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Hi everyone first time here, board looks great. I plan on going tuesday to price out a 2006 sxt and I am j/w a few things. I can't afford, nor can I get the hemi due to insurance and gas. so my question is, how is the performance wit the sxt? I read it's like 250 HP or so 3.5L sounds good but do you feel it when your driving? just curious to others opinions? thanks!
 

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My SXT drives very well. It has plenty of OOMPH for me. When I got on the freeway the first time on the way home from the dealer, I was up to 70 MPH before I knew it and actually had to hit the brakes to keep from running over other cars. The handling is quick and precise, the suspension does well to soak up a majority of bumps (you'll definitely feel the larger potholes and bumps) and the brakes are excellent.

Of course, my comparison is based on driving the SXT (for a full day now) against my 94 S-10 Blazer 2WD and my wife's 2002 Mercury Mountaineer AWD, so I don't have a lot of new car experience. Also, I haven't driven an R/T Charger, but I'm sure that they pack a lot more punch all the way around.

I think you will really like the SXT. It's not a HEMI R/T, but it's a fun car, it demands attention, it'll get much better gas mileage than the HEMI, and it's far and away a better all around car than most other cars out there.
 

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I am a newbie who picked up his SXT Memorial Day weekend. The 3.5L V6 is a great little performer. I carpool driving nearly 800 miles every other week so gas was also a big concern. My first full tank fill-up gas mileage was 25.5 MPG. Probably could have gotten to the posted 27 highway limit if I could keep it under 80 :) The tach reads 2450 RPM at 80 MPH and has a 6500 RPM redline.

This is the first time in a long while that I have fallen in love with my ride. Take one out for a test drive and you'll see that while the HEMI kicks ass, the 3.5 does allright.
 

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The 3.5 is what the old 300M had as standard (Iam pretty sure) So look at it that way. What other RWD cars have 250HP and 250 LBFT of torque?? What other CARS have that? The 3.5 is fine.
 

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What other RWD cars have 250HP and 250 LBFT of torque?? What other CARS have that? The 3.5 is fine.
Mine does, but a V6 Charger may be faster. I haven't seen magazine times, but 3.5L 300s run high 15s, and the Charger's 5-speed tranny and lower weight will improve upon that.

A V6 Charger will probably hang with my $40k V8 luxury car...not too shabby.
 

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thanks for all the advice. I am really looking forward to this car. I'm not all about speed, don't get me wrong.. I love the all around look of this car. thats whats drawing me 2 it..I can't wait now!
 

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Mine does, but a V6 Charger may be faster. I haven't seen magazine times, but 3.5L 300s run high 15s, and the Charger's 5-speed tranny and lower weight will improve upon that.

A V6 Charger will probably hang with my $40k V8 luxury car...not too shabby.
The latest issue of car and driver has a 300 touring turning a [email protected] 90m.p.h.
The sxt is about 200 lbs lighter and has a better transmission...my drag race simulator says 0-60 in about 7.3-7.5 seconds and a quarter mile in 15 [email protected] 92 m.p.h. certainly peppy!
 

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TurboAWD said:
The 3.5 is what the old 300M had as standard (Iam pretty sure) So look at it that way. What other RWD cars have 250HP and 250 LBFT of torque?? What other CARS have that? The 3.5 is fine.
I'd hate to break up your little V6 party here, but there are other 3.5L 4-door sedans out there...The Toyota Avalon's 3.5 has 280hp/260tq, Nissan's Altima has 250hp/260tq and they have a 300hp version of that engine in the 35th anniv. Z. Not forgetting the Acura RL's 3.5L with 300hp/260tq and SH-AWD :whistle: Let's not even get into Subaru (300hp), Mitsubishi (276hp), Mercedes (268hp), BMW (255hp)....

So it's your choice: Get washed away in a sea full of 6-cyl sedans or blow them all out of the water with a HEMI! :D

:lol: :cool:
 

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the 3.5 in the 300m turned 15.90 at 91 mph in 1/4 mile .so these should do about the same
 

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I'd hate to break up your little V6 party here, but there are other 3.5L 4-door sedans out there...

The Toyota Avalon's 3.5 has 280hp/260tq ---- 30k

Nissan's Altima has 250hp/260tq ------29k
Not forgetting the Acura RL's 3.5L with 300hp/260tq ----- 41k
----> and SH-AWD :whistle: ------------- 50k

Let's not even get into Subaru (300hp), ------ 30k

Mitsubishi (276hp) ----- 30k

Mercedes (268hp) ------35k

BMW (255hp) ------ (330i I assume?) -----40k

So it's your choice: Get washed away in a sea full of 6-cyl sedans or blow them all out of the water with a HEMI! :D

:lol: :cool:

Charger SE - $23,700 is it?

Don't get me wrong, I'm getting a V-8 car myself, but the 3.5 is a great performance bargain.
 

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TD1932 said:
Charger SE - $23,700 is it?

Don't get me wrong, I'm getting a V-8 car myself, but the 3.5 is a great performance bargain.
Good point on the V6 price :neutral: But I just can't get enough of that HEMI power :D
 

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The latest issue of car and driver has a 300 touring turning a [email protected] 90m.p.h.
The sxt is about 200 lbs lighter and has a better transmission...my drag race simulator says 0-60 in about 7.3-7.5 seconds and a quarter mile in 15 [email protected] 92 m.p.h. certainly peppy!
Yeah Car and Driver also ran a 300C in 13.9 and a Mustang V6 automatic convertible at 15.0. I'm not sure about those times. 15.4 in a 300 Touring sounds kinda downhill with the wind to me, but who knows. I have never heard of a regular person running any 13.9 in a stock 300C, though. Most people seem to be in the 14.2-14.7 range.

I will tell you one thing, though, if I ever see a stock V6 Charger run a 15.0, I will buy one that day.
 

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Yeah Car and Driver also ran a 300C in 13.9 and a Mustang V6 automatic convertible at 15.0. I'm not sure about those times. 15.4 in a 300 Touring sounds kinda downhill with the wind to me, but who knows. I have never heard of a regular person running any 13.9 in a stock 300C, though. Most people seem to be in the 14.2-14.7 range.

I will tell you one thing, though, if I ever see a stock V6 Charger run a 15.0, I will buy one that day.
The 15 flat was just a simulation, I could play around with it some more with the gear ratios and such and come up with diffrent times. C&D always seems to publish the quickest times...HMMM :nerd:
 

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The magazine times are DA corrected :wink: Thus the time they show can only be acheived in ideal conditions at sea level (with professional drivers and drop-clutch launches). So what you see at your local track may vary greatly. I can tell you that here in Vegas during the summer, times are often a full second off! :eek:

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up here at altitude, Bandemere speedway sits right at the foot of the rockies...and on really hot days (i've seen track temps in the 130's) the air is so thin, its' like running a sprint while breathing through a ****tail straw...The mags times are pretty consisent though, mainly because they run at the same track all the time...
 

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I still say that the SXT version of the Charger is going to be a great selling vehicle for Dodge. It's very reasonably priced, lots of room, and let's not forget about looks. One of the best looking sedans on the road today I believe. I think that the 3.5 is going to be a great fit in the mid level (and entry level) Charger. The only time you may notice it needs a little more power is if you drive in mountainous terrain a lot. But it will be more than adequate for a daily driver.
 
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