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Kind of a story spread out over a long time, but I always wanted a classic muscle car. Back when I was a teenager, I remember buidling a lot of scale model cars. I did come across a Monogram '71 Cuda model kit molded in purple (this exact kit, btw). I was in awe of what an awesome car it was and felt like the '70 and '71 Cudas represented the ideal '70s muscle cars. I went along to car shows with my dad and recall seeing a restored '70 AAR Cuda in Plum Crazy almost 20 years ago at a show in Wisconsin. I loved the color but also realized that the investment was far more than I could afford to make and the vehicle more than I could maintain. I shopped on and off for a couple of years, but never found a 'Cuda that was within my price range and in decent enough shape to fix up. I did have to set the dream aside for awhile between college and different jobs and eventually bought a bright yellow '77 Ford Ranchero as a substitute for my muscle car desires.

Many years later, the 2006 Detroit Auto show rolls around, and I'm checking out the pictures on MSN before getting ready for work that day. THAT's when I spot the car of my dream and can only stare in shock at the 2006 Challenger concept. Real life gets in the way over the next couple of years, and in 2008 (shortly before the new Challenger rolls out) my wife and I inherit a second house and have to sell our first. However, we make the deal that once the new house is renovated, we've moved, and our old one is sold, THEN I can buy a Challenger. It ends up taking a year to complete the renovation and move, and then an additional year to sell our old house (!!!). I'm also pretty excited during this time because Dodge announces that the 2010 Challenger will be available in Plum Crazy! This (along with Sublime) are the two colors I wanted the most. Our old house finally gets a feasible offer and we're able to close. As luck would have it, I find a Plum Crazy R/T Classic optioned exactly how I wanted still for sale not 70 miles from my home. So everything works out in the end and I have damn close to the classic muscle car I always wanted with none of the worries about maintaining a 40 year old car.
 

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Had to have it

When I first saw the unvailing of this wonderfull marvel of a true retro design it just took my heart and fired up so much of the past, the true muscle car times !! When things worked out for me to purchase I drove the big three and kept coming back to the Challenger. It had more room, a thicker feel, to me better control, and more thought in the building of this masterpiece. I was working on a deal on a white R/T, and when I walked into the showroom there she was a Det/Yellow R/T Classic !That was it dropped the white and signed on the car of my dreams!!!! I'm sorry for rambling................P.G. Drive On:rockon:
 

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What made me buy my challenger? Midlife crisis? NO, something a bit more mundane, i missed my 70 Cuda'.

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You see i moved from texas after retiring from the military and over the last 20 years had been slowly restoring my 70 Cuda to its former glory. Upon selling my house in texas and coming to washington state i found i could touch what i had for property moneywise because of the inflated housing market at the time, the only alternative was the unspeakable.........yes i had to sell my factory 70 440 AC Cuda' and it went quickly in a frothy shark filled bidding war. I got my money and with my texas proceeds was able to buy a modest home and a *cough* Dodge Nitro 4x4.

After three years of seeing challengers running around i yearned......yes yearned.

One fatefull night a month ago i went in to get a service on my Nitro and ONLY a service mind you, the salesmen circled like sharks as i stood out in the service area awaiting my nitro to be finished, finally one of the salesmen spoke and i knew why.... with my best angry military bothered look i asked "you need something?", the salesmen still smiling but now sweating said "i notice you keep looking at the challenger outside" I was like, so what?

The conversation went on a bit longer and i was getting tired so i layed it out for him, give me a piece of paper and i will write my demands (way, way beyond what i thought they could possibly do), anyway as i was about to leave the sales manager ran up and showed me a couple of pieces of paper, he said "all i need is a hand shake".

Sigh, the next night i drove off the lot in a fedex delivered Orange Hemi pumpkin, happy as could be. Damn those salesmen!! :smileup:

A little link to my old ride http://graill.smugmug.com/Cars/70-Cuda/9338061_bBoJz#624602218_q4R9P
man i miss that car for you, i feel for ya, i no that had to be rough getting rid of, well i think you got the next thing to the cuda. sure was a beut
 

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:mat: Pirate had tried talking me into buying a car after he got his Charger three years after we moved to Dallas from New Orleans.

Driving 4.5 miles to work, I didn't need a new car. He tried his best to convince me that I deserved it following the shipwreck of Katrina and riding extreme rocky seas; a long voyage indeed. But we did it, on our own, landing back on our feet- being contributing members of society again.

I kept blowing off the idea until he finally talked me into going to the DFW TOYS FOR TOTS drive where 50+ Cars (CHargers, Magnums, 300's and a couple of Challengers) all met up and with a police escort, drove over to the pick up center.

OMG, I turned and looked at the :mat: Pirate and said... "Why doesn't your car look like all the rest of them? Yours is so plain! (WRONG thing to say. Fed-ex was at our door everyday for months! LOL

Anyway, we get home and he says... go to the Dodge site. Look at the Challengers. As soon as the site loaded, a "WHITE" Challenger was being show-cased.

That was it... I said, hey, we could have matching cars! :) Never have I owned a white car, they've always been black on black. Buying my Challenger was more than just buying a car, it was a prize for all the sacrifices we made to land back on our feet.

I could have had anything I wanted, but here in Dallas, 16 year olds get BMW's when they turn 16. I wanted something different. I wanted something unique... something you don't see a million of running up and down the street.

I got just that......."Unique"
 
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i took a tour of the GM plant in arlington years ago. after seeing how those people acted i decided i would never own anything they put together. how many chevy trucks do you see with a running lights burned out? just about all of them. new Caddys with brake lights that don't work. sorry for the rant.
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styling and HEMI enough said!!
 

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i took a tour of the GM plant in arlington years ago. after seeing how those people acted i decided i would never own anything they put together. how many chevy trucks do you see with a running lights burned out? just about all of them. new Caddys with brake lights that don't work. sorry for the rant.
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styling and HEMI enough said!!
Usually the drivers side running light out on the pickups...........
 

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The first time i saw it I knew I wanted it. I like the old Camaro's not the new ones and the Mustang is to small, not enough room. Even if the others were larger they don't hold a candle to the Challenger. (in my eyes)
 

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I've been a Mopar guys since I rode in my first Hemi car when I was about 3:ura1:... My grandfathers 1957 Chrysler New Yorker with a 392 Hemi. When I saw my first 70 Hemi Orange Challenger I said I'm going to own one some day... Didn't realize it would be 35 plus years later:wow:
 

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Take it from a guy who just traded in his 2010 2SScamaro for the SRT8 challenger. You want the SRT8.
Its way better loking
It has tons of style
Its safer
It has alot more room
It has Navagation (impossible in a camaro)
Its rare. In a recent trip to Mrytle beach i saw 5 chalenger and 35 camaros.

It drives about the same.
Its Orange is orange.....just trust me on that one.
Its overall paint job is TONS better than Chevys.

I recommend you test drive them all. I didnt. Chevy fanboy all the way.:shakehead:
Bottom line is i love it. IMO Its the best for me.
Goodluck
 

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In the midst of paying 20 years of outrageous child support payments I saw a small picture of the proposed Challenger in HotRod magazine and told my friend at work...."Some day, if they build this, I'm going to own one, I don't care what it costs"
Well, 4 years later.....support stopped, Dodge did build it, and my life began anew! The first paycheck I got that wasn't raped by NY state came out on a Friday, and the following day I was at the dealer signing the papers on an 09 R/T! I've since traded up to the SRT and never looked back. My treat to myself for 20 years of hell will always be appreciated and babied.
 

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I have several personal requirements that have to be met in order for me to plop down the cash for a vehicle....

First and most important, it has to be american made. (Canadian is OK if the parent CO is American) Must have rear wheel drive. Third on the list, must have a V-8 powerplant. Lastly, must have a curb weight of at least 3,500 lbs.

My requirements have limited my options to pick up trucks. I actually had 5K down on a Camaro SS but they refused to let me drive it until the paperwork was finished. Their arrogance was amazing I walked on the deal, on the way to the freeway drove past a Dodge dealership. Salesman or lady in this case, let me drive an R/T.... SOLD!!!
 

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For me, it was about the retro look 1st, and once i saw everything and drove it up close, the practicality of it clicked with me 2nd. It being fairly rare and something different, is a bonus that probably will not last. But, its never going to be made or sold in the quantities of the Stang or Camaros.

I came out of a 2005.5 Jetta. 4 doors, plenty of torque, all the bells and whistles and 16 Sq ft of trunk space with the 60/40 split. .
Guess what? The Challenger has slightly MORE trunk space the same 60/40 split, looks a TON more bada$$ and has 375 horses with plenty of torque when you want it. And the rear seats have basically the same back seat room, just harder to get to with 2 doors
Yes the gas mileage isn't fantastic, I went from avg of about 24.5-25 mpg in the Jetta to 18.5-20mpg per tank for the Challenger. I do a lot of stop and go.. only 4 minutes a day on "highway".....so thats a drawback.. but its not a small car and the safety(in size) and muscle behind it outweigh the MPG for me.


I bought mine on Election day Nov. 2008. There were no deals @ the time, the credit crunch was just beginning and no one saw bankruptcy coming. I was actually lucky to get it for sticker...(I got them to take off like $65 for some little thing) and I do not have all the bells and whistles my Jetta did. Yet, I get CONSTANT compliments on it, and that is a factor that you will only know when you own one. Sometimes you want to just drive something that you are proud of and makes you smile, that is the Challenger.
You mentioned price being about 35,000 tops. If you are financing..after tax and tags, you are looking at the RT. You can bolt on some easy mods to get more performance if you want...


So just test drive all 3, but for long term, practicality, the Challenger really is the best overall choice.
 

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I always wanted a muscle car. I was a little too young for the heydays of the 70's beasts, (I grew up in the 80's) but I always wanted one. I quickly narrowed my choices to the camaro SS, the mustang GT and the challenger SRT.
As I said, I wanted a muscle car, NOT a sports car, and of the three, the challenger stood head and shoulders above.
The camaro SS was nice but, how to put this, too "clean". It rode nice, had nice lines, shifted well, had balanced power and handling, and was quiet......hmmmm.
Not what a muscle car should be in my opinion.....more like a sports car.
The mustang was same as the camaro, but smaller.......hmmmm.
Both were nice cars objectively in their own right, but not what I was after.
The first time I took out an SRT at the dealer, that was it. The looks, the feel, the power and the sound. Nothing compared.
Cars today for the most part have lost their soul. They are just transportation we use from here to there for the most part. If you really want something special and original, that really will make you proud and happy every single time you drive it, then there really is no other options.
 

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Your assesement is pretty good except a couple of points. I think you will find the gas mileage is as good as a Camaro or Mustang.

I keep reading about the Challenger being a big heavy car, but it doesn't drive like one. I notice the width more than anything. We have a 300C, so maybe I'm used to it. You want a small nimble car that gets good mileage, get one of those little hybrids.
True, I have a nimble 14 flat 1/4 mile car with good mileage right now (mazdaspeed 3) but I miss american muscle and the rumble of a V8.

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Why did I buy my Challenger?
Look at it! There isn't another car currently in production that's better looking than the Challenger! It's sexy, menacing, and masculine - all at the same time.

I can bolt on more horsepower. I can improve the handling.
BUT, I can't bolt on interior / trunk space, the comfort, or the classic styling.
Even Camaro owners have said that Dodge really hit the mark with this design..... something a LOT of people feel Chevy missed with the Camaro.
I can't really knock the other two (I'm glad Detroit is building muscle cars at all!), but they just didn't offer what I wanted in my incarnation of a life-long dream.

I got my Challenger 23 months ago. She still turns heads and gets frequent "thumbs-up", no matter where we go.
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This is probably the best rationale I've seen and might even work on my wife! :) Seriously, you're right...

Pete
 

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I just want to add to everyone's space comments. I have a 5 year old in a car seat, which isn't a big deal to climb in and buckle her in. I also have a 22 yr old a 16 yr old, which they have no problem sitting in the back with the car seat.
 

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I was looking for a used car, and didn't see anything I liked. As I was walking through the used cars I saw a tent with 5 challengers. I told my wife that was the car I had been talking about for the past 2 years. She said, "THATS the car you want?" And that was the end, she loved it and I bought it.
 
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