really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,017 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

Jan 022017


  • miles


2006 Dodge Charger. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle frequent stalling issues. The consumer stated the dealer was never able to fix the issue.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #46

Jan 172015

Charger 8-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
I was stopped at a red light and my light turned green but I was yielding to turn left when I stepped on the gas and my car stalled in the center of the intersection. I quickly turned off the car and re started it and it turned back on. I was able to get out of the intersection before I was hit. I was extremely scared. And since then it seems to stall a lot when L am idling at a light or at a drive through window. This is extremely annoying and dangerous. Please help me.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #45

Sep 102014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Car shuts off while driving at any speed.

- Pineville, LA, USA

problem #44

Jul 282014


  • 140,259 miles


My car was using way too much gas compared to what it used to and was running poorly so I took it in for a tune up. The filters, plugs, fluids, etc. Were done. About two weeks after the tune up I began to have trouble. At first I thought it was the shop that had done the tune up but after reading hundreds of letters from other people, I know now that it is the car. This is what happens: When I began to accelerate after stopping at stop sign, my car lost all power and died within two blocks of the stop sign. The car started up and seemed fine. Approximately a week and a half later, again, I was accelerating from a stop sign and the car stalled about 4 blocks from the stop sign. This continued to happen intermittently until september15, 2014, when the car died when I was approaching the stop sign and had to be towed. I have 5 grandchildren that I Transport daily and this car is just not safe to do so anymore. Thank goodness I have not gone out of town with a car load of children and have this happen.

- Tucumcari, NM, USA

problem #43

Feb 012011

Charger 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I had a 2006 Charger (recently sold) with the well documented stalling issues after filling up the fuel tank. The first time the car died I was in the middle of a very busy intersection. I managed to get the car to a nearby parking lot after 2 additional stalls. I took the car to a Dodge dealer who could not reproduce the problem & sold me a new gas cap. Gas cap did not fix the problem. For the next 18 months I could only fill the tank 3/4 full to enable me to use my car safely. I replaced the fuel tank and other components in 2012 to the tune of $1.8K. Now Chrysler/Dodge tells me that even though my Charger fits all the criteria for the lifetime warranty, my car is not eligible for the warranty. I will not be reimbursed now and possibly not ever, all because of a letter behind the 3 digit sales code. None of the documentation I received when I bought the car contains the sales code so I have to recourse to prove me right and them wrong.

- Combine, TX, USA

problem #42

Jul 012014

Charger 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Dodge Charger. Consumer writes in regards to faulty ignition switch. The consumer stated the vehicle had a transmission leak, and it shuddered, the sun roof rattled and the side trim fell off. A former transmission specialist, informed the consumer, the condensation drain for the air condition dripped onto the transmission and pooled around the transmission filler tube. When the vehicle reached a 140,000 miles, it began emitting white smoke, to the point where the consumer was unable to see out of his rear view mirror. An inspection revealed the valve seat of the #3 cylinder had dropped out, smashing two large holes one on each side of the piston, the size of a quarter. There was also a hairline crack across the apex of the piston hole-to-hole, the debris had pummeled the cylinder head. Also, debris from the damage had been sucked back into the inlet manifold depositing metal chunks into the #1 and #2 cylinders damaging the pistons and heads with small chunks of metal embedded in them. Updated 08/28/14

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #41

Jan 182014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 185,000 miles


I have a 2006 Dodge daytona R/T Charger. In January of this year, with ~185K thousand miles on the car, it began stalling after fueling. The car will suddenly die and causes loss of power steering and brakes, and is often difficult to restart. This is causing extremely dangerous conditions, as it occurs when pulling out into traffic and/or moving through intersections. Because the car suddenly stalls, you are left in the middle of the street and at times, fast-moving traffic and unable to start the car to move it out of the way.

- Marengo, IL, USA

problem #40

Nov 132013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 86,423 miles
Vehicle shuts off when stopped at stopped or when slowing down. I have had PCM, ECM, coils, and spark plugs and still experiencing same shut off.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #39

Dec 182013


  • 29,000 miles
When temps. Were cold less than 25 degress the accelerator would would stick at 4,000 RPM. I could put my foot under the gas pedal and lift it up to a normal idle. The throttle is electronically controlled. Here in Michigan with more than 90" of snow this season an accident was waiting to happen, very unsafe. I told the dealer what was wrong and I expected a repair $495 parts and labor. I called Chrysler customer service 4 days of conversation got me nowhere. I paid a $99.50 for diagnoses and took it elsewhere. The gas pedal assembly was replaced. Apon a under hood inspection the connector that plugged in the front of the air itake was removed, throttle plate actuator. When I drove it in I could accelerate, my 6 mile ride home had a top speed of 20 mph and 2 dash lites were on. I went to kevin [service write up] and he just blamed it on the gas pedal assembly...wrong. The gas pedal assembly has no sign of damage, rust or anything to cause this problem.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #38

Nov 162013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
11/16/13 I had just filled up my gas tank on I95 at ladysmith, va and was coming down the ramp northbound when the engine sputtered and stalled just as I merged onto the highway. I pulled over after getting blasted by truckers horns for making them slam on brakes. After a couple attempts it restarted and I took off again, only to have it stall again. It did this three more times before it finally started and did not stall. Since it didn't happen again, I figured I just got some bad gas. Then it happened the next time I filled up. And the next. And the next. I checked on-line and found several others who had experienced this and they said it was the gas being filled to the brim that caused it. I tried filling up less than a full tank and this did seem to work. Only problem is I now want to sell or trade in the car and I don't feel right passing this problem along to someone else. I saw the article about NHTSA forcing Chrysler to extend the warranty on 2006 hemi Chargers and took it to the dealer only to be told they know nothing about this and would fix the problem for $1100. Why hasn't Chrysler set up a program for these replacements" is there a list of the vehicles that are covered by the new extended warranty? can I please see if my car is on it and if not why not"

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #37

Mar 032014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 86,845 miles


Vehicle stalls out intermittently after refueling. This happens when vehicle is stopped or slowing for a stop. Had vehicle examined and no trouble codes are in the computer.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #36

Feb 032011

Charger 8-cyl

  • 64,500 miles
After filling up the gas tank, within minutes I was turning left in an intersection when the engine stopped and the steering became very difficult and an accident was barely avoided. This was extremely dangerous because of oncoming traffic. In fact I was almost struck by two vehicles, one coming at me and the other behind me. I restarted the car, drove through the intersection for about 5-10 seconds and the car stopped again, same steering difficulties. Started the car a third time and it moved forward with no more stops. This has happened at least 20 more time in the past 3 years. Additionally, within the past 6 months, it has been very difficult to put fuel into the tank. It would take about 20 minutes because the nozzle would shut off. I could only put in very small amounts each squeeze of the handle. I find this not only annoying but also question the design of the whole fuel receiving and storage system of this vehicle. I have asked my local Dodge dealership about the problems and was advised that a new gas tank would have to be installed for approximately $1,200! a new gas tank? that would confirm in my mind that these problems are caused absolutely by a design flaw and should be recalled and repaired asap before there are fatalities linked to this flaw.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #35

Apr 282013

Charger 8-cyl

  • miles
I refueled the gas tank with high octane gas, and while driving the short distance home, the engine stalled three times. This made braking difficult and scary, as I was in traffic. Each time it started back up, but left me very afraid of wrecking from possibly not being able to stop the car.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #34

Dec 122013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 86,122 miles
Stalls and shut off after fill up.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #33

Dec 172013

Charger 8-cyl

  • miles
My car stalls after every fill up for fuel. I later discovered this was a common complaint causing random fires as well as rear end collisions from stalling onto freeways. I paid $40K for this vehicle. Manufacturer nor extended warranty covers this costly and dangerous defect. I would like for this problem to be rectified by a manufactures' recall or consumer reimbursement. Please contact me at [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Williston, FL, USA

problem #32

Nov 172013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 52,879 miles
After fill up my car stalls at stop signs and when making turns. I have to stop to get it started then it runs rough for awhile. This had happen a week before then the same thing happens.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #31

Oct 302013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
On 10/30/13 my 2006 Dodge Charger stalled on a major street without any warning. I had just filled the gas tank and was driving back to work. I had reached a speed somewhere between 40-50 when the car just stopped in the middle of the road. I was able to get it started and pull into a nearby parking lot and shut it off. I was shaken by the event, after collecting my thoughts I tried to re-start the car thinking if I let it idle for a bit it might be alright. The car ran momentarily then sort of choked and jolted then died. I tried once more but to no avail then had it towed to the dealer for service. They called the following day stating that they couldn't find anything wrong with it and we could pick it up. This same scenario happened twice before about this same time last year on two separate occasions. Stalling several times at various speeds in both incidences. Every time this happens I have just filled the tank using premium fuel. I spoke with the service manager and he didn't seem to be aware of a problem. I told him there are currently 54 claims all with the same problem and there definitely is a problem and I pray that someone finds a solution before some is seriously injured or killed. I no longer feel safe in my 2006 Dodge Charger.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #30

Sep 012008

Charger 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
I was driving along coming to a stop, when the car cut out. Just flat went dead. No power, no lights on the dash, no real ability to brake, no power steering. Nothing. Lost all power. Came to a stop in traffic. It sat there for about 5 mins then started back up. Took it to the dealer (big valley Dodge in van nuys, ca.- now out of business) but they couldn't find anything. Didn't happen again til about 5-6 weeks ago. Making a left hand turn in traffic. Just as I finished the turn, the car went dead. Basically the same symptoms as before. Started up in about 3-5 minutes. I reached my destination (working out at the track). 1.5 hours later I had someone follow me home. Within 3 blocks the car did the same thing. Called Dodge corporate. They told me to take it in. Took the car to what used to be big valley but now is the superstore and had them check it out. They found nothing. About 3 week ago, it happened again but this time on the freeway in rush hour traffic. Luckily the traffic was so slow that I wasn't traveling at a great rate of speed. Again I was able to start it up. This time I had someone in the car with me. This car is a dangerous weapon and an incredible risk for any one who drives it and anyone who drives in front or behind. Something has to be done.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #29

Apr 112009

Charger 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I was turning left into a parking lot and the vehicle suddenly stalled. This has happened probably 20 different times since I purchased the vehicle in March 2009. It has happened while driving at various speeds, while exiting the interstate, while turning at intersections and while driving on straight aways. Several times have been soon after refueling. This always happens suddenly and without warning and has nearly caused me to wreck the vehicle. The last time this happened was on 5/17/2013, I had refueled that morning. That evening it stalled twice and I had trouble restarting the vehicle. Something needs to be done before someone gets hurt or killed. I'm afraid to have my kids in the car.

- Fort Oglethorpe, GA, USA

problem #28

May 012013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 978,653 miles
Car would no start after sitting for a short period of time. This has happened multiple times cold starts and short short starts, even stalling while driving. Have taken into dealership and they can not find the problem.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

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