The station wagon had largely gone the way of the LaserDisc before Dodge re-ignited the scene with their new Magnum in 2005. This model effectively put the American station wagon back on the map with great looks, rear-wheel drive and available HEMI V8 power.

 

With five doors, five seats and adequate room for most families and their gear, the Magnum was available in numerous variants to match virtually any need or budget. All Wheel Drive (AWD) was available, as were two V6 engines and a variety of options, packages and accessories. Look for features like a moonroof, leather seating, navigation, a rear-seat DVD console, automatic climate control and plenty more.

 

Under the hood was a 2.7-litre V6 with 190 horsepower, as well as a 3.5-litre unit with 250 horsepower. The 5.7-litre HEMI V8 with cylinder deactivation made a potent 340. All models got automatic transmissions, and AWD was available with either the 3.5- or 5.7-litre powerplants.

 

What Owners Like
Magnum’s styling, performance, value and flexibility were all rated highly by owners, as was its overall comfort and a built-in sense of attitude. Most folks loved the upgraded Boston Acoustics stereo system, too. Owners of HEMI-powered Magnums also love the acceleration.

What Owners Hate
Common owner complaints include a “stiff” ride on some models, as well as limited rearward visibility and a “couped up feeling.”

 

Common issues
Put simply, Magnums powered by the 2.7-litre V6 should be avoided on account of numerous, well-documented complaints regarding engine failure related to an oil-sludge problem. When checking owner forums online, both the 3.5- and 5.7-litre engines appear far more trouble-free.