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2009 Dodge Challenger Coupe

2dr Cpe SRT8

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  • $40,220 original MSRP
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2009 Dodge Challenger Coupe

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Dodge Challenger Coupe

The Dodge Challenger rings a nostalgia bell for muscle-car enthusiasts, especially fans of the original late-1960s and early-1970s machines. In potent SRT8 trim, a loud, torquey, high-power V8 fits the bill for those who want a true American muscle car. With the range expanded for 2009 to include the 5.7L Hemi V8-powered R/T and 3.5L V6 SE, the car's appeal has widened. The Challenger takes a serious stab at reviving the pony war with Detroit's cross-town rivals, and its fresh looks are worth checking out.

What's new for 2009?

The 2009 Dodge Challenger, which borrows its shape and styling cues from the early 1970s muscle car of the same name, is based on the Charger sedan chassis. Last year, the car came only in SRT8 guise and was limited to just 5,000 examples. For 2009, it still retains the 6.1L Hemi V8, and it gains an optional 6-speed manual transmission.

Model Strengths

  • Three engine choices, competitive pricing, SRT8 performance
  • nostalgic muscle-car styling

Model Review

The 2009 Dodge Challenger is now available in three trim levels--SE, R/T, and SRT8. All are front-engine, rear-wheel-drive two-door hardtop coupes.

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Flash Drive: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T

Source: MSN Autos

I've always loved traditional muscle cars from afar. But now that I've tried a modern one up close, I love them even more. The Dodge Challenger R/T looks, sounds and feels exactly the way a muscle car should. The engine has a deep, rumbling sound, can spin up to the low rev-limiter with ease and has plenty of torque. All that torque came in handy when the gearbox repeatedly made it impossible to select second gear, forcing an unwanted first-to-third up-shift instead. The big engine also forces a high dashboard and makes the Challenger a large and intimidating environment for the driver. The dashboard is very square and looks primitive, and the cheaper plastics on the center console had visible scratches after just a short time in the Dodge fleet of press vehicles. But in spite of the cheap materials used in the interior, the Challenger has massive charisma, and I relished every moment behind the wheel. -Paul Hagger

The 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T is really fun to drive and appreciated by those who remember the original, as well as those who weren't born yet when the Challenger nameplate was new. Powered by a 376-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi engine combined with a 6-speed manual transmission, the R/T is fast but has an Achilles' heel: It gets only 13 to 14 mpg. The shifter is reminiscent of the "pistol grip" from the original, but that is where the similarity ends, with shifts that are crisp and clean like a modern sports car. The brake and throttle pedals could be positioned better for heel-toe downshifts. Even though it's a coupe, the Challenger is big and feels heavy. But the chassis is balanced and well-controlled, the steering is direct and the handling is predictable. It seems odd to have a foot-operated parking brake with a manual transmission, and there is no seatback release for the driver's seat to allow rear-seat access. -Mike Meredith

It may not be politically correct, but there's something about the sound of squealing rubber and the rumble of a V8 that just gets my heart pumping, and the new Challenger excels at making these lovely sounds. Dodge has done an excellent job of capturing the essence of what made muscle cars so popular — a big V8, rear-wheel drive, aggressive styling - and has even gone so far as to include the authentic cheap-looking plastic interior and somewhat balky shifter. Challenger is also quite large, just like its forefathers from the 1970s. That means there's a usable back seat and decent room in the trunk. It's incredibly satisfying to drive — there's plenty of power, and it's easy to control, even with the traction control turned off. No, the R/T doesn't have the sound or power of the flagship SRT8, but for 10 grand less, it's not a bad compromise. -Perry Stern

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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 Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

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

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
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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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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