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PostSubject: It started with a Dodge   September 5th 2012, 3:51 pm

And she's still around after 123000 miles and hauls a$$ like noones business around here, least to me.
She had a tune, CAI, suspension, and exhaust. I was pretty happy with that, except the drone that was annoying but had a plan anyway to tone that down.

Fast forward to this week where I got myself another LX, for real this time and not sketchy like the last time I got the 300 making more money helps, it's another 300 but it's an 2006 SRT!!!!


I transfered most of the stuff I added to the Magnum save for a few items, like exhuast, suspension, and OEM Kicker stuff I added.
The Magnum isn't leaving but she will be driven by my mom for the rest of the time. But I'm already enjoying the 300 already. That engine is addicting and the tune and CAI made hell of a difference the stock intake had a dirty filter and I had to point out to the dealer to make sure to fill'er up with Premium before I left the lot. And I got a look like that was something new. But seriously the dealer I went to, Thomas Dodge in Highland, IN, was great. In two hours I was in and out with the 300. I knew what I wanted the I wasn't pressured to buy something else. All in all it was a great experience and between them and CarMax I'd buy from either again.
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 5th 2012, 4:19 pm

Wow congrats. Im jealous
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 5th 2012, 4:42 pm

Beautiful ride you got there. Can't wait to get one myself. Enjoy.
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 5th 2012, 5:52 pm

Great ride but I'm kinda partial to silver 300c SRT8's!
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 5th 2012, 7:44 pm

looks great. congrats bud!

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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 5th 2012, 9:02 pm

Congrats bro

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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 5th 2012, 9:18 pm

Nice whip...
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 6th 2012, 12:37 am

Thanks guys!
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 7th 2012, 6:52 am

Congrats on the new ride!
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 21st 2012, 5:39 pm

Great, enjoy it.

Tell me more about the drone.
My first LX was a '08 I think Charger rental for a few days. Must have been the 3.5 and I was surprised how peppy it was. Exhaust note was great for a v6 for sure.

When I was shopping for a LX I was split between a Charger and Magnum, but then focused on Magnum only. I had a bubble Caprice wagon 2 cars prior and that thing was a boat. I knew I wanted a station wagon again.

Congrats on the new car. I'm sure it's much much faster and great in turns due to seats.
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 21st 2012, 8:39 pm

Thanks Adam!
It is quite a step up from an R/T and it's not just the seats it's the whole presentation.
And the 300 I got is loaded with everything I could want, there's very little I want to add.
Though it isn't perfect but I'm addressing those issues when I can and am already doing a sort of mod day on my day off. I ordered a bunch of parts from Rockauto and Speedlogix as preventative maintenance and/or upgrade, especially getting rid of those damn OEM lugs again.
As for the drone I had with the Cherry Bombs, it was on the highway around 2000 to 2500 rpm. The kit just had straight pipe after the Vortex mufflers so there was a lot of sound coming out the car. I was just going to go to a shop and add some glasspacks and the would cut down the drone to a suitable level.
When I was first LX shopping it had been between a 300 and Magnum to start off. At the time I thought the Chargers were ugly as hell, and I'm still not that fond of them but throw an SRT Charger at me and I'll shut up lol, and it was between those two when I went to Carmax. I drove a 300 Limited that was nice and was really surprised by that V6 too. Peppy but not fast. I asked if they had a 300C to which was a no. However they did have a base R/T that had nothing in terms of features just the HEMI. Test drove it and loved it. We wanted one with some options and found the Red one for a great price. Speaking of which, at the time for some reason or another a similarly equipped Magnum R/T and 300C were differently priced by 2 grand and the SRT was out of the question pricewise and we needed a car to transport my brothers wheelchair easily the Magnum won hands down on all fronts. Though knowing what I know now I should've just gotten what I had wanted in the first place which was a 300C.
Having that 300 Touring earlier in the year was nice but again peppy but not fast. After it was given back I had started to save again for something different and when I got my new job with the pay raise I knew that I was going after an SRT no matter what. I was looking at R&Ts and SRT Design but considering the price point they were almost as much as the SRTs for a couple of grand more.
In the end I'm happy with what I'm driving, no doubt, and it's comforting to know that there's 400+ HP under my right foot to move a huge 4 door saloon.
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 21st 2012, 10:35 pm

my first car in HS was roadworthy for a week so I guess it does not count, fast forward several years and I got a Geo Prizm (Corolla) 1.6L 5speed which was great. A year out of high school I saved enough and bought it myself. Gas was at times as low as .99 a galon so things were sweet. One day driving to work I dude ran a stop sign on a one way and "T boned" me sort of. It was early morning and damp and I knew I would not stop in time and I would T him maybe or maybe we 45 whatever... so I thought if I turn right he'll hit my back... I dunno. Well he got my driver door and scraped all the way to the back. If he was in a heavier car my left knee cap would be gone. I realized it was a tin can. At the time I had some $ saved up and knew I'd get the biggest car I could afford and it was a ex cop car 95 Caprice. I loved those things, sometime after got a '94 model but much much cleaner, I mean almost brand new looking minus the smell and worn carpet. Some stupid FUSCK drunk run into it and totalled it, so I got a Caprice wagon which I loved but a buddy at my club turned his into 6speed. Thus made my wagon boring. we turned mine into 6speed and into a summer only car, but the fricken first day I put it in storage my daily driver, a 89 caprice gets stolen, so I row 6 gears through the winter), to my jaw dropping surprise my car is found with a different VIN 6 months later and I get it back. Then my hack job of a 6 speed runs out of funds to fix. For some reason it would start to eat up the clutch quick several times. So I drive my "daily" and park the wagon, I sell that few years after for scrap pretty much as I know I don't have funds or means to make it road worthy again. I drive my '89 and call it rusty trusty as it was falling apart but boy body on frame kept it straight. except one day I lost a c clip and the rear end went bye bye... my next car is again a '89 Caprice but with a bigger motor. I have that for few years loning for a 94-96 LT1 powered Caprice but by that time they are not as comon and either beat down or donked are on the road.

So I start to look for an alternative, as gas prices were pretty high and I was getting about 9-11 mpg and my serious GF wanted something safer. She felt sick without airbags and ABS (which after all these years I got used to), so I knew I wanted a RWD V8. I noticed the 300c as a nice fill in to the gap that fomoco, gm, chrysler made for several years. but call me an @$$ I missed the "safety" of driving a retired cop car from back in the day. I never drove stupid cutting people off etc but if the traffic was light lets say I drove a little quicker than average. I could get away with it. I mean with the clean car I could drive 20mph over limit or 10 over traffic with CC set and people would move out of the way. One time I showed up at an accident scene which just happened and I lit up my spotlight to help with traffic. That was the only time I "used the powers" and I dialled 911 first. I'm getting side tracked. What I'm trying to say is that having the boat station wagon missing it made me realize how great they are. Then I knew I wanted the Magnum over 300 or Charger.

Now if I could have a toy car. Challenger 6speed of course. With so much traffic on the road nowdays a tenth here or there won't make me more happy vs driving a Challenger uber cool vs Mustang which looks good and I'm so sorry GM Camaro.

what a story and a rant.
All I can say is I'm not happy about my Magnum eating front end, maybe I drive it too rough from having 5 body on frame cars earlier, most of them with upgraded HD cop spec suspension.

Magnum, you are my new friend. You may not be as roomy as my other wagon but you are good!
Mo, enjoy the 6.1 power! Whenever I hear one of those, man they sound good.
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 21st 2012, 11:06 pm

I really dig the Magnum.
but I miss the 94 Caprice sedan and wagon.
Maybe in part because thouse were the cars of my youth.
(I'm only 33) ha ha
but times were different then.
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PostSubject: Re: It started with a Dodge   September 21st 2012, 11:14 pm

give me one of those

and you can turn it into a sleeper.

94-96 made 260 HP stock, but crap a minivan is getting close to it, well back in the day these cars were quick
and had torque down low

at the end MO, I'm very happy for you. Enjoy the srt8. it's a great car. Muscle car with 4 doors and room to strech your legs.
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