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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,421 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Dodge Charger drivetrain problems

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2013 Dodge Charger Owner Comments

problem #19

Sep 252016

Charger

  • 71,000 miles

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

I was on the freeway when my cars lights started flashing and would get on battery saver mode and was hard trying to steer on to emergency lane until it completely shut off on me. Luckily I was half way on the slow lane and safe lane. It would not turn on and it started smoking when I tried getting out I was completely locked in and could not turn on the car to place it on park or open the doors. I had to get out through the window that I already had down. I then had to call my boyfriend to pick up the car in a trailer. When I was out the car I noticed red/pinkish water coming out of the car.

- Mcfarland, CA, USA

problem #18

Jan 162016

Charger

  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While driving 1 mph and parking the vehicle, it suddenly accelerated. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a wall and pinned a caregiver. The air bags did not deploy. It was difficult to shift gears, which prolonged the injury. The fire department was notified, but a police report was not filed. The caregiver sustained minor injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure was undetermined. The body damage was repaired. The manufacturer not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000.

- Blaine, WA, USA

problem #17

Aug 122016

Charger

  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V240000 (power train). The contact took the vehicle to the dealer. When the dealer tried to replace the part, the transmission control module crashed and the engine stalled. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #16

Oct 282015

Charger

  • 37,184 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While the vehicle was parked, it independently rolled backwards and crashed into a cement pole. The failure recurred three times. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed; however, the body damage was repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V240000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,184.

- Berrien Spring, MI, USA

problem #15

May 292016

Charger

  • 29,950 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that after shifting into the park position and exiting the vehicle, it independently rolled away and crashed into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. The contact was knocked down by the door of the vehicle and sustained bruising that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V240000 (power train). The failure mileage was 29,950. The VIN was not available.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #14

May 142016

Charger 6-cyl

  • miles
I put the car in reverse when trying to make a legal U-turn, when trying to put the car into reverse, I step on the gas only to realize the shifter popped back into neutral or park. When making a U-turn there is no oncoming traffic. By the time I'm able to complete the U-turn and place the gear into reverse there is oncoming traffic. I've been behind some big trucks that decide they want to back up. With a normal shifter you can quickly place the car into reverse. With this shifter I feel I'm going to get hit. This popping out of reverse has happened multiple times. This is a very dangerous shifter. I like the car although I've had to take it to the dealership for many repairs and it's only 3 years old. This car I feel may get me in an accident or kill me by not being able to shift quickly enough. I didn't know what to do until I got your website. Please check into this. Someone is going to get hurt when you can't put the car into reverse because it pops out. Thank you

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #13

May 012016

Charger

  • 113,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. In addition, the vehicle jerked before accelerating. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V240000 (power train). The failure mileage was 113,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 102016

Charger

  • 40,000 miles
E-shift issues, indication comes on screen saying the E-shift needs service since purchase! also, pulled up at atm and put in park, check engine light came on and listed E-shift issue, car would not go into gear. Mentioned E-shift issues with dealer since purchase and yet to be looked at or resolved. Every time I mention it, dealer employees seem puzzled and state that they've never heard of that before.

- Palestine, TX, USA

problem #11

Dec 282015

Charger

  • 50,000 miles
Twice I pulled in my driveway and thought I put the car in park and went to gather my things before shutting the car off and instead of being in park the car continued forward. The first time it scraped my side fence and the second until it hit my chain link gate- bending the posts and taking the fence gate off the posts. The fence gate them proceeded to fall on top of the hood of the car. Because I was gathering my items off the seat I didn't notice the car moving until I heard the crunching sound.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #10

Sep 012015

Charger

  • 58,000 miles
The cooling system radiator water pump heater core is giving problems in a lot of theses cars the mechanic at the dealership says he sees it all the time the radiator in mine is coming apart at the seems and a police friend of mine says they have lost 3 due to the same problem then running hot and blowing

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #9

Aug 272015

Charger

  • 52,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle started to hesitate and all the warning indicators illuminated. In addition, the air conditioning blew out hot air only and the vehicle started shaking until it stalled. The vehicle was jumpstarted. While driving to the independent mechanic, the failure recurred and failed to restart. The independent mechanic diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000. The VIN was not available.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 222014

Charger

  • 229,662 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While driving at various speeds, the gears shifted without command, the vehicle jerked violently, and the check engine light remained illuminated. On a different occasion, the vehicle jerked forward and almost crashed into a child. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the transmission and gears needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 229,662.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 032013

Charger

  • 325 miles
I have two vehicles of the same year. The same thing happened to both vehicles. From a stop to increase speed, transmission sticks in first gear. I have since learned to either stop and start again or place in neutral and then back to drive.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #6

Jan 232014

Charger

  • 2,554 miles
While driving my "AWD" Charger down my hill in the middle of a snow storm my "AWD" system failed on me and illuminated a message stating "service AWD". I pulled over to the side of the road and put the car in park and restarted and AWD was still unavailable. With only rwd I drove the car to the dealership with it spinning out multiple times for them to take a look at the system however when I arrived at the dealership the system began functioning again after shutting my car off there and turning it back on. The technicians were unable to replicate the issue and were not able to find anything wrong with the system. This is dangerous as anyone could be driving and have the AWD system fail on them at any given point intermittently or permanently and needs to be investigated more deeply.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #5

May 272014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 7,330 miles
Having multiple problems with my Charger which only has 7300 miles on it. Like others have mentioned, when at a complete stop, the car will jump forward. Feels like transmission shifting late. Then when driving and getting up to speed, the rpms will jump up but the car does not speed up. The last time the rpms increased, I quickly took my foot off the gas pedal, and the rpms continued to rise to 5K. Both issues happen sporadically. Have taken to dealer 2X. First time they had for 2 days, reprogrammed the transmission and said they fixed it. I took it home over the weekend and both issues still happened. Took car back in on Monday and this time they had it for 4 days and gave me a rental car. Today I was told that Chrysler is aware of the problem (valve body separate plate part) and is working on a fix. The part/fix was supposed to be available at end of may/early June, but since it's already 6/5, obviously that date was not an accurate time frame. (star case no. S1421000013 date 4/9/14) the dealership states they cannot do anything to fix this until the part is available. They could not let me keep the rental car (warranty coverage time max out), and gave me back my Charger to drive until they can fix it. I worry about the problems and what else could go wrong, or if the rpms will cause problems with my speed, cause a wreck, or just cause further damage to the trans/engine. Not a happy new car owner.

- Goodells, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 182014

Charger

  • 9,500 miles
When stopping the vehicle, the vehicle lurches badly right before it stops. The dealer says there is not a fix until the end of may/early June. We were told to pick up the car and continue to drive it until somebody notifies us. It is very alarming every time you go to stop.

- Bonney Lake, WA, USA

problem #3

Dec 112013

Charger 6-cyl

  • miles
Chrysler issued a recall on my vehicle in December 2013 but as of today cannot tell me when they will know how to fix it. I believe that this is unreasonable. Also, they have not once told me whether or not it is safe to continue to drive my vehicle. I believe at this point I should be entitled to a full refund on this vehicle.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 182013

Charger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while the vehicle was in park, the contact activated the remote starting system. The vehicle then accelerated and crashed into a pole. There were no injuries. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The manufacturer stated that an investigator would contact him but the contact had not heard from the investigator. The failure mileage was 3,500. Updated 09/24/2013

- Gainsville, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 112013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while accelerating from a stop, there was a loud bang. The contact stated that the vehicle did not accelerate and they were unable to shift the vehicle into park. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the dealer stated that the drive shaft had become fractured between the transmission and the transfer case. The dealer stated that the manufacturer wanted them to send the entire transmission back to be inspected instead of repairing it. The manufacturer was going to send an entirely new transmission, drive shaft and transfer case. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 5,000.

- Beacon Falls, CT, USA

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