The 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum models were the last Dodge station wagons sold in the USA. The Magnum was essentially a wagon version of the previous-generation Charger sedan and was on the market at a time when it was thought station wagons still had a future in the US. These Dodge wagons were a tempting proposition in the segment, bringing genuine Dodge muscle-car thrills to the wagon market, especially in the shape of the SRT8 flagship with its big 6.1-liter HEMI V8.
The Dodge Wagon Range
The Dodge Magnum was a vehicle with a short shelf life and after peaking at over 50,000 unit sales in the US in 2005, sales never recovered and the model was discontinued in 2009. In its place, the wagon body style continued but the format was changed to more popular raised-body SUVs in the form of the Journey and Durango.
There was only a single range of Dodge wagons available up to that point, the Magnum:
- Dodge Magnum: There was an entire range of Magnums with both V6 and V8 power and with both RWD and AWD available. The Magnum was noted for its striking and characterful appearance, potent engine options, dynamic suspension tuning, and direct steering. However, there were many blind spots to the rear that made it difficult to see out of and the rear seat was rather tight, which somewhat diluted the practicality of the station wagon offering.
Dodge Station Wagon Price List
Currently there are no new Dodge wagons for sale in the USA but you will easily be able to find a used Dodge wagon in the pre-owned market in a variety of trims.
What to Consider Before Buying a Dodge Magnum Wagon
The Magnum was loved as an individualistic and eccentric wagon choice, but it also had its faults:
- Striking looks
- Varied engine range
- AWD available
- High-performance R/T and SRT8 versions
- Poor reliability of base engine
- Poor rearward visibility
- Tight rear seat
- Low ground clearance
- V8s are thirsty
What were the performance specs of the Magnum SRT8?
As the performance flagship, the SRT8 used a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 with 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. This was enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in just over five seconds. It used a Mercedes-sourced five-speed automatic transmission. The performance came at a price - its combined EPA gas mileage rating is 15 MPG.
Which Dodge Magnum models should be avoided?
The base 2.7-liter V6 presented with reliability issues related to leaky water pumps, failing crankcase ventilation systems, premature failure of timing-chain tensioners, and a build-up of oil sludge in the engine. Class-action lawsuits were brought against Chrysler for these problems.
Which is the best Dodge Magnum to buy?
Befitting its looks, it’s only fair that it should have V8 power and, given they have less power and can be problematic, the V6s can be avoided altogether. The SRT8 is by far the most desirable and fastest in the range if you can find one and don’t mind the fuel consumption. The 5.7 R/T is probably the best all-rounder, offering available AWD and decent performance for sporty types, yet using significantly less fuel than the SRT8. It is a unique and good-looking wagon that won’t cost too much as a pre-owned variant.
Is the Magnum a properly practical station wagon?
A Magnum will likely be bought for its looks, performance, or rarity; it’s not a very practical wagon compared to larger rivals. The rear-seat space is too tight and the trunk holds only 27.2 cubic feet of luggage with all the seats in place. Still, a reasonable 71.6 cubes are available with the seats folded.