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How the Dodge Charger is Made for Police Work

May 18, 2014  | 

Photo via Dodge Facebook page
Photo via Dodge Facebook page

The Dodge Charger is a cop car, and the latest iteration may corner that part of the market more easily than ever before. For one thing, it’s a big car with burly brakes and a beefy engine—both the six-cylinder and eight-cylinder options are powerful.

Analyst Kevin Tynan says in Bloomberg Business News, "Cops, it turns out, are pretty good customers. Police forces account for about 3 percent of U.S. vehicle sales".

The Charger is designed with features that are well suited to police work.

It has cavernous wheelhouses in back to accommodate wide, sticky tires. The new Charger also comes with a “stealth mode” for dimming inside lights and a feature called Secure Park that lets a driver walk away from the idling car without it being stolen.

Comments (11)

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Scott Dunlap @ 5/19/2014 4:38 PM

Yes, they also have lousy visibility out the small windows, seat is cramped and painful while wearing a gun belt, and front ends constantly need replacing.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/19/2014 5:58 PM

When I was in the loop I had good luck with the 1997 Chevy Caprice it had a lot of room and power. The Charger is a mid size car it is fast but no room, the real police car now I think would be a strip down Chrysler 300 with a Hemi engine. I would like to have a all black one with Texas lights.

Jack Betz @ 5/19/2014 7:26 PM

And your average small to mid sized department does not have it in the buget and willstill by fromthe mayors cousin who runs a used car dealership

Mike @ 5/20/2014 5:37 AM

They look nice, however they have no business in police work, they ride to low so they get stuck on a curb or rip out the under carriage. If you go through a median your rear bumper gets ripped off. My police Charger has had at least five recalls from everything from timing belts to tire pressure gauges. Its not just my car its everyone in our 800 man Department with a Charger. Avoid buying.

Jimbo @ 5/20/2014 8:11 AM

We must have gotten a good batch as ours have run flawlessly. We have 2 2009 V6 models that are inching up in miles (we have take home cars) but still run great. The officers in them would only give them up at gunpoint. We have 3 others which are 2010 Hemi models (2 patrol, 1 admin). The patrol ones are medium miles and again run flawlessly. Only maintenance which has been done is that of the normal routine variety. Visibility is an issue on all newer cars, these aren't worse. My only issue is with tiny trunk space
Our Chevy Impalas are OK, but are nothing special. They work and are decent. We have 13. There's been some minor recalls on them, but nothing major. They're far better than the Crown Vics we had. Those were slugs from the get go. Underpowered and poorly made cooling systems that were constantly breaking down. Going back in to the 90s, each of our Crown Vics averaged about 3-4 trips a year on a flat bed wrecker to a garage. We're soured on Ford products.

Jimbo @ 5/20/2014 8:13 AM

Two of our officers driving dodges are each 6-1 and one is 240 and the other 260. Neither is exactly svelte "in shape" and they have no complaints about the seats in the Dodge Chargers. We've driven them through alleys & potholes and haven't broken them yet. Only damage has been through collisions, one serious which was repaired fully.

Sam @ 5/21/2014 6:31 AM

nobody is making a true Police unit any more. were all stuck dealing with showroom ready cars that get painted black and white. Ask your brothers in other areas with different cars and they ALL will have a story about what keeps breaking, what seat doesn't work... its just the way we build cars these days. The only thing that is helping the cars we run is regular maintenance... and the warrenty from the factory. Good luck, stay safe!

John @ 5/28/2014 8:53 AM

The Ford SUV Explorer body on a Taurus chassis, which is also pursuit rated, is the current trend for duty vehicles here in New Jersey. The all wheel drive also comes in handy during snow conditions without having to change out vehicles.

Larry Melkonian @ 6/4/2014 4:08 PM

Ours have been durable. Biases set in though and you have Chevy and Ford people doing their best to bash the Dodge's, but fact is we have not had one single catastrophic engine failure on a Charger, and the same cannot be said of the Fords (Crown Vics that is).

Ray Burgess @ 12/4/2014 7:29 PM

I m an ASE certified mechanic and work on all makes of police veh's. In my 34yrs of turning wrenches the current Dodge Charger we have in our fleet has been for crap to say the least. Riddled with recalls-coolant in engine oil-frontend issues replacement of cam/lifters and rockerarms. The list goes on and on. Maybe one car in the fleet but not 5 out of 6 that replaced our CrownVictoria's. Chrysler Rep has been to our shop and flat out admitted that they have problems. We have since gone back to Fords (Explorers) and Chevrolet Tahoes without issues with either. will be glad when the Chargers get Replaced.(cost to much to run)

Andrew @ 5/13/2015 2:56 AM

I can give 8,000 reasons why it's NOT made for police work.

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