really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,045 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro electrical problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #127

Mar 202016


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the key fob failed to unlock the doors. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #126

Mar 012016


  • 123,648 miles
Throttle sticking. Have to pull over and restart. Will not restart all the time. Dash door icon indicates rear door is open when it is not. Safety issues may not have a place to pull car over when throttle is sticking.from 2006-2012 Dodge was had these electrical and engine problems plus others. From day one why no recalls on these problems

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #125

Mar 082016


  • 141,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the horn, windshield wipers, and lights would activate independently without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred while the vehicle was off and the battery was disconnected. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 141,000.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #124

Feb 122016


  • 49,800 miles


When car is running, security light comes on low tire pressure light activates, RPM gauge has random readings, esp traction control lights activate, security system randomly activates with the horn, car stalls.

- Banner, WY, USA

problem #123

Mar 072014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the vehicle was able to start after several attempts. The contact also stated that when driving over 72 mph, the vehicle would wobble. The vehicle was taken to the dealer; however, the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #122

Jan 282016


  • 94,000 miles
The keys fob and the key locks have stopped working in the vehicle, you can only enter the vehicle by the driver's side and if you are in the back seat you physically have to unlock the doors, the gate can't be open. This is a serious safety issue especially for children who don't know how to un-lock the lock itself. This needs to be a recall as the tipm is bad in all these vehicles. There are thousands of people and Nitros with the same complaint and I want to see this taken care of before someone or even a child dies, or seriously gets injured due to this malfunction.

- Whiting, NJ, USA

problem #121

Jan 282016


  • 102,000 miles


The doors will not unlock without using the keys manually. But more frightening is that the wipers stay on all the time and many electrical issues began showing up at 70,000 miles. Dash warning lights will come & go! no hi- beams at times. What is it going to take, a death & law suit?

- Belleville, KS, USA

problem #120

Jan 012015


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While using the key fobik to unlock and lock the vehicle, it failed to function. In addition, the doors were not able to lock and unlock manually. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #119

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 #118

Dec 292015


  • 86,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Dodge Nitro about 2 years ago. Everything was great until about a month ago. First the heater went out. Next the dash lights and radio started to flicker and dim. Now the only time the lights turn on in the dash area and radio area, is when I turn my right blinker on. I was pulled over last week and was told my 2 brake/tail lights were out, and only the brake light bar on the lift gate was working. I replaced the bulbs and still no lights. I have all the fuses check and also had the brake switch changed... and nothing! I took my car to 1 mechanic who could not find the issue. Now, my check engine light went on so I was able to take my car back to the mechanic. He found an ABS brake sensor issue... but that was not causing 2 of my 3 brake lights to malfunction. He believes the issue is with my tipm and it will cost me a few hundred more, just to confirm this was the issue. Dodge also wants to charge me a few hundred to look at my car and diagnosis this issue. Its very frustrating to know that this car manufacturer is aware of all the issues with the tipm and they are not willing to cover the cost. I feel like I bought a lemon. I loved Dodge before this. My other car is a 2006 Dodge magnum and its still hanging in their just great. I really hope this part is recalled on all models.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #117

Jan 052015


  • 20 miles


Replaces a new agr valve in January 2015 at local garage, philips garage in dewart, pa. In October the light comes back on and once again diagnosed by bz.motors in lewisburg, pa the test are confirmed that the agr valve is not good. I cannot go back to other mechanic, because he had a stroke and cannot work again. I am scheduled again for replacement on Saturday the 6th of February 2016. I would like to know if there are recalls on the part or if the company can help M pay for the part to be replaced again cost $324. Gas cap replace and rubber housing replaced on gas filler cap, cost was $ $61.22 housing replaced in with new secure bracket after falling down into the vehicle. The line was secured again.costing me $81.62. Cape replaced for $21. I would like to be reimbursed for these defaults as they too are recalls. I also had seen online that the shield for exhaust and its parts had a recall. Since mine was replaced after falling off in March 2015 while I was driving. New part attached back on and nut-stamped flange and shield exhaust. Costing me $147.45 in labor and repairs. Please call me at [xxx] thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Allenwood, PA, USA

problem #116

Dec 112015


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the automatic door locks malfunctioned preventing the doors from unlocking. In addition, the contact mentioned that the doors would unlock independently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Mable, WI, USA

problem #115

May 042015

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I purchased my car in 2012. In 2013 my car all of a sudden goes haywire. Windshield wipers going off, fluid going off, door locks, and horn, damn near had a wreck because it happened out of nowhere and car was in motion. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the alarm. In July 2014 battery died and replaced the battery again. Then May 2015 the car goes haywire again. Wipers going off, horn blaring, door locks malfunctioning. I tried to start the car and the battery starts smoking. Replace the battery and it continued to malfunction. This time when the ignition was turned off and the key was out of the ignition, the car was still running. I had to unhook the alternator for it to turn off. Then I was parked and tried to use the key and the car wouldn't start.after several attempts to start the car I decided not to try anymore, pushed my key lock door and the car started. I took the car back to the deal and after 4yrs they concluded it was the total integrated power module. This has caused my heater, brake lights, headlights, and key fob/alarm to malfunction. This issue could have cause an serious accident and thank heavens it did not. I've done some research and notice that these parts were recalled and replace in previous and latter models of this vehicle but not 2008. Im not the only one with this problem and someone could have been hurt especially if its dealing with electrical components. Is that what it takes for them to correct it. Dodge/Chrysler should be held responsible for this defect that they know about. Thank you

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #114

Nov 062015


  • miles
Currently driving a 2008 Nitro. The problem started small, the keyless entry would not open the door &/or it would make the locks go a little crazy. Shortly after the keyless entry remote would set off the horn, windshield wipers, wiper fluid, flickering head and rear lights, and the locks would go crazy as well. This occured while driving as well, not very safe. Took the car to the dealership, the tipm (totally integrated power module) needed replacing, it was not a cheap fix either. Of course the year im driving (as well as many others) was not recalled like the 2010-2012 models. Crystler is not taking responsibility for putting faulty parts in their vehicles. I will never buy another or recommend a chrystler vechicle to anyone, not even my worst enemy. This issue needs to be re-investegated and fixed!!

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #113

Nov 082015


  • 60,000 miles
My door locks were not locking via car door lock buttons and key remote.only could unlock via key remote and door button. And had to manually lock doors. Replaced M38 fuse that was blown. Still didn't work researched online and removed neg. Cable from battery for 10-15 mins. Also remove iod fuse, nothing now my car will not do anything!!! only thing working is the mirror buttons and dome lights button. Nothing!!!! wth!!! researched online and alot of people with same problem. Seems it may be the tipm !! Chrysler needs to own up to this problem and fix/recall the 2008 Dodge Nitro too!! now have to havevehicle towedto dealership to get it fixed. Andthe $1400 extended warrenty I purchased just expired in Jan.!!!! also the fan/blower fortheheat wasnot working at all. Thismay be the resistor but can't look into thisbecause car sont start or do anything!!!!!

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #112

Jan 012015


  • 55,000 miles
Brake lights constantly previously had to replaced by correct bulbs noted in manual. Now both brake lights not working but top brake light does.

- Seymour, CT, USA

problem #111

Aug 022015


  • 50,000 miles
Randomly the car shuts off while driving! almost died!!! also horn will honk continuously and wipes turn on randomly. Car seems posessed. Scary and unsafe, 50,000 miles on it. Issue has occurred several times. If I hit the tipm with my hand the car returns to normal until the next episode.

- Southampton, PA, USA

problem #110

Oct 272015


  • 101,163 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the front windshield wipers activated, the front windshield wiper fluid leaked, the horn sounded, and the interior and exterior lights flashed intermittently without being engaged. The contact stated that the horn failed to sound after the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,163.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #109

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 #108

Oct 012015

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Dodge Nitro. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical system and mechanical repair problems. The consumer stated the ac and went out, along with the low and high switch melting some of the under panel where the switch was mounted. Smoke was coming from out the dash while driving. The horn was blared out of control, draining the battery, the radio would not come on, the doors locked and unlocked uncontrollably, the wheel and hub failed on the front of the vehicle, the water pump was replaced, the brakes were replaced three times, in one year. When the consumer clicked the unlock button on the key pad, the door locks went haywire, it would lock and the consumer was unable to enter the vehicle. Also, the catalytic converter was replaced. The tipm was replaced. However, a week later, the problems returned with the headlights staying on, the horn blaring out of control and the doors locking and unlocking and not being able to enter the vehicle. The head lights and tail lights were replaced several times.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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