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The Dodge Magnum is a Dodge Dud
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On Friday, March 18, 2011 I rented a Dodge Magnum from Enterprise which I am returning on Monday, March 21, 2011. They did not have much left on their lot and it was a really cut car. Within a half an hour into my trip from Philadelphia, PA to North Carolina for a funeral I knew I had made a horrible mistake.

That was the worse riding vehicle I have ever driven or riden in during my years of driving. I thought I would have to stop at a pharmacy to purchase medication for motion sickness. It felt like I was in a row boat in the middle of the ocean. Riding over even the smallest bump in the road sent waves of discomfort through my body. If there had been any place or way to return that car at 3 A.M. I would have done just that.

I am alerting ALL of my family and friends when you see that Dodge Magnum ... walk the other way. Actually run.
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MRM on 03/20/2011:
Based on your complaint, theres really nothing wrong with the car, other than a bumpy ride. Rented vehicles are expected to have problems. Your bumpy ride had at least made it to your funeral.
Starlord on 03/20/2011:
The Thurston County, WA sheriff's department has, from what I have oberved, several Magnums, in addition to the Dodge Chargers and other vehicles they have I hae spoken to a couple of deputies who drive these cars 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, and thy all speak very highly of the Magnum. Did you drive your rental anywhere near that length of time? As a former deputy sheriff myself, I know what a difference the comfor of a vehicle can make when you spend many hours behind the wheel. You drive one vehicle for a short period of time and condemn all of them based on your one experience. No comparison.
raven2010 on 03/20/2011:
I wonder if the tires were not properly inflated.

Or maybe shocks/struts were needed, depending on the year and mileage.
MRM on 03/20/2011:
Star, I have never seen a Police Magnum.
momsey on 03/20/2011:
The Magnum is a hot car! A lot of police departments are adding them to their fleet.
MRM on 03/20/2011:
To me, a Dodge Magnum looks like a station wagon which is not cool.
Anonymous on 03/20/2011:
It IS a station wagon, isn't it? I thought it was just a snazzy version.
DebtorBasher on 03/20/2011:
I'm with Raven on this one...the shocks were my first thought as well...
momsey on 03/20/2011:
They have a station wagon model (which is pretty hot for a station wagon), but there's also a very hot looking sedan.
Anonymous on 03/20/2011:
My comment is that I will refrain from commenting on this. I'll only say that I have never been a fan of the quality of Dodge vehicles.
trmn8r on 03/20/2011:
Yes, it sounds like something was wrong with the car - raven may be on the right track with struts/shocks.
redmx3racer on 03/21/2011:
The only thing weird here is that the Magnum was last made in 2008. As a former manager in the rental car industry I will say having a 3 year old car in your fleet is not typical. My opinion on the Magnum is that I actually used to drive them quite a bit (I had use of a company car)and found it quite comfortable although it kind of reminded me of a hearse (fitting then to take it to a funeral). But at the time they were current model year cars. I'd hate to drive any 3 year old rental car since I know what they go through.
saj80 on 03/21/2011:
Can not compare the standard Dodge Magnum with the version police departments purchase, as suspensions, motors, etc. are very different.
momsey on 03/21/2011:
I don't think anyone is comparing anything to police cars. It was just mentioned that they are used for that purpose.

And I realized that it's the Charger that is the sedan and the Magnum is the station wagon. So I was thinking of the wrong thing. Still, a Magnum is a pretty hot looking station wagon, as station wagons go.
Rick on 08/03/2013:
I've had a Dodge Magnum like it lots. Have learned that the tires make a heck of difference on the ride. Was the same with a TransAm I had. The tires are the majority of the ride.
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Electrical problems
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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK -- My two day old Magnum, with only 70 mils on it, developed serious electical problems. In addition to the Electronic Stability Program light going on, and the Brake Assist Light going on, the following items no longer worked. These include the directionals, the high beam headlights, the horn and the cruise control. Dodge says they have experienced similar problems before, and are working on trying to fix these problems. However, after paying a good deal of money and trading in a perfectly good car with no known problems, I am now using a rental car, with no date when I can expect my new Magnum to be fixed.

Anyone else having similar problems? If so, what was the action taken to correct the problem?
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issa on 11/02/2006:
I comletely empathize with you! I also own a Dodge Magnum. I am having electrical problems too. My car will die when I am in reverse and I turn the wheel all the way to the left or right. Recently I was at a red light, in drive, and I needed to get into a right hand lane. I turned the wheel quickly to the right, and my car died again! When I brought my car to the Alhambra, CA dealership, they did find a "computer" malfunction and reset whatever they needed to reset. My car worked just fine...for a while. Eventually the problem came back. I just took my car in for an oil change. I told them my car died again when backing up and when I am in drive. The service person wasn't really paying attention to me. I saw he wrote it down, but when I picked up my car, they didn't bring it up. I am assuming I still have this problem. Another complaint - the service person lied to me and said I have gotten the "premium" oil change in the past. I just looked at my old receipts, and I have never gotten a "premium" oil change. He lied to upsell. Now I know and knowledge is power.

I am SO glad I found this forum to express myself. Usually J.D. Powerhouse calls me to see if I received good service. This time they did not call me! Interesting...I'd like to hear if any other Magnum owners are having similar issues of their cars "dying" in reverse or drive.
maria maxwell on 11/29/2011:
in 2009 I bought a 2006 dodge magnum ,which I have had for only 2 yrs. day after thanks giving my car goes up in flames, finding out that the wires to my fog light sparks and went up in flames while I was in it. I have called the dealer ship and they have told me to go to my insurance ,my insurance is asking to high of a doc. so my quistion is , what do I do and whos fualt is it. if any one can help me on this please contact me at
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