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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 12 of 14)

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problem #59

Aug 132013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 98,471 miles


After filling my car up at a gas station I was entering the freeway and my car sputtered and stalled on me on the on ramp to the freeway. I was almost rear ended and the car locked up and it was difficult to steer. Further diagnoses from the dealership showed that the evap valve was bad on the car and needed a new gas tank. Apparently this problem is happening with a lot of Dodge Chargers, magnums and Chrysler 300's.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #58

Jul 042013


  • 80,300 miles
Drove to a business and once placed in park, the gear shift became stuck. Called aaa, they were going to tow it, then another driver showed up for aaa and knew just what to do. He takes apart the case that goes around the gear shift and presses on a pink colored emergency park release lever, ( why is that even an option??!!! ) it was obviously not attached to any thing as it fell down into the space around the shifter and still resides there. The discussion of towing it came up again, then we noticed a cable attached to the shifter and after playing with it have developed a system to unlatch it from park. You have to pull the cable to the left with a pen to disable the gear shift. Today I took it to where I bought it and they told me there was a recall on this and to take it to the Dodge dealership. The Dodge dealership knew just what I was talking about, but denies a recall on this. I am scheduled to have it fixed Monday the 12th. I don't feel I should have to keep paying for faulty equipment, this car has been a disaster since I bought it. The front end has been fixed about 4 times for vigorously shaking and a god awful rattling noise ( goes away for a short time then returns shortly after being fixed!!), numerous tires have been bought because that must be the problem too ( out of the mouths of the dealership), the tire pressure light stays on, the ABS light system malfunctions and has left me with a no brake sensation on multiple occasions. I have always owned Dodge, but next time I purchase a vehicle it wont be a Dodge.

- Lebanon, MO, USA

problem #57

Feb 152012


  • 80,000 miles
After refueling, the car stalled upon moderate acceleration. I thought it was a one time issue, but took it to a Dodge dealership after the third incident. They could find nothing wrong with the car. After extensive research online, I found that the problem is apparently with a purge solenoid valve that cannot be replaced without the entire gas tank being replaced, as well as the evap canister. The car has been doing this more and more frequently, almost to the point of doing it every fill up. If it doesn't stall when the engine is restarted, it does it randomly within a few minutes of driving. Either while accelerating, or cruising. This is a large safety issue, as my wife drives this car into the city of cincinnati for work, and the car has stalled after she refuels. We are not leaving the engine running during refueling, and we are not topping off the tank. I have done research online and it appears to be happening to several people. This problem has occurred sporadically on multiple occasions, and I have barely avoided crashing a few times when the car stalled while I was turning. The car is a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T with the 5.7L hemi engine.

- Sunman, IN, USA

problem #56

Jan 012013


  • 180,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle jerked followed by the illumination of the oil light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Makin , GA, USA

problem #55

Jul 132013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 196,000 miles
After fill up of gas tank csr will start and drive normal for approx 1 mile then begin to stall out. This happens while gas pedal is being depressed and while braking. After driving the vehicle for approx 10 to 15 min the stalling stops. This happens after every gas fill up.

- Wappingers , NY, USA

problem #54

Dec 272012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 45,540 miles
While driving the vehicle the engine will unexpectedly stop. The event has happened several times. Often it occurs after fueling. The vehicle has been into a garage for repair but the problem continues. Sometimes when the event occurs the only way to restart the vehicle is to place the vehicle in park, press the accelerator all the way to the floor and turn on the ignition.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #53

Jul 062013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 72,300 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that both radiator fans overheated and began rubbing together. The contact was told by a mechanic that they were lucky to have them replaced before they became fractured and entered the radiator. The vehicle was repaired and both fans were replaced. The failure and the current mileages were 72,300.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #52

Jan 102013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My car have mis fire cylinder 1 it shakes when it cold then after a while it goes away, transmission driving bad out of no where going only 30 miles the fastest in my car stuck in park.

- Miami, FL, USA

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

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