really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,324 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 012016


  • miles


I drive a 2008 Dodge Nitro, had it for 3 years, had no issues untill this year 2016, at the beginning of 2016 I had my car accelerate on its own while I was a red light, that almost caused and accident, took it in to the dealership to get that checked out but after paying $140 they did not do a thing because, they could not duplicate"? then months later, it happened a few other times, ones on my drive way and another in a parking lot at wal-mart, had.no issues for about afew months, but then suddenly just a few months ago I had a sudden scare of my car turning it self off on the freeway, I had my kids in the behicle and it was at night, glad nothing bad happened, but then I started to notice the lights on my pannel started to turn on, first it was the security red light, then, tire gauge, they till this day keep turning on and off, but the latest issue and most frequent is the windshield wipers, they stay truned on, the pannel lights and windshield wiper issue all started to happen since june2016 I called Dodge not the dealership but their actually office, and all they kept doing was giving me the run arround, asking me to go spend my hard owned money to get it checked out, yet I had already done that when that first started, and they could never "duplicate" it, and that was when it would just take off on its own, I recently did a search and found out that all Dodge Nitros were going thru the same issues, yet no recalls have been done, not sure what they are waiting for, but these are very dangerous issues, why a lawsuit has.not been filed??" please of there is a lawsuit im not aware off please post it, we all need safe cars to drive, also im curious have any of you Nitro owners have had Dodge trying to buy your car from you, I have had offer after offer, I find this something strange

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 072016


  • 61,000 miles
After experiencing 6 months of random electircal anomalies such as a\C randomly shutting off, horn blowing, car shutting off at a light, and brake light coming on and off for no reason, yesterday the car would not start. New battery in place. Without being near car, the horn started blaring, wipers started going and engine engaged. It would not shut off with the key or removing battery cables. After 10 minutes it turned off on its own. It is suspected to be the tipm, as others have posted online about the same symptoms.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 312015


  • 98,000 miles
I clicked the unlock button on my key and the horn started blowing constantly, doors were locking and unlocking, wipers were going really fast with washer fluid going everywhere. I crank it up thinking it would stop. It all kept going. I cut the key off and took the key out. The engine kept running, the horn was still blowing, wipers still going with washer fluid spraying and door locking and unlocking. I took the battery cable loose and this all kept going on! it ran for about 5 more minutes and then stopped. I left the battery unhooked over night thinking it may reset. The next day I hooked the battery up and it ran fine for 1 day. All of the same problems started again one morning while heading to work. Then it started doing it on me while going down the road one night on a major hwy!! I have had it in 2 dealerships and they both are not sure whats wrong. But I had to pay them to look at it and give me no answer!! the last one told me to just drive it and when it done it again bring it to them and they will look at it again. I have been without a vehicle for 2 weeks now and still no answers. All while still having to pay someone to tell me nothing, I just went and got it yesterday from the Dodge dealership. It acted fine last night but on the way to work this am it started acting up again while driving it on a major hwy while raining, the wipers were spraying fluid everywhere, then they just stopped while its pouring down. The doors started unlocking and locking by themselves. The horn did not start blowing this time because the dealership unhooked it yesterday. I have googled problems with this and it all shows a faulty tipm. They have recalled the tipm in the newer models of the Dodge Nitros but not in the 2008S. It will cost $900 to replace the part!!! I can not afford this!! I shouldn't have to pay this when it is the company's fault this is very dangerous!

- Batesville, MS, USA

problem #5

Oct 022015


  • miles


The wipers stopped working and the lights blink on and off while I was driving around a curve on a rainy night. Also the car wouldn't excellerate. When I pulled over I was almost hit by a truck. The electrical system comes on by itself and it's makes me afraid it will catch on fire. You can hear the motor and a loud clicking.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #4

Oct 052015


  • 65,985 miles
Without warning while driving or stationary, the vehicles horn will honk steadily, wipers and squirters will operate, door locks will lock and unlock, head lights will flash, and engine will die (if in motion). All simultaneously.it is very hard to control a car at hiway speeds when all of these things happen and the motor shuts off. I have read forums online and have found that the totally integrated power module (tipm) is the cause of these problems. I have filed a complaint with Chrysler and they informed me that there are no recalls for the tipm for my year and that this is not a safety issue. I do not agree with them. No engine warning light comes on and there is no warning.... it just happens.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 042015


  • 97,460 miles
For months, we have been having issues with unlocking the vehicle using the key fob. Problems have since worsened in the last week to include loss of low beam headlights, uncontrollable horn honking, front and rear wiper activation when not engaged, doors locking on their own, overnight battery drainage, trouble starting the vehicle, vehicle not turning off with key removed, horn honking while driving, esp/bas lights flashing, traction control light flashing, lights dimming and A/C system turning off on its own. All research points to a faulty tipm system, which has been recalled for previous years, and years following the 2008 model year of this vehicle. Some of these issues have occurred while sitting parked with no key in the ignition, other issues have occurred while the vehicle is in motion. It's very concerning, as this is our only vehicle, that these issues could cause loss of vehicle control. There have been dozens of complaints reported for this same model year vehicle to the NHTSA of vehicles losing control of steering and braking systems at highway speeds. With a two year old, his safety is paramount, and this potentially dangerous vehicle is becoming increasingly unsafe for us to drive.

- Valparaiso, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012014

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 104,148 miles
My vehicle was parked in the garage and I tried to start it numerous of times and nothing happened. A diagnostic test was done and nothing could be found. I had it towed to Dodge dealership and three days later I received a phone call stating that it was my tipm. I have read a lot of complaints and I see even if replaced it may still have issues. I feel like something need to be said to the manufacture and this issue should be consider a recall so no one would have to come out of pocket for these issues because it is not the buyers fault, there is nothing that we could do to prevent this... this is not safe for anyone. I have children and if my truck would have started blaring out of control and stopping in the middle of the street I don't know what I would have done. What will it take for them to take this situation seriously. Do someone need to have a horrible accident"?" I am having to pay $1254 for an issue I had no control of. This is not fair.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

May 112010


  • miles
On 5/11/10 my 2008 Dodge Nitro crashed into a light pole in a parking lot service lane. I was driving when the vehicle started acting like it was going to shut off. It continued intermittently and when I turned to get out of the service lane the steering wheel would not move. As a result of my not being able to control the vehicle it crashed causing severe injuries to me.

- Hoover, AL, USA

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