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:
35,680 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152009


  • 27,000 miles


My wife noticed the front driver air bag light came on, we took it into the dealership to get fixed, told me it was the clock spring under the seat. Asked me if we put anything under the seat and I said no. A few days later, came back on, took it back, said they fixed it again. Wife drove off the lot and had to turn back around because the light came on again. Left car with them overnight again, next day picked it up and approx two months later light has come back on and pretty much stays on. I told them that I move the front seat back when I drive the car as I am much taller than my wife. Sometimes the light goes off for a while but then comes back on. I am in fear that the air bag will not deploy in case of an accident ! I have looked online and I am not the only one who has had this same problem. I had to pay the first time I supposingly had it fixed but the dealership had my car overnight on two occasions and still I have the same problem. For some reason no one can tell me if the air bag will deploy in case of an emergency when the light is on. Please- please, help me get this taken care of.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

May 012006


  • 32,945 miles
The airbag sensor light comes on whenever I change the position of the adjustable steering wheel. The vehicle was never in an accident. It was supposed to have been corrected by the dealer on in may of 2006. But it has recurred and was reported to the dealer on 10/04/2007. It occurs every time I change the steering wheel position.

- Barre, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 282008


  • 72,775 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While backing out of the driveway, the contact adjusted the steering wheel and the air bag light illuminated. The dealer advised him to bring in the vehicle for a diagnostic. The contact drove to the dealer that same day. The engineer at the dealer stated that there was a manufacturer defect with the clock spring, which caused the lights to illuminate. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 72,775 and current mileage was 73,000.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 042005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
I have a new or had a new Dodge Magnum I had a front end collision that destroyed the complete front of the car right up to the front doors and no air bags deployed passenger or drivers side, all four wheels locked up and I was unable to steer the car. The damage to the car was extensive and my legs were crushed by the dashboard impact. Although I was wearing a seat belt.

- Newport News, VA, USA

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