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

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2006 Dodge Charger engine problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 8 of 14)

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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

problem #119

Jan 242014


  • 107,715 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 107,715.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #118

Dec 112013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 35,078 miles
Vehicle began to misfire and then stalled approximately 1/4 mile after filling fuel tank. This has happened multiple times and is occurring more frequently. This is a serious safety issue since vehicle stopped in the middle of an intersection and almost caused an accident. Was able to restart the car and continue to destination. Online forums attribute the cause to a faulty vapor purge valve/evap canister and requires fuel tank replacement.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #117

Nov 072013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Vehicle stalls and kills after refueling. It happens before even leaving the pump and/or once driving has started. It takes a few miles or some time before it's normal again. If it's sitting idle, you can hear it struggling before a burst in RPM's leading to a stall. Sometimes it starts right back up. Sometimes it doesn't for a while.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #116

Oct 162013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Car stalls and cuts off after refueling. I always put 89 octane or higher gasoline in my vehicle. This is a severe safety issue because you can get rammed from behind when in traffic I.e. Washington, DC area the busiest streets in America. The dealer suggested the consumer spend $1800 to replace the fuel tank. Updated 02/06/14

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #115

Jan 162014


  • 58,795 miles
I had just filled my gas tank and pulled on to a busy road. As I approached the stoplight the vehicle just died. It did not start right back up, it took 3 different tries. This has now happened 4 times. All times were after I filled up at the gas station.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #114

Jan 162014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 77,986 miles
After refueling the vehicle, the vehicle stalls and will sometimes die. It will continue to stall off and on for approximately 2 miles and the engine has the tendency to completely die while slowing down for red lights or stop signs. This has only happened after refueling and happens every time.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #113

Jan 012014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
After re-fueling at a local gas station I came to a stop at a traffic signal light. When the light turned green the car stalled. I placed the car in park and it restarted. This also occurred several months ago and I experienced the same scenario each time after re-fueling my vehicle.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #112

Jul 292013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 42,354 miles
Initially, after refueling my vehicle (2006 Dodge Charger R/T with 5.7L hemi) at a gas station, the engine would hesitate and stumble a mile or so later, and operate normally after a few moments. However, beginning within the last month, whenever I refuel at the gas station, the engine will hesitate and then stall.the obd does not illuminate the mil or register a dtc. The engine is then hard to restart, and once restarted and the transmission in drive, the vehicle will not begin to move immediately upon pressing on the accelerator, as if the transmission is in park or neutral. The stalling happens when pulling out of the gas station, when stopped and idling, and has happened when driving in traffic. This problem has resulted in several near collisions as the unexpected loss of power happens when pulling into traffic and while driving. This condition continues for several minutes and miles. I have gotten into the practice of refueling and driving straight home to park the car overnight, as it seems to drive better given time to sit after refueling.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

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