How I came to own a Challenger

Discussion in 'Dodge Challenger General Discussions' started by KEVIN DONOVAN, Nov 10, 2019 at 4:47 PM.

  1. KEVIN DONOVAN

    KEVIN DONOVAN Active Member

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    Been looking for a car to replace my '03 SVT Cobra for a couple years now. Ever since I told my daughter that the car was hers whenever she had a garage to keep it in. Initially, I figured I had plenty of time but as time went on I realized my quest wasn't going to be easy. I figured I'd go get a new Mustang and that would be it. Not so much. Drove a couple, didn't like them. Reluctantly went and drive a couple Camaros. Kind of liked them but still wasn't loving anything.
    Fast-forward to last month when I happened to be reading a post online by some Challenger owner who was pointing out why he chose the Challenger over the Chevy and Ford competition. His points really rang a bell for me so I stopped at out local Dodge dealer and took a used 2016 R/T six-speed for a drive. That was all it took. Totally fell in love with the car. Now all I needed was to find the right Challenger for me. After a whole lot of test drives and online research, I decided the Scat Pack was for me. I really wanted Octane Red and a manual trans but I just couldn't find one. Then, I spoke to a friend who just happens to be the GM of our local Dodge dealer and he just happened to have a Scat Pack widebody coming in...in Octane Red! As soon as I saw the car, I knew I had found my car.
    So, definitely not your typical Challenger purchase but in my case I couldn't be happier.
     
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    Sharp car! Curious what did your buddy say to you that steered into a challenger? Also are the seats the same with in your 19 as the 16 you drove?


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    The guy online had mentioned that while the Mustang and Camaro were great cars, they fell short when it came to daily driver use. Useless back seats and trunks. Not particularly easy to get in and out of etc, etc. Not that I intended to use my new car as a daily driver but, his comments just struck a chord with me. I started thinking that maybe the Challenger was a car I should investigate.
    The 2016 R/T was pretty well optioned but certainly not on the same level as the car I ended up with. Still, that car just spoke to me. Took me back to my teens instantly. My first car was a '70 'Cuda and this Challenger just invokes the same visceral feelings while driving that I remember from the muscle cars of the 60's and 70's. As I drove it, I just found myself smiling more and more. I knew I was on to something. The main issue I had with the R/T was that it needed more power. After all, I'm used to driving my Cobra so the R/T just wasn't cutting it. After driving my first Scat Pack, I knew I'd found the right car!
    The only question remaining was whether to get a manual or auto? Unfortunately, there were no manual equipped cars available with the options and color I wanted so I was a little disappointed. Then my friend told me about the widebody he had coming in. I started doing research on the widebody and the more I learned, the more excited I got about the car. The day I got the call that the car was in, I headed over to check it out and it was love at first sight!
    The seats in my car are not the same as the ones in the 2016. I have the optional heated/cooled leather seats.
     
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    Congratulations on a great purchase. Post a photo of your Scat Pack when you can.
     
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    I was hoping Dodge would have made some changes to the seats. I liked the seats in my Scat pack. They where heated and cooled but they had suede inserts. My Hellcat is loaded but the seats are full leather. I slide around in the seat. It’s kinda unnerving. I find myself using my knee on the door panel. The other thing is the width. A slightly snugger seat would be nice. Don’t get me wrong there a good looking spot to plant your rear. Dose it need a ugly ricer seats? No, but I was hoping for a change. Because my thought was to snag the seats out of a newer wrecked car or a striped race build if they had changed them. I still might try and snag some suede SRT seats or swap someone covers.




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    Yeah, mine have the suede inserts with the Scat Pack logo. Very nice seats. I took these pictures at the dealer.

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    And this one after I got home and removed the splitter guard.

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    Thank you all Challenger owners can rejoice! Lol So is it a stick? Or did I miss that...


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    It's an auto. I wanted a stick but there just weren't any available. I'd have to wait and order a '20.