really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,492 miles

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2010 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Jan 152014

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Vehicle was parked, with all power off, windows up, doors locked. Passenger rear quarter panel marker light shorted and caught fire, resulting in charred paint, melted light assembly, melted wiring, and melted rear bumper.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #15

Mar 152011


  • 19,000 miles
If Chrysler was notified of the problems I have had with this car, they would remember it from 3 days after I purchased it from westpointe Dodge in Oklahoma. I had problems from day one, mainly from the lies I was told at the dealership, I bought it new! I was told of all the extras on this vehicle including a navagation system, I tried to get the navagation system to work, no luck. I called them and they told me to bring it back, probably just didn't have the navagation system hooked up. I took it back, they said it had one, then looked and checked and on and on, then said no navagation system, they installed an after market mirror so I would have something to tell me what directions I was going. That was not the end there. I sent 10 pages of notes to Chrysler explaining all the problems I had with the vehicle. They gave me free oil changes. Now, in March, the car started having problems starting, it would die after running rough, then after 2-3 tries it would start. I took it to the dealership on May 1st, they said they could not find a problem, probably just bad gas, I had got it back 2 days later. The next day, it would not start, after a few more tries it did start. I called the dealership and took it back to them on May 6th. I called them May 7th, said they thought they found the problem and changed something. I called them yesterday and they said it still had the problem and they had contacted Chrysler to see if they could help find the problem. The dealership called today and said they "think" they have it fixed, but will need to wait until Monday and start it again to see if it is fixed. This is a vehicle with less that 20 thousand miles. I can only hope than if and when I get it back, I don't have any more problems.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Mar 052013


  • 19,453 miles


My 2010 Challenger rt burst into flames at an idol. The engine wire harness shorted and caught fire. Thankfully I am a firefighter and saved the vehicle. It has less than 20,000 miles on it. I am furious due to the fact that Dodge will not cover it under warranty which it should be. It is a manufactures fault not mine. It was parked and idling when this happened. Thankfully there was no one around that could have been hurt. What if I was in grid lock traffic not a firefighter with out the proper extinguisher. A lot of people could have been hurt and their vehicles caught fire. I love Dodge. Have all my life. I am baffled that they will deny coverage. It sickens me the lack of integrity and care shown. I have tried numerous times with the dealership (meadowland Dodge of carmel NY) and corporate. Neither one could explain why my vehicle will not be covered. Nor did they help to find out why. Just a simple we are not covering you due to our faulty and extremely dangerous ticking fire ball time bomb. Horrible customer service and care. I will be contacting a lawyer. Its a $1200 part I will not be paying for this nor will my insurance and my copay to them. I don't care if I loose money in a lawsuit. It is the simple principle of the matter. This whole experience with Dodge has left a very bitter taste. This is inexcusable. Its like Dodge only cares about making money and not about their loyal customers and the public's safety or concern. I now have to pay for a rental out of my pocket. I have been with out my vehicle for over a month. Nothing has been done to it. Corporate took a month just to come look at it. Simply furious. I purchased this vehicle in full. Trusting the company saved up over 5 years including my combat deployment pay. I have been constantly let down by Dodge and the dealership. I am also considering making this public (news, forums, facebook).

- Putnam Valley , NY, 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 232012


  • 12,000 miles
While driving in stop and go traffic the check engine oil and esp light came on followed by four chimes and then car completely shut off and the steering locked. After several attempts, the car started up again and the codes turned off. Approx 1 month later the same thing occurred. I was making a turn on a roundabout when the same thing occurred during heavy traffic and almost caused an accident. I took the car into the dealership and they said there was nothing captured on the computer. They replaced the key fob and said that this should fix the problem. 4-5 months later, I was in reno, nv. I was driving 20-35 mph and again check engine oil light, esp and four chimes and the car shut off again, the steering locked, and I coasted until I came to a complete stop and placed it in park, started car and oil and codes turned off. 24 hours later when driving home on the freeway in heavy traffic, the same thing occurred!!! I put on my hazard lights and let the car roll, came to a complete stop, placed car in park and after several attempts, the car started and codes turned off. The following day I took the car back to the dealership and again they said they could not find a problem with it, as nothing was recorded in the internal computer. I asked for the car to be kept until the problem was resolved. They were not able to duplicate it in that one week. I asked for a co Pilot computer to be placed in the vehicle in hopes of capturing the problem when it occurred, as the codes turn off after car is started. Dodge sent out a rep to inspect vehicle. After inspection they stated nothing is wrong with the vehicle, they cannot duplicate the problem, and there are no codes stored on the computer. I am now faced with driving an unsafe vehicle that shuts off on me in the city and most dangerously on the freeway with no set pattern and the manufacturer has done nothing to fix it!!

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 212012


  • miles


I purchased a 2010 Dodge Challenger SE approximately a year ago. Three days after picking the vehicle up, it was in the shop. The most recent problems involve the engine making a loud clicking noise. This will be the 4th time the car will be taken to the shop.

- Pineville , LA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

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 #7

Aug 162011


  • 9,800 miles
This is 4th or 5th time this issue has happened, have brought it to the dealer and they have come up with nothing. There are several complaints on NHTSA about this issue, as well as thousands online, yet the dealer states they are unaware of the issue. Normal driving conditions, slowing down to make a turn and the vehicle completely shuts off and I lose power steering and power braking. The car becomes very hard to maneuver and stop. The car was stopped in an intersection, and thankfully the approaching cars were far enough away to slow down and stop. I then put the car in park and start it up and drive off with no other issues. This intermittent stalling is becoming a very dangerous issue and should be looked into further before someone is seriously injured, if they haven't been already.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #6

May 112011


  • 2,981 miles


Vehicle suddenly shut down in the middle of making a right hand turn under normal driving conditions. I was able to restart the vehicle and complete the turn without incident due to the alertness of the driver behind me. I did not notice which symbols, if any, lit up on the instrument panel. Having a vehicle shut down for no apparent reason while driving is a very dangerous situation that could result in an accident.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #5

Feb 132011


  • 400 miles
Four passenger driving over rr crossing when the car completely shut off! tried to crank it several times wouldn't start. Three passengers got out of the car the last couldn't reach the seat lever to get out so he was hit by a train the car was totaled he only owned the car a week it only had 400 miles on it this car is a death trap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was a 2010 Dodge Challenger.

- Northcarolina, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 072010


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V200000 (electrical system:ignition:module). He stated that after contacting the dealer, they advised him that the part needed for repairs would be unavailable for six months. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him to continue calling the dealer until the part became available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 312010

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Had been driving the car for approx. 1.5 hours, approached a red light and traffic in front of me had stopped abruptly forcing me to make a fast stop. Not a full force stop but a quick reaction/sudden stop. Then my car stalled out and the oil light came on. I put it in park and restarted the car. It started right back up. I put it in drive but it hesitated to move for approximately 3-5 seconds, then took off. The car had approximately 2000 miles on it. Currently it has almost 3000 miles. This had happened once before this incident also as I was slowing down to make a left hand turn onto the street I live on. Same thing, car restarted right up. That was with about 1000 miles on the car. I have an appointment with the dealership to see if they can detect something. However, I've read on some forums that it has been happening to these cars quite a bit in automatics 5.7 and 6.1 motors. My fear is that me or a member of my family, as well as some unsuspecting other driver will run into either my back end or from the side if stalls again while making a turn across oncoming traffic. Thank you.

- Newfield, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 202010


  • 6,000 miles
2010 Challenger srt8 - car shut down at red light. It has only happened once, but from the research I have done on the internet, it has been happening to others who own this model and year car. I contacted a local Dodge dealership and was told that they were not aware of any problem such as this and they would not be able to find out what was causing unless the engine malfunction light came on. My husband thinks that this is a computer problem and has something to do with the oil pressure sensor not communicating properly to the computer and when the oil pressure drops, it causes the engine to cut off. This is a safety issue and I am almost afraid to drive my care now because I do not know if this could happen at high speed.

- Lake Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 012010


  • 1,250 miles
All heater, ac and rear defroster not working including all lights in dials, car blows only hot air including when fan is off.

- Copiague, NY, USA

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