really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,721 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro electrical problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #134

Jul 072016


  • miles


Horn blows will unoccupied.doors lock and unlock by itself in or out if vehicle, vehicle has stalled several times, break light on and breaks failed, heated seat either burn you or won't work, A/C comes on by itself, gas is disappearing really quick, oil light comes on, starter sticking, took to dealership and was diagnosed with tipm failing.S several times its tried to stall on me traveling on highway and Friday ran upon a slow vehicle in a curve and break light came one as I applied breaks and had little to no breaks.I almost hit the other vehicle due to this.this obviously is a safety issue and needs to be handled.and its even affect the remote start as well.it won't run 30seconds and it shuts off.can't lock doors knowing they'll stay locked either.but most importantly above all is the stalling out its all tried to do and massive amount of fuel its dumping into engine getting into my oil ruining my vehicle and the electrical issue is gonna cause something catastrophic and needs to be recalled asap.

- Madisonville, KY, USA

problem #133

Nov 032016


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle lost power. The contact stated that the tire pressure warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the alternator and battery were defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired; however, the alternator was previously replaced three times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 07V291000 (electrical system); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #132

Oct 192016

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving the wipers and fluid will start going off both wipers front and back and the horn will start blaring, have to pull over and pop open the hood and bang on the fuse box, everything will stop and I am able to start the truck up and go on. Now the headlights stop working, I turn on the headlights and they come on for a split second and then off, only the running lights will stay on. I have opened the drivers door and the horn will honk and the wipers will move up briefly. Other times nothing happens for days.

- West Plains, MO, USA

problem #131

Sep 152016


  • 129,000 miles


Tipm computer is bad and affects many items. Car will stall when driving. Wipers and washer fluid will come on randomly. Horn will suddenly blare on its own and stick. Headlights will stop working. This is a very widespread problem and Dodge has recalled other vehicles for the same problem but not the 2008 Nitro.

- Bluefield, VA, USA

problem #130

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 #129

Jun 012015


  • 108,000 miles
When filling the gas tank up as the pump kicks off at least half a gallon of gas spills out of the tank splashing onto my legs and spilling on to the ground. I bought this vehicle used and was told to contact a Dodge dealer about a possible recall but the dealership has told me there isn't a recall but they've had several complaints about this issue. Also, recently I have been unable to lock my vehicle because a few seconds after activating the locks either manually or using the key fob the car unlocks and the headlights come on. I had to take the battery out of my key fob as it would continuously unlock and activate the headlights during the day and night. When manually locking the vehicle it still unlocks itself a few seconds later but does not continually unlock like when the key fob is in use.

- Chesterfield, IN, USA

problem #128

Feb 242016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While attempting to lock the doors with the key fob and on the vehicle's door panel, the vehicle would not lock. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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

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