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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 11
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,987 miles

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2008 Dodge Charger electrical problems

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2008 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 16 of 17)

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problem #30

Oct 012012


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact also mentioned that over time, the key could not be turned in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the wireless ignition module would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 120,000. The current mileage was 170,000.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #29

Sep 072013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while entering the vehicle, the wireless key failed to start the ignition. The vehicle was started and as the contact was shifting into park the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the wireless ignition node needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Louiville , KY, USA

problem #28

Oct 022013


  • 125,000 miles
Parked my car at a supermarket and went in for approx. 10min. Returned to my vehicle, got in and attempted to start the car and heard a loud bang in the trunk area. After taking it to the Dodge dealer, I was informed that the battery exploded in the trunk of my car.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #27

Sep 012010

Charger 8-cyl

  • 61,400 miles


This problem began shortly after I purchased (in 2010) this 60,000 mile one-owner car a 2008 Dodge Charger 5.7L rwd police package. The key fails to be removed from the ignition key switch. The key switch cannot be turned to the "off" position to be removed and stays stuck in the "accessory" position. This is a real safety issue because the key must be left in the ignition switch opening the possibility to vehicle theft or any child or other passerby making entry into the vehicle and starting & driving away. Leaving the key "on" in the accessory position subsequently drains the battery, after only a matter of hours the battery is dead and leaves the owner repeatedly stranded. Leaving the accessory circuits energized for long periods also increases the chances of a vehicle fire. I took the car to a local Dodge dealer in lumberton NJ, they told me it was a defective win module. I paid for the removal & installation of a new win module and the car exhibits the same exact problem as before. I took it back to the dealer to have it verified that it's still occurring and had to argue with them for a refund only to be given dealer credit. The dealer then showed me a Dodge engineer's service bulletin describing this issue perfectly. Often these symptoms are symptomatic of a win module but if the win is not at fault, Dodge states that the "esm" module (electronic shift module) is at fault and needs to be replaced. The esm is located on the steering column in a 2008 Dodge Charger 5.7L rwd police package car and is connected to the column shift gear selector. The Dodge dealer states the esm module is not available for replacement and the entire steering column must be replaced due to the part not available for sale separately. Every other module for the Charger is available for purchase except the esm and Dodge service wants $2400 to needlessly replace the entire column.

- Hammonton , NJ, USA

problem #26

Aug 272013


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the engine failed to start after refueling. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the ignition module. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired; the ignition module unable to be replaced because the part was on back order. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage was 99,000.

- Mooresville , IN, USA

problem #25

May 102013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Car fails to start due to defective wireless ignition module part #5026296af.since May 10,2013, Chrysler Corp claims the part has been back ordered nationally with no date when part is due as of 7/18/13. The part could also fail when the vehicle is in motion causing unsafe driving conditions. Chrysler will not provide any information other than the part is back ordered.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #24

May 222013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 101,368 miles


The car would not start again. Same thing kept happening again!!! it sounded like a tape was loading in a tape deck. I had it towed to the dealership once again. I was told the tipm needed to be replaced. I had it towed to another dealer, the receiver was replaced but the car would not stay crunk. So they had to replace the tipm in it. I could not get out of it, but now I am financially strapped for cash, because I lost my job at the end of May. I am unable to get my car back because the dealership is telling me that they will not release my car until it's paid in full. I feel like I should not have to because there have been other complaints with Chargers and electrical issues. This should have been a recall issue.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #23

Mar 042013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 99,386 miles
I had just gotten the car back after having the car reprogrammed with the key fob. The car started doing the same thing again. It sounded like a tape deck was loading. Then the car would not crank at all. I had to have it towed to the dealership once again to have the starter replaced! I don't understand why they could not find this out when it was there the first time"?" this ended up costing me $353.27!!! luckily I had just gotten my income tax refund.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #22

Feb 272013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 99,300 miles
Key fob and car had to be reprogrammed, so I had to have my car towed to the dealership to have this done because the car would not start at all. I had to pay $124 for the key fob and another $49.50 for the reprogramming.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #21

Jun 082013


  • miles
Ignition modulator switch shut the car completly down as the was coming to a stop this part attaches into the computer and can go at anytime even when driving. Chrysler has a major back order on this part and has no idea when they can get the part to the dealerships to correct the issue. There are over 1000 vehicles currently with issue across the usa. I have checked with dealerships from NJ as far as mo after they check the database in the parts department I get the same answer no part in stock.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #20

May 062013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 101,761 miles


1 solution 2008 Dodge Charger the esp/bas light comes on when I make a left turn and stays on for a while and the resets. This is a re-occurring issue. Was told by Dodge that steering column may have to be repaired. (was this a recall for Dodge?). the car seems to be difficult to steer due to the car being very "loose" and feels as if the car is not aligned but recently had new alignment done. Also, left rear driver's side door lock will not work. The window works fine but the door lock has stopped functioning. Have had issues with rotors since I purchased the car with only 17 miles on it. Rotors replaced several times and was even told that the rotors were warped in factor installation.

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #19

Sep 202012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
There is a rubber boot on the right side of the trunk lid that contains wires for the trunk release. After examing a few online forums about why the trunk lid wasn't releasing after the button was pushed on the dashboard, the forums said to look under the rubber boot for stretched and broken wires. Sure enough I pulled back the rubber boot and found the broken wires. It probably has something to do with the way the wires are being stretched when the trunk is opening and closing, I feel this can be an electrical and a fire hazard especially because the trunk release isn't fused at all in the fuse panel.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #18

May 052013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the wireless key failed. The contact was unable to start the vehicle because of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the wireless control module needed to be replaced. The dealer stated that the part was on back order until July. The failure and the current mileage was 75,000.

- King George, VA, USA

problem #17

Mar 042013


  • 37,693 miles
The car started to show problems weeks before breaking down. Sometimes the engine would start as soon as I turn the key on and other times I had to wait four to six second before the engine would start. One morning I tried to turn the car on but not even a click. I took the car to the dealer by recharging the battery to turn it on. The dealer diagnosed my car with wireless control module failure and consequently they had to program a new key. I purchased the extended warranty and was assured every part on the car was covered except for the usual; tires, brake pads etc. I ended up paying out of my pocket and the repair was not cheap. After doing some research I learned that there is a recall on the newer models for the same reason. Additionally, sometimes my stereo turns of, my windows do not roll down and turning signals go off. This car has too many problems. Current mileage is 38,458 miles.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 012013


  • 128,000 miles
After returning from the grocery store, the trunk release from the key, nor the inside dash release would open the trunk. We have been using the mechanical key. Driving home one night, I noticed the third brake light wasn't working. After testing all the fuses, and researching online, I discovered the problem was the wiring harness that feeds the break light and had broken. Where the wire feeds from under the back window deck into a rubber boot, then in to the trunk lid. Three of 6 wires are broken in half at the same location. This is all over forums online that this is a known issue and that the opening and closing of the trunk causes these wires to break since the radius is very tight when closing the trunk lid.

- Monticello, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 242013


  • 105,041 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the vehicle could not be started with the key. The contact could not start the vehicle after refueling at a gas station. The contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer and the dealer stated that the malfunction was caused by wear and tear. The dealer reprogrammed a new set of keys for the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure was the third occurrence of the keys malfunctioning. The failure mileage was 105,041.

- Ecorse, MI, USA

problem #14

Feb 012013


  • 85,300 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the accelerator pedal seized to the floorboard and caused vehicle speed to increase to 65 mph. The contact shifted into neutral to slow the vehicle. The contact also mentioned that the key had to be removed and placed back into the ignition several times to get the engine started. The contact also mentioned that the steering failed and caused the contact to crash into a vehicle while he attempted to park. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the ignition switch, tumbler, accelerator box, and the bushings had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 56,031 and the current mileage was 85,300.

- Columbia , MO, USA

problem #13

Aug 132012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
2008 Dodge Charger. Driver was traveling in city at speeds <40 mph. Radio started making crackling/popping sounds and vehicle started losing power at which time heavy white smoke began coming from hood. No sensor lights or warning signs given. Driver pulled over to side or road at which time vehicle quit running. Vehicle was towed to local Dodge dealer where the technician diagnosed an electrical overheating/shortage problem that originated in the power distribution center.

- Guntersville, AL, USA

problem #12

Mar 042012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that when shifting into park, the key fob would abnormally slide out of the ignition switch. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where they advised the contact that the wireless mode and key fob would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact discovered a recall for the 2010 models under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V200000 (electrical system:ignition:module) but the 2008 models were not included in the recall. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 50,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 312012


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed and the vehicle would not start. The key also could not be turned once inserted into the ignition switch. The contact was able to start the vehicle after playing around with the ignition switch for approximately thirty minutes. In addition, the contact stated that he had to leave the engine running at times in fear not being able to restart the vehicle after it was shut off. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the dealer advised that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The dealer did not advise of the cause of the ignition switch failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 41,000.

- Starkville, MS, USA

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