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

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2006 Dodge Charger engine problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 15)

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problem #268

Jul 292016


  • 90,000 miles


My 2006 Dodge Charger daytona 5.7L engine had a problem with a valve seal/lifter / solenoid in 2015, which was repaired by the dealer in December. Now, 7 months later, it has lost a piston in the engine, and needs a new engine. When the lifter problem occurred, the car was being driven, and started to misfire. When the piston went (the dealer says that is what it is), the engine was being started. When starting the vehicle, it misfired, and started clanking. And then died.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #267

Jul 202016


  • 105,000 miles
I drove my vehicle to the store and everything was fine. I came out an hour later and attempted to start the car but it wouldn't start. I attempted to start it again and it started but the engine sounded horrible so I turned it off immediately. I had it towed to my mechanic who said there was no compression on cylinder #3 and the valve was unseated causing damage to the cylinder. I take meticulous care of my vehicle and this type of engine failure should have never happened with only 105K miles on it. Upon reading several thousand reviews on this 5.7L hemi engine, this appears to be a major problem and has been identified as a manufacturer defect. The below is the diagnosis for this early engine failure: "faulty valve seats according to the engine company, the original Chrysler design presses the valve seats into the cylinder heads. The problem results when the powdered metal the valve seats are made of expands, causing it to drop into contact with the valve and pistons, which leads to catastrophic failure. In this process the seat breaks into many pieces causing deterioration of the piston, cylinder wall, valve and cylinder head. This metal can even get into the intake manifold if not cleaned properly, it can lead to a failure in replacement engines. Piston ring landings again according to pp, a flaw in the engineering of the piston ring landings results in the engines running much hotter than they should. Coupled with what they call overly small drain holes in the heads and block, this overheating breaks down new oil, leaving sludge in the engine, ultimately blocking it. Consequent oil-starvation can lead to engine block seizure."

- Trinity, FL, USA

problem #266

Jul 172016


  • 115,000 miles
During travel from ft. Belvoir, va to fayetteville, nc the car began sputtering and acting like it was out of fuel. It had 3/4 of a tank. Made it to the next exit where the car stopped running. Able to give it throttle and get it started you can hear rattling in the top end of the motor. Had it towed to crown Dodge in fayetteville, nc where the diagnosis was a broken valve seat which fell inside the cylinder scarring the cylinder walls. The warranty company would not cover the repair costs on the car. This vehicle is maintained by a mechanic with over 20 years of experience with regular oil changes and preventative maintenance. It is a design flaw where the powdered metal valve seats expand at a different rate than the aluminum head leading to severe engine damage. Dodge knows of this problem and fixed their design in the 2010-up models, however has failed the public in compensating those that have had engine failure in 2006-2009 models.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #265

Jul 132015


  • 168,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving on the freeway at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the failure occurred every time the vehicle was refueled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle body and the power control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 168,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #264

Jun 232016


  • 68,000 miles
Valve guide failure in 2005 and 2006 Dodge magnums and Dodge Chargers.this is an well keep epidemic that Dodge has not addressed.there are many hundreds of failures between 60,000 miles and 100,000 miles

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #263

Jun 022016


  • 88,000 miles
I drove my Charger out to lunch, was running impeccable, after having my meal, we got back in the car, tried starting it, it sounded like a hard, difficult start and once it ignited the cylinders, the engine started making horrible banging noises, and killed itself. There was no warning, no overheating, my car has 88,000 miles on it. I've always taken extremely good care of it, as I should know how to being a mechanic. I pulled the motor out of the car, and opened it up to find a destroyed combustion chamber, and a destroyed piston. There are much more unreliable cars out there that can make it past 88,000 miles without severe engine damage. So does that make Dodge the most unreliable manufacturer? if Dodge does not assist in fixing the problem (a partial refund to help cover the massive cost) I will never be buying another Dodge. Uploaded is a picture looking down the intake port of the drivers side 6th cylinder. The other picture is of the piston damage. This is an rt car with 5.7 hemi.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #262

Feb 122014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While attempting to accelerate, the vehicle failed to move, an abnormal sound emitted from the engine, and the rpms revved without warning. The contact also mentioned that a burning odor emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #261

Dec 012015


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact found a recall related to the fuel tank. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the fuel tank was replaced; however, the vehicle began to slow down to approximately 35 mph when reaching high speeds. Additionally, the rpms would continue to increase without the acceleration matching the RPM increase. The contact informed the manufacturer who opened a case on the contact's behalf and informed the contact that there was no recall relating to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Stonybrook, NY, USA

problem #260

May 062016


  • 126,000 miles
Filled tank up with gas day before this happened. Driving down road at 25 mph the car stalled. It would restart and stall again.

- Blytheville, AR, USA

problem #259

May 052016


  • 43,595 miles
After refilling my tank with gas, my car suddenly began to stall. Immediately after refilling, I started my car and within a few seconds it shut off. After many attempts of starting it and remaining stationary, my car finally remained on for more than 5 minutes and I assumed it was safe to begin driving. 5 minutes into driving on a city street the car began to jerk and stalled in the middle of the street, fortunately it didn't cause an accident. I was able to restart it and turn into the nearest shopping center where I contacted chrystler, who claimed they had no knowledge of this issue. I've seen a multitude of complaints with similar, if not the same, issues I continue to experience.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #258

Nov 112015


  • 121,013 miles


22 May 2015 oil pump failed. Took vehicle to dennis dillon Dodge of caldwell Idaho 26 May 2015. Repair quoted at $996. Actual charge $1816.66. Received car back 8 July 2015 with thumping. Re complained to service 24 July 2015. They wanted to repair unknown which did not exist before their handling. Continued to drive until 11 November 2015 when 1 quart of oil was added & vehicle began thrashing & died, refusing to run again. Vehicle has sat parked in storage at home ever since. Filed complaint with Idaho attorney general office. Dennis dillon cfo duane sessions replied & lied covering his service manager & mechanic. Ag office ceased further action.

- Middleton, ID, USA

problem #257

Mar 032016


  • miles
Dodge Charger stalls while stopped at stop signs or red lights like its out of gas. At first it would do it maybe once a week after filling up my tank, but now it is several times a day. My vehicle is around 137,000 miles.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #256

Apr 022016


  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While attempting to exit a residential driveway, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 129,000.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #255

Sep 142015


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and coming to a complete stop in the vehicle, the vehicle stalled with the check engine light and several other unknown indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, however the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where a tune up was performed however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the cam shaft and the sensor had failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #254

Feb 272016


  • 112,132 miles
Head lights flash while driving then shut off then come back on. As I down shifted on the freeway the car died and check engine light came on now I'm stuck with a broke down car. It shifted really hard and died at the same time the check engine came

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #253

Feb 232016


  • 108,000 miles
Vehicle has been overheating and has cause many headache cause of no way to transportation for me or family to work, school ect. Spent lot of money of trying to fix from dealership to not get resolved. Feel like im being rob!

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #252

Feb 032015


  • 101,000 miles
Car stalls and engine shuts down, loss of steering while either sitting still or driving at higher speeds. This has happened on numerous occasions after adding fuel to the car.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #251

Dec 302015


  • 74,000 miles
Our problem still has not been fixed. The car continues to "die in flight." I have uploaded a video to youtube. Https://youtu.be/ssawxdfdswa this occurred while attempting to merge onto the interstate. The rpms jump up and down. The oil light and the electronic throttle control light flash and ding. The check engine light came on. This is going to cause an accident and the dealership says there is nothing wrong with the car.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #250

Dec 072015


  • 57,125 miles
My car keeps stalling even while driving above 20 mph, especially whiling pulling out into traffic. My car has been at the dealership for a month with no resolution. My car is not safe.

- Aston, PA, USA

problem #249

Jun 152015


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact noticed smoke under the hood of the vehicle. The contact pulled the vehicle over. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that a piston in the engine seized and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,000. The VIN was not available.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

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