A lot of people don't like to buy the first year of a new or greatly changed model.
Is the suspension re-design from the old Mercedes design, is that an improvement or just a cost saving measure?The major mechanical items (engines, 6-speed manual) are carry over items .
The 8 speed automatic is new to Challenger, but this ZF transmission has been in production for several years (other mfgrs. use ZF as a supplier).
The body shell itself is a carry over, so shouldn't have any issues there.
The suspension is a different design from the former Mercedes based ['08-'14], if anything there might be bushing issues, but that would likely be it.
The electronics and radios are migrated over from the '11-'14 Charger / 300, so far those items have good service history.
About the only things "all-new" would be interior trim and the front / rear facias, but FCA seems to be focused on getting these details right and based on the '11 refresh of the Charger / 300, material quality appears to be pretty good.
FCA is using the suspension modules that are shared with Maserati models - another of FCA's divisions and the LX and LD models are moving to that as well.Is the suspension re-design from the old Mercedes design, is that an improvement or just a cost saving measure?
Its a general statement - I've found with new(er) designs sometimes the mfgr finds bushing wear or noise issues...I've seen this on new Mercedes designs and other high-end cars. Often with an all new design that gets worked out if issues turn up in the real world with volume production.Hal H, what makes you say bushing issuses ? as I've been thinking about that for my 11 SRT
Well, I am good with that.FCA is using the suspension modules that are shared with Maserati models - another of FCA's divisions and the LX and LD models are moving to that as well.
Cheaper for FCA to use their own designs than pay licensing fees or buy an outside company's parts (Mercedes).