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2006 Dodge Charger 4 Doors Good Or Bad Ideal?  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3493 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

At the International Auto Show in Detroit, Dodge introduced the 2006 Charger as one of Chrysler new LX rwd sedans. I herd lot of people was unhapply with it having 4 doors. I like the ideal, because it give you the performce of a Ford Mustang or better and room of a Nissan Maxima or better. Also it has a 5.7 to 6.1 liter Hemi that can eat the Mustang little 4.6 liter V8 and devour the Maxima 3.5 VQ 6. I had the chance to drive both the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Magnum. If the the Charger drives like it sister cars, believe me it will perform very well. Parking is the only draw back I could think of, because like it's sister cars it could handle like a suv.

PS The Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum was rental I dive a Honda Accord.

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User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

For the car enthusiast it is a great idea but I do not think it will be a big hit over the general public. I could be wrong but I am just making a prediction. It is nothing like the original, although it still has the name Charger.

User currently offlineTheiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

Well, it's going to be a great Police Package in a couple of years - but the purests are not at all happy about the 4-doors..

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Even with the 4 door, it still looks pretty mean (Heck, the Dodge version of any Chrysler looks better anyway, just something about the Dodge grills.).

User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2468 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

There's nothing else they could have done. The market for big coupes is dead in the U.S.; the demise of the Oldsmobile Toronado (in 1992), Ford Thunderbird and (the big) Mercury Cougar (in 1997), Lincoln Mark VIII (in 1998), the Buick Riviera (in 1999) and Cadillac Eldorado (in 2002) show that. Slow sales of Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus 2-doors, Pontiac's GTO and Ford's newer T-Bird convertible also partly reflect that. Dodge couldn't sell a Charger today exactly like "them Duke boys"'s General Lee, or even the later model. If the new one exudes at least the spirit of the old, if not the look, it should be at least a modest success. With the Hemi V8, and certainly also the H.O. version now debutting in the Chrysler 300C SRT-8, it will have the performance to live up to the old Charger heritage just fine.

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1580 times:

Also, due to the necessities of police work four doors is pretty much a requirement. It would also be a nice replacement for the Intrepid, which really doesn't have the stuff needed to beat either the police package Ford or Chevy sedans. For those Dukes fans waiting for the upcoming Dukes of Hazzard movie, be prepared for a change. Only the Duke boys will be driving a Dodge. Sheriff Roscoe's Dodge Monaco has been replaced by a Cheverolet 9C1 Caprice. Too bad it's the late '90s model and not the '94 with the LT1 engine!


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User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Don't like it....being 4 doors that is.

Really, it's not nearly as good looking as the original 4 door Charger concept from a few years back ( 2000 maybe ). It had a swoopy toughness that "hid" the fact it had 4 doors.


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

Paint it in orange, stick a Confederate flag on top and "01" on the doors and we'll see if it's a good idea  Big grin

UTA



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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

AvObserver hit the nail on the head, we Americans are not "coupe friendly" right now. Why? Well, we are, as a society getting LARGER, and scrambling into the back of a two door car lost it's charm when I was 18, unless there was a good reason...wink wink..nudge nudge...

The Saturn coupe with quad doors is a brilliant idea. Car looks like a proper coupe, UNTIL one needs to hop into the back seat.

Dodge will probably sell plenty of these things, for a lot of reasons. It's a nice looking car, one. The Stratus was the darling of the rental set, too, and this car will fill it's place, if I'm not mistaken, and there are plenty of "Walter Mitty" type out there who will love to be able to claim, "I own a Charger!"
(And be able to put the wife and 2.5 kids in the thing, too!)



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13033 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

With today's market, family realities and who can afford it, then a 4 door revival of the Charger is a good idea. So few large 2 dr./coupes are made today due to low demand that a 4 door is the only way to go. This new one will probably be just as fast if not top speed faster on the street, handle a lot better and built better then the 1966-1972 era models ever were. Besides, I don't think a Confederate flag is PC today (Bet you won't see one on the car in the new movie!).

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

I like the car but the name doesn't fit.
Why can't they call this car a Diplomat or Monaco?



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Polara....Coronet......Aries.....Aspen...NO! Wait, forget that last one....


If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

TriStarEnvy:
The Aspen was way better than the Aries.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1481 times:

Maybe, but my neighbors never had anything good to say about their, then new 1976 sedan. The wagon was a brilliant idea, as there was nothing in it's size class at the time, and what you could do WITH the wagon in the option department was amazing! You COULD, if you checked the right boxes, and knew the right people, get one heck of a pavement ripping Aspen wagon.


Most Aries I crossed paths with were more boring than troublesome. Funny how that Aspen/Volare platform redeemed itself with the LeBaron/Diplomat/Gran Fury.

Hey, DART! There's the name for the car. Talk about a brand name that still has plenty of goodwill left it!



If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

TriStarEnvy:
The Aires with NOTHING on it is reliable. As long as you get the 2.5 or 2.6 HEMI.
Once Chrysler started messing around with 2.2 turbos and all sorts of gadgets, they became very troublesome. My 1987 LeBaron Convertible spend half it's life in the repair shop. That was too bad because it was a very beautiful. I hated to get rid of it but I can only tolerate being stranded and engine fires before it's time to say enough is enough!


The Aspen R/T Coupe with T-tops, 360cu" V8 and 4bbl carb was a sharp car that could haul a$$!
Corinthian leather (Greece) and Chronometer (Switzerland) made those cars world class. Big grin



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

I was digging thru some of my sales brochures for Aspen/Volare and was amazed at what one could do with one of those, with enough money. There was a wild option for the Volare wagon, called the "Load Runner" that made it a pretty screamin' machine. Well, for the smog-equipment laden cars of the late 70's, screamin', that is....

I never heard any real complaints about mechanical issues w/the K's. The Aspen/Volare got it's knocks about build quality, and those torsion bar front suspension members, as I recall. I still see the occasional Aspen trundling along, driven by some octogenarian.



If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Tristarenvy:
I've seen all the brochurse for the 1976-180 Volare/Aspens.
Yes there were some far out designs you could get in regards to seating patterns. You could get a 360cu" with manual transmission.  Smokin cool









Bring back the Concorde
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

LTBEWR, your points are right on except for the item about the Confederate flag. What was painted on the General Lee was the Battle Ensign. The proper Confederate flag is the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th National Flag (though an arguement could be made that the Bonnie Blue flag was the first Confederate flag). I could fly one all day on my car antennae and not have a word mentioned about it since most people wouldn't recognize it. Also, Dixie was not the Confederate national anthem (they never had an official one). It was actually written in the late 1850s by a nothern composer for a minstrel show and adapted as a marching tune by the Confederate army. The one song that most Civil War historians agree would be the Confederate's unofficial anthem is "The Bonnie Blue Flag." It should also be noted that the United States of America did not have a national anthem at that time either. The adoption of the Star Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key's poem set to music) as the official national anthem did not occur until the 1930s, though it had become part of state ceremonies as early as 1915.


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User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6785 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

The fact that Dodge is trying to resuscitate an old noble name like the Charger is almost laughable.

Just as Pontiac's new GTO is an utter sales disaster, I think Dodge and Daimler-Chrysler need to start worrying about quality before they continue to roll out these new wheels.

And yes, I am bitter at them and will remain so.  Smile


User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

And according to Forbes, the GTO is the worst selling Pontiac at the moment. The only reason I care IS for once us Aztek owners are NOT driving Pontiacs worst selling vehicle! Maybe SECOND worst...but not WORST....




If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting 57AZ (reply 5):
Sheriff Roscoe's Dodge Monaco has been replaced by a Cheverolet 9C1 Caprice. Too bad it's the late '90s model and not the '94 with the LT1 engine!


The last Caprice model was the RWD '96 model. Chevy's police sedan package from '97 to '99 was the FWD Lumina. The FWD Impala replaced the Lumina in 2000.

What will Boss Hogg's car in the movie be? In the old series, it was a white 1970 Cadillac DeVille convertible.

Quoting 747400sp (reply 0):
I herd lot of people was unhapply with it having 4 doors.


That didn't stop people from salivating over the '94 Impala SS. Previously, all Impala SS models from the '60s were either 2-doors or convertibles.

Dodge's reasoning for using the Charger name rather than Monaco, Diplomat, or Polora is probably due to an effort to use a name that everyone (even non-car enthusiats or non-Moparheads) knows is associated with a performance vehicle. They could have used the Magnum name also. For those that don't know, Dodge's last car to use the Magnum name prior to this year was a mid-size personal luxury coupe (based on the first Cordoba platform) that lasted through 1979. That Magnum (or Magnum XE) actually replaced the old Charger.

[Edited 2005-02-16 20:04:03]


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Bring back the Imperial damn it!


Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineN317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

[The only reason I care IS for once us Aztek owners are NOT driving Pontiacs worst selling vehicle]

Maybe not the worst selling but certainly Pontiacs ugliest car ever made.  Big grin Sorry, I'm sure you love it.  Smile


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