Last post on Jun 07, 2009 at 2:06 AM
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Dodge Magnum, Dodge Magnum SRT-8, Wagon
#1849 of 1963 Re: Demise of the Hemi? [jacklionel]
Sep 04, 2008 (1:27 pm)
Hey Jacklionel, I heard that the Hemi was on its way out, too, but for a different reason. I was told that it had to do with the Chrysler - Diamler break up.
I was told that a lot of the features for the Hemi came from the Mercedes part of the Chrysler Diamler merger. When they parted ways, dissolved their merger, Diamler/Mercedes took the patent part of their Hemi engines with them, so now Chrysler would have to buy it from Diamler if they wanted to continue to making the Hemi engines. If you ever get the chance, look under the hood of an Mercedes station wagon or their larger models and notice the similarity. Also, look at the front grills of the Magnum, the Chrysler 300 and then Mercedes full size and its station wagons, and notice the similarities there too.
This information was shared with me when I purchased my 2005 Dodge Magnum from a dealer that sold used Mercedes. I had no reason to not believe him.
Sep 04, 2008 (6:50 pm)
I know that much of the Magnum design is based closely on the E-Mercedes: the suspension, transmission, etc. (judging by the seats and how incredibly comfortable they are, I think that they are Mercedes clones also). Long after I bought mine, another salesman told me that I had bought a what was essentially a Mercedes.
But I thought that the one truly American thing about the car was the Hemi engine (even thought they are built in Salitillo, Mexico - American/Mexican?).
But you may well be right; I was just repeating something I read on the web.
By the way, you do know that the modern "hemi" is not a pure hemi design like the one of old, right? In order to accomodate the dual plugs, the combustion chamber is not a true hemispherical shape, at least not as much as the 50s-60s version.
#1851 of 1963 Magnum-Mercedes similarities
Sep 08, 2008 (1:26 pm)
I too was told by a mechanic at a station that I take my Intrepid R/T to, that the Magnum is based on the E Mercedes and the transmission is the Mercedes 4-matic. I have not driven a Mercendes in over 15 years, but I let a friend drive mine ('06 Magnum R/T AWD) and he said it felt very much like the Mercedes he's owned and others that were recent models that he's driven.
I suscribe to Consumer Reports and have seldom if ever seen a Mercedes recommended as a good buy due to the bad history of things breaking down in them. That is what scares me about the Magnum. Other that that, I love the way it rides and handles and the power and comfort. Now, if it can be as dependable as my Intrepid has been at 85,000 miles.
#1852 of 1963 Re: Magnum-Mercedes similarities [realtc214]
Sep 08, 2008 (1:38 pm)
I too have been told that the Magnum R/T AWD has many earlier generation E-Class components. Either way my 2005 model (with 60,000 miles) performs extremely well in all weather and road conditions. It's a real hoot to drive. I dueled a Subaru WRX the other day and was able to pretty much hang with him all the way from zero to 90 mph (we had to stop at the next light). A lot of fun. He was very surprised.
#1853 of 1963 Portion of Magnums, etc. that have the Hemi?
Sep 09, 2008 (6:16 am)
So no one has any idea about how many of these cars came equipped with a Hemi, as opposed to a V-6?
#1854 of 1963 navigation disc error
Sep 09, 2008 (10:37 am)
For the last few months I have an intermitant nav error where it dings and states it can't read disc. I eject and put back in and for a few days it works. The dealership recommends buying a new disc and seeing if that fixes the problem ...$311 is too much ... Any thoughts?
#1855 of 1963 Magnum cancellation
Sep 09, 2008 (11:01 am)
On November 1, 2007, Chrysler announced that, as part of its restructuring plans, the Dodge Magnum would be one of four models discontinued after the 2008 model year. The production ended in late March, 2008. 
#1856 of 1963 Re: Magnum-Mercedes similarities [bbfd86]
Sep 09, 2008 (12:43 pm)
Yes, I think a lot of people are surprised at the quickness of the Magnum RT Hemi. I have surprised a lot of "hot rodder" out there and my Magnum is strictly stock. So yes, I agree, they are fun to drive and very very quick .
#1857 of 1963 Re: navigation disc error [paget]
Sep 11, 2008 (6:24 pm)
I own a 2006 AWD Magnum and my nav system recently started with the same problem. The disc only costs $199 at Dodge dealerships. I'm kind of leary about buying just a disc because I actually think it's the laser. The total costs for a new nav system is around $1200. I was hoping it would last until I trade in for a new Hemi-Challenger.
#1858 of 1963 Re: navigation disc error [rehrauer99]
Sep 11, 2008 (9:15 pm)
My Magnum is also a 2006 AWD. I spoke to Navteq tech support and the best they can recommend is to have the dealership put in a new disk and see if it fixes the problem. I am in the process of getting a new challenger (black) but need to sell my Magnum first.