pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
57,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace battery and latch (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace door latch and charge battery (1 reports)
2012 Dodge Challenger electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012019

Challenger R/T 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


Smart Glass 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T doing the up and down dance. Dodge put out a recall on the 11's and no other year, something about heat stakes in the sensor...heat stakes my ass! It's a moisture problem and water intrusion. BAD design. Dodge should do the right thing and recall all years not just the 11's. My car only has 66,000 miles and in no time I'm sure I will be replacing the passenger side. Not happy.

- Jeffrey K., Wilton Manors, US

problem #3

Jul 102017

Challenger SXT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Window keeps opening/closing. Thought it was a calibration issue, unfortunately that's not the fix. 2 dead batteries later, I've resorted to disconnecting the negative battery cable whenever the car is in park for an extended period of time. This has made things interesting as now I've attached a long rope to the manual trunk release and have run it into the cabin. To start my car, I now have to open the driver side, pull the rope to open the trunk, get in the trunk, reconnect battery, button things up, and be on my way. A temporary solution until I can replace the switch.

I found this link indicating the possible issue: http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/92405/not-so-smart-mopar-glass

Can anyone confirm it's the date the door latch was built? Mine falls right within the range of 3200 - 0841 build date.


- Tam N., Orlando, FL, US

problem #2

Feb 182017

Challenger 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

Challenger would not start. Battery voltage read low on multimeter. Charged battery, the next morning battery was dead again. While recharging, I heard the car begin to go "ka-chunk" every twelve seconds. Walked around to driver's side and found the driver's window, the "smartglass" feature, dropping down about a half centimeter and resetting itself every twelve seconds. It would actuate just like when you go to open the door normally and then return to the fully closed position just as it does upon closing the door. The car would do this every 11 or 12 seconds while in the OFF mode until the battery drained. Dealer replaced both the door latch and door lock actuator. I have no idea why they replaced the door lock actuator other than a case of shotgun troubleshooting because they knew and I knew there was a recall on the door latch for this issue for 2011 models. I don't care what the codes read. The recall was not in place for 2012 models so this cost me $362 out-of-pocket. First malfunction of any sort I have had with this otherwise solid vehicle in 34,000 miles.

- Drew C., Fort Wayne, US

problem #1

Jan 082016

Challenger 6.8V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

Just bought car 3 months ago and none of my warranties covered this and looks like there was a recall for the 2011 but not for the 2012. I think Dodge should add this as recall and reimburse me, some of us are not made of money

- Amanda O., Fort Wayne, IN, US

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