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:
36,439 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 transmission problems

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Jan 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2005 Dodge Magnum make S a buzzing noise from the trunk and windshield wipers do not work properly. ***** the consumer noticed the inner paneling around the hatch door was not cut properly. One side was flush, inside the groove and the other side was slightly separated, which caused the vibration. The consumer placed small pieces of cushion inside the open areas to hold the panel steady. The fabric molding around the window was sagging. The window controls on the rear left side sunk into the door and the window locked on its own. The consumer took the vehicle in to have a recall repair performed regarding the transmission and the dealer had the consumers vehicle all day and failed to inform them that they would not be able to get to their vehicle.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 172005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,464 miles
Constant transmission hard jerks @40, and 60 mph, dealer made several attempts to fix, negative results. Steering issues constant pulling, dealer attempt several repairs tire rotation, wheel alignment, steering assembly and owner replaced all 4 tires premature wear.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #10

Jun 082005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 340 miles
The consumer states that 2005 Dodge Magnum rt has been stalling and pulling to the right. The consumer says that the vehicle stalled while driving at 35-65 mph. The vehicle stalled nine times. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealership. The dealerships told the consumer to take it to other dealerships. Chrysler told the consumer to go to glove box and follow the instructions to file for the lemon law. The car pulled to the right heavily. The consumer said that arm was sore from pulling at the steering wheel and trying to keep it on the road. The consumer says that Chrysler refuses to do anything about it. Transmission is making a thumping sound. The esp warning light is coming on and staying on. The light came on four times.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 172005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles


I bought this car on April 4, 2005 and had the torque converter and valve body replaced on April 17, 2005. Hard shift into gear in the transmission and one day was driving at 50 mph and the transmission came out of gear and then went back into gear. This was very dangerous I had my 5 and 6 year old children in the car. I believe this needs recalled. I have had my car in the dealership 8 times to try to fix the issue with the transmission and the shop manager the general manager and the transmission tech tell me this car is not normal but they don't know where to start. They had a representative from Chrysler come out and look at it and he deemed it normal. I am stuck and am going to have to go to the next level and file under ind. Lemon law to get any resolution. This issue needs to be taken care of before someone gets hurt or even killed.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #8

Apr 152005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 515 miles
I bought a 2005 Dodge Magnum on April 9. on April 15 I had to have it towed because the check engine light came on while stopped at red light. When I took off the car was sluggish and would not change gears. The car was stuck in second gear. The dealer had the car from April 15 until April 29. They never did explain what caused the problem. I can't tell you what all they replaced because my car is in the shop now. This happened in June July and August all under the same circumstances. I contacted Chrysler and a man named larry mcclain contacted me. He was in touch with the dealer every time they had the car. He always returned my call until this time when I said the car fell under the nc lemon law. Each time the dealer has had the car it was something different replaced. I was told the third time that a service bulletin had been issued because moisture could build up in a solenoid in the transmission and cause it to fail. This is what they replaced the third time. This time I have no idea because no one will call me back. All I was told today when I went by there was the part they replaced didn't fix the problem. The dealership is anderson's in waynesville. I bought the car at thomas hll burgin in kodak tn and I have tried to contact the general manager gene morris but he will not return my calls either. No one will help me.

- Clyde, NC, USA

problem #7

Aug 202005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
2005 Dodge Magnum - transmission failure 2 times in 1 week. Known issue with Dodge - service bulletin issued. Transmission was repaired as per bulletin - picked up car from Dodge repair, jasper Dodge, jasper Alabama, drove 115 miles with 3 year old and 7 year old in vehicle and transmission shut down doing 70 mph on hwy 78. Could have been fatal. Since this was a known issue and since it appears that their service repair failed to resolve problem - I personally feel the vehicle should be recalled before a fatal accident occurs. At 70 mph vehichle just lost all power. Had I been in a major metropolitan area, I may not have been so lucky.

- Nesbit, MS, USA

problem #6

Aug 152005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136 miles


Engine signal was on and trasmision was not reponding, when you give it gas

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 142005

Magnum 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
2005 Dodge Magnum transmission shutters when clutch engaged. Car had less than 1000 miles when probelm first started. Dodge technicians said nothing could be done unless the problem persisted or gotten worse so they could make a better diagnosis. Supposed water intrusion into the transmission casing through the vent. Not covered by the daimler Chrysler warranty.

- Virginia Beach, VA, 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

Mar 182005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
Backing from parked position, put car in reverse, needed to correct, put car back in drive, drove forward, put car back in reverse gear and car appeared to operate as if in neutral. Neutral was also neutral. Rolled forward, could not accelerate. Moved car from park to reverse several times with no change. When I was rolled up to the parking block, I waited a few minutes and tried again and reverse worked. Also had electrical issues, such as turning off the blinker manually, but the blinker stayed flashing.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 022005

Magnum 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
The transmission in my 2005 Dodge Magnum has stuttered, clunked, vibrated, and surged since the 3rd week I had it. It has been in the shop 3 times for a total of 15 days so far for this problem. My dealer called star hotline and were told that there is no flash for this problem, and that I need to drive more aggressively (like I can drive 80 in a 35 mph zone!) or just live with it. The dealer and the manufacturer have told me they cannot help me. It has also been realigned once for pulling to the right, and now it is pulling to the right again. I will be making another appointment with the dealer to have this looked at.

- Adelanto, CA, USA

problem #1

May 112004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27 miles
Vehicle was serviced for transmission. Vehicle lost power and surged when placing it into gear. It responded hard, and the vehicle shook when driving. Manufacturer stated the dealer will make the repairs. However, the problem recurred.

- Perris, CA, USA

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