both have extended warranties on them and I won't keep either car that long. Here is each car as I see it (IMHO):

2016 SRT 392:
- "Meh" plain color / body... but could be improved with the easy / inexpensive addition of some stripes
- Better looking wheels
- I like the dark gauges and flat bottom SRT steering wheel better
- Adjustable suspension (might be a nice feature to have since this is my commuter car...)
- $2000 less expensive

2018 T/A 392:
- Flashier body with color that I love
- Not a fan of the T/A's all black wheels
- Insurance is a few hundred dollars less per year
- I like the T/A's suede seats better than the all leather seats in the SRT 392
- Updated A/V head unit with Apple Car Play / Android Auto (something that I would use daily)

Any thoughts / feedback / suggestions? Am I overthinking this or is one a slam dunk over the other? Thanks for your time and help!
Both are excellent cars, I don't think you'd be disappointed with either. Personally I'd choose the SRT for the adjustable suspension. I've driven a Scat Pack which shares a chassis with the T/A (the T/A is slightly lowered), and while it was good and not too rough of a ride, I've been told the SRT on street mode feels like a Cadillac. Plus you get all the extra goodies like performance pages, adjustability of driving characteristics like throttle response and transmission shifting, and other such things.

Things to keep in mind when it comes to detailing and maintenance:

With the satin black T/A hood, you have to take special care when washing and detailing. It requires different products.

With the SRT, replacing those adjustable shocks down the line is going to be fairly expensive, $400-$500 a corner.
 

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Things to keep in mind when it comes to detailing and maintenance:

With the satin black T/A hood, you have to take special care when washing and detailing. It requires different products.

I think also the roof of the T/A is a satin wrap so requires same care.


Boy that's a tough choice between models. Both very cool. I might tend towards the SRT myself just cuz it seems a little more "special". What are the trans choices on the cars? The A8 is incredible.
 

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Color is the most important option. You see it all the time.

I've never understood why folks by a car like a Challenger in a color that they're not nuts about. Just doesn't make sense to me.

They joy of having a color that you love, will be there long after the novelty of many other options wear off.
 

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Color is the most important option. You see it all the time.

I've never understood why folks by a car like a Challenger in a color that they're not nuts about. Just doesn't make sense to me.

They joy of having a color that you love, will be there long after the novelty of many other options wear off.

Exactly! Like I said, your going to regret getting that other car every time you go outside or in your garage to look at it or drive it. Color is very important!
 

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I agree with the color being most important. You can change wheels etc easy enough but you can't change the color. Aside from that, if the TA is fully loaded it has basically everything the SRT has minus the adjustable suspension. The TA has the performance pages etc. too. The only differences are the steering wheel and SRT badges. Plus the TA has a functional ram air cold air intake that the SRT doesn't have.

I'd go with the TA, but then again, I did go with the TA. :D
 

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Personally, I think the Laguna leather interior is one of the SRT392's best assets.

If the SRT's interior doesn't do anything for you, I would suggest going w/the newer car, the T/A 392.
 

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Keeping in mind that I'd be driving the car all year long in Wisconsin should I be concerned about the durability of all that satin black on the hood, top, trunk, and sides of the T/A model?
 

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The T/A is an awesome car, The Hood is Matte Black Paint while the roof and trunk deck lid are a vinyl wrap. I went with a T/A knowing that I would need to take special care of these areas. I am not sure how the salt or brine used in the winters up there will affect the matte paint and wrap, but I do believe that will be your biggest enemy. Both can be redone though, albeit at a cost, and I am fairly positive that the roof and deck lid are factory painted under the wrap, so it could just be removed if it gets jacked up.
 

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Buy the color you want .... or keep looking for a pre-owned SRT in a color you like.
 

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2016 SRT 392:
- "Meh" plain color / body... but could be improved with the easy / inexpensive addition of some stripes
- Better looking wheels
- I like the dark gauges and flat bottom SRT steering wheel better
- Adjustable suspension (might be a nice feature to have since this is my commuter car...)
- $2000 less expensive

2018 T/A 392:
- Flashier body with color that I love
- Not a fan of the T/A's all black wheels
- Insurance is a few hundred dollars less per year
- I like the T/A's suede seats better than the all leather seats in the SRT 392
- Updated A/V head unit with Apple Car Play / Android Auto (something that I would use daily)
I think the T/A 392 would be the one you're happier with:
>exterior color you like
>preference of Alcantara seat over full leather
>the updated uConnect (phone interface)

since color is the first thing you see and the interior is where you'll be in.

The other item is the SRT 3 mode shocks $500 per corner to replace those. The conventional Bilstein T/A shocks are $100 per shock...

Both have the same brakes.

I couldn't compromise on a color I don't like, even if it is $2k cheaper
 

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One other thing the TA has that the SRT doesn't is the dyno page in the performance pages. It's a novelty but kinda neat none the less. As for taking care of the flat black, I don't see what the big deal is. I've put 17,500 miles on my TA in the last 10 months and don't have any issues keeping the black looking like new.
 

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Humm ? I agree that you need to look at it every day in your driveway so go with the car and the color that turns you on
 

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T/A def has more positives for you. I daily my T/A over the same roads I did my HC. The 3 mode suspension in street is a bit more comfy but IMO in no way makes up for the fact you like the color and seats better in the T/A plus its 2 years newer. Apple car play with waze in the nav screen is $$$$ Your post gives far more reasons to buy the T/A



I had my car ceramic coated and have zero worries with the satin areas. I dont know of anyone who has had issues taking care of it ceramic or not.
 

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SRT all day long. All you get with a T/A is stickers why would you pay for stickers. I got an SRT because of the goodies. I can't see paying for stickers that don't do a thing. Just my .02 cents

Mopar or No Car
 

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The Differences in driving manners between the 2 are going to be almost insignificant.

The bigger difference is found in both color and the "IN YOUR FACE" bold nature of the Graphics package on the TA.

You'll have to decide what you want and who you are........ there is NO ESCAPING the "Boy Racer" image of the TA. The SRT392 is the far more reserved pick of the two.

Some people want their muscle car as BOLD AND BRASH as it can be......while others will cringe at the idea.

Knowing yourself and who you are and what you want the impression to be of the car probably is the most significant difference between these two choices.

Both are good looking cars........but one will stand out more in a crowd than the other.......you either like that or you hate it. Not many people will be in the middle.
 
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