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I take it you doing something about it you liked? Lol

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Yeah really nice car. Handling is amazing compared to my Impala, that is for sure. :-) Can take bends twice as fast with almost no lean/body-roll! Seems to have plenty of power for me. Heated steering-wheel and everything. They basically gave me what I wanted for trade-in and price reduction, so we made it happen. Unfortunately, I have to work all night, so won't be able to mess with it at all until tomorrow... Lots to learn about the Uconnect system (infotainment). TONS of features.

Back seat space is very limited though (legroom), but I expected that. So far, one thing I HATE is that the damn seat-belt reminder ding never stops.... Ugh... I'm not a seat-belt wearer, so need to do something about that (they sell little metal things that you can leave plugged in all of the time to stop that).

But really looking forward to "get to know' the car now!

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Actually, looks like I'm not the only one that hates the ding - this disable procedure is all over the 'net...
Dude, I JUST did this today. For the same-ish reason: going down the parking garage.


Stole the following from elsewhere in the forums.*
Quick Procedure;

Step 1. Close the door and with the*ignition*switch*in any position except On or Start (I set it to accessory), buckle the*driver*side*front*seat*belt.*

Step 2. Turn*ignition switch*to ON position and wait for the seat belt indicator reminder function to conclude (about 6 secs).*

Step 3. Unbuckle and buckle the*driver side front seat belt*three or more times, ending with the belt buckled.*

Step 4. Turn the*ignition switch*to any position except On or Start (put it back to accessory) to toggle the belt-minder feature from its current setting*
(from active to inactive, or from inactive to active).*

A single chime tone will provide an audible confirmation that the programming sequence has been successfully completed.*
(This does NOT disable the INITIAL chime, only the nagging repeats every few seconds).
Will be doing that for sure... :-)

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My cousin who has a 8th Gen Impala also picked up a Challenger and he loves his too. He took me for a ride in it, his is has the V8 and boy does that thing go. I've always liked the styling of the challengers, I disliked the "heaviness" though. But after riding in one I have to say they feel really planted to the ground with all that weight, actually feels like a real American muscle car!
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Well, I'm now the proud owner of the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT described above! I went and picked it up today. Have a lot to learn about it now. :-)

https://www.carfax.com/vehicle/2C3CDZGG6JH306162

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Well, I'm now the proud owner of the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT described above! I went and picked it up today. Have a lot to learn about it now. :-)

https://www.carfax.com/vehicle/2C3CDZGG6JH306162

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Well, I'm now the proud owner of the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT described above!
I'm sure you'll enjoy it very much. And I hope you stick around here, too

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Thanks guys. Not going anywhere - the Impala will still be in the garage for a long time to come - and I'll still be the one maintaining it (wife doesn't take care of cars worth a damn).

It's amazing how "different" the two cars are. The Challenger *barely* fits in the damn garage (width-wise). The old-style side mirrors stick out a lot further. Have to be VERY careful pulling into and out of the garage.

The Challenger cockpit seems less "open" and more "confined" than the Impala. Driving the Challenger is like driving a tank - you just feel so "big" on the road. LOVE the look of the Challenger - especially the front end with built in scoops on the hood (not sure what they are called). just a very different car.

Wasn't really looking to buy a car so soon, but this damn thread got me looking and I fell in love with the Challenger - especially for the price I got it for. Just couldn't help myself. :-) So thanks a lot to everyone that helped get me in $30k+ worth of debt. ;-)

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Oh - a few other things..

1. The battery is in the trunk!!
2. No spare tire at all - just an air compressor with some kind of sealant that it adds.
3. When I opened the hood, I was like "why is the serpentine belt on the front of the engine??". Been so long since I had a car where the engine wasn't sideways!! :-)

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That is the old r/t style hood.

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Almost every single review I've read of the Challenger AWD V6 (aka "GT") have been very positive. Let's face it, I'm also coming from a 2012 Impala LT - which, while I do like it, is also a "cheply" built car - probably even more so.

One thing I was surprised at was just how heavy the Challengers are - they weigh even more that the 8th gen Impalas.

I think I've convinced myself to go test drive the 2018 GT at some point. For me, the ride comfort is going to the be the biggest thing. While I know the ride won't be as good as a Buick, or even my 2012 Impala, I'm hoping that it's not too "harsh".

From what I've read, the AWD system works really well in snow - although it's also another "something" that can and will break eventually.

I just really like the way the Challenger looks. I think the V6 would be plenty of power for me and my uses. I'm still very happy with the V6 in my 2012, and the V6 in the Challenger GT is basically exactly the same in terms of power (although, the car is a little heavier) - but I still VERY rarely need or use the full amount of power available in my 2012, so it's really a non-issue for me.

Driving a Dodge will be a big change - I'm *always* been a GM guy, so that will be interesting. :-)
You might like the AWD. The State Highway Patrol is going to all Charger AWD models. The Troopers I have talked with love them and indicate they handle very well, even in snow. Perhaps an AWD Charger if you want to stay in a sedan. The ride quality in a the Charger is a little better than the Challenger...rather a slightly softer ride!

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Thanks guys. Not going anywhere - the Impala will still be in the garage for a long time to come - and I'll still be the one maintaining it (wife doesn't take care of cars worth a damn).

It's amazing how "different" the two cars are. The Challenger *barely* fits in the damn garage (width-wise). The old-style side mirrors stick out a lot further. Have to be VERY careful pulling into and out of the garage.

The Challenger cockpit seems less "open" and more "confined" than the Impala. Driving the Challenger is like driving a tank - you just feel so "big" on the road. LOVE the look of the Challenger - especially the front end with built in scoops on the hood (not sure what they are called). just a very different car.

Wasn't really looking to buy a car so soon, but this damn thread got me looking and I fell in love with the Challenger - especially for the price I got it for. Just couldn't help myself. :-) So thanks a lot to everyone that helped get me in $30k+ worth of debt. ;-)

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I have a 2008 Impala 9C3 and a 2016 Challenger Scat Pack. It is quite a difference in the ride and drive between the two. Glad to help out with the $30K!
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Sweet ride! Those hood scoops are functional, BTW!
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Maybe it's just me, but I swear that I still see more cars on the road than SUV's - so I don't quite understand how the car sales can be *that* bad where they have to basically stop making cars!

Maybe they are really just trying to push people into more expensive vehicles (aka SUVs)?

Not happy though. The problem is that I'm not sure where else to turn since all other manufacturers seem to be doing the same thing... Damn, I may actually have to revert to buying Dodge products in the future! I've always been a GM fan, but if they don't make anything I'm even remotely interested in, why would I buy from them? <sigh>

Like everyone else, I think it's incredibly short-sighted to go all-in on SUVs....
You are right There are a ton of sedans and compacts on the road, but as I drive around town each day and scan parking lots that I park in what I notice is that there are basically Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and even Nissan mini / mid-size vehicles and far less Fords and Chevys. Trying to force more SUVs could potentially increase the transitions (even for the currently reluctant) to these other brands.
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You are right There are a ton of sedans and compacts on the road, but as I drive around town each day and scan parking lots that I park in what I notice is that there are basically Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and even Nissan mini / mid-size vehicles and far less Fords and Chevys. Trying to force more SUVs could potentially increase the transitions (even for the currently reluctant) to these other brands.
Agreed, no loyalty anymore! The good news that we have two GM plants plus a parts warehouse. The good news that I pulled into my car wash, while I was waiting noticed the two in front where GM and the next 7 out of 8 were GM also.

But we have seen a huge increase over the last twenty years of the foreign makes.

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