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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,003 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Dodge Magnum body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 082010

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The rear hatch fell and hit the contact on the back while she was taking things out the rear of the vehicle. The rear hatch would not stay in the upright locked position. The manufacturer was not contacted. One week later, the contact opened the hood and it would not stay up. A local dealer repaired the hood and replaced the shocks. The hatch has not been repaired. The contact was unhappy because she had to pay for the repair. The current mileage was 32000. The failure mileage was 30000. Updated 06/16/10

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #2

Dec 272009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While the vehicle was parked, the rear liftgate opened and remained in a stationary position. Unexpectedly, there was an abrupt closure of the liftgate. The contact sustained a minor injury to the neck and shoulder area as a result of the unexpected closure of the liftgate. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were unavailable.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 072004

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 10 miles
While looking at the vehicle at a dealer, the hachback door opens too fast until slamming to the end and it bumped a little up and down when completly open, it appears the two little shock absorbers or whatever they are called do not help the door to open slow. I noticed the body of the car on the sides (betwen the windows and the roof at the level where the hinges are) there was a little line and it was bent to the outside a little and it was about two inches long on each side. I told the sales people in case they sale the car without fixing it.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

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