Large car; Built in Canada
  • 4-door wagon
  • longitudinal front-engine/rear- or all-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $6,400 – $20,500*


2005 Dodge Magnum


2005 Dodge Magnum


2005 Dodge Magnum


2005 Dodge Magnum

Pros:
  • Acceleration (RT)
  • Passenger and cargo room
  • Ride/handling
Cons:
  • Acceleration (2.7 V6)
  • Fuel economy (RT)

Magnum proves aggressive styling and functionality are not mutually exclusive. The 2.7 V6 can’t move this big wagon with much verve, but the 3.5 V6 offers acceptable performance, and the R/T and SRT8 are muscle cars. Cargo versatility, passenger room, available all-wheel drive, and solid construction inside and out make most any Magnum an outstanding value.

Overview

Dodge redesigned its large car for 2005, switching from a V6 sedan with front-wheel drive to a wagon that offered rear- or all-wheel drive and a V8. Magnum replaced the Intrepid and shared a platform with Chrysler’s 300 sedan. It had a rear liftgate with opening glass. Three trim levels were offered. SE models used a 190-hp 2.7-liter V6 and had rear-wheel drive. SXT versions used a 250-hp V6 and were available with rear-drive or AWD. RT models used a 340-hp 5.7-liter V8 and were also available with rear-drive or AWD. Chrysler called RT’s V8 the Hemi, and it features the company’s Multi-Displacement System, which deactivates four cylinders under light throttle conditions to save fuel. All Magnums had automatic transmission–the SE a 4-speed, the other models a 5-speed with manual shift gate. Four-wheel disc brakes were standard. ABS and traction/antiskid control were standard on SXT and RT, optional on SE.

Available on all was a Protection Group that includes front side airbags and front and rear curtain side airbags. SEs had 17-inch wheels, SXTs and RTs had 18s. RTs added a firmer suspension. Split folding rear seatbacks and tilt/telescope steering wheel were standard. Among options were a rear load-leveling suspension, adjustable pedals, satellite radio, and Chrysler’s UConnect hands-free wireless cell-phone link. Leather upholstery was standard on the RT, optional on the others.

Yearly Updates

2006 Magnum
There were no significant changes to Magnum for 2006, but it did get a sedan companion called Charger.
2007 Magnum
Magnum got no major changes of note for 2007.
2008 Magnum
The 2008 Dodge Magnum got mildly freshened interior and exterior styling for what Chrysler says is this large wagon’s final model year. Among other changes were a slightly updated dashboard and revised interior trim.

Engines

longitudinal front-engine/rear- or all-wheel drive

SE models used a 190-hp 2.7-liter V6 and had rear-wheel drive. SXT versions used a 250-hp V6 and were available with rear-drive or AWD. RT models used a 340-hp 5.7-liter V8 and were also available with rear-drive or AWD. Chrysler called RT’s V8 the Hemi, and it features the company’s Multi-Displacement System, which deactivates four cylinders under light throttle conditions to save fuel. All Magnums had automatic transmission–the SE a 4-speed, the other models a 5-speed with manual shift gate.

dohc V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 2.7/167
Engine HP 190
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 190
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

21/28

ohc V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.5/215
Engine HP 250
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 250
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
19/27
17/24
ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 5.7/345
Engine HP 340
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 390
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
5-speed automatic

17/25

15.9

ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 6.1/370
Engine HP 425
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 420
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
5-speed automatic

14/18

14.3

Road Test

On the road, Magnum SE with 2.7-liter V6 feels tepid, requires lots of passing room; Dodge says 11.3 sec 0-60 mph. The 3.5 V6 is OK in town, but has only adequate passing punch. Dodge claims 9.3 sec with rear drive; AWD SXT felt little different. Test V8-powered R/T did 5.8 sec 0-60, showed ready muscle from any speed. Dodge says SRT8 models do 0-60 mph in around 5.0 sec, which seemed credible. SRT8s aren’t rated for towing, but other V8s are good for up to 3800 lb. Extended-use-test rear-drive Magnum R/T averaged 15.9 mpg over 11,935 miles. Other test rear-drive R/Ts averaged 15.9 mpg in mostly city driving, 18.4 mpg with more highway work. Test Magnum SRT8 averaged 14.3 mpg. Dodge recommends 87-octane fuel for 2.7-liter V6, 89 for 3.5 V6 and 5.7 V8, 91 octane for 6.1-liter V8.

Little difference in ride quality between Magnum and more-luxurious Chrysler 300. Ride generally smooth, composed, but rippled pavement triggers annoying jiggling, especially in V8 models with their firmer suspensions. SRT8s have firmest ride, may be too stiff for some buyers. All versions tested suffered unwanted float over highway-speed dips and swells. Linear steering with good road feel helps create a stable feeling at highway speeds. Though not as agile as most like-sized European sedans in quick direction changes, Magnum has good balance and grip in turns. SRT8s have sharpest handling, abundant grip. Confident stopping power, but some testers complain of long pedal travel. Test rear-drive V8 models negotiated rainy roads without undue slip. But extended-use-test rear-drive Magnum R/T was difficult to maneuver in 6 inches of fresh snow, despite traction control and all-season tires. Magnum’s available AWD is the recommended solution for all-weather traction. Noticeable roar from V6s during acceleration. V8s make throaty full-throttle growl, but are quiet enough in gentle cruising. Magnum suffers more road ruckus than 300 or Charger, mostly because of open rear cargo area vs. closed-off trunk, and R/Ts have more tire roar than other Magnums/Chargers. Wind rush evident at highway speeds. Note: Charger’s Daytona R/T Package includes aggressive-sounding performance exhaust tuning that some testers found tiresome on long trips.

Instruments large and easy to read, but steering-wheel rim cuts into view of turn-signal arrows and gauges for fuel and temperature. Most controls within easy reach, though some are too low to easily adjust while driving. Navigation system simpler than most to operate. Interior materials a slight grade below those of 300, but feel solid enough with nice array of padded panels–entirely appropriate for the price level. Spacious interior has ample head and leg room. Generously sized seats, but flat cushions allow occupants to slide during aggressive cornering. SRT8 addresses this problem with sport buckets. Rear seats have plenty of leg and toe space, even with front seats pushed well back. Enough thigh support for long-trip comfort, but middle rider must straddle bulky driveline hump. Thick front roof pillars block some drivers’ view to front corners. Magnum’s low roofline obstructs visibility to sides and rear. Magnum’s wagon shape means lots of cargo room, but low roofline forces carrying tall objects flat. Versatility enhanced by standard split folding 60/40 rear seatbacks in Magnums, but they don’t lay completely flat.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2005 Dodge Magnum AWD SXT

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 4
40%
Fuel Economy - 5
50%
Ride Quality - 6
60%
Steering/Handling - 7
70%
Quietness - 6
60%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 7
70%
Room/Comfort Front - 7
70%
Room/Comfort Rear - 7
70%
Cargo Room - 8
80%

Other

Value - 10
100%

Total: 67

Specifications

4-door wagon
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
120.0 197.7 74.1 58.4
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
71.6 18.0 5
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
38.4 38.1 41.8 40.2
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 2005 Magnum 4-door wagon

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
100%
Front Passenger Injury - 5
100%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - 4
80%
Rear Passenger Injury - 5
100%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision N/A
Injury N/A
Theft N/A

Trouble Spots

Air conditioner
Description: The A/C may gradually get worse while driving in hot, humid weather because the evaporator ices up and blocks airflow. This requires reprogramming the automatic temperature control unit. (2006)
Starter
Description: The remote starter may not work because of a failed hood switch. (2005)
Steering problems
Description: Power steering additives containing Teflon can plug up the filter in the fluid reservoir. (2004-05)
Transmission leak
Description: The transmission solenoid/pressure switch leaks fluid causing a check engine light, requiring replacement of the solenoid and electrical connector and fluid may also leak from the electrical connector guide on the right front corner of the transmission. (2005)
Water leak
Description: The front floor may get wet due to a water leak in a cowl seam near the hood hinge(s). (2006-07)
Windows
Description: The express up feature of the power windows may stop working due to defective window modules in the doors. (2005-07)
Electrical problem
Description: The oil warning light may come on or flicker due to its wire chaffing on the air conditioner compressor pulley on the 3.5L engine. (2007)

Recall History

2005 Magnum
Description: Certain vehicles may lack a spot weld on the rear floorpan reinforcement, which could cause seatbelt anchors to separate in a crash and lead to occupant injury. Dealers will inspect rear floorpan reinforcement and install structural rivets if necessary.
2005 Magnum
Description: Front seatbelt-loop bolts may not have been properly tightened, possibly causing seatbelts to fail in a crash. Dealers will tighten shoulder-belt adjuster-loop bolts to proper specification.
2005 Magnum
Description: Bulkhead-mounted battery-cable fasteners could come loose and cause an instrument-panel fire. Dealers will tighten the fastener to proper specification.
2005-06 Magnum w/ 42RLE Automatic Transmission
Description: Improperly installed cup plug on 42RLE automatic transmission could prevent transmission from shifting into Park. Dealers will install a bracket on affected vehicles.
2006 Magnum w/2.7-liter V6
Description: Improper spacing between rear brake tubes and EGR tube could lead to break-fluid leak resulting in decrease in braking performance. Dealers removed and replace damaged tubes and install a retaining clip to maintain proper clearance.
2006-08 models with Police package and column shifter
Description: The gear shift cable in these vehicles may disengage and cause an incorrect transmission gearshift position display. Dealers will add a redundant locking mechanism to the gearshift cable at the mounting bracket to ensure proper retention and shift linkage function.
2007 Magnum w/automatic
Description: The powertrain control software can cause a momentary lock up of the drive wheels if the vehicle is traveling over 40 mph and the operator shifts from drive to neutral and back to drive. If the drive wheels locked up, loss of vehicle control could occur. Dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module free of charge.
2007
Description: The antilock brake system control module software may cause the rear brakes to lock up during certain braking conditions. This could result in a loss of vehicle control and cause a crash without warning. Dealers will reprogram the ABS electronic control unit.
2008
Description: Improperly manufactured rear axle hub nuts could loosen, causing the vehicle to lose power and result in a crash without warning. Dealers will replace the rear axle hub nuts.

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Pricing

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