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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,924 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger engine problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 11 of 14)

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problem #79

Nov 222011

Charger 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


Every time you fill up the gas tank the car wants to stall. I'm told there is a solenoid in the gas tank that fails and it lets raw fuel go to the evap canister causing a stall condition. This solenoid valve is molded into the gas tank and the only way to fix it is to replace the gas tank. This stall can happen while your sitting at a stop light or just pulling out into an intersection. The intersection situation is very dangerous.

- Bartonville, IL, USA

problem #78

Oct 092013


  • 70,000 miles
Engine stalled out while driving on freeway after filling up with gas. Three different occasions dropped valve seats, 8/2011 and 9/2013.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #77

May 222010


  • 50,000 miles
2006 Dodge Charger R/T. this has been going on for years, I read about others having similar issues and decided to contribute mine as well as it happened again the other day when I accidentally refilled all the way. When you fill the tank all the way, the vehicle stalls immediately and will continue stalling until the gas tank is no longer "completely full." The only easy way to fix without taking something apart is to repeatedly restart the car until enough gas burns off. Even with taking care to not fill the tank all the way, going up certain hills seem to cause the stall as well. No check engine light, just power cuts off. One single chime from the car as the oil light turns on. You can restart it but obviously this is bad when it happens in traffic. Seems to stall most at stoplights and other idle conditions but can also stall in low speed scenarios. Never got fast enough to tell if it would happen there too. According to both independent mechanic and dealer, this is a valve inside the fuel tank which would require an expensive fuel tank replacement to fix - the mechanic said they had seen a lot of them, but there was no recall so it would be at my expense to fix.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #76

Oct 072013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


After filling the car with gas, and driving approximately 1 to 2 miles, the car stalled after making a left turn and starting to accelerate. I was able to restart the car and drive home. The next day the car acted like it was going to stall again after making a turn and starting to accelerate, but it didn't. this problem started in December of 2012 when the car had about 40000 miles on it. After researching the problem on the internet, I stopped topping off the gas tank and the problem did not re-occur until October 2013. I am concerned that the problem is getting worse and even if I don't fill the gas tank, the car will stall after driving it a few miles. Fortunately, every time the car stalled I was turning on to a quiet street with little traffic, but this is a very dangerous problem that requires a recall from Dodge.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #75

Oct 072013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 116,682 miles
This has been an on-going problem that we've been chasing for several years. The car will stall while driving, usually without warning sometimes the gauges will drop and the warning "ding" will sound. Most of the time the car will restart, however there has been instances that it has to sit for awhile before restarting. In any case, it is a safety concern since it will stall while driving. I've had it happen on the highway as well as on city streets. There are times in which we have to restart the car multiple times in order to get the gauges and headlights to turn on when this happens the tail lights, and brake lights don't work either. It is clear there is an electrical issue with these cars, I hope Dodge takes care of their customers and resolves the issues that are occurring before someone gets killed.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #74

Aug 182012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I was traveling on the highway and my car stalled and had to coast to the shoulder in August 2012. This again happened May 2013. The last incident occurred September 21st pulling out of a parking lot. The car started back up after each occasion.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #73

Sep 302013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 55,835 miles


I had refueled the car and drove about 10 miles toward my home, as I turned into my neighborhood the car stalled and would not restart. I coasted to my residence and stopped the car and turned the key to the off position. After 10 minutes I tried to start the car and it did, then surged and died again. Restarted the car again and pulled it in to the garage and shut it down.

- Broken Arrow , OK, USA

problem #72

Sep 252013


  • 90,300 miles
I just got done filling my car with gas and while pulling up to the very first light after the gas station the car completely shut off. I kept trying to start it and it would just shut back off. After 5 minutes of that I was finally able to drive away. Now my engine light is on also.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #71

Sep 112013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 103,285 miles
After fueling vehicle, the engine died within half mile on road. Put car in neutral to start engine, drove another 1-2 miles where car stalled and died again. Has happened after filling up car and only with full tank, stalling occurs within 0-15 miles, then does not stall. Have read several posting and discussions about this issue with same model/year cars. Heard about possible investigation for faulty fuel/vapor separator valve with cuts off fuel to engine and causes engine to stall. Had this happened to a driver who did not know how to react properly, or had a distracted driver not see my car stalled or stopped, this could have resulted in a serious problem. I had no power steering or power brakes and was not able to immediately restart vehicle in traffic, after momentary loss of power and finally able to restart the engine was I able to maneuver off the roadway safely.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #70

Sep 122013


  • 100,600 miles
Car drove perfectly fine I stopped at family dollar for 5 minutes came out car would not start heard a engine noise towed it home mechanic said he pulled the plugs they were bent from the piston hitting it. Also, the piston had a hole in it I need a new engine no warning signs or nothing. Mechanic says he sees this very often on 06 Chargers.

- Byram, MS, USA

problem #69

Aug 012006


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled and all of the warning lamps illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 27,400.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #68

Sep 122013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I was driving my 2006 Dodge Charger after just getting it out of the shop. With no notice the car began to overheat I immediately pulled over and called a tow truck. When the tow truck arrived the car wouldn't start. Went to Dodge where they said I either needed a new engine or they might be able to save the other one first I had to pay $370 for the test. I should not be dealing with engine issues at 95K miles. The government needs to fix this or everyone should file a class action lawsuit against Dodge for this defect.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #67

May 062012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 45,425 miles
First instance was on Sunday, 6 May 2012. Car stalled after turning onto city street while accelerating to posted speed: 35 mph. If fuel tank is filled to click on gas pump (full tank) this continues to happen, especially in very humid weather conditions/rain. Car has also stalled on hills at stop signs or traffic lights and has stalled at on-ramps to local interstate highway/city bypass, given the above full fuel tank issue. If I don't fill the tank above the 7/8 mark on the fuel gage indicator, the car does not stall. If I exceed the 7/8 mark, then the car does stall, multiple times if very humid conditions exist and will continue until the fuel tank is at or below 7/8 capacity. I've had approximately 22 stalls since Sunday 6 May 2012. It's inconvenient to have to guess when to stop the fuel pump at gas stations and very frightening to stall in traffic, especially at on-ramps to highways.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #66

Jul 252013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
After fueling vehicle drove approximately.25 mi and vehicle stalled. Attempted to restart vehicle and after a couple tries was able to restart and move to a safe location. Vehicle stayed running until I went to back out and then stalled again. I let car sit for a bit and was able to drive it home safely. Took to a shop the next day where they could not find any codes stating an issue. Car seems to be running fine for now, but I am fearful of when this will happen again.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #65

Sep 022013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I was coming to a stop at a red light. The car began to shake like it was a manual transmission and was stalling, the car is an automatic. We stopped at the stop light and realized the engine had shut off. I put the vehicle in park, removed the key, and attempted to restart. It attempted 3-4 times to restart with no luck. I exited the vehicle to endure the gas cap was on and it was. After waiting for about 1-2 minutes I attempted to restart and was successful. This was about 2 miles after filling up the tank. This seems very similar to the currently pending investigation. It has not happened since but I have not filled up the gas tank since either.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #64

Sep 012013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
On several occasions in the past 6-8 months I have experienced engine stalling after filling my 2006 Dodge Charger up with gasoline. In addition to the stalling, on one occasion the engine cut off completely. Thankfully, I was in a low traffic area and it didn't cause a crash. The stalling does not happen when the engine is filled up partially or with about $20 worth of gasoline. On September 1st after leaving the grocery store, my husband went to start the car and it started smoking profusely. The car was towed to the dealership. According to the dealership there was oil in the gas tank and, the engine was destroyed. One of the diagnosis codes indicated that cylinder # 5 had misfired. This problem has the potential to be extremely dangerous. Chrysler doesn't seem to care at all.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #63

Sep 132006

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while at a stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure would recur intermittently after refueling. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000 and the current mileage was 42,867..... updated 10-17-13 the consumer stated the engine stalling happened occasionally after re-fueling and driving a short distance, then coming to a stop or slowing to make turn.

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #62

Aug 222011


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #61

Aug 112013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Went to start my Dodge Charger R/T and the engine made a unknown terrible loud noise and then would not start. I've had issues with the car stalling while driving and when coming to a complete stop the car would die. But I've never experienced this terrible loud noise of the engine. It's clear this engine shouldn't have had this malfunction at the mileage the car is currently at, I believe this to be true as I towed the car to the Dodge dealership for inspection of the engine and they had stated this malfunction shouldn't have happened at this mileage if at all. Dodge refuses to open the engine to determine the exact issue with the engine without my fronting $480. I called Dodge/crystal corporate customer service who did not want to offer any assistance and they advised to file a compliant with NHTSA. I want Dodge to either repair the vehicle or to buy the vehicle for the amount I currently have invested. I strongly believe Dodge is to blame as I have researched this issue and have found this is not an isolated occurrence.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #60

Aug 142013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Minutes after filling my tank with gas, I drove less than a mile and turned into a parking lot. I was still driving, around 15 mph, when I heard a ding, and immediately noticed a loss of steering control. I pressed the brake and quickly noticed a loss of braking as well. It was then I realized the car had stalled while I was still moving! thankfully I had no one around and was on a straight stretch where I could slowly come to a stop, put it in park and restart. I pulled into a parking space, and the car proceeded to stall out 2 more times just sitting there. There was no warning symptoms ahead of time - perfectly smooth idle at the correct RPM, then it just drops to 0 as if the key were turned off. I ran into the store for less than 2 minutes, came out and drove home. I haven't seen any problems since then (this happened less than 24 hours ago). There were no codes thrown. I've owned this car since '07 when it had 5K miles on it. With a little over 88K miles I've never seen anything like this happen before. Needless to say if this happened in traffic it would be highly dangerous. Note: This is a 2006 daytona R/T. early manufacture date of 9/22/2005.

- Stratham, NH, USA

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