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Long Term Update 7: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T


Short of the pickup trucks in our fleet, the DODGE CHALLENGER has got to be the long-termer most likely to grow chest hair. It is a manly man's manmobile, one that offers cool, retro style and the growl of a big, pushrod V-8 backed by a six-speed manual. No high-tech video-game-like suspension tuning, no small-displacement engine with twin turbos; just brute force and lots of metal. Says assistant Web producer Nate Martinez, "It's big, hard to fit into parking spots, a pain to look out of, and its plastic interior bits feel cheap. Its Goodyears are especially slippery when wet (I unwillingly drifted out of a few corners) and it happily gulps premium fuel. But after my weekend in San Diego, it's one of the few cars I've driven that has so much charisma."

Some traits you just have to accept as part of the Challenger's personality, namely that the car is pricey and thirsty, and its interior seems built more for style than function.
.hdr {color:#ffffff;font:bold 12px verdana,arial,helvetica;background-color:#343434;} .hdr1 {color:#000000;font:bold 09px verdana,arial,helvetica;background-color:#aba9a9;} .hdr2 {color:#000000;font:09px verdana,arial,helvetica;background-color:#dddddd;} .hdr3 {color:#000000;font:09px verdana,arial,helvetica;background-color:#FFFFFF;} 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Months/miles in service 14/27,148 Avg econ/CO2 19.9 mpg/1.08 lb/mi Unresolved problems None Maintenance cost $218.45 (4-oil change, inspection, rotate tires) Normal-wear cost $0

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