really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,000 miles

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2011 Dodge Challenger engine problems

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2011 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 042014


  • 62,000 miles


Problem identical to prior customer complaint with all internal lights and gauges blinking. Driving down the road and the lights started flashing, engine started racing, smelled rubber, speedometer racing. Pulled over to the side of the road. Put the car in park, and the light show continued. All of a sudden the car cut off and never started again. Had to call a tow truck to pick it up and take to repair shop. Repairman exact words were "the alternator is fried and it destroyed your battery". after a new battery was put in the car, the alternator started smoking. Battery/installation $250, alternater/installation $750. Could only get alternator from Dodge dealership because they claim the car was too new for an aftermarket alternator.... and was on back order. I may not be the smartest sperson in the world, but doesn't it seem that there are some major issues going on if the supposedly new alternator is on backorder. Had my son and I been on the highway driving and the car cut off, this story may have had a different ending. I'm very concerned that there has not been a recall. I hope and pray that Dodge is not waiting for someone or some family to lose their life before making this a safer vehicle. This not only puts Dodge Challenger owners at risk, but the other drivers on the road as well.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 142014

Challenger 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
I was returning to work from lunch and I was driving South in the company parking lot going no faster than 5-10 mph. I started to make a right turn into a parking space so that I could back into the parking space directly behind it. As I started to make the turn I took my foot off the gas and placed it on the brake so I could come to a complete stop before I backed up into the space behind me. As I had my foot on the brake the car accelerated on its own and because I had no time to react the car plowed through a tree, some heavy vegetation and down an embankment. There was significant damage to the front of the car, as a result of the impact with the tree, which caused the entire bumper to fall off and destroyed. Yet, the airbags, which were recalled and already "serviced" once before, never deployed.

- Paramount, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012012

Challenger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that when accelerating to approximately 55 mph and releasing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would remain traveling at that speed and would not decelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The current mileage is approximately 25,300 updated 03/26/13 the consumer stated the transmission's failure to shift and the advancement of the timing caused the vehicle to maintain its speed on its own power. The incident happened three times since the vehicle was purchased and it occurred at different speeds. Updated 03/27/13

- Marysville, OH, USA

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