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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,257 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 032014


  • 136,543 miles


Was driving no warning car over heated pulled over waited hour to cool car wouldn't start had towed motor blown no warning had problems since purchase electrical brakes etc

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Aug 122013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Pulling into my driveway when engine suddenly started running at high rate of speed and car started speeding. Managed to miss house and enterer garage with engine going at top speed. At beginning of driveway when car started speeding, I hit the breaks but it seemed to have no effect. When I realized car was out of control I pushed the brakes with both feet with very little effect. Two of the four brakes finally took hold three quarters of the way in the garage and I skidded to a halt hitting several cabinets and shelves. The only clue I have as to why this happened is that the cruise control has been having a problem for the last few months. It sometimes worked and sometimes would not turn on and sometimes I could not shut is off......

- Pompey, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 262013


  • 54,000 miles


Upon disarming the alarm/unlocking doors the wipers, sprayers, lights, and horn went off. I unlocked the door with the key and tried to start the car to disable and it wouldn't. when I removed the key from the ignition it kept running as well. It would not shut off. With the key in the engine wouldn't shut off either, nor get out of park. We disabled the battery... nothing. Finally disabled the alternator and it stopped, only to start again when we plugged it all back in. There have been various occasions that the wipers have turned on when unlocking the doors in the past. Along with quite a few times upon starting with a turn of the key you must turn it twice for it to engage. This has been in for service and they couldn't find a problem at the dealer either time I took it in. This car is a hazard and cant imagine if it happened driving as in a previous story I saw. Unfortunately, none of this happens while still under warranty and if it does, they cant find a problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Jul 102009

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2008 Dodge Nitro, while driving on hwy, 60-65 mph, out of nowhere the vehicle powers down. The windshield wipers spray out fluid and moves back and forward. The horn continues to make noise. My satellite radio has no signal. My driver side window button has some kind of short when trying to roll it up.this issue has been going shortly after purchasing the truck. No one seems to know what is wrong. At first Dodge chapman in vegas, they thought reprogramming the remote key. Then I paid over $600, to lithia Dodge in renton, wa because they thought it was something with the fuel tank. But no this issue continues to go. It is beginning to be a safety issue shutting down in the middle of the highway with my kids and me in the car. So I google if anyone else is having this problem and yes it appears problem has arised and it lies with the tipm. This product was recall on the 2007 Dodge Nitro. I took my truck into the dealership 7/18/12. Told them what to check, because I brought the truck there before and they couldn't find the problem. I told them to check the tipm. The service department called me today 7/20/12 and tells me yes, it is the tipm (totally integrated power module). Please help. I called Dodge customer service and they are looking into this, but states there is no recall on this issue with the year of my vehicle.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #1

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

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