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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,977 miles

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2009 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #1

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

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