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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,063 miles

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2005 Dodge Magnum suspension problems

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Nov 112014


  • 95,895 miles


Transmission fly wheel teeth was broken on both sides of the fly wheel cause it to start funny and miss starting.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #29

Jun 062007

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
Bottoming out at less than 5 mph under normal operating conditions, severe grunting/groaning when backing out of parking spot and hitting brakes, frequent alignment needed (every 2 - 3K miles), frame bolts need periodic torquing. Multiple servicing under warranty on suspension. Car now has 57000 miles and again has warranty repairs for suspension issues and now they tell me that rear frame needs to be replaced because bushings are shot - priced at several thousand dollars - stating bushings are not covered under warranty. These are serious defects.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #28

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 #27

May 022010


  • 80,000 miles


Driver's side inner tie rod failure causing tire to wear and prematurely fail.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #26

May 202008


  • 35,000 miles
Ball joints. 2005 Magnum, 1999 Dodge durango, 2007 Dodge durango.

- Pgh, PA, USA

problem #25

Oct 152006


  • miles
Premature tire wear on my O5 Dodge Magnum R/T. I have replaced the front tires at 10K miles due to them cupping and balding on the outside edges. I did this and had the front end checked out. Then at 35K miles I had to replace them again!I then took it to a front end shop and they aligned it and said the factory has a bad set of specs as it will wear out the tires in no time!this is not normal or right!

- Melfa, VA, USA

problem #24

Jan 232007

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles


2005 Dodge Magnum rt, Continental tires started showing tread wear at 6000 miles. Dealer at 9000 miles made note of unusual tread wear and blamed it on excessive speed. At 11,000 miles 2 out of the 4 tires were completely worn through and the other 2 almost worn through. Car is 1.3 years old and has only been driven 11,000 miles. Dealer will not replace tires and Continental will only give a 50% rebate on the tires but will not reimburse for mounting and alignment. Car also pulls to the right consistently.

- Monroe, WA, USA

problem #23

Jul 012004

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 398 miles
TL * - the contact's 2005 Dodge Magnum pulls to the right. The contact's suspension failure began at 398 miles. The dealer diagnosed failure as road crown sensitivity. The dealer performed a technical service bulletin on the vehicle at 6,000 miles. The contact had 3 alignments performed within two years. Every time he takes the vehicle into the dealer for maintenance, the tires are rotated. DaimlerChrysler is aware of the failure yet, they are unable to provide a remedy. The contact stated all four tires went bald at 30,000 miles.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 012006

Magnum 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Dodge Magnum pulls to the right. Upon inspection mechanic informed consumer that all of these vehicles do it and there is no solution. (lawyer wrote in on behalf of consumer).

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #21

Aug 072006

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The front tires are cupping every 3,000 miles. Dealer has checked alignment, rotated the tires and replaced them for free 4 times with 2 different brands of tires. I now have 30,000 miles and the tires are worn out again and the dealer has told me that is just the way it is and to stop coming to them to resolve the issue. It has been quite rainy where I live and I feel that the tire damage is now putting me at risk. The ability of the tires to perform in rain soaked roads has diminished significantly because of the unusual wearing and I feel that it is unsafe to drive the vehicle in any inclement weather. I really hope this issue can be resolved before there is a fatality. Since the tires are so badly worn on the outer edges the vehicle vibrates at highway speeds and seems quite unstable. Any little bump in the highway causes the steering wheel to jerk violently. I am not sure if this is caused by the worn tires or an inherent design flaw in the front end. I know from researching the internet that there are many owners that are having the same problem.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #20

May 172005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


No failure, waiting for the event. Vehicle pulls to the right and continues to do so after repeated front end alignments per Chrysler specifications. This vehicle has a serious potential problem that should be investigated proactively rather than after incident occurs. I would recommend searching the internet for hundreds of similar complaints. I've used May 2005 as the incident date when I bought the vehicle. What lead me to this site - frustration!

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #19

May 162005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
I purchased my new 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T on 12/20/04. Manufacturer date 9/04. Vehicle continues to pull right. Has pulled to the right from the beginning. Must keep constant pressure to the left on the steering wheel. If I let up, vehicle travels right. Lane does not make difference. Without constant pressure to left, vehicle will travel across 3 lanes to right and keep going right. First complaint at 4400 miles 5/05. Dealer realigned. Second complaint 7900 miles. Dealer realigned. Third complaint 15900 miles. Both front tires showing extreme wear on outside. Tread in that area on driver front almost gone. Requested tire replacement. Dealer told me they contacted daimler Chrysler about my complaint. Two new tires were mounted, at no charge to me, on rear of vehicle. Older rear tires moved to front. Rear tires did not show any abnormal wear. Vehicle came with Continental tires. Replacement tires also continentals. Vehicle aligned again. On drive home, vehicle continued to pull to right. Took vehicle to reputable, national company for a courtesy road test. They confirmed vehicle pulls to the right. Returned to dealer a couple of hours later with the complaint that the vehicle still pulling to right. Management is contacting the "Dodge technicians" to see what can be done about my vehicle. I was told by this dealer that they had experienced similar problems with another 05 Magnum, that they were told by the "Dodge technicians" that the vehicles are within specs and within tolerances." Within tolerances of what? I know that if I let go of the wheel, or do not apply constant pressure to the left, this vehicle will run off the road! the extreme tire wear I experienced was directly related to the front end of this vehicle. At present my vehicle has 16000 miles on it. Left front tire that was removed was extremely scary as to how it had worn so badly. I am not in possession of the removed tires.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #18

Mar 012006

Magnum 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Magnum has problems with the steering and front end alignment. Vehicle pulls to the right. This caused premature wear with tires. *****

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #17

Dec 012004

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The vehicle pulls excessively to the right, and all my tires have worn out even with properly rotating them. I have only 22,000 miles on my 2005 Dodge Magnum rt.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #16

Nov 182004

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117 miles
Car has pulled right since day one. Been in several times for alignments(5+) two and four wheel. Now my tires are completely shot. Very uneven tread wear.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #15

Dec 132005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First off I do not feel safe in my Dodge Magnum, I have had it a week and I am not satisfied that this car is safe for me and my kids. I am experiencing the sharp pull to the right, I was told it was"supposed" to do this, if I would have been told this I wouldn't have bought it. I was assured this would be the best and safest car I wouldn't have problems with it according to the salesman. I am disappointed being I do not feel safe with this vehicle, this pulling is dangerous and is going to severely injure or kill someone. This problem needs to be addressed and fixed before tragedy strikes. Mta.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #14

Jun 112005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Contact stated the vehicle pulled to the right constantly. The dealer attempted to repair the problem four times since the vehicle was purchased but with no success. The manufacturer will call the contact with an appointment to have vehicle inspected by an engineer. The consumer stated a service district manager came out to inspect the vehicle. The consumer was told it was a design flaw. Updated 02/07/06.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #13

Nov 042005


  • miles
The 05 Dodge Magnum I purchased came with Continental tires from the factory. The tires currently have eighteen thousand miles and are near bald. The front tires showed cupping at twelve thousand miles and the front end had to be re aligned. The tires are touring, I believe. They are worthless on snow and ice.

- Vinton , IA, USA

problem #12

Oct 292005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased a previously owned 2005 Dodge Magnum from local dealership 45 days ago I experienced very serious pulling to the right. The dealership has indicated it had the vehicle aligned and two (2) new front tires installed before purchase. They have had me (they paid) take it in for three (3) more alignments with the last time the technicians needed to replace bent tie rods before the alignment could even be completed. It continues to have a very serious pull to the right, with no resolution in sight. The alignment shop has indicated it is using the latest Dodge bulletins pertaining to the alignment issue (2 previous version also exist). Feathering of the 'new' front tires is already apparent and I know it will only get worst; whether it is the unnecessary replacement of tires or an incident caused by this excessive uneven wearing of tire tread. The dealership is now non-responsive and has refused to do anything more. They have declared it as 'normal' for this vehicle and it is due to a manufacturer design problem. I have a new born baby that I am scarred to strap her into this death trap. It is the only vehicle that my wife and I own and are afraid to even drive it. It is an accident waiting to happen.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 072005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The consumer has a new Dodge Magnum with less than 2,000 miles on it and the tires are showing tread wear. Specifically the front two tires on the outer edge. The consumer had taken the vehicle to the dealer in which they realigned and rotated the tires from side to side. On the work order the dealer stated that the alignment was not one hundred percent. (11/16/05) the vehicle pulled to the right and there was a chatter when driving from reverse.

- Warminster, PA, USA

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