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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,747 miles

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2009 Dodge Nitro electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 202016


  • 79,747 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the automatic lock system stopped working without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the automatic lock switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure was not remedied. The VIN was not provided. The failure mileage was 79,747.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #4

Mar 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the power locks failed to work intermittently for an extended period of time. As the failure progressed, the power locks failed to work completely within the past six months. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the tipm needed to be replaced. The contact also indicated that the windshield wiper fluid was full, but the windshield wipers failed to work. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #3

Sep 042015


  • 89,977 miles
While using the remote key to lock/unlock the care, the horn starts blaring, the wipers (front and rear) start going, washer fluid shoots out, doors lock and unlock independently. Doors will not unlock/lock with remote. The lights start blinking. I have to physically unlock the car and quickly open before it locks again. The second time my son was driving on the highway and this all occurred while he was driving at night. He was able to pull over but was clearly shook up. When turning on the engine the horn starts blaring again, with lights blinking. If he tuned on/off the windshield wipers the horn starts blaring and the lights start flashing. When pressing the actual door lock the horn starts blaring. It took 3 restarts to try to continue the drive. It is clearly unsafe to drive this vehicle and is negligent on our part to try to do so. This is are main source of transportation. I am really scared of what could happen should the entire system shut down on the highway. What if the steering goes out again and someone is killed" I looked up similar issues and found that there were numerous other complaints regarding 2008 and 2009 Dodge Nitros. The diagnosis is apparently a faulty tipm. There appears to be a national backorder on this part and despite this, still no recall for the 2008-2009 models only the 2010-2012 have been issued. I purchased a Dodge because I truly felt that it was a great vehicle and I am worried and disappointed that they are not standing behind their products. What will it take? how many deaths or near freak accidents before they actually make this right"

- Port Angeles, WA, USA

problem #2

Apr 202015

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 54,009 miles
Drivers side rear door will not unlock when doors are opened also will not unlock using key remote have to climb inside and reach over drivers seat to manually unlock door if a passenger should be inside during an accident his could be a terrible situation.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 112014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the front passenger, rear driver, and rear passenger side electronic power door locks failed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic, who diagnosed that the integrated control module needed to be replaced. The part was to be ordered though a dealer who stated that it was on back order. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was not available.

- Martins Ferry, OH, USA

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