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:
27,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Dodge Magnum electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012007

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving at an unknown speed, the transmission would not change gears. The contact must constantly have her vehicle jumped in order for it to start. The dealer confirmed that the failure was similar to that in the recall for the transmission and battery for her year, make, and model; however, her VIN was not included. She stated that her vehicle has been at the dealer for three weeks as of December 4, 2007. No remedy has yet been found for her vehicle. The manufacturer would not assist because her VIN was excluded from the recall. They also informed her that she must submit a payment of $150 to charge the battery and determine what is causing the transmission failure. The VIN, engine size, and recall number were unknown. The failure mileage was 54,000 and current mileage was 56,000. Updated 01-11-08. The consumer stated the vehicle would buck and jerk upon acceleration. Updated 12/31/07.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon driving the vehicle horn and the air conditioning became inoperable. Took the vehicle to the dealer, and they replaced the fuse. Then, horn and air conditioning failed again. Consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer. They could not find the problem. They put a higher voltage fuse in the vehicle, which made the cd player and the battery become inoperable. Consumer has to jump the vehicle to get it started.

- Forsyth, GA, USA

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