Notes: This is a classic example of why you should avoid the first model year of a new car. Sure, it's new and shiny but there's going to be some growing pains.

The 2005 Magnum has problems with the gear shifter getting stuck, a shaky and sometimes stalled engine and transmission failure at 75,000 miles.

Let someone else deal with those headaches.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,808 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 262009

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,125 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While the contact was checking the fluid levels underneath the hood of his vehicle, the hood spontaneously collapsed. He could have been severely injured. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 50,125. Updated 03/17/09. Updated 03/17/09.

- Little River, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 022006

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,491 miles
I was driving along kings highway at about 35 mph and the hood suddenly flew up. The hood slammed back down as I came to a stop thus trapping the hood struts outside the hood on either side damaging the hood and both fenders. July 3 I called the local Dodge dealer landers Dodge and reported the problem to them. I also inquired about towing and they said they use smiths towing. I called smiths towing and they told me that the hood was going to fly up no matter if it was on a rollback or not and suggested that I save the wrecker fee and drive it. I drove the car from my home to fern ave which is about 3 miles upon driving on fern ave the hood flew up again causing even more damage. I again secured the hood and drove to the dealership at 10 mph with my emergency flashers on. I left the vehicle at the dealership for their inspection as their Chrysler rep would not be there until Wednesday. On Wednesday the dealership called me and said it is not a covered defect and that I would have to file with my insurance company. There is a tsb on this issue number 2302004 but yet they say they are not responsible. I need some sort of effective recourse on this as at this point I have none.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

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