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Based on 46 reviews
2005 Dodge Magnum Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 46 reviews
With gas costs rising and SUV purchases dwindling, Dodge went back to an old standard and reinvented the station wagon with its 2005 Dodge Magnum. Not your father's station wagon, this "sports tourer" features the style and engines of muscle cars, with the practical interior and trunk space of a family car. It is an SUV masquerading as a classy sedan.
The 2005 Magnum stands out first and foremost for its unique look. A bullying grille adopted from Dodge's pickups, a sloped rear roof, and wheel cutouts make you think sports car. The engines perpetuate this image. The base SE features a 2.7-liter, 190-hp V6. The SXT offers the 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6, but the star of the road is the R/T's 5.7-liter, 340-hp V6 Hemi. Yes it's speedy and powerful, but this unique Hemi shuts down four of its eight cylinders when the car is cruising, to also deliver better fuel economy (up to 30 mpg highway). A departure from previous front-wheel drive sedans, the Magnum operates on rear-wheel drive. AWD is available in SXT and R/T trims.
Inside is minimalistic and gray, but roomy, fitting four very comfortably. The deceptive rear sloping window actually does not skimp on headroom, though it does limit the cargo area height somewhat. Seats fold to deliver 72 cubic feet of cargo room. The liftgate is hinged farther up on the roof, making loading easier and allowing you to open the trunk in tight spaces. The 2005 Magnum handles smoothly on the road, particularly when paired with AWD, traction control, and ABS. The rear-wheel drive gives the car a more balanced, stable feel, and the interior seats and amenities make it a comfortable ride. It handles turns tightly, and has surpisingly good visibility.
Above all, owners love the look and style of the Dodge Magnum, emphasizing how many stares and comments they recieve. They love the Magnum's solidity, space, cargo area, and the power of the V8 engine. It is a fun car to drive. Complaints range from a cheap-looking interior, to squealing tires on turns, the ugliness of the pickup-style grille, a poorly laid out and confusing cruise control function, and that the liftgate, because it opens so high, is hard to shut.
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Dodge Magnum Questions
Several Symptoms. I Am Unsure They Are Related.
2005 Dodge Magnum - not a Hemi The first problem was about a year ago. I drove probably 70 miles and then had to idle for a bit. By the time I was able to stop I could feel the heat and it smelled re...
My Dodge Magnum 3.5l V6 Requires Atf4 Transmission Fluid. My Mechanic Inst...
Recently had transmission serviced with a universal fluid instead of the required ATF 4. My trans seems to be slipping at low RPM in the 25 to 30 mph range. is it the tranny fluid.
How Do I Release Rear Seat That Is Missing The Release Pull Strap?
The pull strap that releases the rear seat came off and the seat is in the up position. How do I release the seat to be able to re-install the release strap. The latch is hidden behind the side mo...
Code P0128 - 05 Dodge Magnum,sxt Awd,3.5l
Changed the Tstat, Coolant, Coolant temp sensor,Intake air temp sensor, 2 relays and bleed the system. After 300 miles CEL came back on, code P0128 code indicating faulty T stat. Any ideas on what i...
How Do You Remove The Belt Moulding/window Sill On A Magnum?
Im replacing the belt moulding/window sill on my magnum and need to know how to remove them