definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,990 miles

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2010 Dodge Challenger engine problems

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2010 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

Mar 022013

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


I was traveling at 65 mph on 4 lane interstate highway. Was on a bridge with no shoulder. Engine suddenly lost all power. Vehicle was coasting and slowing down rapidly. Cars behind me were hitting the brakes to avoid rear-ending my vehicle as I attempted to make my way to the shoulder. Once across bridge, I pulled to the shoulder. Engine would turnover but would not start. Towed to Dodge dealership. Dealer diagnosed problem as broken timing chain, which caused camshaft to stop turning. Three exhaust valves were thus held open while the crankshaft continued turning, causing pistons to hit valves, bending valves and denting piston tops near edge of piston. Complete new engine required. Chrysler corporation is not forthcoming with an explanation for failure or a corrective action. There is no service bulletin per the dealer. I looked online at Dodge Challenger user forums, and found dozens of owners had experienced identical problem: At 35,000-45,000 miles, Dodge Challenger 5.7 L hemi with automatic transmission and mds (multiple displacement system) cylinder cutout activated, suddenly lost all power due to broken timing chain. This is obviously a design flaw that is a safety issue. The NHTSA should compel Chrysler corporation to develop a corrective action and recall all Dodge Challenger vehicles with 5.7 L hemi engine immediately.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Jun 102011


  • 47,000 miles
On or about June of 2011 I was driving my car in ga, and the engine just shut off. After contacting the manufacture. Dodge had the car towed to thompson Dodge in thompson ga. I was told there by the head mechanic that my engine suffered a total catastrophic failure. They ( manufacture) decided to rebuild instead of replacing my engine as I had asked. Then on Thursday 11/22/2012 I was driving (60-65 mph) home to NJ from Texas. And the engine did the same thing. Leaving me stranded. After the first time I was told that the timing chain broke. I find it hard to believe that a 2010 Challenger will break 2 chains within 2 years. There has to be a underlying cause for this. Please advise me and respond. I can be reached at [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bordentown, NJ, USA

problem #9

May 092012


  • 3,500 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated was traveling 25 mph and attempted a turn when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the failure would recur whenever attempting a turn at 25 mph. The contact shifted to park and was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test but was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 3,500 and the current mileage was 6,800.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Sep 162012

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 16,307 miles
I was driving normally getting ready to pull up at a stop sign to make a right turn. Then all of a sudden the car stalls while moving. Power steering goes out and the oil pressure light comes on. I had to put the car in park and restart it and everything was fine no lights or nothing. This problem needs to be fixed it has happen to many people. Lawsuit is what's gone end up if this problem isn't corrected.

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #6

Sep 052012

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 6,800 miles


My 2010 Challenger srt8 with automatic transmission stalled when making a right-hand turn at approximately 5:00 pm on 9/5/12. Engine was at normal operating temperature and the ac was running. I was travelling at about 35 mph and began braking to make a right turn into a service station. As I started into the turn at about 10 mph, the engine stalled resulting in loss of brakes and power steering. I was able to complete the turn and stop the car with hard brake pressure. No indicator warning lights appeared on the instruments. I put the car in park and restarted the car, but the transmission was inoperative. Neither drive or reverse would engage. I did not notice any warning or alert lights indicating a malfunction or transmission issue. I stopped and restarted the engine again and the transmission engaged and worked normally. There were 6800 miles on car on 9/5/12. The vehicle was purchased 10 days ago, and tsbs were checked before the purchase. No mention of engine shutoff issues are listed on the NHTSA database of tsbs or recalls. I did not check customer complaints. If I had, an knew to check about stalls, I would not have purchased this vehicle. Considering the severity of this issue, the number of complaints on this database, and the fact this issue has been going on for the last 4 or more years, NHTSA should initiate a defect investigation immediately. More than one person has stated on this complaint forum that this is a life threatening condition and hopefully someone doesn't have to die to get Dodge to solve this problem. Too late. Check out complaint 10395526. Apparently someone did. But the complaint doesn't show injury or death and it should be corrected.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jul 252012

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 8,700 miles
This is the second time that my Challenger has stalled when making a right-hand turn; the first time was about a eight months ago. Yesterday, I slowed to turn into my office parking lot. When I was making this right-hand turn, the engine stalled and I could not steer the car - almost hitting the curb. After putting the car in park, I was able to restart the car.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 162012

Challenger 6-cyl

  • 18,992 miles
While driving on the interstate my Dodge Challenger was traveling between 65-72 mph and a wind noise came through either the driver's side window of the left 1/4 window that does not roll up or down. This hollowing noise has been addressed 7 times and nothing the dealer has done has fixed it. I have been told it is my imagination, the car has no noises, it is not the rear-differential and might just be me. The weather stripping has been replaced, foam has been put in on the left and right side fenders via the wheel well and nothing has fixed the noise. On Saturday of last week, we made a 120 mile trip to see family and the car was put in to cruise position and was set at 72 mph and the noise was almost deafening. I think this should be listed on the reports here and it is an ongoing battle between me and Chrysler.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 112012


  • 35,973 miles
While making a slow right turn at approximately 25 mph my vehicle stalled. The engine completely died and the oil light came on. The steering and brakes also did not function. I had to restart the car to regain control. It started back up right away as if nothing happened. Although I do not remember the exact dates this has happened to me about 4 previous times. The dealership has no answers and they assume nothing is wrong because it doesn't show up on their diagnostic computer. If someone had been behind me or in front of me there would have been an accident. Eventually, there likely will be. A recall needs to be issued on this problem and a solution must be found asap. According to numerous reports, this has happened repeatedly with 2010 Dodge Challengers.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #1

May 132012


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. While driving 65 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle had suddenly stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the timing chain failed. The vehicle was being repaired. The current and failure mileages were 40,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ator, IL, USA

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