2005 Dodge Magnum Review

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John Pearley Huffman John Pearley Huffman Editor
October 25, 2004

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It seems almost inevitable that every year brings one new car that captures the public’s imagination and becomes an instant icon — an emblem of a particular vehicular moment in history. Let’s see, there was the reborn MINI, the HUMMER H2, Chrysler’s PT Cruiser, the New Beetle… keep working backwards and the long list includes the first Mazda Miata, the AMC Pacer, the first Datsun 240Z, the ’65 Mustang, ’55 Thunderbird, ’49 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, ’32 Ford V-8, ’09 Model T, and eventually the 1885 Benz three-wheeler. For those who haven’t been paying attention (not even to the title of this story and the photos that accompany it), this year’s iconic car has been the Chrysler 300 sedan and, our subject, its Dodge-branded near-twin the Magnum don’t-call-it-a-wagon wagon.

The thing is that icon status doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a car is any good or that in the long run history will remember it fondly. But it can’t hurt.

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2005 Dodge Magnum

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Dodge would prefer that you called the Magnum a “sports tourer” rather than a station wagon. Well, screw that, because this thing is a station wagon no matter what they say. Though we do concede that its one of the sportier variants on the theme — closer in spirit to the BMW 5-Series wagon than the old Ford Country Squire.

What’s best about the Magnum is the conglomeration of Mercedes and Chrysler pieces that make up its substance. Just the fact that it’s a domestic-badged machine with rear-wheel drive makes it worthy of celebration, but the all-independent suspension, much of which is derived from the Mercedes E-Class, makes this the most sophisticated chassis ever put under a mass-production American-brand station wagon ever. And best of all, it behaves like it too.

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December 15, 2016
2005 Dodge Magnum 4-Door Wagon SXT AWD

Nice Ride Wish I Had A Hemi

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Bought this used with 99K on it. Just in time to replace the timing belt, water pump, EGR valve, and transmission controller. I've done all the work myself so saved some $. I have a friend with a 2 wheel drive... + More »
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May 28, 2015
2005 Dodge Magnum 4-Door Wagon R/T AWD

wish they still made this one, I'd buy another in a heartbeat, will just keep this one till the wheels come off!!

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Love my car, always gets great comments, Goes anywhere, anytime thanks to the AWD, lots a power. comfortable, roomy!!
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