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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 18
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,392 miles

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2011 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #13

Nov 152012

Charger

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated the driver's side headlight failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated the headlight connector melted due to overheating and had to be replaced along with the wiring harness. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Raymore, MO, USA

problem #12

Jan 152013

Charger

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while parked, the battery saver mode light illuminated. The contact noticed smoke coming from under the hood. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the technician stated that the alternator and battery would have to be replaced. The vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign number: 12V042000 (electrical system, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) and was previously repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired for the recent failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

May 252013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Driver's side low beam headlight stopped working. No power is going to the low beam bulb. There is a recall on 2011 and 2012 police Dodge Charger for the same issue but there is not one for the everyday consumer. This is outrageous. It seems as though Dodge does not care for the consumer. Not sure why when they make most of their money off of normal, everyday people. There needs to be a recall for this issue. It is not safe to drive around with one headlight working.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #10

May 012013

Charger 6-cyl

  • miles

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

Passenger headlight didn't come on. Went to replace bulb noticed the bulb and connecting wiring had serious burn marks on them.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #9

May 242013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 51,200 miles
Passenger side headlight wiring harness shorted and melted headlight wiring harness causing smoke and excessive heat, if left the vehicle would have caught fire.

- Lillington, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 112013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Wiring harness on low beam passenger side headlight failed (shorted out), causing visibility issues while driving. This same issue has occurred on the Charger police cars and Dodge has issued a recall for them, but the passenger cars are not included in the recall.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #7

Apr 272013

Charger

  • 61,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated while driving 75 mph, the driver's side headlight failed. A dealer was notified and stated it was probably the wiring harness that caused the failure. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 61,000.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #6

Apr 102013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 44,650 miles
While driving vehicle at night, was informed by police officer that drivers side low beam headlight was out. Soon after, I tried to replace bulb myself. Found that low beam harness was burnt/melted making it impossible to replace bulb. Car was taken to Dodge dealership for repair. Parts replaced: Headlight harness and wiring jumper.

- Yadkinville, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 052013

Charger

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the passenger's side headlight failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that there was a melted wire in the headlight compartment and the other wires were unhealthy, recommending that all of the wiring be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 242012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Noticed the low beam headlight on the passenger side was out, went to get a new bulb and replaced it. After a few days noticed the light went out again took it in to a Dodge dealership and I was told I would need to replace all wiring because the wires were melted and it would only be a matter of time before the other headlight would go out. Looked up recalls & even called the 800 number but my model is not one of the vehicles covered but its the exact problem that is happening with my car.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 232013

Charger

  • 40,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the passenger's side headlight would not illuminate. The contact replaced the passenger side headlight bulb but then the driver's side headlight began emitting smoke. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the headlight wiring harness would have to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 12V042000 (electrical system, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Dacatur, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 302012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 14,455 miles
Upon starting the vehicle during daylight hours, the auto light control was on for the vehicles low beam headlight use. As time went on, and a few stops were made, a plastic aroma was noticed several times during frequent stopping between traffic lights. The vehicle's evic messaging system was checked for any overheating issues due to the high temperatures of the day. Nothing was out of the ordinary. Several oncoming vehicles were flashing their headlights towards our way in order to warn us of an issue with our headlights, which we could not see from inside the vehicle at the time. And it wasn't dark enough to see this issue occurring. We pulled the vehicle over to inspect, only to find our driver side low beam headlight flickering and strobing. I was able to purchase yet another headlight low beam from the local walmart store, that was spec'd as an oem replacement from sylvania. This was the 2nd time the light has been replaced, but first for me to do so. I tried to replace the bulb, only to discover that the low beam connector was melted on that side of the car, which was encased by it's own protective housing. Upon cleaning up the connection the best I could, we got the light to work. The next few miles were ok, but then noticed the smell again. The occurrence is now happening every day, and we try to catch it before the connector melts. The car must stay at home until the dealer can look at this and solve the issue. The issue occurred after a recall on the power distribution center was completed a few weeks ago, recall M10 was completed, and now several electrical issues have followed. To now end, this vehicle has had over 26 issues in a span of 16 months now. And we've deemed it unfit for driving safety, to include, brake, ABS, strut, sway bushings, rotor, starting, power drains, etc. This list is longer than mentioned above. Wiring is extremely hot around there.

- Trafford, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 142012

Charger

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the passenger side low beam headlights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer confirmed that an after market part bulb failed and melted the connector for the low beams. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed that the VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number :12V042000 (exterior lighting:headlights). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 32,500.

- Converse, TX, USA

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