definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,689 miles

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2010 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 162016


  • 67,000 miles


Upon starting to accelerate from a stoplight the car suddenly accelerated on its own & the brakes would not work. Their was a vehicle stopped at the next intersection (4 way stop). To avoid hitting them I went to the right of the stop sign. There was just enough room in between the stop sign & a telephone pole. I had shifted the car to neutral, & finally got it stopped in front of a house. I was very shaken up by this & called my husband. He said he would be there asap. A man came out of the house & asked me was I ok. I told him what happened & let him know my husband was on the way. When my husband got there, he got me calmed down & said he was going to try to drive it cautiously to the dealer. I followed him in his car (Toyota) & we made it to the dealer without any other incident. We called Chrysler corporation & they opened up a case file (29522357) trying to get information from Chrysler, my husband left multiple messages for them to get the status on this. He finally got them & they said they couldn't duplicate the problem & they were closing the case. I was charged $130 from the dealer for diagnostic test. Now I have a car that I am afraid to drive & can't conscientiously sell it to someone else.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #6

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

problem #5

Nov 172013

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
I came to a stop sign and made a stop. I went to accelerate and the car turned off. Had to stop the car completely in the middle of an intersection to turn it back on.

- Pearland , TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 012013


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal became stuck to the floorboard while driving 55 mph. The contact was able to shift into neutral and apply the brakes until the vehicle stopped. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the accelerator pedal sensor however, the failure was not corrected. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Crystal Springs, MS, USA

problem #3

Apr 222011


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that the vehicle abnormally accelerated and in order to stop the vehicle, she had to turn the vehicle completely off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure but he was able to diagnose that both the accelerator and the brake pedal were engaged simultaneously. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 29,000.

- Cave Junction , OR, USA

problem #2

Dec 282010

Challenger 8-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
I used my remote start to warm-up my 2010 Challenger rt. I left for work and traveled at 20 mph in my subdivision. I arrived at intersection to make at turn onto a 45 mph street and traveled about 1 mile to light stopped and made a right turn onto another 45 mph street (4 lanes). As I increased speed to 45 limit I felt the gas pedal pull away from my foot and the car began to quickly speed up. I tapped the accelerator and then the brake thinking that the pedal was stuck due to cold weather 18 degrees. It just kept increasing in speed. I immediately shifted into neutral to take torque off the drive train. I let it coast into the next side street and put it into park. The engine was idling at 4000 RPM. I shut it off and restarted it and it immediately jumped back up to 4000 RPM. I had to move it out of the way so I pulled it into a cul-de-sac riding the brake with both feet. Again, I shut it off, waited a little and restarted it. Again, it jumped to 4000 RPM. I called my wife and told her what had happened. She suggested that I bring it home and take our other car. I decided to try shutting it down again. Again when I started it jumped to 4000 RPM. I decided to take it home and rode the brake back to the stop in order to make the left turn to go home. The two lanes of traffic going that direction was non-stop so I elected to avoid going into a congested situation not knowing what it would do. I decided to go right since there were no cars going that direction to worry about hitting. Shortly after I made the turn the RPM's dropped to normal. I punched the accelerator to check it and make sure it would not repeat my startling experience. I thank god that my wife was not driving it at the time. She would have panicked and who knows what would have happened. I drove the car the rest of the way to work making sure that I kept a very safe distance between me and the car ahead. I sent Chrysler an email about my experience. My car is now at a dealer being evaluated.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 162010


  • 2,290 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that while entering the interstate at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle began to speed up to approximately 90 mph. He applied pressure to the accelerator pedal and then the brake pedal in order to slow the vehicle down. He drove onto the emergency lane and turned the vehicle off. When he restarted the vehicle, the rpms increased excessively. He turned the vehicle off, manually pulled the accelerator pedal up, and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle began to function normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the failure was mechanical. The dealer replaced the accelerator pedal, reset the computer and reset the sensor. The contact had not experienced any failures after the repairs were made. The current mileage was approximately 3,000. The failure mileage was approximately 2,290.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

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