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Next month, I will have had my '09 Challenger R/T for 11 years. Its got 39K miles on it. Not trying to brag here,but it looks brand new, runs like a top and I still love the car. Plus,its got a lifetime warranty on the power train.
For the last few years,the thought of buying a new one keeps creeping into my mind. I would like a shaker R/T of some sort.Yet every time I entertain the possibility,I keep walking away with the feeling that keeping my car is the best alternative.
I would really appreciate some insight from you guys/gals on this, as I am at the paralysis through analysis stage.
Thanks !
 

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Well for 2500 -3000 you could put a shaker on your car. That being said the 2015 up are really a step up from the earlier models especially inside. Also the next thing you really should think about a Scat Pack, I can't tell you how cool they are and how much fun the more power is.
 

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I'll ask a question, Art.

What would you like to be talked into?

Envision trading your car in. Envision sitting in the new one, knowing your old one is gone. You ok with that?

When I traded, the realization hit me when I shook my salesman's hand. I was stunned at what I just did. Had the car for five years and it took me four to get it the way I wanted it.

At times, I still miss it, today. But, I have no regrets. Bu, I also went to the dealership that day to simply discuss the car I thought they had on order. I did not know it was on the showroom floor. No real time to think about it.

My opinion, we can all tell you what we think. But, it is, ultimately, up to you as to what you would like to do.

Good luck, buddy.
 

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It you get rid of the RT I would definitely go Scat Pack. I just think you get more for your money. Like Corbin said the interior is really cool. If I were you go test drive one and see how you feel at that point. If it doesn't feel right walk away. I still miss the Sublime RT but once I get behind the wheel of the scat I forget all about it.
 

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Go test drive a Scat and see if you think you'd like it more. Don't trade in your car because the dealership won't give you anything for it, so you'll need to sell it to an individual, and that will give you time to think about the decision.
 

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I'd say that you have really used that current Challenger very well to have experienced so much good time with it. It's become a part of what you are and you've probably gotten to know its every idiosyncracy - good or bad. I'd say, as would quite a few others, that you deserve to trade up after so much time with it. But let me tell you my other thoughts on this situation from my own experiences with mine (even though it's only been with me almost 4 years).

The Devils Advocate Version....

I go through that every year when the new models come out...it was particualarly hard this year with the 50th Anniversary models coming out with all the new colors and so forth. My 2016 car only has 12k miles on it and it still looks new - and even smells new inside. I will also have it paid off later this year. I also have to say that I'm not really ready to move up to a V8 model, as I'd likely not get nearly what my Lil' Twister is really worth and it is also something I have modified, from the day I bought it new, to suit me personally. Nobody else has one exactly like mine. With that being said, I can actually factually proclaim that I have a Limited Edition "One of One". Add in the fact that I still have ideas for it "modification-wise" and I can honestly say that the feeling I get when driving it is just as strong or stronger today than when I took delivery nearly 4 years ago.

First off, I can well afford a new Scat Pack financially. The thing is, if I were to get a 2020 model Scat (or even a leftover '19) with a 6.4L, I really don't think there would be such a huge increase in ownership pride and satisfaction to make that pile of money I'd shell out really worth it to me - emphasis on the me part. Sure, it would be a real tire burner with that great big, "torquee" V8 and Active Exhaust rumble, but really, at my age I'm only out to please me and nobody else. I'd rather spend the cash I have on my current car and continue doing things to it that make it a "new model" Lil Twister over and over as time goes on. The thing is more than peppy enough for the places I drive and at the same time gets outstanding fuel economy for the big, hulk of a car that it is. It has a great ride, handles nicely and is a very economical car to maintain with the 3.6 Pentastar powerplant. If I upgraded to a Scat I'd be faced with higher fuel costs, maintenance costs, insurance costs and the enhanced chance of "TICKETS" (Believe me, I know me well!). I'd also get a much stiffer, harder riding suspension, which at my age would not be very welcome at all - especially for my wife. For the younger (and some older) guys, these things may be no problem, so kudo's to any of you who desire that experience.

The bottom line, at least as I've learned to view it as my years have progressed in this life, is this...no matter how hard you try, you'll always be tempted to get the newest, latest, greatest, most lustfully beautiful thing that replaces whatever you currently drive and makes it look in some way sub-standard, and not worthy of driving anymore. My wife and I used to buy new cars and trade up every other year or so back when we were young without kids. The dealers loved us! I wish I could have some of that depreciation money that I gave away back right now. I would have been retired by now for a couple years. In comparison, you have gotten loads of value and pleasure out of your car and that's what's really cool in my opinion!

I'm sure you'll hear others give their advice and then carefully weigh-in all the opinions you get together as a whole. I just thought I'd state how I personally feel about my own situation. No matter what you decide, I'm with you though, whether we own a 2008 or all the way up to a new 2020, we all enjoy the same basic retro vehicle - Dodge Challenger!
 

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Next month, I will have had my '09 Challenger R/T for 11 years. Its got 39K miles on it. Not trying to brag here,but it looks brand new, runs like a top and I still love the car. Plus,its got a lifetime warranty on the power train.
For the last few years,the thought of buying a new one keeps creeping into my mind. I would like a shaker R/T of some sort.Yet every time I entertain the possibility,I keep walking away with the feeling that keeping my car is the best alternative.
I would really appreciate some insight from you guys/gals on this, as I am at the paralysis through analysis stage.
Thanks !
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Next month, I will have had my '09 Challenger R/T for 11 years. Its got 39K miles on it. Not trying to brag here,but it looks brand new, runs like a top and I still love the car. Plus,its got a lifetime warranty on the power train.
For the last few years,the thought of buying a new one keeps creeping into my mind. I would like a shaker R/T of some sort.Yet every time I entertain the possibility,I keep walking away with the feeling that keeping my car is the best alternative.
I would really appreciate some insight from you guys/gals on this, as I am at the paralysis through analysis stage.
Thanks !
Hi Art-
I agree with the test drive. If the Shaker makes you feel as excited as your R/T, then you’ll know.
((yes another female talking about feelings)). And Each of you guys know what I’m saying....?
I do believe you haven’t modified the R/T. The jump from 5.7 to 6.4-just stock is exhilarating....
plus the packages available now since 09 -are very user friendly and comfortable.
good luck with your decision-I’m excited for you....
Michele...
 

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Haha. At first glance I thought it said redhead. I'm still laughing.
Hahaha-
Bill-you’re too much. The computer is playing tricks on your eyes...
 

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Next month, I will have had my '09 Challenger R/T for 11 years. Its got 39K miles on it. Not trying to brag here,but it looks brand new, runs like a top and I still love the car. Plus,its got a lifetime warranty on the power train.
For the last few years,the thought of buying a new one keeps creeping into my mind. I would like a shaker R/T of some sort.Yet every time I entertain the possibility,I keep walking away with the feeling that keeping my car is the best alternative.
I would really appreciate some insight from you guys/gals on this, as I am at the paralysis through analysis stage.
Thanks !
Art, seems like you and I alternate years on this very issue. The only difference is that I daydream of finding a Mopar rescue trying to place an abandoned Hellcat for a $50 re-homing fee (nope, hasn't happened yet). My first impulse is to tell you to go the YOLO route and buy that Shaker rather than risk railing at some rest-home activities director later in life as you start recounting all your key life regrets. But then the annoying sensible side of me kicks in and tells me that I can't play with house money (yours) and tell you to go for it just so I can live vicariously through your Challengerforumz posts. Besides, that's Friendoffur's role. That said, if you can swing it financially and your better half isn't threatening to leave you over it, why not?
 

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Next month, I will have had my '09 Challenger R/T for 11 years. Its got 39K miles on it. Not trying to brag here,but it looks brand new, runs like a top and I still love the car. Plus,its got a lifetime warranty on the power train.
For the last few years,the thought of buying a new one keeps creeping into my mind. I would like a shaker R/T of some sort.Yet every time I entertain the possibility,I keep walking away with the feeling that keeping my car is the best alternative.
I would really appreciate some insight from you guys/gals on this, as I am at the paralysis through analysis stage.
Thanks !
39K miles is nothing. I have run cars up to 150K miles and one to 317K miles (over 16 years) with no engine issues.

Depreciation is the biggest cost of owning a car. If you sell/trade in your car you book the depreciation and start the deprecation count down from a higher starting point with the new car.

My advice is to hang on to the car you have. Continue to drive it. Enjoy it. Service it properly. If you start to get bored with the car think of all the money you have saved not buying a new car.
 
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