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Avenger/200 performance

Discussion in 'Performance' started by kzooman83, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. kzooman83

    kzooman83 Active Member

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    So my wife and I were cruising in my duster the other night and a guy in a 200 with the 3.6 had a go at us. We were rolling away from a stoplight in first gear and I heard the guy on my left hit it, so I put the hammer down; he got on the throttle a little before we did, but I couldn't pull away from him until we hit second gear at around 50 mph.

    That got me thinking about a couple of things. First, my car needs to be faster :p and second, the pentastar powered avenger and 200 are actually pretty quick. I got online later and according to the internet (which never lies) they run 14.5-14.6. So where is the love for these cars from a performance standpoint? Are they just plain overshadowed by the charger? It seems like a car that can run mid 14s from the factory would be a good platform for mods.
     
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  2. JA Cumbo

    JA Cumbo Enjoying the ride.
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    The biggest problem is that there are simply no aftermarket support for these cars. Other than intake and exhaust, there is very little out there to boost performance.
     
  3. NWbyNW

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    The new 200's are even quicker then the previous generation. I'm not sure why they have no love. The old one's weren't much for cornering, but the current 200 is an excellent cornering car, that is quick when it needs to be, sleek, and fast.

    Underrated if you ask me.
     
  4. floridaman2013

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    And they are a bargain price right now too!
     
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  5. page2171

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    That's what has me thinking about a Pentastar powered 200 or Avenger as a daily driver when I get back to the U.S. I have experience with the engine in our '12 Grand Caravan, and the the same amount of power in a lighter, smaller vehicle sounds pretty fun.
     
  6. DC-93

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    Most people don't care about speed. They want a car that doesn't break down.
     
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  7. Stratuscaster

    Stratuscaster Vaguely badass...
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    You can go back to JA to realize that the mid-sizers got very little love from the performance/aftermarket.

    The 3.6L-equipped Avenger (and 200) were the best "power-for-the-dollar" values for quite some time.
     
  8. NYBo

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    And they are darn fine looling, IMO.
     
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  9. MPE426HEMI

    MPE426HEMI Well-Known Member

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    A 3.6L RWD Avenger would have been wicked!
     
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  10. Ian

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    I regret not getting a 3.6L in the Avenger. That 4 cyl is very noisy!
     
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  11. MPE426HEMI

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    The 4cyl is noisy when your on the gas. It buzzes a fair bit. The 2.4 I have in my new Patriot don't sound anything like my 2011 Avenger however. But, the Avenger is geared right with the dif/4 speed. I can drive mine all day long. Very peppy off the line and that's what I like around the city. The car feels way smaller and agile than it actually is. I don't mind the noise, so long as it runs. I didn't try a 3.6 Avenger because I was looking for a 4cyl city car, but I already had the 3.6/6 in my minivan anyways. It didn't rock my world however. That 3.6 was darned noisy also, especially at start up/idle. It made way more of a racket than the 4cyl. And that 6 speed! Yikes! Neither one of those I'd consider great sounding engines. But, durability and low maintenance is what interests me more.
     
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  12. Bob Lincoln

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    The 4 is very noisy when you get on the throttle, and very quiet at all other times. In some vehicles, like my wife's 2012 200, the extra sound insulation and better materials added does reduce the interior noise. It's more noticeable when you stand outside and hear it revved.
    The 6-speed auto really makes it leap off the line.
     
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  13. MPE426HEMI

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    Agree 100%
     
  14. Ian

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    I agree, it is quiet on the highway and once you're up to speed. I do like it and quite peppy. I did try a V6 and it was more expensive and I only had a small budget. Which turned out well. A nicely equiped SXT with 18-inch wheels, heated seats and 6-speed auto with less than 30,000kms for $12k. It's a 2013.

    I noticed the same thing when I drove my grandmother's 200. It's a 2012, 2.4L and 4-speed and it is not as noisy as mine on acceleration. She doesn't really care, she's not heavy on the accelerator.
     
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  15. MPE426HEMI

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    Yup, I like 'em! The best FWD I've had yet, actually. No doubt the V6 would be nice, but like I was saying, I wanted a 4 for around the city usage. The V6 would be a nice screamer, I'd say. One could do some rice frying with it.;)
     
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  16. Ian

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    I could do some rice frying with the 4 cyl. anytime, lol. A few people had got in the car and thought it was a V6. Mind you, they drive Civics and Cavaliers.;)
     
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  17. MPE426HEMI

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    Right On! :)
     
  18. wolfsblood07

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    It's amazing when you realize how the V6 Avenger/200 is as quick as legendary cars of the 80s and 90s like the Taurus SHO, Camaro IROC, Buick Grand National, Mustang GT, etc. I love it, it's the ultimate sleeper!
     
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