really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,974 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger electrical problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #22

Oct 172011

Charger 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


While driving approximately 60 M.P.H. on the freeway, all engine lights came on and the needles all dropped. They quickly returned to normal and the engine did not falter, radio did not go off, etc. This has happened several times over the course of 2 months and I took it to the station where they could find nothing wrong. About 2 months later, the headlights began to flicker on and off, sometimes for 10 seconds or more. This has been happening for about 4 days. I checked all the fuses and they appear secure. The car is currently back at the station to be checked again. As it is December, I can't be without headlights on my morning and evening commute to/from work.

- Macedonia, OH, USA

problem #21

Aug 202011

Charger 8-cyl

  • 91,100 miles
Driving to the beach, suddenly all warning lights on dashboard came on, then engine shut off, loss of power, then thick white smoke coming from hood, then flames underneath the car, then within a minute the car was completely engulfed, destroying the engine compartment, and front seat, dashboard & windshield blew out... scariest thing ever.! I nearly escaped in time, lucky to have not been burned, lucky I got out alive... there should be a recall Dodge Charger R/T hemi, 2006 (5.7 liter)

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #20

Aug 242011

Charger 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Dodge Charger, it died as I was turning. The steering wheel locked on me completely. I took it in to our local Dodge service center and they said they could not find anything wrong with it. A month and a half later the same problem happens, this time while stopped at a red light on our local highway. We have taken it back to the same Dodge service center and they still cannot find anything wrong with it. I have been researching on line and this is a common problem with Dodge vehicles. If they do not fix this and this causes an accident which injures one of my family members I will be suing Dodge! this will turn into a class action lawsuit.

- Brawley, CA, USA

problem #19

Jun 032003


  • 190,000 miles


I have a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T. on 6/3/11, I was traveling at approximately 45mph when the engine died and I lost all power. The car coasted for about a quarter mile before I was able to cost it off of the road. This was a two lane road with a very small shoulder. After researching this issue online, it appears that this is a common problem with many Dodge (engine stalling and vehicle loss of power) while driving. This is a safety issue that Dodge should correct.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 102007

Charger 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
I own a 2006 Charger 3.5L. I am the second owner. My experience with this car's system issues began around 31K miles while still under warranty and has continued until even recently. The consensus among repair facilities is that it could likely be the computer unit with the secondary concern being the poor wiring harnesses that Dodge is known for. The issues are as follows: - all dash lights come on without warning and flash continuously for 10-15 seconds or so and then go out again- various speeds - all instrument needles begin to sweep back and forth like windshield wipers - sometimes the car will act like its stalling but sputters along nevertheless until I turn it off. When I turn it right back on it doesn't do it- this happens sometimes when I pull into the garage and it sits in idle. - sometimes all dash lights just go out without warning- various speeds - recently (4-20-11) all dash lights came on, key chime kept chiming and engine began to falter and would not allow acceleration...at all. I have taken the Charger and my concerns to the local Dodge dealer several times over the first 3 years (out of business now, in the Chrysler reorganization) and was told each time: "there is nothing wrong; we can't duplicate what you are telling us. And I wasn't to worry about it. I have strongly voiced my concern about this issue telling Dodge that a computer failure out of warranty is very costly, but they referred me to Chrysler corporate, who essentially in so many words just blew me off. This kind of disrespect for a customer with, at that time, an enforceable warranty is disgraceful, and I hope you will hold them accountable for what appears to be a rather common occurrence among Charger owners. I found this website by accident otherwise I would be part of the greater masses of Charger owners that have not been accounted for in what should become a recall (and financial restitution if I have to get it fixed on my own before the recall) action by the government.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #17

Dec 152010

Charger 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2006 Dodge Charger -- for no apparent reason all dashboard lights and brake lights flicker and go out every once in a while, and some times the engine stalls. Some times the alarm goes on with brake light on/off problem. I turned battery kill switch off and on, it started the stalled engine. I pulled and pushed the emergency brake lever, it helped; but I will watch it for recurrance. The engine stalling problem may be a ticking time bomb. NHTSA, please do something about it.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #16

Nov 242010


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving 40 mph, the contact noticed smoke being emittion from under the hood. The contact inspected and saw fire sparks from the passenger side headlights around the wiring; the fire was working its way up to the motor and rest of the vehicle. The contact extinguished the fire and drove home. There were no injuries. The contact called the manufacturer who sent a representative to inspect; the contact was informed that they could not find the cause of the fire and could offer no assistance. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- St Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #15

Dec 212010


  • 36,000 miles
Since I purchased my car in 2007 (2nd owner) while driving down the road my instrument panel goes dead. I have brought this to the dealership on 6 occasions only for them to tell me they can't duplicate the problem. It is now going to be 2011 and the electrical system panel still shuts down unexpectedly.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #14

Nov 282010


  • 72,000 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Charger 3.5L.the head lights and tail lights keep going out. I turn the switch on and the lights may come on and then go off. I turn the switch to cut the lights off and come on and then go off. This is just crazy. Car only has 70K miles on it.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #13

Oct 202009


  • 123,000 miles
When I took my car in to the dealership I was never told I had to replace my battery. 10 20, 2009 I was at cvs store I got in my car started it then the battery blew completely up. It sounded like a boom. The store clerk ran out and on lookers told me the car was smoking from the trunk. In disbelief I ran back to the store to call the fire department asap. When the fire department opened the trunk sparks from the battery was beginning to start a fire. One gentleman from the fire department said he would have to cut the battery cable because it was electrical problems in the battery or else the car would explode because it was to close to gas pump. He told me I was very lucky because if the blast was any stronger it could have blown up the car completely if the fire sparks and gas collided. From the blast my neck jerked very hard and I am experiencing dizzy ness from the explosion and battery acid fumes and minor back pains. I would like to know what my legal rights or and option to get this issue resolved. At this time my car is completely damaged I have no electrical power at this time and my front windshield was cracked. I have no transportation wanted to see if Dodge would take responsibility in this electrical system battery defect which almost cause me my life.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #12

Feb 212008

Charger 8-cyl

  • 23,723 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal. She immediately heard a beeping noise followed by excessive hesitation. In addition, there was an extremely low power response during acceleration. The failures occurred without warning. The vehicle resumed normal operation and was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on five separate occasions for identical failures, but there were no resolutions. The failure mileage was 23,723 and current mileage was 39,000. Updated 06/09/09. The consumer stated while driving, the vehicle would shut off for no apparent reason. All of the gauges on the dashboard would just drop. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer on several occassions, but to no avail. No error codes displayed on the computer. There was no check engine light. Updated 06/11/09.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #11

Feb 212008


  • 23,723 miles
An accident and or death waiting to happen. May 8, 2009. I am a mother with a now 1 yr. Old child who travels 80% of the time in the back seat of my 2006 Charger R/T with hemi 5.7L which now has 40,000 miles. Since Feb 2008 being 8 mths pregnant at the time with car having 23,723 miles I have repeatedly gone to potakin planet Dodge in miami, fl complaining about an inconsistent problem with the car. It will shut off for no apparent reason at a red light (no warning lights before or after) it will shut off in the parking lot at 10-20 mph (no warning lights before or after) but the biggest fear is what I have experienced 2 times so far with the baby in the back seat! first time I was traveling 35 mph on the street and the 2 time I was traveling 65 mph on the highway and out of the blue the car stalls as if getting ready to shut off, you look at the dash and all gauges are beginning to drop, I step on the gas and the car has some trouble remembering what it should be doing (driving on the highway) and then proceeds as if nothing ever happened. The service dept. Can not tell me why the car does this. The "16 point inspection" states the car is fine. No error codes come up. No "check engine" light either. This car is all I have to move around in for my girls and myself. I am in sooooo much shock to read all the complaints on the NHTSA website regarding this same problem and Dodge does nothing. If something where to happen to my family or myself because of this malfunction that Dodge is aware of and is doing nothing it is now noted here that I have been turning for over a year to resolve my issue just like everyone else with the same problem. Stalling for no apparent reason. Please. Lets avoid an accident and or death waiting to happen! ! ! signed a desperate mother.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 152009


  • 50,000 miles
Please help me prevent accidents and/or fatalities that will result from Chrysler's refusal to address a dangerous situation. Recently my 2006 Dodge Charger began stalling, numerous time, with the steering locking sometimes at a high rate of speed on a busy highway. A potentially disastrous situation for everyone on the road. My car's been towed to the dealer three times and the problem remains a mystery to the technicians. They've changed the powertrain control module (PCM), with no change. The car continues to intermittently register ¿lost comm with the PCM¿ diagnostic trouble codes. At times the car performs flawless, and other times it stalls and won¿T restart sometimes for days. After much research I have found that this is a recurring problem with Chargers, old and new, and one that many other owners suffer. A Chrysler rep told me they were aware of a stall problem, but said that since they don¿T know the exact cause, there is nothing they will do unless the customer pays for expensive and experimental diagnoses. Why is it up to the consumer to find a known problem that could kill motorists" when do they intend to address it? after a family is wiped out" this is a disaster waiting to happen. And a preventable one if we can convince Chrysler to address the problem and affect a recall to fix it. Chrysler's disregard for the american consumer at the very least, and toward the public at large at most, is alarming. I cannot fathom how an american corporation these days can so brashly turn a blind eye to a known and potentially dangerous situation. While coverup might be a strong word to apply this early in the game, lets not let it get to that point. Please help me fix this. Thank you again for your time, and keep fighting the good fight.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 302005


  • miles
I have taken my car to the dealership 5 times to have issues fixed. Each time I got the car back, it was worse. I had 13 issues originally with the car. I ended up suing, and got a very small settlement- Dodge refused to cooperate. I still have each and every problem, and do not know what else to do. My car dies while in reverse, the brakes malfunction constantly, the window panel remains broken due to their inept work, the radio cuts off, the dash lights die @ night, etc. I would truly appreciate it if someone could actually help me. I do not know what else to do. I love my car dearly, but something needs to be done. The date I put as date of incident is when this all started.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 012009


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While test driving the vehicle, the contact noticed that one of the headlights was out. The dealer replaced the failed headlight. She later discovered that the turn signals were also inoperable. An independent mechanic found burned wires in the fuse box and electrical failure. No repairs were made at that time. On a separate occasion, the vehicle stalled and was towed to a dealer. The dealer stated that the wiring harness was defective and needed to be replaced at an estimated cost of $500. The failure mileage was 31,000 and current mileage was 32,000.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 312008

Charger 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I have owned my 2006 Dodge Charger V6 3.5L ho, for almost 2 years now and in that time the car has had the same problems that the dealers can't fix or even know what to do. I would go to start the car and it would crank up, turn over then cut back off. It would do that about three times before starting after I turn the radio off. It has also had about a 30 second pause when starting the car, in which there would be no engine cranking, no noise... just the dashboard lights and nothing else. I had to turn the key three times before I got it to start. The absolute worst is the car idles down like it wants to shut off while stopped in everyday traffic not to mention the previous 2 I stated before, happens in spurts. Its been back to the dealership several times and I was told that the computer was returning "no codes" so they don't know what the problem is. They have tested the battery, ignition and they were all fine.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 102007

Charger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,093 miles
The 20'06 Dodge Charger had less than 32,000 miles on it, and while driving one day I stepped on the accelerator to merge onto interstate 5 during rush hour traffic and the car stalled. Momentarily, the check engine light came on, I stepped on the gas and it did it again and then it resumed power. I took vehicle to the dealer, and they said they couldn't find anything wrong, but on the paper work it stated that the cause was a software issue, 108 inspect and flash PCM to latest software version. I took it home, and it has done it 5 more times, 3 times in one afternoon. I have taken it to the dealer twice for the same stalling problem, and they told me that they have done all the they could. We have refraimed from driving the 1994 vehicle because we no longer felt safe driving it.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #5

Jun 142007

Charger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,640 miles
While waiting at a red light yesterday afternoon, the car simply died while in drive for no apparent reason. Once I got it re-started, the transmission violently shifted into drive from park. Unable to duplicate since then.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Feb 122007

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Vehicle stalls without warning and has not been able to be repaired or " duplicated" what will it take to fix this problem" a serious traffic accident" I don't think so.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 162006

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Car stalls. Usually when coming to a stop but has stopped while driving on ta two lane highway in 120 degree weather. Almost got rear ended.

- Tarzana, CA, USA

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