2008 Dodge Charger Reviews

2008 Dodge Charger Base 2.7 from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

A very classy and aggressive car, but the interior is plain and the engine is weak

Faults:

No special things went wrong when I had it.

General Comments:

I leased a Charger 2007, base model and 2.7L engine, for a while.

Car looks very aggressive, and very eye catching. I love its look. This car is too big, like a tank, but this size has its own fans.

Interior is quite plain and simple, not only it is not as eye catching as the exterior, but also some how disappointing. I need to emphasize that I had the base model, but the base model is still a Charger and almost an expensive car, and the interior should not be so cheap.

Interior is very roomy. Seats are good, but not very comfortable. I used to drive a Buick Regal, and in comparison to my Buick, the seats are not very ergonomic and comfortable.

A/C seems not to be very efficient, but OK. Sound system is weak, and when you play songs it sounds artificial.

A large blind spots, but not a big deal.

Small 2.7L is unable to give this beast enough acceleration, you need to push the pedal all the way down to let the car have acceptable acceleration.

A strange problem with this base model: it seems that engine and transmission of this car are so that car has two states; first state is when you push the acceleration pedal until half, in this state the car is pretty slow and lazy. Second state is when you push the pedal all the way down; in this state the engine sound changes and goes very loud, and car suddenly jumps forward and gets a good acceleration, but it can be a bit dangerous because it happens suddenly and you may hit the cars in front of you. The problem is there is no intermediate state between these two states!

The other problem is with the rear mirror. It has a control that you can change it from day mirror to night mirror, which reduces the reflected light from rear cars when it goes dark. Night mirror is too dark for me, and rear cars seem hazy and unclear; the lack of a sophisticated autodim mirror is obvious.

The other problem is with steering wheel, I think it is not in the correct place and angle. You can change the angle of steering wheel, but it's still not very comfortable. All Chrysler and Dodge passenger cars seems to have small steering wheels; I prefer to have a bit bigger steering wheel with a bit more ergonomic design.

Beside the steering wheel itself, the car's steering system is very responsive and the driver can easily control it.

Overall, a nice car, very classy, but if you want to purchase a 2008 Charger and probably pay something more than 15K, spend some more money and purchase higher models, not the base model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2009

12th Aug 2009, 14:25

"the engine is weak"

- Just be glad that you didn't buy it, but only leased it for a while.

13th Aug 2009, 15:56

A good review, although I think complaints about acceleration and performance are unjustified. If you wanted a performance car, you should have gone with the 5.7 L instead of the 2.7 L. They also make a 3.5 L for this car. I think complaints about the bland interior are also due to this being a base model, rather than a higher trim level. If you get the base model, then you have to accept that it is the base model.

2008 Dodge Charger R/T AWD 5.7 Hemi (yeah, it's a hemi) from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.7 Hemi (yeah, it's a hemi) Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous carMazda RX8

Summary:

I wanted a larger car with AWD and lots of power, this is the cat's...well you know

Faults:

I have driven the car fairly hard and always with the open mind that, that is why I bought the car, it is a hemi after all. Nothing has gone wrong with the car at all.

General Comments:

The over all look is very attractive, not just me, but whenever I stop to get gas, (a common experience, have a heavy foot) I almost always get asked about it, men and women.

The car is everything that the mags and reviewers have ever said about it, quick and agile... the steering does take a minute or two, to get used to. When you want to pass, you need only think about it and it is over.

This car is a very solid car, no squeaks or bangs, other than stuff I throw around when taking corners to quickly.

The seats, are just a little too "old men" for me. Would prefer more substance, but they are comfy.

I would buy another one... if it comes with a "stick".

Next!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2008

16th Mar 2010, 10:44

I really like the Charger/300 that Dodge/Chrysler makes. Basically the same car, just different branding and perception.

I currently own a Nissan Maxima SV, but my girlfriend has a Charger R/T P Package with AWD. I love it and I plan to buy a Chrysler 300C AWD as soon as my lease is up.

The leather is great, transmission is smooth, and the uConnect system for Navigation and Audio is great. This is the Charger I am speaking of though. I am sure the Chrysler 300 will be similar.

And I think you really have to buy this car with the HEMI V8. Totally worth it. Chrysler/Dodge really hit it on mark this time.

2008 Dodge Charger from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance8400 miles
Previous carDodge Ford Fusion

Summary:

Would I buy this car? No

Faults:

No problems.

General Comments:

Rented a 2008 Dodge Charger for a week while on vacation. Here's my thoughts:

The Dodge Charger is a sporty larger 4-door sedan. For a sporty type of car, it did not drive like one. Instead it drove like my old Lincoln Mark VII. Why? It was comfortable and roomy. It had a nice big trunk. But the steering was very sloppy. The Charger had decent power, but nothing to write home about. Only the styling says power and sporty. The drive says boat.

The design is such that you had significantly less view of what's around you while driving the many other cars I've driven. The very first thing I noticed getting behind the wheel is how small the windows looked. Of course, that's really an illusion. It was merely your position in the car compared to where the windows were.

Up until this rental, I had always considered the Charger as a contender for my next car. Not now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th August, 2008

27th Aug 2008, 13:37

I've never understood why Dodge brought back the Charger as a boring FOUR DOOR!! I have had some great Dodges in the past, and I'd have given the Charger a VERY serious look if it had not been a 4-door granny-mobile. As it was, I went for sporty looks and bought a Mustang.

I think Pontiac is making the same mistake with the awesome G-8. It would appeal to a wider market if it came in a sporty coupe.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews