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transmission failures
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By seamusjames
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2005 Dodge Magnum RT AWD 4dr Wagon (5.7L 8cyl 5A)


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Now when I bought this car new it was sitting on the show room floor and was loaded with every option the 05 had listed. Yes I even had heated seats WOW! $43.000 American, my first house cost 23,000.
Bought it for my wife with dreams of getting it after she grew tried of it. Still waiting.....1st: The car was making a loud banging sound, when turning while backing up . Like the noise a locker rear-end makes when turning too fast (planetary gears both were replaced)..2nd: Real very weak transmission (everything replaced, was replaced with upgrade parts, from dodge). 4 torque converters later and many trans fluid flushes, it still shakes when it shifts from 2 to 3rd. It used to shake when shifting from 4th to 5th.. Next time the whole transmission will need to be overhauled. Seems the clutches begin to get shiny, from all the slipping. Truly only problems are the drivers seat cover leather and vinyl , replaced twice(vinyl cracks) , painted the front, top and back (clear pealed off), had the planetary gears (both AWD) replaced when new, and the real bad transmission. Seems this car will always have a bad transmission.. Two more real small things ...the GPS knob on the radio fill off and they don't make one that just snaps on, it means I don't have a map anymore.. The third light went out and takes a couple hours to replace, easier to replace the tailgate..Have you ever tried to change the fog lights Ha!


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So far so good
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By jzartman
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2005 Dodge Magnum SE Rwd 4dr Wagon (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I have had my Magnum for about 4 months now and it is one of the best cars i have ever owned. The 2.7L motor has plenty of go, and haven't had any problems with the car so far. The design is nice and it is a fairly comfortable car, even for a guy like myself that is 6 foot 1 and 295 pounds. The seats took some getting used to (my other car is a 1983 Cadillac Deville, so the seats are like couches) but otherwise, i have no complaints. My wife uses this as her daily driver, and after adding a set of Firestone Winterforce studded tires to the car, we had no problems getting through the snow or ice in the winter. Overall, very satisfied and looking forward to owning this car for a lot of years.


Best Features

Style, power of base model 2.7L motor, fuel efficiency, interior room.


Worst Features

Aux input for stereo would have been nice or a CD changer.


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No problems
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By mr_wizard
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2005 Dodge Magnum SXT AWD 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I have had my Magnum since 2006 purchased used.
Just replaced the breaks and rotors at 76k miles on the front.
Had to replace rotors because shop shaved too much off and they warped.
Wife was in an accident 9 months ago hit by a Ford 1 ton duly 4wd truck.
Hit right passenger quarter panel at 45mph.
Repair costs just under $16k but they said the cars resale value was that and repaired it.
Car was able to drive to curb but the Ford could not move :)
No other problems to report because there have been none.


Best Features

Leather heated Front seats, booming stereo, sun roof and one of the only cars I have to move the front seat up on. I am 6'3" and that leaves little leg room for most cars.


Worst Features

It would be nice if Chrysler brought it back to the market.


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5th and LAST Chrysler Corp. product
2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By brass2
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2005 Dodge Magnum RT Rwd 4dr Wagon (5.7L 8cyl 5A)


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Initially, I loved this car but honestly how many of all the cars that have ever been made are terrible from day one.
There are so many problems, that have nothing to do with operator error, like the windows regulator, headlights that either don't work or flicker and a shifter lever that was made so cheaply that apparently it is just short of recall, the list goes on and on.
This car had so much potential, but the shoddy (and overpaid at $75 an hour) workmanship along with inferior parts combine to outweigh any positives or potential for greatness this car had.


Best Features

I love the dichotomy of the wagon and a big engine which make it such a perfect sleeper. The styling is typical Dodge, you either love it or hate it and I happen to love the styling.


Worst Features

Just like Lada, Chrysler needs the government to stay afloat. The reason for that is the products have continually gone downhill since Iacocca left. Of course this is not the first time that Chrysler needed a bailout, so it should be no surprise that they would have fallen back in to their old ways when the one strong person they had, left. As much work as this vehicle appears to need work in the foreseeable future, I wouldn't be shocked if the whole company gets scuttled and then no parts would be available to keep it on the road.


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A Durable Powerhouse
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By marty2916
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2005 Dodge Magnum SXT AWD 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I absolutely love my Dodge magnum.
Its roomy, versitile, fast, and it looks great.
I am in the process of renovating my new house, and I have hauled everything from tools to new hardwood floor to 10' beams (And yes, I was still able to close the hatch).
Even with a heavy load the rear struts never bottomed out.

The car is very durable and will keep you safe in case of a collision.
I was recently struck by a hit and run driver that caused me to lose control and lightly knock the front end up against the barrier.
The car was still running silently, and the damage was repairable.

The only 2 downsides is the weight of the car which robs a bit from the performance and the average mpg.


Best Features

Great family car. Kids love it. Looks great. Rides great. Everything is easy to reach from the driver seat. Durability.


Worst Features

Lots of upgrades were addressed in the newer models. My only suggestion is for Dodge to bring it back.


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