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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,169 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #6

May 292011

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 76,176 miles


We purchased a used 2005 Dodge Magnum on December 13, 2010. In March 2011, we began experiencing problems with the car suddenly shutting off and/or losing power; engine stalling and sputtering; and the engine light remaining illuminated. We performed the necessary maintenance -- oil changes, etc. On the recommended schedule. The sudden engine cutoffs and power losses increased; and then on Sunday, May 29, 2011, we started the car and the engine was making very loud banging and knocking noises. Two mechanics checked the car and rendered the same report that it is a cracked intake manifold. We purchased an extended warranty when we bought the car and we were told it wouldn't be covered and then told it would be covered. We have not received any resolution to date regarding getting our car fixed, yet we are still making payments on a car we cannot drive. We have been in touch with the dealer to get some resolution; however, nothing to date. At last contact with the mechanic, we were told that we have an internal engine problem and the car needs to be returned to the dealership for repair.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 142009

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. After adding gasoline to the fuel tank the vehicle would stall. The failure occurred on numerous occasions after fuel was added to vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that if the engine light does not illuminated there were no failures. The dealer performed a diagnostic test and was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was called and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 26,000 updated 3/7/11 the consumer stated the stalling would occur at anytime after refueling. Updated 04/28/11

- Queen Valley, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jul 272009


  • 55,000 miles
Our 2005 Dodge Magnum frequently stalls when moving at slow speeds. The first time it happened was over a year ago, after exiting the freeway, 10-15 minutes driving at around 60, proceeding aprox 2 miles to a stoplight which went from red to green, when trying to accelerate the car stalled. Since then stalls have happened after stopping at intersections, then pulling forward and making a turn only to discover that the car has stalled mid turn (very frequent) or even driving through the slow zone at the airport (5mph)...we are becoming so accustomed that we known to quickly put in into neutral and restart the car as it continues forward but loss of power steering and braking makes the experience more than a bit nerve racking.

- North Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 292007

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted approximately thirty minutes later. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but the failure has not been diagnosed. The current and failure mileages were 46,500.

- Beulaville, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 042006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalls intermittently. This happens at various speeds of 20mph and above under normal driving and road conditions. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership numerous times. However, the problem can not be duplicated.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 082005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 340 miles
The consumer states that 2005 Dodge Magnum rt has been stalling and pulling to the right. The consumer says that the vehicle stalled while driving at 35-65 mph. The vehicle stalled nine times. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealership. The dealerships told the consumer to take it to other dealerships. Chrysler told the consumer to go to glove box and follow the instructions to file for the lemon law. The car pulled to the right heavily. The consumer said that arm was sore from pulling at the steering wheel and trying to keep it on the road. The consumer says that Chrysler refuses to do anything about it. Transmission is making a thumping sound. The esp warning light is coming on and staying on. The light came on four times.

- Placentia, CA, USA

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