really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,136 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger engine problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 15)

problem #286

Jan 052016


  • 100,000 miles


Takata recall - I never received a notification that I had a recall on my airbags - I will be looking into this shortly -- also, and more importantly, my engine stalls after I refuel -- there is no recall on this issue but apparently it happens a lot as I did see that there was an inquiry into this -- this just started to happen to my car in the last 2 years and so therefore it is out of warranty.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #285

Nov 012016


  • 28,000 miles
My 2006 Dodge Charger keep stalling while driving. I was sitting at a light getting to ready to turn and the car stopped in the middle of the turn. Thankful it was a turn signal or I would have been hit. Also the engine light come on and the car just stalls then - you can wait about 5 min. And it will start back up. Upon doing my research I am unsure to why their has not been a recall. I was on the highway and it starts to stall then I hit the gas and it keeps going.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #284

Sep 012016


  • 180,000 miles
2006 Dodge charges with 5.7 hemi V8 - experiencing random stalling. Happens at any speed. Everything shuts off including the power steering and ABS. First happened while merging onto freeway and I had to drive off the road to avoid a semi-truck. This happened with my young child in the vehicle. I had the gas tank, fuel canister, and purge valve replaced. The problem still occurs regardless of the amount of gas in the vehicle and regardless of when it was refueled. Even though this appears to be a common problem the dealership has been no help and even tried charging me for unnecessary diagnostics. Car does not flash a code so after replacing what was supposed to fix the issue, driving the vehicle is the only way to find out if it is fixed. This has lead to a few dangerous close calls. Please look into this issue before people get hurt because this is a serious problem. Thank you, jeff allen

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #283

Oct 192016


  • 133,000 miles


(dropped valve seat) I was on my way to lunch when I realized I left an item in my desk that was needed. I turned around and headed back to the office. I parked my car, ran back in to the office and returned to my vehicle within 5 minutes. When I tried to start my engine, it would not start. I ended up having to get the car towed to my local machine shop. My mechanic told me that a valve seat dropped and the engine needed replacement. My mechanic was quite knowledgeable about these kinds of problems. As he stated that it happened very often with Dodge hemi 5.7 engines. He stated that the valve seats were made of poor metal material. He also stated that Chrysler was very aware of the defect and what it can cause. I did my research online and found hundreds of threads with people that experienced the same problem. Needless to say, I had to buy a brand new engine and several other engine parts that failed due to this catastrophe. Not to mention major labor costs.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #282

Oct 282016


  • miles
As per Dodge/Chrysler mechanic, #4 cylinder valve seat dropped and internally destroyed my 5.7 hemi engine.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #281

Oct 082016


  • 145,000 miles
What can I say I have a bad hydraulic lifter from a bad valve seal that cause alot of other problems. I was stiffed $1415 from a Dodge dealership.

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #280

Sep 152015


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving at any speed, the contact heard a noise from the gear shifter without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that oil leaked onto the valve. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was approximately 76,000.

- Hemmingway, SC, USA

problem #279

Oct 032016


  • 40,000 miles
My 2006 Dodge Charger rt stalls intermittently while I'm turning a corner on a city street or stopped at a red light. When it stalls, I do not have power steering. This is extremely dangerous because I could get hit. Sometimes it stalls more often after I fill up with gas. I do not overfill. I have been filing my gas tank the same way for 10 years and until October of 2016 it has never been a problem.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #278

Nov 022016


  • 40,000 miles
Charger is stalling frequently. After filling up with gas. Stalled and went into some safe mode where it wouldn't go into second gear. Stalled on the highway, side roads and while making a turn. While making the turn it stalled in the middle of the intersection while a truck was coming at us. I had my son in the car and we were stranded in the road. We could have been killed!! I have read up on this and it seams to be a faulty sensor at the gas tank fill up. Why has this not been addressed? sounds like you are waiting for someone to get killed before doing anything. Great company!!!

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #277

Nov 152016


  • 70,805 miles
After filling up gas tank, vehicle will rapidly lose rpms and stall when stopped at lights or stop signs. I then put the vehicle in park and am able to restart it, but it will stall again while moving right after. This causes a loss of power steering which has almost caused me to crash multiple times. I only bought the car 12 days ago and it has done this multiple times. I have read the multiple other complaints, and have tried to fix the problem by replacing the PCM, but that did not work. Others have suggested replacing the gas tank because the stall could be caused by the vapor recovery system failing following refueling. I believe this issue is related to NHTSA action PE13016. The vehicle in its current condition is unsafe to drive as it will stall while moving and lose power steering. The problem first occurred on 11/7/16, and occurred again on 11/15/16, both times after I refueled. It will not occur if the gas is below 3/4 full. I replaced the PCM on 11/10/16, but that did not fix the problem.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #276

Aug 012016


  • 102,600 miles


My 2006 Charger will stall and or jolt violently as soon as I leave the gas station, and it is only when I fill up my tank. After restarting the vehicle twice and driving a short while I do not have any problems, it only happens when I fill up my gas tank. I know that newer vehicle fuel tanks are designed not to be force filled due to the special evap system. I only fill the tank till the station pump nozzle clicks off, which is what I was told how to fill these newer vehicles. This problem has been going on for over several months, though I have not had any traffic accidents, I fear that this is an accident waiting to happen.

- Smiths Creek, MI, USA

problem #275

Oct 302016

Charger 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The car stalled while I was driving at about 50-55 mph. Everything went out. Eventually the car started. Now, when I stop at a stop light or stop sign it stalls out. I have not received a warning light and I have had the vehicle checked with a computer. There are no lights on the dash indicating there is a problem.

- Chesterfield Twp., MI, USA

problem #274

Oct 162016


  • miles
Engine knocks, won"T exceed 55 mph. Seems like a common problem that has yet to be addressed. To make matters worse the transmission is german and will cost $800 for the part alone, thanks Dodge.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #273

Oct 132016


  • 67,800 miles
Car engine shuts down at highway speeds momentarily and back on a couple of times engine shut completely off had to pull over to the side of the road engine restarts no fault lights come on after searching the internet I find that this problem has been around for a while very dangerous if Dodge has addressed this problem I find no recalls it should be taken care of as soon as possible this has been going on for quite a while on my vehicle today being the latest episodes Thursday, October 13, 2016

- Thomaston, CT, USA

problem #272

Sep 262016


  • miles
The dodger Charger rt has been the worse vehicle I have ever paid for. My Charger is only at 80,000 miles and the Charger has been maintained properly. The transmission has issues with going over 50 mph and the engine now knocks. I am just siting here trying to figure out how a vehicle at 80,000 have this many issues.

- Unkown, NC, USA

problem #271

Sep 202013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving 60 mph and attempting to increase speed, the accelerator pedal failed to respond when depressed. The vehicle began to decrease in speed and the check engine indicator illuminated. The failure recurred randomly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #270

Jul 022016


  • 130,000 miles
While pulling out from a stop light my engine began to miss and run bad.I pulled over and shut it off.after letting it sit for a few minutes I tried again, it wouldn't turn over so I had it towed to a shop, they tore it apart and informed me I had dropped the valve seat in cylinder 4, it destroyed the intake valve, mds solenoid and scratched the cylinder wall

- Mertztown, PA, USA

problem #269

Jul 302016


  • 97,284 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Charger that shuts off while driving. Vehicle has 97284 miles. I currently have the vehicle in for repair at phillips Chrysler Dodge Jeep in ocala fl. The PCM has been replaced but this issue still continues. Vehicle shuts off with out warning while driving.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #268

Jul 292016


  • 90,000 miles
My 2006 Dodge Charger daytona 5.7L engine had a problem with a valve seal/lifter / solenoid in 2015, which was repaired by the dealer in December. Now, 7 months later, it has lost a piston in the engine, and needs a new engine. When the lifter problem occurred, the car was being driven, and started to misfire. When the piston went (the dealer says that is what it is), the engine was being started. When starting the vehicle, it misfired, and started clanking. And then died.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #267

Jul 202016


  • 105,000 miles
I drove my vehicle to the store and everything was fine. I came out an hour later and attempted to start the car but it wouldn't start. I attempted to start it again and it started but the engine sounded horrible so I turned it off immediately. I had it towed to my mechanic who said there was no compression on cylinder #3 and the valve was unseated causing damage to the cylinder. I take meticulous care of my vehicle and this type of engine failure should have never happened with only 105K miles on it. Upon reading several thousand reviews on this 5.7L hemi engine, this appears to be a major problem and has been identified as a manufacturer defect. The below is the diagnosis for this early engine failure: "faulty valve seats according to the engine company, the original Chrysler design presses the valve seats into the cylinder heads. The problem results when the powdered metal the valve seats are made of expands, causing it to drop into contact with the valve and pistons, which leads to catastrophic failure. In this process the seat breaks into many pieces causing deterioration of the piston, cylinder wall, valve and cylinder head. This metal can even get into the intake manifold if not cleaned properly, it can lead to a failure in replacement engines. Piston ring landings again according to pp, a flaw in the engineering of the piston ring landings results in the engines running much hotter than they should. Coupled with what they call overly small drain holes in the heads and block, this overheating breaks down new oil, leaving sludge in the engine, ultimately blocking it. Consequent oil-starvation can lead to engine block seizure."

- Trinity, FL, USA

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