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2008 Dodge Charger Sedan

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2008 Dodge Charger Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Dodge Charger Sedan

The 2008 Dodge Charger stands out from other American mid-size and large sedans for its rear-wheel drive layout, near-ideal weight distribution and, with the V8s, muscle-car performance. The Charger is also quite practical, though, with a smooth ride, good interior and trunk space, and decent fuel-efficiency on V8 models due to the included Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which can temporarily shut down half of the engine's cylinders when they're not needed.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, the Dodge Charger gets a refreshed interior, with a redesigned instrument panel, plus new seat material and new soft-touch surfaces used on armrests, the center console, and door trim. The Charger R/T has expanded equipment, with air filtration, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and express up/down front windows now included. The available UConnect hands-free system now includes an iPod interface, the cruise-control stalk has been relocated, LED interior lighting is now available, and satin-chrome bezels and accents have been added to the interior.

Model Strengths

  • Ride and comfort
  • trunk space
  • better-than-expected fuel efficiency
  • performance to rival big European sport sedans (SRT8).

Model Review

Dodge's 2008 Charger lineup consists of four different models, each having a different engine underhood and a different appeal based on its equipment and price. First, there's the value-minded base SE, which includes a 186-horsepower, 2.7L V6 engine. Next up is the mid-range, more luxurious SXT model, which gets a 250-horsepower, 3.5L V6. Near the top of the line is the sporty and very well equipped R/T model, which brings the popular and powerful Hemi V8, rated at 335 horsepower and 375 lb-ft. Then for those who want the most performance and exclusivity there's the track-ready SRT8, which includes a 425-horsepower, 6.1L version of the Hemi.

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Remember, way back when, how cocky and fun it was to play the BMOC (Big Man On Campus)? Biceps like camels' humps; pecs rippling under letter-sweaters. Remember how great that was; how it made you feel; how it made the runts scatter and the chicks swoon?

Not any more: BMOC might as well mean "Big Mistake, Of Course" for all it'll get you in our present climate of post-post-materialist Puritanism. And as for the BMOCs of the highway muscle cars, that is well, let's just say it's probably better to be unseen and unheard. According to the blogosphere, after all, the toxic brew of high horsepower and low fuel economy ranks as a crime against humanity. And don't you dare admit that this anti-social automotive profligacy is anything like a fun indulgence.

Secretly, however, there are some of us who sheepishly admire the likes of Dodge and Mitsubishi for holding their corporate heads high while crowing about the fun-factor of high-horsepower. They may be terrified that their modern-day muscle cars won't meet sales projections in an era of cap-and-trade carbon offsets and four-dollar gasoline. But when it comes to pounding asphalt with heavy-metal hotrods, they ain't skeered.

It seemed like a good idea at the time: Baby-boomers in their fifties were said to be lusting for the muscle-cars they couldn't afford in the '60s. Meantime, automotive technology in the last four decades has actually managed to increase horsepower and improve fuel economy simultaneously, so that a 5.7-liter "Hemi" V8 from Dodge achieves double the mileage of its namesake from yesteryear.

Indeed, thanks to "multi-displacement" technology, the Hemi runs on either four or eight cylinders as conditions require; so 15 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway positively trump the 8 mpg or thereabouts of the original Dodge Charger.

Meanwhile, Honda Civics are buzzing around at 45-plus mpg. The moral is, then, change can be great; but rate-of-change may be greater yet.

Of course Civic-minded Honda owners wouldn't dare race for pink slips with the 2008 Dodge Charger R/T. With its 340 maximum horsepower, this new-old led-sled is a fire-breathing dragon by comparison. And it really is a feat of engineering, when you consider that the 21st-century Charger incorporates a raft of technologies that weren't even conceivable back in the '60s: four-wheel independent suspension; four-wheel disc brakes with ABS; six-way airbags; traction and stability control; GPS navigation; and so forth.

The muscle cars of yore, by contrast, had one mode of operation only: straight-ahead speed. Trying to corner one at speed, however, was better understood as a self-inflicted tutorial in off-roading.

Today's "millennium" Charger is, of course, based upon Chrysler's elegant and ingenious 300-series sedan. But Dodge's designers have shrewdly recaptured the gritty bravado of the old Charger, in particular with the design of the snout and flanks of the car. The roomy interior is plenty spacious; and although a bit plasticky, it's a far cry from the "naugahyde" heyday of old.

Time was when this much performance for $30-grand was at least reasonable. But times have, tragically perhaps, changed. Now, when a $30,000 base price reaches $40,000 after add-ons; when filling up the 19-gallon tank costs the far side of $80; when high fuel economy is lots more fun than smokey burnouts, the new Dodge Charger is become a poignant museum piece.

Among all the amazing attributes of the newest-generation Lancer "Evo" from Mitsubishi two in particular stand out: On the one hand, its tiny 2.0-liter engine manages to produce almost 300 giant-killer horsepower thanks to twin-scroll turbocharging and computerized variable valve control. On the other hand, this tiny 2.0-liter engine scarcely manages to eke out 16 miles-per-gallon/city, 22 mpg/highway using premium fuel no less.

So, when you also factor in the Evo's as-tested price tag of $35,615, you could say that Mitsubishi's got a bit of an uphill battle on its hands right now trying to sanitize the sinfulness of its magisterial sports sedan.

And magisterial it is indeed. The Lancer Evo is but a thinly disguised version of Mitsubishi's all-wheel-drive world rally car contender. Accordingly, it boasts enough thrilling horsepower to achieve zero-to-60 mph sprints in under five seconds. Weighing in at 3,500 pounds, the Evo handles like a rocket-powered skateboard; and thanks to computerized Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) a driver can balance and bias the proportion of driving traction at all four wheels by means of a console-mounted knob. In other words, for grippy asphalt, there's one ideal setting; for sandy or gravelly fire roads there's another; and yet a third for rain-slick, even icy conditions.

If "hangin' tail" is your idea of performance-driving fun (assuming you're even up to the task), the Lancer Evo is essentially a recreational tool for drifting sideways to and from the office as fast as possible.

Even the interior is purpose-built. Wraparound front seats are great for countering sideways g-loads; just make sure you're not prone to claustrophobia. The GSR model's five-speed shifter throws short and sweet gear changes (or, for about $5,000 extra, you can opt for a paddle-shifting sequential automatic in the MR model). Either way, however, the rest of the Evo comes across spare and Spartan.

The back seat is a torture chamber for anyone forced to endure a twisty backroad back there. The 7 cubic-foot trunk is miniscule. And the tinny sheetmetal and ever-present road noise are byproducts of Mitsbishi's weight-saving fetish.

But as a motorcycle on four wheels, the latest Lancer Evo is a boy-toy extraordinaire that lives up to the hype. What's more, for the enthusiast determined to have one whatever the short- and long-term consequences, the Evo is virtually assured to be the rare gem of the neighborhood.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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