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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,925 miles

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

May 012013


  • 120,000 miles


Vehicle Dodge Magnum R/T 5.7L 2005 engine stalls unexpectedly when moving slow speed/low RPM, loses power steering and brakes. Does happen occasionally may go months without an incident. Vehicle start normally right after. Extremely dangerous especially when making left turn over oncoming traffic lanes and crossing lanes. Had two incidents yesterday as described. This issue need to be investigated and recalled for complete repair. Called Chrysler customer service who were unwilling to assist with an issue but admit warranty extension to the fuel tank's multifunction control valve fuel shutoff float in the 19-gallon tanks. I found NHTSA comment in its summary of the closed investigation. "the condition represents a low risk to motor vehicle safety and is adequately addressed by Chrysler's extended warranty." I disagree with NHTSA comments whether this is "low risk to motor vehicle safety". try to be stalled on the lane when 20 ton dump truck is approaching 50-60 miles per hour.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #34

Mar 032015


  • 48,566 miles
After filling up the car with gas it stalls and you lose steering and brake control, very dangerous and my wife is now scared to drive the car. Stalling went away after an hour trying to get home. Next morning seemed to run fine. Next fill up did the same thing. This problem is going to cause deaths for sure if it has not already. Contacting the dealer asap to see if they have others with same issue.

- Huntinton Beach, CA, USA

problem #33

Mar 172006

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Crowhopping is the term used by most websites google crowhopping Magnum rt AWD tells it all on multiple websites with multiple customers..Dodge has seem to term a blind ear to this year model that seems to have the same as another year with the issue. Contacted dealer main office...and they said they never heard of this no surprise.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #32

Feb 262010


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that the horn failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering wheel assembly needed to be replaced. No the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #31

May 122011

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Every time you fill car with gas it stalls you have to burn off gas before you can drive.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

problem #30

Oct 162013

Magnum 6-cyl

  • 60,100 miles
I had a starter failure on my car, and was replacing starter myself, since I do most of my repairs, & to remove starter, the steering shaft has to removed for clearance. After taking the steering shaft from the steering box and examining it, I found rusted out section on the collapsing joint of the shaaft. It is completely rusted out half the diameter of the shaft. I went auto salvage yard & put another shaft on car. I live in pa, padot uses liquid deicing spray on highways & it has penetrated this part. If it had gone much longer, it would have broken completely off, with loss of steering and possibly crash. This only has 60,000+ miles. I didn't go to dealer for replacemet, but saved the defective part. I think there should be recall to check other vehicles for this before someone get in trouble.

- Normalville, PA, USA

problem #29

Jan 152014

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 120,015 miles


Running low on gas on January 15th I stopped at a gas station to refuel. I purchased 91 octane, placed the nozzle in the gas tank tube and began to refuel. Once the pump clicked I replaced the gas nozzle, tightened the gas cap, started the car and drove off. Less than two minutes later as I was approaching a stop light the engine shuts off and the oil light comes on. I quickly placed the gear in park, and attempted to restart the engine. After trying three times it finally turns over and I am able to drive off. One minute later it shuts off again as I am beginning to make a right turn into a driveway. Same scenario as before. Now every time I fill the tank to the point where the gas nozzle clicks the engine will shut off multiple times within the first 10 miles of driving.

- Havelock, NC, USA

problem #28

Mar 132013

Magnum 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
After filling up at a gas station, I drove the car approximately 1/2 mile and the car stopped at a traffic light. This has happened to me probably a dozen times since March of this year. It does not happen after every fill up, probably every 4 times it happens.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #27

Apr 012007


  • 21,000 miles
Bought an 05 hemi AWD Magnum w/20,000 miles in 07. Warranty expired at 85,000miles. Problems after problems, rack and pinion fixed, egr valve fixed, torque converter replaced once and still having the same issue. Shudders, vibrations, hard engine noises and stalls, pulls to the right, electrical problems with windows, sunroof, seats, gps, instrument cluster, power outlets, hood and hatchback just fall down and bump your head. Passenger seat was missing bolts and wasn't fastened to frame. $200 keyless entry key replacement. No where near 24 mpg more like 14 down a flat 55mph highway. Currently 114,000 miles oil always changed around 3,000 miles and had a 3 tranny flushes. Take it to certified Dodge dealerships and they cant figure out what is wrong with any of those problems and try and tell me that's the way it is. Uhhhhhhhuh..... lemon?

- Sherburn, MN, USA

problem #26

Feb 012011

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contract stated that when driving at any speed, the electrical power and power steering would fail intermittently. The dealer was notified of the failure and the contact was awaiting a response. The manufacturer was also contacted but provided no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 106,000 and the failure mileage was 100,500. Updated 05/25/11 the consumer stated the vehicle would sometimes surge just prior to losing power. Updated 11/18/11

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #25

Nov 112010


  • 70,000 miles


ABS/tsp malfunction light comes on intermittent. Dealer states steering control module needs replacing, $400. After repair, malfunction light continues.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #24

Oct 012006


  • 1,100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Magnum. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly coasted to the right. The constant coasting to the right wore on the tires. The contact called the dealer who stated that the vehicle needed an alignment. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 1,100 and the current mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #23

Jun 062009


  • 35,127 miles
On Saturday June 6, 2009 my wife was driving our 2005 Dodge Magnum and as she was turning, the steering wheel locked in place. Luckily she didn't hit anyone or anything. She wrestled with the steering wheel and was able to get it to move again and drove straight home. I took it to the local Dodge dealer and they informed me that is was a "clock spring" which is attached to the airbag in the steering column. It had broke and lodged in the steering column causing the steering wheel to lock up. They told me it was not covered under warranty, and it would cost me $550 to fix it. I in turn told them that it was a safety issue and should be covered by the dealer/manufacturer. They told me it wasn't a covered item. I told them not to fix it, and I would find out the safety aspects of the items in question.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Mar 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My Magnum would pull to the right. I took the car into the dealer since I bought new tires and rims at the time the pulling to the right became worse. The dealer replaced the front steering box and rack with a non-dealer one. Problem gone. The only reason the dealer replaced with a non Chrysler item part was that they did not have any in stock.

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #20

Jul 262006

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
I bought a 2005 Dodge Magnum one month ago. The car has always pulled to the right when driving. As soon as you let go of the wheel, the steering wheel turns slightly to the right. The car has been to the dealer twice for two days each time. The dealer says they cannot duplicate concern. However the moment I pick up the car, the problem still exists.

- Schwenksville, PA, USA

problem #19

May 172005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No failure, waiting for the event. Vehicle pulls to the right and continues to do so after repeated front end alignments per Chrysler specifications. This vehicle has a serious potential problem that should be investigated proactively rather than after incident occurs. I would recommend searching the internet for hundreds of similar complaints. I've used May 2005 as the incident date when I bought the vehicle. What lead me to this site - frustration!

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #18

May 162005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
I purchased my new 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T on 12/20/04. Manufacturer date 9/04. Vehicle continues to pull right. Has pulled to the right from the beginning. Must keep constant pressure to the left on the steering wheel. If I let up, vehicle travels right. Lane does not make difference. Without constant pressure to left, vehicle will travel across 3 lanes to right and keep going right. First complaint at 4400 miles 5/05. Dealer realigned. Second complaint 7900 miles. Dealer realigned. Third complaint 15900 miles. Both front tires showing extreme wear on outside. Tread in that area on driver front almost gone. Requested tire replacement. Dealer told me they contacted daimler Chrysler about my complaint. Two new tires were mounted, at no charge to me, on rear of vehicle. Older rear tires moved to front. Rear tires did not show any abnormal wear. Vehicle came with Continental tires. Replacement tires also continentals. Vehicle aligned again. On drive home, vehicle continued to pull to right. Took vehicle to reputable, national company for a courtesy road test. They confirmed vehicle pulls to the right. Returned to dealer a couple of hours later with the complaint that the vehicle still pulling to right. Management is contacting the "Dodge technicians" to see what can be done about my vehicle. I was told by this dealer that they had experienced similar problems with another 05 Magnum, that they were told by the "Dodge technicians" that the vehicles are within specs and within tolerances." Within tolerances of what? I know that if I let go of the wheel, or do not apply constant pressure to the left, this vehicle will run off the road! the extreme tire wear I experienced was directly related to the front end of this vehicle. At present my vehicle has 16000 miles on it. Left front tire that was removed was extremely scary as to how it had worn so badly. I am not in possession of the removed tires.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #17

Dec 142005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,316 miles
Recently bought a 05 dodger Magnum on Dec. 13, 2005 and have been back Dec. 14,22,23,26 for alignment my key transmitters gave out the rear window stopped operating at these times the car was serviced and problems still occur. Have been back to the shop Jan. 17 and a few more times since then for the same reasons only now my key still won't work but won't go in keyhole either the air bag light comes on while driving. It is in the shop now and has been there since Saturday I cannot continue to pay for a car that me and my children are not safe in. I have called the 1800 # for Dodge and am waiting for a response I am also making a complaint with the Texas attorney general and also the txdot motor vehicle board since the BBB didn't want anything to do with this complaint. These problems are recurring problems that the dealership will not acknowledge I have tried to give them a written complaint but they would not accept it as to there attorney did not write it I am not an attorney just a consumer why wouldn't they accept my letter I have it here along with all work orders and still no help. The letter was written on Dec. 26 and was supposed to be taken when the car was put in the shop so they can see I am not going to be pushed over to the side and that's what has happened the car salesman lied from day one come to find out after I made the complaint with BBB he was terminated for "drug use". great now we are buying cars from liars and the mangers of this car lot wont acknowledge me or my problem he sends a car salesman to me I don't want to discuss the problem with a salesman I want an owner a manager or even the manufacturer but no they hide. Thank you for letting me complain on this website maybe it will help others to not get a Magnum they are dangerous and Dodge doesn't care at our expense.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #16

Mar 102006

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The front tires have worn out on the outside edges, car pulls to the right, growling noise at low speeds now beginning to show up at higher speeds. Have complained about the problem since 6000 miles on the car, now has 19500, dealer says the alignment has no problems, blames the tires, the tire people (Continental) blame the car. The car is now undriveable without replacing the tires, they are so out of balance and cupped vibration is severe. I was last told by the dealer it is my problem.

- Knoxville, IA, USA

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