really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,136 miles

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2015 Dodge Challenger drivetrain problems

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2015 Dodge Challenger Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 262015


  • 3,000 miles


When driving and trying to accelerate the car does not go at all. It's like it's the gear is stuck. Also when sitting at a red light the car RPM is accelerating by itself.the car has jumped from the 1st gear to 4th gear without little acceleration.car has been taking numerous times to dealership since purchased it in 2-2015 the only thing the dealership will do it relearn on the transmission and it works fine for month and then I'm back again. Also my radio in the car has went out and been replaced once. Since the replacement the radio still goes black at times and the ac won't work when this happens. The dealership has just made sure the radio was update to the latest version and the problem still happens. The door handle have been replaced numerous times due to an electrical issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 042015


  • 300 miles
The vehicle looses all acceleration when coming from a complete stop. The D on the gearshift flashes red and digital readout on the dashboard instructs driver to come to a complete stop and place vehicle in park and then shift to drive. This means that while in the middle of traffic or an intersection you must come to a complete stop and place the vehicle in park and then shift to drive. I have provided Dodge with two videos of this happening and they still cannot fix the vehicle.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 122015


  • 100 miles
The transmission has very harsh downshifts when lightly braking or coasting to a stop. The transmission stays engaged and bogs down the car, then frees up suddenly, causing the vehicle to lunge forward. There is an audible clunk from the rear end when this happens. On several occasions it's almost led to fender benders with the cars in front of me.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #4

Apr 132015


  • 2,000 miles


This is another complaint and follow up to my previous complaint on this web site. I have also made a complaint to the state of Connecticut attorney general's office whom has involved the consumer protection Agency. Executive Dodge of wallingford ct diagnosed this vehicle after having it for 2 weeks and driving it over 75 miles. I also went for a test ride with their certified mechanic. The mechanic told me the car refused to go into 8th gear while in automatic mode--non paddle shift mode and he would keep it over the next few days to replace the valve body. The next day the Dodge star case team--nameless faceless people in detroit--told the certified on site mechanic that this issue and the transmission bucking in between gears was normal for this transmission. Dodge customer care has called me to apologize and is currently offering me 1 month's payment on the car to Chrysler capital as a "sorry" for my inconvenience. The government--NHTSA has not gotten back to me despite numerous complaints about this car on safercar.gov for the same issue. I guess someone has to die before they launch an investigation--just like all those deaths at GM, Toyota, and those Ford Explorer tires years ago. No one cares. The car will not shift properly--it bucks in between gears and will not go into 8th gear and has shifting lab and shuttering in between gears--. so much for safer cars on the highway. At $400 a month for a car payment you would think Dodge would make a quality product. I'm done--last Dodge I will ever buy. Better off with a mustang..

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #3

Apr 102015


  • 500 miles
Own a 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T with 8-speed automatic transmission. When decelerating to brake to a stop and car auto shifts down from gear 2 to gear 1, the car jerks forward a bit and I hear a light popping noise coming from rear underneath trunk area. It happens when car is decelerating down in the 15 mph to 0 mph range. Only noticed this happening when decelerating. This was noticeable within first 2 weeks of buying car brand new. Took the car to Dodge dealer. Dealer applied a transmission firmware update. This did reduce the forward jerking push motion, but there is still a slight forward jolt and the knock/popping noise is still present.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152015


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Dodge Challenger. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the vehicle jerked when shifting gears. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #1

Oct 102014


  • 50 miles
Immediately after purchasing vehicle, very harsh downshifts and upshifts have been noticed with the vehicle's 8 speed automatic transmission especially under light acceleration and declaration at speeds lower than 40mph. Dealership has attempted software reset several times with no effect. Upon 4th visit to dealership for same issue, service tech has identified the problem and confirmed that the 8 speed transmission is not functioning in the same appropriate way and shifting is "severe". problem identified by dealer is the valve body, however Chrysler has denied replacement of the part instead asking that the car be driven for an additional three thousand miles, before any repair is considered, essentially breaking the terms of the warranty by asking a car with a bad transmission to be driven for thousands of miles. Dealership confirmed problem exists, however their hands currently tied by corporate.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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