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:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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2005 Dodge Magnum wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Dodge Magnum Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 182007

Magnum 8-cyl

  • miles


While rotating the tires I quickly noticed the lug nuts seemed to be installed very tight. They were, in fact, installed above the specified 100 lb. Ft. they were on so tight that the permanent chrome caps striped off 2 separate nuts! I then used a smaller size socket to remove these lug nuts. On another wheel I could not, by no means available, remove 2 of 6 lug nuts. The tools I used were; a conventional socket wrench with the specified 21mm socket, air wrench w/220lb of torque, and even the wrench that is included with the jack and spare. This now left me with no choice but to put the other wheels back on the car and head off to the Dodge dealer where I purchased the car. They worked on it for 2hrs. And were only able to remove 1 of the 2 stuck lug nuts. After another half hour, they informed me that they would have to cut the wheel off to get the other lug nut off. I would have to bring back the car the next day while they ordered another rim. I dropped the vehicle off at 7:00am the next day and it was finished at 11:30am. I wasn't able to pick it up until 6:30pm. According to the dealer the cause of the problem was corrosion. (which there were no visible signs of and the problem can be repeated) they did replace the wheel, 2 studs, & 2 nuts under warranty. They also said they re-torque each lug nut to specs. (100 lb ft) the next day I decided to finish the tire rotation. In this process another chrome cap stripped off. This led me to realize that the oe nuts are harder to get off than the new ones that were put on. Upon further investigation I visually compared the oe nuts with the new ones side by side. There is indeed a difference that can be seen. The oe ones have a gold tone to them on the underside, where as the new ones have a silver look on the under side and a much tighter crimp on the chrome cap. Also, when each lug nut is torque to specs on the same wheel, the oe is much harder to remove. Up to 220 lb ft of force to remove.

- Lombard, IL, USA

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