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:
89,366 miles

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #47

Nov 062015


  • 92,000 miles


My 2005 Dodge Magnum rt 5.7hemi has stalling car stalls from time to time when I come to a complete stop, at a lite or stop sign. I put the car back in park and it starts back up like nothing was wrong. Their is no code. The dealer can, T find a problem. I have spent a lot of money trouble shooting the problem. This has been going on for several months.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #46

Aug 282015


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that an unknown part needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #45

Jul 082015


  • 128,876 miles
While driving down the highway or sitting in park, the bas light on the dash will come on, when it does this the engine goes to 800 RPM idle and the transmission goes into neutral, rendering of the vehicle in capable of driving until the vehicle comes to a complete stop, is placed in park, ignition shut off and restarted. Then you can operate the vehicle again until the next time it does this, which may be one minute or a week. This is extremely dangerous as it is happening to me going down the highway a couple of times, at which time I have to pull over to the shoulder shut the vehicle off restart the vehicle and then try to pull away. Twice I've almost been hit by semi tractor-trailers as the vehicle is coasting with no power. Please help me, I am in fear for my life if I drive this vehicle.

- Wichia, KS, USA

problem #44

Jul 102015


  • 75,961 miles


I was stopped at light. The light turned green. I pressed the accelerator pedal. Something exited the passenger side of engine block causing a large hole. Catastrophic engine failure ensued. I turned the ignition to the off position. I turned the hazard lights on. I coasted to the nearest side road where I stopped the vehicle. I finished my morning coffee waiting for a tow truck there were no accidents, crashes, fires or injuries other than that done to my hemi pride.

- Winona Lake, IN, USA

problem #43

Apr 152013


  • 51,250 miles
Has cutoff at 10 - 25 - 40 -65 mph. Does it while slowing. Stopping or accelerating. Past made no diff if after fill up or 1/4 tank. No 'skips' couple miles after fill up. Dealership cannot find problem. 2005 Magnum R/T now 53,000 miles bought new garage kept. Seen many similar complaints- is there no assistance for a loyal Dodge customer"????????????"

- Rock Spring, GA, USA

problem #42

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 #41

Apr 302014


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving at various speeds, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #40

Jan 192015


  • 97,500 miles
2005 Dodge rt Magnum: Right after full-up the car start jerking like if it was trying to cut off, but then smoothed back to normal operation and then started again jerking like if the car was trying to cut off and trying to stay started. After about 10 miles the car running without a problem again.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #39

Jan 122015

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Just filled up vehicle, was leaving parking lot, and the car stalled. I lost all power steering and brakes, it was very scary. Hard to restart, was afraid to drive it after that. Stalled a couple times subsequently.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #38

Dec 132014


  • 66,789 miles
After filling up with fuel the car has a tendency to stall at intersections or stop and turns. Also will surge or loose power at highway speeds. Usually only last for 0-15 miles or so and then goes away until next fill up. I believe this fault is due to a fuel tank issue, that when filled causes fuel to be shut off to engine. Possibility for being rear ended are very great with this kind of problem. Especially in high traffic areas.

- Boyd, TX, USA

problem #37

Dec 192014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


This has happened twice in row while filling up the vehicle with gasoline. Once the fill up is complete and the car is driven away, without warning, the car will stall and upon restarting will stall again unexpectedly and without warning. This is a serious safety concern which could lead to injury or death with a vehicle that will stall without notice and in traffic.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #36

Oct 082008


  • 60,000 miles
We have had this stalling issue for years. We are the only owner of our 2005 Dodge Magnum with a hemi. We know this car. I filled up at gas station a couple months ago & right after fill up pulled into the freeway and the car died..took a few tries to restart then restarted, and this occurs every time you fill the gas tank. I have reported this before and talked with Dodge but our VIN number is not covered. Why is Dodge not making good on the investigation done by the NHTSA. We have the same exact problem and require the same exact fix and they still refuse to cover the faulty tank design. It will cost over 2K to get this fixed. Why are some cars covered and other cars are not covered" why do we have to wait years for this to get resolved"

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #35

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

problem #34

Nov 152014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Purchased a used 2005 Dodge Magnum rt 5.7 (as is no warranty )on 11/15/14. On the drive home from the dealer, filled the car with fuel and the engine was hard to start and after it started ran for a short time and stalled. After several start stall cycles near the gas station got the car on the interstate and it lost power at speed and ran rough for short periods but did not stall. After aprox. 10 minutes of highway speed the car ran fine. Two weeks later after fill up had the same stalling issues. Having read these cars have history of these issues, I attempted to lower the fuel level by driving the car. The car started and about a 1/2 mile from the house stalled in a busy intersection. Unable to restart the car, had to get towed home. The car started right up when it came off the tow truck. Siphoned 5 gal from fuel tank & can't duplicate failure. No error indications during failures.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #33

Oct 262014


  • miles
We have a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The car would stall and shut off. We had the fuel pump replaced, instead of a recall, they changed it out with a lifetime warranty on the fuel pump. The problem is, the fuel pump hasn't worked, it's made my car worse. After waiting 5 months for a replacement, my car still doesn't work. I cannot drive the car, it's way too dangerous. I cannot believe that there wasn't a recall. I have read plenty of blogs online and there are others out there that this hasn't worked for either. Re open the [xxx] case and get our cars fixed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #32

Apr 052013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Fatal engine failure. Exhaust valve dropped without any previous noise. Ruined entire engine.

- Kaysville, UT, USA

problem #31

Apr 092014


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. When the contact depressed the accelerator pedal, the vehicle stalled without warning. The eps and check engine warning indicators illuminated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #30

Apr 052010

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The engine stalls after filling up the fuel tank. This has been going on for many years. It will stall 2 or 3 times even at highway speed. Most of the time it will do it in traffic just after getting fuel. This took us a while to figure out. We used to fill up all the way and now we try to stop filling before it is full to just avoid the problem.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #29

Jun 172014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 63,500 miles
Our 2005 Dodge Magnum rt hemi. The top radiator hose came completely off. Dumping all the coolant. No smell of coolant, no warning on the dash. No codes in the system. We purchased the car new from the dealer.we have done all the scheduled maintenance. With only 63,000 miles. A very big disappointment. Now the engine is seized. What is the caused the radiator hose to come off" a cooling tsb that we haven't notified about from the manufacture" we have never received a tsb from the manufacture or the local dealer where the purchased the vehicle.

- Heaperia, CA, USA

problem #28

May 092014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 148,788 miles
The car will stall every time after I fill up the gas. It 's very scary because I don't know when the car will die on me when I'm on the road and cars are behind me and just very afraid of someone is going to hit me from behind when my car dies on me suddenly. Yesterday I went to fill up the tank ( not all the way full ), after I drove about 1 block, the car stalled. I was unable to turn the steering wheel and the brakes lost power, I ran off the road and down an embankment to a parking lot right front tire blew out as I hit the curb. Some minor body damage.

- Maryville , TN, USA

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