Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: This is a classic example of why you should avoid the first model year of a new car. Sure, it's new and shiny but there's going to be some growing pains.

The 2005 Magnum has problems with the gear shifter getting stuck, a shaky and sometimes stalled engine and transmission failure at 75,000 miles.

Let someone else deal with those headaches.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,036 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 152010


  • 59,623 miles


Dodge Magnum 2005 shifter broken wont shift out of park had to replace shifter because of a little broken plastic piece seems to be a common problem. Can not even use the override button! checking on the computer seems to be alot of these shifters being replaced. I have worked on cars for over 35 years have yet to replace a shifter assembly.there should be recall on this or a class action law suit.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 112010


  • 53,000 miles
Both rear hatch support rods and hood support rods intermittently give out, causing the hood/ rear latch to fall onto people.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

problem #6

May 012010


  • 39,000 miles
Rear hatch often closes suddenly and without warning. On at least one occasion, it has stuck someone in the head as he was unloading groceries. Minor injuries limited to bruising.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 122010


  • 40,000 miles


With my full attention on the cargo being removed from vehicle, the rear liftgate struts failed suddenly and without warning, causing liftgate to fall on my head and neck. The liftgate is approximately 125 pounds and leveraged to accelerate during closing. The liftgate struts are insufficiently sized for the application and no fail safe exists to prevent free fall. The latch mechanism struck me directly on the spine at the base of the skull causing temporary unconsciousness. This could easily be a fatal impact, especially for young children, infants or the elderly. Replacement struts are expensive and will simply fail again. The manufacturer should be responsible to repair these defects regardless of warranty or mileage.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #4

Mar 162010


  • 56,000 miles
Rear liftgate struts failed suddenly, causing gate to fall on my neck.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012010


  • 15,663 miles
Both hydraulic struts for hood and rear lid, worn out and without any notice, will fail hitting anyone in the head. Should be a recall car has 15K miles on 05 Magnum R/T. shocks should last longer since both are not opened on a regular business. Specially with cold weather.

- Panorama City, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152008

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
2005 Dodge Magnum, vehicle locks up in park and cannot be moved, has to be towed. The dealer knows about the shift problem but it is not on a recall. I have read the Dodge forum and there are 19 cases about the same problem. Depending where you go it costs $250-$600. This should be a recall.

- N. Charleston, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 112008


  • 79,000 miles
2005 Dodge Magnum swt: Both engine hood and rear hatch shock cylinders that hold the hood & hatch up have failed. Received hard "bump" on head from both areas when the hood & also the back hatch fell on me no comment when called dealer suggested I buy new shock cylinders for a 4 year old car !!!!"?"

- Deltona, FL, USA

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