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 1 of 4)

problem #63

Jan 132017


  • 122,000 miles


After filling tank at gas station, engine completely stopped while turning out of station. Had to shift to neutral and restart, narrowly avoiding an accident. I did not "top off" tank, as it was about 3/4 full when pulling away. This is a recurring problem and always manifests itself after refuling, or soon after. The problem is a faulty vent valve that cannot be replaced separate from entire tank. Numerous others have this problem yet the manufacturer refuses to issue a recall.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #62

Dec 232016


  • 105,000 miles
After I fill up the fuel tank with gas, the vehicle stops running. This usually happens 1-3 times after filling up. It will die at low speeds or idle at a stop light and has even died while driving down the road (once in the middle of a roundabout) this seems to. Be a very common problem for these vehicles with the 5.7 liter V-8 (such as mine). I recently purchased this vehicle used after experiencing this issue, did a little digging and found out this a very common problem. This is obviously a hazard and I am wondering if there is a recall in place for this issue

- Camas, WA, USA

problem #61

May 042016


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. After refueling, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #60

Sep 242016


  • 15 miles


Strong gasoline smell kept getting worse in passenger compartment over the last few weeks while driving and when vehicle was parked. Internet search lead to investigation of fuel pumps under rear passenger seat. Rear seat was removed and a puddle of gasoline was visibly present directly under passenger rear seat. It appears fuel pump leaking is due to crack on fuel pump nipple. I allow this information to be shared to the public.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #59

Sep 012016


  • 105,503 miles
The fuel pump is located directly under the passenger side back seat. It has a leak, and my car has been smeeling like gas for a month now without my knowledge. I finally took it to a mechanic and there was a poddle of gas under the seat where the nipple on the fuel pump broke. Not to mention my battery in the trunk, well the wires cross right over the fuel pump. This is not safe at all. These items should be nowhere near each other.

- Centerville, GA, USA

problem #58

Sep 172016

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Every time I refuel to a full tank the engine will surge or completely stall out within a 1/2 mile. Now there is a strong fuel smell as well when I fill up tank. Because of these problems, I only fill to 3/4. doing this seems to help both issues. Thank you Chrysler for not covering my model in the gas tank recall for faulty vent valves. All LX Chrysler have this problem. I already replaced a fuel pump seal, charcoal canister, nvld valve and purge valve. No help. This needs the tank recall or someone may die.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #57

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 #56

Dec 012015


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle did restart. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #55

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 #54

Feb 292016


  • 165,000 miles
After filling up my car with gas on numerous occasions, it stalls out. I have almost been hit in the rear by another car. It stalls at slow speeds as well as on the highway and I lose my power steering and brakes. I have to put it in neutral real quick and restart if possible. Very dangerous!

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #53

Dec 032015


  • 90,000 miles


Chrysler is very aware of their fuel tank lifetime warranty for past two years. My vehicle has been sitting in dealership for 10 weeks due to stalling after getting gas in an oncoming intersection. They are not sending the parts and keep giving us the run around. They keep giving us a case manger number that never answers. I guess we are to drive into incoming traffic again and hope for the best. I think its time that this becomes a mandatory recall rather sending out false letters that the problem will be fixed. I am sure we are not the only ones getting the run around or have been almost hit because our cars will not go.

- Mitchell, SD, USA

problem #52

Jan 262016


  • miles
Engine stalls after filling fuel tank. Called service dept. At nearest Dodge dealer on 1/26/16. Was told this is a known problem which requires replacement of the fuel tank. Service advisor offered to put me on the list, which I agreed to, and then stated there are 10 people on the list, then said they haven't done one of those for about a year. Sounds like the tank vendor is not supplying the dealer with enough tanks, or delaying the shipment of replacement tanks. The stalling problem is the subject of many NHTSA complaints and matter was "resolved" by extending warranty on the tank to lifetime warranty, but this doesn't help if the vehicle owner has to wait for years for the dealer to get a replacement tank.

- Los Olivos, CA, USA

problem #51

Jan 252016


  • 98,000 miles
After filling fuel tank and driving away from station car completely loses power and stalls out. I refuel and top off in a normal fashion, by stopping pump at first cut off. This happens about 1 in 10 times I refuel. No check engine lights and I have replaced, purge valve, charcoal canister, and vaccum leak valve. No help. When it quits, I have to restart, which it does, but even when the engine does not stop completely, it always shudders for a few seconds after filling. There as a recall on these vehicles, but only for 5.7 liter engines. The problem is the rollover valve. Chrysler replaced the tanks on the 5.7 LX cars, but will not recognize the problem on the 3.5 and 2.7 liter cars. This is a patterrn failure and a safety item.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #50

Jun 072015


  • 110,000 miles
The car shuts down to a crawl. Can't get any codes from it. First time it happened was on the highway pulled to the side of the road and restarted ran fine for the rest of the day. Getting worst every since now sitting in the driveway no codes afraid to put the family in it.I think Dodge discontinued because they can't keep up with the problems

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #49

Dec 262015


  • 150,000 miles
Engine stalls and cuts out while driving. I have owned this car since new and it has had this issue since the warranty expired. Basically when you fill the car up it will stall until you get the gas level down to a certain point. For years I have been filling the car to 3/4 tank to avoid the issue. This has now happened again on the way back from Florida with my son driving. He filling the car up to the point where the pump clicks off. I think driving a car on the freeway at 70 miles an hour with this stalling is a big issue.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #48

Dec 272015


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

- Waunakee, WI, USA

problem #47

Nov 162015


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact noticed a strong odor of fuel fumes and the presence of a leak under the front of the vehicle that progressed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for routine maintenance who noticed a crack in the fuel tank. The mechanic diagnosed that the fuel tank assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 14V770000 (air bags) and had not been notified of the safety recalls. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #46

Sep 112015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the fuel tank gauge increased and decreased independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- North Hollywood , CA, USA

problem #45

Sep 112015


  • miles
I believe my cars has a problem with the gas tank. On Friday September 11 2015, we drove the car and it had gas at the time, suddenly the car just turned off on the street. On my gas meter or gage is always reading it on empty when it has fuel. It's also smelling like gasoline now. We bought the car from a used car dealer and it's still being financed. How can I know if it's a manufacture problem, I did some research and it happened to say that this gas problem happens to the Dodge Magnum 2005-2006, if it's a manufacture problem do I call the Dodge dealer and will it be fixed by them. I have two children, I can't drive a vehicle that is not safe. What options do I have. The vehicle also has an air bag recall, which the dealer has not fixed because they don't have the parts it's been over 3 weeks since we received the safety recall notice by mail.

- Northhollywood, CA, USA

problem #44

Sep 072010


  • 80,000 miles
When you fill the gas tank the engine will stall several times until the gas level lowers. If you fill the tank to 3/4 full it wont stall. After the stall the engine will restart after several attempts. Very dangerous if on freeway or no spot to pull over. I bought the car new in 2004.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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