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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,125 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 #8

May 022010


  • 80,000 miles


Driver's side inner tie rod failure causing tire to wear and prematurely fail.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012010

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum which was purchased brand new. He stated that during a routine inspection, he was advised that the exterior driver's side tie rod needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the necessary repairs were made. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was taken to a local repair shop due to a nail puncturing the rear driver's side tire. The service dealer noticed the tie rods had gone bad and advised having them replaced and contacting daimler Chrysler. There were no recalls for the failure and the manufacturer did not assist. No further repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were under 44,000. Updated 3/10/10 the consumer stated the tie rods did not come with grease fittings, therefore they can not be lubed during scheduled oil changes which causes them to fail. Updated 06/04/10

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 272008


  • 40,000 miles
2005 Dodge Magnum, at 40,000 the tie rods went on my car. Kind of strange because out of all things to go on a car, the tie rods aren't usually one of them, especially after 40,000 miles. So I went to the internet to check it out and I found hundreds of complaints about the Magnum tie rods being defective. Why wasn't there a recall on this" I had them replaced with a superior after market tie rod. I didn't want to use oem for the fear of this happening again after 40,000 miles. It's a known fact that the tie rods on these car, and the front suspension in general, are defective. Yet Chrysler did not do a recall. This is unacceptable. What can I do"

- Grasonville, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 012009


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact heard a popping noise underneath her feet on the passenger side of the vehicle. The dealer replaced the passenger side tie rod and installed a new tire. She also stated that the windshield washer fluid nozzles and the rear passenger side window were inoperable. When turning the vehicle left or right, a squealing noise was heard. While driving over 40 mph, the vehicle shook violently. When driving over bumps in the road, the vehicle would slam down and was unable to absorb the shock of the bump. The dealer stated that the struts and shocks were fine on the vehicle. Currently, the failures still persist. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 80,000.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 292006

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. On two separate occasions, the contact had to replace both front outer tie rods. The current mileage was 73,000 and failure mileage was 37,000. The consumer stated the replacment tie rods ends only lasted for 36,000. Updated 10/08/08.

- Dalton, MN, USA

problem #3

Sep 242007

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel loosened and the interior lighting became very dim. On occasion, the contact smelled a burning odor inside the passenger compartment. There were no warning indicators prior to the failures because the warning light indicators have never worked since the vehicle was purchased. The vehicle would start roughly from time to time. When the contact depressed the brake pedal, the contact heard a loud noise underneath the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle shutters when proceeding to turn, the air conditioning unit is not working properly, and the transmission hesitates intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the steering failure was related to the front suspension. The mechanic replaced two control arms and tie rods. A diagnostic was performed and the mechanic stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileage was 23,000. Updated 07/08/08. There was a loud clicking noise when braking. The vehicle was hard to start and when it start it would stall. The transmission make a shuttering noise. Updated

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 102007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. While decelerating or changing speeds, the contact heard a loud rattling or clicking sound coming from the front tires. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that she needed to replace the upper ball joints and tie rods. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders, powertrain, and speed were unknown. The failure mileage was 26,000 and current mileage was 46,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 302005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,000 miles
In an open asphalt parking lot with no dividers or potholes or any surface material other than painted line, while driving about ~ 15 miles/hour I proceeded to make a left turn. I turned the wheels hard to the left when I felt like my vehicle hit something and the air bag deployed. Upon coming to my senses and outside inspection of the vehicle, the left front wheel assembly came off the structural members which hold it to the axle/frame. Two of the members had broken. The wheel itself was "laid out" in a ~ 30 degree angle with the ground and was shoved up against the firewall. This vehicle is a Dodge Magnum AWD rt model with hemi engine.

- Elgin, IL, USA

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