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:
30,570 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.

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 032014

Magnum 6-cyl

  • miles


The rear hatch does not stay up when lifted. At times the hatch falls without warning and has hit me in the head several times. This is an injury waiting to happen and should be fixed by the manufacturer.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 072012

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
I took my Dodge Magnum into the larry miller Dodge dealership (avondale Dodge was brought out by larry miller Dodge who did not keep records from the previous owners). To have some worked done on the coil. When I got my car back the dashboard was cracked. They stated it was sun damage that occurres most Dodge Magnums and refused to fix it. I called Dodge who stood behind the dealership and refused to pay to have it fixed because the vehicle is 2005 Dodge Magnum and stated it was common in 2005 Dodge Magnums. They also suggested that I should buy a dash cover to cover the dashboard.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jul 252012

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
I have had at least 3 of the issues of the complaints I am seeing here and wondering why there has been no recalls issued: 1) car would not accelerate or it would die after filling up the gas tank. Went on line and found others having similar problem. Fix: Do not fill your gas tank up all the way and also do not let it get too close to empty. 2) neither the back hatch or the hood will stay up on their own. Have been hit in the head with the back hatch numerous times - sometimes it works. 3) could not get car out of park. Again went on line and even found a youtube video explaning how to remove the pink thingy from the gear counsel and all will be ok. Saved hundreds of dollars but now no safety due to the fact that car can be turned off in all gears.

- Orland Hills, IL, USA

problem #5

May 242012

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 87,546 miles


I have not had a complete failure. Waiting on that to happen. I purchased a brand new 2005 Dodge Magnum SXT with V6, automatic transmission in 2005 from a dealership. It had approximately 36 miles on it. I have not had the pulling to the right everyone else had, but it does make a funny scrubbing sound while driving as if the tire was rubbing against the car on the right rear passenger side and several other problems that are common. I have depressed the brake and felt vibrations from pedal on several occasions. The car doesn't seem to be able to stop completely. I even got out to look, thinking I hit something. A few months ago, the power outlet located inside the astray stopped working. It blew a fuse, I replaced it. Then, two weeks ago, the power outlet in the console stopped working. Just two days ago, the battery went dead for the second time in three months. I replaced the battery again. Now all the sudden the ac/heater stopped working. You can hear it trying to come on, but the fan motor doesn't seem to be coming on. We've noticed that the headlights seem to surge at night. I will be taking our car in to the dealership, along with copies of complaints from other consumers.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 102009


  • miles
Four year old 55,000 mile car. Hood will not stay open.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my 2005 Dodge Magnum new in October of 2004. The vehicle has had a right pull/drift since it was new. Conventional alignments have not corrected problem. The dealer now informs me they need to realign the sub frame and then realign the vehicle. This is a $300 or more repair and is not covered under warranty. I have complained to Chrysler and they will not cover repair under warranty. The tires have premature wear also. With less than 25,000 miles I need new tires now.

- Celebration, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge Magnum make S a buzzing noise from the trunk and windshield wipers do not work properly. ***** the consumer noticed the inner paneling around the hatch door was not cut properly. One side was flush, inside the groove and the other side was slightly separated, which caused the vibration. The consumer placed small pieces of cushion inside the open areas to hold the panel steady. The fabric molding around the window was sagging. The window controls on the rear left side sunk into the door and the window locked on its own. The consumer took the vehicle in to have a recall repair performed regarding the transmission and the dealer had the consumers vehicle all day and failed to inform them that they would not be able to get to their vehicle.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 062005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
Owner feels that it is a safety defect that there is a blind spot because when you look out to the driver's side window, the view is blocked by the position of the rearview mirror. This problem was noticed when the owner was driving on a main road. The owner has reported to dealer who states there is a design of low bucket seats and that the vehicle fits with all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The manufacture was contacted and reported the same as dealer. Owner is also pursuing the lemon law about this car. 2005 Magnum had to be chosen even though it is a 2006 vehicle, daimler Chrysler had no listings in 2006.

- Aberdine, MD, USA

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