really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,469 miles

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2008 Dodge Charger steering problems

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2008 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jan 012008

Charger 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the steering column failed, preventing the vehicle from being started or being shut off. The contact also stated that the steering column failure was experienced with an entire fleet of Dodge Chargers that were being utilized by the lanier county sheriff's office. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage is 180,000.

- Lakeland , GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012011

Charger 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The tie rod ends in this car have been replaced twice and now im going in for a third time. My mechanic explained to me that these cars are known for their tie rod ends breaking. I feel it should be looked into..I have been to online forums for this vehicle and its mentioned a lot on there too. If a part is defective the manufacturer should be recalling these vehicles.

- Bay Shore , NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 192013


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the steering wheel suddenly became hard to turn. The failure was experienced several times. The steering returned to normal function when the engine was restarted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have a diagnosed performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 39,000.

- Clinton , MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 212012


  • 71,120 miles


Driver had been experiencing intermittent problems with esp bas light coming on along with occasional popping sounds from steering wheel when making turns. On day of incident, driver was attempting to make a (left) U-turn in a median. Steering wheel turned approximately 3/4 of one revolution and would not turn any further to left. Driver jerked on steering wheel a few times which 'broke loose' lock and turn was able to be completed. Vehicle was driven to one Dodge dealership for inspection and driver was told no problems could be found. Upon leaving dealership, esp bas light come on again. Driver took vehicle to a second Dodge dealership where diagnostics revealed a faulty steering angle sensor. Sensor was replaced and no further problems have been experienced at this time.

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 242012

Charger 6-cyl

  • 44,900 miles
I driving and merged onto route 3 going South; I turned my right blinker on since the ramp was on the right, it shut off when I got on the expressway. Automatically the left blinker came on, even though I did not turn it on. While driving on the expressway going 60mph with three kids in the car I had to try to turn off the blinker, which would not turn off. It was a scary situation since there was a lot of traffic; so I was trying to watch the traffic (which may think I was merging left) and fix the issue at the same time. Repeatedly the right blinker came on, then the left again. There was a loud clicking noise when I tried to fix it, after several tries the blinker shut off. I got off the expressway and every turn I made the same thing happened. I call and emailed Chrysler Dodge. I was told a supervisor would return my call within 24 hours. They did not. I repeatedly emailed and called. In the interim I brought my car to the dealership and I researched the problem online and by speaking to mechanics and service people at Dodge dealerships. According to all of these sources this is a common problem with Dodge Chargers. Today, July 26th, I finally talked to a supervisor after calling Dodge another two times. He ([xxx]) said that there is no recall on the part (which I found out was a clock spring failure) and that they would do nothing to help. I asked if he would allow me to talk to his superior and he said he didn't have one. He then said he did but they would tell me the same thing. I asked if they were going to at least warn other owners of this issue and he said no, that the case was closed. I told him about the information I had gained by talking to mechanics, service people (including the one who fixed my car) and online research. I told him I would fax it to him. Even with all of this information he told me that they would not do anything about this issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 082009


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact noticed that the steering wheel was loose and seemed to wobble while turning. The contact stated that the vehicle fish-tailed and became uncontrollable. The contact had to apply excessive force to the steering wheel in order to gain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics but the technicians were unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The failure persisted and the vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times but to no avail. On the final attempt, the technicians diagnosed the failure as the power train torque converter needing to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 26,000.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #1

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

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