really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,813 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 14 of 15)

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problem #28

Sep 012012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


At least three times my 5.7 liter hemi has stalled while driving. It has always stalled at low speeds (I.e. under 35 mph) and sometimes as slow as 15. Every time is has occurred while driving from stoplight to stoplight with a light throttle application. It has occurred at least once after filling up. I also don't know if this is related, but probably between 6-10 times now while driving at highway speeds (50-70 mph) the entire dashboard (I.e. tach, speedometer, engine temp, and fuel gage) all die. What happens is they all seem to lose power, all needles fall to 0, or their turned off position, then once they hit the stops they all power back up again, swing back to where they were, all the warning lights come on, and then extinguish after a couple of seconds. This entire time there is not change in speed, or the engine, when I am in cruise control, this does not seem to affect the cruise control.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #27

Feb 142013


  • 76,000 miles
Was coming down a hill when my engine died and the dashboard chime started ringing, plus the oil pressure light came on. Was very lucky being able to wrestle the car, still going downhill with no power driving or power brake assist, into a 7-11 just before a major intersection (four lanes one way, six lanes crosswise). Called a tow truck. Had been sitting there for a half hour and on a lark we tried to start it up again--and it did start (immediately after incident, I could not start). But I was unsure of reliability so had it towed to shop, which could find no problem. Drove it away the next day and did research, and found multiple reports in an enthusiast forum (chargerforums.com) saying this issue affected them after the gas tank was filled. Belief is flaw in valve leading to evap system--no one with new Chargers seems to have this problem, perhaps reside buildup over time (one forum member, after replacing tank, cut section away with valve and reported accumulated reside on valve). Only known solution said to be replacement of gas tank (because valve is buried in tank) or not filling up all the way. Since then, I have only filled gas tank to 3/4 mark most of the time. That eliminated the problem except for two more incidents when I was careless and let it fill close to totally full. *everyone* who gets new gas tank reports this problem as solved. Mileage above is approximate.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #26

Apr 232013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T with the 5.7. at least once per day (and often much more often), during acceleration, car will go into "limp" mode, where the engine or transmission will stop producing power to the wheels. Engine light will "ding" and RPM will drop from acceleration RPM down to about 2000 RPM and cause the car to hesitate, creating an especially dangerous situation on highway merging. Car will come back on line after about 1-2 seconds, and run normally. The more I push the acceleration, the more likely to occur. Also, car will simply stall at low speeds or while in idle. I bought the car about 30 days ago, and reported to the dealership immediately, and they duplicated the issue. They thought it could be a short, but after 3 hours labor (they covered this cost), did not correct it. They do not know what it is, and are next looking into a torque converter possibility, and also looking at the throttle body. Not sure at this time if they will come good for the fix in the long term. This stalling loss of power and going into "limp mode" seems to be excessively common on these cars, according to blogs and Dodge sites online. While the local dealership has been extremely helpful and great work with so far, this should fall on Dodge itself, not the dealer, to make good for, as it seems to be a prevalent and dangerous issue. Very dangerous situation, and Dodge/Chrysler should make this right for everyone.

- Brewer, ME, USA

problem #25

Dec 212012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Stall/die/shut off after fill up under normal driving conditions while in drive and in motion. Only happens right after fill up. Once you burn some of the fuel out of the tank, it returns to normal.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #24

May 192013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 92,100 miles
Most times, after refueling the car will stall while driving. It does not matter if the tank is empty or half full prior to refueling. The stalling will happen within the first 10 minutes after refueling. It does not happen any other time during vehilcle operation. The car has stalled while driving on highway, at intersections and during normal operation with no warning and potentially could have been very hazardous. I am aware of the situation and now wait for at least 10 minutes after refueling before leaving the gas station.

- W Kingston, RI, USA

problem #23

May 102010

Charger 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Not long after refueling the car stalled while driving down the street and was hard to restart and then stalled 2 more times within minutes. This has happened at least 5 more times and always shortly after refueling the vehicle.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 102010


  • 85,000 miles


In the last year I have had to have the front tie rods replaced three time. At certain speeds my vehicle will vibrate. Going over speed bumps or into even the slightest pot hole the vehicle will vibrate. When slowing down or coming to a stop the front end will vibrate. Took the vehicle to the dealership and they advised my front tires needed to be changed and/or rotated to the back due to an unusual wearing on the tires. The wear was on the outside of the tires.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. When the car is sitting in idle, the lights dims as though there is a shortage in the electrical system. I let my 17yr old daughter drive my car to school and when she got to a red light the engine shut off. This is dangerous, so I don't let her drive the car anymore. My seatbelt light stays on & beeps when the seatbelt is connected. These are all safety issues & Chrysler should be held accountable. These issues needs to be addressed.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #21

Apr 012013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Immediately after fueling, the vehicle stalled while leaving the gas station and lost all belt driven components as a result - power steering, A/C, etc. The vehicle subsequently stalled several more times while driving, and exhibited labored acceleration in between. This was the first incident and has been repeated every time it was refueled until pump shut off since, regardless of different gas stations and fuels.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #20

May 122013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 80,454 miles
After filling up the gas tank the car stalled out while driving. Its been happening for a long time now. This only accrues after filling up only.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 042009

Charger 8-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
On July 4th 2009, after refueling my 2006 Dodge Charger R/T (5.7L hemi with approximately 38,000 miles), it stalled while driving at approximately 45mph. It ran/idled rough when restarted. Since the first incident, it repeats the stalling issue randomly after refueling and has continued until current day (5/14/2013). It has stalled several times in the middle of intersections, causing dangerous situations that put my life, as well as other drivers in danger, but usually stalls when stopping at stop/yield signs. After refueling, it is unsafe for me to try and merge onto the freeway unless I circle town on low speed city roads until the car stalls or I feel it will not be an issue at the time - this is a gross waste of fuel that should not be necessary but under current circumstances, it is. Through my own investigation thru on-line sources and members within my local car club, I have found the issue to likely be a faulty roll-over valve within the fuel tank, which is non-serviceable and requires replacing the entire fuel tank (about $750~900 for parts and 3~6 hours of labor).

- Belle Plaine, MN, USA

problem #18

Mar 012013


  • 120,000 miles


My Dodge Charger will shut off intermittently. I've spent money going to mechanics and the dealership and no one knows whets causing it. The dealership made me sound as if I was lieing or crazy. It wasn't until my boss told me today he saw it on the news today (I've been complaining about it for months now) I decided to file a complaint to let you know it is happening to my car.

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 102011


  • 94,000 miles
I just read an article on yahoo stating an investigation in the 2006 Dodge Charger engine stalling. For 2 years I had this problem and it was inadvertent but dangerous, especially when driving interstate speeds. The engine would stall out, almost like you turned the key off and then back on. It almost cost me a wreck on the interstate. It would also do it at idle speeds but at that RPM it would kill the engine. I took it to the dealership on numerous occasions and because the problem was intermittent they were unable to diagnose it. When it finally got worse, I was told it needed new plugs. I changed them and it didn't fix the problem. Then they changed all 8 coils and it didn't fix the problem. Finally as a last resort they replaced the computer and it fixed the problem. This whole process cost me about $4,000. A month and a half later the transmission started dragging and not shifting properly, so instead of going through the same process again I decided to get rid of the car.

- Waterville, KS, USA

problem #16

Oct 272012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
2006 Dodge Charger rt (5.7 hemi) stalls suddenly when driving on highway. I placed car quickly in neutral and tried restarting twice before car started again. It is very scary now to drive on the highway. This issue continues to happen frequently. I noticed that it usually happens especially after filling up gas.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Aug 012012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The car will stall within a minute or so of filling up the gas tank. This has happened about 95% of the time I filled up the tank. If I feel the stall coming on I can throw it in neutral and rev the engine for about 10 seconds and it won't stall anymore. I first began to notice it at least 8 months ago. I stopped filling the tank all the way just to avoid this because it caused me to stall while going thru an intersection and backing up traffic. I was told I needed to buy a new gas tank to rectify this issue.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #14

May 152012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 54,810 miles
I was driving the car at 60mph on the expressway when the engine quit with no warning causing the car to lose all power in heavy traffic. My car was nearly hit several times by other cars as I tried to change lanes in order to reach the emergency lane on the right side of the expressway. I restarted the car with no problems. The car engine has quit for no reason several other times with no warning in the last year while driving at different speeds. The manufacturer needs issue a recall, or be liable for any lawsuits resulting from accidents caused by defective fuel systems in these vehicles.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #13

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 #12

Apr 222013


  • 97,530 miles
The car has been operating just fine. On the date of incident, I pulled into a gas station to refuel, shut the car off, filled the car approx. To 3/4 tank. I started the car, it ran rough then died. I could not start it again. I towed it to a mechanic friend and he looked at it. After much investigation he found that the spark plugs in cyl. 6 had been hit by the piston and bent the spark plug electrodes closed. He regapped them, re-installed them, started the engine, same result. This is the 5.7L hemi V8.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #11

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 #10

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 #9

Mar 212013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 146 miles
On 03/21/2013, at approximately 1830 hours my car would not start for no apparent reason. I had to get my vehicle towed to my house where a mechanic examined the vehicle and observed water leaking into the engine. He stated the car was overheating when the gauge never documented such a thing. He also stated that there is a damaged head gasket and may have additional damage due to the fact that the vehicle is making a "weird" noise and the only way to diagnose any further problems is through taking the engine apart. I don't know how this could happen to a 2006 vehicle. Never purchasing another Dodge ever again. This vehicle never gave me any problems and now all this mechanical stuff happened out of the blue. All the fluids and everything has been up to date and no there is no warranty on the vehicle.

- Riverdale, CA, USA

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