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Dodge Magnum, Dodge Magnum SRT-8, Wagon
#1917 of 1963 Re: Buying a 2006 SXT AWD [mitchwaas]
May 06, 2006 (8:12 am)
Got my 2006 SXT AWD 4 weeks ago, had test driven a lot of cars before, the last was a Dodge Caliber R/T, but car is too small for me. Like you, I felled in love with the Magnum.
I donít know if really need AWD (I live in Quebec, so itís better to own an AWD), but pay attention to the fuel consummation. I have only driven 2000 miles with the car (50% city and 50% highway at 70 mph) and got an average of 18mpg (city 15mpg, highway 22 mpg), hope it will be better after the first oil change.
Unfortunately most in this board is about Magnum R/T, so it is difficult to get an opinion on SE or SXT.
I donít have self-sealing tires or load leveling and height control, so I canít tell you about, but I donít think you need power adjustable pedals, unless you are less then 5í-0.
Anyway the SXT AWD is a great car
#1918 of 1963 New Magnum Owner Signs On
May 11, 2006 (11:05 am)
Well it finally happens next week. I take possession of a Blue 2006 RT AWD, (a used 10K mileage), DCX Program car. It has every option except the roof rack, listed for $40,110, and I am paying $30K and will become the first titled owner with 26 months left on the warranty. I think/hope this is a decent deal. I have been reading this forum for about six months and am quite excited to join the "family". I live in Madison, WI. home to Subarus, Audis & Volvos; haven't seen more than 3 Magnums driving around here.
#1919 of 1963 Re: New Magnum Owner Signs On [madtownmag]
May 11, 2006 (5:07 pm)
Welcome to the family! Sounds like you're getting quite a girl! And, a pretty good deal! Enjoy and let us know how it feels to be the owner of a Maggie!
#1920 of 1963 Re: New Magnum Owner Signs On [lennysky]
Jul 25, 2006 (5:00 pm)
July 5,2006, I bought a new leftover 2005 Magnum RT. It stickered for $31,420 and I bought it for $22,249 out the door in AL. Then I paid $690 to NC for taxes and registration. It was new, never titled, but it did have 1,445 miles on it.
It replaced a 95 Mark VIII Lincoln that was an incredible car in my opinion.
The RT is quiet, powerful, plenty of leg room front and back. I find the seat to be a little hard, but with the adjustable pedals, telescoping/tilt steering wheel and the 8 way power seat, I was able to be quite comfortable. I drove it 565 miles each way from AL to NC and back. My Mark (280hp) usually got 28mpg going and 26 coming back(premium). I checked one tank going and it averaged 22.4mpg. The tires were at 32psig. I pumped up those contiseals to 45psig coming back and it averaged 22.8mpg for the whole trip back. Most of the trip is interstate 20 with a 70mph speed limt. I set the cruise on 80 everywhere possible. I did NOT experience the pull to the right that many drivers speak of. The check engine light came on at one point. I think it did that so I wouldn't miss my Mark so much. I may not have tightened the gas cap enough. It went away and has not reappeared. It appears to use a little oil. It was 1/3 qt. low when I bought it and after driving it 700 or so miles including the interstate trip to NC, it was 1/2 qt low. My Mark did not use any oil even with 113k miles on it.
Overall, I think it is a worthy replacement for my Mark that I owned for 9 years. I am very happy so far.
#1921 of 1963 Re: New Dodge Magnum Owners - Give Us Your Report [pf_flyer]
Aug 08, 2006 (5:59 am)
Oh, let me say, I'll never buy another dodge or chrysler product after my nightmare with my brand new 2005 dodge magnum. this is the 3rd brand new chrysler product in less than a year, stickers totalling $80,000, so I thought I would be a good customer? NOPE! They don't care! The dodge magnum is the biggest piece of crap I've ever owned and unable to get the rattles, vibrations, noises out of it. Just a poorly made car ... let me beg you -- don't buy one of these! You'll be sorry --- bad quality, bad (or no) customer support -- would I come back? I think Not!
#1922 of 1963 Re: New Magnum Owner Signs On [madtownmag]
Aug 08, 2006 (6:03 am)
Do you know why there are no more than 3 magnums driving around your area? Cause people don't want them. They are a poorly made, poorly designed big piece of crap car ... if you havent bought, stop, stop and dont buy ... save your headaches, money and time and buy something else ... you'll be sorry if you buy one of these monstrosities...
#1923 of 1963 Re: New Magnum Owner Signs On [buckangus]
Aug 08, 2006 (7:12 am)
I too had a rocky start with my Magnum R/T AWD. The car was in the shop 14 times in 5 months (see my earlier postings). However, the car has settled down now and hasn't had any problems for 3 whole months!
There are plenty of reasons to buy a Magnum: it's a hoot to drive. It's one of the the coolest looking cars on the road today - I've had many people come up to me to admire and enquire about the car (that never happened with all the Saabs and Volvos I've owned). The price is awesome compared to all other high performance wagons out there (i.e. Saab 9-5 Aero or Volvo V70R at $48,000). The Hemi sounds great with a CAI. It's very roomy and comfortable and has a lot of trunk space. Its got great safety ratings (important to an ex-Saab/Volvo owner). The Magnum performs extremely well with AWD and four Continental snow tires in the severe winter weather conditions of Upstate NY and Vermont. It's a hoot to drive (did I say that already?). The local Dodge dealer here in Rochester, NY has been good about servicing the numerous problems at the start. As this is my first American car ever, I did purchase a bumper-to-bumper extended warranty out to 7 years or 100K miles to be safe (I drive 20K miles a year).
To sum it up, I love my Magnum. I was disappointed with the quality and reliability for the first 4-5 months, but the local Dodge dealer was good about fixing the issues. It seems to be doing well since then and I've got my fingers crossed. The only real downer is the gas mileage at $3.15 per gallon. I get at most 16mpg around town and 19-20mpg on the highway at 75mph.
#1924 of 1963 Re: New Magnum Owner Signs On [buckangus]
Aug 08, 2006 (10:56 am)
I respectfully disagree. I bought my 2005 Magnum RT in October of 2004. The only significant issue I have had with it was the crappy Continental tires that came standard on it and only lasted 16000 miles. The car drives great, is solid and quiet as a bank vault, hauls our stuff, goes like a bat out of you know where yet still can get 25MPG on the highway, and is so distinctive on the road. There is nothing out there that can compare with the Magnum RT's value, practicality, and performance for anywhere within $20,000 of the price. I am sorry that you got a lemon, because my experience with this car has been superb. If mine was stolen tomorrow I would be getting another one just like it ASAP.
#1925 of 1963 Re: New Dodge Magnum Owners - Give Us Your Report [pf_flyer]
Oct 27, 2006 (7:07 am)
Picked up my 2006 Magnum R/T AWD 3 weeks ago. Ten days later we were hit with 20" of snow (where else but Buffalo NY). The car handled extremely well, plowed thru with no problem. My main concern was possible damage driving over downed tree limbs but no damage, yeah...
Initial thoughts on the Magnum:
- Love the hemi (thought I was done with my 2nd childhood)
- Gas mileage...if I wanted better gas mileage I would have bought a different car. But then again, ask me if and when gasoline reaches $5.00/gal
- 2 continental tires had to be replaced by the dealer (slipped belts). Tracking tire concerns thru this forum.
- Stalk controls for wipers,speed control were confusing at first
- Plenty of room for passangers and cargo.
All in all extremely pleased with car. This is the 1st American made (well, actually Canadian) car I've bought in over 20 years. Will be interesting to see how well it holds up, even with the extended warranty.
#1926 of 1963 Great Ride So Far
Oct 29, 2006 (4:57 pm)
Picked up my '05 AWD RT off the lot in Aug. of 2005 and put 23K miles on it since then and have enjoyed every mile. The only repair items have been replacing the parking brake release handle the week I purchased it and having the leaky transmission O-ring fix done at 19K (had the repair done when I dropped it off for an oil change, no big deal ...).
No problems with pull, "crowning" or uneven tire wear (although I do run 5-7 lb more pressure than the sticker).
Drives & handles great on everything from interstates to gravel back roads in the WV mountains. Love the power and sure-footed feel. For comparison, it has a turning radius smaller than that of my old PT Cruiser GT turbo, and stops shorter from 60 mph by a couple of feet even though it weighs 1000 lb more!
Although not equipped with the tow package's self leveling shocks, I have had absolutely no problem with towing trailers up to 3400 lb total weight with tongue weights up to 290 lb (using a HiddenHitch hitch, not the Mopar "invisible" hitch). AWD plus 4 wheel disc ABS is a real plus there.
People talk about the "bare" interior, but I prefer an unpretentious, functional, interior to one dolled up with fake wood, "leatherette", and fake chrome. Hands down, this is the preferred vehicle for long family road trips.