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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,405 miles

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #43

Apr 152013


  • 51,250 miles


Has cutoff at 10 - 25 - 40 -65 mph. Does it while slowing. Stopping or accelerating. Past made no diff if after fill up or 1/4 tank. No 'skips' couple miles after fill up. Dealership cannot find problem. 2005 Magnum R/T now 53,000 miles bought new garage kept. Seen many similar complaints- is there no assistance for a loyal Dodge customer"????????????"

- Rock Spring, GA, USA

problem #42

May 012013


  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle Dodge Magnum R/T 5.7L 2005 engine stalls unexpectedly when moving slow speed/low RPM, loses power steering and brakes. Does happen occasionally may go months without an incident. Vehicle start normally right after. Extremely dangerous especially when making left turn over oncoming traffic lanes and crossing lanes. Had two incidents yesterday as described. This issue need to be investigated and recalled for complete repair. Called Chrysler customer service who were unwilling to assist with an issue but admit warranty extension to the fuel tank's multifunction control valve fuel shutoff float in the 19-gallon tanks. I found NHTSA comment in its summary of the closed investigation. "the condition represents a low risk to motor vehicle safety and is adequately addressed by Chrysler's extended warranty." I disagree with NHTSA comments whether this is "low risk to motor vehicle safety". try to be stalled on the lane when 20 ton dump truck is approaching 50-60 miles per hour.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #41

Apr 302014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving at various speeds, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #40

Jan 192015


  • 97,500 miles


2005 Dodge rt Magnum: Right after full-up the car start jerking like if it was trying to cut off, but then smoothed back to normal operation and then started again jerking like if the car was trying to cut off and trying to stay started. After about 10 miles the car running without a problem again.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #39

Jan 122015

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Just filled up vehicle, was leaving parking lot, and the car stalled. I lost all power steering and brakes, it was very scary. Hard to restart, was afraid to drive it after that. Stalled a couple times subsequently.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #38

Dec 132014


  • 66,789 miles
After filling up with fuel the car has a tendency to stall at intersections or stop and turns. Also will surge or loose power at highway speeds. Usually only last for 0-15 miles or so and then goes away until next fill up. I believe this fault is due to a fuel tank issue, that when filled causes fuel to be shut off to engine. Possibility for being rear ended are very great with this kind of problem. Especially in high traffic areas.

- Boyd, TX, USA

problem #37

Dec 192014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


This has happened twice in row while filling up the vehicle with gasoline. Once the fill up is complete and the car is driven away, without warning, the car will stall and upon restarting will stall again unexpectedly and without warning. This is a serious safety concern which could lead to injury or death with a vehicle that will stall without notice and in traffic.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #36

Oct 082008


  • 60,000 miles
We have had this stalling issue for years. We are the only owner of our 2005 Dodge Magnum with a hemi. We know this car. I filled up at gas station a couple months ago & right after fill up pulled into the freeway and the car died..took a few tries to restart then restarted, and this occurs every time you fill the gas tank. I have reported this before and talked with Dodge but our VIN number is not covered. Why is Dodge not making good on the investigation done by the NHTSA. We have the same exact problem and require the same exact fix and they still refuse to cover the faulty tank design. It will cost over 2K to get this fixed. Why are some cars covered and other cars are not covered" why do we have to wait years for this to get resolved"

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #35

Dec 052014

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 119,453 miles
Just after filling up at the gas station I started the vehicle put it in drive and started to proceed making it about 10 feet when the car stalled causing me to loose my power brakes and steering. I put the vehicle in park and restarted the vehicle. Again I put the car in drive and started to proceed onto the road when my vehicle stalled again causing me to lose my power steering and cross over the yellow line into oncoming traffic...., luckily the car approaching me swerved to miss my vehicle which would have hit him head on. I then proceeded to the expressway thinking that maybe my injectors or something got clogged during the fill up so I thought that maybe if I were to get the vehicle going faster making more fuel go thru the fuel system and injectors that maybe whatever it was would unclog it., this was definitely a bad idea now even though the vehicle did accelerate up to 65 mpg it then decided to stall again causing me to loose my power brakes and power steering at a high rate of speed. I was able to get the vehicle to the side berm and restart it luckily not causing any accidents and nursed the vehicle home having it stall 6 more times. I got home and googled my problem to find that similar Dodge and Chrysler vehicles with the same years and motors and fuel system were having the same problems. These cars were the 2006 chargers and also the Chrysler 300. It seems that there already seems to be an open case (# PE13-016) for this same problem. I called the Dodge customer service and they said there is nothing they can do for my vehicle. I don't understand..., this is the same engine and fuel system as the other cars that were mentioned in the other case and I'm experiencing the same life threatening problems as those other vehicles in question. Dodge knows there's a problem with the Magnum R/T but is doing nothing to fix it. It's a shame.

- Akron , OH, USA

problem #34

Nov 152014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Purchased a used 2005 Dodge Magnum rt 5.7 (as is no warranty )on 11/15/14. On the drive home from the dealer, filled the car with fuel and the engine was hard to start and after it started ran for a short time and stalled. After several start stall cycles near the gas station got the car on the interstate and it lost power at speed and ran rough for short periods but did not stall. After aprox. 10 minutes of highway speed the car ran fine. Two weeks later after fill up had the same stalling issues. Having read these cars have history of these issues, I attempted to lower the fuel level by driving the car. The car started and about a 1/2 mile from the house stalled in a busy intersection. Unable to restart the car, had to get towed home. The car started right up when it came off the tow truck. Siphoned 5 gal from fuel tank & can't duplicate failure. No error indications during failures.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #33

Oct 262014


  • miles


We have a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The car would stall and shut off. We had the fuel pump replaced, instead of a recall, they changed it out with a lifetime warranty on the fuel pump. The problem is, the fuel pump hasn't worked, it's made my car worse. After waiting 5 months for a replacement, my car still doesn't work. I cannot drive the car, it's way too dangerous. I cannot believe that there wasn't a recall. I have read plenty of blogs online and there are others out there that this hasn't worked for either. Re open the [xxx] case and get our cars fixed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #32

Apr 052013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Fatal engine failure. Exhaust valve dropped without any previous noise. Ruined entire engine.

- Kaysville, UT, USA

problem #31

Apr 092014


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. When the contact depressed the accelerator pedal, the vehicle stalled without warning. The eps and check engine warning indicators illuminated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #30

Apr 052010

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The engine stalls after filling up the fuel tank. This has been going on for many years. It will stall 2 or 3 times even at highway speed. Most of the time it will do it in traffic just after getting fuel. This took us a while to figure out. We used to fill up all the way and now we try to stop filling before it is full to just avoid the problem.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #29

Jun 172014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 63,500 miles
Our 2005 Dodge Magnum rt hemi. The top radiator hose came completely off. Dumping all the coolant. No smell of coolant, no warning on the dash. No codes in the system. We purchased the car new from the dealer.we have done all the scheduled maintenance. With only 63,000 miles. A very big disappointment. Now the engine is seized. What is the caused the radiator hose to come off" a cooling tsb that we haven't notified about from the manufacture" we have never received a tsb from the manufacture or the local dealer where the purchased the vehicle.

- Heaperia, CA, USA

problem #28

May 092014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 148,788 miles
The car will stall every time after I fill up the gas. It 's very scary because I don't know when the car will die on me when I'm on the road and cars are behind me and just very afraid of someone is going to hit me from behind when my car dies on me suddenly. Yesterday I went to fill up the tank ( not all the way full ), after I drove about 1 block, the car stalled. I was unable to turn the steering wheel and the brakes lost power, I ran off the road and down an embankment to a parking lot right front tire blew out as I hit the curb. Some minor body damage.

- Maryville , TN, USA

problem #27

Apr 272014


  • 83,000 miles
Driving a car that stops running with no warning is very dangerous. I can not believe there is not a recall for this problem.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

problem #26

May 122011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Every time you fill car with gas it stalls you have to burn off gas before you can drive.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

problem #25

Jul 012013

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Magnum (45000) actual miles with the 3.5 high output engine. When the care is started it makes a high end valve cover rocker are noise. I took it to Dodge to have them look at it, their response was yep typical 3.5 L motor. They said that is I purchase the parts they will install at discounted rate. The parts are $345 per side. So nearly $1500 to get this fixed that should be fixed under a recall status. Doing internet research, talking to other owners about the same issue we are all in agreement. The consumer is getting the shaft on this one. What is happening is the bracket that mounts to the cylinder and is lined up into place via a steel dowel pin, the pin is shearing off forcing the rocker arm shaft to rotate. When this happens the oil galleys that are suppose to lubricate the top end of the engine is not getting the correct amount of oil. This causes the rockers to get out of alignment, causes excessive wear on the shaft holding the arms, and then just wipes out the top end. Please help those of us that cannot seem to catch a break on this problem. Imagine driving on the freeway at 75 mph and the engine lets go. It will cause problems for many that should not have been involved. Dodge customer service is no help, they simply do not reply to emails.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #24

Nov 112011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 59,787 miles
After filling up the tank with regular 87 octane and traveling less than a mile the vehicle stalled. I would restart the vehicle and it would stall again several times until about 10-15 miles it would subside. I realized after several fill ups there must be a correlation so I took my 2005 V8 Magnum into the dealership. The dealership stated that it would cost between 1,500 to 2 grand to evaluate and fix the problem which they thought had to do with the fuel tank. Since I could not afford the repair cost the only remedy was to stop short of filling up the tank. No stalls occurred if I would fill up the tank 3/4. this went on for several years until one day I was distracted and filled the tank up 100%. it did not stall at low speeds but when I got on the highway stalled at 55 leaving me in an unsafe situation (not having control of the steering wheel). Fortunately I was strong enough to manipulate the steering wheel to the side of the highway. I was fearful to begin again at high speeds so I placed my flashers on and traveled several miles at 35 mph with several stalls to follow. Now it is may of 2014 and the dealership has no warranty or recall noticed on this vehicle.

- Manchester, MI, USA

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