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    I'm baaaaaaaack

    After seven+ years, one 2010 GT500, one 2011 CTSV Coupe, one 2008 GT500, one 2012 GT500, and finally one 2013 GT500, I have returned to the LX fold. I took delivery of a White 2017 Charger HC last night. And so we meet again, my friends.
    '06 Bright Silver Metallic Charger SRT8 (SOLD)
    '10 Kona Blue/White stripe Shelby GT500 (SOLD)
    '11 Radiant Silver Metallic Cadillac CTS-V Coupe (SOLD)
    '08 Performance White/Blue stripe Shelby GT500 (SOLD)
    '12 Performance White/Stripe delete GT500 (SOLD)
    '13 Performance White/Blue stripe GT500 (SOLD)
    '17 White Knuckle Charger HC
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    Did you get the BM wheels or the black five spoke? Lets see a pic.

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    Brass Monkey, for the win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B5 MOPAR View Post
    Did you get the BM wheels or the black five spoke? Lets see a pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrl859 View Post
    Lousy photo. Sorry.

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    Nice combo.

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    what were you thinking with those other cars. welcome i guess there is a good reason your back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CruzKing View Post
    what were you thinking with those other cars. welcome i guess there is a good reason your back.
    Drive a GT500 and then ask me again.

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    Where's your bias shifting to now?
    Give us a first hand comparison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tornadof5 View Post
    Where's your bias shifting to now?
    Give us a first hand comparison
    I'll do this as Pros/Cons on each vehicle.

    GT500 pros:
    • Much cooler looking, all the way around. Those iconic racing stripes were awesome to view on the hood and through the rear view mirror.
    • Smaller, more nimble.
    • Very fast with tons of torque.
    • Excellent steering with adjustable electric assist. ZERO steering wheel shake. My understanding is the electric assist actually mitigated steering shake
    • True Recaro seats. Fit my sides like a glove.
    • Great sounding exhaust note.
    • Steering wheel with Alcantra in just the right places.
    • Great looking engine/supercharger.
    • Cramped interior.



    GT500 cons:

    • Horrible seats that have the built-in headrest the leans too far in at the top. I like to sit very straight up. Every car I've owned after my '06 SRT8 Charger has had the headrests that lean forward for a federal safety anti-whiplash regulation. Every other car, I took the headrest apart and bent the frame. After looking at the exploded view of the Recaros, that was not going to be possible for me to accomplish. I had to lean further back than I liked, which always felt weird to me.
    • Terrible traction issues off the line and even as the torque really began to build further up the rpm range. And that was with larger MPSS tires.
    • Mediocre sound from the audio system
    • Live rear axle. Over bumpy roads, especially on hard acceleration, the rear end jumped around like it was stepping on hot coals.
    • Uncomfortable, for me, center console/armrest. Hard as a rock and flat as a pancake.
    • No telescopic wheel. I used extenders on all three pedals so I could sit far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the pedals.
    • Manual only. Shifting is fine, but not all the time. Also, the clutch pedal on the 13-14s engages VERY high making smooth shifting a task.
    • Noisy in general, especially over bumps.


    Hellcat Charger pros:
    • Heated and ventilated very comfortable seats with cloth inserts and memory electric feature. The seats in my '06 Charger were the most comfortable I ever had and these are very similar. Also, the headrest doesn't hit me in the back of the head and make me tilt my head forward.
    • Much more comfortable interior: center armrest is padded and sits higher, steering is tilt and telescopic, pedals are situated better.
    • Sophisticated, impressive automatic transmission. I'm pretty much done with a clutch, at least for now.
    • Better sound system with Carplay.
    • Scary fast acceleration with impressive traction.
    • Surprisingly good fuel economy. Not that I bought it for that.
    • Sophisticated infotainment system with Performance pages and on the fly trans/engine/suspension adjustments.
    • Auto dimming left outer mirror.
    • Very quiet interior, overall. Tight with no rattles.Of course, it only has 600 miles on it so that may change.


    Hellcat cons:
    • Steering shake at higher speeds.
    • Ridiculously loud exhaust with horrific interior drone at 2,000 rpm.
    • Steering shake at higher speeds.
    • Does not have the iconic looks or WOW factor of the Shelby.
    • Steering shake at higher speeds.
    • Large, heavy, lumbering car, especially compared to the smaller Mustang. This sensation may change as I grow used to the car.
    • Steering shake at higher speeds.
    • Audio system is boomy. Working on adjusting that to my liking.
    • Steering shake at higher speeds.


    Overall, I am pleased with Hellcat. It's much more comfortable. I just need to get the shaking fixed and I'm working on that. Interestingly, my '06 shook for almost the whole four years I owned it. I balanced the tires myself and had them balanced dozens of times. The shake finally stopped when I installed Toyo Proxes tires after 20,000 miles. I am not going to live with this that long. Dodge is going to need to fix it or get me another car. I will be working on resolving this over the next few weeks. Also, the exhaust is annoyingly loud but I'll get used to that.

    You're probably sorry you asked, by now. In conclusion, they're both awesome machines, just different. I'm satisfied with my move to the Hellcat (or will be when the shake is fixed), but recommend against looking down on the GT500s. They are not to be disregarded.
    Last edited by mrl859; 06-18-2017 at 11:24 PM.

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    I'm glad you're talking GT500 looks to Charger and not Challenger...but
    IMO, the GT500 pales in comparison to the GT350 in looks dept.
    To me the GT500 looks bloated and boy racer in the real world...where the GT350 looks like it should have racing stripes.

    Why did you go through so many GT500's and not try the GT350?
    I get too attached to change cars that frequently.

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    Sorry I asked.... definitely not. Certainly a well worth share thanks. Interesting comparisons. Seems in both vehicles what one wins on the merry-go-round the other loses on the swings, so in essence both good buys.
    Thanx for taking the time to shareI'm baaaaaaaack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase300 View Post
    I'm glad you're talking GT500 looks to Charger and not Challenger...but
    IMO, the GT500 pales in comparison to the GT350 in looks dept.
    To me the GT500 looks bloated and boy racer in the real world...where the GT350 looks like it should have racing stripes.

    Why did you go through so many GT500's and not try the GT350?
    I get too attached to change cars that frequently.
    I don't care for the looks of the latest generation Mustang and wanted to get back into a Charger. Also, it doesn't have enough power and I'm done with small cars, for now. As far as my car changing frequency, I have car commitment issues. I need help.
    Last edited by mrl859; 06-19-2017 at 12:26 PM.

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