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 7 of 16)

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problem #183

May 282014


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the battery saver mode warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician stated that the oil pump was fractured. The oil pump was replaced, and the dealer reprogrammed the computer system. The technician advised the contact to refrain from utilizing the features of the vehicle such as the A/C, radio, and bluetooth at the same time. In addition, the contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the engine stalled without warning and the vehicle started shaking violently. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to another dealer for a diagnosis. The technician stated that the alternator needed to be replaced. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of failure and VIN was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical). The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #182

Oct 242014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I own a 2011 Dodge Charger and recently had to replace the alternator. The battery light suddenly appeared followed by the ABS and skid control lights. My vehicle shut down completely within a matter of minutes. I had no steering or brake capabilities. My repair cost to replace the alternator was $813.87. In addition to the alternator issue, my airbag light came on a week ago so I went online and discovered the airbag recall. Upon contacting Chrysler I was told my vehicle was not included in this recall although the Dodge dealership confirmed this to be the same issue /repair as stated in the recall (airbag wiring harness needs replacing).

- Mauldin , SC, USA

problem #181

Oct 252014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 79,982 miles
While leaving walmart the car started to make a whining loud noise that came from under the hood at the same time my car made a sound and battery saver mode came on. The lights flickered ABS & traction lit up on the dashboard. The radio stopped playing and wouldn't come back on. As I started to slow down the car stopped completely. I wasn't able to move the wheel and the brakes wouldn't work. I called my nco for a jump but it didn't help. The car battery was completely dead. I notified Chrysler and is waiting for a call back as it seems there will be a recall but it wont start until Nov 28. Being in the army I need transportation I hope Chrysler don't think I am suppose to go without a car until they start the recall... this is a disgrace, I had a Chevy mailbu from 2007-2012 and it never once had a recall let alone 5, worked like a charm! our next family car was going to be a 2014 Chrysler 300 but now we will be looking back into Chevy!!!

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #180

Oct 212014


  • 45,654 miles


Driving at highway speeds, lost al electrical followed by loss of power steering, was able to exit and park in a chain store parking lot. Towed to dealership and diagnosed as a bad alternator. This alternator failure also caused the battery to fail. Fortunate that it was close to a Dodge dealership F or repair. Investigation shows this is a common problem. Needs to recalled.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #179

Oct 182014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Vehicle stopped in the middle of the street. All electrical equipment appeared to fail. Upon inspecting the hood, there was smoke coming from where the alternator appears to be. Appears to be alternator.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #178

Oct 212014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
While driving down the highway every indicator on my vehicle dash lit up which caused some alarm and confusion for his driver. Approximately 30 seconds later, the radio completely shut off and the phone Charger in my outlet proceeded to blink. The RPM indicator went up to 3 and a jerking motion ensued. I proceeded down the highway into a left turning lane so that I may get off the highway. Fortunately, my car made the turn and my destination was only about 1.5 miles further. While proceeding down a side street I noticed my headlights were out, but was luckily two houses away from my destination and coasted into the drive, noticing that I had no power. After turning off the car, I was unable to get any electrical response. All interior lights were of and the trunk would not open nor would the car lock. I plan on contacting the dealer as I have read several complaints against the 2011 Dodge Charger alternator.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #177

Oct 202014


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, the battery power saver and electronic stability control warning light illuminated as the radio failed. Also, the windshield wipers came on independently, the headlights shut off, the dashboard lights flashed on and off, and the brakes hesitated to stop the vehicle. The vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Addis, LA, USA

problem #176

May 132014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 64,325 miles
While driving down highway 61 on May 13,2014 I noticed my warning lights coming on and then the check engine light. I had no where to pull over so approx., 10 miles later the battery safe mode came on and then I started smelling something burning. I pulled over and called to have someone take my car back to town. I then needed to replace the battery and alternator before the car would run again. Then on 7/8/2014 the exact same problem proceeded to happen again ad this time I took the vehicle to meineke where they ended up having to replace the alternator and battery again at another cost of $1,148.66 on top of the first $803.16 that I had put into the car a month earlier. This car got so hot and you could tell there was obviously and electrical problem but all anyone would say is that its starting at the alternator.

- New Boston , IL, USA

problem #175

Aug 052014


  • 84,000 miles
Driving at night, all of sudden, smelt a burning smell coming through the A/C. next morning, when I started my car, the battery saver light came on. Drove to work and parked. When I came back on lunch break, the power saver light, ABS light, seat belt light, and traction light came on dash board, and car shut down. Had to get towed to Dodge dealership. Bad alternator. Cost to replace $804. Dodge consumer assistance stated that Dodge would not cover the cost of the alternator of my 2011 Dodge Charger. This is apparently a manufacturer default. Never buying another Dodge again. This is my 6th time having this car in the shop, after owning it for 2.7 years. When the head light went out, Dodge stated they wouldn't replace it, so had to pay over $500 out of pocket for replacement. Then got a recall, and Dodge only reimbursed half of my out of pocket.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #174

Sep 222014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
While I was driving on a main street my car stalled and I smelled smoke, my doors automatically locked and I had smelled smoke, I freaked out and took my keyless remote battery out and put back in any my doors unlocked, so I got myself and kids out asap, I had to call a tow truck and they towed my car to the dealership, there they diagnosed that it was the alternator, I had to buy one which was $500 or a little more.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #173

Oct 122014


  • 39,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled as the battery saver warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 39,000.

- Mount Laurel , NJ, USA

problem #172

Oct 082014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
On Tuesday (10/7/14)night I was driving the car and the radio stop working and then I got the message of battery save mode, next day car broke down it didn't wanna start good thing I was not driving so, now im stuck with a $750 dollar bill thanks Dodge

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #171

Jul 072014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V101000 (electrical). However, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #170

Sep 132014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
* check engine light comes on, loss of power as if in neutral (at), moved shifter from D to N and back to D. shifted gears strangely, high RPM without shifting to next gear. Check engine light would reset after turning off engine. This happened several times. * 10-13-14 ABS, traction control lights blink, audio turns off, smelled burning in passenger compartment, engine making strange noise. Pulled over, opened hood, smoke from engine compartment. Would not start. Towed to dealer. Dealer calls to say alternator is the issue. $930 to repair!

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #169

Oct 082014


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving home and a message came up that said battery saver mode. When I stopped at a red light and pulled off the car started to shut down. The car shut completely down but luckily I was next to a parking lot and was able to pull in.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #168

Oct 102014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
First of all I had to replace my battery last month which I thought was the problem, which cost me $185. I have now learned that the problem is my alternator. I was turning onto my street and my brake light and traction control light started blinking and I could smell something burning. I immediately pulled into my driveway because my 10 month granddaughter was strapped into her car seat and I was scared because I could smell something burning. I went to the trunk because this is where the battery is located could not smell anything there. I went and opened the hood on the car and could smell something burning. Could not tell where the smell was coming from, but knew it was from under the hood. The next morning I went out to see about my car and nothing would work could not unlock the doors or anything. Discovered it is the alternator due to the fact of placing a jump box on the vehicle and as soon as the positive was removed the car killed and would not function. I am just thankful that I was not on the highway when this happened because my granddaughter and I could have both been seriously injured. I had just turned off of highway 75 in plaquemine.

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #167

Oct 072014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 44,636 miles
While driving on the street approx. 40mph, the "battery saver" message appeared on the dash display followed by the radio turning off, and then the "ABS" light came on. After that the "traction control" light. Then it all went downhill from here pretty fast. Seatbelt light came on, A/C off, headlights dimming, then the dash went completely blank, then the car shut down completely, no power steering or brakes. The engine died and had total loss of all electrical systems. I was fortunate enough that I made it home where the car just died there.after the vehicle was stopped, noticed a strong electrical smell coming from the engine compartment. Upon further investigation, the smell was coming from the alternator. Battery was totally dead and really hot. Could not lock/unlock doors. My complaint is that the alternator should not fail after only driving my vehicle for 44636 miles let alone on a 3 year old car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #166

Oct 072014

Charger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 70,300 miles
Getting another known Dodge issue fixed on my 2011, yes 2011 Dodge Charger at the dealership. They test drive it after replacing the valve cover gaskets and the car suddenly dies. The alternator went out. How can a 3 year old car with 70000 miles have a bad alternator?? that's unheard of. I have a car with 140,000 miles on it and have never had to replace the alternator. This is clearly an issue! the Dodge dealership service department has even said this is a known issue and these cars are notorious for that. Was also having issues with the headlight going out. Got it fixed and less than a month later it was recalled.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #165

Oct 072014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
While driving, "battery saver mode" message came up. From here, I could smell something coming from under the hood. Then the ABS light and traction control light came on. Was able to get it home, before trying to drive it again later after jumping it and it was completely dead. Was able to finally jump it long enough to get out of my driveway and into the street so it could be towed. Brought it to my dealership and they said it was a bad alternator. It is only a 2011 and has over 50K miles.

- Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

problem #164

Oct 062014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
This is the third day in a row of getting battery saver mode message in ivic. First day it came on while I was driving at approx. 50 mph and experienced power loss (radio shutting off, lights on dash illuminating, loss of steering, etc.) within 5 minutes. Pulled alternator (replaced both battery and alternator in may after same issue) and shop said it tested fine. Battery also tested fine. Put alternator and battery back in and car started up and drove for over an hour with no issues. Next day while sitting in traffic car again went into battery saver mode and I experienced same power loss within a few minutes. Called dealership after I parked at work and was told to bring it in right away. Went back outside to see if car would start and there were no issues. Car ran fine and drove fine for over an hour straight and the rest of the day. This morning I got the battery saver mode message while at a stop sign! I turned the car off and back on and car is still fine so far. I am afraid that something serious will happen while I have my kids in the car.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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