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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.

Dodge Magnum Articles

  • Usual Problems of the Dodge Magnum 9 September 2015

    Before any problem gets serious, you should be able to figure out what’s wrong with your car before it wreaks havoc on your overall driving performance. You wouldn’t want your engine to sputter, your brakes to fail, your car to idle roughly, or your steering and suspension to be unstable. If you’re driving a Dodge Magnum or are set to buy one, it’s best to know the usual repair troubles of the car for preventive maintenance. We’ve read through some of the common complaints and reported problems by Magnum owners and came up with this short list.

    Squeaks when turning the steering wheel

    Whenever the steering wheel is turned, some Dodge Magnum owners would hear some squeaks. This usually happens when turning at lower speeds, such as when parking the vehicle. If squeaks seem to come from the steering column, the problem may have something to do with the steering shaft’s lower seal. To fix the problem, this seal has to be lubricated.

    Electrical/Lighting problems

    A good number of Magnum owners have reported electrical/lighting problems. The driving lights would come on and off or the lights on the dash totally won’t work. Interior features may also fail to switch on or work properly. Some would have the alternator checked and repaired if needed. But most of the time, electrical and lighting problems would be solved through software updates.

    Leaking rear differential/axle seals

    Dodge Magnum seems to have an issue with rear differential and axle seals. Users have reported repeated leaks coming from worn-out or broken seals. Even after several replacements, some would have to change the seals again. When replacing the broken seals, you have to choose high-grade replacement parts. They should be a perfect match to the rear differential and the axle, so they can properly lock and secure these parts and prevent any occurrence of leaks. The rear differential and axle should also be thoroughly checked for any other problems.

    Transmission electrical connector leak

    When there’s a transmission fluid leak, some would often blame the transmission oil pan gasket. However, the real source of the problem is often the automatic transmission’s electrical connector. This may cause the transmission fluid to leak.