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 3 of 4)

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problem #27

Apr 272014


  • 83,000 miles


Driving a car that stops running with no warning is very dangerous. I can not believe there is not a recall for this problem.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

problem #26

May 122011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Every time you fill car with gas it stalls you have to burn off gas before you can drive.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

problem #25

Jul 012013

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Magnum (45000) actual miles with the 3.5 high output engine. When the care is started it makes a high end valve cover rocker are noise. I took it to Dodge to have them look at it, their response was yep typical 3.5 L motor. They said that is I purchase the parts they will install at discounted rate. The parts are $345 per side. So nearly $1500 to get this fixed that should be fixed under a recall status. Doing internet research, talking to other owners about the same issue we are all in agreement. The consumer is getting the shaft on this one. What is happening is the bracket that mounts to the cylinder and is lined up into place via a steel dowel pin, the pin is shearing off forcing the rocker arm shaft to rotate. When this happens the oil galleys that are suppose to lubricate the top end of the engine is not getting the correct amount of oil. This causes the rockers to get out of alignment, causes excessive wear on the shaft holding the arms, and then just wipes out the top end. Please help those of us that cannot seem to catch a break on this problem. Imagine driving on the freeway at 75 mph and the engine lets go. It will cause problems for many that should not have been involved. Dodge customer service is no help, they simply do not reply to emails.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #24

Nov 112011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 59,787 miles


After filling up the tank with regular 87 octane and traveling less than a mile the vehicle stalled. I would restart the vehicle and it would stall again several times until about 10-15 miles it would subside. I realized after several fill ups there must be a correlation so I took my 2005 V8 Magnum into the dealership. The dealership stated that it would cost between 1,500 to 2 grand to evaluate and fix the problem which they thought had to do with the fuel tank. Since I could not afford the repair cost the only remedy was to stop short of filling up the tank. No stalls occurred if I would fill up the tank 3/4. this went on for several years until one day I was distracted and filled the tank up 100%. it did not stall at low speeds but when I got on the highway stalled at 55 leaving me in an unsafe situation (not having control of the steering wheel). Fortunately I was strong enough to manipulate the steering wheel to the side of the highway. I was fearful to begin again at high speeds so I placed my flashers on and traveled several miles at 35 mph with several stalls to follow. Now it is may of 2014 and the dealership has no warranty or recall noticed on this vehicle.

- Manchester, MI, USA

problem #23

Mar 232014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 91,540 miles
Drove vehicle for about 30 minutes at 70F ambient. Turned off vehicle and was away from it for about 10 minutes. Restarted engine and it had little if any compression and made a bad metal banging sound when started. Engine destroyed. Dealership analysis revealed #3 intake valve seat fell out of head and destroyed #3 piston and cylinder requiring a new engine. Vehicle has 91,000 miles.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #22

Feb 102011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My Dodge Magnum R/T, 2005, periodically stalls for the first several miles after a fill-up. This was sporatic at first, but now happens with nearly every fill-up. Normally it will be a momentary event while under power, but if I am stopped and idling the engine will die. It will typically restart right away.

- Huntertown, IN, USA

problem #21

Nov 202013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Car stalls multiple times after refueling, including in traffic situations.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 142011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
If I fill my tank and I drive it away from the pump, it will stutter, hesitate, jerk, then die. I lose all power steering, brakes, engine. Afterwards, it won't immediately restart. It will start again after a few minutes. It won't start driving good again until I run the gas level down a little. After I fill, it will run ok until I make a turn or come to a stop, something that will slosh the fuel in the tank again then it will act like it is starved for fuel. This happens everytime I fill my tank. If I don't fill it completely then it will do it. It never did this when I first bought my car. One time after I this happened, I opened the gas cap and it was hissing and spitting gas just sitting there. This is a very dangerous situation as if this happened on the highway I could become involved in a collision. It has happened at least a half dozen time and have since not filled my tank up until today and it happened again.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 312013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 73,600 miles
After filling my gas tank without topping off, my car stalls within the first 300 feet of the gas station and is then hard to start. Once it's restarted, for the next 40-60 miles of driving, my car hesitates and will often stall at any low speeds or stops unless I drop it into neutral and rev it up. 60-100 miles after a full tank, the car will buck when coming out of a turn and then stall if I let off the gas.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #18

Jan 152014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 120,015 miles
Running low on gas on January 15th I stopped at a gas station to refuel. I purchased 91 octane, placed the nozzle in the gas tank tube and began to refuel. Once the pump clicked I replaced the gas nozzle, tightened the gas cap, started the car and drove off. Less than two minutes later as I was approaching a stop light the engine shuts off and the oil light comes on. I quickly placed the gear in park, and attempted to restart the engine. After trying three times it finally turns over and I am able to drive off. One minute later it shuts off again as I am beginning to make a right turn into a driveway. Same scenario as before. Now every time I fill the tank to the point where the gas nozzle clicks the engine will shut off multiple times within the first 10 miles of driving.

- Havelock, NC, USA

problem #17

Feb 122014


  • 113,252 miles


Filled tank and car stall while in the street!

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #16

Dec 012013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 82,800 miles
Car stalls shortly after filling up.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #15

Oct 172013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Just bought the car, filled up the fuel tank at gas station and went for a drive. At the first stop light I came to the car stalled while slowing down to stop coasted to a stop and restarted the engine after a few attempts, resumed driving and it was driving ok got onto the on-ramp to drive on the highway and it stalled again while merging into traffic same problem occurred several times until the fuel level went down after driving.

- Junction City, KS, USA

problem #14

Mar 042011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Bought a used 2005 Dodge Magnum 5.7L rt in 2011. I've had multiple stalling issues with the vehicle. Likes to stall right after filling up the gas tank. Also stalls with gas tank at nearly empty. Can sometimes stall when making right/left turns or U-turns at intersections. I've learned to only fill up to half a tank, but issues still occur. The vehicle always stalls when going up a ramp in a multiple story parking garage. When going up the ramp, just as the car begins to get level with the floor at the top of the ramp, the vehicle stalls just about every time. Seems like a gas tank fuel problem. I understand that a safety feature built into the vehicle turns the engine off in the event of fuel detection in an area of the gas tank where no gas should be. Most likely in case of an accident leading to roll over of the vehicle. This appears to be malfunctioning. Possible flaw in the design. Chrysler/Dodge needs to address this immediately before someone gets killed because their vehicle stalled while making a simple U-turn or while driving high speeds on a highway. Public safety should supersede any cost concerns the company may have to pay to fix this problem.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 072013

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The engine on the 2005 Dodge Magnum 3.5L has a problem that could result in a serious injury or worse. In this case and citing a tsb from Dodge that there is an issue with the rocker arms, valves, and egr valve that allows this engine to make a lot of noise. I contacted Dodge directly and they are unwilling to help out. I think someone from your dept should look into this problem it does not only affect the Magnum but any Dodge vehicle with this motor.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #12

Nov 072013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 95,001 miles
Went out to start the car on 11/7/13 and could not get the shift out of park. Called the Dodge dealer and he knew exactly what was wrong. Called a tow truck and the owner said that he also knew what was wrong and that his small towing service had towed hundreds of Chrysler / Dodge cars with the same exact problem. I checked on the internet and found hundreds of complaints similar to my problem - cannot get out of park. I also called Chrysler customer service and was told that they knew of the problem, but that my particular vehicle was not covered - only certain VIN's are covered. If there are 100's of cars just in my small location, there must be 1000's, if not tens of thousands affected vehicles nation wide. I will also mention that the manual override for the shifter did not work, so my car had to be dragged onto the tow truck. I feel that this is not only a costly problem for car owners, but a safety issue as well. What if you put the car in park while you were in the middle of traffic and then could not move? I could list other situations as well - all safety issues. I would ask that a total recall of all vehicles effected be issued. Thanks.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 132013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
After filling up at a gas station, I drove the car approximately 1/2 mile and the car stopped at a traffic light. This has happened to me probably a dozen times since March of this year. It does not happen after every fill up, probably every 4 times it happens.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #10

Jun 032013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Without warning, the car shuts down. This first occurred at a red light. The car just shut off unexpectedly and I was able to turn the key and restart it without problems. The engine shuts off while at a stop, while driving at lower speeds, while driving at high speeds, in town driving, highway driving, when it's hot outside, when it's cool outside, when idling. There are no dashboard lights (engine, oil, etc). There are no sounds, no shuddering, no kicking. My only indication that the car has suddenly turned off is that the tach needle goes immediately to zero. I have been able to use the momentum of the vehicle to pull off the road at which time I turn the key to off, wait a moment, and turn it back on. It restarts without problems. If I try to restart too quickly, there seems to be a hesitation in starting. We have attempted to repair many parts on the vehicle but it has not cured the problem.

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 092011

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Engine failure due to design flaw allowing oil and coolant to leak into cylinder, blowing the engine. Had a total engine rebuild, costing $4000. Happened 5 months later, needed valve springs and head done again, another $1000. Engine light never goes out, no inspection sticker, number 1 cylinder has eaten 2 catalytic converters, and always putting oil in. No long distances, just local driving.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #8

Feb 072013


  • 150,000 miles
Moving at very slow speed, engine stalls. Come to stop - put in park and then restart. Restarts on first try, however, there is a notable 'sound' upon ignition - almost sounds like a 'pop' or 'release'. this has occurred approx ten times over the past few months. Nothing is so consistent with each situation that can conclusively say what/if the cause is. Luckily has not occurred yet on highway, etc.

- Ajax, AL, USA

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