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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,755 miles

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2008 Dodge Charger engine problems

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2008 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Apr 052014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the key was difficult to turn and the vehicle stalled with no warning. The contact stated that previously, the fan and radiator failed to work due to an electrical short and the components caught on fire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who replaced the radiator and the fan. The contact indicated that months later, the failure recurred. In addition, the contact stated that burning fumes emitted into the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the wires, starter and ignition switch were on fire. The contact was able to merge the vehicle over and it was towed to a dealer. The technician replaced the ignition switch and the failure recurred intermittently. The contact was included but was not notified of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V567000 (electrical system). However, the part needed was not available. The vehicle was not. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #24

Jan 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle overheated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the coolant and air bleeder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Upland , CA, USA

problem #23

Jul 142014


  • 36,041 miles
I was driving when the car suddenly stalled out. A few months later there was a recall notice for a faulty ignition switch. A couple of months after that, the car suddenly lost power as I was driving down the road. I took it to the repair shop, and they still can't figure out what the problem is. I'm requesting a loaner vehicle until the recall problem is fixed, before an accident happens.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #22

Aug 192014


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the starter and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 14V567000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Manvel, TX, USA

problem #21

Nov 142014


  • 79,800 miles
On my way to the gas station to fill up my tank, when I arrive I put my car in park and as I'm about to step out the car rolls back, I'm thinking maybe I put it in reverse by accident but no it was in park but it got stuck in reverse my car has almost 80K mikes on it 2008 Dodge Charger. This incident almost made me hit the car behind me because it rolled back luckily for emergency brakes it didn't. had to have my car towed the tiw truck driver knew how to put it back in park so he did as I called the dealership they said no recall for my transmission not for my car, you would think since the recall is about the transmission linkage bwcomeing loose or something and startling the driver and can result in a crash it would be covered but nope these dealerships never want to help you, just createmore pproblems. What happens if I didn't get out the car, slow and it rolled back and hit the car until this day my car is stillwhere the tow truck pparked

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #20

Nov 012014


  • miles
My engine light is on in the car and I have contacted several Chrysler dealerships and they are telling me that the parts for repair are not in. I have a fear of driving because the safety recall is so dangerous.

- West Bloomfied , MI, USA

problem #19

Oct 032014


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 10 mph, the engine stalled and the vehicle failed to restart. The dealer stated that the win module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000. Updated 11/20/14

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #18

Mar 252013


  • 56,000 miles
This vehicle occasionally stalls out, it can happen once and not again for 4 or 5 months or it can happen numerous times in a short period of time. This usually happens at low speed and there is no warning when it will happen, the radio, lights and windows all work, however the fuel gauge goes to zero. I have had the vehicle checked by Firestone and also an independent mechanic and the tests shows nothing is wrong.. until the vehicle recreates the situation when it is in the shop, the problem cannot be identified. Although it usually happens at low speeds, it is an extremely dangerous situation. I have had the car stall out numerous times when I am pulling out of a parking lot into traffic, or when I am accelerating after a red light. It is only a matter of time before this causes an accident with injuries.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #17

Jun 112012


  • 49,048 miles
Car randomly began to shut off right after starting or sometimes while driving. It got to the point where it shut off and it wouldnT start again. I towed it to the dealership and they advised me that I need to replace ignition module and key fob also need to reprogram. The total came up to $ $696.18. Two years went by and it was working ok until one day again, randomly began to shut off right after starting or sometimes while driving. Is this issue related to the Chrysler ignition recall? I would like to know because I am not spending another price now $ 800+ on a new module and fob.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #16

May 282014


  • 118,451 miles
I was driving down a street when all of a sudden my vehicle started to shake. I pulled over and found out the my cooling fan had broken off sending the blades into my radiator causing the system to loose coolant. I spent over 400 dollars for repairs. This is a common problem from what I red and I feel that I should be reimburse for the coat of the repairs and have Chrysler perform a check for any other damages it might of caused.

- Borger, TX, USA

problem #15

Jul 192014


  • 87,521 miles


I was driving and stop to get few things from store, left car running and notice wired noise like something hit the car, I walk out and check for visual damage and notice antifreeze leak out. Got home and find out that driver side radiator fan blade are separated and make a holes on radiator. I don't understand how this can happen.

- Sarasota , FL, USA

problem #14

Jul 122014


  • 90,700 miles
Cooling fan hit fan shroud breaking off a piece that hit the radiator.. this caused loss of radiator coolant. Fans and radiator had to be replaced along with coolant. According to Dodge forum this problem has been recalled on some same vehicles (2008 Chargers) but mine has not been recalled or notified that this could occur. Fortunately the car was at idle when this happened. No injury occurred. This is a design defect or part failure and owners should be compensated for towing and repair.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #13

Jan 012013


  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled with out warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #12

Jun 202013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normally. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on three occasions where the failure was unable to be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Gary , IN, USA

problem #11

Mar 272014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I recently been driving (Charger)to work because my other car was in the shop so I was leaving work one day and I hear a noise that was coming from the front of the car I had it towed so I took it to a shop and they told my it was a rod and I said was that and how did that could of happen they explain to me so than I took it to two more shop and everybody said the same thing that my vehicle is well maintain and that this should not have happened and that a lot of people been complaining about the same issue.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #10

Nov 112013


  • 34,000 miles
Vehicle shut off/stalled multiple times while driving or making a stop. Many other people owning Dodge cars, Charger, challenger, and some other models have been dealing with this for years. It has happened to me 4 times since I bought my car in 2012, the first time it happened while braking to make a left turn the car stalled completely all my dash lights came on I had to pull over and restart the engine. Second time I was doing bout 40mph in a local road when the car suddenly shut off for no reason, same thing dash lights came on I put it in neutral and restarted the engine. I did a google search on this problem and I found many complaints from Dodge owners of this models having the same problem and Dodge isn't doing nothing bout it even after multiple complaints from the public. They probably waiting like GM for people to be harm or killed to start doing recalls.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #9

Jan 272014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
Was pulling into a gas station and the engine stalled. Went to start it and would not start had it towed to a dealership and they replaced the starter. As soon as it started up there was a knock on the engine. As the mechanic claimed it's "rod knock" and claimed that the oil was never replace. The place that I bought it from did the oil change and have proof they did it. The engine ran fine before hand and no longer operates correctly.

- Corinth , NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 212014

Charger 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Charger with the 3.5 engine. It is using 1 quart per 400 miles. I know this is a common problem with this engine. Is there a class action lawsuit for this problem.

- Oakland City, IN, USA

problem #7

Jun 222013

Charger 8-cyl

  • 79,500 miles
I stopped my Dodge Charger in the gas station parking lot. I just finished washing my Charger and was on my way to a car show. I stopped at the gas station to wait for the rest of the people in my group. My girlfriend exited her vehicle and got into my car. I started my car back up to run the A/C. within a few seconds of starting my car up, I heard a loud bang. I immediately turned my car off and exited my vehicle. As I got out of my vehicle, I observed a small stream of green fluid (antifreeze) running beneath my vehicle. I popped my hood and observed my radiator was damaged again. I also observed that my cooling fan was in pieces again. But this time it was my passenger side cooling fan. I had my car towed to the same body shop as last year and the mechanic there advised me to look into an recalls involving the cooling system of my car. He explained that it occurred the same way as the other fan did a year ago. At that time I saw a customer satisfaction notification L08 that involved Dodge Chargers 2006-2008. I read the notification and learned that my vehicle was not covered by this notification. My Dodge Charger was originally sold in Florida and I bought it in Florida. My Charger was manufactured on 10/10/2007 and my Charger is a 2008. I felt like my car was covered by this notification in several ways. But Chrysler claims that my VIN was not covered due to the sales code, even though the defect the notification mentioned was precisely the same. (two realted voqs from same complainant: 1023591, 10523589)

- Newburgh, IN, USA

problem #6

Jun 212012


  • 65,000 miles
On June 21st of 2012, while my car was sitting in the parking lot running with my kids in the car, my A/C was running to keep them cool. It was over 100* outside and my kids needed to stay cool. I was out of my car for a matter of minutes and I heard a loud popping sound. As I turned to my car, I saw a large pool of antifreeze under my car. I turned my car off and turned my car into the body shop that I was parked in front of to fix it. They advised that my cooling fan fell apart and caused damage to my radiator. This required my to replace the cooling fan and the radiator. It only required me to replace the driver's side cooling fan at this time. I was unaware of any problems with the Dodge Chargers cooling fans at this time. (two realted voqs from same complainant: 1023591, 10523589)

- Newburgh, IN, USA

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