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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,725 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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2011 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 272015

Challenger

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car is making a winding noise under hood, smell strange odor. Car stall when I stop beed jump

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #7

Sep 102015

Challenger

  • 35,000 miles
Alternator died suddenly out of the blue while driving. A loud whistling noise started coming out of the hood which got progressively worse, and then the engine light started flashing. Online there are reports of many alternators dying prematurely in this model of Dodge Challenger.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 042015

Challenger

  • 66,800 miles
When I was driving my music cut off and then my brake light and other lights such as the ones that come on when you initially start the car. They stayed on for about 2 minutes or so then the whole dashboard went off and then the whole vehicle shutdown.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Jan 152015

Challenger

  • 55,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Just got through an intersection instrument panel all lights started flashing then car shut down could not steer had no hazard lights nothing it is part of a Chrysler recall was a very dangerous situation it was dark my car is black and I had no way of letting traffic know I was there if I had a flare in the trunk I couldn't get to it as latch is electrical and so it didn't work. I had it towed to the dealer who said he couldn't help me for weeks and no courtesy car was available to me and if it was a recall it cold not be fixed because there is no fix for the recall yet they are supposed to give me priority service after speaking with the recall center but I am to pay all charges and then try to get reimbursed from Chrysler. The Chrysler care center said they would pay for the new alternator but not the rental or diagnostic charge and that the shutdown could happen again, until they can come up with a fix for the alternator issue recall P60 this was a very dangerous situation because of a faulty manufactured part I don't feel I should have to incur any expense or be forced to drive an unsafe car I bought the car in good faith and I expected it to be safe. My car was not looked at today as promised hopefully tomorrow I did not receive any call back from the dealer. I think its criminal that owners of these vehicles are expected to drive them until they can get to fixing the part had I been on the freeway in 70 mph traffic I doubt I would be here to write this complaint. Several cars and semi trucks came very clos to hitting my car until a state trooper could get there to provide flashing lights while waiting for the tow truck. I had no warning the car just completely shut down.

- Cardington, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 272013

Challenger

  • 42,000 miles
I was driving down the highway going back home when I suddenly saw the battery light come on. After a few seconds all lights in dash board came on. Then the steering wheel got stuck/locked and couldnt steer left or right. Thats when I was afraid I would get into an accident. But im glad I got off the highway safely and got my car towed back home. A bad smell was coming from the engine bay and saw the alt. Was pretty burnt. I took it to the nearest shop and got my alt. Replaced. Now its Jan. 5 2015 and the battery light still comes on occasionally, I just hope the car doesnt shut down on me again on the highway where I know that next time I might not be as lucky and get into a really bad accident. I just want this problem fixed and wish Dodge can take care of their issues before it gets worse.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 302014

Challenger 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I nearly was killed today getting off highway I-10 when my entire car shut down. The entire electrical system failed ABS, esp, bas, traction lighting all came on - power steering did not work- completely shut down with no recourse finally coasted to park in the garage close by on a downhill exit. I was fortunate enough to find an exit to the parking lot and literally coasted in without power steering or any electrical and was afraid the brakes would not work to even stop the car. Fortunately, it coasted and stopped. Previously received an alternator recall notice from Dodge, but was told they did not have any parts available to fix this vehicle. I had no idea that meant my entire car would die on the highway without the ability to even steer.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

May 302014

Challenger 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
On May 30th I was heading home after a log days work when I noticed that the battery light had turned on, thinking it was just the battery needing to be recharged I kept driving. Minutes after the check engine(mil), brake (parking brake?), ABS, esp bas, traction control lights came on and guess what happens next!" I lose my ability to steer and brake my vehicle going 60 on the highway! luckily I lived 8min away from my place at the time and managed to get to my home with no power steering on braking ability! so I went to autozone and bought myself a battery because it was tested as a bad battery it was installed on my car & it turned on as normal, until I actually drove my car to school the following morning, set it on park & smoke started coming out of my alternator. Knowing how much a alternator for my car costs I saved enough money to buy a aftermarket alternator so I went to autozone to buy one and the gentlemen told me that it gives him the option to order one but when he does they don't have any because since the car is new the only I could get is the manufactured alternator which they sell for $545 and are on back order!? really Dodge really" it took me a month to set aside money for what I thought I could buy a alternator and come to find out you're the only ones that sell it, shame on you guys! I'm father a hard worker and a student at uti and you guys don't allow anyone to sell your alternators. Doesn't make any sense being that you're on back order. This could've ended way worse when I was on the highway. If you're reading this and have the same problem, please submit a complaint as they will eventually see a trend about this and hopefully recall these bad alternators that denso manufactures.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 192014

Challenger 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
While driving about 45mph ABS, eap/bas and traction control lights came on. Parked car and would not start. No power. Towed to Dodge dealership and after 2 days reported needed new battery after old battery would not keep charge. One day after got vehicle from dealer, drove vehicle battery light came on, drove to dealer service turned off vehicle and turned on again but light did not come on. Tech checked battery connection, was ok and tried to drive home. Drove vehicle 3 miles battery light, ABS, eap/bas and traction lights came on again, idled rough then dash went dark and car killed, steering locked. Got relative to put another battery in to drive vehicle to dealership. Is there now awaiting diagnosis but all things point to bad alternator. Vehicle 3weeks out of warranty with 31000 miles. The charger has had issues with alternator & have seen a few Challengers complaint on other sites. I did like my car but this appears to be a manufacturer defect with alternators, only 31000 miles and gone bad.

- Laplace, LA, USA

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