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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,666 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Dodge Nitro body / paint problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 152014


  • 48,000 miles


Driving down road when all of a sudden heard herendous squealing noise so loud couldn't stay inside vehicle while moving. Upon examination I discovered a heat shield had fallen against and wrapped itself around the drive shaft. I now know the aluminum piece to be the heat shield from the transfer case. This shield is one involved for recalls of same year make and model two wheel drive. My Dodge Nitro 2008 is a 4X4 model not included in said recall. My question to the government as well as Chrysler is one of why not"?" fix my vehicle safety hazard too...

- Middlesex, NY, USA

problem #8

Nov 202014


  • 94,471 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the rear liftgate failed to lock with the key fob while closed. In addition, the contact stated that when the key fob door lock was engaged and the lift gate was open, the lock latched and failed to unlatch to close. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,471.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012014


  • 91,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the automatic door locks failed. The contact also stated that the rear driver side, rear passenger side and the front passenger side door failed to open from the exterior. In addition, the rear lift gate failed to open. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the door module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 91,000. Djr

- Celina, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 262010

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


I was driving on a street where I had no stop signs or stop lights and at the cross street, I was hit (T-bone) by someone. The person had just been at the stop sign but did not see that I was passing by as I had no stop sign. Their car collided with mine on the driver / left passenger side. The airbags never deployed. The car shut off and I was unable to turn in on to move it. The driver side door was jammed shut. The car was in the shop for over 30 days due to the damage.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #5

May 082013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, an unusual noise emitted from underneath the vehicle. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 13V121000 (air bags, power train, structure) and the part was unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the remedy part to become available. The vehicle had not been diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 052013


  • 76,325 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the front driver's side power window switch failed. In addition, the front driver's side interior door handle was fractured. The contact was unable to open the door from inside the vehicle. The front passenger side low beam headlight and the driver's side brake light also failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was reported to the manufacturer who refused to offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 76,325. The current mileage was 76,359.

- Fort Stewart , GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082012


  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact was attempting to reverse and when the back-up assist system haphazardly alerted that there was an object behind the vehicle. The contact stated that there were no objects or persons behind the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that one of the back-up sensors was pushed inward and the plastic between the bumper was melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised that the exhaust pipe was rusted and fractured. The technician also stated that the exhaust pipe, bumper and back up sensor would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 142012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
Crashed the vehicle into pole. The car is totaled. Passenger airbags went off. Drivers airbag did not go off. With the amount of impact the car took on, the drivers airbag should have deployed. Significant injuries, head hit windshield, four broken ribs, 2 broken toes, one dislocated. Has been hospitalized now for 6 days. And now getting transferred to a rehabilation hospital.

- Lemon Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 092012

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 56,200 miles
I recently filed a claim with Dodge due to rust developing under clear coat of my 2008 silver Dodge Nitro R/T 4X4, I am the original owner and purchased the vehicle new from dealership. I also purchased the interior and exterior protection package at the time of the purchase, I developed rust on the rear hatch so extensive that it had to be repaired. During the talked to other owners with the same year, color, make and model and all are experiencing the exact same rust developing on entire car. The anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty states all panels 3 years 36,000 miles and outer panels 5 years 100,000 miles in which my vehicle falls under the requirements. I have been denied warranty coverage for the repair under the Dodge case number 22173077 along with one other person who was denied under case number 22212592, I was told that it was rail dust from transporting the vehicle via train, and the dealership should have cleaned the car prior to having the outer protection being applied. Being that it was on the vehicle prior to taking delivery I feel it should be covered under the warranty. Pictures from my and other vehicles are available if needed.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

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