A 2.7L Charger must be a real slug. Even the 3.5L is not particulalrly
impressive. The 3.5L Chrysler 300 is slower than the 3.0L Ford Five Hundred
which everyone except me says is "too slow." I can't imagine the 3.5L
Charger is any faster than the 3.5L Chrsyler 300.
I wonder how many 2.7L V-6 Chargers Chryler actually sells? Hard to imagine
anyone wanting a slow car that is also uncomfortable, rides poorly, has
mediocre fuel economy (21/28), rattles, and is unreliable. I can see the
atttraction of the Hemi version, at least until I get my first speeding
The 3.5L Chrysler 300 has 250HP and according to Car and Driver the 0-60
time is 7.3 seconds and that's with the lousy 4 speed. The 07 3.5L has the
5 speed which should improve it to 7.0 sec.
No way is the Five Hundred faster than the Charger/300 with 3.5L.
Sure the Five Hundred is lighter by a couple of hundred pounds but it is
giving up 50HP/45 FT-LBS.
I have rented the 300 and it handles well and is really comfortable.
No rattles and light years ahead of GM products.
The bad areas are front/rear visibility.
That is your opinion. It has won the 10 best award for 3 years in a row.
Car and Driver usually hates domestic cars but not with this car.
The only car that GM makes that is RWD and has the performance of the Hemi
is the Cadillac STS V8 but it costs 50% more.
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After struggling with the lack of visibility of a rental Magnum, when I
returned to my LH it was like being in a green house.
Night time vision through the Magnum's heavily tinted rear window was
non existent. I needed outside help from my wife to park at night.
The cops do not like the Dodge and the Chevy because once the cage is
installed there is not enough room in the back seat. To make more room some
departments are placing the cage three inches ahead and that does not allow
the driver seat to be moved back.
When it came time to do the brakes on ours I asked at the dealers for the
different part numbers for parts for the police package Imps and everything
was the same so I just bought some good pads.
The Suspension differences are just stiffer struts. The cooling system has
the second fan the size as the first, there is one wrecked police package
Imp in the junkyard near my house so I may pick up the fans someday.
Not to cross swords with another thread, but the Impala once again
proves that front-wheel drive and police driving DO NOT MIX. The
drivetrain isn't strong enough, and the handling isn't safe enough.
Dodge never even bothered to try to certify the Intrepid/Concorde/Vision
for that very reason, although a lot of police departments did buy them
and use them for light-duty work.
It will be very interesting to see how the Charger plays out as a cop
car. The 3.5L V6 Charger Police Package accelerates faster than the v8
Ford Interceptor, and the 5.7L V8 Charger Police Package is amazing.
Ford has had the market to themselves WAY too long, and the
Interceptor's pathetic performance is showing.
Apparently you are not aware the Interceptor has been upgraded every year
and is by far the number one selling police vehicle. It is bullet prove in
more ways than one. Too bad it is going away in 2008.
It's probably #1 because it's been the only legitimate player in the
game since the demise of the Caprice (up until Chrysler started
certifying the Charger, that is.) Wasn't it you yourself that stated
that if I didn't have a RWD car I couldn't understand what handling was?
That's one statement that you've made that in general I wholeheartedly
agree with. I think after a couple years we will be seeing a lot more
MoPar cop cars unless GM or Ford gets their act together. I for one
welcome the return of our Hemi-powered overlords (even if it's not the
same Hemi.) Now just give me a goshdarned 2-door coupe with a manual
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I have a cool book about Mopar police packages over the years. The car I
liked the most that they show is a 60's era Dart wagon with a 170 slant 6
one barrel for patrol duties. The police slant six added beefier
bearings. At the other end of the mopar police package performance
spectrum was the 440ci 4 barrel cars for highway patrol/interceptor
duties. And every engine in between was also used -- 225 slant 6, 318ci,
360, 400, 440 in various flavors of carburettion. I dont think they put
the 340 in cop cars. They didn't put the 426 Hemi in cop cars back then.
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