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Dodge Magnum, Dodge Magnum SRT-8, Wagon
#1775 of 1963 Re: Why I'm interested in the Magnum [indydriver]
Aug 08, 2006 (5:55 am)
Let me beg you ... don't buy the dodge magnum ... I bought a 2005 brand new june 30th and it's been in the shop 11 days since ... it rattles, vibrates, generally a big expensive piece of crap and chrysler won't help ... this is the 3rd chrysler product purchased in less than a year totalling $80,000 in sticker values... wouldn't you think I'd be a good customer? Wrong -- Chrysler doesn't care and won't help me ... oh, forgot to add -- does OK on gas mileage... however, poor quality, poor customer service, poor dealer support ... what else can you ask for?
#1776 of 1963 Re: Why I'm interested in the Magnum [buckangus]
Aug 14, 2006 (1:23 pm)
A little background would be nice.
#1777 of 1963 Vibration front end and felt in steering
Sep 04, 2006 (10:15 am)
My 2005 Magnum (3.5L) 60K miles. Had car alignment checked - ok, tires changed twice ($750), balanced. I even had both front bearing replaced (at $280 each..ouch!). Still I experience a noticable VIBRATION in the steering wheel, floor, dash and seat. It becomes more noticable from 40 MPH and up. It is getting more noticable in the last 2K miles. Cannot figure if it is a harmonic problem (transmission -rear wheel drive). Feels like bad bearings (but both are now brand new). Note: when my mechanic ordered them they were on back order nation wide. Are others needing new ones this soon? I begin to wonder if the bearing design is flawed. The front bearing use a roller bearing on the inside and a ball bearing (like bycicle bearings) on the outer. Any one else experience the same problem? It's extremely frustrating feeling the constant vibration. Any solutions?
#1778 of 1963 Re: Vibration front end and felt in steering [edvm]
Sep 09, 2006 (10:41 pm)
I am having this EXACT same problem, AND along with my ESP/BAS lights are on. I purchased my 2006 Magnum RT about a month ago with 18k miles. Started noticing the bad vibration - only way I can describe is like when you're on the highway and you get too close to the side and the grooves in the road make your car vibrate. That's what my Magnum does and it almost seems as if it is having a hard time switching gears. Like yours, the problem has progressively become worse - especially in the last few weeks of holiday driving. I'm dreading taking my car to the dealership so bad I'm just about in tears. I dread the whole, "We've fixed this and we've fixed that, but can't seem to remedy your problem. We'll just have to keep it another 2 weeks and figure it out." I plan on researching it some more online, but if you could, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep me updated on your progress and if/how your Magnum gets fixed. Thanks and good luck!
#1779 of 1963 Re: Magnum RT Shuddering at 4-8 cylinder transition [hman3]
Sep 13, 2006 (3:41 pm)
Water the in transmission caused my 2005 RT to shudder at 40 mph. I have been following this thread for quite a while and want to share my own experiences with everyone. I ran through standing water in Mentor Ohio and the shuddering started immediately. The dealer there knew nothing and said I had water in a spark plug well. This was not the problem (no way, Jose) and the shuddering continued. After I returned to Illinois the problem was gone until I hit more standing water a few months later. Again the shuddering started almost immediately but this time it did not go away. The dealer in Libertyville didnít know about the TSB until I brought it to his attention (the problem is the leaky 0-ring and affects certain 2005 RTís). The dealer then said he couldnít reproduce the problem and gave me the run around. Thoroughly ticked off and thinking I would never get any satisfaction I took the car to Gurnee Dodge. Their tech, Colin, took the car for a drive with me as passenger and made it flunk half a dozen tests. The car made noises I hadnít heard before. I have rebuilt transmissions and as far as I am concerned he is one of the very best: he advises other dealerships and provides input to the engineering department at the factory. Daimler Benz refused to exchange the transmission (our first option) so we performed the TSB: fluid change, filters and new seal at the dipstick tube. This didnít work because water-contaminated fluid remained in the torque converter. Colin then replaced the converter and went through the transmission, replacing the pump seal only. He told me that the Mercedes transmission has an excellent reputation and the clutch in the torque converter is what chatters and causes the shuddering. I was concerned that he didnít replace all of the clutches in the transmission as well because I thought contaminated fluid would get into all of the clutch linings. After the repairs there was slight shuddering on the 4th-5th gear change. I trust Colinís judgment so I kept on driving the car. A week later it is as good as the day I bought it. A few days ago it rained hard again and I was hydroplaning across the puddles. Still no problems. My Magnum is still perfect! I hope this account helps anyone else that may have had or is still having the same problem.
#1780 of 1963 Re: Vibration front end and felt in steering [toalgang]
Sep 27, 2006 (9:06 pm)
Have you folks who have this vibration problem had your rotors checked for warpage? I have an '01 Grand Caravan ES and replaced the rotors (3rd time with 173K on van) with Bosch brand 5 yr warrantied rotors and less than two weeks later, there was about 10" of standing water after a downpour that I had no choice but to negotiate. Rotors were warped on my next stop attempt and vibration suddenly returned. Just an idea that a decent brake shop can verify. Next set of rotors after these Bosch brand are out of warranty will be cross-drilled high performance. Good luck.
#1781 of 1963 Re: Vibration front end and felt in steering [mek0123]
Sep 28, 2006 (12:17 pm)
Stay away from cross-drilled rotors. Cross-drilling rotors actually weakens them and could cause them to crack. A better option is slotted rotors. If you want them for cosmetics, you can get dimpled rotors which give you the cross-drilled look without compromising the rotors' strength.
#1782 of 1963 Re: Vibration front end and felt in steering [peterskm]
Sep 28, 2006 (6:43 pm)
"Stay away from cross-drilled rotors. Cross-drilling rotors actually weakens them and could cause them to crack."
That used to be the case with rotors with poorly planned and/executed drillings. With CAD designed drilling layouts and proper quality control that are used on quality rotors (PowerStop, Brembo and others) weakend and cracked rotors are very much a thing of the past.
#1784 of 1963 opinion on Cont tires
Dec 31, 2006 (3:41 pm)
Looking to purchase new tires for 2005 RT.Would like some feed back.