Used Magnum offers something for nearly any wagon shopper--just avoid the small V6.

2005-2008 Dodge Magnum Pre-Owned

By Justin Pritchard
2005-2008 Dodge Magnum Pre-Owned
The American station wagon had, for a time, largely gone the way of the laser disc. In light of invading SUV and Crossover models, the station wagon all but retired to the history books some years ago.

Magnum came with rear-wheel drive, available HEMI power and was named after a firearm.

Dodge is a brand known for a lot of things, and one of them is a propensity for building some unique and different machines. The Dodge Magnum was one such machine-- and it put the American family wagon back on the map when it was launched for 2005. Magnum came with rear-wheel drive, available HEMI power and was named after a firearm. Station wagons didn't get much manlier.

A five-door, five-seat model, it boasted adequate room for most families and their gear. Look for features like navigation, a sunroof, leather seating, a rear-seat DVD player, automatic climate control and more. A nicely-loaded Magnum in SXT or RT trim delivers a nice driving experience for those after something slightly upscale and family-friendly.

Owners rate the Magnum's style, performance, and value the most highly. Many love the looks of their machine, speaking of a 'love at first sight' relationship.

Comfort and handling are often praised as well. Most will find the Magnum's ride balanced nicely between comfort and handling-- but some backsides may find the suspension too stiff for long drives.

Many owners comment that the Magnum's interior style isn't its strongest attribute, and others note limited rearward visibility and a 'couped up' feeling to the cabin. Magnum isn't short on room, but the narrow windows and low roofline may create an impression of limited space. Finally, fuel consumption was perceived as being on the high side-- regardless of the engine fitted.

Shopping used, you'll first need to determine which engine and driveline option best suits your needs. Magnum came with a 2.7 litre V6 that made around 190 horspeowerhorsepower, as well as a 3.5 litreer unit with 250. A 5.7 litre HEMI V8 could be had a well- with horsepower rated at 340.

A track-tuned SRT8 designation was available with a 6.1 litreer HEMI that belted out 425 ponies. It came with various handling and braking upgrades to make it the ultimate Magnum-- though the fuel consumption and potential for license revocation may scratch it off the list for most.

Magnum isn't short on room, but the narrow windows and low roofline may create an impression of limited space.

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