• May 5, 2006


No doubt many of you have already begun seeing Dodge Charger police cruisers patrolling your neighborhoods. As soon as Michelle Wingard of Amherst, OH (population 14,000) saw a Charger with a light bar trolling in her neck of the woods she made a B-line to the precinct to get a closer look. Thanks to the openness of the Amherst Police Department the resulting article is a terrific look at how officers are reacting to the new sheriff in town.

If the law boys in Amherst are anything to go by, the Charger police cruiser is a big hit with its 5.7L HEMI V8, spacious interior and tight-yet-comfortable handling. The only niggle one sergeant mentioned was the car’s habit of briefly pausing when quickly shifting into Reverse, which Wingard witnessed first hand as the officer turned the car around to chase down a speeding Ford Escape on their test drive.

Kudos to Wingard for a great read that comes off less like overthought automotive journalism and more like talking to your best bud about cars.

[Source: NewAgeMusclecars]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      If the cops do not put the required mid-grade fuel, how much power will the 5.7 actually make? 330hp?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cops need to have a cool car to drive in town, and this is it. Now respect their authoritah!
      I am glad the end of boring Impalas and Crown Victorias has come.
      • 8 Years Ago
      PJ,

      The Charger shares a similar rear suspension setup as the E class, and the 5 speed automatic is built by Chrysler from the German design. And yes it does share the same tilt/telescope steering wheel and a few electrical components. But like what was mentioned the LX's are not MB cars.

      j-dawg,

      Do your homework. The 3.5 from Chrysler is not the miserable 2.7L. What killed the Intrepid (which BTW was faster than the Impala and Crown Vic in certain situations) was the brakes that would overheat and catch fire. Not the motor, it's been around since late 1992, you'll see LH cars go through more 42LE's than 3.5L's. Also Charger V-6's are still faster to 60 than the Vic, stop faster, and get better gas mileage. I can see why Ford would lay on the discounts to get the contracts.

      Yes HEMI's get MDS in Squads.

      Ohh and add NYPD to that list of customers already.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeah thats exactly what we need pigs with 340 hp. wtf i hate cops
      • 8 Years Ago

      So,

      Has no one found any irony in the fact that the cops are now the ones in the Charger (think General Lee)?

      What would Bo and Luke Duke think about this?

      - TacoFan
      • 8 Years Ago
      dakota - I'm with you in that the Charger is far from a Mercedes in Dodge duds--I meant to make that clear in my previous comment. But in terms of driving feel, the Charger is closer to the aforementioned E-Class than other Dodges (Intrepid, Stratus, etc). It's evident in the very solid structural feel, suspension tuning, and mushy brakes. To anyone who's driven several Mercedes and Dodge models, this will be immediately apparent.

      It's not a cut, either, if that's what you might be thinking. I like the Charger almost as much as I like its wagon counterpart, the Magnum. To be honest, if they made them with a stick-shift, I'd probably own one--that inherited Teutonic solidity is a major draw.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm from Charlotte. I haven't seen any Char-Meck Police Chargers, in full paint scheme or otherwise. I have seen however, some unmarked new Durangos. So maybe more DCX products are to come?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder how much gear won't fit in the relatively small trunk? And with the rear roofline, the "perp duck" must be especially difficult.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I bought a new Hemi Charger last year and think this it's great that the police are choosing this fine vehicle. So far it's been the single most reliable car I've owned and as comfortable as it is I can see why a cop would want to drive it if he/she has to be behind the wheel all day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I were a cop I'd still take the CA CHP Camaros over these anyday, but they are sweet.

      I hope CA doesn't switch their fleet of CVs over to these. I can tell if its a cop behind me @ night b/c nobody else actually drives a CV and since you can only see the headlights, its a good chance it'll be a cop. With these, there are too many ppl w/ Chargers so I wouldn't really know. Boy that'd be annoying.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Speed really isn't that important to police fleets--chases are often called off because it's just not safe to chase someone. All this drooling over the Charger and comments on how it's finally a good police car are nothing--most important is reliability and price. The 5.7 Charger is more expensive than a Crown Vic by far, and the 3.5 V6 is an incredibly unreliable engine--that was why the police package Intrepid saw so little success.

      Sure, the new Chargers are fast and look "good," but only time will tell how they are for reliability. The Crown Vic has advantages (reliability, price, availability of parts) that most people don't think of, and the Charger's main advantage--speed--isn't that important to fleets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Have yet to see any in the Bay Area--so far all Crown Vics and the occassional unmarked white Z28s.

      They make mean looking cop cars--I like it. And the headlights will be less distinct from a distance ...can spot Crown Vic lights from a mile away.
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