I have a 2006 Magnum SE, you know the one with the tiny 2.7 V6. Well we just got back to Calgary at midnight from a 5,300 mile trip. We started in Calgary and drove down to Butte, MT for the night then to Reno, NV for one night via Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Twin Falls, ID. From Reno we went to San Francisco, CA where we visited family and friends for a week and did a bit of shopping and sight seeing also, had a great fathers day at Famous Dave's BBQ since The Boiling Crab had a long line. After the week in SF we drove to Los Angeles via the 101 and spent 5 days there and took my daughter to Disney for 2 days. BTW for those in the military Disney has a great deal we got a 3 day park hopper valid until September 2012 for less than $100. Didn't even know about it and almost bought the tix online, good thing the ticket lady brought it up after I gave her my PenFed card to pay. After Disney there was more shopping for my wife and daughter and I stopped by Allied Mufflers in Bellflower to have my Blastin Bob's 6db exhaust installed by the man himself, can't have everyone else shop except me so I bought something for the Magnum. Any case, after LA we drove to Las Vegas, NV and stayed for 3 days with family and enjoyed the seafood buffet at the Rio and also ate at the Bellagio. Gotta hand it to Vegas if you like buffet it's the place to go and stuff your self until you say uncle. While in Vegas we also went to Hoover Dam where it was also over 100*F like anywhere else near Vegas. After Vegas we drove up I-15 to Salt Lake City, UT and spent the night there. Nice place I may consider it as one of the places to move to after my tour in Calgary is up next year. On the way to SLC on I-15 another Magnum came up from behind us and waved. From SLC we drove up I-15 all the way to Sweetgrass, Mt to cross the border back to Alberta on the way home to Calgary.
Before we departed Calgary I set my odometer to 0 to see how many miles we would do during our 18 days of travel. In the beginning of the trip we had two suitcases and 4 people and enough space in the back of the Magnum, probably had about 120lbs of stuff in the back. At the end of the journey the back was full and I couldn't even see out the rear and there must have been an additional 500lbs of things that my family bought. The car performed very well through the 112*F heat of the desert and the climb going through the Rockies even when it was full at 6,700 ft above sea level. Granted it wasn't going to win any races but I also didn't have to redline the car just to get it going. In the end I am glad we drove instead of flying and getting a rental car, because we not only saved money on the cost of airline tickets and rental car and instead used it for shopping for things my family wants but we also saw parts of the country we wouldn't have enjoyed from a plane. Now the wife and I think we just need a bigger vehicle so we don't fill it up so quickly.
So loving the sound of my new exhaust all the way back to home thanks to Blastin Bob's. When I arrived for my appointment he was welding the parts he would be installing for my car. He did raise a brow when he saw my plates as he was centering the exhaust. Probably couldn't believe I drove all the way there just for the install. LOL
Last edited by redorange; 07-03-2011 at 04:27 PM.
Nice! Did you track gas mileage at all? Any pics?
2008 Magnum SRT8
2002 Chrysler 300M Special
Magnum: "The practical muscle car."
Nice! I plan on doing that road trip sometime too....drive to Vegas, then L.A., and all the major cities on the west coast and take the PCH all the way back up the coast, then through Vancouver and back home through the Rockies.
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60' - 2.08
1/8 Mile - 8.99 @ 78.55 MPH
1/4 Mile - 13.97 @ 99.7MPH
Yeah I tracked the mileage just gotta do the calculations from the receipts. Still working on getting things put away at the house from the trip then do an oil change to the car.
I also took a similar trip. Seattle to Boise, Idaho Falls, Yellowstone, Butte, Great Falls, Glacier and Trout Creek MT. About 2800 miles. I did not bother keeping mileage due to the odd driving during some side trips and puttering around the parks. But on the first leg to Boise I think I got 24 even with the passes and AC.
I stayed at a Best Western in Butte MT and saw a white SE a few stalls away????
That's quite a trip. Would love to do something like that someday. Probably after I retire.
'07 Magnum RT RWD Steel Blue with Road & Track package, NC-SXT silver honeycomb grill, 20" Foose Nitrous Chromes
'01 BMW Z3 2.5i Roadster
'97 Seadoo GTX - Hydroturf matting mod
'05 Crownline 202 BR with duoprop
2010 Wildcat 31TS 5th Wheel
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Wow...what a trip.....sounded like fun! And by the way drag_racer, your avatar bought blew my mind! whew!
i've taken my Magnum from Philly to San Diego 3 times so far, and will do so again this year as well. Average tank is about 21mpg, with lots of 80+mph and twisty mountain road driving.
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Nice. I love road trips in the magnum although i am alone most times.
My last was in may. Left new york, night in baltimore, next in augusta georgia then all the way to houston. After one week home spebt first night in new orleans on my way bavk. Next was in fort campbell which straddles the Tennessee/kentucky border. After that it was straight back to new york city through the mountains of west virginia. Those mountains are a driver's road by the way with big winding curves on 4 lanes for hundreds of miles.
Average speed was between 75-80mph.
I have a SRT8 mind you.
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Nope that wasn't me we stayed at Hampton Inn and my car is not white. As far as mileage I know there was a leg that I did 27 mpg, I think I probably averaged about 25 or 26 mpg. It was just great that the model with the smallest engine managed to carry that load around through the mountains and it's high elevations without a big problem. We're still deciding where to go in September for my 12 days of leave from work, maybe Seattle or Mt. Rushmore but I may take my Nissan Xterra for that trip and give the car a break since we've done almost 9,000 miles on it on long road trips just the past year.