Dodge Magnum Parts and Dodge Magnum Accessories
Stuff to Know about the Dodge Magnum
- The Dodge Magnum nameplate was used by various vehicles. The name was used for a large coupe sold from 1978 to 1979 and for a rear-wheel-drive station wagon for the 2005 model up to the 2008 model year.
- The late 1970s Magnum in the US and Canada was sold as the XE and GT. It was based on the Chrysler B platform, making it the last vehicle to use this in its design. The Magnum looked like a rounded off Charger. It was designed to be more aerodynamic to be able to compete at NASCAR.
- The design for the Magnum came about when the Chrysler team thought of more aerodynamic designs for the race track, specifically the 1978 racing season of NASCAR. Petty Enterprise created test cars that can run up to 190 mph. Richard Petty clinched the second spot in Daytona 125 and was very hopeful. However, after leading more than 30 laps in Daytona 500, the front tire blew up. The small-block Chrysler 360 V8 didn’t have sufficient factory development support, and this eventually became a problem.
- In 2004, the Magnum nameplate made a comeback as a 2005 station wagon based on the Chrysler LX platform. The then-new Magnum was a version of the Chrysler 300. It was built at a plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. In the US, the Magnum became the last mid-size station wagon to be marketed by an American automotive brand. In Europe and Australia, however, the Chrysler 300 Touring was sold.
- Although the Magnum wasn’t always a hit with its design, it also earned some recognition after it was revived. For 2005, for instance, Car and Driver included Magnum in its Ten Best list.
- The Dodge Magnum was discontinued after the 2008 model year, along with the Crossfire, the PT Cruiser convertible, and the Pacifica. This was part of the restructuring plan of the manufacturer. The revived Magnum had about 39,217 units sold in 2004 based on the US sales chart, followed by impressive sales of about 52,487 units in 2005. In 2008, however, sales plummeted to just 6,912 and in 2009, only 113 units were sold. After its cancellation, the Dodge Magnum was succeeded by the Dodge Journey.