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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,829 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2008 Dodge Charger Owner Comments

problem #7

May 082015


  • 73,500 miles


I have ongoing problems with ignition switch failure, resulting in the car completely shutting off - no engine power, no brakes, no power steering. This incident has happened 3 times in the last 6 weeks. My car is on the recall list with Dodge since last November, but they have yet to get the parts in to fix it. I am very upset that they haven't been able to get parts in to fix what could be a catastrophic and deadly problem in the last 7 months. I'm also being told my car has the airbag recall to go along with it. Can someone please put some pressure on Dodge to either get my car fixed or get me a safe car to drive in the meantime? my life, and potentially my family's life could depend on it.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Apr 232015

Charger 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Dodge Charger about 45 mph, when suddenly the power went out on my vehicle causing me to stop in traffic. When I tried to restart my car, it wouldn't start. After several attempts to try to start the vehicle, it finally started.. a few miles into my journey, the problem happened again.. the problem is with the ignition switch that is recalled on my vehicle. I drive everyday with small children in the car and this is very unsafe. The Dodge dealer said the part is unavailable. I need my car to go to work everyday and this is very disturbing.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 072012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. After starting the vehicle, it suddenly accelerated without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The contact had to use excessive force on the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The failure recurred. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #4

May 082013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the electronic throttle control failed without warning as the check engine light illuminated. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to an independent mechanic where the vehicle was diagnosed as the fuel injection system having failed. The vehicle was repaired, but the problem persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000.

- Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jan 262013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle accelerated to 50 mph without warning. The contact applied the brakes as hard as she could but the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle stopped after crashing into two gates and a curb. The contact received injuries to the back and left thigh and the front passenger suffered from chest pains. The police were contacted and a report was available. The vehicle was later towed to an independent mechanic pending an investigation. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 130,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #1

Jan 242012


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle surged forward and both the check engine and traction control warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning lights illuminated on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 16,000 and the current mileage was 37,127.

- Centerline, MI, USA

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