Since I sold my last toy (83 Daytona 500 pace car edition Trans Am, Forged 4 bolt 383 372 RWHP 403 RWTQ, 3.70 Australian 9 bolt,Built 700R4) I had an itch for another one.
Well, I was was gonna give up a flippant answer like, "Just look at it...", but thought better of it. Soooo...
It all began as my beautiful bride and I were sitting in the salesman's office, just having signed all the documents for the purchase of a brand, spankin' new, Partiot Blue, 2005 Ram QuadCab, with all the bells and whistles. We were waiting for the truck to washed and filled with gas.
As I sat there, staring out the window, I watched as a double-decker, car hauler pulled up. The driver hopped out, scurried about, pulling levers and generally making as much noise as he could... then disappeared into the depths of this thing. A few moments later, out backed a black, 2005 Magnum R/T!!! It appeared as though, somewhere along the line, it had been pulled off and had been fully detailed... it was beautiful, it virtually burned my retnas, it's gleam was so bright.
I was suddenly and rudely brought out of my reverie by a loud thud and a sharp pain on my chin... which had just dropped and bounced off the salesman's desk. I also noticed there was a growing "drool puddle" soaking into his blotter, but I quickly wiped it away.
I also experienced a strange, intense burning sensation on the back of my head, it felt as if it was boring into my brain! I turned to find my wife fixing me with a steely stare, her laser like eyes, silently but with infinite power, saying... "NO!!!!! You can not have one..."!
Quickly recovering my composure, though not convincingly, I chuckled and said, "Heh, whadda-ya talkin' about... I just bought me a new truck...". She saw right through my false bravado and quietly said, almost in a whisper, but with razor clarity, only one word... no.
Well, for the next couple of years, I drove my Ram pick 'em up, modding it and enjoying the appreciative glances it'd get... all the while, secretly lusting over any and all Magnums I'd happen upon.
In 2007, perhaps subconsciously deciding to test the validity of that old adage, "It's better to ask for forgiveness than for permission...", I just happened to find myself wandering about on the lot of the local Dodge emporium. And what do you suppose I found there... why, there was a bright silver, Magnum R/T , just sittin' there. If I looked real hard... and squinted a little... I think I could actually see my name on it. Well, it didn't take much convincing, in fact, I'd say the "salesman" did nothing to earn his commission, I just told him I wanted it... NOW... and had the contract written up.
Now just by coincidence, earlier in the day, I found myself sitting in the office of my credit union's loan officer, visiting and catching up on the families, when the subject of the availability of a bank check came up. She said it would be there if it was needed and wadda ya know, it was and it was.
A little over an hour later, I was able to put the aforementioned adage to the test, you know, somethin' about forgiveness and permission... anyway, the practice I'd put into makin' "puppy dawg eyes", paid off. My Oh so radiant wife, walked through the door, threw her arms open an rush to me, delighted I'd been able to obtain the object of my automotive desire...... Ahhh yeah, not quite. She looked at me and uttered five of the most frightening words I'd ever heard,"You'll pay dearly for this..."!
I shudder still, just thinkin' about that night... but it eventually worked out. I truly did pay for my brash actions, in Ohhhh so many ways, over sooo many months, in ways too many to recount. But.. in the end, I got my Waldowagen and my wife has, begrudgingly had to admit, it probably was the right decision... though she'll never come out and say it.
W.W.E.D.? Admit nothing, deny everything... demand proof
Love at first drive.... lol.
Did a ton of research on the SRT series and this was the only ride in this color with the amenities I was looking for. Sorry 300 and Charger. I now own a family wagon that's putting them to shame. Since Mags are offline now, I am happy to own one.
My Car Domain - http://cardomain.com/ride/2527110
Street Dreams Photos - http://www.streetdreams.org/photo/sh...o=2898&cat=509
Train Horn Test - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgGLn01G7ok
well i have a new F150 and a expedition with a 5.4 motor that got 9mpg as a daily driver...figured after 2 years with it id trade it in for a gas saver...but was eyein the sublime green daytona charger LOL but some how ended up with a magnum...im happy plus my buddy has a magnum thats on crack in HP
I never really liked Magnums very much. I've always been more of a 300 guy, though I've never owned either, but being in the custom truck/car scene forever, I've had buddies with bagged 300s and Magnums. The only reason I got mine was, because we had a baby in December 2010. My wife had a Jetta and I had an 07 Silverado Xcab truck. I was also building a 1950 Ford Shoebox as a show car. After the baby was born, we needed a bigger family car (have another kid also), so I was going to trade in my truck for it, but was still a little upside down on it, so I sold my Shoebox to make up the difference on the truck. Then, at the end of May 2011, the center seatbelt broke in her car which is what we used to hold the baby carseat with. After taking it to VW and them refusing to fix it under warranty, I told them to F-off and sold it to CarMax. So, now she needed a new car and I wanted another vehicle that was bagged.
A buddy in my club had his bagged Magnum for sale, and I knew it was well taken care of, so we got it for my wife to drive until I could sell my truck and get her a new car. The next month, I traded in my truck and bought her a new car, and I took the Magnum. I never was really thrilled about it too much for the longest time. Couldn't figure out why, but there was something about the front end that I did not like and unless it was layed out on the ground, I thought it looked like every other baller ride driving down the road. I hated the wheels on it, so I've switched those which made it look a TON better! After awhile, I figured out that it was the front R/T bumper I don't like. I like the SRT bumpers with the lip on the bottom, so I'm in the process of finding one of those. And like others said previously, I really like how quick it is ;D I LOVE the power of the Hemi (hate the gas mileage though). So, to sum it up; I didn't like the car at first, but I've warmed up to it A LOT over the last year. There's still a lot of stuff I need to do to it, but I've got a lot of plans for it in the future.
"It's a good thing I sssaved my feathers for this occasion" - Foghorn Leghorn
Got My dream car for my 18th Bday 99 Trans Am that pushed about 340 after some mods.. got in the car, drove about 10 min, happened to be driving next to another car(3000 gt) that was speeding (i was too) cop thought we were racing, pulled us both over.. to make a long story short, i got the car back but the judge said i cant drive it in NY..
Had no car about 4 months then saw the Mag, figured hey winters coming let me get the AWD Hemi, ended up with a car that had more HP stock than my modded Trans Am soo you legal system + Cop that lied saying i was goin 140 stop light to stop light (pretty sure a lambo couldnt do that but my trans am could? right..) Ironically i ended up with a car with more HP/TQ and better handling in the winter..
The dumbest part of the story? Diddnt snow once this winter and now im moving to GA, coulda kept the TA What evz, i love my Mag and can gladly say, everything happens for a reason
My mom had a brand new 2006 SRT8 Silver Magnum that I absolutely loved. My first car was a 2004 Lincoln Navigator, couldn't take the gas prices anymore so I got a blacked out 2005 Magnum SE from my dad's car lot but I only had it for a month before I could no longer take not having the power of a V8 and the timing was right because he got an 05 Silver Magnum R/T on the lot and I was lucky enough to be able to have it.
I love reading all these stories
Living The Magnum Lifestyle
Wallets, prepare to cry; The mod bug WILL bite, you WILL get infected, and you WILL spend
C.M.O.M - July 2012
Yeah it's cool to read about how everyone here got into their Mag. If we ever have a CM meet-up, there won't be any intros or first time greetings...Everyone will just carry on the conversations that happen here online, like we have always known one another. Here's my story:
I was married and she was expecting so we decided to be American and get a SUV. My Dad had a Pathfinder when I was in High school and it was pretty nice, very reliable too. But I wanted something sporty and the Buick was tucked away in the garage being neglected (ex didn't allow nice toys, but that's another story), so I convinced her that the Murano's were cool. So, we go to the dealership and asked for one. We talked ourselves into getting one, black and AWD, and they let us take it home for the weekend. We LOVED it. So on Monday we went back and tried finding one in our budget but couldn't. I know if I would have looked around at other places I could have got the Murano we wanted, but didn't. So...as we were leaving they pulled out this (dog not included, hey I got all my parts in this pic!):
Obviously we took it home! lol. Now, it was nice and all...but they brakes sucked and it wasn't even four wheel drive! If you were going slow enough and lightly pressed on the brakes it would lock them up and you'd be saying hi to the windshield in a violent manner. We couldn't get any dealership to admit there was a prb, even under warranty. This Pathfinder had 10miles on it when we drove it off the lot and unfortunately I wasn't the main driver. So it took some time before I realized there was an issue. Even so, we liked it. We had it for about a year and half before I saw the first Magnum commercial and then on the lots. I really liked its looks and how the liftgate opened up. I LOVED that they put a Hemi in it too~! So on our way home from...somewhere (I don't rem that), we saw a small carshow. I noticed there was a GNX parked so I immediately turned around and we checked it out. On our way out a guy in a brand new Magnum pulled in and opened up his car for people to see and even sit in. I think he was a dealer, but still...that was nice. Anyway, I HAD to have it. There was no turning back. I started growing fiercely hatefully towards our cowardly Pathfinder.
That is how my search for my Magnum began. I sat and looked on Autotrader for days until I found the one I wanted. It had to be BLACK, no Nav, no roof rack, HEMI, and MORE THAN A FEW THOUSAND MILES (I wasn't getting another lemon). So after a few days of that I found two, one in Georgia and one in Tennessee. I called about the closer one first and told them what pmts I wanted. They got close by $15 but would not budge...there loss. Oh and that one had Nav. So I ended up driving to Johnson City, Tn in the pouring rain and bought this (pic from the Autotrader ad)
I never thought I'd end up modding it and going as deep as I plan, but of all the cars I've owned and still have, it's been the most fun to tear a part! I'll never sell it and have many more plans for my Mag. Trust me, this is only the beginning. Many of you know the car...but to the new folks on here, this is where I'm at now with it.
05 Magnum RT...87 Grand National...65 Fairlane 500...91 GMC Syclone...98 Buell S1W
thanks for putting us all to shame jerod! :P
youre pretty cute up there mister. with all your parts and such. lol
my two girls
i ended up buying a 05 simple 2.7 v6 at the time because i had a 100km commute and i wanted a mag because it looked different from everything else that was on the road i loved the way it looked like it was chopped, so although i would trade it in for a hemi in a heart beat i like the car all around i haven't had many issues at all in the 3 years iv'e had her so it looks just the way i want right now and i just like drivin around and letting people stare, i know there not looking because they hear a throaty hemi coming they just see a really good looking vehicle and i'm proud of that...p.s i've always been a Dodge man from the start my first car was a 74 Charger the burgandy one in my profile pics!!
after my divorce in 06 I felt like getting a new car to have a toy. I originally went looking for an avalanche but the more i thought about it i had twin 3 year old boys at the time and didnt want to have to be climbing up everytime to buckle the kids in. My 02 silverado reg cab (512rwhp on juice) was too crowded with the carseats, and the 2000 pontiac gt 4dr was too small but i did like it as my daily driver for the gas mileage and the some what sporty stance being low and all. So my brother was like try a 300 and it just felt like an old man car to me, so the salesman was like have you thought about a magnum so i test drove one and fell in love with it instantly, it felt sporty, low and big and the kids carseats fit in there without them kicking the back of my chair. I had my need for speed taking care of with my truck so i went practical with the decision of purchasing a new 06 SE silver steel metallic, I immediatly put 22 inch rims and tinted the windows and added a sub sysytem and drove it full time, i eventually sold the grand am and the 02 silverado as time went on to purchase house in 08 and the Magnum was a trooper the only problem i had with her was a tstat housing leak. I got over 130k miles out of her. Then in april of 2011 the night before going to san diego with my fiance i hit a pot hole that the city created from construction on the side road that was not blocked off. It cracked both of my rims on the passenger side and i had to flatbed it home at 3 in the morning. I had to get up at 5 to catch the plane to san diego that same morning. So while i was in san diego for the week the car was just sitting in the garage so that gave me the time to think on what i wanted to do. I wanted more power and was thinking about installing an LSX motor but after a lot of thinking and the budget i had i ended up buying my second magnum and 06 rt brilliant black. Within 2 weeks i installed a navigation and sub system, alarm, 22"rims, tint, halo headlights and led drl and tail lights. What sucks is within 2 weeks a valve dropped when i made a stop for like 5 mins, it never started again. The warranty covered it and installed a new 5.7 crate engine. So i was happy i felt like i couldnt lose. So a few months go by 5k miles on the new motor and i want more power. so i drop it off at a local shop for cam and springs, headers, underdrive pulley,and cmr tuning. the week before i installed a frankentake cai and jba cat back. It was a nightmare from that point on. I picked it up a week later on a friday and by sunday had a fire under under the hood going 70 on the freeway and lost brakes. During the installation the power wire to the alternator was ran around the dipstick and cut into it from vibration and arced against my brake lines on the passenger side, not fun at all. Monday the shop picked it up and said they would take care of it i figured id give them the benifit of the doubt to make it right. A week goes by and i pick it up on a friday about noon and i was pissed the so called repair was horrible and and the detail i was promised wasnt done. so i drive off smoking from the brake fluid on the headers and dust from the fire extinguisher. less than 2 hours of drive time on the freeway again going about 60mph all hell brakes loose a valve was kissing the piston and snapped off into the piston and blew out the bottom end destroyed the block, heads, oil pan, intake. The shop did nothing to help me out so i was pissed and determined to get my magnum back on the road $10k later and 2 months of me working in the garage i got her back on the road and learned a lot about the hemi motor. I got inertia motorsports to assist with the build, cam, cnc heads, stall convertor and whole lot of extras. I just would not give up on this magnum im pretty sure some of yall can relate.