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 3 of 15)

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problem #248

Oct 072015


  • 73,099 miles


I have complained on this vehicle multiple times now. It continues to have a randomly stalling engine while driving. The dealership claims it is not the gas tank. It has finally started causing the check engine light to come on (yay! it might actually get fixed). Just kidding! the dealership states that the codes that show up are general PCM codes that mean nothing. From online research, it appears it may be an electrical issue with the PCM, ECM, or numerous other parts. Either way, most of us go without cars for weeks while mechanics cannot find the actual cause thus cannot fix a dangerous vehicle. Most of us don't want to drive vehicles that stall while going 40 mph.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #247

Jun 102015


  • 76,000 miles
Engine just stopped working. No warning. Car was just serviced a few months prior. Pre mature engine failure

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #246

Oct 082015


  • 120,000 miles
While driving the car will cut off. The lights have flickered off and on. The room needle goes down likes is cutting off and then goes back up. I have the Charger 2006 rt police package. This has happen while driving, turning at corner, and sitting at the light. These issues have been going on for the last 6 months.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #245

Nov 012013


  • 150,000 miles


I notice that numerous 2006 Dodge Chargers have had pre mature engine failure. Numerous of them have a "dropped valve". I have a 2006 Dodge Charger that has been extremely well maintained and had the same issue. I drove my vehicle which was running fine with no issues and parked it at the store. When I finished at the store, I returned to my vehicle, got in and I attempted to start it at which time the engine made a horrific noise as if it was going to fall apart or explode. I shut it down immediately. White smoke was coming from the tailpipe so I had it towed to a shop where I was told it needed a new engine. I had it towed back to my home. I called Dodge in 2013 and was told that they had not heard of such a problem and that I should take it to a shop. The vehicle sat (undrivable) for almost 2 years as I was told by a dealership that repairs could amount to almost $7000. I have finally taken it to a local shop and after compression testing and head removal, it was determined the same thing happened as in the reports I have read, which is a dropped valve in cylinder 6. I contacted Dodge once again with no answers or assistance. In review of the existing complaints, I notice that the 11th digit of the VIN is the same with most of the complaints that contain a VIN number. I believe this is a design flaw in the head that is causing this malfunction which is a serious safety issue when vehicles die and quit running for no apparent reason and without warning. Had I have driving down the road it could have been a serious safety hazard. How does this get investigated, and how many complaints have to be generated to have Dodge look into this manufacturer defect causing safety issues? I have pictures of the damage caused by the valve seat but I am having a difficult time uploading. I can E-mail them on request

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #244

Aug 012013


  • 250,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While at a stop sign, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel lines needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 250,000.

- Stockbridge , GA, USA

problem #243

Sep 252014


  • 120,000 miles
When driving the engine will suddenly shut down with no fore warning. The gas peddle will go to the floor, all steering functions will be removed. The vehicle locks from 70 to 0 in a matter of seconds!!! shortly after the vehicle will restart. Thus far, numerous mechanics has not been able to discover the problem.

- Romulus , MI, USA

problem #242

Sep 122015


  • 61,500 miles


After fueling, leaving station, turn corner car stalls. Starts back up drive a little bit stalls again, trying to put into gear wouldn't shift, finally got it home. Had the same problem about 2yr ago, took it in he cleaned something in the engine, bill was $400 something, now happening again

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #241

Aug 172015


  • 132,000 miles
After filling up gas on my Dodge Charger 2006 rt, the engine stalls and stop while at the traffic stop. Tried to re-start the engine a few times but won't start. Waited 2 minutes and tried to re-start the engine it did start and was able to cross to traffic light and avoid holding the other cars behind me. But after a few at least a hundred feet, the engine starts stall again this time have to roll my car into the side road. Tried a few times to restart, engine but did not start. At that point decided to call for help and while waiting on the side road for 5 to 10 minutes, tried to re-start the engine again and this time around the engine steadied and runs normal as if nothing was wrong with it. I have research this type of engine stall and it seems this is common to my car model/year.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #240

Aug 242015


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but it failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Cedar Hill, UT, USA

problem #239

Aug 252015


  • miles
2006 Dodge Charger rt car shuts off with no warning shuts off at a stop light or stop sign. When I'm driving under 60 mph it stalls as if it's going to stop and the electrical light pops on and goes off but it does not shut off. When I am driving under 40 it will shut off and I have to hit the brakes and put it in park or neutral and restart it. But the best part of this which it's really not a best part that it starts rite up after each encounter. There is no engine light through out this issue so I don't know what kind of code it's going to read. I took it to napleton Dodge in lansing, il yesterday and told them the issue and showed them the edmunds report for the extended fuel tank warranty but off course they want to try to get some kind of money from me ($125) for a diagnostics which I'm telling them and showing them the report.

- Glenwood, IL, USA

problem #238

Jun 122015


  • 135,111 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While parked, the vehicle was not able to start and a clicking sound could be heard. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where it was diagnosed that the valve seat dropped, which destroyed the cylinder wall. The contact stated that the entire engine would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,111.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #237

Jun 102015


  • 75,123 miles
We had no warning (E.I. engine light not lit, not running hot, no strange sounds, etc.). the car died so when it wouldn't start up after trying for a second time, we towed it to the dealership after hours. The next morning we get a call saying that the valve seat guide failed and and the pistons weren't getting any oil in the 4th cylinder of the motor. So the motor needs to be replaced and it's gonna $8000. It's been sitting at the dealership going on three months. With all these complaints about the same thing, Dodge should be doing something about this. This is unacceptable Dodge! I have been researching this every since my car malfunctioned. Dodge/diamler Chrysler needs to be sued! I am waiting for a class action law-suit to be announced-

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #236

Jul 142015

Charger 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have had my 2006 Dodge Charger rt for just over a year and have kept all the oil changes and fluid filled. I had no issue other than a bad fuel tank out of the car, until I was on the highway heading to work when I heard what sounded like a pop. Then my vehicle lost all power. I barely made it to work where I had to get it towed. I later found out it had dropped a valve seat and that Dodge would charge me over $8000 to repair my vehicle. I will include a link that shows this is a manufacturing issue. The block and valve seat was made from two different metals that expand at different rates and lengths. I have tried contacting Dodge to no luck. This should be seriously investigated because it is costing Dodge consumers thousands when it was avoidable by pinning the valve seats or using the same metals. Dodge has went thru and pinned the valve seats in motors their manufacturing, so they know it's an issue but are not helping the consumers who paid for this product prior to them fixing it. [xxx] is my VIN and the website that list some of the complaints is M.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/Charger/2006/engine/premature_engine_failure.shtml. I am just asking someone please look into this issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Winston Salem , NC, USA

problem #235

Jul 152015


  • 75,400 miles
When merging onto the freeway upon slight acceleration the engine died, in front of a semi truck! we had no power steering or brakes! this is a huge safety issue!! we were lucky to not have crashed. I then turned key to off and restarted to resolve the issue. This has happened 6 more times at lower speeds I.e. 15mph, 20, 30 mph ranges, with no check engine light!" brought it into mechanic and they couldn't find the issue, car had no codes. They suggested replacing the crank position sensor. We did that and it was fine.. for 15 miles until it died again!!! still no codes, dealer wont help, I can't drive the car as it is unsafe. I did some internet searches. Found about a known issue with the fuel evap system and the fuel tank and filler neck. These faulty parts cause the car to read false rich signals and causes the engine to run leaner. So now, lack of appropriate fuel upon acceleration causes the engine to stall and lose effected drive systems. This is ludicrous from Chrysler how many deaths has this caused!?!"

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #234

Dec 012008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. After refueling and driving at a low speeds, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer multiple times who diagnosed that the key, a sensor and multiple parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired multiple times however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #233

Aug 042015


  • 106,600 miles
I got my fuel tank replaced under warranty (new fuel tank & O-ring part #S: cnstx531aa and cnstx532aa) and now stalling is worse than before. Engine wants to stall anywhere from 0-30 mph now whether the tank is full, half empty or near empty. The car's stalling can be prevented by providing quick acceleration, which will temporary fix the issue, only to have it come back later. The choice between stalling at high speeds and losing power steering & other necessities, or quickly accelerating to prevent a stall, leave drivers with two unsafe, dangerous choices each. The fuel tank recall did not remedy the issue. If anything, it made it worse, more dangerous, and made a minor defect/annoyance into a serious problem that can not be "burnt off" like the excess gas in the previous fuel tank. Dealerships give us the run around. Saying they either don't have the piece, or they refuse to replace it because we already have the new, yet still faulty, fuel tank. It's becoming a serious issue with no real remedy in sight. The dealership blames Chrysler/Dodge and Chrysler/Dodge blames the dealership. The two point fingers and scapegoat each other, leaving the customer to either replace everything out-of-pocket or drive a seriously impaired and dangerous vehicle. I went in to the dealership with two minor dtc codes that I planned on repairing (they were nonimmediate and not serious) and left the dealership with 15 codes. Chrysler even gave me a "case manager" for this, but the case manager said all they can do is rely on the dealership's diagnostics... literally just a waste of time. Why even assign a case manager? I took the car in to replace the fuel tank since it was under warranty (aka free)... I'm a college student with no finances for repair. Now, I'm left with a faulty, unsafe, nearly inoperable vehicle with no other means of transportation. Someone needs to step in.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #232

Aug 032015


  • 106,500 miles
I filled my gas tank (but did not top it off with fuel) and left the gas station at the first intersection. The car stalled while braking, the car came back on, accelerated against brakes, died again and wouldn't turn over afterward. Had to turn the car all the way off and back on to restart the car, only to have it do it three more times on the way home. It feels like a serious accident waiting to happen. I read up on the issue and found that it's very common. Dodge needs to fix this problem. We paid for a vehicle to safely Transport us -- this is not safe.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #231

Mar 032014


  • 120,000 miles
My vehicle began shutting off while idle about about a year ago. It started back up immediately and I was able to continue driving. Initially there were no check engine lights that came up. It soon happened again and this time the check engine light came on. I took it to Firestone and they pulled some codes that they said the dealer had to repair. By the time I got to the dealer the lights went off and I shared the other diagnostic with them but they were unable to determine what was really wrong. It started happening again months later and I took it to yet another mechanic. This mechanic 'reset the computer" and made the check engine lights turn off. It stopped for a time but the problem came back. This time (140,000 miles) the engine shut off on the highway! I was slightly tapped on the rear by the driver behind me. Another time a semi truck was behind me and I stalled. Luckily we were in slow moving traffic. Again at high speeds the engine would turn back on but this is very dangerous. I am afraid to drive my baby in this vehicle. There are a ton of similar complaints on Dodge forums with these vehicles. Dodge needs to fix this before someone gets hurt or dies!!!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #230

May 152015


  • 135,000 miles
I was driving around with some friends one night and stopped to talk to them for a minute. I drove around the block and turned the car off. When I went to start the car, it wouldn't start and when it finally did, it shook violently and shut off. It turns out that the car dropped a valve seat and ruined the motor of the car. Upon further research this is a very common problem in the 5.7 hemi in the Chargers. I have several friends that have had the exact same issue with their Charger.

- Coalville, UT, USA

problem #229

Jun 102015


  • 76,125 miles
Car wouldn't start after three tries. Sounded like something blew up the first time I tried starting it. Had car towed to Dodge. It was there a week before they looked at. They called us on a Wednesday said the head gasket was blown was gonna cost $4500 to fix. Then they called back on a Friday said the pistons werent' getting any oil, engine, need to replace engine. Now it's gonna cost $8,000. How you go from $4500 to $8000 in a matter of two days"?"

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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