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Dodge Magnum, Dodge Magnum SRT-8, Wagon
#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...
#1662 of 1963 Delay in ordering AWD?
Jan 07, 2006 (7:07 pm)
I just received a phone message from the dealer that the 2006 Magnum RT AWD was "not as far along in production" as expected, and that the initial 8 week delivery date would not be met. Has anyone else on the forum heard about production delays? Maybe they are trying to find tires that work!
#1665 of 1963 Re: Delay in ordering AWD? [hhroadtrip]
Jan 10, 2006 (8:22 pm)
I waited six months for mine. I ordered it in May 05' and received it in Dec 05'. I kept getting the run around about the length of time. It seems Union Auto Workers get quite a bit of time off.
#1666 of 1963 Re: Magnum vs. Pacifica [scquattl]
Jan 10, 2006 (11:26 pm)
My wife loves our Magnum RT AWD which we have had for 13 months. It is an exhilarating performance car that doesn't require sacrifice of comfort or utility. Acceleration, braking, handling, stability on slippery surfaces or at high speed, are all impressive.
"FWD vs. RWD vs. AWD"
FWD's have a large % of the weight is over the driving wheels which helps in winter. But, the RWD Magnum is heavy and near 50/50, which used to work well years ago with big old cars. BMW and MB get by in the winter with RWD. Most owners report (search dodgemagnum.net) decent performance in snow. I think it depends somewhat on expectations and local conditions. The standard all-season tires are not very good in the snow. Folks with winter tires say they have no problem at all on winter roads.
However, when it comes to handling in slippery conditions, the Magnum really shines. It is very controllable and provides a feeling of confidence and safety. The traction control cuts the throttle to prevent squirrelly RWD handling, and stability control applies brakes to wheels individually to control understeer and oversteer. It really works!
The AWD Magnum is awesome in winter and surprisingly helpful with acceleration and cornering on wet roads too. The full-time AWD is helping in all road conditions.
MPG: Hemi is 15-18 around town, 20-22 on hwy. V-6 1-3 MPG more.
#1667 of 1963 Re: im blown away [shakeyfitter]
Jan 15, 2006 (4:56 pm)
buying from wreck yard,may be 2 expens,would it be compatable with with yre yr?been checking jegs and other sites,autotrucktoys.com//you can get approx.475hp from the 05 with just bolt ons..i'm spending the money on tires after,i've really made sure there is no value to them;; you are rite,got local saturdys paper,the challenger and camaro look bad ass/gm nixxed the nomad saw concept yrs ago//i had to retire from there this yr(med)29yrs,they wait till they can throw some ill thought out car to the public-after they let others risk inital investment=new products..how could they not figure that this nostaglic phenom would'nt exist..Babby bomers that havent grown up and gotten senile,might now have the money for the cars we craved as kids..more power
#1668 of 1963 Re: Magnum vs. Pacifica [scott57]
Jan 16, 2006 (12:41 pm)
Thanks for the feedback.