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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,025 miles

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2005 Dodge Magnum fuel system problems

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #23

Feb 122014


  • 113,252 miles


Filled tank and car stall while in the street!

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Feb 282013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
After filling up my 2005 Dodge Magnum the car stalls multiple times as I drive home. The stalls seem to happen at lower speeds such as turning in an intersection or when coming to stop at a light. The car is hard to start and leaves me stalled in traffic until it starts again. At higher speeds the car jerks and bucks as the engine dies and restarts. While on the freeway it is hard to maintain speed when this is happening. Research indicates it is a common problem that will require replacing the whole fuel tank. Please issue a recall for this dangerous issue. To get a better picture of how big this problem, ask Dodge to provide sales numbers for replacement gas tanks sold.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #20

Dec 032012


  • 12,202 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that after refueling, the vehicle began to idle. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 12,202.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #19

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 #18

Apr 092012

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 75,420 miles
The car, after filling with gas, suddenly stalled while driving down a main road. I had to stop in the middle of the road, put the car in neutral, restart it, put the car in drive, wait 2 seconds or so for the transmission to re-engage, and then I could move again. A truck slammed into the back of the car after it came to it's jerky stop and the oncoming truck didn't realize a person would be stopped in front of him where there was no light or stop sign. I found out later, from a car forum, that the 5.7 liter Dodge have a rash of issues where the check valve that is part of the fuel tank fails and causes the emission system to get wet and the computer gets confused signals causing the car to stall (shortly after filling the tank). I found out that it would cost at least $1000 to change the entire gas tank as the only fix to the problem. I can't believe there isn't a recall for this dangerous problem. Luckily the damage in the crash wasn't severe although I suffered from whiplash as a result.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 092010

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


When the gas tank is filled completely full, the car stalls.

- Quinlan, TX, USA

problem #16

May 172011


  • 70,000 miles
This has been affecting my 2005 Dodge Magnum rt 5.7L vehicle for over 2 years now. It is dangerous! if the car is filled (not overfilled) at a gas pump the vehicle is almost guaranteed to stall because of a faulty valve in the fuel cell that allows raw fuel to soak the charcoal canister that is only supposed to be processing fuel vapor for emission control. There is nothing else wrong with the fuel system. Not a loose gas cap or anything else. Not only that, unless the vehicle is down to 3/4 of a tank or less the stalling can occur during any driving conditions that would allow fuel to slosh in the cell such as, fast elevation changes in the road, under acceleration or mild to hard braking or under load during cornering. I have spoken to my mechanic at length about this and all that can be done is to replace the faulty fuel cell at great expense. There are literally thousands of complaints about this problem on various Chrysler/Dodge enthusiast forums on the internet. We are just now hearing about the ability to report it here. Try or and see how many members are suffering from this very dangerous condition. It is not just 2006 models either. The 2005's and some early-build 2007's have the same issue until the design was changed. Any time one of your agents would like to take my car, fill it at a gas station themselves and then try to drive more than a mile without the vehicle stalling and being almost impossible to restart for up to half a minute, they are welcome to it. I guarantee it will stall every time as soon as you turn a corner or brake to a stop at an intersection! we have all been either spending a ton of money to fix it or compensating by various methods to not fill our tanks to prevent getting killed by a faulty valve. Chrysler is well aware of this problem via their dealer network! please do something about this! thank you.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #15

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 #14

May 212011

Magnum 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Dodge Magnum SXT AWD filled vehicle with 89 octane gas from speedway on several occasions car would stall upon leaving the parking area to enter into traffic and then would restart after several attempts.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #13

May 152013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 80,190 miles


Drove to my nearby gas station. Filled up the tank with 89 octane fuel until the handle clicked. Closed the gas cap, started the car. Drove approximately four car lengths and the car stalled. At the time I was half way in the road, half way in the gas station. I put the car in park and attempted to start. I needed to crank the engine for prolonged period of time approximately 4-5 seconds and the car would still not start. Another start attempt after that and the engine started with a RPM surge. Once the RPM smoothed out I proceeded to drive away. About half a mile down the road or less when I was coming down to a red light at slow speed the car stalled again. I put my flashers on quickly. Attempted to start the car, the car started with similar surge in RPM. As of this morning I have 80824 and have purchased the car recently with 80151. I had a similar problem the first time I filled the car up on my way from the dealer. Used recommended 89 octane fuel, left the gas station and car stalled while I was in the middle of the road trying to turn to a parking lot across the street. This was very dangerous as I was right off the highway with two semi truck stops with lots of traffic. Please look into this. I have searched and it looks like other people have similar issues.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

problem #12

Aug 142010

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
After a complete fill up (letting the pump shut off on it's own, and not adding any addition fuel afterwards), I left the gas station, and the almost immediately had a rough idle. After several hundred feet, the car stalled. It took multiple attempts and stalls to finally get the car moving forward. When I learned the problem was $800+ to fix, I decided to try and fill the car not quite to full. It's sometimes works, and sometimes doesn't. it's probably happened to me a dozen times since the initial fault.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #11

Jun 022008

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
This incident, first that I remember, happened a few miles after filling up my car with gas (89 octane as recommended). I was slowing down while approaching a traffic light and at about 10 mph, my car just shut off. I've had several of the same incidents the years since (about 4 or 5 times a year, I don't really keep track, but it happens quite often still) and that's even after switching to 93 octane, then installing an upgraded camshaft and getting my motor tuned for optimal performance.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 022012

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 48,542 miles
I too have experienced this stalling after filling the fuel tank. Takes several starting attempts before the engine will get back to running smoothly and stay running. It is completely repeatable as it happens each and every time the tank is filled. Some have said that the answer is to fill only until the fueling pump clicks off of automatic. Well, not with mine! anywhere near a full tank will cause the stalling problem any help would be greatly appreciated - no safety issues yet with this issue but would not like any either!

- Mc Farland, WI, USA

problem #9

Sep 172010

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 46,683 miles
I filled up my gas tank at service station and when I pulled out onto the road, my engine stalled. Very hard to restart. Problem got worse over the years since then, I can no longer fill up my gas tank or the engine will stall every time. I have to keep the tank at 3/4 full or less.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Feb 012013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 31,721 miles
Upon filling up or topping off the tank, there is a very strong fuel odor even though there is no leakage or visible signs around the gas cap.this odor remains until the car has been run approx. 100 miles, then goes away.the odor is so strong that I am concerned about a possible fire as has been reported by several other Magnum owners on online forums.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 072012

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 37,740 miles
After filling the car up with fuel, the car stalled multiple times in traffic. Slowly made my way to the dealership which was less than 1 mile away. The car stalled at the dealership multiple times. I was told it is characteristic of model, and just don't fill up tank anymore. Filled up tank 9/10S recently and car stalled multiple times on highway, very dangerous. Took into dealership again, they filled up the tank and it stalled on repairman. I was told I need to replace gas tank and fuel lines at a cost of over $2,000.

- Hilo, HI, USA

problem #5

Jul 012012

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle stalls after getting fuel and only when filling up the tank to full, we don't top off the tank after the fuel shuts off. We now have to guess when to stop filling the tank with how many gallons to add so it is 1 gallon or so below full. The car will stall after filling up and have to re-start if going at slower speed (5-15 mph) very dangerous when trying to leave a gas station or stop light. If at highway speeds then the car will still try to stall and jerks and slows down. Took it to a mechanic and they found an overflow valve sticks open and let's raw fuel down a tube and basically fluids the engine. The only fix is to replace the whole gas tank $3,000 dollars after labor.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #4

Jan 242013

Magnum 6-cyl

  • miles
I am in the military currently stationed in germany and my 2005 Dodge Magnum had to get a inspection before I can drive. Today when I took it in for the inspection I was told my car was inoperable and will be put in storage until I can get it fixed. The mechanic showed me the tank and on the very bottom it looks like the owner prior to myself had the same issue and tried to seal it with some type of adhesive to fix it. When I purchased my car 2 1/2 years ago the dealer didn't tell me that information so I never knew there was a temporary fix to a serious problem. So now I am forced to pay or a rental car and pay well above the price I would pay in the United States because I have a leak and when I bought the car in 2010 there were only 60,000 miles. Please email me a response at the address listed in section 3 due to time differences and I am not always near my computer to check my skype #. thank you for your time, hope you can help.

- Apo, AE, USA

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