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 engine problems

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #7

Oct 062005


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the engine stalled with the illumination of the light bulb warning icon. The failure recurred forty times over several years. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who reprogrammed the computer system however, the failure recurred and would mostly recur after the contact refueled the vehicle. The vehicle was not further repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Silverado, CA, USA

problem #6

May 222013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
After fueling up the vehicle to a full tank the car seems to want to stall when coming to a stop. This happened on three separate occasions within a span of 3 stop lights and when you go to restart the car it doesn't want to start right away leaving you vulnerable at a stop light just sitting there.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #5

May 032010

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Car stalled (loss of power) after having refueled (to full). Occurred multiple times until we determined that fueling to 3/4 full resulted in no stalling. Stalling occurred within 1/4 mile of driving away from fueling location - often in traffic!

- Trophy Club, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 202011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 180,500 miles


After filling up with gas the vehicle sputters and/or stalls. This can happen multiple times after one fillup. The vehicle is disabled in traffic and can be difficult to restart. This has happened at least a dozen times now and I am afraid someone could be injured of killed. I rufuse to let my wife drive the vehicle with my kids in the car.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 092013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 117,152 miles
I own a 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T with the 5.7L hemi. I was driving from Utah to Missouri for work. Once I got to Lincoln, Nebraska it was raining and out of no where my check engine light started to flash and my engine started to make a very bad knocking noise. I ended up having to get my car towed to a local mechanic where he found that a valve seal dropped in cylinder 6. there was absolutely no warning for this to happen. No small ticking noise from the valve hitting the seal, no water in the oil, no oil in the water, no metal flakes in the oil. From the knowledge of myself, my dad (12 year diesel mechanic), the mechanic that I had my car towed to who (has an a+ BBB rating and has been in business for over 14 years), and from the research I have done online a valve seat doesn't just drop out of no where without warning. From what I have seen online a lot of people have had major engine failure like this with the 2004-05 Dodge durango with the 5.7L hemi as well. I am not 100% sure my issue is related, but what I do know is that this engine is now on back order through Chrysler and the dealer told me they couldn't order the engine from Chrysler and would have to order a new engine through a 3rd party company. I am the 2nd owner of my car and the previous owner and my self have both kept up on regular maintenance very well (oil changed every 3,000 miles). This engine needs to be investigated and recalled if this has happened to enough people for the engine to be on back order!

- Kaysville, UT, USA

problem #2

Feb 092013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
The car started normally after sitting in a parking lot for 30 minutes. When the car was placed in reverse, the car lurched backwards and began accelerating on it's own. I quickly applied the brakes and stopped the car and put it in neutral but the engine continued to race from idle to 3000rpm. I repeatedly tried to restart the car and the same issue arose. Finally the car settled down and I was able to get it home. I took it to the dealer and was told the throttle body was bad and I replaced it. Same issue reappeared and I was then told it needed to be initialized to the new throttle body. The day after having the work done at the dealer the car began to accelerate on it's own in traffic. I contacted the dealer and was told there was a common problem with the PCM's in this particular car. I cannot believe that Chrysler has a car on the road that when the PCM fails, the car will accelerate on it's own. Chrysler says there is nothing they can do as it is out of warranty.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that while driving approximately 3 mph, the engine stalled and restarted. The failure occurred numerous times. Also, the similar failure occurred when approaching a complete stop and driving at various speeds. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and informed there was not a recall related to the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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