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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,228 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro fuel system problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Jun 012015


  • 108,000 miles


When filling the gas tank up as the pump kicks off at least half a gallon of gas spills out of the tank splashing onto my legs and spilling on to the ground. I bought this vehicle used and was told to contact a Dodge dealer about a possible recall but the dealership has told me there isn't a recall but they've had several complaints about this issue. Also, recently I have been unable to lock my vehicle because a few seconds after activating the locks either manually or using the key fob the car unlocks and the headlights come on. I had to take the battery out of my key fob as it would continuously unlock and activate the headlights during the day and night. When manually locking the vehicle it still unlocks itself a few seconds later but does not continually unlock like when the key fob is in use.

- Chesterfield, IN, USA

problem #29

Apr 092016


  • 55,000 miles
I fueled my vehicle at a local gas station and at the end of the filling the Nitro spewed (burped) approximately 1/2 gallon of fuel onto the ground. I am very concerned a fire may start at the gas station when this happens. Also the gasoline spewed onto my legs. The listed item poses a safety hazard and should be addressed.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #28

Nov 152008


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While driving various speeds, the fuel cap warning light and check engine warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was a small evaporator leak. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the charcoal and fuel cap needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the warning lights illuminated intermittently. When the fuel reached empty, the vehicle would not accept fuel and it had to be forced into the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #27

Feb 252016


  • miles


I received a letter from Chrysler customer assistant center which stated the fuel tank inlet check valve in cars like mine were defective and they would repair it at no cost to me. I seduced an appointment with my local Dodge/Chrysler shop. They found that my car was originally owned and registered in Canada. I contacted the company who sent me the letter. The person I talked to said they have no record of the letter that was sent to me. He asked if I could fax him the letter, which I did. He said there should be no problem after that. He later left a message on my phone after he received the letter and said their company was not going to pay for my repairs because my car was originally purchased in Canada. I called Canada and updated the information they had on my car. I bought the car about 4 years ago at my local Dodge dealer and I'm financing the car. If I received a letter stating they were going to pay for the repair of the problem with the check valve they need to honor that.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #26

Jan 052015


  • 20 miles
Replaces a new agr valve in January 2015 at local garage, philips garage in dewart, pa. In October the light comes back on and once again diagnosed by bz.motors in lewisburg, pa the test are confirmed that the agr valve is not good. I cannot go back to other mechanic, because he had a stroke and cannot work again. I am scheduled again for replacement on Saturday the 6th of February 2016. I would like to know if there are recalls on the part or if the company can help M pay for the part to be replaced again cost $324. Gas cap replace and rubber housing replaced on gas filler cap, cost was $ $61.22 housing replaced in with new secure bracket after falling down into the vehicle. The line was secured again.costing me $81.62. Cape replaced for $21. I would like to be reimbursed for these defaults as they too are recalls. I also had seen online that the shield for exhaust and its parts had a recall. Since mine was replaced after falling off in March 2015 while I was driving. New part attached back on and nut-stamped flange and shield exhaust. Costing me $147.45 in labor and repairs. Please call me at [xxx] thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Allenwood, PA, USA

problem #25

May 012014


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While refueling the fuel tank, it failed to register as full and fuel spewed back out of the vehicle. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Ammon, ID, USA

problem #24

Apr 042011

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


My truck has a tendency to stall when at idle speed. Happens on an intermittent basis. I first took it to allen samuel's Dodge on 610 freeway in houston, tx. They could not reproduce the problem, suggested throttle body service which was perform. Didn't correct the issue. Took it to gilman Chrysler on 59 sw freeway in houston, they couldn't reproduce the problem. Within the past two years have had fuel injector service, spark plug replacement and fuel pump replacement in an attempt to correct this issue, all at the above dealerships. Vehicle now has about 75,000 miles. Problem still exist on an intermittent basis. I am afraid that it may stall in traffic while at traffic light or freeway traffic jam which could lead to injury or death. It is my understanding that the 2007 Dodge Nitros were recall for the same problem. I showed the dealers the recall form safecar but their comment was that my vehicle was not recall and since they were not getting any codes my problem was different. I disagree, it has to be computer software as with the Dodge Nitro 2007. I bought the vehicle new in 2008 and am the only owner.

- Meadows Place, TX, USA

problem #23

Mar 132015

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 152,200 miles
I bought this car used in October 2014 from a friend and every time I fill it up at the gas station, the gas over flows with force and gets all over my hand and feet, sometimes it gets on my body too. I don't understand why it doesn't stop when it gets full.?

- Port Saint Lucie , FL, USA

problem #22

Dec 172014

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Vehicle began having problems starting and I was told by leith Dodge that it was a faulty fuel pump which was replaced. Then the same issue has come up again. After reading about the problem I have discovered it is something known to Dodge at the time of my purchase which they lied to me when I asked them about said issue. I have been told this time it is a faulty tipm. In researching I found out that Dodge has known this for years.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #21

Jan 152014

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
When filling up the tank with gas it begins spewing out causing gas to run out of the tank down the car and onto the ground and myself. This happens every time I attempt to fill my gas tank completely.

- St. Cloud, MN, USA

problem #20

Oct 222008


  • 17,000 miles


While pumping gas, the gas poured out the fillerneck after full. This would happen all the time until I had enough of it and on Feb. 2014 I took it to D Dodge dealer who told me it was a wrong part number and replaced my fuel tank no charge even though my warranty was used up. After I got it home and a few days latter it was time to fill it up and I did so. Now gas is flowing from the tank from an unknown place to me when the vehicle is parked in my driveway either slowed with front of vehicle high or rear of vehicle slowed high or on level ground with vehicles right side higher that the left by even the smallest amount. Now I must be without a vehicle until they fix a problem that is even more dangerous that it was before I took it to them to be fixed. This is a very dangerous problem and could put my family at risk. They said they would fix it but I would have to rent a car but it is their fault it is leaking and I have to drive 180 mile round trip to the nearest dealership to get it fixed.

- Ridgecrest , CA, USA

problem #19

Mar 012013


  • 91,000 miles
Every time U fill up on fuel it spills out all over and creates a huge hazard after the pump kicks off ! this appears to be a ongoing defect due to how many complaints there are on the issue !

- French Village, MO, USA

problem #18

Mar 122013


  • 100,000 miles
When I fill the tank with fuel, it burps at the end of filling spilling gasoline onto the vehicle and the ground. There seems to be a problem with the venting system in the tank allowing air to build bup when filling.

- Othello, WA, USA

problem #17

Nov 012012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Fuel will splash out of tank every time I fill up and use auto shut off. This is a common problem with Chrysler/Dodge vehicles if you search for complaints online and 45,000 2005 durangos were apparently recalled for the same problem. This is a huge fire hazard at gas stations as well as something that can potentially damage the paint on my vehicle. Dodge is claiming no responsibility for the issue.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #16

Jan 032013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 61,500 miles
Purchased 2008 Dodge Nitro SXT used with 61,500 miles on it. Gas tank fill tube overflows every time you fuel up vehicle. It does not matter how fast or slow you add fuel it overflows every time. Contacted my mechanic and he stated to contact dealer as it is a safety issue. Called dealership and they checked for plugged vent and said if not that must be tank itself. Tons of complaints and Dodge seems to sweep it under the rug, very dissappointed. Called the 1-800-992-1997 for Dodge and filed a complaint.meanwhile still dealing with tank overflowing with every fill...........

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #15

Feb 012013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Gas overflows from tank when filling up. There is nothing you can do to stop it. Apparently the problem is with a defective shutoff valve that is supposed to stop the fuel tank from exploding in the case of a bad accident. Seems like a issue to me...

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 302008

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
When filling Nitro, you can not fill to full tank without fuel being spit back onto car, ground and yourself. Pauses in fueling helps somewhat but not completely.

- Adamsburg, PA, USA

problem #13

Dec 172010


  • 26,128 miles
When I fuel the vehicle up fuel bursts out, and doesn't shut off automatically. I've tried numerous different stations and even different pumps but this still happens. Gas pours out of the car and down the sides and even onto me..a pain and waste of money. There are several situations and claims that I have seen like this that need to be recalled and addressed. I have heard (from a family member who is a mechanic)that this is most likely caused by a valve in the gas tank that to prevent an explosion in the event of a rollover accident the valve is obviously defective and now nothing it stopping it from exploding from a rollover accident. Chrysler knows about this and this should be covered under manufacture defect (recall) please fix this and address this issue asap!

- Marquette, NE, USA

problem #12

Jan 162013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 58,400 miles
Problem with the gas overflowing when attempting to fill the tank - most likely caused by a valve in the gas tank that is there to prevent an explosion in the event of a rollover accident. The valve is defective, and thus the gas spills out, and could possibly explode in a rollover accident. I have read that this is a manufacturing defect, and that Chrysler knows about it. I am possibly driving a dangerous vehicle. This is about more than gasoline spilling at the gas station !!!!

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #11

Nov 092012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
During multiple incidents, the vehicle has "burped" gas when the tank fills.about a 1/2 gallon of gas spills out the fuel filler neck and onto the body of the vehicle and onto the ground. I see internet sites claiming this to be a frequent problem with this vehicle. There is no indication when the gas will spew from the tank and this occurs during manual pump operation as well is if the pump handle is on automatic fill.

- Matthews, NC, USA

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