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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 37
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,866 miles

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2011 Dodge Charger electrical problems

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2011 Dodge Charger Owner Comments (Page 11 of 17)

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problem #133

Sep 082014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


I was driving towards work in the morning, when all of a sudden, the battery light goes on. A few minutes later, the ABS light goes on and then the traction light goes on. Then, there was the smell of burnt wire and a whining type of sound, so I parked the car and smoke came out from under the hood. Later in the afternoon, I had my husband take a look under the hood and he stated that there seemed to be sparks coming out from the alternator, so we attempted to drive it to the dealership. After 3 miles of driving in traffic on a 40 mph road, the radio shuts off, the lights go off, the air conditioning turns off, the dashboard screen/navigation system turned off, the windshield wipers went out, and the engine stops running. Nothing in the vehicle worked or was running, even the windows didn't work. A burnt electrical wire smell came through the vents. I couldn't even turn on the hazard lights or unlock the trunk. So my husband pushed the car over to a parking lot while I struggled to maneuver the vehicle because the power steering and the power brakes also went out. We tried to jump start the car; however, we stopped because there was more smoke coming from the engine, so we called for a tow truck driver. The next day, we went back to the service department at the Dodge dealership and they told us that it was the alternator; however, we probably need a battery as well. We also will have to pay for towing. This vehicle is only 3 years old and shouldn't be having these types of engine problems. It's a safety hazard when your car totally shuts down in the middle of traffic, leaving you without a way to turn on the hazard lights or provide you with a safe way to steer and brake.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #132

Sep 102014


  • 48,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle when all of a sudden my radio turns off, then my ABS and tread light come on along with a light that says "brake now." I come to a stop and then everything shuts off. I can not push the brake to start the car back up and a burning electrical smell is coming from the hood. I have to manually lock my doors as the alarm does not work, then my windshield wipers start going off. Based off of research a lot of people are having these issues and saying it is the alternator. That is unacceptable for a 2011.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #131

Sep 102014


  • 39,000 miles
Driving to get on highway and got a message on my car dashboard saying im in battery save mode. So got my speed up to about 70 and my car light and power steering and windshield wiper came on. My power steering locked up on the highway think god I was on the highway simi by myself. But I just brought the car and the Dodge company is charge everyone who has this problem with this particular car 800 dollars to fix even through these are horrible alternators and they know it. Reading online where cars are burning up because of this problem and the Dodge company tells you everything is fine and its not but this car really need to be investigated about their horrible alternators and the consequences when this problem occurs. For some is it not pretty and its unsafe when you see battery save mode because you don't know hole long before your car burn up and not trying to get to that point. This is really make me regret a Dodge product after this thanks.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #130

Sep 052014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles


My son was driving his 2011 Dodge Charger back to campus when the battery saver mode came on and there was an electrical fire smell. He parked it and the next morning when the tow truck came to tow it, he had to manually unlock the doors as the whole system shut down, the dealership confirmed it was an alternator problem and it would be $800 to replace it.

- Idalou, TX, USA

problem #129

Sep 042014


  • 38,600 miles
I got the "battery saver mode" warning on my car. I looked it up on the internet and a lot of people were complaining about Dodge Chargers and there alternators. The next morning I called the dealer ship to see what they think it is and if I can get in so they can look at the car, they also said it could be the alternator but could not get me in until the next morning but said it should be safe to drive. They look up my warranty and it was out of warranty for the alternator...I only have 38,600 miles on my car!! I should not be dealing with thing like this on a 3 year old car! luckily I bought a portfolio warranty that covers it but with $100 deductible but the catch is I have to go to the dealer where I bought it from! when there is a dealer 2 miles from where I am and the one I bought it from is about 25 minutes away. So I make the appointment and go to work, by the time I get to work my radio stopped working and ABS light turned on. I parked and smoke was coming from the alternator! I called the dealer back and told them what happen, they said I can bring it in now and leave it there and they will look at it the next day. So I have to leave work to take the car there and the car completely dies on the way there! I had to call a tow truck and get it towed all the way to the dealer. They were able to replace the alternator by the middle of the next day. But I have now had the car for 2 whole days and the battery saver mode just turned on again!!!!! so now in the morning I'm going to have to call the dealer again and see what to do now! replace another alternator!"!?!?!" this has to be a recall!! there should not be any of these problems on a car that is 3 years old and has less then 40,000 miles!!! this is ridiculous and I'm seriously looking at other cars to trade in for now! I am never buying Dodge again!! oh and the dealer wouldn't give me a loaner car for free!

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #128

Sep 282013


  • 67,000 miles
Drove up to a transmountain rest stop to enjoy the view, start smelling an electrical burning smell other cars were there so I didn't think it would be a car I have only had for a year (3 year old car)..hour later I go back to my car to leave and when I press the button to start, all I hear is a click then silence, nothing is on so I try again and once again out and popped my hood open and there I saw my alternator all fried up and smoking, no longer covered in warranty so it cost me $700 to replace the alternator and the battery it killed when it fried.

- Moreno Valley , CA, USA

problem #127

Sep 022014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Battery saver mode code message came on. Radio shut off. ABS light flashed. Steering became rigid. Took to shop, alternator and battery needed replaced.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #126

Aug 282014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 58,571 miles
I was driving from my home to work at approximately 40 miles per hour and my car completely shut down. I lost power steering, power brakes, and the engine died. I took the car to the local Dodge dealer and they said that the alternator had gone bad and had also caused the battery to fail. I googled the issue and found hundreds of complaints concerning alternators failing while driving Dodge Chargers.

- Sullivan, MO, USA

problem #125

Aug 302014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 82,479 miles
On 8/30/2014 the 2011 Dodge Charger was traveling at approximately 65-75 mph when the cars radio turned itself off, shortly after the radio turned off the ABS, tcs and brake lights illuminated on the dash. Once these lights came on I 2011 Dodge Charger the vehicle and started to pull off to the side of the road, it was an uphill section and the engine has a loss of power. I put the 2011 Dodge Charger in park and turned the 2011 Dodge Charger turned itself off at which point no electronics not even the hazards would work. This was on the freeway that the vehicle died in the early morning. I opened the hood to check all the fuses and the compartment had a burnt electrical smell to it. All the fuses on the 2011 Dodge Charger were in working order so there was no way to diagnose the issue without the proper tools. The dealership confirmed that the alternator had shorted out and may have caused more damage than is know at this time. They are still currently working on the car. The battery is expected to be damaged also at this time.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #124

Aug 272014


  • 59,500 miles
While driving on highway at approx. 50 mph, the "batter saver" message appeared on the dash display followed by multiple systems shutting down along with multiple fault lights including brakes, ABS, bat. The engine stopped running and there was minimal control of the vehicle. Steering & braking were almost non existent. After pulling to the side of the highway, there was a strong electrical smell coming from the engine compartment. Upon further investigation, the smell was coming from the alternator. No electrical power was available to lock/unlock doors, turn on hazard lights, or place the car in neutral in order to pull the vehicle on to a tow truck.

- Azle, TX, USA

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

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