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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,173 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 drivetrain problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #15

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 #14

May 282014


  • 123,000 miles
This situation has happened quite a few time and has escalated over the time period. The first time I walked out to my car. I pressed the key to unlock it and the horn started honking, the windshield wipers and spray was going and the lights flashed. This lasted approx. 5 seconds. And stopped. The next incident occurred while driving down the fwy. Same symptoms occurred, but this time lasted approx. 30 seconds then stopped. The third incidence: Same symptoms but would not stop. I opened up the hood, for some reason slapped the fuse box and it stopped but when I went to drive it would not shift from 2nd to 3rd. Gear. This kept happening with increasing frequency and duration. I took it in to the dealer. As I was waiting in line to check in, it happened. Everyone was stunned and amazed, and laughed at my possessed vehicle. Now they can't get it to happen while it is on the computer. It has been almost 2 weeks and I still don't have my car.

- Phelan, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 082013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
It has been more then a month awaiting parts for a N10 recall for a drive shaft in my 2008 Dodge Nitro rt. Not only is it a liability for me but it is a liability for my family.

- Jackson , WY, USA

problem #12

May 012012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I have been a police officer for over 21 plus years of my life worse Dodge vehicle I have ever owned. This vehicle is a 2008 Dodge Nitro.I am praying that this will help before somebody gets killed in this vehicle. The road noise in this vehicle is so loud U cant hear yourself talk. The vehicle started shooting wiper fluid driving down the roadway, turned windshield wipers on and they don't work. Stopped the vehicle without wrecking because of traffic they come on and wont turn off. Horn goes off all the time going down the roadway. The headlights will turn off without any notice. The transmission will stop shifting, stops U in the roadway. The back running lights go off and on. The air conditioner has now stopped working. The window will roll down at any given time. This has happened several times in rain storms where nothing works vehicle will shut off. I know the 2007 had a recall on the tipm but nothing yet on the 2008. I had this vehicle in the shop sense may I had no other means of getting to work so I'm driving this vehicle now and letting my wife drive my truck. The mechanic said I should sell this death trap. I cant do that I will trust that someone on this site will help. Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. Please help with getting these problem placed on an active recall. Been making payments on a vehicle I cant even drive. I would even be glad to let yall run test on this vehicle. They call me moparlawman. I don't know how long I can stay fateful to a company putting vehicles out for sale like this. Thanks

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #11

Apr 012012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving, vehicle begins to sound horn, windshield washers/wipers activate. Sometimes won't shift beyond 2nd gear while entering freeway. Headlights, tail lights, flashers come on whenever they feel like it. A/C stops working, then works again. All interior electronics occasionally fail. Engine shuts itself off. Dealer states it is the tipm. Cost to repair with extended warranty - $410... new tipm installed, occasionally still have minor issues.

- Lorena, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 282012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
TL-the contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated, while driving multiple times and while at stop lights the vehicle stalls. The contact had an independent mechanic repair the vehicle. The problem still occurs. The problem with the vehicle occured from the point of purchase and after repairs from the independent mechanic. The independent dealer was notified of the issue. The manufacturer was notified. There was no approximate mph and failure mileage. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 022013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


1. every time I fill up gas spilld out all over! 2. the gear shift pops out of first gear on a regular basis when taking of from a stop. 3. the emergency brake has stopped working at all! I contacted my local dealership with a recall I received on the under body transmission tunnel shield and they have yet to fix the problem say im on the list its been months!

- Bogata, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 272013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V121000M (air bags, power train, structure) in the mail several months ago and stated that the dealer informed her that the parts needed to complete the service were not available. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 032013


  • 123,000 miles
The tipm failed in my 2008 Dodge Nitro cause me to lose shifting capability. I lost all control of electrical features. The window wipers, fluid, horn were all on and uncontrollable. I turned the car off but it kept running. The door locks locked and unlocked randomly. After reading about the incident the 2007 Dodge Nitro had its tipm recalled and I believe this falls under the same category. Below is the action number. NHTSA action number : pe07027nhtsa recall campaign number : 07V291000.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Nov 152012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that while stopped at a stop sign she noticed a vibration from the front end of the vehicle. Additionally, the contact stated that the vehicle was hesitant to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technicians replaced the brakes however, after the repair the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

May 282012

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 53,600 miles
The contact 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift out of park. The contact had to use excessive force to shift the vehicle out of park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the gear shift was replaced. The failure recurred after the repair. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the gear shift cables were replaced. The failure continued. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 53,600 and the current mileage was 53,700. Updated 07/19/12

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #3

Nov 212009


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated while driving 70 mph, the vehicle shifted into limp mode and the rear wheels seized. The contact stopped the vehicle and disconnected the battery; however, when he restarted the vehicle it began to function normally. The contact also stated that the vehicle experienced various electrical failures which caused the interior lights and windshield wipers to involuntarily turn on and off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 102011


  • 50,000 miles
While driving in heavy rain or slushy snow a electrical component on the transfer case that switches the vehicle from two wheel drive to four wheel drive shorts out and renders the four wheel drive useless. This has happened on my vehicle 5 times in the last 3 years.

- Streator, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 182011


  • 48,000 miles
When sitting at a light or otherwise in idle Dodge Nitro 2008 slt stalls and feels like it is trying to die.

- Hewitt, TX, USA

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