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 6 of 15)

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problem #188

Sep 052014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I stared my 2006 Dodge Charger up one day and it sounded like a lawnmower, so I sent it off to the dealer say it dropped a valve, I say how that happen they tell me its a defect with those engines he gets them in all the time. Im so upset behind this matter cause they want $3500 to fix my car, I keep my car fully serviced just had a major tune up & water pump replaced.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #187

Oct 012013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Car stalls out after filling up the tank. It also is dying and cranking back up at 40 mph and a couple of times on the freeway doing 80 mph. Also just sitting at a red light with a half of tank of gas and car just dies. Have to put it in park to restart it.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #186

Aug 172014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 110,635 miles
I learned about the fuel tank warranty and will be getting that repaired, but my issue is at 75 to 100% throttle my car will stall out. But my car starts back up on its own like nothing ever happened. When it stalls it throws you forward like the car is braking and then when it fires back up you can hit the throttle and it will go as normal.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #185

Jun 162014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 67,500 miles


When driving @40mph, engine lost power, dash signaled 'ding', and throttle body warning light illuminated. It restarted as the car coasted. Has repeated numerous times, including today, 3 times in less than 1 1/2 miles, at less than 20mph. No trouble codes scanned or displayed. Symptom went away for 1 1/2 months after changing out spark plugs, as a Dodge tech recommended. He also says the ignition coils deteriorate over time, and the internal shielding does not keep stray 'noise' from travelling into the engine controller, effectively resetting it, and showing no codes. Having 8 factory coils to replace at $55 each is quite a gamble that may not fix the issue. Aftermarket coils apparently do not fix this, either. I have tightened every electrical grounding point I can find on the car, unplugged/plugged numerous connectors to reseat them. This is a very dangerous safety issue, and it appears on '06 and some 07 Chargers. If this happens and a collision occurs because of this, I will seek full legal remedy from fca(Chrysler) as this is an obvious liability/safety issue.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #184

Jan 182014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 171,245 miles
After I stop and fill my gas tank, my car will stall and shut off while driving. I was almost rear ended leaven the gas station because the car just shut off on me. This will only after I fill my gas tank to full.

- Riverdale, MD, USA

problem #183

Jul 142014

Charger 8-cyl

  • miles
While driving, I heard a chime, and the engine oil symbol came on, the steering wheel locked and the vehicle stopped. (bearing in mind the vehicle was serviced just two weeks prior ). I have taken it to local Dodge service and they did not find the problem. This happened since five times. At the local service when it happened on the third time the infact kept it until the problem was duplicated. However, they argued since they were no longer certified Dodge dealer they were not able to fix the vehicle. Under there own management they took it to a certified Dodge dealer. The dealer had it said he did computer updates 5 days later the problem occurred again.

- Laurel , MD, USA

problem #182

Jul 252012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


Re:PE13-016 re: Dodge/Chrysler X53 - 19 fuel tank vehicle began shutting off about a mile down the road after refueling. Upon receiving "extended warranty" letter from Chrysler - May 8, 2014, called dealer to have part replaced. Part has been on "backorder" for last 2 months. I keep getting told "you are next in line to receive part" from the dealer and the Dodge customer service center toll free line. This is unacceptable when you are driving down the road and for no reason or fault of yours, the car begins to stall or cut off completely. My car has cut off while making a turn across two lanes of traffic - luckily no one was coming and I was able to coast across the lanes..."safely". my car has cut off going down the road at 40-50 miles an hour. This is a very dangerous situation. And truth be know, this needs to be a recall and handled promptly by Chrysler. I have several documented calls into Chrysler. No one can tell me when part will be ordered or sent to dealer or status of situation. Please help consumers get this problem escalated. Thank you.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #181

Aug 152014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I filled my gas tank getting ready to go on a trip and vehicle started stalling out without warning, engine would just shut down. I have been told that there is a known problem with the 2006 Dodge Chargers with the fuel tank.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #180

Apr 092014


  • 135,000 miles
It is hard starting and will stall anywhere between 0 to 45 mph. When it starts rough it will not go forward or reverse without stalling. It seems to be worse after filling the gas tank. When the car stalls it does so with no warning and can leave you with no power steering or brakes. It did it off and on at first but now does almost every time I run it. I took it to a Dodge dealer and gave him a copy of the lifetime warranty gas tank problem and told him of the symptoms of the car. He ignored me and did 4 flashes on the car plus $110 of "cleanup" work on the car and told me it was fixed. On the way home it stalled in the middle of the highway while my wife was driving and she had no steering. The dealer paperwork said they pulled up 4 codes on the car's computer, which I got none of when I ran my code reader on it before taking it to them. One of the reported codes does not even show on the chart and another one was a "C" code for a chasse problem. Upon getting the car home, after stalling several times on the way home, I called the bank and stopped the payment for the work they say they did. I have another appointment with the dealer I bought the car from (farther away) but how do I get them to do the repair I want, not what they feel like doing? thanks.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #179

Aug 012013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 120,154 miles
This car stalls for the first 20-30 miles after filling the gas tank. It stalls in the middle of intersections, while idling, when cruising at highway speeds, etc...

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #178

Aug 122014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 55,072 miles


I am the original owner of this vehicle, and have regularly maintained it and performed all the scheduled maintenance at the manufacturer's suggested intervals. The vehicle operated normally, with no indications of any issues. On 8/12/14, I went to start my vehicle and it made a horrendous banging noise before immediately shutting down. I had to have the car towed home (as I was thirty miles away) and discovered the engine valve in piston #2 had broken and shattered, causing an engine failure, with the only repair being a complete engine rebuild or replacement. A check on-line showed this is a common and recurring issue with this model and engine type (2006 Dodge Charger R/T). I reported the issue to Dodge, and was told there are no known issues with the engine of valves, however the Dodge technician at the dealership said it is a common problem and should have been recalled. The evidence to this is the engine parts needed to fix this (block, valves, etc.) are on a 2 to 6 month back-order. Please help! I can not afford to basically pay for a new car for a known issue that should have been prevented by the manufacturer.

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #177

Jun 182014


  • 108,000 miles
I was driving on the main road going around 45 mph. Then my car stalls in the middle of the road as if I wasn't in drive. I continue to push the gas and make I was in drive and nothing happened. I tried to pull of the road but my car would not move. As I put the car in park the car continue to roll. I had to sit with my foot on the break until the tow truck came to tow my car. Had my car worked on paid $1500 dollars and I'm still having the same problem the car want go in gear or it just stalls. So far I have had my car towed 6 times since June.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #176

May 092013


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated while driving 60 mph the vehicle stalled. All of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel and there was a beeping noise that sounded throughout the vehicle. The vehicle was pushed to the side of the road. The vehicle was turned off for an hour and when it was restarted it began to function normally. The failure recurred within ten minutes. The failure occurred on a regular basis. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. There were no diagnostic test performed nor was the vehicle repaired. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- Chester, PA, USA

problem #175

Jul 262014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 67,700 miles
I bought my 2006 Dodge Charger 3.5L V6 new in May 2006. I absolutely loved this car until summer of 2009 just after my warranty expired, my gear shifter stuck in the park position and had to have it towed. I called Dodge to see if there was a recall on this problem after reading about so many other people that had same issue. Was told no, I paid to have it fixed somewhere around $450-500. On Monday I had to have my car towed because it broke down on my way home from work. It sounded like the car was going to explode like in a cartoon. It was making knocking noises and sounded like a diesel truck. Mechanic told me that my engine was shot. How could this be? my car has 67,716 miles on it!!! very low mileage for a 2006 vehicle. Called Dodge and asked if there was a recall on the engine problem. I read of many, many other people having this same issue. No recall, but if I can have it towed to an approved Dodge dealer and get a diagnosis from their mechanic, call back. I was given a claim # from Dodge hq. I have an insurance adjuster going out tomorrow morning to assess the damage and the problem. I am furious! I spent a lot of money on this car and it should last more than 67K miles! update from Aug 5, 2014 update: 8/5/14 insurance told me that it is a known common issue with the Dodge Charger and because of this, there are not many recycled engines available or if they are found, it might have same issue as mine did. Adjuster said that it was a pressure leak that only happens while driving causing the filter to expand and oil to leak. My engine is beyond repair! I called Dodge hq again and was told that there are no recalls on my vehicle after checking my VIN#. also told me they will not help me. They told me I can file a complaint with NHTSA. Meanwhile I am taking the bus. Not a happy camper!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #174

Jul 032014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I have experienced a number of incidents where the vehicle while moving at a slow speed (typically in city traffic) the vehicle will jerk forward and the engine light will ding. Sometimes the car will push through and keep moving other times it will stall completely and need to be restarted. This has been incredibly dangerous as it has happened getting on highways from on ramps. Once I restart the car all seems to be fine but its completely unpredictable and very dangerous!

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #173

Nov 212013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Engine overheated, immediately shut off and, I now need a new engine. There were recalls for some of the engine cooling fans in my car year and model (06 Dodge Charger), but I am being told that it does not apply to me.

- Cordele, GA, USA

problem #172

Jun 112014


  • 113,000 miles
I was driving out of the gas station and the car started to stall do to a problem with the gas tank. The car would shake forward and back very hard then the engine would race almost to redline then the car would stall. It did this three times but on the third time I heard what sounded like medal hitting medal. The third time I tried to start the car and heard this loud ticking sound. I cut the car off and back on and the sound was still there. I had the car towed to the dealership and they took apart my engine to find out what the issue was. I was told that I had a rod bearing issue and my engine needed to be replaced. This is going to cost me $6300. I don't believe this is fair due to the repeated engine stalling and jumping is what caused my issue in the first place. The dealership originally told me that the stalling and jumping is the cause of my issue and because there is a warranty on the gas tank they would replace any damage that it caused. After requesting the funds from Chrysler Corp. The dealership stated my issue could not be caused by the jumping and stalling. I question their honesty. I called Dodge and was told that they refuse to cover any damage to my vehicle due to the mileage and it cannot be proven what caused my issue even though they told me that the repeated jumping and stalling could cause this to happen.

- Prince George , VA, USA

problem #171

Jul 022014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
In May 2014 I recieved a letter from Chrysler in regards to the faulty fuel tank in my 2006 Dodge Charger rt. They wrote to let me know that they are aware of a faulty fuel shut-off float in my gas tank that will cause the vehicle to stall. I called to schedule the repair and was told that Chrysler is only sending out one fuel tank per dealership per week and that I was 7th in line to have my work performed. So that meant that I would have to drive a vehicle that was continually cutting off for 2 months even before they would fix it. I called Chrysler to inquire why it would take so long to fix a problem that they know is causing numerous vehicles to cut off and they said that the parts are on backorder. I indicated to them that I had come close to having numerous accidents because my vehicle was stalling in traffic and yet they didnt seem to care one iota. After waiting 2 months for my time in line to come around I called the dealership to see when the work would be able to be done and was told that I was next in line but the part was still on backorder and could not have my vehicle fixed yet. They could not give me an estimate as to when they would be able to get the parts in. I find it very hard to fathom that a major automaker such as Chrysler/Dodge, knowing about a problem with their vehicles that are causing them to shut off in traffic and are not expediting the process of having those vehicles fixed. I have been very lucky thus far by not having a very serious accident due to my car stalling but I fear that someone else may not be so lucky and that someone is going to be seriously hurt. There are numerous vehicles like mine on the road with the same problem and its a shame that someone has to risk serious injury due to Chrysler's inability to do whats right.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #170

Jun 132014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 63,653 miles
We purchased a 2006 Dodge Charger 3.5L from a local dealership with around 63,000 miles. They filled the tank up before we left. Other than the customary lap around town with the "new" car, I didn't drive it for two days. I drove the car 70 miles to another town for an appointment with no issues. When I went to leave my appointment, I started the car and attempted to back out of my parking spot. The car died as soon as I placed it in reverse. I put the car back in park, restarted and tried to shift to reverse again. The car died again and the check engine light was on. I attempted the same process again and it died yet again. I thought of revving the engine while reversing to get the car to move, but I didn't do it because of safety issues. I was blindly backing into a street and didn't want to get involved in an accident. My brother happens to work in the same town I was in. He came to help. I stood in the street to block traffic. He revved up the engine (two footed the brake and gas) and managed to back it into the street. The check engine light was still on. I two footed the car the 70 miles back to the dealership I had purchased it from. The dealership I purchased the car from sent it to a Dodge dealership. The dealership says that there is nothing wrong with my car and that they couldn't replicate the engine dying. They stated that I was driving with the parking/emergency brake on. I never use my parking brake (all my cars have been automatics). My parking brake was not on at any time. My brother stated the parking brake was not on. This is a major safety issue and I am not satisfied with how the dealership handled it. I could not drive my car out of a parking space. What if it had died in the road when I had to stop at lights or for other vehicles turning in front of me? I found similar complaints from other Dodge owners online. See investigation PE 13-016.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #169

May 262014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
After filling up my gas tank, I drove down the road for approximately 3 miles. When I stopped at a light, the car began running very sluggish and then stalled. Check engine and oil light popped on. I immediately turned the key to off and sat at the red light for a minute. I turned the key on and the engine started back up and I was able to put into drive and proceed to my destination. It has not happened again since however I realize this is a growing and common problem with other 2006 Dodge Chargers.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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