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Dodge Charger, Challenger and Other FCA Bestsellers Included in Massive Cruise Contro

May 25, 2018 - 11:44 PM - by armtorque
Dodge Charger, Challenger and Other FCA Bestsellers Included in Massive Cruise Contro-dodge-challenger-jpg

FCA is recalling 4.8-million vehicles including the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500 and several other popular models over a concern that the cruise control system could get stuck in the set position and it will not shut off – potentially leading to an accident if the system will not deactivate as expected.

Patrick Rall reports from Torque News.

FCA announced this morning that 4.8-million vehicles in the United States, including some of their most popular models such as the Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Charger, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and pretty much the entire modern Ram truck lineup, are being recall over a concern that the cruise control could get stuck in the set position.

As you might imagine, if the cruise control in your Hellcat Challenger or Ram 1500 gets stuck at 70 miles per hour, it poses an obvious safety risk to you and others on the road, so FCA is making the call to get these vehicles back to the dealerships and fixed. Fortunately, there has been only one report of this happening in the real world and there were no reported accidents or injuries stemming from that case.

The Problem
In the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and the rest of the FCA vehicles listed below, there are times when the cruise control system is set, but as the vehicle hits a hill, the system begins to accelerate on its own to maintain the set speed. In these affected vehicles, if the driver hits the throttle at the right point in time, right as the cruise control system initiates acceleration, there could be an electrical short that could cause the cruise control to stick on at the current speed.

The Fix
The good news is that this problem is fixed with a simple reflash of the vehicle’s computer system, so when owners bring their vehicles in for the repair, it will only take as long as a quick reprogramming with a diagnostic tool. Of course, this work will be performed free of charge to the customer.
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Would You Trade Your Hellcat Challenger for a Jeep Trackhawk?

May 25, 2018 - 12:50 PM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

Would You Trade Your Hellcat Challenger for a Jeep Trackhawk?





Last month, I had a chance to spend a week driving the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk from my home in Michigan. My first test time in the supercharged Jeep came last fall when I traveled with FCA to Maine to drive the Trackhawk on the road and on the track, but it is always better to test a vehicle on my familiar local roads. More importantly, there is a big difference between spending 3 hours driving a new vehicle in some exotic location and using it as a daily driver for a week of my life, so I was excited to get my hands on one of the high performance Grand Cherokees from my local test fleet.

When I took delivery of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the Michigan weather was still fairly wintry, so my Hellcat Challenger was still in storage, safe from the nasty road salt. In fact, one night while I had the Trackhawk, we got an inch of snow after a few hours of freezing rain, so I was thankful to have a supercharged Hemi mated to an all-wheel-drive system.

To put it bluntly, driving the Trackhawk for a week was absolutely freakin’ awesome.



Driving the Trackhawk
The 707-horsepower Jeep combines all of the comforts of the modern Grand Cherokee including an advanced all-wheel-drive system with the performance of the Dodge Hellcat car, resulting in the world’s quickest and fastest sport utility vehicle. Even in 30-degree weather on cold pavement, I was able to reel off 3.2-3.3 0-60 times without much effort and with some practice, I was able to get down to 3.1 seconds, and that was without using the Launch Control system with Torque Reserve. Using that high tech system made the Jeep slightly slower to 60, often spinning all four tires on a hard launch. On the other hand, launching with just the pedals allowed me to play with the throttle and routinely get to 60 from a stop in the low-3-second range in conditions that prevented my Hellcat Challenger from coming out of the garage.



Even on nice, warmer days, the Trackhawk still a clear advantage in the ability to launch thanks to the advanced all-wheel-drive system over the Hellcat Challenger and that is the awe-inspiring aspect of the supercharged Jeep. With my Challenger, hammering the throttle from a stop with street tires will result in nothing more than smoke and hundreds of feet of black stripes on the road. With some practice I can launch my Hellcat hard enough to get into the high-3-second range with my best time being a 3.7. On the other hand, there is very little practice or skill needed to get the most out of the Trackhawk. You can hammer the throttle from a stop and while it might give a quick spin to the tires, they are quick to bite and send the big Jeep hurdling past 60 miles per hour. Hitting a 3.5 – a time that is very difficult in my Challenger – is remarkably simple with the Trackhawk, and that was in cool temperatures on all-season tires.



As you might imagine, it was very clear on Instagram and Facebook that I was enjoying the Trackhawk, leading many, many people to ask me the exact same question:Are you going to run out and trade your Hellcat on a Trackhawk?The answer is no. The Trackhawk is nothing short of amazing and I can’t think of anything that I would change about it, but I love the Hellcat Challenger even more, as it offers some things that the similarly-powered Jeep cannot.

The Challenger Advantages
These are two of the highest performance vehicles sold in America and they are both incredible from behind the wheel, but they are two very different performance machines. The Trackhawk has AWD, allowing it to make full use of the supercharged Hemi power at any time and in any situation, but that really only helps when launching from a stop. In other situations, such as rolling along at 40mph and putting the hammer down, the Hellcat Challenger doesn’t have the same traction issues, so it doesn’t really need the extra weight of the AWD system. However, the fact that the Dodge coupe weighs more than a thousand pounds less makes a big impact on the mid-range and top end performance, so while the Jeep gets away from the starting line more... [Read More]
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2019 Dodge Charger front end teaser photo

May 15, 2018 - 1:31 PM - by MagnumClub
2019 Dodge Charger Front End Teaser



This teaser photo shows that Dodge has squeezed the grill even more accentuating the wide and low appearance of the front end giving it an even more aggressive / sinister look. Can't wait to see the rest of the vehicle.
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