really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 12
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,201 miles

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2008 Dodge Charger electrical problems

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2008 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 17 of 17)

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problem #14

Feb 012013


  • 85,300 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the accelerator pedal seized to the floorboard and caused vehicle speed to increase to 65 mph. The contact shifted into neutral to slow the vehicle. The contact also mentioned that the key had to be removed and placed back into the ignition several times to get the engine started. The contact also mentioned that the steering failed and caused the contact to crash into a vehicle while he attempted to park. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the ignition switch, tumbler, accelerator box, and the bushings had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 56,031 and the current mileage was 85,300.

- Columbia , MO, USA

problem #13

Aug 132012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
2008 Dodge Charger. Driver was traveling in city at speeds <40 mph. Radio started making crackling/popping sounds and vehicle started losing power at which time heavy white smoke began coming from hood. No sensor lights or warning signs given. Driver pulled over to side or road at which time vehicle quit running. Vehicle was towed to local Dodge dealer where the technician diagnosed an electrical overheating/shortage problem that originated in the power distribution center.

- Guntersville, AL, USA

problem #12

Mar 042012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that when shifting into park, the key fob would abnormally slide out of the ignition switch. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where they advised the contact that the wireless mode and key fob would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact discovered a recall for the 2010 models under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V200000 (electrical system:ignition:module) but the 2008 models were not included in the recall. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 50,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 312012


  • 41,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed and the vehicle would not start. The key also could not be turned once inserted into the ignition switch. The contact was able to start the vehicle after playing around with the ignition switch for approximately thirty minutes. In addition, the contact stated that he had to leave the engine running at times in fear not being able to restart the vehicle after it was shut off. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the dealer advised that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The dealer did not advise of the cause of the ignition switch failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 41,000.

- Starkville, MS, USA

problem #10

Sep 242011

Charger 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Dodge Charger catches on fire while traveling on the interstate. No sensor lights or warning signs given. The fire apparently started at the front right side of the hood. In less than 10 minutes, the fire spread throughout the wiring system of the car which caused the entire car to engulf in flames. Fire department stated that it was an electrical fire. Chrysler was notified and decided to investigate the situation. Chrysler stated that they were unable to disclose any information about the cause of the fire. The only response we received from Chrysler was an apology.

- Deatsville, AL, USA

problem #9

Apr 012011

Charger 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
There is a delay in the car starting when you turn the key fobs to start it takes 3 or 4 seconds to start up.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #8

Jul 192011

Charger 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles


My 2008 Dodge Charger has had multiple electrical issues. Two months ago the passenger window wouldn't roll down then it worked again a few days later, approx 2 weeks ago I was turning a corner and the car just shut off. It restarted without problems. Today, the stereo system wont come on and my warranty went out 9 days ago.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 012011


  • 84,000 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Charger, which has had several electrical problems to occur since I purchased the vehicle in Aug., 2008. 2 of the problems could have caused serious injury if I had wrecked when the sterring wheel locked or just the other day the fan blade motors locked up and bursted my radiaotr. This vehicle is too new to have so many defects, especiall linking to electrical matters that are not recognized by the power-train warranty, which I feel should have all been covered the the warranty. After reading www.daimlerchryslervehicleproblems.com/, I wish this was brought to my attention before making the decision on this Dodge vehicle. The car has several years before being paid off, but I am now terrified to continue driving this vehicle knowing anything, unplainable can happen at anytime. Something needs to be done about Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep for putting people's lives in danger.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #6

Feb 012011


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the computer would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 67,000.

- Clifton , NJ, USA

problem #5

Jan 172011

Charger 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
This is a law enforcement vehicle the officer started it to let it warm up. The vehicle had been running for about 10 minutes when he noticed smoke coming from the windows. The fire originated in the instrument panel and destroyed the drivers side of the dash, head liner, steering wheel, seat and windshield. The rest of the interior has heavy smoke damage vehicle is a total loss.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #4

May 142010

Charger 6-cyl

  • 21,082 miles


My 2008 Dodge Charger will lose A/C, radio, turn signals and power steering while driving and sometimes stall out completely when this happens while driving. Have taken it to dealer 10 times for same problem - dealer has replaced steering column module 3 times but I am still having same problem. This started happening in May 2010 then more frequent in November 2010 and just happened again yesterday (12-15-2010). Dealer placed flight recorder in vehicle and while I was driving with that installed I lost A/C, radio and turn signals. Dealer could not figure out the problem so they sent results from flight recorder to Chrysler - as of today I still have not heard back from the dealer. Needless to say I am feeling very uncomfortable driving this car (especially with my children inside) not knowing when the car will decide to lose all power and stall while driving..

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 042009


  • 42,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Dodge Charger in the first month it was having electrical issues were I would loose power to the dash board and the lights then the car would just shut off. I took it in for repair and they replaced the relay. The car continued to have these issues not frequently enough were the dealership would let me bring it in. 12 months go buy and I bring it in to the dealership anyway and they said they could not regenerate the problem. 2 months later the car caught on fire from the trunk and burned to the ground. The fire marshall did not do a forensic investigation but said it obviously looks to have started with the battery and I agreed with the amount of electrical problems I had with this car. There was no after-market anything on this car it was all stock. Dodge will not help or release any info to me in regards to the problem. They wont even talk to me. 3 months later I moved to Arizona and met a person who had the same problem.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #2

Dec 012009


  • 25,000 miles
After four attempts my 2008 Dodge Charger is still having complete electrical failure and will go back in the shop on Tuesday while driving home at night the lights go out you loose complete electrical failure, to fix the problem come to a safe stop if you can, turn off the car and then turn the car back on..

- Monticello, AR, USA

problem #1

Jul 142008


  • 7,000 miles
Cruise shuts off continually at random times...as short as 30 sec or as long as 15 minutes. Speedometer also will shut off and go to 0 mph then kick back on.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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