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#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 I think the idea that rear wheel driven vehicles can't handle well in snow/ice conditions is a little outdated.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.
#1935 of 1963 Re: Have you had any front end problems? [juliebli]
Feb 22, 2007 (6:31 am)
Since there have been no replies, let me throw my 2 cents in.... I bought a 2006 R/T AWD last Oct. Had to have the rear tires (original Continentals) replaced due to slipped bands and am in the process of having the dealer replace the other 2 due to same issue (all under warranty). Reason why I bring it up, did you have your dealer balance the front tires and then place them in the rear? If the shimmy then transfers to the rear (you can feel it thru your seat), it's tires and not the front end. Again, just my 2 cents. Good luck......
Apr 13, 2007 (9:10 am)
I took Magnum out for a ride first time about 3 years ago. I fell in love with this car. As of last week I finally parked my own in garage. Black R/T with HEMI. It is a great car.
Apr 13, 2007 (9:54 am)
Why not 93 oct gas? It was news to me when I heard that Dodge recommends 89. I have feeling that 93 will do it good. Any ideas????
Apr 13, 2007 (6:42 pm)
The grade of gas is relative to the compression of the motor. I just stuck with 89, I have a Dodge too.