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      Hey everyone, I’m brand new to the forum and am looking to get my first dart. I’m looking at a few in my area and I can get a fully loaded GT with the alpine stereo, moon roof, leather seats, 8.4” screen, back up camera, and it’s an automatic with remote start for $10,900 (that’s what they have it listed for anyways &#x1f609;<img src="https://www.dodge-dart.org/forum/images/smilies/wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />). It is a 2014 with 89k miles on it. The other option is an SXT with around 60k miles and it is $9,000. Lastly I also have the option of getting the SE also a 2014 but it only has 30k miles and is $10,000. Personally I’m leaning towards the GT given all the features (plus it’s header orange which is a plus haha). But I’m curious to see what all of you think is the best option. As a side note this car will not be remaining stock, within the next year or so I hope to have a cold air intake, ram air, new exhaust, rims, interior lighting, and maybe some other things that I’m not sure about yet, just thought I’d add that Incase it changes y’alls opinions. Thanks!
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      I would stay away from that GT at that Mileage. You dont know whats been done to it and you also dont know if it has issues eating oil which is very common for these!

      The SXT sounds pretty decent and if it has a 1.4 turbo you have plenty of options for upgrades so if youre already planning on doing so it may be a good pick.

      The SE would probably be the one id go for. At 30K miles thats most likely a lease someone got rid of simply when their lease was over...This car would probably be the most reliable with the 2.slow (sorry) motor which if you want to spend that kind of money you likely wouldnt want it to die on your in a year.

      Have you considered looking at other cars in this price range?
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      The 89K milelage on a 2014 GT doesn't scare me ... but like @Parabolaralus mentioned, some of the 2.4L I-4 Tigershark™ MultiAir II® equipped Darts have experienced oil consumption issues.

      If you go for the GT, definitely get the maintenance & repair history for the vehicle (i.e., an AutoCheck or CARFAX report) before pulling the trigger.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Parabolaralus View Post
      I would stay away from that GT at that Mileage. You dont know whats been done to it and you also dont know if it has issues eating oil which is very common for these!

      The SXT sounds pretty decent and if it has a 1.4 turbo you have plenty of options for upgrades so if youre already planning on doing so it may be a good pick.

      The SE would probably be the one id go for. At 30K miles thats most likely a lease someone got rid of simply when their lease was over...This car would probably be the most reliable with the 2.slow (sorry) motor which if you want to spend that kind of money you likely wouldnt want it to die on your in a year.

      Have you considered looking at other cars in this price range?
      I have heard that but I got the car fax on it and it has been well maintained and doesn’t seem to be sucking up oil from what I’ve read. Yeah those were the points I was thinking too but I really do like the features of the GT haha. I personally haven’t test driven the SXT or the SE yet just the GT is the smaller engine size noticeable?

      As for other cars I’ve looked at a few, looked to see if I could get an older charger but for the price I don’t love the options but it’s still in the maybe area. I also looked at the Mazda3 but really just don’t like it as much as the dart. Any suggestions?

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      Quote Originally Posted by 57ChryslerDart View Post
      The 89K milelage on a 2014 GT doesn't scare me ... but like @Parabolaralus mentioned, some of the 2.4L I-4 Tigershark&#x2122;&#xfe0f; MultiAir II®&#xfe0f; equipped Darts have experienced oil consumption issues.

      If you go for the GT, definitely get the maintenance & repair history for the vehicle (i.e., an AutoCheck or CARFAX report) before pulling the trigger.
      Personally I feel the same as you I didn’t really think the 89k that big of an issue but that’s why I came here just to make sure. Last vehicle was a Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi that had 189k on it till some lady pulled through a stop sign and totaled it haha so I’m used to higher miles. I did get the car fax on the GT and it’s been taken care of and I didn’t see any issues. Only thing was a “minor damage” tag put on the report but it was not due to an accident so who knows what that was. Seems to all look great though. I will add that all the cars look really nice, even with the higher miles I don’t see too much difference in wear on the interior from the lower mileage SE to the GT. Exterior of the GT has some very small chips (like the tip of a pin size) but that’s kind of to be expected from an older car.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Arouth View Post
      Personally I feel the same as you I didn’t really think the 89k that big of an issue but that’s why I came here just to make sure. Last vehicle was a Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi that had 189k on it till some lady pulled through a stop sign and totaled it haha so I’m used to higher miles. I did get the car fax on the GT and it’s been taken care of and I didn’t see any issues. Only thing was a “minor damage” tag put on the report but it was not due to an accident so who knows what that was. Seems to all look great though. I will add that all the cars look really nice, even with the higher miles I don’t see too much difference in wear on the interior from the lower mileage SE to the GT. Exterior of the GT has some very small chips (like the tip of a pin size) but that’s kind of to be expected from an older car.
      It sounds like you already made up your mind!

      The factory alpine system sounds pretty decent by itself and if you want to replace the speakers because they're cheap paper its pretty easy to do and one of those fun upgrades. I found metra adapters which were supposed to fit, but spliced them in the end since they didnt... The 3.5s were the first to go in mine at around 5-10k miles and i guess was probably my first "mod".
      A 12 inch sub rocks in this car...forget about the little 8 once you put one of these in! Theres a 12 inch Rockford all in one that i probably would have gotten, but this JBL fully cranked has not given out on me in over 2 years.

      Also If it has Yokohama tires ditch those along with your new rims when you eventually get them.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Parabolaralus View Post
      It sounds like you already made up your mind!

      The factory alpine system sounds pretty decent by itself and if you want to replace the speakers because they're cheap paper its pretty easy to do and one of those fun upgrades. I found metra adapters which were supposed to fit, but spliced them in the end since they didnt... The 3.5s were the first to go in mine at around 5-10k miles and i guess was probably my first "mod".
      A 12 inch sub rocks in this car...forget about the little 8 once you put one of these in! Theres a 12 inch Rockford all in one that i probably would have gotten, but this JBL fully cranked has not given out on me in over 2 years.

      Also If it has Yokohama tires ditch those along with your new rims when you eventually get them.
      I mean, I’m definitely leaning towards the GT haha. Is there anything else other than the oil consumption issue that some cars have that I should be aware of? I also noticed at idle the car felt like it has some vibration, not a lot and as soon as you tap the gas it goes away. Is that normal for the dart? I’ve never actually owned a car just a truck so I’m still learning what it normal and such haha.

      The stereo will definitely be something to upgrade down the road!! And will do about the tires, for rims I’m looking at fitment industries right now but still am undecided. Only thing that I have the brand nailed down on at the moment is the Aura OPT7 interior LED strip lights haha.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Arouth View Post
      I mean, I’m definitely leaning towards the GT haha. Is there anything else other than the oil consumption issue that some cars have that I should be aware of? I also noticed at idle the car felt like it has some vibration, not a lot and as soon as you tap the gas it goes away. Is that normal for the dart? I’ve never actually owned a car just a truck so I’m still learning what it normal and such haha.

      The stereo will definitely be something to upgrade down the road!! And will do about the tires, for rims I’m looking at fitment industries right now but still am undecided. Only thing that I have the brand nailed down on at the moment is the Aura OPT7 interior LED strip lights haha.
      The vibration at idle in gear is probably bad motor mounts...typical actually! Mine are currently bad at 52k so if they have not been replaced at all at 89k id imagine the vibration is pretty effing awesome!
      Maybe check to see if the thermostat has been replaced as well. It seems like quite a few people including myself have run into this thing failing rather early. I cant think of anything else right now, but might be spacing it...

      Those Aura's look pretty nice. My wife bought me this $20 generic one size fits all interior kit a while back and it works until you disconnect it in which it goes into rainbow rave mode and you have to set it back to where you had it with your phone...
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      Quote Originally Posted by Parabolaralus View Post
      The vibration at idle in gear is probably bad motor mounts...typical actually! Mine are currently bad at 52k so if they have not been replaced at all at 89k id imagine the vibration is pretty effing awesome!
      Maybe check to see if the thermostat has been replaced as well. It seems like quite a few people including myself have run into this thing failing rather early. I cant think of anything else right now, but might be spacing it...

      Those Aura's look pretty nice. My wife bought me this $20 generic one size fits all interior kit a while back and it works until you disconnect it in which it goes into rainbow rave mode and you have to set it back to where you had it with your phone...
      Oh really? I wasn’t aware that could be a problem! What does it run to replace the mounts? I don’t believe the thermostat has been replaced but it works really well from what I saw.

      And yeah I’m pretty pumped for those! And that’s a good price, even if you have to reset it $20 ain’t bad.

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      I think someone on here was recently quoted $550 per mount? Edit: At a dealer!!!!
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