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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,363 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 032014


  • 170,000 miles


About 2 months after the purchase of the 2005 Dodge Magnum, the seatbelt light came on. We took the vehicle to the Jeep/Dodge/Chrysler dealership in carthage, ms where the clock spring was replaced. About 10 miles traveling after leaving the dealership, the seatbelt light came back on and the incessant dinging finally quit. We had the clock spring replace again after about two weeks as we were traveling. We took our vehicle in for the airbag recall and have had the airbags replaced under recall and now have another recall on the airbags. The seatbelt light has been brought to our attention, but we cannot afford to have this replaced at our expense again. We have had it corrected one time at our expense, but cannot do this again. I feel it is incumbent upon dailmer Chrysler to recall these vehicles and have this problem repaired at their expense as the everyday customer cannot continue to afford to pay for a problem that should have had a recall issued years ago. The same problem continues to this day with newer vehicles than ours. I was involved in a rear-end collision about three years ago at which time our body shop replaced the clock spring again and it has come on again. I had my brakes to the floor, the airbags did not inflate, and I rear-ended at about 25 miles per hour. This is a serious problem and NHTSA should recall these vehicles immediately.

- West, MS, USA

problem #3

May 102016


  • miles
Takata recall check engine light is on running hot acts like its going to stall

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #2

May 012013


  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle Dodge Magnum R/T 5.7L 2005 engine stalls unexpectedly when moving slow speed/low RPM, loses power steering and brakes. Does happen occasionally may go months without an incident. Vehicle start normally right after. Extremely dangerous especially when making left turn over oncoming traffic lanes and crossing lanes. Had two incidents yesterday as described. This issue need to be investigated and recalled for complete repair. Called Chrysler customer service who were unwilling to assist with an issue but admit warranty extension to the fuel tank's multifunction control valve fuel shutoff float in the 19-gallon tanks. I found NHTSA comment in its summary of the closed investigation. "the condition represents a low risk to motor vehicle safety and is adequately addressed by Chrysler's extended warranty." I disagree with NHTSA comments whether this is "low risk to motor vehicle safety". try to be stalled on the lane when 20 ton dump truck is approaching 50-60 miles per hour.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 052014

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 119,453 miles
Just after filling up at the gas station I started the vehicle put it in drive and started to proceed making it about 10 feet when the car stalled causing me to loose my power brakes and steering. I put the vehicle in park and restarted the vehicle. Again I put the car in drive and started to proceed onto the road when my vehicle stalled again causing me to lose my power steering and cross over the yellow line into oncoming traffic...., luckily the car approaching me swerved to miss my vehicle which would have hit him head on. I then proceeded to the expressway thinking that maybe my injectors or something got clogged during the fill up so I thought that maybe if I were to get the vehicle going faster making more fuel go thru the fuel system and injectors that maybe whatever it was would unclog it., this was definitely a bad idea now even though the vehicle did accelerate up to 65 mpg it then decided to stall again causing me to loose my power brakes and power steering at a high rate of speed. I was able to get the vehicle to the side berm and restart it luckily not causing any accidents and nursed the vehicle home having it stall 6 more times. I got home and googled my problem to find that similar Dodge and Chrysler vehicles with the same years and motors and fuel system were having the same problems. These cars were the 2006 chargers and also the Chrysler 300. It seems that there already seems to be an open case (# PE13-016) for this same problem. I called the Dodge customer service and they said there is nothing they can do for my vehicle. I don't understand..., this is the same engine and fuel system as the other cars that were mentioned in the other case and I'm experiencing the same life threatening problems as those other vehicles in question. Dodge knows there's a problem with the Magnum R/T but is doing nothing to fix it. It's a shame.

- Akron , OH, USA

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