Dodge. - 2006 Dodge Charger RT Daytona

Issue Status: Discussion

We have a 2006 Dodge Charger RT Daytona with the 5.7 L engine. This car has been nothing but problems since we bought it a few years ago. Most recently, and also the worst issue we’ve had with it as of yet, NEEDS NEW ENGINE.... at ONLY 75,000 miles. Yes that’s correct. Car needs a new motor and it has UNDER 100,000 miles on it. Went to look up the national recalls and owner complaints for this year and model, and turns out there are hundreds if not thousands of other people having the same exact problem with their cars... all having under 100,000 miles on their car too. This car has a HEMI Motor, and I’ve always heard people talk all kinds of wanderful things about a hemi motor. But after owning my first Dodge w/ hemi Motor, I can’t imagine anyone having anything wanderful to say about Dodge. Engine problem started when we initially took car in a month ago, due to what we thought was the tranny slipping when slowing down to come to a stop. Shop told us in was t tranny, but that it was the engine 1st cylinder misfire as well as it needed motor mounts replaced. So we went ahead and had repairs done. Less than 3 wks later car is driving great , went about 5-10 miles from train station to home. Went inside the house to change clothes then was planning to go back out to get hair done. Went to start up car, and loud noise coming from under the hood. Lifted hood and tried starting again and engine seemed to look like it was shaking allot and again a very loud sound kinda like clunking coming from the engine. Car would only attempt to start while turning the key, however as soon as key was not being turned it would stall out immediately. Had towed back to shop that just did repairs, and this time they say 5th spark plug is smashed and there’s a small hole in the 5th piston probably caused by Unknown impact of spark plug and cylinder head. They recommended new engine or rebuilt engine and to replace the manifold as well. Quoted close to $6,000 dollars . My issue is that this seems like allot of major issues to be having with a vehicle that has LESS than 100,000 miles on the engine. It only has 75,000 miles on it. Like I said earlier, I now know I’m not alone with the problems I am having with my Dodge , as there are hundreds of not thousands of other people with the same year and model car as I have, who are having the exact same issues with their cars all having under 100,000 miles on their cars too. I’ve been told by many mechanics that there is a defect in the design of the engine, and there’s no way that Dodge isn’t aware of it.

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