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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,938 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger transmission problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Mar 152009


  • 50,000 miles


Please help me prevent accidents and/or fatalities that will result from Chrysler's refusal to address a dangerous situation. Recently my 2006 Dodge Charger began stalling, numerous time, with the steering locking sometimes at a high rate of speed on a busy highway. A potentially disastrous situation for everyone on the road. My car's been towed to the dealer three times and the problem remains a mystery to the technicians. They've changed the powertrain control module (PCM), with no change. The car continues to intermittently register ¿lost comm with the PCM¿ diagnostic trouble codes. At times the car performs flawless, and other times it stalls and won¿T restart sometimes for days. After much research I have found that this is a recurring problem with Chargers, old and new, and one that many other owners suffer. A Chrysler rep told me they were aware of a stall problem, but said that since they don¿T know the exact cause, there is nothing they will do unless the customer pays for expensive and experimental diagnoses. Why is it up to the consumer to find a known problem that could kill motorists" when do they intend to address it? after a family is wiped out" this is a disaster waiting to happen. And a preventable one if we can convince Chrysler to address the problem and affect a recall to fix it. Chrysler's disregard for the american consumer at the very least, and toward the public at large at most, is alarming. I cannot fathom how an american corporation these days can so brashly turn a blind eye to a known and potentially dangerous situation. While coverup might be a strong word to apply this early in the game, lets not let it get to that point. Please help me fix this. Thank you again for your time, and keep fighting the good fight.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #12

Mar 152009


  • miles
I have a 2006 Charger R/T with approx 80K miles. I went into the dealer for an oil change and they said my transmission was leaking. I asked if it was serious and the advisor told me it happens "all the time" on Chargers like mine. What makes it worse is that there is no dipstick to monitor your transmission fluid level. It seems a little odd that a seal would wear out in less than 3 years. Chrysler should recall this for safety reasons.

- Portland, CT, USA

problem #11

Dec 012008


  • 0 miles
I received a safety recall for my state highway patrol car. When I took it to my local dealer they would not work on it and stated they didn't know anything about it. 2 of my other partners had the same problem with the same dealership. I contacted another dealership 50 miles away and they had the recall fixed the next day. My other 2 partners went to this dealership 50 miles away and had the recall fixed quickly also. This local dealership also has not performed 1 other bulletin on this same patrol car which resulted in the item being fixed by a dealership in another state.

- Durant, OK, USA

problem #10

Aug 032008

Charger 6-cyl

  • 31,876 miles


06 Dodge Charger with 33,000 miles. Car has began to violently shake and engine light will begin blinking while almost stopped at a stop light or fully stopped. I have to shut the car off stopped at an intersection for a short time and then restart to get out of the intersection. I do not see how this can possible be safe for my passengers(3 & 7 yr old), myself or other cars. This has occurred 4 times since May 2008. The dealership has replaced oxygen sensor, flashed the powertrain control module (saying lost communication with steering control module), and on July 29th replaced the powertrain control module. Had car back a few days and backed out of a parking space, put car in drive and pushing the accelerator did nothing. After a few seconds the accelerator worked & I moved about 10 feet. The car started shaking violently/engine light began blinking and I had to shut the car off. Fortunately, no one was around me this time. When I restarted the car, the engine light stayed on constant(not blinking), which I have been told over & over by the dealership is safe to drive. I was able to drive the 2 miles home. Took car into dealership again on Aug 4, 2008. Was told this time that there is a tsb & they have to order parts. But to pick it up until the parts come in that it is safe to drive. The consumer was told the vehicle had an evaporation leak. There were times when the vehicle would not accelerate, the engine light and esp/bas light illuminated. The dealer then stated the cause of the problem was a multi-cylinder misfire at cylinders 2-4. updated 10/09/08.

- Belair, MD, USA

problem #9

Jul 312008

Charger 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I have owned my 2006 Dodge Charger V6 3.5L ho, for almost 2 years now and in that time the car has had the same problems that the dealers can't fix or even know what to do. I would go to start the car and it would crank up, turn over then cut back off. It would do that about three times before starting after I turn the radio off. It has also had about a 30 second pause when starting the car, in which there would be no engine cranking, no noise... just the dashboard lights and nothing else. I had to turn the key three times before I got it to start. The absolute worst is the car idles down like it wants to shut off while stopped in everyday traffic not to mention the previous 2 I stated before, happens in spurts. Its been back to the dealership several times and I was told that the computer was returning "no codes" so they don't know what the problem is. They have tested the battery, ignition and they were all fine.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 012007


  • 24,998 miles
1.multi cylinder misfires, resulting in the inability to accelerate, rough idle and engine failure. 2. approximately every 4 to 6 weeks and 3 times over the last 2 weeks. 3. service to the vehicle 10 times, replacing shift module, valve keepers, combustion chamber cleaning (twice), cam seal, rocker arm, both exh., rocker rails and pedestals.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 232008


  • 50,000 miles


I purchased a 2006 Dodge Charger brand new in March 2006. Ever since then there has been problems. I have taken the car to the local Dodge dealership where the car was purchased. I had been experiencing problems with the brakes not stopping and squeaking and the fact that I could be accelerating up to about 20-30mph and the car would not go any further. The car is showing signs of transmission problems. These problems lead me to the dealership which was where the car was purchased. The service department said I needed brake pads and nothing else was wrong, which I got brake pads from a different business. The car still continues to do the same thing with the problems with the transmission and the brakes. I see there was no results with going to the dealer so I contacted the corporate Chrysler customer assistance # and they advised me to take the car back for a diagnosis, I advised them that I previously done that and there was nothing found. They told me there was nothing they could do because the dealer would need to recognize the problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 142007

Charger 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Just this past year I've had to get the transmission seal changed twice and now transmission fluid is leaking again. I've talked to other Charger owners and it seems that this is an ongoing problem when the vehicle gets about 50,000 miles.

- Collins, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 212007

Charger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,200 miles
My 2006 Dodge Charger started leaking transmission fluid. I took it to the dealership, where they told me the problem was some plug that goes into the transmission pan. The service advisor diagnosed the problem without even looking under the car, because he said there had other vehicles in for repair for the same problem. I dropped the car off the following Monday for repair. The receipt states that they replaced an O-ring and bushings. It cost me a little over $153, not overly expensive for what could have been a major problem had the leak not been detected and more fluid lost. I checked in on a forum over the web and noticed other owners of the same vehicle having the same problem. I wanted to know why no recall has been filed for this. Have there not been any other complaints concerning this?

- Royse City, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 182006

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While parked in the driveway, the vehicle automatically rolled from the driveway into a ditch, causing $1500 worth of damage. The dealer performed a diagnostic test and was unable to determine the cause of failure. The failure recurred and the hand brake was applied, but the vehicle failed to stop. On each occasion when the transmission failed, the ground was wet from melting snow and the vehicle was on a slight incline. The current mileage is 21,155 and failure mileage was 8,000.

- Elko, NV, USA

problem #3

Feb 032006

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Squeaky brakes, transmission not shifting properly.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 192007

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,990 miles
Well yesterday evening. I was merging onto the interstate and all of a sudden the transmission slipped and the car was just revving while still in drive. If there were any oncoming traffic I could off gotten into an accident. I don't drive the car hard, definitely don't race. Why would something happen like this? it is pretty much a brand new car which I keep up the scheduled maintenance. Is there going to be a recall on this equipment because this could cause serious accident. I've read a few different forums on this vehicle and there are others that are having the same problem of the transmission slipping out of gear or hesitating to go into gear. So this isn't just a one time thing. I lost some of the pride in having this certain vehicle. From my knowledge the same transmission were offered in the older E class Mercedes Benz and they too had similar problem.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 242005

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I am about to file a lemon law complaint because Dodge has been "unable to duplicate" the most serious problems that have plagued my vehicle, a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T, since day four of my ownership. I have owned this car for 68 days and of those, I have only been able to drive the functioning car for 19 days. They have fixed a number of minor issues and notified me that they would be unable to fix or do not know how to fix at this time, some minor issues including the air conditioning compressor problems (which they say they have also been "unable to duplicate". the serious issues that are occurring when it idles, when it accelerates and with what seems to be the suspension and possibly both the engine and transmission. Of those 68 days, they have come to pick up my car on three different occasions to try and fix it, the last time (which continues currently) they have had my car for four weeks. I happen to know (upon researching after the prolonged period they have had the car) that tsb's or technical service bulletins have been issued for every problem that is occurring with my car. Additionally, I have taken my car to two different mechanics (one Dodge dealership and one independent mechanic) that have witnessed these malfunctions. I would like to know what my options are legally for getting some kind of resolution.

- Groesbeck, TX, USA

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