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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,758 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro electrical problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Sep 282010


  • 30,000 miles


I was on my way to work and was at a stop light awaiting to make a right turn when the entire power on my car shut off. There was tons of cars behind me and I had to flag them around me. The car just shut down mid-drive and had I been driving faster, may have led to losing control of my car. I waited and after about 30 minutes, I turned the ignition and the car turned on again. Very scary situation.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #48

Jan 012014


  • 39,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that while she drove the electrical system failed and activated the horn, the front and rear windshield wiper and fluid, the doors locked and unlocked its own. The contact was unable to turn the engine off and it caused the battery to fail. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 39,000 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Rosedale , MD, USA

problem #47

Nov 052010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated upon driving the vehicle, if a bump or key ring hit the ignition the vehicle stalled without warning at random on multiple occasions. The contact was able to restart the vehicle whenever the failure occurred. The contact removed any additional keys and only left the fob and the key on a key ring. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle failure was not diagnosed by an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and did not provide a remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- Elkhart Lake, WI, USA

problem #46

Feb 232014


  • 91,590 miles


I pushed the unlock button on my key and opened the drivers side door to get in and that's when the problems began. The horn started blaring non stop, the front and rear windshield wipers were going at various speeds and my lights were flashing and the blinkers were going off. I tried to put my key in the ignition and tried to turn the vehicle on but nothing would happen. The car felt like it was on even though I hadn't turned it on but when I got out of the vehicle it definitely showed signs of being on. After just about 30 minutes everything stopped but my horn will no longer work and my check engine light remains on. This is the first occurrence so we will be taking it to the dealership that we got it from since we have only had the vehicle and been driving it for 2 days.

- Mauston, WI, USA

problem #45

May 122010


  • 100,009 miles
Intermitent problem only corrected by removing the battery cable and reconnecting, the windshield wipers will start working at start up of engine, no lights will respond, signal lights, horn, headligths and wipers cannot be turned off. Car is able to be driven during this malfunctions making it unsafe in case of emergency. Also during normal driving door locks unlock and lock on intervals of one second or two, radio changes stations on its own continuously. Problem has been happening more often now, almost daily.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #44

Jan 082014

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
All things electrical go crazy, locks are locking and unlocking on there own, even when I am driving down the road and eventually don't work at all. Lights don't work on drivers side of car. I push the brake and the dome light in the hatch area on passenger floor light up. All sensor lights are on, in the dash area, seat belt, brake, air bags, etc. Brake light is flashing on and off and dinging when it feels like it. This is an on going problem for a lot of the 2008 Dodge Nitro and I see 152 complaints alone on this website and a lot more on the carcomplaints.com. Since they are no longer making this vehicle, but a majority of people that bought this 2008 Nitro are having this problem. I beg you to please look into this and have a recall on this! thank you!

- East Jordan, MI, USA

problem #43

Apr 152013


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While driving 30 mph, the contact stated that both front and rear wipers began to malfunction. The warning lamps illuminated and when the vehicle was turned off it drained the battery. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and the module was reprogrammed. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 69000.

- Burlington, VT, USA

problem #42

Jan 302013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The 2008 Dodge Nitro slt's alarm randomly went off in the parking lot and would not stop even after attempts to turn off the alarm with remote key. Windshield wipers were also turned on while the fluid was constantly squirting out. Even after driving the car alarm and wipers would not stop. This issue happened several time until one day when the vehicle stopped making any type of sounds (no honking, no alarm). Problem is said to be caused by the tipm. Lack of honking caused numerous potential accidents by failing to warn other drivers. I am complaining so that Chrysler issues an overdue recall for the tipm as numerous other consumers are experiencing the same issue.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #41

Nov 192013


  • miles
Blinkers stopped working suddenly. Headlights and front wipers do not turn off. Rear wiper will not turn on. Horn blasts occasionally at will.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #40

Oct 212013


  • 58,135 miles
Windshield wipers start by itself once vehicle is started even though they are switched off. The only way to correct is to disconnect the battery cable and reconnect. This has been happening intermittently since purchasing the vehicle in 2011 but has been occurring more frequently in the past year. I am concerned that the problem could get worse or occur while driving the vehicle thus causing an injury or accident.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #39

Sep 182013


  • 66,000 miles


I dropped my daughter off at school and was returning home when all the dash lights appeared and vehicle started to shut down. Had the battery checked and alternator checked both was fine. Similar problems occurred about 8 months earlier replaced battery and battery ends. Took the vehicle to dealer to get checked out. Same problem with battery ends needs replacing. Also have been replacing rear lights every three to six months turns out the switch needed to be replaced. Not sure if these are normal problems for a five year old vehicle.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #38

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 #37

Aug 112013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 88,300 miles
This vehicle caught on fire in may, we got it put out, and I turned it into my insurance company, they had us take it to a garage and I did. I took it to waterfront Jeep garage, they said they didn't see anything that had been on fire and we told them how the wires are and everything. We paid $94 to get it back. I was taking my daughter and niece (1yearold), nephew(2yearold)swimming and decided to go pick my husband up first, I dropped my nephew off and was going home, stopped at my mother in laws and it was smoldering with smoke we all got out safe but my vehicle burnt. The insurance company now is geico, and they have been good at taking care of it, but they don't pay the whole loan off, only what it was worth, which is -600. The bank keeps charging interest but what to do until they are paid. My question is can I do anything about waterfront sending us back out in an unsafe car or the insurance company I had then, which I had to pay the taxes of the difference of the rental car since they don't pay taxes.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #36

Sep 072013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 86,300 miles
Wife was driving home from a dinner date with a friend, we were on the phone with each other when the horn started going crazy, wipers rear and front started running on their own spitting out washer fluid, door locks going crazy, both horns going off constantly, and accelerator not working properly. She pulled over and shut the vehicle off. Everything continued to happen she removed the key from ignition and same result. I told her to try door locks on keychain no change, tried panic alarm on key chain and still nothing. She did not have tools to disconnect battery. After a few minutes it stopped. She made it home safely without any injuries except sever panic and anxiety. When this happened first thing I did was get online and look for issues. Apparently this is a commonly known issue by Chrysler. The tipm is bad. Many people reported having same issue. Chrysler wants to rip you off cause its a dealer only item. Known issue and yet no recall was ever issued. I contacted Chrysler they said per the VIN they could not authorize any repairs except for the current recall that is active. This could have led to a serious accident. Especially when you hit the brakes and not slow down at all and have to use emergency brake. So now we are stuck with a vehicle non op and don't have $1000 to fix a known issue by Chrysler. I will never buy another Chrysler product. I will be in touch with them again to seek repairs.

- Ozark, MO, USA

problem #35

Sep 032013

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 123,500 miles
The tipm malfunctioned on my car. Which causes me driving down the interstate to lose electronics, horn stayed on, wipers stayed on and my car down shifted and would not up shift. I had to swerve to the side of the highway to avoid being hit. The dealership saw the car in person while all the electronic parts were going haywire. Then car would not shut off even with the key out of the ignition. The battery had to be disconnected. This could have been a major accident on the highway in rush hour.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #34

Aug 222013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 59,938 miles
As I was leaving work early this morning, I click the unlock button on the keyless entry and the car just starts going nuts. The horn is blaring, windshield wipers moving, wiper fluid spraying all over the place, door locks going up and down and lights all lit up. Come to find out this is a problem with many other vehicles of the same make, model and year. There has been no recalls that I can find with this problem. This is extremely dissatisfying that when I research this problem other Dodge Nitro owners have had the same problem and Dodge isn't doing anything to correct their problem. This comes down to safety. What if it happens when I'm driving on the highway"?"

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #33

Jun 012012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 78,100 miles
A week after I bought the truck I was driving home and all the lights on the dashboard came on. There was a slight shaking from time to time when I would go and stop. It did not do it every time I drove it. I took it to the dealer and told them I did not want the truck. They told me there was nothing they could do that they would fix the problem for free. I had to fight with them for 3 months to figure out what was wrong. They never gave me a direct answer, but said they fixed the problem. The following month the ABS light came back on, and I took the truck back again. I described the shaking that didn't happen all the time. They made the light go off, and told me if the shake happened I should bring it while it was happening because they couldn't tell otherwise what the issue was. About 2 months ago, my back brake locked up and started smoking after my vacation which the heat shield was flapping in the wind out of no where on the ride home and fell off when I stopped(still yet to be fixed). I replaced the caliper, brake, and the rotors. I had the front checked and they said the brakes were fine. 2 weeks later the shaking started again, and the front brake locked up and started smoking. I had to repeat replacing all the same parts. 2 weeks later again! the front brake started locking up so hard it pulled to the left, and was glowing red when I pulled over. I took it to Dodge this time, and they told me the brake line had collapsed. When will this end and are all these things related to the recalls" if not considering I drive my 4 children in this car and it is a danger what can I do about it" why did they not tell me these cars have these issues, and why are they selling them and not notifying buyers of potential life threatening problems.the coils, and brakes and all are rusty like a old car I don't understand how a car as new and well taken care of could be this way.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #32

Jun 122013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 84,500 miles
The first incident, I was leaving my house at night. As soon as I pulled out of my driveway, the headlights shut off.I replaced the headlight switch and thought that fixed it. Within the week, the headlights quit working again only this time I was on the interstate approximately 50 miles from home. While trying to figure out the problem, I was driving only in daytime hours with clear sunny weather. About two weeks later, my vehicle seemed to become possessed. The wipers turn on spontaneously along with wiper fluid spurting and the horn going off. This continued even after my vehicle was turned off and the key out. My battery had to be disconnected to stop the madness. I found out by internet research that my problem was most likely the tipm since many people with the same vehicle had to replace it. I replaced that part today and thus far fixed my previous problems. However, now my front passenger airbag light is on indicating that airbag is turned off. The light stayed on when I had an adult riding in that seat. I feel the makers of my vehicle put many of their customers in danger knowing this was a problem. The tipm was on back-order at my local Dodge dealership and many others.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #31

Jun 112013


  • 86,000 miles
The Dodge Nitro has to be the most poorly made car I have ever owned. They just replaced my entire gas tank 2 weeks ago and another letter came in the mail, regarding a recall with the drive shaft. So far 2 recalls and now my car is unlocking itself and turning on its interior and exterior lights on its own. My car was parked in my driveway and keys in the house. A young man from next door came to my door to inform me that my lights were on. We locked the doors and watched the lights go off, only to find them back on an hour later and doors unlocked. Woke up the next morning to find my car dead. At first we thought it was the battery and replaced it for the 3rd time in 5 years, but the problem continues to occur. A friend of mine also has a Nitro that experienced the same problem several months ago. She had to pay $600 for them to rewire her car.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #30

May 152013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
Electrical doorlocks stopped working had it diagnosed on machine could not find problem. Please help!

- Follansbee, WV, USA

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