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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,777 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger engine problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 12 of 14)

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problem #51

Jul 212008


  • 24,000 miles


I was driving when my car seemed to stall and start back. The most scariest times are on the freeway. I've been in the fast lane and had it happens car stalls and kicks back on. I've taken my car to Dodge dealers and they can't figure it out. I love my car but I'm really getting sick of them not fixing the problem. I'm having the same problem as everyone else so I'm not going to type it up in detail. But there is no reason why a car can stall itself and restart back up with no trace it ever happen. It's dangerous to the driver and passengers and incoming traffic. My car has been checked from the engine own and its showing nothing. My car is currently at chapman Dodge Chrysler and Jeep and I got the call today saying its nothing showing wrong. It seems its electrical because when it happens it loses power and when I starts back on it has a kick to it. I'm just asking for it to be fix before someone gets killed.

- North Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #50

Nov 122012


  • 103,000 miles
Was driving to my office and didn't get any warning and the car engine sounded real bad and once I got to my office to park it it killed. Had to get someone to help me move the car out the middle of the parking lot and had to call a tow service to tow it to the shop and found out the engine failure. Now I only had over 100K and they said the motor have to be replaced!! the piston hit the head and piston arm shattered and it cause my engine to fail!! now my car is park in the yard because of the cost of a new motor!!! I tried to see with Dodge but the motor I have is on back order. So to me it seemed it should be recalled because of all the stories I read online with people having the same problems with motor failure of the 06 Charger 5.7 hemi.

- New Iberia , LA, USA

problem #49

Apr 242012


  • 54,000 miles
I was driving my 2006 Dodge Charger (53K miles on the odometer) with the 5.7 hemi engine at approximately 75 mph (posted highway speed) when I began to hear a rattling sound. I immediately pulled over just before a sharp curve in the road, but as I did the engine shut down and the steering wheel locked up and all the lights on the dash came on. I attempted to start the car again and the key turned but the engine did not respond. Had I not pulled over and begun to cut my speed when I did the engine would have shut down as I was negotiating a sharp turn in the road up ahead. The car was towed to a certified mechanic who stated that the engine had blown a valve and the entire engine would have to be replaced. I have researched Dodge Charger forums and this is a common problem with these cars and engines at approximately 40K-60K mileage. In each posted instance it states that the engines broke down from valve failure. This is a very dangerous problem because it is common and it can lead to accidents if these engines fail at high speed and cause the cars electronics to shut down. Chrysler sshould.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #48

Dec 212012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 27,100 miles


After filling up my fuel tank up for the first time the car was hard to restart. Once the car started the she kept cutting out and even died twice. This happened while I was in traffic. Since that time every time I filled the tank I have the same issue. I have had to resort to only filling the car up to 3/4 tank to avoid this issue.

- Franklin, OH, USA

problem #47

May 012013


  • 39,000 miles
Stopped for gas on rt 9 in New Jersey filled tank got back on highway was doing 50mph when car stalled almost got hit by traffic close call started rite up again kept stalling. Got to side of road car started rite up but trying to merge on hi way was scary. Finally got back on highway..just thought was bad gas. Next week got gas in different gas staton kept stalling again....using computer found out other people having same problem.gas cant be filled..from that time I was buying lower amounts of gas. Car was ok..discovered the car can never be filled up. Changed gas cap same problem. I found out its a Dodge Charger problem it will cost me $2,000 to change filler tube and gas tank but no warranties Dodge will not fix problem.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #46

May 242013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Charger 5.7 hemi I had just filled my car with gas completely full until the one click of the handle, replaced the fuel cap closed the fuel door and started the engine ran just fine, I make a left turn out of the gas station make it about 100 feet and it stalls I lose all power and it dies I was able to restart the engine but it continued to this for several days I was told it was the fuel pump so I replaced the pump and still had the same issues do I took it to the local Dodge dealership after three days I was told it was possibly a bad coil pack but they could not tell me which one it was they replaced all plugs and one pack it now runs but not the way it should I looked up similar issues and kept coming across the same problem with other Chargers of the same year that it was something to do with the gas tank.

- Galena, KS, USA

problem #45

Jun 242013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


I have a 2006 Dodge Charger. I had my oil changed and all fluids checked at a Dodge dealership on a Wednesday. That following Sunday while traveling through town, the engine overheated. After much investigation, it was determined that the radiator fan motors have locked up. This happened quite suddenly and I am now without a vehicle. There were no warning symbols other than the overheating. I found a service bulletin on line that pertains to the replacement of the radiator fans on 2006 Dodge Chargers. I called Chrysler and was told that my car was not manufactured in the factory that has the service bulletin pertained to. I then called my Dodge dealership and my service writer stated that service bulletins do not mean the expenses are paid for and I have no recalls on my VIN number. Therefore, Dodge can not help me and my out of pocket could range anywhere from $500 to over $1,000. The service writer further stated to have the car towed into the dealership immediately and they will diagnose the problem for an additional $100. I bought my car new and the manufacturers refuse to help. Is there anything I can do?

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #44

Nov 012010

Charger 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The vehicle occasionally hesitates, stutters and stalls shortly after fuel fill-ups. There are times this occurs pulling out from the fuel station, and times where it occurs a few miles down the road. This is very dangerous when the cars stalls in traffic (merging, turning, etc.).

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #43

May 172013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Vehicle stalls after refueling and pulling out of the gas station (into traffic). Then, it is hard to start and sputters and stalls for some time. It appears to be an issue with the fuel tank vent valve failing to shut off when the tank if full. This allows raw fuel to enter the evaporation system which probably ruins the evaporation canister as well. The fuel tank vent valve is integrated into the fuel tank so, the fuel tank has to be replaced in order to fix the primary issue. Other components in the evaporation system may need to be replaced as they were not designed to have raw fuel in them.

- Milford, DE, USA

problem #42

Jun 182013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 80,695 miles
After refueling the car, the engine cut off as I was pulling out into traffic and getting up to speed. It just stalled"!?!"

- Chestnut Hill Cove, MD, USA

problem #41

Apr 162013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 94,500 miles


Vehicle stalled when driving shortly after fueling. Engine started again after cranking for several seconds, but strong smell of gasoline after starting. No further problems with the vehicle until the next refuel. This has been happening repeatedly after refueling ever since the original incident on the date given. This may have been happening periodically over the past 2 years, but before this it was infrequent enough that we really didn't pay any attention to it. We never top off the tank, stopping fueling after the nozzle initially clicks off.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #40

Jun 132013


  • 89,000 miles
As pulling into business parking lot, noticed suddenly internal car temperature raised suddenly. As I pulled into parking space noticed the temp. Gauge went from med. To hot within seconds simultaneously the warning light came on and beeped. In reviewing the manufacturer manual, was advised to shut of engine immediately and take in to dealer for service. I contacted my sales representative that I purchased the vehicle from for advise. We determined due to nature of problem, the vehicle should not go far. I took to local midas service department whom advised there was a general recall notice. I called local dealership that denied complaints or liability for my VIN. I then call Chrysler customer service that also denied knowledge of any safety notices. I requested the cost for repair; however, 1.5 later no estimate. I decided to check online myself thought it in the best interest of current/future Dodge owners to initiate an investigation complaint.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #39

May 312013


  • 160,800 miles
Filled up gas a local citgo 7 eleven gas station. Pulled away about 100- 200ft car stalled as I was making left turn into moving traffic my daughter was in back seat. No engine light indicator or anything. Place car back in park and restarted. This has happened a few times. First time had to get some sensor relay replaced. Not to long ago. Since then about a week later after fueling over the weekend went to work stopped at a mcdonalds came out to drive a street over to work card would not start. Held down gas pedal car started shaking had and white smoke came out exhaust. I placed car in drive drove to work parking lot as I was putting in reversed it stalled again. Shaking real hard. Got towed to myers automotive and they advised Dodge Chargers 2006 rt 5.7L are having these engine problems with cylinders and lifter/valves.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #38

Jun 052013


  • 161,000 miles
Before arriving at work stopped at mcdonalds to get coffee. After 10min return to car and tried to start and would not start. I turned key again car started shaking and started with white smoke coming out of exhaust. Car was shaking real hard I stepped on gas pedal and place it in drive I drove to the next street to work location and as I was putting car in reversed car cut off again. I started it again smoke again came out I put in reverse while giving gas and backed car into parking spot at work location. I called tow truck J & J towing they came and I started car and drove unto flatbed and had towed to myers automotive mechanics. They said the valve/cylinder #2 had broken cause spark plug to bend and melted other things and that this year of the 2006 Dodge Charger rt with the hemi 5.7 was know for this issue they have had tremendous amount of problems with these models/make of Dodge and that even getting a used one it would do the same. They advised a new manufactured one that Dodge apparently have revised editions. They need to replaced all these engine issues that they have known about but left the consumer to deal with unfortunately.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #37

Dec 252012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that after refueling, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who believed that the failure was contributed to the motor oil. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #36

Apr 022013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
As I was driving across the desert on I-10 in Arizona, all of a sudden my car lost all engine power. The lights on the dash chimed, my rpms dropped to zero, then just as suddenly they all went right back to normal and the engine jerked us forward as the tranny figured out what gear it belonged in. It started like that, only happening on occasion. Now, I can't make it more than 1-2 miles (literally) without stalling out or losing engine fire. If it happens when I'm at a low mph the car just stalls out and died. No power steering or brakes, but the lights and radio are working. On the hwy at higher speeds, it lurches as described above. On the on-ramp, however, it becomes a life or death situation, especially when starting on a downhill ramp with a big rig wailing up behind me. I have been missed by truly only inches on multiple occasions. I can't afford a new car, they can't find what's wrong with mine, and I can't sell a vehicle that won't make it for a test drive. Can we please get a fix" answers? wasn't it my tax dollars that bought this company out of bankruptcy"

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #35

Aug 152012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 89,954 miles
Nearly every time I refuel the vehicle it stalls 4-6 times in the first 5 miles. This has left me in turns without power steering, on highway on ramps without power steering or brakes, and sitting in busy intersections attempting to re-start the car. It is worse if I turn left after gassing up - car will immediately die while in the intersection. This has happened approximately 30 times in the last 10 months.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #34

Jun 032013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
During start-up engine "spun a bearing" and developed a "rod knock" according to the dealership engine mechanic.

- Yorktown , VA, USA

problem #33

Feb 252013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Filled gas tank till the pump auto shut off. Pulled out onto the highway, accelerated to about 20 mph, let off to turn at next intersection and car stalled. Restarted and pulled into a parking lot and the car stalled again. Waited 10 minutes and restarted, ran rough until got back on interstate. Has happened again on 6/6/2013.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #32

Oct 102011


  • 75,000 miles
The car stalls while driving. It completely shuts off with a loss of all power. Shifting to neutral and restarting while in motion typically works to regain power. This has happened numerous times over the last several months, with no pattern as to when or why. The car has been taken to the dealer twice to no avail.

- Maylene, AL, USA

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