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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 New for 2008

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 535 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

Reliable and fun to drive

By on Monday, July 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,846

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Performance, reliability, comfort"

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

2005 Inferno Red Dodge Magnum

"My husband and I each owned a 2005 Magnum RT. Both were reliable, powerful cars and very pleasurable to drive. Neither one of us ever had to have any major work done. The interior was not as plush as I like but it was very comfortable and attractive. And the exterior styling was beautiful. I could never figure out why car reviewers gave the car such poor ratings. The car was a great hauler of people and cargo and fun to drive! I think Chrysler Corporation just had bad market timing with this vehicle; it will be a classic car in years to come."

2005 Inferno Red Dodge Magnum

I love it and so confortable

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "all wheel drive, v8 Hemi, lots of room"

Cons: "Navi radio display died around 112,XXX miles"

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

05 Magnum RT AWD

"I bought My 2005 Dodge Magnum because it's one of them cars that everyone forgot they made. This station wagon is the coolest and meanest one ever built. My Magnum Rt has the 5.7 L V8 Hemi and it's also all wheel drive. She has a great V8 exhaust sound, power, and is great in all weather due to its all wheel drive set up. She a mean hot rod of a wagon. The interior is luxurious with the leather seats, white gauges,and ample amount of room in the front, back and rear of the vehicle. I can load her up with mulch and flowers, tools for work, grocery, or even haul a set of jet skies in the rear. How about that doe a station wagon. I just love this car so much."

05 Magnum RT AWD

We love our Red Baronness!

By on Saturday, February 27, 2016

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great cargo space, good looking vehicle"

Cons: "a little low to the ground"

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

"Bought on a whim in 2005, as we traded in our Dodge QuadCab truck. She has been a workhorse for us, and while we have had some repair issues - tie rod replacement, gear shift cover repaired, brakes a couple of times..... our mechanics have not seen a more solid vehicle. We love her, and can't imagine another vehicle on the road today with more cargo area and better gas mileage."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Dodge Needs to Bring Magnum back!

By on Saturday, February 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 184,968

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun, lots of room inside, don't feel cramped."

Cons: "gas mileage is only about 19 but it is an R/T."

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

2007 Magnum R/T

"I just have had to replace the front-end struts and etc for $2,000 but it had 175,000 on it so not bad. Love the car because I can haul stuff. It has storage underneath the back area. It doesn't have a backup camera but if Dodge brings it back it would I am sure."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2007 Magnum R/T

either good luck or greatest vechicle ive owned

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 280,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "it still runs,"

Cons: "none"

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

"yes ive got 20000 more miles till the big 300000 mile i have been really happy as second owner i got car with 28000 miles on it, and yes ive had to put a battery in once 2nd had transmission rebuilt 3rd cooling system replaced 4th going on 3rd set of brake pads on front and egr valve i really love my old girl..... i know ll good things must end but we are gonna ride this togeather untill???? Great car!"

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love my car

By on Thursday, September 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable"

Cons: "Sits low to the ground"

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

"This is my favorite car I've owned. It is reliable and roomy. I love everything about it. The only reason why I would sell is because I want something that sits up higher off the ground. I have kids and it's a strain on my back to load a 25 lb child in the car seat."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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