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: Charger RT vs Challenger SE... HELP


Foamposite1
04-23-2011, 04:38 PM
I found a RT 2009 Charger with 20,000 miles for 21,000.

My other option is a new 2011 Challenger SE for 25,000.

Which one is the better buy fellas?

Charger RT 2010
04-23-2011, 04:45 PM
They both would be good, but I would think the RT Charger would have a bigger fun factor with the V8 HEMI.

Also depends on if you want a 2 door or 4 door. The bigger Charger is nice. What are the colors and options as well.

wadisr
04-23-2011, 04:45 PM
Wow!!...I would go with the HEMI myself, but that 2011 has 305 horsepower...but I don't like the new body on the 2011...I think the HEMI is fantastikkkkk....!!!!!!

Jonny
04-23-2011, 04:46 PM
Performance wise, the Charger R/T

That's also a pretty good price on the Charger....

What is important to you?

Gas mileage?
Performance?
Performance parts availability?
Back seat passenger comfort?
Warranty?

wadisr
04-23-2011, 04:52 PM
Oh!!!..with the 3.5....get the HEMI!!!!

wadisr
04-23-2011, 04:53 PM
Challenger= Hemi or nothing....

Foamposite1
04-23-2011, 04:53 PM
Thanks for the reply guys.

The Charger is black as well as the Challenger.

Which car is best on gas?

wadisr
04-23-2011, 04:55 PM
Been drinking....apologize..:beer_yum:

Foamposite1
04-23-2011, 04:55 PM
Performance wise, the Charger R/T

That's also a pretty good price on the Charger....

What is important to you?

Gas mileage?
Performance?
Performance parts availability?
Back seat passenger comfort?
Warranty?

Yeah gas mileage is very important, performance is also.

I think the warranty is one of the main things thats making me lean towards the Challenger, used cars don't come with warrantys, right?

wadisr
04-23-2011, 04:56 PM
Think its the same...HEMI uses 4 cylinders when needed (60 and under)

Jonny
04-23-2011, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the reply guys.

The Charger is black as well as the Challenger.

Which car is best on gas?

The Challenger is reported to have 27mpg highway, while the Charger is rated for 25mpg highway.

Expect around 20mpg with the Charger 5.7L around town and 22+ with the Challenger 3.6L

Warranty on Charger is 3 years/36k miles, lifetime powertrain warranty is NOT transferable to the second owner.

Challenger is 3/36k with 5 year/100k mile powertrain.

Foamposite1
04-23-2011, 05:00 PM
Been drinking....apologize..:beer_yum:

haha its all good bro

Foamposite1
04-23-2011, 05:09 PM
The Challenger is reported to have 27mpg highway, while the Charger is rated for 25mpg highway.

Expect around 20mpg with the Charger 5.7L around town and 22+ with the Challenger 3.6L

Warranty on Charger is 3 years/36k miles, lifetime powertrain warranty is NOT transferable to the second owner.

Challenger is 3/36k with 5 year/100k mile powertrain.


It seems like the RT Charger is better in every aspect besides gas mileage.

I mean, the Challenger SE isn't terrible is it? Is it at least decent, as far as performance? I like the way it looks and everything, but If I can get a better car for $4,000 cheaper, I'll get it.

wadisr
04-23-2011, 05:12 PM
I have a family so I need the four doors,and I also like power..HEMI..but it depends on what you want..the challenger is nice..but I would go with the HEMI!!

Jonny
04-23-2011, 05:25 PM
It seems like the RT Charger is better in every aspect besides gas mileage.

I mean, the Challenger SE isn't terrible is it? Is it at least decent, as far as performance? I like the way it looks and everything, but If I can get a better car for $4,000 cheaper, I'll get it.

You didn't test drive them both? They probably seem about the same, until you go wide open throttle.

The Charger R/T will respond far better to performance enhancements... wait, they don't make any go fast parts for the 3.6L yet... so I don't really know how well the 3.6L responds to aftermarket parts.

There is no replacement for DISplacement!!!! :banana:

Test drive them both! Open them both up, safely! Salesmen rarely object if you seem like a responsible person.

One of the R/Ts I test drove, the sales lady told me to "get ON it" it seemed she wasn't satisfied until we actually broke loose sideways, to which she then replied "Did you turn off the traction control?" and I replied, "Oh, my... is thaaaat what that button does?"

I can't speak for the 3.6L, but I have owned both 5.7L and 3.5L Chargers.... I actually get better mileage with the Hemi than I did with the 3.5L

wadisr
04-23-2011, 05:30 PM
Get the HEMI.

Coffee With Scream
04-23-2011, 06:11 PM
the 3.6 is probably going to out do the 3.5(i had a magnum sxt with the 3.5) and i think the gas mileage is about even with the hemi. the power between the hemi and the 3.5 is very noticeable so definately test drive both. really weigh out the 2 door vs 4 door thats a huge factor. i dont regret staying with 4 doors

gtx76
04-23-2011, 07:48 PM
Good thing about the Challenger is it has a lot of room for a two door. I am 6'1" and have plenty of room in the back seat. The new 3.6 has 55 more HP than the 3.5 so it is a major increase in power. I would trade my 09 RT for the Challenger if money allowed. Can't beat the looks! It is a head turner! I would lean towars new vs used any day.

Foamposite1
04-23-2011, 08:10 PM
Its not like I'm gonna be racing or anything lol.

I think i'm leaning towards the new Challenger

fuze
04-23-2011, 08:54 PM
Personally I think new Challengers are god awful fugly. If I had to choose between the two it would be the Charger.

As far as 2 door cars go the newer Camaros are sick!

maans88
04-23-2011, 09:24 PM
That didn't require a thread, go for the HEMI of course


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R/t Ran
04-23-2011, 09:59 PM
I was making the same comparison. For me it was would I want to pay a car note on a vehicle with all the options, or on a base model with the bare minimum. Depends on if you need four doors, but the R/T would be a good choice. Filling the car up may not be as economical but you will enjoy every mile driven. If you plan on modding down the road get the hemi and you will already have a head start. And you can always get an extended warranty on a used car also.

09BEE188
04-23-2011, 11:19 PM
Charger R/T=V8,4drs,21K miles, lower monthly payment,more performance potential down the road if you want it

Challenger SE=V6, 2drs,low mileage, higher monthly payments, better mpg(will be hard to keep your foot of the go pedal with R/T)

Want a 2dr with the cool factor for cruising, go Challenger

Want a 4dr with the cool factor and rumble of a V8, go R/T all the way!

tekknoschtev
04-24-2011, 08:35 AM
the 2009 is only slightly more expensive than the 2006 Daytona I bought in January, with far fewer miles. Had I seen something like that, I probably would have jumped on it.

As far as the Challenger vs. Charger argument, for me it was a no brainer. I knew I wanted the V8 as I was coming from a Magnum RT that some jerk ran into and totaled (*sniff*). Also, for me, 4-doors was an absolute requirement because I have a dog and I've dealt with a 2-door with her in the past. So. V8 + 4-door = Charger.

But, every time I see a Challenger I catch myself rubber necking to get a better look. There's far fewer Challengers around here than Chargers. That's why I got the Daytona. There's only 2 other Go Mango Daytona Chargers in my area :)

Lil_dj24
04-24-2011, 12:43 PM
I have both. But my Challenger is SRT8 and my Charger is Daytona R/T. If you intend on driving with others in the car Charger is what you need. But if its you & just your lady, then the Challenger. Also test drive both, see what you feel most comfortable in.