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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Dodge Charger engine problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 14 of 14)

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problem #11

Apr 022013


  • 83,475 miles


Shortly after filling the vehicle with fuel one day, it began to stall out when stopped. While traveling at highway speeds it seems to momentarily lose electrical and mechanical power, then a warning sound will chime and everything returns to normal... temporarily. However, while on a road trip and traveling at speeds over 70mph with cruise control on, we didn't experience any of these symptoms until we had to reduce our speed when approaching towns. Also, the cruise control will shut off if it is being used when "power surge" happens and has to be manually reset.

- Floral City , FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 202012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
When traveling at hwy. Speed the car loses power and shuts off and back on by itself. If im stopped at a red light and it does it I have to put it in park and crank it back up but then it takes a 10-15 seconds before it will go into gear. The problem use to happen once or twice in a day and then it may be 2 weeks before it would happen again. Now the car is not drivable as it does this constant. I got a new front control module and drove it about 20 miles and it started again.

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #9

Mar 212013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 146 miles
On 03/21/2013, at approximately 1830 hours my car would not start for no apparent reason. I had to get my vehicle towed to my house where a mechanic examined the vehicle and observed water leaking into the engine. He stated the car was overheating when the gauge never documented such a thing. He also stated that there is a damaged head gasket and may have additional damage due to the fact that the vehicle is making a "weird" noise and the only way to diagnose any further problems is through taking the engine apart. I don't know how this could happen to a 2006 vehicle. Never purchasing another Dodge ever again. This vehicle never gave me any problems and now all this mechanical stuff happened out of the blue. All the fluids and everything has been up to date and no there is no warranty on the vehicle.

- Riverdale, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 192012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


This problem is related to the purge solenoid. The evaporative emissions system stores fuel vapors from the tank and then burns them in the engine, to keep the vapors from going into the atmosphere. When you fill the tank with fuel the air and vapor that the fuel displaces has to go into the evap system. There is a valve on top of the tank that allows the vapor out, but is supposed to shut off when liquid fuel hits it as the tank fills. What happens is this valve fails and it allows you to push liquid fuel into the evap system when you push too much fuel into the tank. This liquid fuel goes into the vapor canister and lines. When you start the engine a couple minutes later the purge solenoid will come on to do it's job and burn these vapors, but with this failed valve it sucks up liquid fuel instead, so the engine runs rough and can die at idle. The vehicle stalls for the next 5 miles or so whenever you take your foot off the gas, I.e. taking a turn or sitting at a traffic light. The vehicle bucks violently as well. When the engine stalls it cuts all power to the vehicle causing you to lose power steering and the ABS. Because the vehicle is vapor locked it will not restart immediately. My fear is that I am going to pull into traffic and be involved in an accident when my vehicle stalls and will not restart or I'll be injured when it happens taking a curve or turn. Chrysler customer service center says they have no service bulletins on this issue and no one else has complained about. A quick internet search (Dodge Charger stall after filling with gas) shows it is a wide spread issue not only with the Charger but the magnum and Chrysler 300 as well. Only way to fix issue is to replace the entire gas tank which is a $900 part with 2-3 hours labor.

- East Hampton, CT, USA

problem #7

Aug 172012

Charger 8-cyl

  • miles
I was driving my vehicle and it started smoking I pulled over. Called mechanic had it towed to the shop where he later told me the motor was blown. Second incident there's a beeping sound and all my gauges keeping going crazy on me.third incident that pink piece inside the gear shift actual was stuck and came lose so it was removed and the car is able to be put into gear.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 082012


  • 85,000 miles
Driving down the street and the car stalled and then died. Has done it numerous times some at freeway speeds. Today the car stalled just sitting in the driveway.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 142012


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while attempting to start the vehicle, a loud clicking noise could be heard as the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was found that the engine failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 012012


  • 100,000 miles
After fueling my 2006 Dodge Charger R/T, the car will begin to sputter and completely shut-off. This results in the loss of power steering and having to put the car into park in order to restart. It will occur multiple times, sometimes while idling, before it will begin to act has been happening for several months. At first, it was sporadic but now it is everytime I fill up the gas tank. It can be very dangerous as it can happen anytime and without warning.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 282012


  • 63,693 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact noticed a loud clicking noise as the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact was able to restart the engine and noticed that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 63,693.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 182012


  • 91,000 miles
I got off work started car put on seat belt. Put foot on brake and tried to move gear shift it wouldnt move out of park. There are so many complaints of this issue.

- Princess Anne , MD, USA

problem #1

May 142012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I was traveling along the interstate and noticed a hesitation in my automobile due to a seized up engine. Just before it seized up I heard a knocking sound coming from the engine. The car would not start. The car was towed to a garage. The service person did an investigation an informed me that the engine was damaged and would need a complete overhaul or replacement. I was told by the machanic that the engine in the vehicle is notorious for failure due to a malfuctioning oil pump or defective connecting rod bearing. I did some research an found that there is a recall associated with a failed connecting rod bearing. One of my co-workers experienced the same thing with his automobile which is a Chrysler/Dodge product. This engine is a safety hazard in that by seizing up while in motion it could cause the driver to loose control of the vehicle resulting in serious injury or death.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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