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Dodge Magnum, Dodge Magnum SRT-8, Wagon
#1652 of 1963 Magnum vs. Pacifica
Dec 30, 2005 (6:33 am)
Hello, everyone. I will be replacing a 1999 Plymouth Neon in the spring (2006). I have been researching the Pacifica and Dodge Magnum. This will be the wife's car (We don't like the look of Mini-Vans) used to commute about 50 mile round trip per day and haul the 2 kids and their stuff around. Our other car is a 2002 Dodge Durango (which I love) and is used for long hauls. Love that 3rd row seat. We live in St. Louis, so FWD vs. RWD vs. AWD is on my mind. Also, like most everyone else, MPG. Any recommendations or advice would be appreciated.
Dec 30, 2005 (7:17 pm)
if anyone unintentionally wrecks their new daytona charger or knows where one is (wrecked) please let me know, so i too can go 145 mph.. i hauled my brother to des moines to pick up a daytona charger last weekend.. on the way home we thought we would see how they compare both top end and quarter mile.. at 127 thats where i stop climbing. the daytona is just coming on..i want the computer of a daytona or better yet a srt-8.. now you might not believe this, but, my magnum took him (fair start) all the way to 110. both units with the traction control on. granted ive got twenty thousand miles and him well 300+.. the only fair way to tell on the quarter mile is to take them to a track and i know this. but i cant stand to get blown away that bad top end..knowing what i know now i would have waited a year.. new buzz dodge challenger soon out!!possibly two door??
#1654 of 1963 Re: im blown away [shakeyfitter]
Jan 02, 2006 (7:21 am)
The Magnum has a governer that limits its top speed to about 127. This is due to the tire's speed rating. I've heard of dealers upping this for customer who've upgraded tires. If you don't want to go this route, wait for the Superchips programmer due out soon. One of the things it will do is remove this limit.
#1655 of 1963 Re: im blown away [peterskm]
Jan 02, 2006 (7:25 am)
Anyone who upgrades the top speed governor on a car with H rated or less rubber is taking their life in their own hands if they decide to use the extra speed their car will now allow them to drive.
Folks, if you are going to explore speeds north of 130, please, PLEASE, upgrade your tires.
#1656 of 1963 2006 Magnum-like it but......
Jan 02, 2006 (9:30 pm)
I love my 06 magnum. This is a post for poor dealer/dodge customer service. I had an 05 magnum, dash lights dimmed very low. Low enough. Then i get an 06. The dash lights don't dimm near far enough. I have to put a towel over them at night. So i don't know aboout your state, but mne requires a speedo and if its covered up...a safety hazard. So i go to Timberline Dodge in Portland, OR where I got the car. They say nothing is wrong with it. I have five witness's that it is wrong. Some of them are other dealer personel at other dodge dealerships. Doesn't matter, they refuse to work on it. The serivce manager also refuses to give me the free loaner under Business Link program. He says I have to have the car down, in shop, for 5 days minimum to qualify. Not so! Its as soon as it goes in its eligible. So I would suggest with this kind of treatment, Timberline is one to avoid, and Dodge, well you be the judge. The customer service line was of no help whatsoever. Its a brick wall. So I guess all I can do now is drive with my towel in place and if I have an accident or get a ticket, lawsuit time!
#1657 of 1963 Pulling to the Right
Jan 04, 2006 (10:04 am)
I have a 2005 Magnum which has been to a dozen dealers
across the country and have gotten 12 different reasons
for my cars pulling to the right. Have had the front end
worked on with new bolts,different alignment machines,
one factory rep himself overseeing the work all to no
satisfaction or remedy of the problem--STILL PULLS!!
Would like some help with your problems for our Lemon
Law hearing which is coming up this month. Please post
any you have also had to replace tires at 8500 miles due
to their cupping after all my rotations. Have been told
the pulling has been built into the car to avoid crossing
over to the center line thus avoiding a head on collision.
Makes sense to me??? The Porkster--
#1658 of 1963 Re: Pulling to the Right [porkster]
Jan 05, 2006 (8:43 am)
I have had mine to the dealer about 6 times. I have changed my tires at 20k, and switched to Goodyears. The first 20k miles was the worst ride I have ever had. The car shook so violently when I drove it, until the tires were re-balanced every couple thousand miles. The car still pulls, after a couple of allingments, after fixing everything according the the TSB's. It was pointless arguing with the tech, they say it drives perfect, and that it should pull a little. I couldn't get Continental to comp the tires because they were so worn because of the allignment.
For everyone out there....document tire rotations, tire wear, allignments....everything. The more info we have, the quicker we might get this resolved.
#1660 of 1963 Re: Pulling to the Right [jburke6321]
Jan 06, 2006 (2:47 pm)
The right-pull issue was primarily confined to early-build 2005's. There were a multitude of reports and frustrations with the first few months of production on this car but they've died out on the various Dodge forums as people have gotten them taken care of.
6 times from a dealer is nuts. If a mech compounds their inattention to the very well-known TSB's out on this issue by telling you the car is "supposed to pull" -- as in the car is not supposed to go in the direction it is pointed -- take that as a sign that you have the wrong dealer looking at your problem.
And worst case... the alignment spec is published, as are the TSB's. There is also a Mopar alignment kit available that enhances your range of adjustment. You can get the car aligned yourself by any competent shop if all dealers in your area are staffed by chimps.
And get yourself to a place like lxforums.com, where literally thousands of Magnum/300/Charger owners have experience with your car and can share the wealth.
#1661 of 1963 2005 Magnum RT experience a year later
Jan 07, 2006 (11:36 am)
i bought one of the first Magnum RTs in jun 2004 on something of an impulse. my initially favorable impression quickly disolved the longer i owned it. i should kick myself for ignoring my usual instinct to avoid buying a domestic car during the first model year. the main problems that arose very soon after delivery were various squeaks and rattles from inside the car: the doors, console, rear cargo area and liftgate. not just the usual creaks and buzzes, but a continuous squeak that sounded like two pieces of styrofoam being constantly rubbed together. the delivering Mopar dealer was clueless and unable to rectify these problems after many visits. other rattles developed around the windshield, the rear bumper and the front fender liners. i do not believe this car should have been released for production when it was. and after a few thousand miles, i found the front seats less than comfy on long trips, the steering, while fast and accurate had a very artificial, non-liner feel and the freeway gas mileage, displacement-on-demand regardless, rarely over 20 mpg. between the car itself and the rapacious local dealer, i doubt i will ever drive another DCX vehicle unless they give me one. BTW, i sold it in Oct 2004 and took a $6000 hit with less than 5000 miles on the clock. Caveat Emptor...