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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,800 miles

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2005 Dodge Magnum electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 172008

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,500 miles


Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T with hemi engine with approx. 76,000 miles (car put into service in late spring '04). I was driving on the highway and all of a sudden the car started whining -- like it was in the wrong gear. I pulled over, couldn't hear anything and got back on the road -- everything sound okay. The next morning, after driving for about 1 mile, the same thing occurred -- I was going about 55-60 miles per hour. After I put the vehicle in park and back into drive, everything seemed to be okay. The next day, the engine/transmission light came on for a few minutes and the car again sounded funny, but now if I slowed down or stopped the vehicle (like for a stop light), the car sounded as if it was still in fourth or fifth gear when I put on the gas. I took the car into the dealership immediately and was informed by the dealership that the transmission wiring harness was so burned up that technicians could not get a read out from any of the associated computers to determine what the error codes were relating to my transmission/engine. I was also informed that it could not be determined what caused the harness to melt the wiring. Chrysler refuses to explore cause or to pay for repair. I am concerned that this could have been a disaster and I just got lucky before the vehicle caught on fire.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,100 miles
I have not had a complete failure. Waiting on that to happen. My husband and I purchased a used 2005 Dodge Magnum SE with V6, automatic transmission)in late March early April of last year from a dealership. It had approximately 36000 miles on it. We have not had the pulling to the right everyone else had, but we have experienced 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. Upon take off, the transmission doesn't shift smoothly. You can feel it jerk, and slam your head back into seat. A few months ago, the power outlet located inside the astray stopped working. It blew a fuse, we 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. We 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. Sometimes the rear passenger side window will not roll down by either the driver's controls or the back controls. There was an occasion this week that the rear hatch wouldn't open. My husband had to crawl through the back to open it. My husband has also been driving the car to work in the morning and the car won't accelerate when the gas pedal is pushed. We've noticed that the headlights seem to surge at night, too. Our factory integrity tires also had the belts break. We will be taking our car in to the dealership, along with copies of complaints from other consumers. I was so excited to have a nice looking car. Apparently thats all that is nice about it.

- Hooks, TX, USA

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