really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 33
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,803 miles

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2011 Dodge Charger electrical problems

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2011 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 10 of 16)

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problem #123

Aug 202014


  • 45,325 miles


While driving the battery saver mode came on, after that the ABS warning light came on. Then power to the radio was cut out and the ac fan speed started jumping sporadically until shutting down as well. Then the speedometer fell to 0 even though I was traveling at a constant rate. Once stopped in a parking lot the car went completely dead and I was unable to restart the vehicle and had to have it towed. There was a burning smell coming from under the hood and also a whining noise could be heard from inside the cabin prior to the failure. The alternator did have to be replaced.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #122

Aug 242014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
When I started the car there was a small whining coming from the engine and a slight electrical smell coming from the engine. I started driving it to work and the battery saver mode came on. Slowly the radio shut off, the air conditioning switched to blowing out heat and wouldn't shut off, the ABS and brake light came on, the power steering light came on and the power steering went out, and the car stalled. I had it towed to the dealership and they called me this morning and let me know that the alternator would need replaced and that it would cost approximately $855. It will cost more if they determine that the battery needs to be replaced.

- Liberty Township, OH, USA

problem #121

Aug 172014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
At the red light the car shut off, did not have any power, and would not start. After jump starting the car it drove for about 30 minutes more, then all of a sudden the car started malfunctioning. The radio turned off, indicator lights started blinking, steering wheel begin to lock up, and the car began jerking uncontrollably. I then called a tow truck to jumpstart the car and proceeded to go home, the car never stopped jerking and was in power saver mode. I purchased a new battery the next day. Soon after the car begin to do all the same things, jerking, indicator lights, etc. My car has absolutely no power after completely charging the battery. It cannot get towed because I am unable to place the car in neutral due to no power. This has to be a manufacturers problem with the electrical system.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #120

Aug 152014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


I was driving my 2011 Dodge Charger with my children when it just completely stalled while driving approx. 50 mph. There was a odd high pitched noise and all my lights came on as well as the battery saver mode and a horrid smell came into the car. When I got the car home I opened the hood and it was smoking from the alternator. This is going to cost about $700 and it is such a young car that is well maintained so it is very frustrating and a little suspect. This was extremely scary and a major accident waiting to happen. I am just glad I was able to get to the side of the road when the engine shut down.

- Rincon, GA, USA

problem #119

Aug 162014


  • 51,000 miles
Just as everyone else has written, my 2011 Dodge Charger at only 51,000 miles alternator went out. I was driving down the road when all of the gauges started flashing, my radio cut off, and then my whole car died and wouldn't come back on. Luckily, I pulled over in enough time because the steering wheel was impossible to turn and I couldn't even push my break in. I would hate to have been going faster and the whole car shut down and be stuck in a metal death trap. I had to have my car towed from another town. The next day we put a new battery in the car because of course it was fried. After resetting the cars computer because the throttle sensor was off, I was able to drive the car again for a total of 10 minutes before it started disintegrating by serpentine belt and unraveling into the car. Replaced that, started it again for it only to say that my car was in battery saver mode again with a brand new battery. Took it to O'reillys for them to test the alternator while my car was still able to run, because with this particular car the alternator has to be tested on the car, and well it was not running the previous day. Needless to say the alternator froze up there diagnostic computer. Long story short my Dodge Charger is sitting until I can save up enough money to buy the $700 alternator! I will never buy a Dodge again! you would think that if this many people were having the same exact problem they would do something about it.

- Malvern, AR, USA

problem #118

Aug 152014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
While driving through Kentucky and into Illinois, I noticed that the radio suddenly turned off and then about 10 miles later the vehicle lost all power and function. I managed to pull onto the side of the highway to call a tow truck. The car was sent to the nearest Dodge dealer/service center. After they looked over the car they said it was the battery shorted out and they were going to replace the battery. After the battery was in they noticed that the battery was being overcharged by the alternator and that will also need to be replaced. I'm currently waiting on the car to be finished and will see if that is all it is.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #117

Aug 132014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 63,200 miles


Without warning while driving at highway speeds I began to smell a plastic melting smell. Almost immediately the radio shut off and I got a "battery saver mode" message. Within seconds the car's engine quit. When the engine stopped so did all power to the controls including steering and brakes. When got the car to the side of the road I could see visible blue smoke coming from the front of the passenger's side engine compartment. Popped the hood and identified that the smoke was coming from the alternator. Car would not start again. Had towed to shop and alternator is shot. Apparently there is a 2 to 3 week back order due to high demand related to failed alternators. I could have been killed or killed others easily when I lost power at highway speed.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #116

Jul 222014


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle stalled and the steering wheel became hard to turn. The contact also mentioned that the ABS deactivated and the battery save mode light illuminated. The contact determined that the alternator failed, causing the problem to recur multiple times after the battery was recharged. The alternator was replaced but failed to remedy the problem. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #115

Jul 222014


  • 79,000 miles
This complaint is being marked for deletion because it is an inadvertent duplicate of ODI number: 10622340. TL* the contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle stalled and the steering wheel became hard to turn. The contact also mentioned that the ABS deactivated and the battery save mode light illuminated. The contact determined that the alternator failed, causing the problem to recur multiple times after the battery was recharged. The alternator was replaced but failed to remedy the problem. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Fayettevilee, NC, USA

problem #114

Aug 102014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 45,305 miles
When I started my car it made a loud whining noise for a second but then it went away, I started driving to work while I was driving on the highway doing 55 mph my car radio shut off and my lights shut off the ABS light and the anti swerve light started flashing on and off and I got a message on my screen it was in battery saving mode. I was able to drive to work and then drive straight to the dealer ship after for analysis and found out on Monday that the alternator went out while I was driving..

- Milliken, CO, USA

problem #113

Aug 132014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 50,989 miles


The car radio stopped and powered itself off. The ABS and traction control light flashed on the dashboard. I stopped at an intersection and powered the car off to hopefully reset the system. The car would not start. I had to have it towed. No power to the battery and therefore the hazard lights would not work either. The mechanic identified the issue as the alternator. I see an open investigation into my model car. Please include my vehicle in as one of the failures.

- Wharton, NJ, USA

problem #112

Aug 092014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 63,826 miles
Alternator problem. Drove car around corner leaving my house and starting running bad. Dash lit up with "running on backup battery". drove back into driveway. Car wont start.

- Kerman, CA, USA

problem #111

Jul 312014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 26,138 miles
The alternator had a complete failure. Waited 2&1/2 hrs for wrecker to tow to dealership only to be told the dealership had a locked gate and the tow company could not drop car there. Had towed to the house instead and the next day began the process for repairs. 36 month warranty expired in May 2014 and this occurred July 31, 2014. Car only has 26,138 miles of usage. Alternator is not available at any parts house, only at Dodge dealership (if it can be found there, I had to drive 230 miles roundtrip to get one). Replace it myself because Dodge customer assistance center told me they would help me with 'part' of the labor fee if I paid an additional tow fee to get the car to their dealership. I believe the amperage rating for this alternator is too low to support the electronics in the 2011 Dodge Charger. Total estimated expenses to fix this problem is $927.85.

- Leesburg, GA, USA

problem #110

Aug 082014


  • 43,000 miles
Morning of the incident, heard a "whining" noise when car started. Drive short distance to work and home. While driving on highway in traffic going 25mph at 6pm, lost power to radio, power steering, ABS light flashed, brake light flashed, and strong electrical smell. When I finally got the car to the shoulder, itwas in battery saver mode and could not detect key for keyless entry. No electrical power. When I called Dodge dealer where it was towed, they said it would be $700 for parts and labor.

- Aldie, VA, USA

problem #109

Jul 302014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 45,600 miles
While driving the ABS/ESC lights came on, there was a high pitched whine, the ac went off along with the radio. Car went into battery save mode. Power steering was lost. The car was put into park and then it died. There was smoke and a strong burning electrical/wiring smell. The car had to be towed. The alternator was fried, along with the battery. (the alternator supplies power for the vehicle while the engine is running, and it also recharges the battery). Major oversight by Dodge or sneaky racket (alternator can only be purchased through Dodge). The 2011-2012 models do not have an adequate size alternator to sufficiently supply the electrical load of the electronic components that are in the vehicle, causing the alternator to cease prematurely and run off the battery (also ceasing the battery) until the car slowly shuts down. Replacement of both the alternator and battery are needed, only to go out prematurely again. (example: When you upgrade your cars sound system you are adding components that pull additional power that in turn puts an extra tax on your alternator and battery to work harder/more often to keep up). A recall is definitely in order or Dodge needs to manufacture an upgrade kit for replacement of parts. This is a major safety issue and a financial burden on owners. The average cost for Dodge to replace the alternator with a re-manufactured alternator is between $750-$900 (labor included) w/ 1yr warranty. This fix typically lasts for 1-2yrs if you are lucky.

- Milton , FL, USA

problem #108

Aug 012014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
My car started making a squeaky noise from the engine one morning, then as I drove it the radio went off and my battery said it was going into battery saving mode. My ac started to turn on and off, so I lowered my windows then my windows wouldn't go back up. I had numerous engine lights come. My windshield wipers where turning on and off. My power steering stopped working, so I pulled over. I turned my car off and it wouldn't turn on. I checked my battery the next morning to see if I needed a new one but it was fine. I jumped my car and drove it around a little and still had all the problems stated above with my headlights flashing on and off this time. I turned the car off and the lights inside where still flashing, so I unplugged the battery. My car is now at the Dodge dealer and they are telling me it might be alternator. I don't understand how this happens to a 2011 vehicle.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #107

Jul 292014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving home from the store going about 50mph when my radio and ac turned off. Followed by the battery save mode message popping on then everything else like ABS light, ignition system, and after flickering off and on the car suddenly lost power. It turned off in the middle of the road, if I don't get off and flag the car behind me I would of been involved in a terrible collision. This problem seems to be on going and quite hazardous to our safety. I also think that the alternator provided for the car is not strong enough, which is why it leads to it's failure.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #106

Aug 012014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 44,250 miles
When I turn on my turn signals the windshield wipers go on! this happens 2 to 3 times I put the turn signal on then does not do it next time and then again the next 3 times I use the turn signals. Mostly happening with left turn signal. The wipers do not stop until you turn off the turn signal. Something must be wrong with the electrical wiring or switch.

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #105

Aug 022014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 40,300 miles
Audio went off, then ac went off, then car cut off, wouldn't restart/buy new battery, car start to smoke from alternator.

- Country Club Hills, IL, USA

problem #104

Jul 232014


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving and all of a sudden the car started smoking and then started to decelerate.I pulled over to the side to take a look under the hood and heard a buzzing/ringing noise from the engine.I slowly drove to auto zone to get a diagnostic and it read alternator.

- Morrow, GA, USA

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