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 14 of 16)

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problem #43

Nov 262013


  • 64,000 miles


TL-the contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph the headlight were activated, the suddenly the passenger's side low beam headlights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who informed that the headlight wiring harness overheated and would need to be replaced. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 12V042000 (electrical system, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) and the VIN was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Lenior, NC, USA

problem #42

Dec 032013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
Passenger side low beam headlight keeps going out/fails to light. The halogen lamp after being replaced fails the same way. If wires are jiggled, the light often will go back on, but then fails again. This has happened repeatedly. My wife contacted Chrysler 1 800 853 1403 and they told her that the car was not covered under a recall. The recall involved police versions of the same car. The same problem appears to be happening in civilian versions as well. Our local dealership is pleading "ignorance" and wants to charge us to repair what is obviously as design/engineering defect. What is scary is the defect in police cars also notes a tie-in to a fuse box and control panels that could result in a crash. This vehicle only has between 12,000 to 13,000 miles on it as of today's date. My wife is absolutely afraid to drive the car at night. The 2011 Dodge Charger poses a dangerous problem to public safety, not only for the driver and passengers, but also to other people and property that might get hit in a crash. Why do people have to die before things like this get serious attention? Chrysler llc should be ashamed of itself for not stepping up.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #41

Dec 062013


  • 41,197 miles
Got pulled over by police for having right front headlight out. Did some research and found that this was a common problem with the wiring harness. Sure enough, when I wiggled the wire, the light came on, so the bulb is good but the wiring is bad. Seems this is a common problem, Dodge should be taking care of this.

- Deridder, LA, USA

problem #40

Dec 052013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles


My low beam headlights have went out over 5 times this year. I replaced the light at my expense every time. I took my car to a car shop to have the headlights replaced only to find out the bulb harnesses were burnt up. I took my car to the dealer to have the burnt up bulb harnesses replaced because that's what the remedy is and I was told my car could not be fixed with out payment. They stated that the recall was for a different car. My VIN # only showed the ABS/ESC, door handle, and airbag harness needed to be replaced. From the look of it other people are having this same issue. Chrysler needs to be held accountable to correct this issue. The issue occurred due to the ABS/ESC system which was recalled.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #39

Aug 012013


  • 50,000 miles
Right low beam has gone out three times over the past three months. After further review of the wiring connector that holds the bulb, the connector is melted and will no longer illuminate a bulb. After calling Chrysler's recall to inquire as to if they will fix the issue, because there is a similar recall for the police only models, I was told no. I will have to pay out of pocket to have the entire harness and wiring replaced. This is a design defect that Chrysler/Dodge will not take responsibility for. Due to the headlight being out, I can barely drive my car. I am unable to drive my car at night for fear of having no visibility or a collision. The recall that was sent was M01, however Chrysler states that this recall is only applicable to 2011-2012 police vehicles.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #38

Nov 082013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 40,500 miles
Wire harness to drivers side low beam headlight has melted. Seems like a common problem w/ this make, model, and year of this vehicle.

- Brentwood , NY, USA

problem #37

Nov 062013


  • 50,400 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle erroneously decelerated then the battery saving, ABS, and traction control warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the battery and the alternator would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 50,400.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #36

Oct 012013


  • miles
Multiple incidents of headlamp burning out in rapid succession. Replaced each time with new only to happen again. Wires on harness for headlamp are melting, causing burnout. Dealer wants to charge to replace "headlamp assembly" (pn 57010411ae/ac/ad), but there is a recall on police models for this exact issue under Chrysler M01 recall/NHTSA recall 12V042000. Chrysler says recall complete and refuses to fix for free, but obviously those previously recalled vehicles weren't the only ones affected as evidenced by other complaints here. I should not have to spend nearly $500 to repair a known issue on a two year old vehicle.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #35

Oct 212013

Charger 6-cyl

  • miles
Low beam headlight went out. Changed it and the very next day went out again. Looked to see the harness was burnt. High beams work fine. Checked to see if it had a recall, Chrysler said no. Will be contacting my lawyer since I've noticed everyone has been having the same issue. I think every Dodge Charger will have this problem and there are too many for them to recall, so they are going to get a gang of $ off of repairs.

- West Park, FL, USA

problem #34

Oct 142013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 44,956 miles
Driving home from school when I smelled hot what seemed to be wire coating melting. The passenger light went out, so I found a parts store and purchased a new light put it in saw that the wiring connector to the light was black and crispy, took note, one day later the bulb went out again, this time I opened the hood looked at the light and it was burned to a crisp, took the bulb out and the wire connection was melted beyond repair and the light casing was completely burned out. The wire connection had bare wire melted outer insulation was melted right off of the wire. I took the bulb out and started looking at why. I am not happy to see the issue, I have had my new to me car for only a month, will this be an expensive fix or will Dodge help fix it ?

- Portland , OR, USA

problem #33

Oct 012013


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the passenger's side headlight stopped illuminating. The contact replaced the bulb but the failure recurred. The driver's side headlight also stopped illuminating. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the bulb harness connector was melted. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 12V042000 (electrical system, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) however, the manufacturer advised that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #32

Sep 042013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Backing out of the driveway and noticed driver side low beam was out. Took it to the dealership and they told me to replace the bulb. Bought the bulb and approx. 4 days later low beam was out again along with the A/C going in and out. Took it back and was told this time that it was faulty wiring in the harness and needed to be replaced because it had melted, which is the same issue that was repaired in June 2012 due to the recall. Replaced the harness and on the same day of payment and retrieving the car, the passenger side fog light was out. Obviously by this point I was extremely disappointed with this problem as this was the 4th visit. Took it back a 5th time for the fog light. They replaced the bulb and after 2 days the other fog light shorted out. Absolutely fed up with the problem I decided to take the car to a different Dodge dealership. Upon diagnostic I'm told that my power distribution center is melted and fuses are cracked hence the problem with the A/C and fog lights shorting out. I've researched the problems I'm having with the car only to find out that it is a common theme amongst the same year model of my car and was even told by the dealership that the problems were only recalled in police vehicles under code M01. I was also told that if the problem isn't fixed it could lead to the vehicle being completely unable to start. After dealing with headquarters and 2 dealerships I'm being told that I'm out of warranty at 55,000 miles and the repair is $984. The dealer came back with a goodwill offer of $500 that is only valid for 30 days. To me this is an admission of guilt yet they still do not want to repair and I'm left driving in an unsafe vehicle. Corporate Chrysler told me that the problems I'm having do fit the parameters of recall M01 but since my vehicle is not on the list, I cannot be helped. What does that tell you?

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #31

Sep 272013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
On my daily routine home, out of the blue, my ESC light comes on. Immediately im concerned and notice some loss of power. No less than a minute later my ABS light comes on as well! so I pull over and shut off the car and then cut it back on, no luck. The car starts but the engine won't cut on and both lights are still on. So I cut it off again and wait a few then attempt to cut it on again and it gets worse! the car reads "no key detected" and then completely shuts off. So I immediately assume the battery is dead and call my brother for a jump. He comes and jumps me and no success. The driver info still reads "no key detected". so now im left wondering what's gone wrong. I had it towed to the dealership for service and notice that this vehicle has already been serviced for an ESC/ABS light recall back in may of 2012. So this leads me to believe that this is a serious electrical issue. Like some other owners I too also have a burnt out passenger side headlights wiring and definitely expressed my concerns if that could be causing an uneven power distribution. Its so disappointing. This is the second time in 3 months my car has been brought in for major service. Frankly I no longer feel confident behind the wheel of my vehicle. Winter is fast approaching and don't want to get stuck on the side of the road with no power and no heat. Minor issues are one thing but major issues on a late model car is alarming. Im certainly not happy and really am at the tipping point of surrendering this vehicle. At this point what else am I to do?!

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

problem #30

Jul 102013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 42,001 miles
Wiring harness on low beam passenger side headlight failed (shorted out), causing visibility issues.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #29

Jul 252013


  • 45,500 miles
The passenger side low beam headlight appeared to have burned out. This was not the case. The headlamp harness for the low beam headlight became so hot it melted and began smoking. This is an apparent serious problem in this year model. There have been several complaints about this and the only recall is for police vehicles. The rest of us have to fork money out of pocket to fix a clear and apparent manufacturing defect and major safety issue. This happened to me while I was driving on an unlit roadway after dark. My headlight went out and began smoking. I had to pull over and disassemble my headlight assembly to keep it from smoking.

- Poquoson, VA, USA

problem #28

Jun 042013

Charger 6-cyl

  • miles
Low beam headlight on the driver side is out. I took my vehicle to my local dealership to find out they had 4 Dodge charges in on that very same day due to the same issue. I was advised it may not be the bulb but the harness and wiring. The service department confirmed it was the harness and wires. He showed me the fried wires and advised there is a recall for the 2011 Chargers for the very same issue but it's only for police vehicles. If the product is bad or improperly put together the recall should be for everyone not only for police vehicles. I have seen other complaints regarding this same issue and some people have documented that this issue has caused fires in their vehicles due to faulty wiring. This should be a safety issue for everyone. Please make this a recall for all vehicles not only for police vehicles.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #27

Jul 012013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Driver-side low beam bulb appeared to be burned out - took to dealer and they found the wiring harness was burned (just as described in recall M05 for police vehicles) and had to be replaced. I really wish they had replaced both sides since they had it all apart (have to take bumper off to get to headlights which is another sad story) - they covered this fix but only because I had vehicle on extended warranty this should be a passenger vehicle recall too. Now I have to wait around for it to happen to passenger- side (or to driver side again, since cause of harness melting seems likely to be something deeper than just the harness/wiring itself - voltage regulation or "?" I don't know, but replacing it with the exact same part doesn't seem like a permanent solution).

- Colleger Park, MD, USA

problem #26

Jul 012013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 42,099 miles
The headlight jumper assembly melted and began smoking on the driver's side. The passenger side did the same thing at 35600 miles. There is a recall for the police model, but not the standard model. Believe it is a safety issue and should be handed by the Dodge corporation.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #25

Mar 262012


  • 30,500 miles
The low beam headlamps had a shortage in the wiring harness. The dealership replaced the passenger side and three months later the driver side started shorting out with the same issue. A friend of mine had the same exact issue in a brand new 2011 Charger and replaced both lamps in a similar fashion. I was told by the dealership that this issue was a problem for a few more customers. It is a recall for a police Charger, but not a regular Charger.

- Ripley, TN, USA

problem #24

Jun 242013

Charger 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The low beam headlamps of some vehicles could fail due to an overheated bulb harness connector. My vehicle 2011 Dodge Charger has this problem and Chrysler has a recall but not for my vehicle. I called Chrysler customer service without any help to fix this in my vehicle. I want Chrysler to fix this problem in all Dodge vehicles not just certain vehicles. You can find this on their website for recalls. Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger police vehicles. Consequences: This could lead to loss of visibility and/or braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy: Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will replace the headlamp jumper harnesses and relocate the ABS/ESC system fuse within the power distribution center, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 2, 2012. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Potential units affected: 9137 read more: www.motortrend.com/cars/2011/Dodge/Charger/recalls/#ixzz2xhdwvqrg.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

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