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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 3 of 14)

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problem #239

Aug 252015


  • miles


2006 Dodge Charger rt car shuts off with no warning shuts off at a stop light or stop sign. When I'm driving under 60 mph it stalls as if it's going to stop and the electrical light pops on and goes off but it does not shut off. When I am driving under 40 it will shut off and I have to hit the brakes and put it in park or neutral and restart it. But the best part of this which it's really not a best part that it starts rite up after each encounter. There is no engine light through out this issue so I don't know what kind of code it's going to read. I took it to napleton Dodge in lansing, il yesterday and told them the issue and showed them the edmunds report for the extended fuel tank warranty but off course they want to try to get some kind of money from me ($125) for a diagnostics which I'm telling them and showing them the report.

- Glenwood, IL, USA

problem #238

Jun 122015


  • 135,111 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While parked, the vehicle was not able to start and a clicking sound could be heard. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where it was diagnosed that the valve seat dropped, which destroyed the cylinder wall. The contact stated that the entire engine would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,111.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #237

Jun 102015


  • 75,123 miles
We had no warning (E.I. engine light not lit, not running hot, no strange sounds, etc.). the car died so when it wouldn't start up after trying for a second time, we towed it to the dealership after hours. The next morning we get a call saying that the valve seat guide failed and and the pistons weren't getting any oil in the 4th cylinder of the motor. So the motor needs to be replaced and it's gonna $8000. It's been sitting at the dealership going on three months. With all these complaints about the same thing, Dodge should be doing something about this. This is unacceptable Dodge! I have been researching this every since my car malfunctioned. Dodge/diamler Chrysler needs to be sued! I am waiting for a class action law-suit to be announced-

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #236

Jul 142015

Charger 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


I have had my 2006 Dodge Charger rt for just over a year and have kept all the oil changes and fluid filled. I had no issue other than a bad fuel tank out of the car, until I was on the highway heading to work when I heard what sounded like a pop. Then my vehicle lost all power. I barely made it to work where I had to get it towed. I later found out it had dropped a valve seat and that Dodge would charge me over $8000 to repair my vehicle. I will include a link that shows this is a manufacturing issue. The block and valve seat was made from two different metals that expand at different rates and lengths. I have tried contacting Dodge to no luck. This should be seriously investigated because it is costing Dodge consumers thousands when it was avoidable by pinning the valve seats or using the same metals. Dodge has went thru and pinned the valve seats in motors their manufacturing, so they know it's an issue but are not helping the consumers who paid for this product prior to them fixing it. [xxx] is my VIN and the website that list some of the complaints is I am just asking someone please look into this issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Winston Salem , NC, USA

problem #235

Jul 152015


  • 75,400 miles
When merging onto the freeway upon slight acceleration the engine died, in front of a semi truck! we had no power steering or brakes! this is a huge safety issue!! we were lucky to not have crashed. I then turned key to off and restarted to resolve the issue. This has happened 6 more times at lower speeds I.e. 15mph, 20, 30 mph ranges, with no check engine light!" brought it into mechanic and they couldn't find the issue, car had no codes. They suggested replacing the crank position sensor. We did that and it was fine.. for 15 miles until it died again!!! still no codes, dealer wont help, I can't drive the car as it is unsafe. I did some internet searches. Found about a known issue with the fuel evap system and the fuel tank and filler neck. These faulty parts cause the car to read false rich signals and causes the engine to run leaner. So now, lack of appropriate fuel upon acceleration causes the engine to stall and lose effected drive systems. This is ludicrous from Chrysler how many deaths has this caused!?!"

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #234

Dec 012008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. After refueling and driving at a low speeds, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer multiple times who diagnosed that the key, a sensor and multiple parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired multiple times however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #233

Aug 042015


  • 106,600 miles


I got my fuel tank replaced under warranty (new fuel tank & O-ring part #S: cnstx531aa and cnstx532aa) and now stalling is worse than before. Engine wants to stall anywhere from 0-30 mph now whether the tank is full, half empty or near empty. The car's stalling can be prevented by providing quick acceleration, which will temporary fix the issue, only to have it come back later. The choice between stalling at high speeds and losing power steering & other necessities, or quickly accelerating to prevent a stall, leave drivers with two unsafe, dangerous choices each. The fuel tank recall did not remedy the issue. If anything, it made it worse, more dangerous, and made a minor defect/annoyance into a serious problem that can not be "burnt off" like the excess gas in the previous fuel tank. Dealerships give us the run around. Saying they either don't have the piece, or they refuse to replace it because we already have the new, yet still faulty, fuel tank. It's becoming a serious issue with no real remedy in sight. The dealership blames Chrysler/Dodge and Chrysler/Dodge blames the dealership. The two point fingers and scapegoat each other, leaving the customer to either replace everything out-of-pocket or drive a seriously impaired and dangerous vehicle. I went in to the dealership with two minor dtc codes that I planned on repairing (they were nonimmediate and not serious) and left the dealership with 15 codes. Chrysler even gave me a "case manager" for this, but the case manager said all they can do is rely on the dealership's diagnostics... literally just a waste of time. Why even assign a case manager? I took the car in to replace the fuel tank since it was under warranty (aka free)... I'm a college student with no finances for repair. Now, I'm left with a faulty, unsafe, nearly inoperable vehicle with no other means of transportation. Someone needs to step in.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #232

Aug 032015


  • 106,500 miles
I filled my gas tank (but did not top it off with fuel) and left the gas station at the first intersection. The car stalled while braking, the car came back on, accelerated against brakes, died again and wouldn't turn over afterward. Had to turn the car all the way off and back on to restart the car, only to have it do it three more times on the way home. It feels like a serious accident waiting to happen. I read up on the issue and found that it's very common. Dodge needs to fix this problem. We paid for a vehicle to safely Transport us -- this is not safe.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #231

Mar 032014


  • 120,000 miles
My vehicle began shutting off while idle about about a year ago. It started back up immediately and I was able to continue driving. Initially there were no check engine lights that came up. It soon happened again and this time the check engine light came on. I took it to Firestone and they pulled some codes that they said the dealer had to repair. By the time I got to the dealer the lights went off and I shared the other diagnostic with them but they were unable to determine what was really wrong. It started happening again months later and I took it to yet another mechanic. This mechanic 'reset the computer" and made the check engine lights turn off. It stopped for a time but the problem came back. This time (140,000 miles) the engine shut off on the highway! I was slightly tapped on the rear by the driver behind me. Another time a semi truck was behind me and I stalled. Luckily we were in slow moving traffic. Again at high speeds the engine would turn back on but this is very dangerous. I am afraid to drive my baby in this vehicle. There are a ton of similar complaints on Dodge forums with these vehicles. Dodge needs to fix this before someone gets hurt or dies!!!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #230

May 152015


  • 135,000 miles
I was driving around with some friends one night and stopped to talk to them for a minute. I drove around the block and turned the car off. When I went to start the car, it wouldn't start and when it finally did, it shook violently and shut off. It turns out that the car dropped a valve seat and ruined the motor of the car. Upon further research this is a very common problem in the 5.7 hemi in the Chargers. I have several friends that have had the exact same issue with their Charger.

- Coalville, UT, USA

problem #229

Jun 102015


  • 76,125 miles


Car wouldn't start after three tries. Sounded like something blew up the first time I tried starting it. Had car towed to Dodge. It was there a week before they looked at. They called us on a Wednesday said the head gasket was blown was gonna cost $4500 to fix. Then they called back on a Friday said the pistons werent' getting any oil, engine, need to replace engine. Now it's gonna cost $8,000. How you go from $4500 to $8000 in a matter of two days"?"

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #228

Jun 102015


  • 76,125 miles
Drove to a dentist appointment, came out, started car, it made a loud boom then shut down. Tried starting again, no bueno, wouldn't start. Had it towed to a Dodge dealership. They say oil is not going into the pistons. Cylinder is shot, needs new engine. It's been sitting at the shop for over a month now. Really...a new engine that's gonna cost me $8,000 no warning, no sensors....nothing! just had car service a few months prior

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #227

Jul 172015


  • 177,750 miles
While driving on the highway in traffic at approximately 70 mph the car stalled with no check engine light or engine misfire/stuttering. The stall was as if the key was turned to the off position. The car coasted to the side of the road, restart was attempted and the car started perfectly, I continued to drive. The car stalled again after a few miles, restarted and it stalled again - this continued, each time with the time driven being less. All this time the check engine light did not illuminate. I finally made it to a shop where the car was diagnosed and the crankshaft position sensor and camshaft position sensor was replaced. This did not solve the stalling issue. The car will have the PCM replaced in hope that this will solve the problem. This is a very unsafe failure especially when traveling at high speeds - the car loses all power and is very difficult to move into the shoulder when it stalls (no power steering). This is a very serious safety concern that can be catastrophic.

- Haslet, TX, USA

problem #226

Mar 142014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 11,169 miles
First time it shut down on me I was at stop light going to work in leland nc. The other time it shut down on me I put gas in the car in charlotte nc. I was away from home.the system shut can't want crank.I was in the middle of the street on my way to work in leland the first time. Leaving the gas station the second time shut down at the light again.

- Riegelwood, NC, USA

problem #225

Mar 032015


  • 105,152 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving at any speed, the check engine warning light remained illuminated. The failure recurred daily. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, two months after the repair, the failure recurred and the engine was replaced a second occasion but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,152.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #224

Jun 212015


  • 124,000 miles
Driving about 60 mph on highway. Noticed it was driving rough. Took it to my friends house where it started smoking. Parked it and had it towed to shop. They say piston #4 broke, cylinder is shot, needs new engine.

- Bonney Lake, WA, USA

problem #223

Oct 112014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at 15 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle; however, the oil pressure warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to multiple independent mechanics who were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Arleta, CA, USA

problem #222

Jun 092015


  • 85,453 miles
10 minutes after filling up the car completely died no power steering, no power brakes no lights. Car restarted then died a second time. Brakes and steering are a major safety hazard under these conditions.

- North Aurora, IL, USA

problem #221

May 152015


  • 115,000 miles
Vehicle just died from premature engine failure at 5 mph at 515am on a Friday.

- Gilbert , AZ, USA

problem #220

May 232015


  • 101,000 miles
My car is shutting off while driving causing unsafe driving conditions. I have checked numerous forums and many people are having this same issue. This could result in a fatality. I was driving and my car just shut off the power steering went out I was not able to start the care again until I got it back in park. It has happened 2 times now.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

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