hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,091 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger drivetrain problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #63

May 082013


  • 82,096 miles


I had some issues with my car stalling and getting stuck in gear, I was told by a mechanic to change the strainer which was supposed to be done there at his shop along with some body work. After getting my car back I drove it maybe 2 days before it completely just stopped going into gear. I can crank it up but the car will not budge. Now today 5/12/2013 my brother showed me a button that is in the gear shift that you can push to get it out of gear. So I guess the problem is that the button that is supposed to pushed this in when you push the brakes down is no longer working. I was thinking transmission and that is not my problem.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #62

Mar 132013


  • 78,467 miles
Took car to the dealership for tune-up;and transmission service on march13, 2013; on April 17, 2013 the car totally shutdown as I turned into the gas station. I got it started, it jerked as if it was choking, I managed to get to the dealership and it shut down again, just before I made it up to the service lane at the dealership. I was told that the rear axle seals were leaking, which I had repaired, also that an updated memory chip should have been installed in March, so that was done. Pickup my car on April 18, 2013 and while sitting in traffic, the car was shaking and felt as though it was about to cutoff. I put in park while at the traffic light and pressed on the gas to raise the engine;as I turned into my driveway, it stalled again. I took it back to the dealership, they initially said there was a coil that was misfiring but the diagnostic machine could not detect it. I picked my car up on April 25, 2013 only to have something electrically draining my battery down to 4 or 5 volts every other day. Took it back to the dealership, technician said their diagnostic machine couldn't find any problems with the battery, alternator nor any of electrical parts. I had no problems with my car prior to having the above services done. After speaking with a mechanic, I was told that I am not the only person having these type of problems, especially after a new software chip has been installed. Perhaps this and other issues need to really be addressed with Chrysler.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #61

Feb 162012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
I was ready to leave work for the night and my car would not shift out of park we tried to use the emergency release button on the side of the gear shift but it didn't work.I called a mechanic and he came out googled the problem and saw that it may have been a shifter assembly defect, as he looked at the assembly there was noted to B a cable wire the was also dislodged, he advised me to have the car towed to a Dodge dealer for repair.the car was taken to the dealership and the entire shifter assembly and cable had to be installed.

- Emporia, VA, USA

problem #60

Jul 232012


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the gear shifter became stuck in park. The contact spoke with the manufacturer in regard to NHTSA campaign id number: 08V583000 (power train) but the manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 92,740.

- Bakersfield , CA, USA

problem #59

Jul 232012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 84,052 miles
The gear shifter was in park position and there it stayed was unable to shift gear to anything and had to take the console around the lever apart to shift gears. And the brakes squeak all the time even after having them replaced and the rotors replaced as well as the struts. Chrysler they say car is not part of the ones that they will fix the shifter on. Am mad enough over a 69 cent pink plastic part to want to stick this car up [xxx] in customer cares rear. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #58

Apr 022013


  • 83,475 miles
Shortly after filling the vehicle with fuel one day, it began to stall out when stopped. While traveling at highway speeds it seems to momentarily lose electrical and mechanical power, then a warning sound will chime and everything returns to normal... temporarily. However, while on a road trip and traveling at speeds over 70mph with cruise control on, we didn't experience any of these symptoms until we had to reduce our speed when approaching towns. Also, the cruise control will shut off if it is being used when "power surge" happens and has to be manually reset.

- Floral City , FL, USA

problem #57

Dec 202012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


When traveling at hwy. Speed the car loses power and shuts off and back on by itself. If im stopped at a red light and it does it I have to put it in park and crank it back up but then it takes a 10-15 seconds before it will go into gear. The problem use to happen once or twice in a day and then it may be 2 weeks before it would happen again. Now the car is not drivable as it does this constant. I got a new front control module and drove it about 20 miles and it started again.

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #56

Aug 172012

Charger 8-cyl

  • miles
I was driving my vehicle and it started smoking I pulled over. Called mechanic had it towed to the shop where he later told me the motor was blown. Second incident there's a beeping sound and all my gauges keeping going crazy on me.third incident that pink piece inside the gear shift actual was stuck and came lose so it was removed and the car is able to be put into gear.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #55

Nov 032012


  • 158,038 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the gear shifter would not allow the vehicle to be placed in park. The contact stated that the emergency brakes had to be utilized in order for the vehicle to remain in place. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for a diagnostic testing where the technician advised the contact that a bracket to ensure the park pawl anchor shaft was retained in the proper position needed to be installed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 158,038 and the current mileage was 158,040.

- Griffin , GA, USA

problem #54

Oct 182012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Went to the store and got into the car and the gear shift want come out of park. I had to have the car towed to the house because of this problem. I looked it up and it seems to be a common problem with the Dodge Chargers.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #53

Apr 062011

Charger 6-cyl

  • miles


April 6th 2011:after leaving work & getting into my 2006 Dodge Charger SXT, which was parked in the employee parking lot, I started the vehicle & stepped on the brake to engage the shifter, unfortunately the car would not go into the drive position. After many attempts to shift the vehicle into drive, even doing the bypass method as stated in the owners manual, it still would not engage, finally I called road side service & had the car towed to a nearby Dodge dealership which had informed me that the shifter had to be replaced. I was working out of state @ the time, staying in a motel so this added expense really stretched my budget:$461.04 out of pocket!!

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #52

Aug 012012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The shifter selector is stuck in the "park" position. A small plastic part breaks underneath the shift selector causing the malfunction. This is a common problem on Chrysler 300, Dodge magnum, and Charger. A recall was issued only on some 2005-2007 models. It is the same problem for all of these cars yet why is only some vins covered? there is various aftermarket replacements made of metal as the original should have been since it is a vital component. This is a flawed design made of week material. This should be repaired free of charge, but Dodge doesn't want to take care of this problem.

- Fontana , CA, USA

problem #51

Jul 302012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the shifter could not be engaged in any gear. The contact had her foot on the brake pedal however the shifter still would not move. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #50

Jul 222012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I pulled over on the side of the road to pick up something that had fallen into the floor and put my car in park. The when I started to put the car back in drive the gear shift was locked and would not move. There was no indication that this was about to happen. I was out on the side of the road alone and my car wouldn't go into drive or even leave park. Since it was Sunday and Dodge dealers are closed. Its hot outside so I had to call someone that works on automobiles. They came out and found that the safety neutral switch which is made of plastic parts mainly was broken/no longer working. I needed to move my car, so he took all these pieces out of the shifter so that I could drive the car home, and to the dealer to be fixed. The car was in park I know, but I couldn't been in a place that I needed to rely on my car moving for my safety or my little girls safety and it give no warning. This thing just locked into park, and you are stuck where ever it may be, a safe place or unsafe place.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #49

Jul 182012


  • 91,000 miles
I got off work started car put on seat belt. Put foot on brake and tried to move gear shift it wouldnt move out of park. There are so many complaints of this issue.

- Princess Anne , MD, USA

problem #48

Jul 082012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The car was parked outside, and when I went to drive the vehicle, it would not shift out of park. The gearshift (located in the center console) was locked in place, despite the vehicle starting up and the engine running properly. After researching the problem, it was discovered that the pink, plastic "transmission gear shift interlock return spring hook" was broken and needed to be replaced. Since my car is a 2006 Dodge Charger with the same part that was recalled on over 23,000 Chargers, Chrysler 300S and magnums from the years 2005-2007, and that this specific part is the one that failed on the vehicle, I believe that my car and VIN should be included in the recall, and that expenses incurred fixing this part should be reimbursed by the manufacturer.

- Dix Hills , NY, USA

problem #47

Jul 082012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the transmission interlock lever broke, causing the gear shift to be locked into park. The vehicle was no longer driveable. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V583000 (power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Column shift). They offered no other assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #46

Jun 272012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 46,820 miles
Wife was trying to go to work, started the car no problems, and the car would not shift out of park. I did a internet search and found out it was probably "the pink thingy" park lockout, which is a common problem with Chrysler especially years 2005-2007. I was able to get it to the dealership and informed them it was the pink thing. The service rep looked at me and said "oh! you know about that." Informed me it is happening quite a bit. Needless to say I had to pay $112 to get it fixed with another part made out of the same cheap plastic. It is inexcusable for this to be happening to so many people, and Chrysler not doing anything to help people out. Has turned me off on buying another Chrysler vehicle since they do not seem to want to help out their customers.

- Enid , OK, USA

problem #45

Feb 262012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Started the car, put my foot on the brake and proceeded to shift the gear into drive. My gear shift would not move out of park after multiple attempts, force and effort. Called aaa and when the aaa driver came I explained to him that my gear shift would not come out of park. The driver explained to me that he gets over 100 calls a week for this problem. The driver removed the top off of my gear case and showed me how to release the cable to get the gear shift to come out of park. I found out that there is a recall for this problem. I took my car to the dealership only to find out that my car's VIN # is not included in this recall. It is an insult and depressing that such an astronomical number of Chrysler vehicles are experiencing this problem, however only a certain number of vehicles are recognized as being under the recall. This has to be changed. What do customers have to do to get customer satisfaction? customers are the ones supporting and buying Chrysler cars. Makes you want to take your business elsewhere and vow not to buy another Chrysler car again!

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #44

May 012012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While parked, the contact attempted to move the gear shifter from park to drive and was unable to do so. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the gear shifter assembly would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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