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2008 Dodge Challenger: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions December 2014

After a 34-year absence, Dodge reintroduced the Challenger pony car to the market. The 2008 Dodge Challenger is based on the Charger 4-door and shares that sedan's basic steering, brakes and all-independent suspension layout, rear-wheel-drive setup and basic body construction. Wanting to make a big splash in the market, Dodge produced only the high-performance version of the Challenger for 2008, the SRT8 with a 425-horsepower 6.1-liter HEMI V8, firm-ride suspension, Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, carbon-fiber-striped hood and orange-striped seats. Each of the 6400 SRT8 Challengers built for 2008 came with a numbered dash plaque.

With crowd-pleasing rear-wheel drive and 4.8-second 0-60-mile-per-hour capability from the 6.1-liter HEMI V8, the 2008 Challenger SRT8 is a good used car choice for the performance-minded driver who also wants a roomy back seat and trunk.

What We Like

Rip-roaring performance of 6.1-liter HEMI V8; confident handling; retro muscle-car looks; roomy back seat and trunk; well-bolstered front seats

What We Don't

No manual transmission; no paddle shifters for 5-speed automatic; rear ¾ blind spots; steering and brakes could provide more tactile feel; no memory settings for driver's seat

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

All 2008 Challengers are SRT8 models equipped with the 6.1-liter OHV HEMI. No other engines are offered. The 6.1-liter is the big HEMI, producing 425 hp at 6200 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. It also requires 91-octane premium unleaded fuel. The Challenger SRT8 has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 mpg on the highway with the standard AutoStick 5-speed automatic transmission. No manual gearbox is offered.

Standard Features & Options

The 2008 Challenger is available only in SRT8 trim.

The SRT8 comes loaded with standard features including air conditioning, cruise control, leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a split fold-down rear seat, a power trunk-lid release, remote keyless entry, a garage-door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 14-speaker AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo with MP3 decoder. It also includes a leather-wrapped shifter and steering-wheel, performance suspension, auto headlamps, fog lamps, 20-in alloy wheels, a security system, stability and traction control, ABS 4-wheel disc brakes, a limited-slip differential, dual exhausts and power door locks, mirrors and windows.

The only available options for 2008 are a power moonroof, a premium audio/infotainment system, a navigation system and Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar performance tires.

Pricing

The 2008 Challenger is a limited-production collector car with a 425-hp HEMI V8 engine. Only 6,400 were built. The 2008 model's first-year status, its scarcity and its large, loyal following of Mopar fans ensure that the 2008 model will retain strong resale value. The best, low-mileage used examples will be offered for sale at close to their original manufacturer's suggested retail price.

To get a good idea of the 2008 Challenger's price range, check out the used car values at KBB.com. You can also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2008 Dodge Challenger:

On Challengers equipped with the Keyless Go Engine start/stop push-button ignition switch, the engine can be turned off without the transmission in Park, increasing susceptibility to theft or accidental roll-away. The dealer will reprogram the system to comply with federal safety standards.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

Neither the NHTSA nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2008 Challenger for crash-test performance.

The Chrysler Group covered the 2008 Challenger with 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties including roadside assistance, along with a 5-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

Dodge certified pre-owned (CPO) cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or younger. Every CPO Challenger undergoes a 125-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 3-month/3,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty plus a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from the car's original date of sale. Also included are a Carfax report, 24-hour roadside assistance, car-rental allowance and a 3-month trial of SiriusXM radio.

Other Cars to Consider

2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR -- Converted to ultra-high-performance status at Shelby's Las Vegas skunkworks, the GT500KR is the ultimate 2008 Mustang and the only direct competitor to the Challenger SRT8. The Shelby is smaller and lighter than the Challenger and sports a 540-hp supercharged 5.4-liter V8. It also has far less rear-seat and trunk space than the Dodge.

2008 Chevrolet Corvette -- Chevy didn't revive the Camaro pony car until 2010, so the only other 2008 vintage domestic muscle car that can go toe-to-toe with the Challenger SRT8 is the Corvette. If you can live without a back seat, the Corvette offers quicker acceleration, better handling, superior fuel economy and almost double the cargo-carrying capacity. The base Corvette's 430-hp 6.2-liter small-block V8 trumps the Challenger's 425-hp HEMI, and the Corvette can be owned with a choice of 6-speed automatic or manual transmission.

AutoTrader's Advice

Sure, it's no Hellcat, but as the first of the second-generation Challengers, the 2008 Challenger SRT8 is a keeper. It ranks high on the wish lists of muscle-car fans and Mopar devotees, and with the biggest available HEMI V8 under its carbon-fiber-striped hood, it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Blowers sticking up through the hood may look cool at a rod and custom show, but you'll be saving money by opting for a Challenger without modifications. The 2008 model is too vintage to qualify for certified pre-owned status, so look for an example with low miles and a Carfax report. And check with the dealer to make sure the car you're considering has had any safety recall items resolved.

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