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2005 Dodge Magnum Ratings

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Dodge Magnum 2005
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    6/19/2004 12:37:50 AM

    2005 Dodge Magnum - RT RWD

    Pros: The Hemi!

    Cons: The Continental tires.

    Advice: Don't bother with the V6 options, get the Hemi!

    I had seen the commercials and was intrigued. So when one appeared at the local Dodge dealership, I had to go look at it! The salesman came out and I stated I was just looking and I might be back in a month. He then said, 'Come on, take it for a test drive.' So we did. I wound up buying it after that. I love it! The power is unbelievable, the interior is perfect. In fact it is one of the only cars I have ever owned that was a comfortable fit as soon as sat in it. Usually you have to get used to where everything is and the space. This was a dream come true, it was almost like the car was built for me. I used to own a Pontiac Grand Am SE with a V6 that I thought was a quick little runner and a decent handling car. This is a race car compared to that: far superior power (Hemi 5.7 Liter V8), extremely better handling, and braking capacity that I had never experienced before. This is my dream car! The looks are superb as well! It is different from any other car out there, except maybe a slight resemblance to the new Bentley prototype wagon, which by the way is not out yet and I am guessing, costs far more than the Magnum. Excellent looking car. I love the thing. Hot-Rod looks with the power to back it up, not to mention practical with all that storage capacity. As I said before, my dream car!

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    5/17/2004 10:00:47 PM

    2005 Dodge Magnum - RT RWD

    Pros: Hemi power with brakes to stop

    Cons: Options as packages, not individual

    Advice: Check it out, SXT is good, RT is outstanding

    Test drove both the RT and SXT versions. Both are nicely constructed with Benz like interior materials and fit. Ride was outstanding, with little body roll in the turns, confidence inspiring grip, and a not too harsh ride over RR tracks or expansion joints. Hemi grunts with gusto. The 3.5 V6 on the SXT is easily up to the task. Brakes on the RT are far superior to the SXT however. Pedal was firm and progressive where on the SXT it was soft until the brakes bite and bite hard. Options are a concern however. While most everything you could want is there, more often than not they are part of a package which has things you may not want. Example, the air filter on the climate control is only available with the side curtain airbags and, gasp, runflat tires. You want heated seats, you also get auto climate control, adjustable pedals, adn a power passenger seat. Shouldn't some of these things be available separately? Even so, this will be my next vehicle, as soon as they start arriving in numbers at the dealers.