really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,614 miles

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2010 Dodge Challenger drivetrain problems

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2010 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Apr 092016


  • 42,000 miles


When shifting into 2nd gear sometimes wont let the gear go into slot and have to force it in and out. Dodge has a star case #K38556860 but is not recalling this issue and forcing the buyer to pay for it out of pocket. The powertrain warrenty is out of date however there are so many of this issue online when you search for it that it seems Dodge should have already made this a recall since it seems the made the correct fix the year after.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #21

Jul 202015


  • 35,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. While driving at 70 mph, the vehicle stalled while trying to accelerate and the transmission warning signal illuminated. When the vehicle was restarted, the warning signal light was not illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The result was a P0730-improper gearing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,500.

- Elizabethtown , KY, USA

problem #20

Jul 142014

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 3,800 miles
Have a 2010 Dodge Challenger with less than 40,000 miles. Took car to shop at Dodge dealership due to the fact that my check engine light was on (at 38,000 miles). After not diagnosing my car correctly on 3 separate occasions, they finally "determined" that the car needed a new power module, and several engine sensors were faulty and not working.

- Spring Lake, NC, USA

problem #19

Jun 202014

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 27,152 miles


Hard shifting six speed manual transmission. When stopped the car fails to engage first gear and is also extremely hard to get into reverse. Been having this problem for a few days now and is getting harder to shift while driving.Dodge has a star case notice (star case # [xxx]-bad grease in the 2009 tremecs) about grease on the input shaft spline that the clutch slides on getting dirty from too much grease and dirt which makes the disc stick and not fully disengaging.this transmission is also in the new Chevy camaro and Ford mustang so it seems to be a widespread problem with the transmission manufacturer tremec. This is a manufacturing defect or assembly line defect and should be a mandatory recall before a serious accident with injury occur. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #18

Jul 042013

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 17,700 miles
Was driving on 4th of July for a holiday celebration. Shifted from 3rd to 4th gear at 35 mph and the shifter handle broke off. I had to very carefully turn around and drive home with this broken shifter handle. At one point the handle came out of the mount and I had to find the hole again for the shift handle with the dust boot obscuring my view while driving. Since it was a holiday weekend I decided this was a time to replace the shifter handle with the hurst shifter handle supplied by Dodge as a part of my auto purchase using mopar bucks. After I installed this stronger shifter/handle I took my car in to the dealer to show them the obvious safely hazard from the broken shifter handle. The dealer took this opportunity to ridicule me and make it appear that I must have done something wrong to break a part like this. I asked them to contact Dodge to notify them of a safety hazard and they would not do this. They told me my vehicle was out of warranty and there was nothing they could do. I believe the weak alloy in Dodge original manufacturer shift handles should be removed from production and replaced with stronger steel like the shift handle supplied with hurst shifters. I believe the engineers at Dodge need to know these parts are breaking from regular use. This is a safely hazard. I have the broken shift handle for inspection if anybody in interested.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #17

Aug 092013

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 7,800 miles
2010 Challenger srt8 with automatic transmission. 7800 miles. Traveling approximately 25mph. Had to apply brakes hard to stop. Engine stalled. Had to put in park and restart the car. After restarting, put the car in drive and it would not move. After a few seconds transmission engaged and car was functioning. Could have been much more dangerous.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #16

Jul 192013

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 54,057 miles


Traveling uphill-slight incline- at approx. 55 mph on canyon road when engine light came on, flashed. Then all dash light indicators came on as engine failed. Coasted off to side of the road, where I was stranded with no cell service. Able to get help from a Chrysler service rep who happened to have a computer for diagnostic purposes. Computer indicated "cam shaft sensor failure". rep advised remove sensor, look to see if "gear" turns when engine is cranked. If gear turned then timing chain ok, and it was just a bad sensor. If gear didn't turn then the timing chain broke. Vehicle towed home and sensor removed. Gear didn't turn when engine cranked, so the vehicle was then towed to dealer. Dealer confirmed timing chain broke- also damaged several valves. Covered under power train warranty at the moment.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 062013

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 9,950 miles
While making a right hand turn at about 5-10 mph, car stalled. Resulting in no power steering, poor brakes, and almost getting rear ended.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #14

Apr 182013

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 36,500 miles
Driving on the freeway home late from work at 65 mph, without warning, the engine stopped. No power, no power steering, no power brakes. Put car in neutral to try and restart: Would turn over not start. Had to get to the right shoulder expeditiously and was stuck there w/ a concrete barrier to my right. Car would not start, with 18 wheeler big rigs blowing by me at 65 mph stuck in the car. Extreme danger. Had to get it towed 16 mi. To dealer at 8:30 pm. Extreme safety issue to me and commuters around me--dead car, no warning, while driving on the freeway. Please address with Chrysler Corp. As this is a known extreme safety issue!!! took to dealer and said the timing chain broke. Huh" at 36,500 mi.?"!! completely unsafe and unacceptable. See posts here: www.challengertalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/T-69216.html. I personally will not trust this car ever again--getting attorney and will lemon this thing for my family's, and fellow commuters' safety, and, imho, the NHTSA should investigate and force a recall. Clearly Chrysler is not addressing the issue and putting the public's safety at risk. Now that the NHTSA knows about it, they too must address this issue, or, be complacent and implicitly responsible for any deaths or injuries resulting from this fatal, widely known--search google for "Challenger R/T timing chain failure"--design flaw. Thank you for addressing this extreme safety issue.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 272010

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted after a considerable amount of time and the failure recurred numerous times. Each time the vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but no cause for failure was determined. The manufacturer was notified and they dispatched a mechanic, who rebuilt the transmission and replaced two of the computers. The failure recurred six months later. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 51,000. Updated 6/17/13 the consumer stated the vehicle sh*t off several times while making turns, and then it would take a while for it to re-start. Also, the transmission seemed to go into neutral at times when changing gears. On one occasion, the consumer smelled an odor of burning wires. The dealer replaced the radio and fuse box. The vehicle would start and when it was put in gear, it would stall.

- Blue Ridge, GA, USA

problem #12

Mar 292013

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 22,175 miles


My 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T roughly sat for 2-3 winter months, driven 2-3 times during that period. While starting it up in February the car started then stalled out. I turned the key back to off and then restarted the car. I was getting on to the highway making a right turn. After completing the turn, merging on the highway about 35-40mph the car stalled and I had to pull off to the side of the road. I restarted and continued to drive as normal for the rest of the day. On Friday March 29th 2013, I started the car and it stalled again. I restarted the car and went on my way to work. I was merging from one highway to another doing about 40-45mph on the onramp when the car stalled again. Luckily I was able to pull off to the median while 3 cars almost rear ended me since I had no power to the vehicle. I put it in park, restarted the car and went on my way. That same morning, I was going South bound on the high way in the middle of mourning rush hour traffic into the city. I was going between 65-75mph in heavy traffic in the high speed lane and the car stalled again and lost all power to the vehicle. After coasting for about 100 yards the car somehow restarted, power came back and I continued to work that morning. I have taken the care to the local Dodge dealership as of 3/31 and is being looked at to find the issue.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Feb 042013

Challenger 6-cyl

  • miles
2010 Dodge Challenger SE, right rear cv boot ripped and leaked grease onto the tail pipe and passenger side, and which caused a fire to the trunk. Vehicle is a total loss, no repairs can be made.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Jan 202013

Challenger 6-cyl

  • 43,450 miles
While driving at highway speed the vehicle made a pop sound and lost power. I was forced off the highway as there were no shoulders and had to push the vehicle across traffic to safety. The timing chain tensioner failed, resulting in the timing chain breaking. This resulted in damage to the upper portion of the motor, including all intake and exhaust valves, marring on the pistons and cracked heads.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #9

Jul 232012

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 54,020 miles
While driving my 2010 Challenger rt 4.7L hemi on the ca 15 freeway at 70 mph the car suddenly shut down. The warning lights for engine and oil came on and I had to coast to a stop. Steering and brakes remained operational and luckily I made it to the shoulder as the 15 freeway is extremely busy and fast. I had the car towed to a nearby Dodge dealer where they informed me that my plastic timing chain guides had disintegrated and caused a blown engine. The car repairs (rebuilt engine) were covered under the 100K mile powertrain warranty but took 4 weeks to complete. The car had 54K freeway miles on it when this happened, was regularly maintained, and never showed any indications that a severe issue would have been forthcoming. I now question the longevity of the new rebuilt engine as same timing chain assembly parts were used during the repair. Noticed there is at least one other identical report on the NHTSA website so reported on my incident.

- Bonita, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 232011

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 17,250 miles
I've had the same issue as many have described when your Challenger loses all power steering and braking ability while making a right turn at low speeds. Luckily I was pulling into a car wash when this happened and not at my sons elementary school where the deadly potential of killing school kids was there...by the way I was on the way to pick up my kid when I made a last minute choice to get a quick wash. So as stated by everyone else here, put the car in park an was able to start right back up afterwards. Not knowing this was an issue that others were having, I opened the hood and started looking for lose cables or popped caps and such and finding nothing. Also prior to turning the car off I jumped into the hidden epic menus and took pictures of the important data such as chime codes, ccn software version just in case there might be an update. I noticed the oil pressure was at 0!!! after everything was back to working I check the same detail and it was at a normal 25psi. So took car into Dodge and as normal, "we couldn't find anything and there are no issues that I know. We also couldn't reproduce it." Really" you couldn't reproduce an issue that I told you appears to be random from all the other people that have had this happen? it's like they just don't give two [xxx] about people's lives" so I'll call corporate tomorrow and see how much they don't care either. By the way, this is the first time for me and I was at 17,250 miles. Car model is the rt automatic. Let's hope we can get them to fix this before people get killed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 092011


  • 13,400 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that the second gear shift would pop out of gear, causing sudden acceleration. The contact crashed into storage unit as a result of the failure. The contact sustained a fractured toe and leg injuries, and was transported to the hospital. The front and left side of the vehicle was damaged and the vehicle was towed to a body shop. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was contacted and an inspector was sent to inspect the failure of the vehicle. The claim was denied after inspection. The failure mileage was 13,400.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #6

Sep 062011

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 17,344 miles
This is the second time in less than 30 days that the Challenger R/T has shut off while making a turn at speeds of 25 mph or less. Reference ODI id # 10421234 / incident date of 08/19/2011. Wife was making a left hand turn off of a busy street (40 mph speed limit, into my home neighborhood) when the car suddenly dies, steering & brakes go hard, oil pressure light illuminates, and she had to coast to a stop, put the car in park, press the start button (even though dash message said "key fob not found"), car re-starts, and she continued 1/2 mile to our home. I'm not comfortable letting my wife or kids drive this car when the probability of it dying is very possible. I just drove the car up the narrow mountain passes to big bear, ca (8,000 ft elevation) & back 3 days ago, and this could have caused a major accident if it had died and I had lost control on a windy mountain road. How many people have to be injured or die before someone forces Dodge / Chrysler to identify & correct this problem. Car is going to the dealership tomorrow morning, where I expect to get alot of nothing, but atleast my complaints will be interred into the service system.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 192011

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 16,013 miles
Making a left hand turn through an intersection (less than 20 mph) when car stalls, oil light illuminates, and power steering & brakes become almost unusable. Had to stop the car completely, put car in park, push the start button, and continue on to my destination. This is the 1st time this has occurred.

- Ca, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012011


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 9 to 12 mph, he attempted to accelerate further, but the vehicle would not respond. After a few moments, the vehicle jerked into fourth gear. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 9,000 and the current mileage was 11,300. Updated 08/31/11 updated 2/9/12

- Bismarck , MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 232010


  • 3,100 miles
2010 srt8 Challenger stalls after running highway speeds (70-80 mph) on slow down as to get off a exit ramp, or to turn into a rest stop, gas station. Proper speed to gear ratio assumed. Clutch fully suppressed or while moving. Also stalls on take off (traffic light, stop sign) in rolling condition, again proper speed to gear ratio assumed. Identifiers: Low oil light, no steering, all the bells and whistles of a stalled vehicle. Sometimes will start immediately sometimes not. Dealer states no codes no issues.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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