• Aug 13, 2008
If you want to sport a Dodge Challenger without the fire-breathing V8 or the hefty price tag, the time to act is now. The first two Dodge Challenger SE models have arrived in Ohio this week, and 500 models are en-route to dealerships in the U.S. and Canada as you read this. The SE Challenger packs Chrysler's ho-hum 3.5L V6 with 250 horsepower and a truly retro four speed automatic, but the news is far from all bad. You still get the Challenger's muscular looks, power flowing through the rear wheels, and a hard to beat entry price of only $21,995. You probably won't win many races, but at least you won't be driving an Avenger. Seriously, though, the Challenger SE charmed us at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show where it debuted with a simple proposition: cheap, rear-wheel-drive fun on four wheels.


[Source: Red Letter Dodge]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not a Chrysler fan at all, but I have seen these Challengers on the road and they look very nice. If you can actually get the SE for the $21K and the mileage is not too bad, they may sell a bunch. Maybe a turbo-4 and a 6 speed would be a nice package also. Hopefully, they will have decent build quality. Maybe GM can get a Camaro package at this price range???
        • 6 Years Ago
        I purchased an R/T last week & the guys did a great job of meeting my price. I would imagine that you could get it for MSRP or just a tad over. I was actually rather impressed w/ the whole ordering/purchasing process - they were professional and understood that I wasn't going to pay a huge mark-up (like what was on the SRT8's). Overall, they're really trying to move rides, so if y'want one, go in & negotiate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not biased toward Chevy or Ford, but the new Camaro is much, much better looking, with the Mustang in second. The Charger looks got old and boring quick, even before it went up for sale.

      And what's with that steering wheel that Chrysler is using in all their cars, looks like it belongs on a Ram truck, not on a car. All other makers are reducing the size of the wheel, and Chrysler is doing the opposite. Nice! No wonder they're doing great. Add that to the other 1000 reasons why their cars suck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this week? I saw one parked in front of United Dairy Farmers on High St. at OSU like two weeks ago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's hope that this car is a hit for Dodge. And i think it will be, i saw the car on the autoshow, it looks great.
        • 6 Years Ago
        5, I want at least a 6 speed auto to go with Chrysler's old engine.
        The VW Rabbit has one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope dodge does ok with this car, but I'm really not impressed compared with the upcoming camaro. The interior on the challenger is really pretty crappy, especially compared to the Camaro, where they've mostly avoided "parts bin syndrome" and have an interior that is upscale. This? Even the SRT-8 looks like every other Dodge/Chrysler out there, which is stupid for a $40k+ car.

        And really, a 4 speed auto on the SE? It's 2008, guys. Can we at least get 5?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Enough already Dodge, give your bread and butter buyers some respect...

      An ancient performing V6 mated to a pre-historic 4 speed tranny, why are the SE bread and butter buyers getting the shaft?

      And what about the interior (and technical) options that do make the dreadfully boring interior of this car bearable, why are they not available for the SE buyers?

      I want my SE at the very least with HID and the full "Electronics Convenience Group"!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i've seen two on the road in toronto now too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "my mother-in-law bought one "...and they say Scion is bought by un-cool people.

      Let me ask you, does your mother in law have a boyfriend on the side, has she been divorced 2 or 3 times before?
        • 6 Years Ago
        another idiot that some how inexplicably found out how to type!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Poser alert - your car is available.

      The car does look nice, But a 6-cylinder power plant?? And if you ARE going to offer it with a 6-cylinder engine, at least provide a manual transmission option. Otherwise, it just seems silly.

      All the show, none of the go. In my opinion, it cheapens the whole product offering.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Me
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll wait for the R/T... Hemi Manual here.. f*ck gas prices.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would be awesome if it were available with a manual transmission. Apply some forced-induction under the hood, and it would be a terrific "sleeper".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wasn't the 3.5L SOHC engine basically a modified 3.3L pushrod, bored out with an overhead cam added? So the top and front of the engine was different but the bottom end, dating back to the K-cars, was the same, right? It's been awhile since I versed myself in Chrysler V6 engine history, but a 24 valve, SOHC engine design is somewhat rare, yes?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Until it blows up.

        The 3.5L is not the most reliable of Chrysler's engine offerings.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Otto- this thing costs $22k. Thats CHEAP!
        • 6 Years Ago
        3.5L were notorious for eating water pumps (timing belt driven), and I remember hearing the Police Intrepid had alot of issues motor-wise, and didn't Paul Teutl Jr. blow the 3.5L in his Prowler up when he tried to add a little Nitrous to it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw a Challenger on the road the other day... I was sorely disappointed. It didn't have quite the effect I was hoping for.
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