Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Dodge Charger

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Vehicles Affected: About 43,450 model-year 2011-2012 Dodge Charger sedans equipped with halogen headlamps.

The Problem: Jumper harnesses and other headlamp components could overheat. Chrysler said the recall is similar to a 2012 recall of police vehicles for the same issue. The automaker said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the previous recall or the current one, and it learned of the latest issue through customer-service data.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace headlamp jumper harnesses and bulbs or headlamp assemblies for free. The automaker has not specified a timeframe for notification.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chrysler Extends Fuel-Tank Warranty on 2006 V-8 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Magnum

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Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler will extend fuel-tank warranties on 153,817 V-8 cars from the 2006 model year. The extension applies 5.7- and 6.1-liter versions of the Chrysler 300 and its Dodge Charger sibling, plus the now-defunct Dodge Magnum wagon. Dodge, like Ram and Jeep, is one of Chrysler's brands. After receiving hundreds of reports that after refueling the V-8s in all three cars may stall at low speeds or when stopped, NHTSA opened the investigation. 

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The agency found that when you put in higher-ethanol gas, a malfunctioning shut-off float in the cars' 19-gallon fuel tanks could swell into a stuck-open position and allow fuel to enter what's called a "purge line," NHTSA said via the Detroit News. That, in turn, could make the cars stall shortly after you refuel. You can restart the car after it stalls, and NHTSA said the problem never represented a serious safety threat. Chrysler addressed the conditions with a new fuel shut-off valve that's more resistant to changing shape, spokesman Eric Mayne told us. NHTSA deemed the solution adequate, the Detroit News said. The agency closed the investigation today, and Chrysler said it will extend fuel-tank warranties on the vehicles involved to a lifetime provision.

Our friends at the Detroit News have more; read it here.

By Kelsey Mays | February 14, 2014 | Comments (44)

2014 Dodge Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 SRT8 Satin Vapor Edition Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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OK, so Chrysler is offering this new Satin Vapor Edition for its iconic muscle-car lineup, which takes the special stripped-down, reduced-price Core models of the cars' high-performance SRT8 variants and options them up for an increased price. (Makes perfect sense … right?) These Satin Vapor Editions include the 2014 SRT8 versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, and Chrysler 300, all of which get 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels, satin black headlights and side mirrors, a gray 6.4-liter Hemi badge and red brake calipers. Inside they get Nappa leather seating with suede inserts.

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Those are the common features of all three cars, but each package — ranging in price from $1,700 to more than $2,300 — offers its own individual content and exterior colors. You can compare and contrast all three this week during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, where the Satin Vapor Editions made their debut. Check out the photo gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | February 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chrysler Adds Frills to No-Frill 'Core' SRT8s

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Chrysler's SRT high-performance Core models are no-frills versions of the 470-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 with fewer convenience options in exchange for a lower price. For 2014, Chrysler adds a new Satin Vapor Edition appearance package to up the base Core models' unassuming looks with satin black highlights.

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Satin Vapor Editions sit on 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels and wear a satin black chrome finish and satin black mirrors, a gray 6.4-liter Hemi badge and red brake calipers. Inside, they feature Nappa leather seating with suede inserts. Each package has its own unique cost and slightly varying content and is tied to certain exterior colors.

By Joe Bruzek | February 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ram 1500

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Vehicles Affected: Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 4,194 model-year 2013 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans, and Ram 1500 pickup trucks all equipped with all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a V-6 engine.

The Problem: Output shafts installed in some vehicles were shaped using a two-stage forging method employed during early production; the resulting components may be subject to fracture in rare circumstances, according to Chrysler. The automaker said the forging process has been replaced by a single-stage method and that it is unaware of any associated injuries or accidents.

The Fix: Owners will be notified of the recall, and dealers will inspect and test the transmission output shafts and, if necessary, replace the transmission assemblies for free. The notification schedule is not yet specified.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Camry, Impala Top Most-Stolen List

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Among midsize and large cars, the Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Impala proved most popular among thieves, according to a new report from the crime-stats crunchers at the National Insurance Crime Bureau in Des Plaines, Ill. The report is based on National Crime Information Center vehicle-theft records for a period spanning Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012, and limited to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 model years. Researchers culled the top 10 list from the 16 makes and 20 models of the midsize class, and the nine makes and 10 models of the large-vehicle class.

During the counting period, a total of 31,586 vehicles were stolen from both car classes combined, with the midsize group comprising the vast majority, with 22,090 thefts, or 70 percent.

The top 10 large/midsize vehicle thefts by make and model are:

By Matt Schmitz | December 5, 2013 | Comments (7)

2014 Dodge Charger and Challenger Special Editions Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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To celebrate the brand's centennial, Dodge unveiled special editions of the 2014 Charger and Challenger at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The cars are hard to miss with their exclusive High Octane Red Pearl exterior paint.

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Aside from the red-hot exterior, both special edition packages feature special wheels, commemorative badges, leather interior and other unique cabin appointments. Click here for more info, and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2013 | Comments (1)

Dodge's Centennial Brings Special Editions to 2014 Charger, Challenger

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In addition to a Charger- or Challenger-shaped birthday cake with 100 candles that will surely be served at its headquarters, Dodge is releasing special editions of the 2014 Charger and 2014 Challenger to commemorate the brand's centennial.

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Both packages feature an exclusive and optional High Octane Red Pearl exterior color, special wheels, commemorative badges, leather interior and other interior appointments. In all, it's about what you'd expect in a centennial package, plus a little extra.

By Joe Bruzek | November 19, 2013 | Comments (3)

What It's Like to Drive a Police Car

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Note: Impersonating a law enforcement officer is a felony. Do not try this at home.

You might think that driving a new SRT Viper or Ferrari 458 Italia makes you king of the road. You feel empowered, intimidating - you know that few other cars out there look like yours, could beat you in a race to the next stoplight or could catch you if you robbed a bank. Few other cars could - except the one I'm driving.

I'm behind the wheel of a 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit: a Hemi-powered, rear-wheel-drive, black-and-white, honest-to-goodness cop car. I'm driving it through rush-hour Detroit traffic, with fully operational lights and sirens right there at my fingertips. The temptation to push buttons is overwhelming, but my desire to not be charged with felony impersonation of a police officer continues to win out, thankfully.

By Aaron Bragman | November 15, 2013 | Comments (6)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Mileage Results

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A mileage drive with full-size sedans is the 200-mile trek editors have been yearning for, because if we're going to spend all day in cars evaluating gas mileage, they might as well be large, comfy, feature-laden sedans.

Our route west of Chicago consisted mostly of highway driving with slower stoplight-to-stoplight traffic driving sprinkled in. We observed average speeds of around 40 mph, according to various onboard computers.

Surprises were minimal.

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2013 | Comments (4)

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