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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,906 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Dodge Charger engine problems

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2009 Dodge Charger Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 142014


  • 65,000 miles


I bought my car used approximately 3 1/2 years ago. It was driving fine up until about 6 / 7 months ago when it started stalling on me while driving. It has done this to me at least 15 times since then and lately has started to not start. There is hesitation at times and sometimes it just dies. The most concerning to me is when it dies while I'm driving, no warning, and then I lose my power steering. The last 4 times I've been able to pull it over and restart it but I have a 4 year old child and I am fearful of this happening and loosing control of the car. I will be calling the dealer this week but after reading the complaints and their outcomes I'm not hopeful that this issue will be resolved. Very concerning that this issue does not seem to be considered important to the manufacturer.

- South Bend , IN, USA

problem #7

Oct 212014


  • miles
Two weeks ago I purchased a 2009 Dodge Charger. On Tuesday October 21, 2014, I attempted to start my vehicle and found that the engine would not start. On the instrument panel I could see a red light blink indicating the theft system was activated, the mileage displayed, and the open doors indicator was activated. My remote allowed me to lock and unlock my doors and open my trunk. I attempted to jump start the battery which worked perfectly. I took additional steps to insure the problem was not the battery by having it tested. The result was 100%. upon researching the symptoms online, I found there is an ongoing problem with the win module in my vehicle. I found more than 100 complaints and youtube videos by owners with the same problem yet no recall has been created. When will Chrysler llc be held accountable for this known and well documented problem with 2009 Dodge Chargers and give them some relief? it should also be noted, a recall was made for 2008 Dodge Chargers for the same problem. I'd like to know what steps I need to take for a recall to be done. My vehicle is currently sitting idle. I fear having the same experience GM customers have had where the company is aware of a manufacturing issue that they refuse to address. I have already spoken to Chrysler llc and my Dodge dealership and they refuse to issue a recall even after acknowledging this is an ongoing issue with 2009 Dodge Chargers. One employee even stated, "I'm surprised they haven't done a recall yet. I've fixed this problem over 1000 times in the short time I've been here."

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 032012

Charger 8-cyl

  • 71,251 miles
This is a Dodge Charger in the austin independent school district's police force fleet. After performing routine maintenance and upon start up, the auto began to have a hard engine knock. After further investigation we found that a valve seat had failed and entered the piston cylinder causing a catastrophic engine failure. The engine is a 5.7 hemi. This is the second Dodge 5.7 hemi to have this type of engine failure in less then a year, and at about the same engine mileage. These cars are pursuit vehicles, and if this failure had been at a higher speed serious injure, or death could have occurred.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 262011

Charger 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle used in September 2010. The vehicle had a clean car fax report when I bought the vehicle. I drove the vehicle to work on Saturday and back home Saturday evening and parked the car in the driveway. When I went to start the car on Monday to take my kids to school the car did not start. I had the car towed to an independent mechanic assuming it must have been the starter. To my dismay the mechanic told me I needed a complete valve job for $2,000 he told me to take the car to the dealer to see if the car was under warranty for engine failure cause it is no way a 2009 should need a this type of work this soon. He charged me $84 for his inspection fee and diagnosis. I had the car towed to Jeep /Chrysler Dodge dealership in Ontario California where they told me the same diagnosis except it would cost any where from $2,000- $4500 for the repair. The dealer charged a fee of $384 just to come up with the exact same diagnosis the independent mechanic previously told me for a fee of $84. I have contacted Chrysler corporate office 12/07/2011 and expect a call back within 24 hours. To add insult to injury I had the dealer attempt to include the repair of a timing belt and tensioner for $400 that I did not even need. Fortunately I had inspected the belt myself and was told by the independent mechanic that the belt and tensioner are in perfect working order. I addressed this with the service advisor and he told me I might as well get it done because it is due at 100K miles. I am disgusted that the dealer would try to take advantage of a customer in need of help. This unethical attempt to get more money from me made me question what other fraudulent repairs are on my estimate. I believe Dodge should stand by their product and do the right thing. I am prepared to go to the media if Chrysler does not do the right thing.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 052011


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact noticed that white smoke emitted from the underneath the hood. The temperature gauge suddenly increased to hot. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and towed to an independent mechanic. The engine cylinders were replaced due to a defective head gasket. The vehicle was repaired; however, the contact experienced the identical failure on the day it was repaired. The vehicle was towed back to the independent mechanic for the second time where the head gasket was replaced. The failure occurred for the third time and the vehicle was currently being repaired by a different independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- St. Marys, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012011

Charger 6-cyl

  • 48,001 miles
Vehicle made loud bang from engine compartment and began to loose speed from 58 mph. Vehicle completely shut off after emitting an acrid burning smell. Towed to thomas Dodge who states"engine locked up".

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 282011


  • 52,000 miles
I purchased a 2009 Dodge Charger in 4/11. I just performed the first oil change for me on 8/28/11. I noticed while removing the oil plug, that it was very tight and hard to loosen. After removing the plug and oil, I installed the plug back into the oil pan and it would not tighten all the way. I realized there was a lot of aluminum debris on the seal of the plug which would be from when someone cross threads and strips the threads of the oil drain plug hole. The last entity to do an oil change on this vehicle was the dealer I purchased this car from. When confronted about this, the service manager at the dealer told me it was "common" for these drain plugs to strip out after a few oil changes. This is unacceptable as I should not be already having to replace the oil pan on a vehicle with 52000 miles on it and a clear violation of safety for the environment. Weakly built oil pans can be easily stripped and end of leaking oil out onto the ground which is unacceptable and hazardous to the environment.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 162010


  • miles
My 2009 Dodge Charger and many others I know about will stall for no reason at any speed. It has happened to me on several occasions which results in loss of all power, steering, brakes etc. Have taken to dealer but since no computer codes were thrown, unable to find problem, help!!!!

- Coldbrook, 00, USA

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