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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,407 miles

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2007 Dodge Nitro drivetrain problems

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2007 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Aug 052015

Nitro

  • 125,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated there was an explosion that occurred under the vehicle. As a result, the vehicle elevated with the driver and passenger in the vehicle. The driver side air bag failed to deploy. In addition, smoke emitted into the vehicle and flames appeared underneath. The driver's seat belt failed to release. The driver sustained bruises to the left arm, back, and neck injuries that required medical attention. The rear passengers also sustained bruises and neck injuries that did not require medical attention. The driver and passenger were able to exit the vehicle. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's resident. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V121000 (air bags, power train, structure). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #33

Dec 172015

Nitro

  • 100,000 miles
The car with lock and unlock doors by itself and flash lights on and off, causing the vehicle to be inoperable when this happens during driving and when parking. We were already told the controlmodule needs replacing but because this is not a 4X4 it is not covered in the recall. Then the brakes stop but not fully and will cause a slide backwards if not held down while in motion, on an incline, on street or ramp. The throttle light and the antilock brake light comes on while driving, while turning, on streetand highway, causing the car to stall in traffic, while moving we have almost been rear eneded a couple of times. We see several recalls that would relate to our problem but all have been identified for the 4X4.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #32

Sep 012015

Nitro

  • 70,000 miles
The heat shield did come part way off during a drive. Had to remove it and replace it. Amazingly it didn't cause a wreck.

- Defiance, OH, USA

problem #31

Nov 192014

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 44,256 miles

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

While driving on asphalt and dip, slope, and curve, the vehicle wanted to stalled and looses power. Brake light for entire ride. This power lost is consistence when going over railroad track or slope and dip motions. It been like this with power and stability since it was purchase new from the dealer. I'm the owner. The suspension system is the worst, it feel like you going to roll-over when there's a dip on the roadway.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #30

Jun 292013

Nitro

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number 13V21000 (air bags, power train, structure) but was informed that the part was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Jackson, FL, USA

problem #29

Apr 142014

Nitro

  • 98,000 miles
While driving no matter what the speed the car kicks back. It could be when it's moving to the next gear or just on a gear it kicks back hard. Took the car to mechanic no issues with transmission every one is stumped as to what it is. Nothing comes up on diagnostic. The other issue that started with the above problem is that the car turns off on it's own. It could be while you are idle or backing up, parking or even in the process of stopping at a red light. I almost hit the car in front because the breaks locked up after the car just stalled while I was stopping the vehicle. Again no one knows why this is happening. Very dangerous. I've avoided several accidents. I live in a place that has lots of hills so if this car turns off while breaking/slowing down going downhill I can hit the car in front. Breaks lock up because car is turned off so I have no way to stop car but emergency break and hope that it works quick enough.

- Winston Salem , NC, USA

problem #28

May 192014

Nitro

  • 56,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled away causing the contact to apply excessive force to the brake pedal and the parking brake for the vehicle to stop. The contact mentioned that the emergency brake failed intermittently. In addition, the contact mentioned that the transmission lock out featured had to be bypassed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the brake drums and the parking brake handle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall campaign id number: 13V121000 (power train). The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000. Updated 08/19/14

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #27

Feb 242014

Nitro

  • 97,790 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated there was a constant leak from the transmission each time he drove the vehicle. While the vehicle was parked, there was also fluid constantly leaking from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and inspected; however, an extensive diagnostic test was required at the contacts expense. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The vehicle was driven to his residence. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 13V121000 (air bags, power train, structure). The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,790.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #26

May 072013

Nitro

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V121000 (air bags, power train, structure) and contacted the dealer several times but the part needed to complete the recall service was not readily available. The contact mentioned that it had been six months since she received the initial letter and she was concerned for her safety without having the recall remedy performed on the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure. The current mileage was 66,000.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #25

Oct 012013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
2007 Dodge Nitro. Consumer writes in regards to driveline tunnel shield recall notice. The consumer stated he made an appointment to have the recall performed, after receiving a recall. However, when he arrived at the dealership, he was informed the parts were not available, and they would available in two days. The consumer stated two days, has since turned into three months.

- Quail Valley, CA, USA

problem #24

May 152013

Nitro

  • 104,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that after parking, the vehicle stalled without warning, shook, and smoke emerged from under the hood. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #23

Jul 112012

Nitro

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that while accelerating from a stop sign, there was a explosion heard from under the vehicle. The seat belt automatically locked and smoke started emitting into the vehicle. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle, he noticed that the driveshaft had become separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to determine what cause the failure but stated that the drive shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 148,000.

- Waggaman, LA, USA

problem #22

Aug 132013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact received recall notice NHTSA campaign number: 13V121000 (power train) in the mail several months ago and the dealer informed her the parts were not available. The manufacturer was not notified. There are no failures at this time. Updated 09/25/13

- Knightdale , NC, USA

problem #21

Jan 012012

Nitro

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate over 10 mph. The failure was experienced numerous times until becoming a permanent failure. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic to have a diagnostic performed. The mechanic advised that the failure was located at the electronic throttle control and cylinder valve controls. In addition, the contact was advised that the computer may have also needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the approximate current mileage was 115,000.

- Walnut Hill , IL, USA

problem #20

Aug 022013

Nitro

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact received recall notice NHTSA campaign number: 13V121000 (power train) in the several months ago. The dealer informed her that the parts were not available for the repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- De Land , FL, USA

problem #19

Jul 272013

Nitro

  • 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 #18

Jul 192013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 99,285 miles
I received a recall notice from Chrysler for replacement of an "underbody transmission shield". I brought my vehicle (Dodge Nitro) to allen samuels Dodge in houston. After my vehicle was inspected, the service advisor ([xxx]) informed me that they would order the part for my vehicle but it would take 2 and 1/2 months before the part would arrive at their dealership. This is unacceptable and I believe the advisor was attempting to discourage me from having the repair done (since this is a repair which they will not receive payment/commission). Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fresno, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 252013

Nitro

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that while traveling at unknown speeds, the driver and passenger's side curtain air bags erroneously deployed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was determined that the drive shaft had failed and caused the air bags to deploy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 74,000.

- Bainbridge, GA, USA

problem #16

Jun 032013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Nitro. The contact received an interim letter for NHTSA campaign id number 13V121000 (air bags, power train, structure), which informed the contact that the remedy part was not currently available. The contact had concern of the potential safety defect involved with not being able to have the recall service performed within a reasonable time. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 7/22/13

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #15

May 022013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Air bags went off when the driveshaft just blew because apparently it was made out of aluminum which is magnetic and causes it to wear quickly and draws other parts to it causing it to rub and rupture; also the A/C always goes out. I had it repaired 3 times all for freon leaks. Nothing gets covered because not all of the vehicles were made with this terrible aluminum. This is a huge safety hazard!!! I was only going 40 mph on a side road when this blew with my girlfriend in the car. The driveshaft blew, side airbags deployed. She injured her neck and back from the jolt. There is no reason corners should be cut to make a cheaper vehicle that is unsafe!

- Plantation, FL, USA

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