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#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.
#1927 of 1963 Re: New Dodge Magnum Owners - Give Us Your Report [buckangus]
Nov 05, 2006 (10:54 am)
Well, your post scared me off enough that I went for a Saab 9-5 wagon to avoid the problems you spoke of. The Magnum SXT was in serious contention -- I love the storage space and the comfort. I'm a previous Saab owner and while I hate the lack of utility up front (poor cubby/pocket/cupholder space), it's otherwise got plenty of room, is equally distinctive in looks, and with 260 hp and a powerful turbo, it hauls you know what! Hope you were right. The one thing Dodge (and the Jeep I traded) have is very thoughtfully designed storage space and nice quiet rides. I miss my Jeep center console! (On the other hand, I now get killer mileage (20/28)...
#1928 of 1963 Re: New Dodge Magnum Owners - Give Us Your Report [nelsoncm]
Nov 27, 2006 (10:18 am)
For the price of a Saab 9-5 you should have looked at the Magnum R/T AWD. The SXT is not a fair comparison.
After owning a Saab 9-5 Aero wagon for 6 years I went for a 2005 Magnum R/T AWD. I was very disappointed with the quality and reliability of the Saab over the 6 years I owned it. It was my third Saab, but the first one to not measure up on quality. The Saab Aero handled better, but was hobbled by front wheel drive. You need AWD with that kind of power. The Magnum offers more leg room than the Saab both front and back - my two boys and I are all well over 6 feet tall.
Saab's engine doesn't even come close to the 5.7L hemi with an after market AFE cold air intake - 350hp and zero to sixty in around 5.7 seconds!
The Magnum R/T with AWD and 4 high-speed rated Continental snow tires handled last winter in Upstate New York and Vermont as well as any Saab I've owned, in spite of it weighing 500lb more than the 9-5.
(I also considered the Volvo V70R, but it was $18,000 more than the Magnum and had NO room in the front seats.)
#1929 of 1963 Have any of you encountered snowy conditions with a RWD Magnum?
Dec 05, 2006 (6:55 am)
I'll be in the market for a wagon type vehicle come the end of April 2007, and I'm currently considering a used Dodge Magnum to replace my leased 04 Honda Oddysey to haul the wife and kids around in. I'll be looking at around $14k at that time, so the AWD and RT models are out of the questions.
I live in Wisconsin, so I'm concerned about how the RWD Magnum handles in the snow! Anyone have any experience to share on this subject?
Also, I'm heard a few complaints regarding the reliability of the 2.7 engine... should I only look at Magnums with the 3.5 then?
#1930 of 1963 Re: Have any of you encountered snowy conditions with a RWD Magnum? [billwfriend]
Dec 05, 2006 (10:04 am)
Having lived in snowy climes all my life I would NOT recommend buying a RWD car, especially one as big and heavy as a Magnum. Go AWD if you can, otherwise stick with FWD. Safety first when hauling the family. (I have a good friend in Spokane whose whole family survived a roll-over accident in their Honda Odyssey after his wife fell asleep at the wheel!)
#1931 of 1963 saab vs. magnum
Dec 18, 2006 (12:23 am)
To bbfd86, yeah I know Saabs have issues. It's actually really odd that I returned to Saab since I had a sort of love/hate thing with my previous one, an 02 arc wagon. And I agree this newer one has some very apparent build quality issues in terms of interior materials and the odd rattles. I actually test drove both an SXT and an R/T Magnum. I found 340 hp on the R/T to be an insane amount of power to drive my son to school or hit the local starbucks. But otherwise, I did love the comfort of the cabin, the seats, etc. Didn't love the cargo area -- just so cramped. But ultimately, I just don't trust Dodge/Chrysler. Maybe if in a couple of years, I hear better things in terms of reliability, I'll look again. I know, GM really isn't any better, but I just went with what was familiar.
#1932 of 1963 Snowy Conditions
Jan 11, 2007 (8:41 pm)
I have an '06 Magnum RT and was hesitant with the first snowfall here in Illinois but it handled great in the snow! I think the idea that rear wheel driven vehicles can't handle well in snow/ice conditions is a little outdated. There have been lots of advances in tire compounds, electronic stability programs and anti-lock brakes since large rear wheel drive cars were popular many years ago. Now I would not hesitiate to drive my Magnum anywhere in any conditions.
#1933 of 1963 Re: Have any of you encountered snowy conditions with a RWD Magnum? [bbfd86]
Jan 25, 2007 (8:06 pm)
I have an 05 SXT and have been pleasantly suprised with the handling in snowy Michigan. I traded in my 01 Deville with front wheel drive and previous to that I owned a Saab 900 and Audi A6 Quattro. While it can't compare to the Quattro for traction, I haven't been stranded or felt unsafe. With the stability and traction control, the car manages quite well. Don't let people scare you, this car handles well.
#1934 of 1963 Have you had any front end problems?
Feb 14, 2007 (3:05 pm)
I purchased a 2005 Magnum SE and drove it for 1 1/2 years. I was totally in love with this car. It was a dream of a car, and never had any problems with it. I decided to upgrade, so traded it in for a 2006 Magnum SXT AWD. . . and my nightmare began. In the six months since driving this car of the lot, it has been in the shop at least 10 times. My dealer has been great throughout this ordeal . . . they now come and pick my car up and leave me a rental. Aside from the numerous unrelated problems I have had with the car (some of them were the fault of the Service Department at my dealer), I am having a problem with the front end. When I hit between 60-65 mph on the freeway I can feel a "shimmy" in the front end (you can actually see the steering wheel move back & forth). The dealer has balanced the wheels twice and called it fixed. The balancing didn't work the first time they tried it, so not sure why they thought it would work the second time. In addition it has the pulling to the right issue (was happy to read the other messages regarding this issue, along with a possible fix). Does anybody have any ideas regarding the "shimmy"? I have had so many problems with this particular car, that I toyed with the idea of trading it in (for another Magnum SXT AWD, of course). Unfortunately, after crunching the numbers I decided that was not an option.