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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 2 of 14)

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problem #259

May 052016


  • 43,595 miles


After refilling my tank with gas, my car suddenly began to stall. Immediately after refilling, I started my car and within a few seconds it shut off. After many attempts of starting it and remaining stationary, my car finally remained on for more than 5 minutes and I assumed it was safe to begin driving. 5 minutes into driving on a city street the car began to jerk and stalled in the middle of the street, fortunately it didn't cause an accident. I was able to restart it and turn into the nearest shopping center where I contacted chrystler, who claimed they had no knowledge of this issue. I've seen a multitude of complaints with similar, if not the same, issues I continue to experience.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #258

Nov 112015


  • 121,013 miles
22 May 2015 oil pump failed. Took vehicle to dennis dillon Dodge of caldwell Idaho 26 May 2015. Repair quoted at $996. Actual charge $1816.66. Received car back 8 July 2015 with thumping. Re complained to service 24 July 2015. They wanted to repair unknown which did not exist before their handling. Continued to drive until 11 November 2015 when 1 quart of oil was added & vehicle began thrashing & died, refusing to run again. Vehicle has sat parked in storage at home ever since. Filed complaint with Idaho attorney general office. Dennis dillon cfo duane sessions replied & lied covering his service manager & mechanic. Ag office ceased further action.

- Middleton, ID, USA

problem #257

Mar 032016


  • miles
Dodge Charger stalls while stopped at stop signs or red lights like its out of gas. At first it would do it maybe once a week after filling up my tank, but now it is several times a day. My vehicle is around 137,000 miles.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #256

Apr 022016


  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While attempting to exit a residential driveway, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 129,000.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #255

Sep 142015


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and coming to a complete stop in the vehicle, the vehicle stalled with the check engine light and several other unknown indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, however the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where a tune up was performed however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the cam shaft and the sensor had failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #254

Feb 272016


  • 112,132 miles
Head lights flash while driving then shut off then come back on. As I down shifted on the freeway the car died and check engine light came on now I'm stuck with a broke down car. It shifted really hard and died at the same time the check engine came

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #253

Feb 232016


  • 108,000 miles


Vehicle has been overheating and has cause many headache cause of no way to transportation for me or family to work, school ect. Spent lot of money of trying to fix from dealership to not get resolved. Feel like im being rob!

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #252

Feb 032015


  • 101,000 miles
Car stalls and engine shuts down, loss of steering while either sitting still or driving at higher speeds. This has happened on numerous occasions after adding fuel to the car.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #251

Dec 302015


  • 74,000 miles
Our problem still has not been fixed. The car continues to "die in flight." I have uploaded a video to youtube. Https:// this occurred while attempting to merge onto the interstate. The rpms jump up and down. The oil light and the electronic throttle control light flash and ding. The check engine light came on. This is going to cause an accident and the dealership says there is nothing wrong with the car.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #250

Dec 072015


  • 57,125 miles
My car keeps stalling even while driving above 20 mph, especially whiling pulling out into traffic. My car has been at the dealership for a month with no resolution. My car is not safe.

- Aston, PA, USA

problem #249

Jun 152015


  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact noticed smoke under the hood of the vehicle. The contact pulled the vehicle over. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that a piston in the engine seized and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,000. The VIN was not available.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #248

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 #247

Jun 102015


  • 76,000 miles
Engine just stopped working. No warning. Car was just serviced a few months prior. Pre mature engine failure

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #246

Oct 082015


  • 120,000 miles
While driving the car will cut off. The lights have flickered off and on. The room needle goes down likes is cutting off and then goes back up. I have the Charger 2006 rt police package. This has happen while driving, turning at corner, and sitting at the light. These issues have been going on for the last 6 months.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #245

Nov 012013


  • 150,000 miles
I notice that numerous 2006 Dodge Chargers have had pre mature engine failure. Numerous of them have a "dropped valve". I have a 2006 Dodge Charger that has been extremely well maintained and had the same issue. I drove my vehicle which was running fine with no issues and parked it at the store. When I finished at the store, I returned to my vehicle, got in and I attempted to start it at which time the engine made a horrific noise as if it was going to fall apart or explode. I shut it down immediately. White smoke was coming from the tailpipe so I had it towed to a shop where I was told it needed a new engine. I had it towed back to my home. I called Dodge in 2013 and was told that they had not heard of such a problem and that I should take it to a shop. The vehicle sat (undrivable) for almost 2 years as I was told by a dealership that repairs could amount to almost $7000. I have finally taken it to a local shop and after compression testing and head removal, it was determined the same thing happened as in the reports I have read, which is a dropped valve in cylinder 6. I contacted Dodge once again with no answers or assistance. In review of the existing complaints, I notice that the 11th digit of the VIN is the same with most of the complaints that contain a VIN number. I believe this is a design flaw in the head that is causing this malfunction which is a serious safety issue when vehicles die and quit running for no apparent reason and without warning. Had I have driving down the road it could have been a serious safety hazard. How does this get investigated, and how many complaints have to be generated to have Dodge look into this manufacturer defect causing safety issues? I have pictures of the damage caused by the valve seat but I am having a difficult time uploading. I can E-mail them on request

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #244

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 #243

Sep 252014


  • 120,000 miles
When driving the engine will suddenly shut down with no fore warning. The gas peddle will go to the floor, all steering functions will be removed. The vehicle locks from 70 to 0 in a matter of seconds!!! shortly after the vehicle will restart. Thus far, numerous mechanics has not been able to discover the problem.

- Romulus , MI, USA

problem #242

Sep 122015


  • 61,500 miles
After fueling, leaving station, turn corner car stalls. Starts back up drive a little bit stalls again, trying to put into gear wouldn't shift, finally got it home. Had the same problem about 2yr ago, took it in he cleaned something in the engine, bill was $400 something, now happening again

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #241

Aug 172015


  • 132,000 miles
After filling up gas on my Dodge Charger 2006 rt, the engine stalls and stop while at the traffic stop. Tried to re-start the engine a few times but won't start. Waited 2 minutes and tried to re-start the engine it did start and was able to cross to traffic light and avoid holding the other cars behind me. But after a few at least a hundred feet, the engine starts stall again this time have to roll my car into the side road. Tried a few times to restart, engine but did not start. At that point decided to call for help and while waiting on the side road for 5 to 10 minutes, tried to re-start the engine again and this time around the engine steadied and runs normal as if nothing was wrong with it. I have research this type of engine stall and it seems this is common to my car model/year.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #240

Aug 242015


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but it failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Cedar Hill, UT, USA

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