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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,275 miles

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2007 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jun 182016


  • 144,750 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. While in park, the rear and front driver side door handles fractured. As a result, the contact was unable to open the doors from inside the vehicle. The contact would have to roll the windows down and open the door from the outside in order to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 144,750.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #24

Mar 282015

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 75,500 miles
I went to run errands stopped at the post office drop off a package at the boxes in the lot. Didn't pull close enough so I opened the door to reach drop box. Went next to buy groceries and when to open the driver door the handle no longer worked.. so I had to turn my car back on, roll my window down, open the door, roll my window back get the rest. This is a huge concern for me because I have children and lord knows something serious happens and I can't get out of my car because my handle breaks!!! if I'm heaven forbid hit on the right side and or there's a fire. I can't get out. Do something about this. Dodge has had nothing but issues with the Nitro since it was made. Hence the reason Dodge stopped production on the Nitro. All why is a larger sized body sub put on a Jeep Liberty frame? had I known this would never have purchased the Nitro.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #23

Jan 222015


  • 72,000 miles
I was just getting back from lunch and was about to exit my vehicle when the handle broke. So I had to turn my car back on, roll my window down, open the door, roll my window back get the rest. This is a huge concern for me because I have children and lord knows something serious happens and I can't get out of my car because my handle breaks!!!

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #22

Oct 102014


  • 80,000 miles


I was getting out of my 2007 Dodge Nitro and the handle just broke. I looked up online and there seems to be a ton of people having the same problem. Why is there not a recall yet"!"

- Holdrege, NE, USA

problem #21

Aug 132014


  • 104,152 miles
Interior door handle has broken 3 times already this has to be a recall on Dodge they are horrible I am sick of having to buy door handles!!!

- Gilbertsville, KY, USA

problem #20

Aug 102011

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
When opening door from inside, door handle broke off. Also happened to back seat handle driver side.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #19

May 142014

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


To whom it may concern: Driver side interior door handle snapped / broke clean off when I tried to exit the vehicle one afternoon on May 14, 2014. Vehicle has approx. 70K miles at the time of incident. Didn't realize it was a plastic handle until it broke. Appears to be cheap plastic. Door handle was not exposed to abuse. Interior door handle is operated with appropriate exiting force upon every exit and 99% of the time I'm the only one using that door handle. Please do something about this problem as it appears I'm not the only one with the same problem. Thanks in advance.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #18

Feb 042014


  • 160,000 miles
By the winter being so cold tried to open passenger front door & driver back door handles snapped in half.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #17

Feb 212014


  • 79,000 miles
Both drivers and passenger inside door handles broke from normal wear and tear. The drivers side inside door handle broke a few months ago and I attempted to glue back together with no such luck. The passenger inside door handle broke just today. Now I have to roll down the window to open the door, only a matter of time before power window motor burns out from continual use, at which I had to replace motor in pass. Door and switches in drivers door at my own expense a couple of years ago.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #16

Oct 182013


  • 80,000 miles
The front left interior door handle broke as I was trying the exit the vehicle. It appears that the cable and handle separated, leaving no way for me to open the door. This is extremely alarming to me because in case of emergency, I will not be able to exit the vehicle in a timely manner.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #15

Aug 232013


  • miles


My girlfriend who is far from strong goes to get out and the door handle snaps. Okay so not only is this a hazard because the driver can't get out but I am also very upset. I then take the back door handle off and replace the front so that way I feel better about letting her drive the car. A few months go by and the same thing happens but to me, I am very concerned with the safety of this. How could a company expect you to pay about 300$ to fix a door when it is a safety hazard and faulty craftsmanship" I cannot afford that. Now just this last August my co worker went to get out of the passenger door and it snapped on him. So now no one can get out of the car. No one can ride in the passenger side either because he window will not roll down. So now in order to get out of my car I have to roll the window down open door from the outside and then roll my window up. What happens if I cant get my window down and I need out? or my girlfriend" life and death is serious.

- Richland , WA, USA

problem #14

Nov 122013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 78,164 miles
Front left side door handle broke as I opened the door to exit my vehicle.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 022012


  • miles
Went to open front vehicle door when the door handle broke in February 2012. Now, October 2013 the passenger front and rare doors broke days apart.

- Tomahawk, WI, USA

problem #12

Oct 122013


  • miles
I went to grab my door handle with 2 fingers and the handle just snapped preventing me from exiting my vehicle. In the event of an emergency I fear that I am unable to exit my vehicle due to this faulty handle that has been manufactured for this vehicle. This is just one of many issues this vehicle has in addition to the 7 or 8 recalls for issues that have already been acknowledged. This whole vehicle should be recalled! almost every plastic part on this vehicle has broken off, cracked, or malfunctioned.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Oct 032013


  • 69,000 miles
The inside drivers door handle broke at the hinge and I can not get out using the handle. This is the lame! and obviously happens to a lot of Nitro owners.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

Aug 252013


  • 86,100 miles
The inside door handle on the driver's side broke and I was unable to get out of the car.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 312013


  • 84,000 miles
After parking, I tried to open the door and the handle snapped. I was unable to open the door and had to crawl across the front seat to get out. This seems like a huge safety issue, and from what I can tell, a lot of other Nitro owners have had the same problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 272013


  • 100,000 miles
Had made and apt to take truck in for recall for underbody transmission tunnel shield at 1 pm on sat.on the way to work. No warning signs truck no light indicator on truck started to make loud noise while my husband was driving. We pulled up to the stop light and turned the truck off and turned it back on it started to make a loud noise again so he pulled to the side of the road into a parking lot and then it just stop would not go into reverse or turn back on and the transmission light came own. We had it towed to the dealership. Ask them to do the repair on the recall still not done 3 days later so I cannot even tow vehicle to my house. To figure out where to go from there have contacted the recall hotline they said they can not do anything. Filed a complaint to them they said they would look in to it and get back to me. The dealership said for 700 dollars they can break the transmission down to see if the two are connected who has money to was this is crazy and I see you have other complaints about stating vehicles and transmissions this is dangerous thankfully it was a sat and no traffic when this happened we could have been killed and my son was in the car in the back seat and it would have been a rear end accident which is were most children ride in the back for safety that is a joke with the Nitro I hope you take this as serious as I do a S a concerned parent it is alarming to know that vehicles with these kinds of issues are still being sold and nobody wants to fix the problems it is more about money than accidents and death.this is probably why people have stop supporting Dodge and Chrysler because they are not about safety and ownership of there brand and responsibility for there defects we also had a door handle on driver side broken this seems to be common as well. I will also make a formal complaint to Chrysler.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 202013


  • 84,200 miles
I went to exit my vehicle and the driver side front door handle snapped right off. I had to crawl across to the passenger side, which at my age of 51, was not exactly an easy task since there is a console in between the two seats. Now I'm finding out that it is going to cost almost $300 to have it repaired and will have to wait for the part. For how much this vehicle cost, plastic should not have been used on something used as often as a door handle.

- Hanover Twp, PA, USA

problem #6

May 012013


  • miles
The interior door handle for the back passenger and the driver side door broke internally and can not open from the inside. If there is a accident, my family would not be able to escape without help from the outside.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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