• Nov 7, 2008

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Demonstrating that good cop cars can also go bad, Chrysler has announced a recall of Dodge Chargers and Magnums equipped with the police package and column shifter. While the cars aren't exactly taking sides with the villainous, they are having difficulty displaying the proper transmission gearshift position on the dash. This error is leading to more than a few headaches for men and women in uniform, and can be downright dangerous if they're not in the gear they think they are. The recalled cruisers are 2006-2009 models, and they number more than 20,000 strong (including the 150 sold to Kuwait). Dealers will reportedly add a locking mechanism to the gearshift cable to keep the displays honest.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Now see....if these were stick cars this wouldn't be a problem!! LOL

      But since we are talking about cars for cops...I guess the girly transmissions fit the bill!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chris, most of the sports cars, road legal or pure racers (F1, Le Mans cars), do not have a clutch pedal. IRL moved to flappy-pedal gearboxes too. Finally.

        At one point, F1 cars could upshift automatically.

        In your world, no-clutch means automatic.

        You are wrong. PDK boxes or the box in the GT-R are not automatics. They can be use in an automatic mode, but these boxes are not your standard autos.

        Any racer will be more than happy to use any technology that will make them change gears faster. PDK and similar boxes do just that.

        Stick with your stick if you love it so much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I drive these cars(on the job) and I feel this car is better than the CV. There are some issues,sightlines(use the mirrors),low roof line(look up) and somewhat smaller inside(front,screw the back seat guy) I'm trying to lose weight! They seem to handle better too. Now the issues we had were the squealing brakes(fixed),tranny (fixed) and the latest that just popped up was sand in the engine block that traveled to the heater core,they fixed that too. And lastly there is a issue w/the shifter,it does in fact show in R or D but it is actually in between. Not a big deal when you drive to and from work and shift 4 times a day,but when you constantly shift,stops,etc for 8 or 10 hours it is a problem,mainly on the tranny when it gets a few neutral drops a shift x3.
      Anyway,thats my take and .02
      • 6 Years Ago
      GOOD! Anything to get these menacing POS off the road. Any car that screams "angry a-hole" should not be used as a vehicle for those sworn to keep the peace.
      • 6 Years Ago
      how the hell can you not know what gear you're in with an automatic? And why would you care? That's the whole point! You're either in P, R, N, or D, and if you can't tell you shouldn't be driving!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the car doesn't creep (if it has a low idle speed), it can be hard to determine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah every car i've had has a blind spot somewhere, after 10 minutes driving in any car I have no problems at all..I find out the blind spots and you watch for them,USE MIRRORS!!!!..Thats what side view mirrors are for,I never cut anyone off or crashed in my 90,000 miles of driving lx cars...Yeah I drive alot..bought in late summer '05 2006 Charger sxt bulletproof 3.5, 28 miles per gallon ZERO problems ever 83,000miles(commuter car)and my baby 2008 Black Charger SRT-8 trying to use just 4 weekend car but very hard..7,000 mi obviously trouble free ..
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they's equip these things properly with sticks the cops would not have this problem.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you really think the officer behind the wheel has time to shift with all the other things he has to do?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If only the blacked out Charger that got me had this problem. :o
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's the red dome light for?
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