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:
57,250 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 #4

Nov 112010


  • 53,000 miles


Both rear hatch support rods and hood support rods intermittently give out, causing the hood/ rear latch to fall onto people.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 272009


  • 80,000 miles
The back hatch closes suddenly in cold weather. It hit me in the head and caused a contusion and a great deal of pain.

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 122010


  • 40,000 miles
With my full attention on the cargo being removed from vehicle, the rear liftgate struts failed suddenly and without warning, causing liftgate to fall on my head and neck. The liftgate is approximately 125 pounds and leveraged to accelerate during closing. The liftgate struts are insufficiently sized for the application and no fail safe exists to prevent free fall. The latch mechanism struck me directly on the spine at the base of the skull causing temporary unconsciousness. This could easily be a fatal impact, especially for young children, infants or the elderly. Replacement struts are expensive and will simply fail again. The manufacturer should be responsible to repair these defects regardless of warranty or mileage.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 162010


  • 56,000 miles
Rear liftgate struts failed suddenly, causing gate to fall on my neck.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

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