2012 Dodge Challenger User Reviews
- $20,421 - $35,504
- No trim specified for this review
- Great performance, stands out of the crowd and gets lots of attention, simply fun to drive.
- Maintenance issues, very large and heavy car, rattles and squeaks after 10k miles.
Purchased As New
The Dodge Challenger was my dream car since I saw the first concept renderings back in 2005. When I laid my eyes on the concept car at SEMA the following year I knew I had to have one. I waited until 2012 and finally purchased a brand new fully loaded 2012 RT Classic. I was in love from the moment I drove off the lot. The car was a dream to drive, it handled great, had great power and growled better than most cars on the road. In the modern Pony Car race, the Challenger stood out amongst the Mustang and Camaros. Every where I went I got tons of attention for the car. However almost immediately I began experiencing some issues. At 2k miles the driver seat motor broke and had to be replaced, 3 days in the shop. At 7k the power sunroof motor burned out and needed to be replaced. That would not have been that big of a deal except it was stuck wide open with no way to close it during the middle of a hot Southern California summer. 5 days in the shop. At 10k the front rotors warped and needed to be replaced. This is where my dream car started to become a nightmare. During this replacement the dealer damaged the front quarter panel of my car due to lifting it wrong on the hoist!! 7 days in the shop. The dealer installed the plastic molding at the bottom of the car wrong, it warped and had to be replaced. 1 day in the shop. While that was being replaced the dealer dented and scratched the drivers door. 7 days in the shop!! At 15k a strong vibration developed while driving above 60mph. The drive shaft went bad! The dealer (not the one that damaged my car) had to order the parts and I could not take the car as it was not safe to drive. 7 days in the shop. All warranty repairs, but 30 days in the shop for warranty work in 9 months??!! Now a rattle has developed in the drivers door and the top of the line nav dvd stereo intermittently crashes requiring the car to be turned off and restarted. I loved my Challenger but am extremely unhappy with the problems in the first 15k!! Consumer reports rated it a poor quality choice for 2012. Wish I had read that article first. Time to trade it in on something.
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