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#4582751 - 11/23/17 09:49 AM So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review
MCompact Offline


Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 4113
Loc: KY
My wife and I decided to rent something to drive to NC to visit our son; the original plan was to reserve a Renegade since my wife is thinking of getting a Trailhawk when the i3 lease is up. However, my local Enterprise couldn't get one- the only Jeep that they had was a Compass, and that was notgonnahappen.com. What they did have was a new Charger R/T- so I rented it just for giggles... drive

How do I like it? Quite a bit, actually. It's a lot bigger than I prefer but it has a nice ride and decent handling. The base 5.7 Hemi cranks out 0-60 times in the low five second range and the 1/4 mile in the high thirteens; adequate I guess, but I'd definitely have to move up to an SRT if I was buying one. The V8 sounds glorious at full throttle; that alone makes the Hemi mandatory for this car

The ZF 8HP is flawless as always. In mostly interstate driving at over 70 mph it averaged 28 mpg, which is outstanding for a car that weighs over two tons. The Multi-Displacement System kicked in on level stretches and was mostly transparent- the fuel economy display would also indicate when the MDS was functioning.

Speaking of displays, I liked the flexibility to display water, oil, and transmission temperatures- not to mention oil pressure and voltage. I don't like touchscreens, but at least the Uconnect display has redundant volume and tuning knobs- ditto for the HVAC system. The steering wheel mounted controls also work well.
The Alpine speaker system also sounded nice, I could easily live with it.

The seats were comfortable; the lumbar adjustment and heating improved them still more. Needless to say, the cabin is roomy and the trunk is cavernous.

Bottom line: If I was buying a large four door car a Charger SRT-or Hellcat-would be at the top of my list(a properly equipped 440i Gran Coupe nails down the smaller four door spot). As I see it, RWD and a honking V8 trumps everything.
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#4582774 - 11/23/17 10:14 AM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: MCompact]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2969
Loc: USA
Did everyone think you were a cop in their rear view mirror? (If your rental was black or white)

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#4582781 - 11/23/17 10:28 AM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: Reddy45]
MCompact Offline


Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 4113
Loc: KY
Originally Posted By: Reddy45
Did everyone think you were a cop in their rear view mirror? (If your rental was black or white)



Nope, it's silver- but I did blow past a parked LEO at an extra-legal clip and didn't get a second glance.
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#4582799 - 11/23/17 10:47 AM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: MCompact]
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Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
Love the Chargers.
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#4582803 - 11/23/17 10:49 AM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: MCompact]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 5177
Loc: Texas
Our police department is getting rid of the Chargers, they haven't aged well.

I think we are down to two chargers.

They were replaced by Chevy Caprices, which many are getting near 100k and are being replaced by Ford Explorers.

We should be at a 100 percent SUV fleet soon. Patrol gets a non-ecoboost Explorer, and the higher ranking guys get a Tahoe.
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#4582827 - 11/23/17 11:07 AM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: MCompact]
thorromig Offline


Registered: 03/22/12
Posts: 804
Loc: BerksCounty/Pa.
Them Chargers "always" catch my eye no matter where im driving. LOVE THEM --- GO MOPAR!!!!
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#4582833 - 11/23/17 11:11 AM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: JustinH]
4WD Online   confused


Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6390
Loc: Texas
So still AWD is the PTU more serviceable without an ecoboost?

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#4582847 - 11/23/17 11:31 AM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: thorromig]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2969
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: thorromig
Them Chargers "always" catch my eye no matter where im driving. LOVE THEM --- GO MOPAR!!!!


Because you think it's a cop and panic because you're speeding?

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#4582942 - 11/23/17 01:15 PM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: MCompact]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
I saw a decked out Chrysler 300 in black with chrome wheels yesterday. Beautiful car.

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#4582956 - 11/23/17 01:33 PM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: JustinH]
fsdork Offline


Registered: 02/08/11
Posts: 188
Loc: Canadia
Originally Posted By: JustinH
Our police department is getting rid of the Chargers, they haven't aged well.

I think we are down to two chargers.

They were replaced by Chevy Caprices, which many are getting near 100k and are being replaced by Ford Explorers.

We should be at a 100 percent SUV fleet soon. Patrol gets a non-ecoboost Explorer, and the higher ranking guys get a Tahoe.


Tahoes are the way to go. They arguably have lower overall life cycle costs than the Explorer, despite a bit of sticker shock for the Tahoe.
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#4582959 - 11/23/17 01:37 PM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: MCompact]
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Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3114
Loc: Central Virginia
FWIW I just completed a road trip to WV and my 5.7 6 speed manual Challenger averaged 28 mpg also. These cars do decent considering the size motor in them. I went I-68 through the mountains of Western Maryland and West Virginia and I had the cruise on 68 mph and left it in 6th gear the whole way. These cars have plenty of power (unless you're racing then it's never enough power).
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#4582960 - 11/23/17 01:38 PM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: fsdork]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6390
Loc: Texas
Just made that switch on the civilian side ~ and yes $10k more very pleased wink

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#4583192 - 11/23/17 08:05 PM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: MCompact]
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Registered: 11/25/14
Posts: 166
Loc: AZ
A Ford mechanic told me of them scrapping Fords because some parts were unavailable.I thought it sounded crazy.But he swore on it
Our cops drive everything.I miss those days when you could tell if a car behind you was a cop car.I think newer cars are being built to be disposable.
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#4583193 - 11/23/17 08:06 PM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: MCompact]
OVERKILL Offline


Registered: 04/28/08
Posts: 36464
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Great review! Echoes my experiences with the car thumbsup
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#4583197 - 11/23/17 08:10 PM Re: So I rented a 2017 Charger R/T- my review [Re: OVERKILL]
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Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2338
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: OVERKILL
Great review! Echoes my experiences with the car thumbsup


Agreed. I had similar thoughts of our 5.7 powered Challenger last summer in Vegas/Arizona.
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