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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,142 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Dodge Challenger engine problems

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2009 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 222011

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 23,114 miles


While driving home from work coming to the turn and slowing down the car literally just died while oncoming traffic was coming down the road. All lights came on and car was dead. Put in park and restarted with no cel. Dealership has no idea why its doing this.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 122011

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 23,012 miles
2009 Dodge Challenger rt auto, while driving along at highway speed the car literally just died, no rime or reason. Pulled off the highway and restarted the car, check engine light came on, went to boerne Dodge and they couldn't figure out the problem. Said the light just went away. And if it happens again to bring it back.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 122009

Challenger 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact pulled over, restarted the vehicle and drove to the local dealer where he was told that the failure could not be duplicated. The failure occurred again. The vehiclehad not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 7,000 and the current mileage was approximately 14,600. Updated 02/01/11 upated 04/14/11

- Cheney, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 112010


  • 26,586 miles
Issue # 1) I have an automatic transmission 2009 Dodge Challenger rt. So I was driving under normal conditions accelerating normally and the engine coughs...strange. Then it does it again, a very sudden cough like it is struggling for air, the vehicle almost shudders too. Engine code pops up. Head to auto zone and have it checked - P0730 gear ratio incorrect. This has happen a few time within the past few weeks. To car to the dealership- they saw the same code. Because the car was driving normal again they did nothing. Planning to take it back in so they can pull the trans. Issue # 2) today 8/11/10 - I was driving on the express way with an over a 1/2 tank of gas, doing about 60 to 70 mph. About 30 min into my drive, suddenly all my dashboard light/symbols pop on and my car lost all power. To avoid get rear ended I had to pull over on the side of the road.

- Country Club Hills , IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 262009


  • 1,000 miles
2009 Dodge Challenger R/T loses power while under load such as going up hills or passing; and the RPM pulsates. This condition appears to occur more in hot weather. Upon deceleration, transmission shifts so roughly that vehicle lost traction in slippery road conditions, and nearly resulted in a crash. These appear to be two separate conditions that make the vehicle extremely unsafe.

- Lusby, MD, USA

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