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Dodge Magnum

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  • I too was told by a mechanic at a station that I take my Intrepid R/T to, that the Magnum is based on the E Mercedes and the transmission is the Mercedes 4-matic. I have not driven a Mercendes in over 15 years, but I let a friend drive mine ('06 Magnum R/T AWD) and he said it felt very much like the Mercedes he's owned and others that were recent models that he's driven.
    I suscribe to Consumer Reports and have seldom if ever seen a Mercedes recommended as a good buy due to the bad history of things breaking down in them. That is what scares me about the Magnum. Other that that, I love the way it rides and handles and the power and comfort. Now, if it can be as dependable as my Intrepid has been at 85,000 miles.
  • I too have been told that the Magnum R/T AWD has many earlier generation E-Class components. Either way my 2005 model (with 60,000 miles) performs extremely well in all weather and road conditions. It's a real hoot to drive. I dueled a Subaru WRX the other day and was able to pretty much hang with him all the way from zero to 90 mph (we had to stop at the next light). A lot of fun. He was very surprised.
  • So no one has any idea about how many of these cars came equipped with a Hemi, as opposed to a V-6?
  • For the last few months I have an intermitant nav error where it dings and states it can't read disc. I eject and put back in and for a few days it works. The dealership recommends buying a new disc and seeing if that fixes the problem ...$311 is too much ... Any thoughts?
  • Cancellation
    On November 1, 2007, Chrysler announced that, as part of its restructuring plans, the Dodge Magnum would be one of four models discontinued after the 2008 model year. The production ended in late March, 2008. [4]
  • Yes, I think a lot of people are surprised at the quickness of the Magnum RT Hemi. I have surprised a lot of "hot rodder" out there and my Magnum is strictly stock. So yes, I agree, they are fun :) to drive and very very quick ;) .
  • I own a 2006 AWD Magnum and my nav system recently started with the same problem. The disc only costs $199 at Dodge dealerships. I'm kind of leary about buying just a disc because I actually think it's the laser. The total costs for a new nav system is around $1200. I was hoping it would last until I trade in for a new Hemi-Challenger.
  • My Magnum is also a 2006 AWD. I spoke to Navteq tech support and the best they can recommend is to have the dealership put in a new disk and see if it fixes the problem. I am in the process of getting a new challenger (black) but need to sell my Magnum first.
  • Dodge's navagation systems are messed up. On my wife's 2005 Magnum (first one on the Gulf Coast), after 2 years I ordered the new Disk, per owner's manual directions ($200), and it couldn't find the address either that the old disk couldn't find. Sent it back. Then the nav system wouldn't read the old disk. The dealer couldn't fix it and replaced the unit.

    On my brand new 2009 Dodge Ram: The Navigator wouldn't work after 3 weeks. I am still waiting on the replacement unit. When it went it took out the vehicle information system under the speedometer, so none of that works either, and I have alarms chiming now for the past 2 weeks, having no idea what they are alarming about. The Nav unit looks and works the same as the one in my wife's Magnum, and I believe it is the same piece of crap as the one in her Magnum.

    What a piece of crap they have stuck in the dash!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's enough to make a guy go Chevy next time.
  • I forgot about this posting, and would like to follow up on it... A few months after I posted this, my tranny went out on the way to work. This car started tearing up on me @ 600 miles, and never stopped. When DaimlerChrysler bought it back from me, it had 30,000 miles on it, and was still doing what it did from day 1. Rebuilt tranny, replaced tranny, rebuilt transfer case, replaced anti-swaybar bushings (shot at 16,000miles), the list goes on and on. The only thing I see when a Magnum drives by, is a big pile of S}{1T.
  • I have come across a great video of a black magnum crashing
    through a huge storefront glass window. This driver must've got
    it after its airbags blew because he didn't fare too well...
    but the crash scenes kcik [non-permissible content removed]! I want to get some stills for my
    screensaver gallery. :shades:

    P.S.
    season 6, episode 9: CSI Miami, CBS.

    http://www.cbs.com/primetime/csi_miami/video/video.php?cid=577439402&pid=CMnB7gX- G5FB06DJoKe5XTHMweLgebvUk&category=recent&play=true
  • Can anyone out there help me out? I bought my 06 SRT-8 to have some fun in my old age. I am 67 and enjoy taking the car out to Thunerhill, Sears Point and Sacramento Raceway. I have no complaints at the drag strip. I know who to talk with to get more power. What I do not know is, whom to ask about high speed handling. Here's the problem. I joined NASA in order to have fun going fast legally. I do not plan to progress any further than HPDE2. But even at that, I get complaints that when I hit the straight, I pull the trigger and, run away only to be overhauled in the twisty bits. So; I'd like to get a bit more speed going in the corners.
    I have spent the last 30 years raising a family and generally being responsible. So I am really out of the loop.
    In 2 years I have never seen another Dodge at the track, a shame really, so I have no notes to compare. So; is anyone out there doing the same thing? Any suspension upgrades? How about the tire/wheels? any improvement there?
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    You probably want to drop by our Speed Shop Message Board and look over the handling and suspension discussions there. The folks who hang there will probably know just what you need!

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host

    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • budwbudw Posts: 11
    NOW HAVE 35800 MILES ON CAR. LIVE IN SPOKANE,WA. WENT THRO 3 WINTERE NOW. ONLY PROBLEM I CAN SEE IS. TIRES ON NEW CARS ARE CHEAP.HAVE REPLACED THEM. I THINK ALL THE PROBLEMS I HAVE READ ABOUT ARE ON FIRST CARS BUILT. WE SHOULD ALL PUT THE BUILT DATE ON THESE POSTS. I GOT MIND IN DEC. OF O5. BUILD DATE WAS 8/05 . IF YOU CHECK YOUR BUILD DATES,I THINK MOST OF PROBLEMS ARE THE FIRST FEW MONTHS. I HAVE HAD NO TROUBLE AND KNOW OTHER DODGE LOVERS HERE IN SPOKANE WITH NO TROUBLE. LETS CHECK THOSE BUILD DATES. MY FIRST POST WAS AS BLACK BEAUTY. BUD WALK
  • budwbudw Posts: 11
    ANSWER TO JACKTB. I AGREE WE SHOULD POST OUR BUILD DATES WHEN WE SEND IN QUESTIONS. I BOUGHT 05 IN DEC. OF 05 WHEN 06 WERE OUT. NEVER ONE PROBLEM. EARLY BUILD DATES ARE THE MAIN TROUBLE I BELIEVE. MY FIRST POST WAS AS BLACK BEAUTY. STILL LOVE CAR AFTER 4 YRS.
  • budwbudw Posts: 11
    JUST THOUGHT I WOULD JUMP IN. EARLY BUILD DATE CARS APPEAR TO HAVE TROUBLE. I HAVE 05 AWD MAGUMN,BUILD DATE OF OCT. 05.NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. WOULD BUY ANOTHER ONE IF NEEDED, EXCEPT THEY QUIT MAKING THEM. REAL SMART ON THERE PART. OH,WELL.
  • donnak1donnak1 Posts: 39
    Are there any original owners of this car still on here? Mine has 45K miles on her, and although I had many problems in the beginning, she is still a great car. My latest issue is that my son just got his driver's license, and poor Maggie has to deal with his jack rabbit starts and putting her through teenage hell!!!
  • bbfd86bbfd86 Posts: 42
    My 2005 R/T AWD is doing quite well at 70K miles. I have found that the front suspension is a big weak point - I've had suspension components replaced a number of times, all covered under the 100K/5YR extended warranty that I purchased with the car. The warranty has been a good deal for me. Other than that no major issues for the last 60K miles. Curiously I had a lot of weird problems the first 6 months I owned the car. After that it settled down and has been a charm. Comfortable, safe and a hoot to drive. As a volunteer firefighter it sure gets me to the fire station VERY quickly for alarms!
  • Lots of time for things to go wrong, but at least I've had no "infant mortality" problems with the car.

    But boy, is it ever a gas hog, even (especially) on the hwy. Can't get higher than around 22mpg, even cruising around 70. The only car I ever owned that got worse mileage was a '72 Olds with a 455 (the AWD may have something to do with that, and that's a blessing in the winter; I thought about getting a 425 HP Challenger, but I don't need another summer car).

    Aside from that, it's a great car.
  • Good morning Donnak1, wow, a teenage son that likes to do jack rabbit starts. Are you talking quick acceleration or are we talking tire smoking, wheel spinning take offs. A little moderation never hurts anything, but too much could lead to pre-mature break downs not to mention bad driving habits and later on, traffic tickets. I have Dodge Magnum R/T 2005, never had the need for jack rabbit starts, but on the open highway, now that's a different story., I believe the R/Ts are meant to run
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