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CarComplaints.com 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.

2.1

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,467 miles

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2005 Dodge Magnum electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Sep 012016

Magnum

  • 105,503 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The fuel pump is located directly under the passenger side back seat. It has a leak, and my car has been smeeling like gas for a month now without my knowledge. I finally took it to a mechanic and there was a poddle of gas under the seat where the nipple on the fuel pump broke. Not to mention my battery in the trunk, well the wires cross right over the fuel pump. This is not safe at all. These items should be nowhere near each other.

- Centerville, GA, USA

problem #32

Dec 012015

Magnum

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle did restart. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #31

May 102016

Magnum

  • miles
Takata recall check engine light is on running hot acts like its going to stall

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #30

Jan 022016

Magnum

  • 0 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car shut of wile still in motion and would not futon anymore dash lights turned off copley now I was told to be reprogram I paid for new key still nothing.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #29

Dec 172015

Magnum

  • 161,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Magnum as I was driving home the etc light came on the dash board, then moments later my car just died, shut completely down, I let it sit for a little bit then cranked it back up, but it kept shutting down with the etc light continuing to come on, I then took it to auto care to get it looked at, .... they said it was the throttle body, they replaced it and I paid $168, the next morning I go to get in my car and the light comes back on and same problem happens they now say they must of gotten a faulty throttle body, changed it out again, next morning same thing happens, now they replace the main computer take it to Dodge get the computer reprogrammed and I pay $267, guess what next day it does it again. Now Dodge has my car and they replace a solenoid-throttle body, I pay them $476 after telling them the hole story they still replace the throttle body. Guess what the next morning I have my car towed back to Dodge dealership, doing the same thing.... they now replace the board and say it might be a wiring problem but they think they got it, they have no idea what is wrong with my car.very frustrating I wish someone could help me.. okay now I started to poke around myself at home and found that one of the four wire harnesses to the coumuter is to blame. I push on it and the car goes into limp mode. I now have an appointment to have a dealer fix it. I don't want to start only to find I can't buy the wire terminators needed in the plug.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #28

Apr 162014

Magnum

  • 94,000 miles
Since I have purchased the car there have been numerous issues. I did purchase the car as is, I am leasing it at $250 month. The total cost of the car is over 11,000 dollars and there are too many issues and problems with the vehicle. The lights for instance seem to have a shortage of some sort, because they come in and out. The rear airbag light comes on periodically and will not go off. There seems to be a problem with the ignition switch as well. I have spent a good amount of money on this vehicle, I would like to get my moneys worth. I am driving an unsafe vehicle and I have two children that I am responsible for driving around.

- College Park , GA, USA

problem #27

Apr 012015

Magnum

  • 87,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that the tail and brake lights malfunctioned without warning. The contact replaced the fuse, but the failure persisted. The contact mentioned that on another occasion, the ABS and esp warning lights continuously illuminated on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the bulkhead stud battery cable module needed to be replaced because the repetitive fuse replacements had caused the module to burn. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #26

Jan 012013

Magnum

  • 192,000 miles
Vehicle ignition will randomly shut off vehicle especially when taking a corner car goes completely dead can be restarted by shifting into neutral and using ignition sw. And may not do this for a few days but repeats this at random sometimes 3-4 times in a row in a 20 min period very dangerous when on the highway going 70 mph !!! bought this new..... no other owners [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #25

Jan 022015

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Engine shut off when vehicle moving and could not be restarted again. Confirmed the problem was caused by a bad ignition switch. When the engine shut off during vehicle moving at 50 mph, put the driver and passenger into very dangerous situation.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #24

Nov 112014

Magnum

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving approximately 55 mph, the gauges on the instrument panel flickered and smoke started to emit from the dashboard. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Rancho Cucanonga, CA, USA

problem #23

Sep 012014

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 143,066 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2005 Dodge Magnum on Sept 1st 2014 as I was driving home the etc light came on the dash board, then moments later my car just died, shut completely down, I let it sit for a little bit then cranked it back up, but it kept shutting down with the etc light continuing to come on, I then took it to Napa auto care to get it looked at, after almost having someone rear end me in the middle of an intersection.... they said it was the throttle body, they replaced it and I paid $304, the next morning I go to get in my car and the light comes back on and same problem happens, I take it back to Napa they now say they must of gotten a faulty throttle body, changed it out again, next morning same thing happens, now they replace the main computer take it to Dodge get the computer reprogrammed and I pay $381, guess what next day it leaves me in the middle of a very busy highway, won't even stay cranked at this point I have it toad back to Napa demand them to put all my old parts back in and I'll take it to Dodge dealership. Now Dodge has my car and they replace a solenoid-throttle body, I pay them $476 after telling them the hole story they still replace the throttle body. Guess what the next morning I have my car towed back to Dodge dealership, doing the same thing.... they now replace the board and say it might be a wiring problem but they think they got it, the manager keeps my car over night just to make sure, and low and behold the car breaks down on him, now Dodge is calling the manufacture waiting on a call back from them, they have no idea what is wrong with my car, and now I've been without my car since Sept 2nd 2014....I am not sure if this is helping but I don't want another car I just want mine fixed, and it doesn't seem like anyone can find out or figure out what is going on....very frustrating I wish someone could help me....

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #22

May 142014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Chrysler vehicles, Dodge Magnum, Dodge charger and Chrysler 300 have an issue that causes the shifter to get stuck in park, and will not shift. This leaves many drivers stranded causes them to need towing assistance to have the vehicle moved. I was stuck and needed a tow and the tow truck driver informed me that mine was the sixth one he had done that day. My insurance company informed me that this was a very common problem with the Chrysler vehicles. The issue happens to many vehicles most of which were not covered under Chrysler K39 recall. Chrysler did some maneuvering to get out of covering all the cars affected with the issue. The issue is for a faulty part in the shifter assembly of cars from 2005-2007. They got out of covering all of the cars by narrowing the recall to specific vehicles made in a specific location instead of covering all vehicles with the faulty part. Kind of like committing fraud. They seem to be able to get away with it because there are no child safety or death related issues.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #21

Mar 032014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The car is garage kept so temperature changes are not extreme especially in southern California. Usually on days where it is below 60 degrees outside and after a drive the rear hatch lock button will stick in the open position but will not allow the rear hatch to open. This happens almost every time under these conditions. To attempt to open the hatch I must enter the cargo area from the second row with a flat head screw driver and manually release the latch to open the hatch. What I am personally concerned about is that if we need to remove medical equipment from the rear as quickly as possible in case of an emergency.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 122014

Magnum

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated started the vehicle and approximately five minutes later, the vehicle was on fire. The fire spread rapidly and blew out the windshield, spread to the dashboard and melted the dashboard area. The fire department was present and performed and inspection on the vehicle, advising that the fire originated in the engine bay area due to an electrical failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current and failure mileage was 98,000.

- Hilton , NY, USA

problem #19

Jun 032013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Without warning, the car shuts down. This first occurred at a red light. The car just shut off unexpectedly and I was able to turn the key and restart it without problems. The engine shuts off while at a stop, while driving at lower speeds, while driving at high speeds, in town driving, highway driving, when it's hot outside, when it's cool outside, when idling. There are no dashboard lights (engine, oil, etc). There are no sounds, no shuddering, no kicking. My only indication that the car has suddenly turned off is that the tach needle goes immediately to zero. I have been able to use the momentum of the vehicle to pull off the road at which time I turn the key to off, wait a moment, and turn it back on. It restarts without problems. If I try to restart too quickly, there seems to be a hesitation in starting. We have attempted to repair many parts on the vehicle but it has not cured the problem.

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #18

May 222013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
After fueling up the vehicle to a full tank the car seems to want to stall when coming to a stop. This happened on three separate occasions within a span of 3 stop lights and when you go to restart the car it doesn't want to start right away leaving you vulnerable at a stop light just sitting there.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 092013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
The car started normally after sitting in a parking lot for 30 minutes. When the car was placed in reverse, the car lurched backwards and began accelerating on it's own. I quickly applied the brakes and stopped the car and put it in neutral but the engine continued to race from idle to 3000rpm. I repeatedly tried to restart the car and the same issue arose. Finally the car settled down and I was able to get it home. I took it to the dealer and was told the throttle body was bad and I replaced it. Same issue reappeared and I was then told it needed to be initialized to the new throttle body. The day after having the work done at the dealer the car began to accelerate on it's own in traffic. I contacted the dealer and was told there was a common problem with the PCM's in this particular car. I cannot believe that Chrysler has a car on the road that when the PCM fails, the car will accelerate on it's own. Chrysler says there is nothing they can do as it is out of warranty.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #16

May 242012

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 87,546 miles
I have not had a complete failure. Waiting on that to happen. I purchased a brand new 2005 Dodge Magnum SXT with V6, automatic transmission in 2005 from a dealership. It had approximately 36 miles on it. I have not had the pulling to the right everyone else had, but it does make a funny scrubbing sound while driving as if the tire was rubbing against the car on the right rear passenger side and several other problems that are common. I have depressed the brake and felt vibrations from pedal on several occasions. The car doesn't seem to be able to stop completely. I even got out to look, thinking I hit something. A few months ago, the power outlet located inside the astray stopped working. It blew a fuse, I replaced it. Then, two weeks ago, the power outlet in the console stopped working. Just two days ago, the battery went dead for the second time in three months. I replaced the battery again. Now all the sudden the ac/heater stopped working. You can hear it trying to come on, but the fan motor doesn't seem to be coming on. We've noticed that the headlights seem to surge at night. I will be taking our car in to the dealership, along with copies of complaints from other consumers.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #15

Apr 132005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that the warning lights would flash on and off without warning. In addition, the headlights failed. The dealer replaced the clock spring, reset the computer, replaced the engine control module and replaced the headlight switch to no avail. The failure persisted. The failure mileage was 5 and the current mileage was 105,000. Updated 04/26/12 updated 04/27/12

- Yelm, WA, USA

problem #14

Nov 242011

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
While driving ~40mph when it was completely dark outside, without any indication or warning, my headlights briefly dimmed for ~5 seconds and then I had no lights whatsoever. Needless to say, this could have easily proved to be fatal. Fortunately I am ok. Thus, I am taking this opportunity to file a report. I haven't had the opportunity to take my vehicle to the dealer yet but intend to.

- Berlin, CT, USA

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