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

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2010 Dodge Challenger electrical problems

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2010 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Jul 012016


  • miles


Takata recall (S43 - 16V-352, July 1, 2016) - "the front passenger airbag inflator housing may rupture while deploying during a crash. The potential for such ruptures may occur in some of the subject airbag inflators after several years of exposure to persistent conditions of high absolute humidity and/or heat aging. In the event of a front passenger airbag inflator rupture, metal fragment(s) could pass through the airbag cushion material, which may result in additional injury or death to vehicle occupants." I own a 2010 Dodge Challenger and am still waiting to have this recall fixed. There was a similar recall on this vehicle July 14, 2015 (R37 / 15V-444) -"the driver airbag inflator housing in your vehicle may rupture, due to excessive internal pressure, during normal airbag deployment events. This condition is more likely to occur if your vehicle has been exposed to high levels of absolute humidity for extended periods of time. The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death." An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. This is my only vehicle that I use to Transport my teenager and toddler. I am at risk every day when I am driving my vehicle. Knowing that this serious problem exists and cannot be fixed is extremely unsettling. How many more injuries and deaths is it going to take before action is taken"?"

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #35

Oct 012015

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
Driving at night, I turn on the head lights and dash lights, they blink and go really dim! then I turn on the blinker it gets worst. Sitting at a light same thing.

- Chesterton, IN, USA

problem #34

Sep 232016


  • 70,394 miles
Owner vehicle electrical issue car will start and after 10 of 15 minutes of use will not re-start. Also, if I do not use the vehicle for a couple of days, the car appears to have no electrical power, I have to manually open the car door w/key, no dash lights and will not start.. when I took the car to have the battery tested. It was low but still good.. if I boost it. It starts right up unless I've been using it a while then it will not start until after it's been sitting a couple of hours. I replaced the starter relay fuse. But it's still doing the same thing. I also saw smoke and smelled something like wires burning from the direction of the alternator " other unexplained and /or possibly related occurrences driver side window will roll down about 1 inch for not reason.. dash instrument panel lit up and all indicators as well.. I don't have time to fool with it right now. So I have a car I can't trust to drive me anywhere. Please help. I've been reading a lot about this vehicle trying to figure out what's the problem and noticed 2011 models have a recall on the alternator causing similar problems " this all started happening right after I had taken it in for a air bag recall.. not sure if that's the problem, could be a coincidences

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #33

Jun 292016


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact lost power steering and the brakes became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #32

Jun 062016


  • 4,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that the vehicle overheated while driving 65 mph. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the thermostat failed. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. In addition, the contact mentioned that anti freeze leaked from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician replaced the radiator, but the failure recurred. The vehicle stalled, the instrument panel illuminated, and the gauge fluctuated rapidly. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed back to the dealer. The vehicle was diagnosed, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,200.

- Forsyth, GA, USA

problem #31

Apr 182016


  • 49,000 miles
Purchased new in 11/2010. 2 years into ownership, on about 4 occurances, engine would shut off, loose steering control and brakes at the same time while making a slow right hand turn. Problem disappeared and thought it was a fluke of some kind. Now 3 years later it has started doing it again every time I drive it. When the engine dies you can barely steer and have to really pull hard on the steering wheel to keep from going into oncoming traffic. Brakes do not function properly either, you loose all power braking and it is very difficult to stop. I have searched the internet for this issue extensively. What I have found is about a hundred other different individuals on several forum sites describing exactly the same problem. Nobody had an answer to the problem and found just as many different things that people said were wrong ranging from ECM failure to several different modules and loose connections. When it first started it would only occur when slowing down and making a right hand turn. Now it does it at any time no matter whether sitting in a parking lot or driving on the street. You have to turn the key all the way off and then turn it back on to start it and there is always a delay from the time you do that till the time it responds. This is a very dangerous safety issue and a recall should be done as so many people have had the same issue without it ever being clearly understood what was causing the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #30

Mar 262016


  • 148 miles


I was driving my car in traffc and the car just shut down and it would not crank up, I had to have it towed, because the gas pedal is not pumping gas into tthe car.and the key gets stuck in the ignition. Chrysler says its the acc pedal sensor

- Henderson, NC, USA

problem #29

Jan 292016

Challenger 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My son was driving on a busy road in the city going strait ahead and noticed the battery light had come on, very quickly he then noticed smoke coming from the front of the car, under the hood. Fortunately he was able to quickly exit the roadway and get into a parking lot. He opened the hood and more smoke came out. He called me (his father) and explained the situation. I asked if it was on fire and cautioned him to get back and to let it cool down. He let it cool down and attempted to restart the car. The car had no electrical power at this time. Door locks and trunk latch would not function. After putting the key in the ignition and realizing the car was completely dead he attempted to remove the key from the ignition and the car would not release the key, therefore he was forced to leave the key in the car unattended and eventually towed for service. I have concerns about the safety of this situation given that if he would not have been able to exit quickly the car could have caught fire or completely lost power/control while he was stuck in the roadway. Apparently the car alternator got hot enough to destroy it and the battery. After searching the internet there are numerous reports of this same problem and subsequent recall of later year models of this exact same alternator with a slightly different engine model(NHTSA 14V-634) recall number P-60 alternator. I have called Dodge/Chrysler and filed reports/complaints with them. I have attached repair invoice confirming the issue explained. I believe this vehicle should fall under the same recall as later year models due to unsafe and dangerous potential of mechanical failure. Thank you

- Hamilton, TX, USA

problem #28

Jan 012014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the drivers side and the passengers side windows failed to open. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact also stated that on several occasions, while the vehicle was parked, the windows had independently opened when returning to the vehicle. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #27

Sep 062015


  • 128,003 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving approximately 30 mph. The vehicle was able to be restarted by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery. The failure happened without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wireless ignition node module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 10V200000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was approximately 128,003.

- Henderson, TX, USA

problem #26

Sep 252015


  • 94,517 miles


Mystery shutdown. Intermittent electrical problems-shuts off while driving & lose steering & brakes. Terrifying. I┐M afraid it's going to kill me & my passengers. It's happened 7-9times, 3X w 5 passengers. Ave 1/10K miles. No common factor (slow, fast, rapid downshift, cornering, straight, side streets, country rds, highways, parking lots). Foot may have been on brake during all. Dealership found nothing wrong/no error codes. Cleaned throttle body & they sent away. Next time throttle body verified clean. July 2012 dealership said no flash to fix. I told them how dangerous it is. They gave me a Chrysler care number to file a complaint/get a case started on it. They wanted srt specialists in the loop. Other electrical bugs- not recognizing the fobs. Fob has been locked in the car twice. Signal drops out while driving & error ┐key fob not detected┐ flashes under the speedometer (pic taken at 70mph on 6/8/15). Summer/fall 2014, after ~4 shutdowns at low speeds, started happening at speeds greater than 45. Dangerous! it died going straight through a busy highway intersection at 45 mph at rush hour-nearly rear-ended. Then it shutoff while making a sharp fast turn at a blind corner; this time I almost slammed into the embankment. I knew I had to get it addressed before it kills me. 1st Chrysler claim 23728724 addressed 9/2014 by replacing PCM. Lost communication w PCM codes found. 2015 spring, shut-down starts again. Took to dealership in merritt island, fl ~9/8/15. Please check for codes, the car was shutting down again. Denied. Told to return to dealership that worked it 1st time. 3rd time 9/25/15, 3 senior engineer passengers when it died during rapid downshift turning event. During re-initialization, car abruptly jerked- passengers scared; inches from serious accident -slamming into a work truck & nearly rear-ended. 2nd claim 27895859 in work unknown

- Brandywine, MD, USA

problem #25

Oct 032015


  • miles
I was sold this car from a dealership with an open recall for the wireless ignition, it was not brought to my attention and I only found out about it due to me trying to get help for the other recall for the airbag. I have basically been told my life does not matter, I am expected to continue to drive this car until further notice even though it has 2 serious safety recalls that has already caused death and serious injury.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #24

Sep 012015

Challenger 6-cyl

  • miles
2010 Dodge Challenger. Consumer writes in regards to NHTSA recall #15444. The part was not available.

- Palmyra, NJ, USA

problem #23

Oct 152014


  • 23,000 miles
Windows are suppose to go down just a bit when door handles are touched to be able to open & close door. Mine dont work all the time..it has done this when its cold & hot out--so temperature is not affecting door. Have taken to 2 dealerships who have checked them by trying them 1 time and said they worked fine-- I get locked in and out of car and have to forcibly open the door by hitting it with my full weight & shoulder to get out of car while its parked.

- East Berlin, PA, USA

problem #22

Apr 022015

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 26,069 miles
2 days prior to failure I noticed a whining sound coming from the engine after which the car was not driven until 4/2/15. On 4/2/15, upon returning home after driving the car, I noticed the windows were very slow to roll up. I shut the car off and tried a restart, would not start, appeared to be a dead battery. When wife arrived home we jump started the car and proceeded to the local Dodge dealer. On the way the car was very sluggish, almost stalled several times and various dash lights came on; battery, ABS, traction control. The car finally stalled about 1/8th mile from dealer and was towed the rest of the way. On Friday, 4/3, a service writer told me the alternator and battery were bad. It was at that time I learned about a recall for defective alternator was in progress for 2011 to 2014 V-6 equipped Chrysler vehicles. My car is a 2010 with a 5.7L V-8, however after checking post on a Challenger forum, I discovered my car had the exact same symptoms as the V-6 equipped vehicles prior to the failure. I spoke with a service tech who said he knows of other V-8 equipped Challengers that suffered an alternator failure and would not be surprised if the recall is expanded. Also, I was informed that the battery is not covered under my esp even though the alternator is clearly the cause of the battery failure.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #21

Oct 102014

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 33,200 miles
I heard a terrible whine and then smoke came out of the hood and the engine light came on. Luckily, I was a block away from my house so I pulled it into the driveway and opened the hood and saw smoke coming from the alternator. The alternator windings were black and the car wouldn't start. Battery died from not being charged. I replaced the alternator from a local auto parts store and the car runs fine. I was also able to recharge the battery and it still is working. By the way, the car used to die once a month or so when I would be turning right into a parking lot. Since I have replaced the alternator, I do not have that problem anymore.

- Tyler, TX, 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

May 142014

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 38,111 miles
The check engine light came on while driving at a speed of 35 mph. I immediately took my 2010 Dodge Challenger rt to the Dodge dealership. The service manager informed my there was issues with the timing chain and that was the reason for the check engine light coming on and that there would be no charge to me for them to replace the timing chain. When I picked up my 2010 Challenger rt a week later the check engine was still on and the service manager told me they would have to diagnose it further. The next day the service representative informed me the mds solenoid wiring to the main harness had melted and that the engine harness would have to be replaced and was not covered under the manufactures warranty or my extended warranty and that it would be $2000 out of pocket to me. The dealership never gave any explanation why the wiring melted at the mds solenoid to the main harness causing the problem. At the time I only had 38,000 miles on my car.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #18

Apr 132014


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that while the engine was running, the key fell out of the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the after market security system was causing the issue and the ignition module needed to be replaced. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 10V200000 (electrical system). The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #17

Mar 222014

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 4,035 miles
After changing a dead battery the etc light came on (solid when starting and running). Before changing the battery there was no abnormal driving conditions or noticeable horsepower issues. The manual states to take these actions "if the light comes on while the engine is running, safely bring the vehicle to a complete stop as soon as possible, place the shift lever in park, and cycle the ignition key. The light should turn off. If the light remains lit with the engine running, your vehicle will usually be drivable. However, see an authorized dealer for service as soon as possible." If the light is flashing when the engine is running, immediate service is required. In this case, you may experience reduced performance, an elevated/rough idle or engine stall, and your vehicle may require towing." After I changed the battery, I started to drive the vehicle and I had no horsepower. So after performing very common maintenance (changing the battery), I have to decide if I am going to drive to the dealership because the manual vaguely interprets this error code and how to proceed to fix it" these is a safety concern because Chrysler uses the wording "usually be drivable" the loss of any throttle control is dangerous. My vehicle is drivable, but only at 5 mph. This is the only information Chrysler has in the owners manual. I called the Chrysler group llc customer center and that was all the information they had available also. Case number [xxx]. does Chrysler have known issues with the etc and how to interpret the error code? why would this happen after a battery change" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mustang, OK, USA

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