2008 Dodge Magnum
There are 2 user reviews for the SXT AWD trim shown below
- Storage, power, unique looks, comfort
- fuel economy, long roof, minor maintenance
I think the Magnum is a GOOD car in the sense of a solid car that will do what you want as long as you understand you're buying a somewhat sporty wagon. I have a 2006 SXT AWD that I use for a company car. I am turning it in tomorrow with almost 70000 miles, so I thought I would write a review for those considering this car, new or used. The positives of the car is that it has easy access all around. The car is lower than a SUV and easy to enter, exit or load. The back liftgate is a little low and doesn't open well in the winter, here in Colorado. The AWD is nice but the OEM all season tires didn't bite well in the mountain snow. Some Blizzaks fixed that and I was fine from then on. The car has great pickup in the lower gears, almost too much in first. You have to get used to it. The 250hp, 3.5l engine is a good solid engine all around and appropriate to the weight of the car. I found it handled every need from passing to merging well. The only slow spot was when you stomp it to pass it can have quite a delay, almost 2 seconds, so plan that. The visibility is pretty good although the front roof overhang is considerable. If you are first at a light you may have to lean forward to see it, lol. I had cloth seats and they held up very well and were comfortable.
The only negatives were that the car had a stalling problem twice while I drove it. It would start and stall immediately even if you started it five times in a row. It wouldn't hold an idle. It did not stall while driving. They replaced a chip the first time and couldn't figure it out the second time. The air conditioner needed recharging each year, too, but didn't malfunction. The rest was pretty good. The best mileage I could get was 21mpg, but it wasn't too much worse in the city. That's not really much better than the midsize SUV's, but not horrible, either.
In the end I thought the car was a good car, but not necessarily great. It carried me and my sales stuff pretty reliably with the right tires and basic maintenance. It wasn't the best or worst car I've had in terms of reliability. I liked the ease of entrance and loading and many people would comment on the styling to me...more than some of my beemers....read morehide
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- nice pep, roomy interior. love the intimidating stance!
- other people are jealous of it, so they often honk! :-)
This is a great wagon. The ride is very stable, and offers enough pep to move quickly. I have the six banger, and it is very quiet unless I floor it, which isn't bad because I wasnt feedback. The handling is responsive, and the tires keep up nicely. Kudos to Dodge for putting a MyGIG System in. It's awesome!...read morehide
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