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CarComplaints.com Notes: Fun fact — The 2008 Dodge Magnum was the last mid-size station wagon sold in the United States by an American automobile manufacturer.

1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,271 miles

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2008 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 112016

Magnum

  • 300,000 miles

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

While sitting at red light (foot on brakes w engine idling) city street waiting for a green light, I heard a loud noise (sound like a loud clunk; belt or something breaking apart) coming from the engine compartment. I quickly looked at the dashboard for some indication (no warning/red lights/high temp/ low oil pressure) that something was wrong. No sure of what just happened, I decided to make a U-turn into parking lot to investigate. As I made the U-turn, I looked in rearview mirror and noticed a trail of fluid behind me as I drove into parking lot. Parked car, and raised the hood to find that I had a coolant leak. Not able to determine were the leak was coming from, I called roadside assistance to tow my vehicle home. Two days later while removing the frontend assembly to investigate root cause of my coolant leak, small and large pieces of plastic fell out from under the frontend assembly. As I removed the cooling fan assembly, I noticed the fan blades had broke off (root cause of my coolant leak) and damaged the radiator.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #10

Oct 222015

Magnum

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Magnum. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle, the ignition failed without warning. The failure occurred once. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 74,000. The VIN was not available.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 292015

Magnum

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Magnum. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the engine stalled. After several attempts, the vehicle was able to restart. The VIN was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V567000 (electrical system); however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the diagnosis was undetermined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 152014

Magnum

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Magnum. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact stated that when the ignition key was turned to the on position, the vehicle started intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V567000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Opa Lock, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 132015

Magnum

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Magnum. While driving at 50 mph, the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Park Forest , IL, USA

problem #6

Apr 302015

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 91,160 miles
I was taking my family (wife, 18 month old, 2 yr old, and 4 yr old) to get some ice cream after a home depot trip. As I turned left across a busy street the stereo suddenly blinked out, and the engine died, along with power steering, brakes, and every electrical function. It simply blinked like all power was lost for a moment, and was enough to kill the engine, and loose all power assist functions of the vehicle. Thankfully I had momentum and was able to coast into the side street with out being T-boned by on coming traffic. I was sent recall P57/NHTSA 14V-567 in the mail in November 2014, but there was and still is no remedy for this recall which appears to be directly linked to my incident. How many fatal accidents are going to occur between now and the fix for the known issue" Dodge can build a brand new [xxx] between November and today, but they cannot manufacture a $.50 part. Did they not learn from Chevy" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Billings , MT, USA

problem #5

Feb 162015

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 100,675 miles

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

I was driving my 2008 Dodge Magnum one day as I was driving getting off the freeway the oil light blinked on so I immediately pulled in to the gas station, and checked the oil it was a little low. I buy a quart of oil and put about half in just to be sure that the engine had enough oil. So I began on the road again about 20 miles of driving the oil light come back on, so I immediately get off the next exit. As im going up the off ramp the engine start knocking so I through it in to neutral and the engine........ never to run again. So I tow it back to my body shop and have my mechanic look at it, he said the oil pumped failed do to oil sludge.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #4

May 252011

Magnum

  • 121,145 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the total integrated power module, wireless ignition node module, and the transmitter integrated key needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V567000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 121,145.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 132013

Magnum

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Magnum. While driving approximately 70 mph, the engine seized without warning. The engine restarted. The vehicle was taken to three dealers, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Decatur, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 222014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
While driving home from work in my 2008 Dodge Magnum R/T one of the cooling fans disintegrated and damaged my radiator punching holes and causing coolant to begin rapidly leaking. After assessing the damage I was able to limp the car along to the next auto parts store I purchased 2 gallons of coolant in an attempt to get the car to a mechanic, it only made it 2 blocks since the leaking was so severe. I had it towed to my mechanic where he advised me of a recall and I should contact Dodge. I began researching the cause of this equipment failure. It turns out that Chrysler released a recall "customer satisfaction notification L08 engine cooling fans" for 2006 thru 2008 model year vehicles with "severe duty engine cooling" systems with the sales code nms, xdl or xdk and built through April 29, 2008. My vehicle has the sales code nmcs and has been excluded from the recall. However my research reveals that there is no distinguishable difference in the fans part number from the years 2004 thru 2014. Contacting Chrysler about this brought no results. I recommend establishing a record of these fan failure occurrences in vehicles that have other than the recall's stated sales codes, and that a new recall for all vehicles with this cooling fan system be released. The existing recall includes "sold to sales codes and/or are currently registered in warm climate states...". I live in a designated warm climate state according to the recall. We were fortunate that the blades didn't cut any high pressure hydraulic lines or other safety critical or fuel lines.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 042011

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The car wont shift gears easily and start up properly. I was told that it was the intake manifold. And that it has happened on several cars before mine. This sounds like a defect. I can be on the highway and the car want shift from slow to fast properly, which can cause a scary situation if some isn't paying attention.

- Country Club Hills , IL, USA

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