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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,788 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 #19

Oct 162013

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


When slowing down car shuts off.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 262013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Right after I fill up the car stalls more than once. Today in the middle of the intersection then on the entry to the highway. I know that there are 200,000+ complaints on the internet and los angeles times has made a report about this. We need a recall before some dies.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 292013

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I was driving down the street and the car stopped going I let it sit for awhile and it went a little then stopped I had to tow it to a transmission shop and they said that water got into transmission because of the way the water flows from the radiator to trans to cool it. Transmission fluid was mixed in water and water in transmission so I had to replace both and clean entire system out. I also am having problems with my headlights staying on at night they keep going on and off while I am driving I see this too is an ongoing problem and a safety issue.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #16

Apr 012007


  • 21,000 miles


Bought an 05 hemi AWD Magnum w/20,000 miles in 07. Warranty expired at 85,000miles. Problems after problems, rack and pinion fixed, egr valve fixed, torque converter replaced once and still having the same issue. Shudders, vibrations, hard engine noises and stalls, pulls to the right, electrical problems with windows, sunroof, seats, gps, instrument cluster, power outlets, hood and hatchback just fall down and bump your head. Passenger seat was missing bolts and wasn't fastened to frame. $200 keyless entry key replacement. No where near 24 mpg more like 14 down a flat 55mph highway. Currently 114,000 miles oil always changed around 3,000 miles and had a 3 tranny flushes. Take it to certified Dodge dealerships and they cant figure out what is wrong with any of those problems and try and tell me that's the way it is. Uhhhhhhhuh..... lemon?

- Sherburn, MN, USA

problem #15

Jun 202010

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 54,650 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Magnum rt, and it has a stalling problem, it will stall at traffic lights, when your turning a corning or while your driving. My wife has almost been in a accident because it stalled turning a corner, you lose a power, this is a dangerous situation. I have researched this and it is all over the internet with people having this same problem.... I have had it to several mechanics and they don't know what is wrong..... I no longer drive this car it just sits in my driveway.....

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #14

Feb 152011


  • 98,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving approximately 65 mph, the engine overheated without warning and caused the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test which located the failure at the engine cooling module. The dealer advised that the engine would need to be replaced. The transmission gear shifter had also failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was 98,500.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 012010


  • 63,000 miles


My engine went out on my 2005 Dodge Magnum and I did all the proper oil changes and can produce receipts. It just started making noise then stopped.Dodge said my warranty was up a 60,000 and I am at 63,000. And I am still paying a car note. My engine is a 2.7L.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #12

May 022010


  • 50,000 miles
Engine has random rough idle and dies and/or loses significant power (top speed of under 40 mph when entering highway.) most prevalent after filling gas tank or hard braking/acceleration. Check engine light illuminates and stores engine misfire code. Cam sensor has been adjusted but problem persists.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 152009

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 205,000 miles
Engine malfunction (blown engine).

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #10

Jan 302010


  • 100,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Dodge Magnum in 2005 new the car only had 10,000 miles on it, I have paid for this car for the last 5 years and have always maintained the scheduled oil changes on my car. Saturday 1/30/2010 I was driving and the car shut off completely I was on the express way lucky I was able to get over to the shoulder and no one was hurt. I got a jump and the car started and I drove for a few more minutes it cut off again. I had it towed and the serviceman is telling me that my engine is locked to replace it will cost me close to $6000 which happens to be more then the car is actually worth. After doing some research I am seeing that Chrysler/ Dodge is aware of the defective 2.7 engine which I have in my car and continues to make money off sales and is doing nothing for consumers who have and continue to experience this problem. I am disgusted and something needs to be done about this. I will not stop until Chrysler is exposed for purposely covering up this issue which thousands of people who work hard just like me have gone through.

- Lansing, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 062009


  • 54,000 miles


I have a 2005 Dodge Magnum and on random occasions the check oil light will turn the car will ding then the engine will shut off but all of the electrical components will stay on and the brakes and power steering will not work so I almost rear ended some one yesterday. It has happened 3 times in less than 5 minutes one time and when it does occurs just as I am giving it just a small amount of gas.

- St. Martinville, LA, USA

problem #8

Nov 112008


  • 79,000 miles
2005 Dodge Magnum swt: Both engine hood and rear hatch shock cylinders that hold the hood & hatch up have failed. Received hard "bump" on head from both areas when the hood & also the back hatch fell on me no comment when called dealer suggested I buy new shock cylinders for a 4 year old car !!!!"?"

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 242007

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel loosened and the interior lighting became very dim. On occasion, the contact smelled a burning odor inside the passenger compartment. There were no warning indicators prior to the failures because the warning light indicators have never worked since the vehicle was purchased. The vehicle would start roughly from time to time. When the contact depressed the brake pedal, the contact heard a loud noise underneath the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle shutters when proceeding to turn, the air conditioning unit is not working properly, and the transmission hesitates intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the steering failure was related to the front suspension. The mechanic replaced two control arms and tie rods. A diagnostic was performed and the mechanic stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileage was 23,000. Updated 07/08/08. There was a loud clicking noise when braking. The vehicle was hard to start and when it start it would stall. The transmission make a shuttering noise. Updated

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Jul 192006

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles
I have a Dodge Magnum rt (it's now 7 mos old with 4000 miles). 3 mos after I bought the car, the engine started stalling intermittently when I tried to reverse out of the parking stall. Then when I tried the start the engine again, it would not start until I pressed on the gas pedal. I brought it in the dealership the first time, they "cannot duplicate customer's concern". brought it in the second time, they installed a co-Pilot in the car to monitor the stalling hoping that the computer would tell them something. I took the car in the third time for another problem, at the same time they took the reading off the co-Pilot. The dealership told me that the co-Pilot shows that the engine did stall, but the sensor was showing everything was running well with the car. They suggested to replace the computer sensor thinking that it might be defective that's why it is not showing anything. Weeks later they called and said they found the same problem in the pacifica. They re-install some software in my car and the engine stalling seems to disappear. However, the reversing is still not normal. The car seems to have problem with reversing. When reversing most car will move without having to push on the gas pedal. My car will stop at a certain point, then when I try to press on the pedal gently and slowly, the car will suddenly reverse really fast. I almost hit someone and another parked vehicle last week because of this. I brought my car in the dealership again this week (8th or 10th time in 6 mos) for this incident. Of course, their response is "cannot duplicate customer's concern".

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #5

Aug 302006

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,289 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle idled very fast and hesitated. On each occasion, the check engine light illuminated. Each time the check engine light illuminated, a diagnostic test ran which indicated there were multiple misfires. The vehicle was taken to two dealerships and an independent mechanic. Between the three, two fuel injectors, spark plugs and three ignition coils were replaced. The problem persisted.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 312006

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35mph or less, the engine stalled without warning. Afterwards, the engine easily restarted. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who was unable to duplicate the problem. A monitoring device was installed to record any further incidents. The manufacturer was contacted.

- Granite Falls, WA, USA

problem #3

Aug 292005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,628 miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled. It happened several times. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer about 3 times to have it repaired.. the dealership told him that the cylinders were built too small, causing the valves to stick, and that was Chrysler's problem. The manufacturer told him to inquire about the lemon law. The consumer felt this was not an isolated problem and the public should be aware of it.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #2

May 162005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
While slowing down to turn (3 times) and driving over dipps in the road with the cruise control set at 60mph rpms suddenly drop and engine goes dead without any warning lights or anything. The steering wheel becomes almost locked and vehicle cannot be controled. These incidents were reported to the dealership, diamond Dodge in bastrop, la and there only explanation for the problem that they acknowledged as existing was to flash the computer. The service technician said he thought it might solve the problem but wasn't sure. It did it again the very next day! my Magnum also pulls to the right and sometimes is a fight to keep on the road.

- Oak Grove, LA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,212 miles
Repeated failures of the wiring harness related to the interior tempature controls, the wiring continues to melt within 5 miles of each repair. The vehicle is now waiting for the fourth service appointment to again attempt to repair or replace this wiring harness, I am fearful of having a fire start in the interior of this vehicle. I have also been seeing "airbag failure" warning lights, I do not know if these items are related, I do not know if this can cause unexpected deployment of the airbag system. The vehicle also has harsh and or premature shifting while driving.

- Hazelhurst, WI, USA

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