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:
40,885 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 #3

Dec 042009


  • 90,000 miles


Headlamps go on & off.

- Stedman, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 182007

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,654 miles
On my 2005 Dodge Magnum whenever the vehicle has been sitting for several hours, upon start up and operation, all interior lights and instrument panel begin to flicker/pulsate. Headlights and taillights do the same. For my headlights it causes them to turn off, and then I have to flip the switch to get them on again. This is a everyday problem and is very unsafe at night. Vehicle has been to the dealer twice and they could not locate the source of the problem.

- Suitland, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 242005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Headlights and dash lights make substantial flicker/pulse while driving after the vehicle sits for several hours (all day at work or overnight). The flicker/pulse is noticeable enough that two vehicles I was following have pulled over to let me pass and I get many strange looks from other drivers. Vehicle was examined at selling dealer on 2/15/05, work order states "vehicle appears to be operating within design spec's at this time." This safety defect still exists. Also, tires flat spot after same time as stated above. For the first 3-4 miles, at speeds greater than 45 mph, tires make thumping noise and car shakes. Shaking is felt through seat and steering wheel. After 3-4 miles, thump and shake gradually disappear. Tire dealer has not answered questions regarding replacement through Continental after one visit and later phone call.

- Avon, OH, USA

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