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Dodge Magnum



  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    One factor that helps with CAFE is the fact that the Magnum is classified as a truck rather than a car for CAFE purposes. Something about the flat floor even with the second row seats folded allows it to be classified that way.
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    True that the Magnum is a truck**, but it still has to be balanced by enough of the higher mileage trucks (PT Cruisers, smaller-V6 minivans, diesel Liberty, 4-cyl Wrangler) - the Hemi is already bringing down the truck CAFE in the Ram 1500 and Durango.

    ** If USDOT has any sense, they will rewrite the various vehicle regulations to prevent these types of loopholes. We all know the Magnum and PT Cruiser are wagoins, but because of very minor details, they are legally classed as trucks.

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  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I agree totally. The regulations need a major overhaul. I also must say that I am glad I got the Hemi despite the negative impact on the DCX CAFE. I love it. Just cruise along on cruise control at 69, so don't need it the vast majority of the time. However, it is real nice when it comes time to pass. At only 500 miles, it is far too early to see what my actual mileage will be. I will keep the board posted once I start keeping track of it more seriously.
  • My black awd rt is coming this winter. Could someone explain what DCX and CAFE mean. Do these symbols affect your insurance?
         I ordered every option. As for the towing package. How does the suspension work? If you are not towing but are carrying a load does the car adjust? I know the hitch is not included. Has anyone installed an after market? How visible is the hitch? Is the wiring already in place?
          I am interested in installing a dvd player with a screen or two. Where could it be installed? Maybe on the ceiling. I wonder if the moonroof will be in the way? Any help
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    DCX is the stock symbol for Daimler/Chrysler. CAFE stands for corporate average fuel economy.

    I would go with portable DVD players. I got one for each son and they can each watch what they want as well as take them from vehicle to vehicle.
  • I just had a salesman call me about a blue rt on his lot. He is given the rush out here and get it before someone else buys it speech. He said the price is 33000. Some salesmen have a real discrete way of pressuring for a sale. I had almost got tired of waiting for a magnum. I was just about to get a 2001 fully loaded pathfinder for 16500 with 40000 miles at another dealership. I think I just might used the pathfinder as a bargaining chip for the magnum. The salesman says the magnum is too hot to negotiate on for a deal. Is this really true? I have seen some people getting some great deals. He did not really tell me all the equipment it had on the vehicle. He said it did not have the sirius satellite radio. That's the only equipment he said it did not have over the phone. I just might check out of state for a better deal. Has anyone seen a blue rt in person?
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I got my Blaze Red RT for about $200 over invoice, but that included some accessories that make the final deal about $100 over invoice. I was thrilled with that compared to what some people are having to pay. I have seen a blue RT and it looks nice in my opinion. The satellite radio can be added for about $200 and the factory radio integrates with it perfectly.
  • Hardhawk, I guess I might need to look elsewhere for an rt. Hopefully I can get a deal on mine without 2 or 3 grand over invoice. I think I might need to go to a bigger dealership. The dealership with the blue rt is 74 miles away. I am not willing to drive the distance if there is no negotiating on the price. I might just wait till the fall for the rebates to kick in on the magnum and save a bundle of money that way.
  • Good evening, I was wondering what the latest real world (not EPA) gas mileage estimates are from owners? I'm trying to justify the $ difference between my current car payment and a Magnum RT payment based on gas savings so I'm curious. Can you help? Thanks, Tim B.
  • dshueydshuey Posts: 10
    I ordered a fully loaded RT AWD on August 28th from a large dealership in Pennsylvania and still have not been notified of a "build date". I am being told that Dodge is test driving several to work out the final bugs (what ever that means). I put $1,000 down and bought the car for $1,000 over dealer invoice. Am trying to be patient. I see that some of you are paying dealer premiums for RTs. That's rediculous...dealers in PA have these cars and are selling for MSRP or below if you want to beat them up a bit or buy at the end of month or during dealer incentive times.
  • dshueydshuey Posts: 10
    I too hope to tow a small trailer with my RT AWD but really haven't done much homework on how the "towing package" looks ot effects the performance of the car. Will do some investigating and post here if I find anything.
  • jglackinjglackin Posts: 164
    First, good luck with your order as you approach the 90 mark. Second, please realize that more importantly than the looks of the tow hitch, is the fact that you will have to invest in a full size spare tire for your Magnum (or at least should), since you only have a compact spare from the factory. I know you said "small trailer", but what happens if one of your rear wheels goes flat during towing?
  • jklossjkloss Posts: 39
    I was at a local (Chicago) Dodge dealer this am and saw at least 9 Hemi's for sale along with another 10-12 regular magnum's E-mail me and I will give you the dealers name.
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    jkloss, we do allow a dealership name, city, and state to be posted as long as you are not connected to the dealership. No contact info or personnel names are permitted, though.

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  • jklossjkloss Posts: 39
    No connection with a dealer
  • I just picked up a RT with the Continental Self-Sealing Tires (P225/60R 18"). I have been trying to find some Type "S" Cable Chains to fit with no luck. Has anyone find a source of acceptable chains for these tires?
  • I got 15.5 MPG on the first tank and 16.9 MPG on the second around town, but I have a pretty heavy foot. The power is almost an aphrodisiac. I only have 1,000 miles on it and expect the mileage will still improve some. I haven't had a chance to get it out on the road and use the cruise control as yet. The car is so quite and powerful, I have trouble maintaining a steady speed without the cruise. But who needs justification, it's a HEMI.
  • Anyone found a cat back system yet besides Borla?
    I am also looking for floor liners and seat covers. Any help would be great.
  • Boy you said it.... Not only that but the drivers side front pillar makes it almost impossible to see anyone coming from the left. I am still getting use to it.
  • I've been waiting for a V6 SXT with the 5 speed transmission, larger disk brakes, and heavy duty suspension. This web article on 2006 Magnum police package mentions this combination. Might hint that the commercial 2006 SXT could come with the 5 spd auto.

    2006 Dodge Magnum Police Package

    The 2006 Dodge Magnum will be available with a police package in the fourth quarter of 2005.

    The standard 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine featured on the 2006 Dodge Magnum police package vehicle delivers 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque for great police performance.

    A five-speed fully electronic transmission with steering column shifter, 18-inch V-rated tires and steel wheels, heavy-duty police brakes and linings and heavy-duty suspension will be included as standard equipment with the police package models.

    For the ultimate in pursuit power, the Dodge Magnum police package also

    will offer an optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cylinder deactivation that produces 340 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Chrysler Group's Multiple Displacement System (MDS) seamlessly alternates between smooth, high fuel economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. Fuel efficiency is improved by up to 20 percent with cylinder deactivation, but not at the expense of performance.

    The HEMI powertrain, mated to a fully electronic five-speed automatic transmission and high-performance suspension, will give officers in pursuit situations a balance of world-class performance, power and handling.

    The 2006 Dodge Magnum police package will include the following specific package items: certified speedometer, column shifter, emergency rear door lock override, heavy-duty five-link suspension system, heavy-duty alternator, heavy-duty battery, heavy-duty brakes, inoperable rear door locks and rear windows, and special police electrical wiring.

    Optional equipment includes: daytime running lamps, dual spot lamp, police-type heavy-duty front seats with manual lumbar adjustment and full-size spare tire.

    The 2006 Dodge Magnum police package will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2005. Pricing will be announced at that time.
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