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2008 Dodge Magnum

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2008 Dodge Magnum Review

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Although you'll find a number of moderately-priced crossover SUVs on the market, the realm of the sport wagon has been the domain of the pricey European brands, such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW. Has been, that is, until the entrance of the Dodge Magnum, a not-so-humble wagon with its roots firmly planted in the muscle-car era. With its five-passenger seating, large cargo hold and optional all-wheel drive, the Magnum can do just about anything a similarly-size SUV can do, plus deliver the acceleration and handling of a pure-bred sport sedan. The Magnum comes in a number of flavors ranging from affordable and fun to fast and furious.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for retro styling along with plentiful cargo room, you need (or want) big horsepower and torque, you like easy entry and exit from a vehicle, you require space for four passengers and you enjoy receiving an overabundance of attention from passers-by, you'll love the Magnum.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If significant ground clearance is a part of your all-wheel-drive demands, the Magnum is no match for a true SUV. Narrow windows and a big rear blind spot are also bothersome characteristics.

What's Significant About This Car?

The entire 2008 Dodge Magnum line receives a freshened front end, revised interior and more standard equipment. The cruise control stalk has been moved away from the turn signal stalk and repositioned near the steering wheel's lower right side.

Driving the Magnum

Driving Impressions Other than the black hole-like blind spot which engulfs most of the driver's rear and peripheral vision, the Magnum is exactly what one might expect—a throttle junkie's dream. The Multiple-Displacement...

System (MDS), which turns off fuel to four of the eight cylinders when full power is not needed, is hardly noticeable. On the popular R/T, sinking one's foot down on the skinny pedal on the right wakes the HEMI engine, which is sure to paste a smile on any driver's face. Both the base SXT and R/T trim offer outstanding road holding, firm steering and excellent traction. The all-wheel drive models have a higher ride height that doesn't appear to affect handling but creates a noticeable gap between the tires and the tops of the wheel arches.

18-inch Aluminum Wheels
The 18-inch polished aluminum wheels not only show off the huge disc brakes, but also give the Magnum an aggressive and striking stance.

HEMI
The 5.7L V8 HEMI with 340 horsepower and 390 pounds-feet of torque rockets the driver down the road but, with the Multiple-Displacement System, everyday driving doesn't have to empty the fuel tank.

2008 Dodge Magnum Details
2008 Dodge Magnum photo Interior

Narrow bolsters on the leather-lined seats are comfortable and make entry and exit a breeze. Easy-to-read controls and silver-accented gauges give the interior a nice combination of sporty style and functionality. Lining the sides and under the main floor in the rear of the Magnum you'll find plenty of extra storage—perfect for keeping those small valuables hidden. Overall the Magnum has ample room for four passengers and their luggage, although the narrow windows tend to make the interior feel somewhat claustrophobic.

Exterior
2008 Dodge Magnum photo

The 2008 Dodge Magnum is a station wagon on steroids with an edgy retro style. From the chopped-top design and ebony window tinting to the 18-inch wheels, this wagon has an attitude all its own. The grille is balanced by a large set of jeweled headlights, and the overall fit and finish around the vehicle is excellent. The unusual rear hatch hinge includes a big chunk of the roof's panel, thus creating an opening large enough to insert a 27-inch television.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features on the base 2008 Dodge Magnum SE include 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary audio input and four speakers, driver and passenger adjustable lumbar support, rear privacy glass, outside temperature display, four-wheel disc brakes, rear 60/40-split seat, remote keyless/illuminated entry, speed control and tilt and telescoping steering column. The SXT adds a 250-horsepower V6, five-speed Auto Stick transmission, traction control, heated mirrors, anti-lock brakes (ABS), power driver's seat, 17-inch aluminum wheels and power-adjustable pedals. The R/T adds 18-inch wheels, a 340-horsepower HEMI V8 engine, Boston Acoustics speakers, leather-trimmed heated front seats, power passenger's seat, dual-zone automatic temperature control, automatic headlamps and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Optional Equipment

Options include front side-impact and front and rear head-curtain air bags, rear-seat entertainment system, all-wheel drive, navigation, steering-wheel audio controls, six-disc CD/MP3 player, trailer towing package, remote engine start, automatic level control and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The Road/Track Performance Package (R/T only) adds 20-inch chrome wheels, performance suspension and steering components and a performance exhaust good for an additional 10 horsepower.

Under the Hood

The base 2008 Dodge Magnum SE's price may look attractive, but the 2.7-liter V6 is noisy and lacks the power to live up to the Magnum's good looks. The larger 3.5-liter V6 is a much better choice, but will add considerably to the price. True performance fans will settle for nothing less than the rush that comes from the big HEMI V8.

2.7-liter V6
190 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (RWD), 17/24 (AWD)

5.7-liter HEMI V8
340 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
350 horsepower @ 5000 rpm (Road/Track Performance Package)
390 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (RWD), 17/24 (AWD)

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2008 Dodge Magnum Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 528 Ratings for the 2005 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

This is a wonderful car!

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,113

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I can't say anything bad about this car."

Cons: "I wish they had not stopped making it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a second car for me (older). I have loved and still love this car. It's a very good looking car. I still get compliments on it. I would love to know what I could get if and when I decide to sell it."

Great vehicle, not so great on gas mileage

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,600

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great car for people with large families"

Cons: "Not good on gas; uses up to 7-10 gals per week"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I thoroughly enjoy this vehicle, but I'm looking for hybird or to go back to Toyota; all my previous vehicles were "Toys. It's got lots of room both in the front and back and the trunk space is outstanding."

Great Vehicle Overall

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy. Comfortable for long rides."

Cons: "Transmission. Engine loudness."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have had this car for almost three years and I love it. It is comfortable for long rides and quite roomy in the back. There is a low amount of visibility when looking out the windshield or the sides when changing lanes. Overall it is a great, reliable vehicle. The diving dynamics are somewhat sloppy which is why I have given it a lower score. For improved driving dynamics, it is best to look for the Magnums that have either the 3.5-V6 engine or the bigger 5.7 and 6.1 V8 engines. It's gas mileage is good. I get a combined EPA of 21MPG."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Sunday, February 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very fun to drive"

Cons: "It has a few blindspots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned a Magnum R/T for about 6 years and I love it! It has amazing power and handling. It is a very stylish wagon. As a mother of two teenage boys and a business owner it meets all of my needs. It hauls more in it than my husbands ford explorer sport track."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fun car.

By on Monday, January 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Has a. Neat paint job. Purple flames on front. Has a throaty muffler. I think. Some young man h ad. It,. It did have small tires but they tended to kick up the mileage. I think the miles are about10000 less than shown."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love Love Love

By on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "easy drive"

Cons: "learning where to stop to see the light signals"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car 10 years yes some repairs done twice but worth every dime spent. Its too reliable to let go. Easy drive on the road in fact It wants a long drive.For me being a seasoned person I cannot think of down sizing I feel safe in this car."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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