My Car Friday

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I'm over 40. A 20-something should be driving this car. Don't judge me.

It's a 2005 Dodge SRT-4 ACR in Orange Blast Pearlcoat. Yes, I know it's a neon, and anyone that's spent time around SCCA racing in the 90's will know that the neon is a solid platform, even if it does have the public stigma of being 'your sister's first car' in college.

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Despite being 'wrong wheel drive', it has a surprising lack of torque steer. It's absolutely entertaining to drive. With a curb weight under 3000 lbs and 250 ft-lbs of torque @ the wheels, it pulls moderately for an 8 year old sport compact car.

It's mostly unmolested. (wink) That's the way I like it. I happen to know that it is one of 64 ACR's built in this option configuration. Only 1164 ACR's were built in the first place.

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This is a pretty clean example, with only the usual stone chips on the front end (sealed with touch up paint). Not even one door ding except for that one self inflicted ding I put in the passenger side door while moving stuff around in the garage. I spooned most of the ding out, but it's still there. :-(

Simple things like short-throw shifter & Booger bushings to tidy up the vague shifter, and a Prothane bushing kit to put passengers on notice: this _is not_ you sister's first car... Tokico Illumina 5-way adjustable dampers control body motion efficiently.

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I've tossed some electronic niceties in the SRT-4 for daily driving convenience, but nothing over the top. I'm pretty sure I am going to drive this car until it's beyond repair, which is a long time since I know every inch of this platform.

It has 108K+ miles on the ticker and still pulls strong.

I drive it through the winter on W300 IceBear snow tires and perform regular oil, brake fluid, and trans fluid services.

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Heck, I even took on the dreaded timing belt, tensioner, idler, waterpump R&R on the car 3000 miles ago. A full day's work (alone), but well worth the peace of mind (even though the engine is non-interference).

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Illustration for article titled My Car Friday
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The SRT-4 reciprocates with miles of smiles for this 40 y.o. going on 20. Lord knows I could afford and should be driving a more 'mature' car, but I have an emotional attachment to this econobox.

Like my buds at SCC once said after experiencing it for themselves: It's Raw, Fast, and American.

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