Im a guy in his 60's, a family man and a car guy. So when i say I take good care of my cars I am hoping you all believe me. I was taught by my own Father ( long gone now) to do just that. he would say "be proud and take care of your car." He would go one to say that doing that meant you could have a car a very long time, if you take care of it.
I'm the 2nd owner of a 2006 Dodge Magnum. I bought it with just 49,000 miles on the 5.7 Hemi and have enjoyed driving it, the roominess and the nice V8 motor. It has had a few suspension problems, that I think we are all aware of from this LX platform. I upgraded at some expense the front end and have continued enjoying this car, maintaining it with care (now with 95,000 miles on it) that is until this week.
As I was leaving work I turned the key in my Magnum and it at first hesitated then started but ran rough. I thought it might be a clogged fuel injector so I put it in drive and tried to drive out of the driveway, but it coughed, sputtered and finally smoked black. I stopped, then tried to start it again, but it wouldn't go.
Long story short, I had it towed to a good mechanic and after a complete inspection, including a camera down the spark plug hole, it has sucked a valve and in that process destroyed that piston and consequently the whole engine along with it.
I'm out of luck with no warranty being the 2nd owner.
I'm seriously disappointed in Chrysler and wouldn't even know where to turn to try to get the factory involved. I have read online now, about how this has happened on so many 2006-2008 Hemi motors.
Im talking to that garage and have talked to others about a replacement engine and it seems it will come to close to $8500-9000 to install one after all is said and done. Thats more than the car is currently worth. ouch Chrysler, Ouch.
The car is sitting in my driveway right now. It is still a pretty car, good paint, has never ever been in an accident, nice interior and sadly now a blown motor. Sadder still I have to look at it and find a way to fix it. This has soured me on current Chrysler products and short of a miracle I don't know how I could ever own one again.
Just venting, sorry guys and gals, sorry.