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Old 07-31-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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2009 Challenger RTX8 vs Camaro

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you experts out there give me the bad on the Challenger hemi 6.1. My next door neighbor brought one home.. damn nice in my opinion although I have never been a dodge fan.
I found one for sale and drove it yesterday. Has 1000 miles on it msrp 45k and the guy spent another 10k on upgrades. It was awesome to drive.. I freaked out and could not believe my wife liked it so much.. we really went out to see out of curiosity. I think i could buy for 42500 and its tagged so saves money there. It is orange and bad to the bone.
I have always thought Dodge reliability sucks..
Guys or Gals, give me your opinion good and bad before I buy this thing and make a mistake.!!
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:53 AM   #2
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The Challenger is a nice ride but I would tell you Camaro all the way...

Camaro = less cost, mean dog fighter looks, and better performance... You'll be sad the first time an SS flys by you...

And is it a RT or an SRT8?
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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It is the SRT8 with the add on stuff would keep up with the camaro straight line but as we all know the Camaro would beat the heck out of it in a street fight..
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:01 AM   #4
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I paid 38 out the door for my 2SS/RS. I would take the 4g’s put exhaust, FIPK kit/cold air intake, and a tune and be that much more of a killer… No pun intended… The Camaro is just a better deal no matter how you stack the deck…
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:03 AM   #5
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Sounds like it is a SRT-8. The RT has a 5.7 Hemi... I was leaning towards the Challenger myself until I got the lowdown on the Camaro... I agree with
2010SSRSIO, the Camaro is cheaper, has more horsepower, and from what I have been reading is cheaper on insurance too...

My wife drives a Chrysler 300C with the 5.7 Hemi and it will definitely fly. Her car is scary fast... You really do not know how fast you are going...until you look at the speedo. The 300C is our family car and it is fun to drive.

I have yet to drive a 2010 Camaro... It is hard for me to imagine the extra 71 ponies without feeling it (as compared to the 300C)... I am like several here, I really wanted mine to be the first Camaro I drive...

I guess it comes down to how long to you want to wait and what do you perfer... To me, there is no comparison...
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:06 AM   #6
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YEP YU R Right

I agree, I am having to talk myself into a Dodge and I have always thought they were not good quality although I do believe Dodge hit a homerun with the Challenger.
Guess I wont have to sell my brochures and all my posters if i keep the Camaro on order.
The Camaro feels like a Nascar car on the road, the challenger feels like a big muscle car similar to the 1970 car.. and there is nothing wrong with that..
Its great to live in America where we can have these tough choices to make.. we are so blessed.
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:26 PM   #7
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I was very close to purchasing a Challenger before I ordered my camaro. I really like the styling of the Challenger, its closer to a 70's muscle car feel. It's fast as hell and sounds really good from inside the car as well as outside. I also liked the extra trunk and rear seat room. But, the SRT was going to run me $10,000 more and I feel it didn't deliver the performance to offset the price difference. The camaro has comparable horses but out handles the Challenger. The Camaro has more of a sports car/muscle car feel to me.

So I guess the choice lies in which one you like the most. I made my choice with the camaro, but I will always like the Challenger.
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:30 PM   #8
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good deal for a challenger, but CAMARO FTW! You won't regret it.
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:08 PM   #9
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keep the maro man, my last 2 vehicles have been Chrysler products. Problems left and right
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:17 PM   #10
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I was sure I was going to buy the SRT8 Challenger, I love that car but then I test drove a v6 Camaro and loved it so much that I thought how nice it would be with a V8. I then went to a Dodge Dealer and drove their SRT8 Challenger. After driving it I thought it was a little boring inside and too much like my Chrysler 300C I have owned for 5 years and the seats are more comfortable in the Camaro and the Challenger SRT 8 was 7K more than my 2SS/RS so I decided to get my 2SS/RS and have not regretted it at all. I love my Camaro. There just aren't enough days and good whether to drive it as much as I would like.

With that said the Challenger is still a great car and if I was rich I would own one of them also. Heck I would even own a Shelby Mustang too if I had enough cash. I love all three of them. These are great days more muscle car addicts.
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:21 PM   #11
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Underpowered, suspension sub par, body roll, weight, cheap interior, seats so-so, bulky, gas guzzler tax, small wheels and tire package, looks like a boat. Gas mileage as well.

I have to say the exterior styling is awesome though!

I have driven one...I really was not impressed..especially for the price. Drop $10k from the sticker and the Camaro still is the better car. Not because I bought a Camaro, I chose to buy the Camaro.
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:24 PM   #12
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Has 1000 miles on it msrp 45k and the guy spent another 10k on upgrades.
Has me wondering what $10k in upgrades he did and with a sticker of $45k with 1000 miles, why so f-ing cheap?

Thats a $12.5k loss on a car with 1000 miles.

I don't get it.
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:43 PM   #13
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:49 PM   #14
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Buy a Camaro and if you would have had the cash to buy the Challenger, just get $10k in upgrades and pimpslap the next Challenger you see on the road. Just a supercharger alone would be a guaranteed win.
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:50 PM   #15
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The Camaro is a better all-around balance between value and performance.
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:41 AM   #16
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I went Challenger SRT8 6 spd. I considered the G8 GXP, but I thought the interior was kinda cheap (not as nice as my 05 GTO I had...). As for the Camaro, I just never got into the look that much, and I thought the interior looked a little goofy. I love the simplicity of the Dodge interior...everything is right where it should be and functional. Most people says it's bland, but it works for me.

That said, the Camaro would have been my second choice, but I primarily took the Challenger because of the extra room and styling. After seeing pictures of the Camaro trunk, I thought it might be too small. Shop around if you are getting a Challenger - I paid 39K for my SRT8 brand new (last day of the month! it was a stripper with options pretty much identical to a 2SS).

Either one is great choice, and the Camaro looks to have the slight performance edge if that is important to you. It's great to have such cool cars to choose from again.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:32 AM   #17
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The guy put extras on it and sold it. Why? The Camaro is cheaper with the same or better options, i.e IRS. Do you feel like getting 18 MPG on the highway? The LS3 gets 25 MPG. Gas will not get cheaper!!!
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The guy put extras on it and sold it. Why? The Camaro is cheaper with the same or better options, i.e IRS. Do you feel like getting 18 MPG on the highway? The LS3 gets 25 MPG. Gas will not get cheaper!!!

Isn't 24 for the SS? Also he 6 speed SRT8 gets 22 MPG nad many far exceed that.
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I saw some videos on youtube, and Camaro seems to be the best one! It also depends what you're willing to spend, and the performance you want in the car. Camaro seems to have the whole package!

I always wanted a Mustang, but when the I saw the Camaro it stole my heart, hopefully I will order mine very soon!

Go to youtube and Motortrend has a video showing the differences between The Camaro & Challenger.

Hope this helps!
Only problem is, Motor trend Compared the Challenger R/T to the SS, this thread is about the SRT-8, which is a TOTALLY different animal.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:38 AM   #20
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It's all in what your looking for. If you want people on a Camaro website to talk you out of it then fine and maybe you don't want it in the first place.

Sounds like you and your wife like the Challenger after the test drive. Have you test driven a Camaro SS? (I really hope so since it looks like you have one on order)
Until then if would be hard for anyone to make up their mind.
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It's all in what your looking for. If you want people on a Camaro website to talk you out of it then fine and maybe you don't want it in the first place.

Sounds like you and your wife like the Challenger after the test drive. Have you test driven a Camaro SS? (I really hope so since it looks like you have one on order)
Until then if would be hard for anyone to make up their mind.
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I thought the Challenger SRT8 has a IRS as well.....

I like the interior of the new Challenger. Being a big guy, 6'4 295....I had a lot of room in that car. I think that interior is even better than my Mustangs TBH. Depending on the upgrades, it sounds as if you may already have exhaust, springs, and probably some other goodies done already.

Test dive em both. Take a bud that perhaps have a little more car knowledge than yourself, and give it another go over. Ask to see the receipts of the work done if available. If you like the car after driving it, I would say buy it. Dodge makes a good product, and seem to have gotten the gremlins out. Give a whirl I say....if I did not get the deal on my stang that I did, the Challenger is what I would be driving.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:46 PM   #23
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I OWN BOTH, THEY BOTH HAVE LIKES AND DISLIKES HP WISE WITH FEW MODS THE CHALLENGER HANDS DOWN BUT WHEN THEY GET ALOT OF STUFF TESTED I WILL TRY THEM ON MY 2SS AND THEN WE WILL SEE WHICH CAR IS KING GOT 2SS JULY HAD STR8 CHALLENGER FOR A YEAR REALLY LIKE BOTH CARS IT WOULD BE HARD TO CHOOSE
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:11 PM   #24
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Its not an SRT-8 But thought Id post these pictures of a Challenger next to my SS Camaro My Camaro is prior to having my stripes installed. What shocked me was how much bigger the Challenger was than my Camaro! Also I know they look the same color but mine is IOM and the Challenger is bright Red. I think because I took the pics with my I.phone is reason they look same color. But It was actually the 1st challenger I have saw in person. And They are both very nice cars. Name:  camaro challenger pics 002.jpg
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it's really going to come down on witch one you like looks and feel more than the other, 1 more HP not a big power difference, quality well both GM and Dodge have had there problems so no one from either camp has any room to say anything, wheels well the Camaro has a bigger rear tire but thats it, it uses 20x9 rear and 20x8 cast wheels, the Challenger uses 20x9 front and back and are forged, both really have the same brakes, yea the Camaro gets a little better gas milage but for my car i am getting 17 city and 21 highway for an auto not too bad, if you are all that worried about gas may be a 400+ hp car is not the right thing to be looking for, and as far as performance goes well yea the Camaro is a .1 or .2 faster in the 1/4 mile and it will handle better on a track but if you are not drag racing on a track or racing on an auto cross course, you will never leagly push either car to it's limits on the street, drive both and decide look at the good and bad in both cars you have to make the payments so it's going to come down to which one will make you happyer, i really like both cars i just like the Challenger batterif i had the money i would have a Camaro too. thats just my 2 cents

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