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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,924 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 8 of 14)

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problem #139

Mar 102014


  • 140,000 miles


My 2006 Dodge Charger was purchased used in Dec 2013. Since then it has occasionally lost power when driving.. but after a few seconds restored to normal operating conditions. Monday 3/10/14, while driving 55 mph on highway 251 in rockford it began loosing power and stalled completely.. I barely had time to get to the right hand lane curb. It was a busy traffic situation, and I had stalled just before construction zone where traffic was merging to one lane. As I sat against the curb a car was forced over striking my mirror off my car... it could have been much worse. Not an exaggeration, I felt my life was greatly jeopardized. The car would not restart and needed towed away. The situation was only safe by a police car polling up behind me until the tow truck came. So far the car service has not found a cause. Updated 03/14/14

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #138

Jan 012014


  • 90,964 miles
Immediately after fueling vehicle to regular capacity and automatic shutoff - no "topping off". left the filling station and the car stalled several times, each time in a precarious position such as decelerating to make a turn or coming to a stop at a light. Car dies losing power steering and breaks. Thought this might be bad gas but it has since repeated every time the car is refueled. This is becoming a serious safely concern as the condition is common during the first 50 or so miles of driving after a fill up. Upon speaking with the dealer they blamed the issue on the end user overfilling the tank. As the only user of the vehicle it is never overfilled nor "topped off".

- O Fallon, MO, USA

problem #137

Dec 182013


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger xt. The contact stated that the engine would stall sporadically after the vehicle was refueled. The contact inquired about a technical service bulletin (tsb) under NHTSA action number: PE13016 (fuel system, gasoline) however, the extended warranty only covered the vehicle for up to 100,000 miles and the contact had exceeded the mileage. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Christiana, PA, USA

problem #136

May 072013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


While waiting at stop lights, car idles fine. The moment the light turns green and I release the brake to step on the gas pedal the car stalls. This has happened up to 4 times in one day. Happened only once today 3/6/2014.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #135

Aug 012013


  • 40,000 miles
So my car began to stall after filling it up with gas. Most of the time it stalled while stopped. A few times while in motion. Since the car dies I have lost power steering.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #134

Jan 032014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Was pulling out of a store onto major road car just died like no fuel or spark has happened multiple times now once with my grandson in car put in neutral and restarted ok for day or so then does it again it really seems to be safety issue is there a recall on this issue I really like the car but safety first also im original owner car still stock.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #133

Jan 232014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


Engine stalls after filing up with gas. It happens at low RPM typically when approaching a traffic light or stop. Once driving for a while it stops happening. Most times it will restart right away. On one occurrence I was stuck on a very busy road with truck traffic and it would not start for a few minutes. This happened once to me in the past but now it's happening after every fill up.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #132

Feb 012014


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, which was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic replaced the spark plugs, cleaned the throttle body, replaced the plugs for the power control module, and changed the fuel pump relay. The failure recurred after the repairs were performed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #131

May 102012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I own a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T with the 5.7 liter hemi engine. I purchased it new in June of 2006 with 5 miles on the odometer. After 6 years of filling up my car by letting the gas pump stop automatically with no issues; the car began to stall right after filling-up when topping off the tank, starting around may of 2012. I called autonation Dodge in roseville, California and the service technician was familiar with my issue. He asked if I had filled up the tank by topping it off. I told him, affirmative. He advised me to not top off the tank at all during fill-ups or to buy a new fuel tank at the cost of $2000-3000 with installation. For the past couple of years, I've been lucky to not top off the fuel tank, but it has occurred at least 4 times when I made the mistake of topping off the gas. The last time this occurred was yesterday. After buying gas and having the pump stop automatically, I drove into a major intersection and stopped at the red light. The car turned off, and it took about 3 tries of re-starting the ignition in park before the car luckily powered on again. When my light turned green, the car would jump and lose power while shifting into second and third gears. I was very fortunate to not have any cars behind me, because this issue of the car stalling could cause an accident. This stalling hazard happened again yesterday on my way home and also this morning. I feel Chrysler/Fiat should replace all effected 2006 Dodge Charger R/ts with this issue by replacing the tank or whatever repair it would take to fix this safety hazard. I feel that most owners of this vehicle won't be aware of this issue until it happens to them personally. It should be mandatory for Chrysler/Fiat to issue a recall with all expenses covered by the manufacturer.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #130

Jul 282013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
After filling gas tank, engine hesitates and/or stalls. I only fill up until the fuel pump automatically shuts off, I do not add any more fuel than that. This has happened almost every time I have filled up with fuel. Most of the stalling/hesitation occurs when coasting or decelerating (coming to a stop). This has created multiple very dangerous situations due to the engine not running and I have a loss of the power assist to the steering. Occasionally the engine has a difficult time restarting after the engine stalls. This will occur approximately 4-8 times after a fill-up of fuel.

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #129

Apr 022012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


I have a 2006 Dodge Charger rt 5.7L with about 100K miles on it. For the past year or so my vehicle will act as if it is cutting off and then will start back up immediately. My dash lights flash and I hear a chime each time this happens. On other occasions, my vehicle will cut off completely while idling at a stoplight, intersection, stop sign, etc. My vehicle will also cut off and right back on when I try to accelerate and other times it will cut off completely. This is really scary when it cuts off as I try to turn as a vehicle is coming, hoping the vehicle sees me and doesn't T-bone me in the middle of he street as I try to get the car running again. I really hope Dodge finds out what is causing this and at least inform their customers how to fix it or better yet, issue a recall and fix a problem that they know exists.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #128

Jan 262013


  • 19,031 miles
This isn't the 1st time that the engine has stalled after filling the fuel tank. Most recent episode happened as I was preparing to enter the gas stations drive-thru car wash...I had my foot on the brake to enter the code for the wash and just as I started to move forward the engine stalled. Happened a couple of months ago on the public right of way, I was stopped at a red light (just after a fuel up and just before I was about to enter the freeway). Another time I was in motion and it stalled in the middle of a busy intersection. The stalling affects the transmission. The engine is warm when this occurs. It takes about 3 attempts to successfully restart.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #127

Jun 222006

Charger 8-cyl

  • 250 miles
After filling car with gas the engine stalls multiple times for the first few miles.this has happened to me a few hundred times over the years, I have almost been T boned and rear ended multiple times due to this defect. I try not to fill the tank but it happens even if gas is close to the fill mark.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #126

Jan 292014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 69,995 miles
Every time the vehicle gas tank is filled, the engine stalls shortly after driving away. It requires several cranks of the engine to get started again. After the engine is restarted, driving /idle is rough for some amount of time before returning to normal. This happens all the time. This is very dangerous as the car stalls on me in traffic and merging on to the freeway after filling up at any gas station.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #125

Feb 022014

Charger 8-cyl

  • miles
After fueling my Dodge Charger, I drove down the road from the gas station and my car stalled. It started a few attempts later. This is the 5th time it has occurred.

- Hulmeville, PA, USA

problem #124

Sep 012012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Overheated and blew the top radiator hose, fixed it with an oem hose from dealership next day and I topped of the fluid and " burped" it and got all the bubbles out. Same day it was fixed I was in a drive thru line at a fast food place and it was still overheating even with my heater turned all the way up to relieve some heat stress from the motor so I had to keep shutting off the car and restarting it to move up in the drive thru line just so the gauge never reached the red line on the temp gauge and I finally received my food and then it did not want to start or anything so due to the fact of common courtesy of the other customers in line did not want to hold them up I jumped out and pushed my car out of the way and into a parking spot and that's when the injury happened by pushing it I injured my back severely. After it was in a parking spot I tried once again to start it and it started but with a loud knock coming from the motor, and black and white smoke from the tailpipes. So I had it towed to my house and had my friend whom is a mechanic at the local Dodge dealership come over and look into it for me just to find out a valve seat dropped and damage the internals on my motor. This is a well known problem now with Dodge with many complaints around the world so why the heck isn't this problem being recalled"??" just so anyone who reads this knows, my car is a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L hemi with only 110,000 miles on it and dealership maintained so this kinda stuff wouldn't happen but what do you know good ol Dodge screwing there customers by not fixing the problem. First and last Dodge product I will ever own!!!

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #123

Jan 282014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The car suddenly stalled and engine turned off. The steering was locked and was unable to move. I was turning into my subdivision when suddenly this happened. I was probably around 5 mph. Luckily there was no car behind me. I was able to put the car in park and start it and drive home without issue. The second time it got stalled when the same day I had to take my son to one of his class. When I was stopped at the light, the car stalled. This time it took few tries to get the car started. Once it started, the RPM was fluctuating as if it was starving for fuel. Since other complains have references to this happening after filling up gas, I want to mentioned that I had filled the gas the day before and I must have drove 20 or so miles before this happened first time.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #122

Dec 262013


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T with a 5.7 hemi. On several occasions, the engine has stalled when I was stopped at a stoplight. The car was in drive and stopped with my foot on the brake. After putting in into park, it would take several tries to get the engine started again. It also stalled once while coasting into my driveway. I was traveling at less than 5 mph with my foot on the brake. Again it was hard to restart.

- Hollister, CA, USA

problem #121

Oct 022013


  • 98,000 miles
I have had this issue happen about five times. After filling up my car with gas (I do not overfill), I notice that my car will all of the sudden turn off. This has happened in the middle of an intersection and on the highway. I feel very anxious and scared when I drive now because of this issue. After discovering online that many other 2006 Dodge Chargers have experienced the same issue, I am hoping there is an honest solution out there. Chrysler/Dodge have not responded to any of my correspondence, with the exception of an automated response. From here on out, I will be forced to only fill my car with half a tank of gas. Please advise if any other information/description is needed. Hope to see some action soon. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #120

Jan 232014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 58,345 miles
I was going down the high way and the car just shut off and then came back on like nothing happen they really need to recall this and it a hemi 5.7 daytona.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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