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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,730 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Dodge Magnum seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 092007

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles


- the contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum with 3500 miles. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag sensor did not work properly. The contact explained that when someone was sitting in the passengers seat the air bag sensor often indicated that the airbag was off, even though the person that was sitting in the seat met the required weight for the air bag to be on. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but they could not find a problem with the sensor, and told the contact that it was working as designed. The current and failure mileage were 3500. Updated 03/06/07.

- Ellwood City, PA, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

Feb 232005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
Air bag light illuminated intermittently while driving. Vehicle was taken to the dealer. Consumer stated that dealer informed her that they could correct the problem on the passeger's air bag, but have no solution for driver air bag. The information was passed on to the manufacturer.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,300 miles
The air bag sensor flashes intermittently. Owner is concerned that the air bag will deploy inadvertently. The dealer states when this happens the sensor is resetting itself. However, the owner's manual states there is a defect if the sensor light stays on longer than eight seconds.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 272004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,600 miles
Frontal air bag light comes on, indicating that the air bags are inactive. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer, and was told that the parts needed for the repair are unavailable. Dealership has had the vehicle for more than a month.

- Plantation, FL, USA

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