Today’s seller Nice price or no dice Charger has the original Monroney decal even though they are not the original owner of the car. Let’s see if this Hemi-powered sedan is priced to pass that heirloom to a new owner soon.
How valuable can baseball cards be to old-time players who were long considered benchwarmers? A similar question can be asked about the Audi Coupe GT from 1987 we watched yesterday. While not exactly a couch-warmer, it did lack the Quattro AWD and turbo engine of its beefier siblings, so couldn’t really be considered an MVP. Nevertheless, a classic Audi Coupé remains an interesting, if not ideal, option in the automotive world. At $10,000, yesterday’s didn’t prove interesting enough, though it fell in a decisive 65 percent no-dice loss.
So I used to have a dog that was part Jack Russell Terrier and part Chihuahua. After we adopted him, we learned that this is a fairly common combination, commonly referred to as a “Jack-Cheese.” There are many such crosses in the automotive industry. In fact, Ford is about to launch a new electric car for Europe based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Will Ford promote that borrowed architecture in its new car ads? Probably not.
Today Dodge Charger R/T from 2007 is also a bit of a hat. Designed during the honeymoon phase of the Daimler-Chrysler merger, it has classic Mopar styling cues and a muscular pushrod V8 under its long hood, along with a slew of Mercedes-derived chassis and suspension parts underneath. In fact, the LX platform that powers both the Charger and its kissing cousin, the Chrysler 300, used a lot of pre-existing German engineering to get to market. Is that a bad thing? Not really! For buyers, however, it’s just a psychological downer to think the car you’re buying is based on borrowed bits and pieces from the last generation.
Of course, when you look at the end result, especially in its Hemi-V8 guise, many of those concerns are easily forgotten. In fact, Mopar’s LX cars can represent some of the best horsepower per dollar available. Let’s see if that’s the case with today’s Dodge.
This charger comes with 136,000 miles on the ticker, a clean title and a recent gold star for its smog test. The paint is Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat and it is in fairly good condition except for the left rear section where a sideways movement left a dent and abrasion. Brightly polished 18-inch factory wheels nicely accentuate the foreboding color scheme and appear to be free of significant wear.
The cabin offers leather seats and… well, lots and lots of plastic. This wasn’t the best era for Mopar interiors and it’s a shame the Mercedes DNA didn’t make it into the LX’s interior. Is this a horrible third world sweatshop? No, but it doesn’t live up to modern standards either. The driver’s seat shows some wear in the upholstery, but otherwise it all looks very livable. On the positive side, the seller claims that the car has always been smoke-free and has enjoyed recent details.
Potential buyers may even completely overlook the minor interior issues when they fire up the Charger’s 5.7-liter V8 and dip a toe into the 340 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque it has available. Backing up the big mill is a standard Merecedes-produced 5G-Tronic five-speed automatic for shift and forget.
According to the ad, the car runs “strong” and has recently had new brakes installed and vital fluids replaced. As noted, it also comes with the original window sticker.
This model offers Chrysler’s Multi-Displacement System (MDS) that cuts off four of the Hemi cylinders when not under load, improving fuel economy a bit. That’s another piece of Mercedes-derived technology on the car, by the way. As equipped, this charger should be able to get to the mid-20s on the highway. That’s not half bad mileage considering the available space and power of the car.
The asking price for this charger is $6,200, and we’ll have to decide now if that’s not bad too. What do you think, is this Hemi-powered R/T sedan a good deal for that price? Or does $6,200 make this a charger that has run out of power?
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Craig’s Listor go here when the ad disappears.
H/T to Don R. for the connection!
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