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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,219 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro fuel system problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #23

Mar 172011

Nitro

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Splash back of gasoline when filling up fuel tank. Incident occurs every time tank is filled and the consequences are that a large amount of gasoline shoots back out of the filling nozzle all over the painted surface of the vehicle and on to the surface of the area in which parked. This is after the pump shuts off or after I release the lever on the pump when finished fueling. In addition to aggravation, environmental damage, paint damage, there are extremely dangerous consequences that could occur if some sort of an ignition source occurred at the time it happened. Controlling the flow/speed of gasoline from the gas pump through the nozzle into the tank filler tube does not lessen the problem.

- Gladwin, MI, USA

problem #22

Mar 112011

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 36,500 miles
Every time I fill up my gas tank on my 2008 Dodge Nitro for the last four months, gas overflows from the tank unless I manually stop the pump before the tank is full. A mechanic looked at it and said that it was either a problem with the filter on the gas line or something wrong with the line itself. This is a serious safety issue as gas runs down the side of my vehicle and also is on the ground at the gas station.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #21

Jan 162011

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Gas tank overflows every time I refuel 2008 Dodge Nitro R/T.

- York, PA, USA

problem #20

Dec 012010

Nitro

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

It first starting was pumping gas into my vehicle when the pump clicked off indicating my pump was full, and then spewed gasoline all over my hands, shoes, down the side of my SUV, and into a puddle on the ground!!! I was grossed out and embarrassed (thinking I had done something wrong somehow). What I thought was a one time fluke turned into a regular occurrence. Now, every time I fill up my gas tank- regardless of gas station, fuel type, city, and flow rate of gas -- the tank squirts back at me. This is huge safety concern. California just did a recall of several automatic gas pump nozzles that would spew out after clicking "off". it is very disconcerting that there has not been a recall for this gas pump in what is a known, documented, dangerous, and hazard. I contacted the dealership with my concern wherein they referred me to Chrysler. I was extremely disappointed with the service I received. The case manager told me that not only had never heard of this incident before, that without a recall issued by the NHTSA I would be required to pay out of pocket for a diagnosis with little guarantee of any type of compensation possible because my vehicle is past warranty. She showed no concern for the safety hazards associated with this supposedly "new issue". this gas tank issue needs to be addressed.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 172010

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
Each time I fill up my 08' Dodge Nitro SXT it spews gas back out onto me and my truck since I purchased it in November of 2010 from carmax. I do not top it off, it's simply from the first fill up using the automatic shutoff. Carmax says they can't find a problem and they're looking for it...I know what the problem is, just fix it! they replaced the evaporator canister and that did not fix the problem. Now they're looking into replacing the gas tank due my research since they could not find on their own, even after consulting the local Dodge dealership asking if they've come across the problem. There is a defect in the valve of the gas tank that is there to prevent an explosion in the event of a rollover accident. Therefore, the defect in the valve is causing the gas to spew out on people, their vehicles and all over the ground. Chrysler is aware of the problem but they're not doing a recall. Why isn't this issue being brought to the nation's attention, this is a huge health and safety hazard to me and the environment"?!!?"

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #18

Jan 122011

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 7,800 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Nitro--every time I fill my tank it back splashes out at me --I put paper towels up to stop it from getting on cap and then on my skin to no avail --then I put the soaked towel into the trash at station --thats not good--that could be ignited by someone who empties an ashtray or throws a cigarette into the trash --I make a mess at every station I go to --always a puddle --the car is white and I try to wax it evertime but its Ohio and I cant wax it when its 10 outside--the paint is discoloring now and looks yellow--you people need to do something now this isnt just an inconvience its epa and safety issue not to mention my health from contact with gas each time I fill please help me.

- Ohio, OH, USA

problem #17

Aug 202010

Nitro

  • 18,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Gas tank overflow at gas pumps.

- North Vernon, IN, USA

problem #16

Jan 102011

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
Gas comes spilling out when filling gas tank.

- Nanticoke, PA, USA

problem #15

Dec 302010

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 25,600 miles
When filling my 2008 Dodge Nitro and immediately after the pump shuts off automatically, gasoline suddenly spews out of the filler tube. This has happened repeatedly and multiple gas stations over the last few weeks.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #14

Dec 302010

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Gas overflows when filling tank on my 2008 Dodge Nitro. I have heard this is most likely caused by a valve in the gas tank that is there to prevent an explosion in the event of a rollover. The valve is defective and thus, the gas spills out.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Dec 232010

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Every time I fill up my 2008 Dodge Nitro with gas, it sprays/overflows fuel. I have owned this vehicle for 8 months now, and this has been happening every time I fill up since the beginning. This happens at every gas station and has happened in multiple states. This is a hazard to me, to the people around me, and to the environment. This is a severe fire risk, not to mention the vapors I, and the people around me, inhale each time I need gas. The continued gas spillage has faded the plastic fender flare. This happens if it is filling automatically or if I am holding the handle. The handle clicks off, and after about 1-2 seconds, there is a rush of gas back up toward me. I have been covered on multiple occasions, and there is approximately 2-3 cups of gas spilled onto my vehicle and then onto the ground every time I fill up. This is an extreme hazard which has been caused by faulty manufacturing and should be remedied by the manufacturer either voluntarily or via a recall.

- Locust Grove, GA, USA

problem #12

Sep 012010

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Everytime the gas tank is filled with an automatic pump, it overflows. When the pump turns off automatically, gas continues until it spills out of the tank and onto the ground. This has been happening at every fill-up for the last 3-4 months at various gas stations from il, mo, tx and ar.

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #11

Nov 092010

Nitro

  • 68,500 miles
2008 Dodge Nitro fuel tank overflow problem. Pump would click and fueling would stop as normal, but gas would shoot out the side of the gas pump just past the handle at the rubber gasket before the nozzle. This was a consistent thing. Cars ahead of me at the pump would have no issues and it didn't matter which pump I went to or what station, the result was the same.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #10

Aug 012010

Nitro

  • 34,000 miles
2008 Dodge Nitro fuel tank overflow problem. Pump would click and fueling would stop as normal, but gas would shoot out the side of the gas pump just past the handle at the rubber gasket before the nozzle. This was a consistent thing. Cars ahead of me at the pump would have no issues and it didn't matter which pump I went to the result was the same. Updated 11/03/10 the consumer stated the entire tank was replaced. So, no further action is required. Updated 11/04/10

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #9

Oct 272010

Nitro

  • miles
The 2008 Dodge Nitro spews gas all over every time the tank is full without forewarning and of course without forcing the fuel in. It is in the shop right now, and I have been told they are not sure what needs to be done, but after researching through the internet this appears to be a common problem. Spilled fuel is a hazard and a threat to the environment.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #8

Oct 272010

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Currently own a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The past 3 times I have filled it with gas, the gas comes back spewing out even though the pump has shut off. This happened at 3 different gas stations and different times of the day. Each time gas got on me and my clothes. Each time my car is covered with gas as well as the ground. This should be considered a recall! this is a pretty serious situation and after doing some research on the internet it has definitely happened to other people with the same car. One little spark could light me and my car on fire as well as a gas station. I have called my dealer and am awaiting resolution.

- Marlboro, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 292010

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Currently own a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The past 4 times I have filled it with gas, the gas comes back spewing out of the filler nozzle in the car. It never signals the pump to shut off. This happened at 4 different gas stations and different times of the day. 2 of the times gas got on my and my clothes. All 4 times my car is covered with gas as well as the ground. After that I realize it is something wrong with my car. I called the dealer on Friday 10/1/2010 and told them about the problem. The exact words that came out of their mouths were "we have heard of this problem before just bring it down when you can" I go to the dealership at 8am on 10/4/2010 the dealer says it is out of warranty by 2400 miles. He calls me at 1030 and tells me it is going to be $1100 to replace the gas tank and filler nozzle to fix the problem. I am not having this work done because this should be considered a recall. This, in my opinion is a pretty serious situation and after doing some research on the internet has definitely happened to other people with the same car. One little spark could light me and my car on fire as well as a gas station. They said replacing a gas tank and filler nozzle will fix the problem. Currently I am awaiting a phone call from the national Dodge customer service department about this topic and having them cover the costs of replacing the defective parts.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 232010

Nitro

  • 40,500 miles
Each time I fill up my 2008 Nitro the gas pump clicks off and then gasoline burps back out of the filler pipe in a quantity that is dangerous.

- Kappa, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 022010

Nitro

  • 29,095 miles
This is in regards to a 2008 Dodge Nitro rt. When filling the vehicle with gas, several ounces of fuel will spray out if the gas tank inlet and on to the ground. This occurs when the spout clicks to end the fuel flow when the tank is full. I leave the ignition in the on position so that I can monitor the fuel as it becomes full. The engine is not running. I do this so I can stop the fuel flow before it sprays out. This has happened to me several times at different stations and it is definitely a safety/fire hazard. I have read several accounts on the web regarding these same occurrences. From what I have read there are no safety recalls regarding this problem.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 122010

Nitro

  • 26,089 miles
Gas overflow when fueling vehicle, after gas nozzle clicks off, gas pours out of fill tube. 2008 Dodge Nitro, this has happened last 4 fill ups.

- Waterford, NY, USA

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