I have an 06 se 3.5L 61000 miles zero problems just oil changes and I drive 120 miles a day ! I love this car ! I average 24 mpg and that's combined city hwy miles but it will drop to 21mpg if you put your foot into it a lot .
I don't know about long term because my car only has 13k on it but so far, no problems here!
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As most said, "long term" right now for these vehicles is only 3 years ('06s).
According to Consumer Reports, 2006 was a so-so year, likely due to it being a redesign (new car) year. 2007's reliability was well above average. Reliability ratings for 2008 aren't out yet, but it wasn't a redesign year, so *in general* things are usually just as good if not better than the previous year.
Also worth noting:
The people most happy with their Charger purchase, according to their poll of Charger owners, were people who bought the V8 over the V6. More specifically, the question was, would you buy this car again if you had to do it all over again?
I'm sure most people on this forum, regardless of model chosen, would answer "yes" to that question.
I drove an '06 SE for a year with never a single issue at all.
I now have had my '07 SXT for a year (anniversary was 25th ) and the only issue I have is a noise that sounds like it is probably just the belts. I'm going to have them double check it next oil change but as of yet no major problems in my 2 year Charger experience.
But if you take a look around the site you will see that they also stand up pretty good in an accident compared to a lot of those smaller cars.
I have an 06 that was bought new in Dec 2006. She now has 14,700 miles and all I've had were the common tranny o-ring leak and moisture in one of the headlights. Both were TSBs on the car. Other than that, I love Big Red to death.
The only problem I've seen with the Charger thus far (since 06) is the problems already mentioned which Chrysler has taken care of.
As for the cars you're comparing it to, If you're going to get a Honda or Toyota, go with 04 and below. Their quality ratings have been dropping steadily since 05/06. Toyota, in the last model year, has had one of the largest quality rating decreases in the industry.
Lastly, I'll say buy what you like. I don't know too many people that like both the Accord and Camry and ALSO like the Charger. It's really two different worlds. But, you gotta be happy with it in the end.
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