Last night I stopped by a local Mazda/Dodge/Jeep/Mitsubishi dealer to check out some cars (and a Harley Sportster 883 they got in on trade... mmmm...)..
Walking through the lot I noticed quite a few Dodge Challengers - and having just watched Top Gear USA the night before, I was slightly curious to look them over a little more. Still thinking in my head "I just don't know if I could DODGE..." but still appreciating the car none the less.
The GM was actually walking by and we struck up a little conversation while strolling down the aisle.
As I approached each vehicle (each Dodge Challenger), I noticed a little ding, about the same size and depth - positioned in exactly the same place - on each car.
DeJa Vu! - I gasped.
The strip club? - He was puzzled.
No, it's like a glitch in the Matrix - come look at this.
Every single one of your Dodge Challengers has a dent in the exact same place.
Are you joking me right now? Who did this to my cars?
It's really too perfect to be vandalism, I think it's a defect.
From the factory maybe?
I don't know...
So he walks up to the car, rear quarter over the wheel. Pulls open the gas tank door, and voila! The shapes line up perfectly!
WHAT CRAP! - he says...
Apaprently, the hinges on the fuel door allow the surface of the door to hit the body. So if you're not careful, or put any pressure at all on the fuel door while it's open - it acts as a lever and puts a nice, deep, round dent right in your fender!!
Sorry no rule #1 - but a google search does turn up tons of aftermarket fuel doors for this car. After seeing this last night, I think that's the FIRST thing I'd do if I bought one.
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I am actually suprised this isn't a big deal - I didn't seem to find any images on Google searching for "Dodge Challenger Fuel Door Dent" -- mostly just lots of aftermarket fuel doors.
Maybe it's just such a common modification, that no one has ever used the stock fuel door?!
I will share this though, my reason for stopping by:
They had a 2011 model with 45 miles on it for $11,999 "with room to move" on the price. I don't think they wanted to stock it too long and $10k (or thereabouts) in cash would probably move it pretty fast. It was in the showroom stuffed under a bunch of hubcaps and Skyactiv brochures.
Last edited by PsyberVW; 02-23-2012 at 04:07 PM.
I heard it's a $40,000 repair and the owners manual makes no mention of it.
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You aren't talking about the jack alignment "divots" are you?
On each end of the rocker panel, about 6" from the end, there is a little dent, or divot.
They are on almost all Vw's. It marks the spot where the pinch weld has been reinforced and is the safe spot to jack the car up.
I'm looking at this...
And I'm just not seeing it happening. Is it possible the dealer bought some cheap accessory fuel doors and put them on all the Challengers for extra mark-up? Wouldn't be the first time.
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"serious design flaw" - I think it is.
It's not a fatal engineering flaw, or safety defect-- it's a poorly designed fuel door that causes damage to the body of the car. A stock component shouldn't do this- I should be able to fill the tank without permanently ruining the fender...
As for the bike, I wound up not checking into the details, but it wasn't stock- you could tell just by glancing at it.
Lol @ bike for the wife
It was just a thought.. I went in to check it out initially but I didn't make it in before dark. I just like the style of the bike - this and the Honda Shadow Phantom both. I haven't ridden either, and this would have been a good chance to check it out.