This page is all about the 2005 Dodge Magnum that we bought as our Family Car™ in October 2005. It's the first one in our series of "new cars" that I'll lay direct claim to as "mine" - I think Deb is afraid she'll get stuck making the payments and never get a chance to drive it...
Read the window sticker for the specs - I'm too lazy to re-type all of this into a web page. I removed the prices from the scanned in version - if you want to know how much one of these costs, go visit your local dealer. My only warning is that if you test-drive one with the Hemi, you may feel compelled to pay for it and make it yours... :-)
I really like this car. And not just because it's got a Hemi under the hood. It's a well-engineered car with almost every option I could want, style to spare, and enough cargo space to haul plenty of stuff. If you scan through the rest of my car collection, it's no big secret that I hate small cars, and this is no small car. It seats 4 + a child seat quite comfortably in leather-wrapped luxury, and moves out with some real authority. I really like driving this car - the trans is a blast in manual mode and the audio feedback from the exhaust at full throttle is a fun reminder of a bygone era of raw V8 power.
The folks at Dodge of Bellevue used to rock. With apologies to the folks at Saturn, I think I had way more fun buying this car than my previous two new cars. Every single person was professional, courteous, and helpful - from the salesman-in-training Clance Hoskin who showed us the car in detail and answered about a million questions from me, to our salesman Richard Short who answered another million questions from me and worked through all the details of finding the right car for us and making sure it got to the dealership, to Shawn the Finance Guy who helped us sort through the usual mountain of paperwork with ease, down to Karen in the Service Dept who helped answer another million questions from me about the pre-paid service plans.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, when we went back into the dealer a few years later to talk to them about upgrading to a newer vehicle (we were looking at a Charger, since the Magnum was no longer being made by then), we found out that Dodge of Bellevue had turned into a home for some of the pushiest high pressure sales goons I've yet to run into. When I turned them down for their ridiculously lowball offer on trade-in and the lack of dealing on price, the sales goon I was dealing with quite literally tried to crush my hand in anger on the final handshake and physically intimidate me on one last try to get me to buy. I was so shocked at the goon-squad style physical bullying tactics that I didn't know how to react at the time. Sorry guys, but you've lost my business for life on the basis of that one stupid stunt. Any frankly, your service department hasn't been too great to us either... At least I know how to respond know when a sales goon tries to physically bully me like that again, though I'm somewhat sad that it's now in my list of known negotiating tactics.
Nothing is ever perfect in this world. These are minor in the overall scheme of things, but are stuff that could have really made us a lot happier. Are you listening, Dodge? The 300 doesn't come in a station wagon, so the up-sell to that is not what I'm looking for...
Because we purchased at the end of the model year and we wanted to get a specific set of options, our car was not on the lot waiting for us and we could not order it in. The dealer managed to find the car that we wanted (plus a few extra options :-) in some dealership in OR, so they drove it up here. That took a few days and the dealer was nice enough to let us drive a very similar Magnum for those few days as a "loaner" to make sure we didn't loose enthusiasm for our new purchase. This car also had a Hemi and nearly as many options, but no side air bags and a few other options we wanted. The color is called 'Magnesium Pearl" and shows up much more green in the photos than it does in real life. It was a nice color on this car - my second choice after the black we eventually settled on. For the record, even Deb thinks that this car just looks right in black. :-)
This was Vehicle #24. The first new vehicle I had to wait to take delivery of. The first time I negotiated hard with the sales and finance guys. My first new Dodge, and my first Hemi. My first car with enough options that I can't remember all of them without thinking about it for a few minutes. The first car I've owned where folks will stop and stare at it in a good way.
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