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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,912 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger electrical problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #94

Jun 052016


  • 161,000 miles


Horn starts blowing while car is turned off and no keys in the ignition and drains the battery. Most recent was Sunday June 5th 2016 at approximately 2am while I was asleep in bed. The neighbors were not happy.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #93

Feb 252016


  • 138,000 miles
While driving my headlights, and parking lights flicker like a christmas tree or sometimes just go out, for a few seconds. I notice this happens in the cold weather especially.

- West Nyack, NY, USA

problem #92

Jan 292015


  • 200,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 15 mph, another vehicle crashed into the front passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The front seat passenger sustained injuries to the right arm and the driver sustained a back injury that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the body of the vehicle was repaired; however, the vehicle was not diagnosed. On another occasion, while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled and the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel box overheated and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000. VIN confirms parts not available.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #91

Oct 012015


  • miles


My dash lights and gauges inside all flicker off and on and drop to zero. The car feels like it looses power, it's very dangerous to drive and nobody seems to have a fix. For it, not a definitive answer. My out side lights would flicker on and off as well, but I replaced my light switch and it feels like this is just a temporary fix.

- Dover, NJ, USA

problem #90

Jun 162014


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact mentioned that the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Stony Brook, NY, USA

problem #89

Nov 102015


  • 50,000 miles
Several times while in motion, the dash lights blink and power is lost. Sometimes it will continue to run and sometimes it will not move. On other days it runs just fine. There are no codes that flash and the check engine light does not stay on except for when the dash lights are flashing. A simple search will verify with many other people that this is happening alot. It is not the fuel tank problem. It happens while still and happens while in motion. A while back I was trying to cross a busy intersection and it happeden at that point. It has been going on for a while since about 50,000 miles and we are at 80,000 now.. it stays parked alot for being 10 yrs old.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #88

Oct 072015


  • 73,099 miles


I have complained on this vehicle multiple times now. It continues to have a randomly stalling engine while driving. The dealership claims it is not the gas tank. It has finally started causing the check engine light to come on (yay! it might actually get fixed). Just kidding! the dealership states that the codes that show up are general PCM codes that mean nothing. From online research, it appears it may be an electrical issue with the PCM, ECM, or numerous other parts. Either way, most of us go without cars for weeks while mechanics cannot find the actual cause thus cannot fix a dangerous vehicle. Most of us don't want to drive vehicles that stall while going 40 mph.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #87

Aug 012013


  • 250,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While at a stop sign, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel lines needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 250,000.

- Stockbridge , GA, USA

problem #86

Jan 012011


  • 65,000 miles
While driving, all the lights on the dashboard light up simultaneously and then go dark (all of them). At the same time, all the gauges drop to zero, bounce to their max and then drop to a null state again. After this blinking event happens a few times, all of the monitoring systems and gauges return to a working state. When this happens, it does not seem to affect the driveability of the car (brakes, trans, etc. All still function). The first time it happened, it caused great concern for safety, as well as significant distraction while under way. The original date and mileage are estimated.

- Fraser, MI, USA

problem #85

Aug 042015


  • 106,600 miles
I got my fuel tank replaced under warranty (new fuel tank & O-ring part #S: cnstx531aa and cnstx532aa) and now stalling is worse than before. Engine wants to stall anywhere from 0-30 mph now whether the tank is full, half empty or near empty. The car's stalling can be prevented by providing quick acceleration, which will temporary fix the issue, only to have it come back later. The choice between stalling at high speeds and losing power steering & other necessities, or quickly accelerating to prevent a stall, leave drivers with two unsafe, dangerous choices each. The fuel tank recall did not remedy the issue. If anything, it made it worse, more dangerous, and made a minor defect/annoyance into a serious problem that can not be "burnt off" like the excess gas in the previous fuel tank. Dealerships give us the run around. Saying they either don't have the piece, or they refuse to replace it because we already have the new, yet still faulty, fuel tank. It's becoming a serious issue with no real remedy in sight. The dealership blames Chrysler/Dodge and Chrysler/Dodge blames the dealership. The two point fingers and scapegoat each other, leaving the customer to either replace everything out-of-pocket or drive a seriously impaired and dangerous vehicle. I went in to the dealership with two minor dtc codes that I planned on repairing (they were nonimmediate and not serious) and left the dealership with 15 codes. Chrysler even gave me a "case manager" for this, but the case manager said all they can do is rely on the dealership's diagnostics... literally just a waste of time. Why even assign a case manager? I took the car in to replace the fuel tank since it was under warranty (aka free)... I'm a college student with no finances for repair. Now, I'm left with a faulty, unsafe, nearly inoperable vehicle with no other means of transportation. Someone needs to step in.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #84

Aug 032015


  • 122,047 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while in park, the vehicle failed to start and all the warning lights on the instrument cluster illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,047. Updated 09/25/15

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #83

Jun 162015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the key was difficult to turn over to start the vehicle and there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle when attempting to start. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled several times. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure was intermittent. The failure mileage was not available.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #82

Oct 112014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at 15 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle; however, the oil pressure warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to multiple independent mechanics who were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Arleta, CA, USA

problem #81

Sep 302014

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving at 55 mph, all the electrical functions failed and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart after five minutes. The failure recurred multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was not able to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. MA 10/1 the consumer stated while driving at any speed, the vehicle would randomly stall; the RPM went to zero with no power at all. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer wanted to replace the computer. Updated 12/24/15.

- Berea, KY, USA

problem #80

May 232015


  • 101,000 miles
My car is shutting off while driving causing unsafe driving conditions. I have checked numerous forums and many people are having this same issue. This could result in a fatality. I was driving and my car just shut off the power steering went out I was not able to start the care again until I got it back in park. It has happened 2 times now.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #79

Jan 062015

Charger 8-cyl

  • 124,336 miles
While driving from point a to point B approximately 17 miles, this vehicle stalled 7 times. Mostly stalling while at a light it has increased to while driving as well. One time specific in the middle of an intersection causing a back up in traffic and near accident. While understanding this issue has mainly been investigated and reported after fill up, this instance is not. This is a daily issue that demands attention. Mechanical techs cannot figure out what the problem is even after replacing the engine and transmission. According to my research this apparently has happen enough without resolution but how many close calls are going to turn to fatalities before something is done? it shouldn't have to come to injuries or worse for this common problem to be resolved. Thank you for your time.

- Williamston, SC, USA

problem #78

Mar 242015

Charger 6-cyl

  • 208,456 miles
My car shuts off when sitting in traffic also car does not cut back on until after 3 tries its also shut off after U put gas in the car in stall at idle it also shuts down sometime while driving I have a daughter who is only 6 this is very dangerous for call to shut off in traffic I'm scared don't no what to do or why I'm have in this problem.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #77

Jan 142015

Charger 8-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
This problem started about a year age. At first it was once ever 3 months now it happening more often. On 1/14/2014 after filling the gas tank the car stalled nearly being rear ended on the expressway. This problem getting worse and worse everytime. This problem is going to take someone's life in an accident.

- San Ygnacio, TX, USA

problem #76

Jan 012015

Charger 6-cyl

  • 124,850 miles
I was driving my car on 1/1/2015 and it just cut off and wouldn't crank back, I was glad I was turning on my street, and the back right E- brakes came apart and tore up, when I also make a right or left turn the steering section makes a funny noise, and the engine light will not cut off. I am on disability and receive very low income of $721 and I am taking care of two children out of that and I am 59 years old, so can you all please help me get my car back on the road, please.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #75

Dec 022014


  • 140,000 miles
The headlights on my car started flashing almost every time I turn them on, and this is forcing me to not be able to drive at night. It started with a flash on 12/2/2014, and now it occurs every time I drive the vehicle. I have been told that it could be anything in the front end causing a short and have checked for recalls but this is not a determined recall at this time. The dealership has been no help and wants to charge extra money just to look at it. Considering I have seen many other drivers with the same make/ model/ year vehicle in car forums and blogs regarding this very same issue, I'm hoping this report will help push for an investigation as I have to drive for my employment and do not want to get a traffic ticket for faulty equipment.

- Port Huron, MI, USA

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