really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,057 miles

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2013 Dodge Charger Owner Comments

problem #15

Aug 272016


  • 50,200 miles


Alternator suddenly failed when driving on the street. Car suddenly stopped running and started smoking while driving. Almost got in an accident while trying pull off the road. Battery replacing light came on, 30 seconds later car was making sounds, while trying to merge over, car suddenly died. Lifted hood, smoke came out. Towed car to dealership, they stated it was a failed alternator. 2013 SXT Dodge Charger 50,200 miles.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #14

Aug 202016


  • 66,000 miles
Vehicle had a multi-system failure while driving away from a parking lot. Engine did not stall at first. Initially the steering became hard from power steering loss, "service AWD" light came on, "service power steering" light was next, followed by brake system failure. Car was still a little driveable and then it stalled as I was stopping. This vehicle is very dangerous. Vehicle would not restart even though the button start system was telling me to step on the brake and push start. Waited 3 hours for a capable tow truck (due to the AWD). During the wait, the car's instrument panel would come alive, the panel gauges would swipe one time and various noises could be heard as if the car was starting but nothing was going on. This car is extremely dangerous.

- Swoyersville, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 152016


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While driving 40 mph, the battery mode warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact was not able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 092016


  • 40,000 miles


When accelerating, the car lunges forward instead of speeding up smoothly like other vehicles. Seems to always occur at between the 1000 and 2000 RPM range. Has happened regularly since purchasing car

- Palestine, TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 012015


  • 58,000 miles
The cooling system radiator water pump heater core is giving problems in a lot of theses cars the mechanic at the dealership says he sees it all the time the radiator in mine is coming apart at the seems and a police friend of mine says they have lost 3 due to the same problem then running hot and blowing

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #10

Sep 022015


  • 44,000 miles
Completed the recall on campaign 14V634000, for the alternator. Less than 2 weeks later, driving on a two lane road, going 35mph, the vehicle looses all power. After getting it to a dealership, now informed that it is a bad starter. The issues with the car have been all electrical: Door window button stopped working, air conditioning does not work (dealer is unable to figure out problem). These are significant electrical issues with a 2 year old vehicle.

- Blacklick, OH, USA

problem #9

May 052014


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Drumright, OK, USA

problem #8

Sep 062015


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was unable to restart and the instrument panel would not illuminate. The contact stated that all power to the vehicle was gone. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 252015


  • 35,500 miles
I was driving on the expressway at 60mph when all of a sudden the alternator light came on and the car rapidly decelerate from 60 to 19 mph. I smelled burning smoking smell and had to quickly get out of the middle lane and to the right to get off the expressway. I turned off the air conditioning even though it was a 100 degree day and the car regained a tiny bit of energy and continued forward at 25 mph. I managed to get it the few miles home but was smelling burning smoke the whole time. I could have been killed instantly when it shut down in the middle lane of the expressway.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 062014


  • 36,997 miles
There is a recall I just received in the mail today on my car P60 (alternator) and I was driving down the road yesterday Dec 6, when everything shut down on me...while driving 45 mph in congested traffic almost causing a deadly accident. They said there is no remedy yet but they will put a new defective alternator on my car leaving me in the same situation if this happens again until the problem is resolved. I feel the car should be replaced at their expense as it is no longer safe in my opinion for me to drive with children because we were almost killed yesterday when this happened there was no warning it just went down. Dodge willnot give me a rental car since I am 900 miles over warranty but this is a recall so im stuck with no car and even when I get it back it is still defective. Please help!

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #5

Sep 032013


  • 325 miles


I have two vehicles of the same year. The same thing happened to both vehicles. From a stop to increase speed, transmission sticks in first gear. I have since learned to either stop and start again or place in neutral and then back to drive.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #4

May 272014

Charger 6-cyl

  • 7,330 miles
Having multiple problems with my Charger which only has 7300 miles on it. Like others have mentioned, when at a complete stop, the car will jump forward. Feels like transmission shifting late. Then when driving and getting up to speed, the rpms will jump up but the car does not speed up. The last time the rpms increased, I quickly took my foot off the gas pedal, and the rpms continued to rise to 5K. Both issues happen sporadically. Have taken to dealer 2X. First time they had for 2 days, reprogrammed the transmission and said they fixed it. I took it home over the weekend and both issues still happened. Took car back in on Monday and this time they had it for 4 days and gave me a rental car. Today I was told that Chrysler is aware of the problem (valve body separate plate part) and is working on a fix. The part/fix was supposed to be available at end of may/early June, but since it's already 6/5, obviously that date was not an accurate time frame. (star case no. S1421000013 date 4/9/14) the dealership states they cannot do anything to fix this until the part is available. They could not let me keep the rental car (warranty coverage time max out), and gave me back my Charger to drive until they can fix it. I worry about the problems and what else could go wrong, or if the rpms will cause problems with my speed, cause a wreck, or just cause further damage to the trans/engine. Not a happy new car owner.

- Goodells, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 132013


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #2

Feb 172014

Charger 8-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
Update 03/11/2014: So I finally contacted the "Chrysler customer service" number and was advised that they were aware of the problem and would be forwarding my complaint to "the back order parts division". what the heck is that??" I had to return the rental that was covered in my warranty because it only provides for 5-days of coverage. (yes, you have a minimum of 5 days coverage even when parts are back ordered three weeks. I didn't know detroit was that far away). The customer service person then told me that the service manager would be calling me. Five days later, I still have not heard from the service manager. I did however, get a call from Chrysler advising me to call the service department. Why should I have to do that? I'm the customer. They should be servicing me. So as of this date I have owned the car for four weeks, driven it for three days, and it's been in the shop ever since with no estimated time of repair and no compensation for my time lost at work, vacations cancelled, and extra incurred expenses of substitute travel. Not to mention that I'm still on the hook because Chrysler won't even stand behind their product enough to at least buy it back. Thanks Chrysler!!!

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182013

Charger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while the vehicle was in park, the contact activated the remote starting system. The vehicle then accelerated and crashed into a pole. There were no injuries. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The manufacturer stated that an investigator would contact him but the contact had not heard from the investigator. The failure mileage was 3,500. Updated 09/24/2013

- Gainsville, VA, USA

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