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 1 of 4)

problem #67

Nov 112016


  • miles


Vavle seat recall

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #66

Nov 202015


  • 118,000 miles
At a stop light, I was exiting the freeway, I began to accelerate, and then the car just died. Hours and thousands later I was diagnosed with a dropped valve seat. Caused damage to 3 pistons/rings, both cylinder heads, intake manifold, damaged lifters, and camshaft.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #65

Feb 012016


  • 160,000 miles
Valve seats dropped in engine cylinder causing complete destruction of the engine, intake and exhaust manifolds. This was noticed on startup.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #64

Oct 012015


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While operating the vehicle, a knocking noise was present from the engine. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the engine was faulty and needed to be replaced. The contact also indicated that the transmission previously failed and was replaced. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #63

Apr 122014


  • miles
Dropped drop valve seats

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #62

Aug 232016


  • miles
When pulling into driveway. My motor which up until this point has given me no problems started to violently shake and cut off. Went to start the car and got a loud clanging in motor which has been determined to be a dropped valve seat

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #61

Aug 052016


  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While the vehicle was stationary, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #60

Mar 162016


  • 175,000 miles
Repair for this was $3700 to rebuild the clk Mercedes Benz transmission Dodge installed in the car. Light never went out...4 months in the repair iits still not drivable needs the head re-done, new plugs, ignition coils were replaced. Senors repair, in new a new engine due to engine overheating, transmission, electrical failure. I'm a single mother of 4 I can't afford to loss more money or my transportation. Thanks

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #59

Jan 272015


  • miles
Value sets

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #58

Jul 142016


  • 32,000 miles
This is my second Magnum, with only 32,000 miles. I called to have my car looked at and fixed this one has same issues, but I have to pay out of pocket for everything, hemi engines from 2005 to 2007 are dropping valve seats after 100,000 miles I want mine fixed before it happens to me again we definitely need a recall on these engines

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #57

Aug 232011


  • 137,000 miles


Car has 137,000 miles car was running good, all maintenance done, parked car, shut it off, in about 10 seconds started back up again, and it sounded like someone was banging on the inside of my hood, started back firing then it went dead would never start again, manfredi Dodge in staten island told me I dropped a valve seat, after 5 yrs I hear more and more about the same thing, and Dodge doesn't want to do anything, because the cars are out of warrantee, it usually happens after 100,000 miles, so yes car is out of warrantee, but buying the car brand new and spending almost $36,000 I should have gotten more then 137,000 miles out of that car

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #56

May 022016


  • 159,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Magnum that I take extremely good care of. My car has had all of it's regular maintenance. A month ago I stopped at the lube shop to have the fluids and air pressure checked on my car before I headed out of town. The only fluid that was topped off was my windshield wiper fluid. When I tried to start my car to leave, it would not start. I had my car towed to Dodge. Two days later I was informed by my service writer that I needed a new motor. Dodge told me that I dropped a #4 valve seat. The service manager told me that this problem was "really, really, really rare" and that only about "1 in a billion" this happens to. I am crushed. I went home and have been researching this issue in depth. This is not rare like Dodge claims. I have come across 100's of other Dodge owners with the same exact problem who are now left holding the bag. Something has to be done about this. Most of the vehicles this has happened to are already out of warranty. Dodge is aware of the faulty valve seats that are basically (for lack of a better term) glued in. There is absolutely no warning this is going to occur. My car never got hot, never smoked, never burned oil, never hesitated, never ran rough; it always happens when a car is being started and that is why it hasn't been recalled, because it is not considered a "safety" issue. Interestingly enough, the new models have the valve seats pressed and pinned in so this issue doesn't continue to occur. Recognizing that there was a flaw in the hemi motor and re-engineering it to fix the issue is admitting there was a defect. Dodge needs to recall the 2005-2007 hemi motors and address the dropping valve seats. This is not fair and Dodge knows it.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #55

Apr 052016


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted after a few attempts. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #54

May 102016


  • miles
Takata recall check engine light is on running hot acts like its going to stall

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #53

May 022016


  • 159,000 miles
On May 2, 1016 I took my car to the lube shop to have my fluids topped off and my air pressure checked before I left town. I drove my car in and had to have it towed out. After looking at my vehicle, Dodge told me I have a blown valve seat. My car purred like a kitten. It never overheated, didn't burn oil, never smoked, didn't make any knocking noises...nothing. There was no warning! the service manager looked me square in the face and lied to me saying, this problem is "really, really, really rare" but that I was basically screwed since my car is out of warranty. I have researched this issue all week and have found out that this issue is not rare and Dodge is fully aware of the defect in the valve seat. I cannot understand why there has not been a recall on this. So you buy a car and expect that since you keep it well maintained with all maintenance routinely done and it doesn't the blink of an eye...catastrophic failure. Are you kidding me? when Dodge told me this was "really, really, really rare" they admitted to being aware of the issue and should be held responsible for the design flaw in the hemi with the valve seats dropping. I plan on starting a petition that would cause Dodge to have to initiate a recall on this defective motor. This is not fair. I had my car at Dodge less than 6 months ago for a hemi tune-up and when I asked the mechanic if he saw any forewarning of this he said absolutely not. This car was so perfectly maintained that after I had it there for service, the sales department called me two different times asking if I wanted to sell my car to them. I am going to get satisfaction for this failure one way or another.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #52

Mar 122016


  • 58,000 miles
I have had an ongoing problem with my 2005 Dodge Magnum rt 5.7L 58,000 mi on it. After filling up the gas tank, the vehicle will shut down during driving many times before finally going again. All power including the power steering goes. I didn't relate the problem at first with fueling, this has been happening for a few years. I took it to the Dodge dealer a few years ago, and had the PCM, and other parts replaced, stalled on the way home. Nothing has worked so far. This seems to be an ongoing problem with these vehicles. I don't even trust it to drive on the highway, and I don't like even putting my grandchildren in the car, because you never know, it could stall anywhere, I planned on keeping this car for a long time I still have very low miles on it., and now I fear it. Dodge needs to do something about this. I haven't seen any recalls on this, but I have seen some people have had the fuel tank replaced stating it is the rollover valve. Just because these cars are older doesn't mean we have to give them up. Dodge please help! we shouldn't have to pay for a problem in 85+% of the cars

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #51

Dec 172015


  • 161,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Magnum as I was driving home the etc light came on the dash board, then moments later my car just died, shut completely down, I let it sit for a little bit then cranked it back up, but it kept shutting down with the etc light continuing to come on, I then took it to auto care to get it looked at, .... they said it was the throttle body, they replaced it and I paid $168, the next morning I go to get in my car and the light comes back on and same problem happens they now say they must of gotten a faulty throttle body, changed it out again, next morning same thing happens, now they replace the main computer take it to Dodge get the computer reprogrammed and I pay $267, guess what next day it does it again. Now Dodge has my car and they replace a solenoid-throttle body, I pay them $476 after telling them the hole story they still replace the throttle body. Guess what the next morning I have my car towed back to Dodge dealership, doing the same thing.... they now replace the board and say it might be a wiring problem but they think they got it, they have no idea what is wrong with my car.very frustrating I wish someone could help me.. okay now I started to poke around myself at home and found that one of the four wire harnesses to the coumuter is to blame. I push on it and the car goes into limp mode. I now have an appointment to have a dealer fix it. I don't want to start only to find I can't buy the wire terminators needed in the plug.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #50

Dec 272015


  • 119,770 miles
Car stalls going around corners. 10th incident happened today. All within past year.

- Waunakee, WI, USA

problem #49

May 012015


  • 94,000 miles
Car stalls sometimes when at complete stop, or at red lites.put it in park and starts back up as if nothing was wrong.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #48

Jun 232015


  • 170,000 miles
My car is overheating after I bought it in June I cant turn my air on or anything I had stuff fixed and it still over heats I dont know what to do anymore

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

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