really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,606 miles

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2008 Chrysler Aspen electrical problems

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2008 Chrysler Aspen Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 202015


  • 106,378 miles


Hello, I am the owner of a 2008 Aspen. I recently took the vehicle to a safety car seat checkpoint and was recommended to contact you by the officer concerning the seat belts. They don't lock when pulled all the way out like other vehicles (I.e. notable resistance when trying to secure a car seat in place). I have also noticed this when switching car seats in a durango that my brother owns. I know the belts lock upon braking the vehicle. Also, I have had an issue where the vehicle has shut off, and I have lost power steering and all electrical control after topping off at a gas station. We promptly took it to the local dealer who did a computer update but it continues to happen anytime we top off with gas. As long as we don't overfill above the first click of the gas handle, the vehicle doesn't cut off spontaneously while driving. My husband has visited forums online where this has been as issue for other owners. Fortunately, I was in a neighborhood two miles down the road when it cut off with me and my children so was able to coast to a stop. However, I feel it is a big safety issue as it doesn't happen immediately and if I had been on a busy road could have potentially resulted in an accident as I had no control of the vehicle.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 142016


  • 100,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Aspen. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the air bag warning light remained illuminated as a chime sounded. In addition, the contact stated that while driving, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact would restart the vehicle and it resumed driving. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 242015

Aspen 4WD 8-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
The lift gate in the back that is commonly known as the trunk; the power immediately shut the door on my head and the impact did not cause the truck to go back up, I had to get from under the life gate I bumped my head in several places and was nauseated all day on Sunday with a headache I did not go to the doctor, I have moved 1000 miles away from home and felt I could not drive myself to the hospital. If it were my grand child it would be fatal but I have moved to Georgia. There are several issues with the truck including the engine light never goes off and I have had multiple repairs on the truck. I am an educated person, the treasurer for fulton county schools, I am worried that this truck is experiencing problems. I would like to be paid for this truck hitting me in my head, $ 8000 immediately and the repairs freely fixed....updated 09/22/15 the consumer stated the vehicle had an emission leak. Updated 01/15/16.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 272014


  • 104,255 miles


When driving, my check engine light randomly comes on. When I get gas it goes off for awhile and then will pop back on. Also more recently when driving my blinker light and sound did not appear when turning my blinker on, as well as my radio has ceased up it won't allow me to change the station or do anything with it. It is a touch screen radio.

- Jerseyville, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 102014


  • 67,000 miles
I pushes the button for my lift gate and proceeded to put my groceries in car when it automatically started shutting again. It hit my head extremely hard, I have a concussion.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 122012

Aspen 8-cyl Diesel

  • 80,000 miles
My lift gate on my 2008 Chrysler Aspen struck me in my head as I was standing under my gate to put something in my trunk of my vehicle which gave me a serious concussion. I feel as though this is very dangerous because of the speed of which the gate hit me in the head. Chrysler did not pay for this defect in which they told me it would be repaired after they sent a adjuster from detroit mi. To inspect my vehicle that was found defective. Thankyou

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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