really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,540 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #17

Mar 062016


  • miles


I seen that you guys had a recall on a Dodge Nitro 2008 I was wondering if I can bring it in and you guys can inspect it my phone numbers [xxx] my first name is [xxx] was a little worried when I read this 3 recalls on it my address is [xxx] sometimes when you crack the key at it will cut off. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Dec 052015


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving 35 mph. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #14

Oct 292015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to eventually restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #13

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 #12

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 #11

Aug 052015


  • 91,000 miles


Was driving on highway; engine died, windshield wipers and washer came on, dash lights flashing all over the place. Managed to coast on to shoulder and pulled battery cables loose to make the electrical circus stop. When it had cooled down some, I re-attached the battery and it started and ran normally. Has happened 2 times since then, and today, it won't start.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #10

Sep 132015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer and was in the process of being diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

Jul 112015


  • 100,000 miles
The first time it happened I had just turned off the highway and the vehicle completely shut down but the horn was going non stop and the wipers too. I couldn't pull over because the steering was not working correctly. I eventually was able to get it to stop when my fiancÉ attempted to unhook the battery. This has happened about 4 times totally. The last time I was driving home from work at night, it was dark and the wipers went crazy and my lights went out then the vehicle just shut down, I couldn't see anything, thank god no car was passing by. At times it doesn't want to start but the wipers come on. I took it to the shop and after a few hrs they said it was the integrated power module. Very expensive that I can't fix right now. Very unsafe!

- Claypool, IN, USA

problem #8

May 082015


  • 79,000 miles
All of our dash warning lights would come on and then eventually go off but the check engine light would stay on. From then on the car would fail to start on occasion. Took in to dealer three times, the first two times they said everything is fine maybe you just need a new battery. Finally on the third try when we couldn't get the vehicle started, they diagnosed that the tipm was bad. Seeing as how this is a reoccurring problem for Dodge maybe they should have started there, also the part to replace it is on indefinite back order.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #7

Apr 042011

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


My truck has a tendency to stall when at idle speed. Happens on an intermittent basis. I first took it to allen samuel's Dodge on 610 freeway in houston, tx. They could not reproduce the problem, suggested throttle body service which was perform. Didn't correct the issue. Took it to gilman Chrysler on 59 sw freeway in houston, they couldn't reproduce the problem. Within the past two years have had fuel injector service, spark plug replacement and fuel pump replacement in an attempt to correct this issue, all at the above dealerships. Vehicle now has about 75,000 miles. Problem still exist on an intermittent basis. I am afraid that it may stall in traffic while at traffic light or freeway traffic jam which could lead to injury or death. It is my understanding that the 2007 Dodge Nitros were recall for the same problem. I showed the dealers the recall form safecar but their comment was that my vehicle was not recall and since they were not getting any codes my problem was different. I disagree, it has to be computer software as with the Dodge Nitro 2007. I bought the vehicle new in 2008 and am the only owner.

- Meadows Place, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 032014

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 136,543 miles
Was driving no warning car over heated pulled over waited hour to cool car wouldn't start had towed motor blown no warning had problems since purchase electrical brakes etc.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 032013


  • 123,000 miles
The tipm failed in my 2008 Dodge Nitro cause me to lose shifting capability. I lost all control of electrical features. The window wipers, fluid, horn were all on and uncontrollable. I turned the car off but it kept running. The door locks locked and unlocked randomly. After reading about the incident the 2007 Dodge Nitro had its tipm recalled and I believe this falls under the same category. Below is the action number. NHTSA action number : pe07027nhtsa recall campaign number : 07V291000.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 122013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Pulling into my driveway when engine suddenly started running at high rate of speed and car started speeding. Managed to miss house and enterer garage with engine going at top speed. At beginning of driveway when car started speeding, I hit the breaks but it seemed to have no effect. When I realized car was out of control I pushed the brakes with both feet with very little effect. Two of the four brakes finally took hold three quarters of the way in the garage and I skidded to a halt hitting several cabinets and shelves. The only clue I have as to why this happened is that the cruise control has been having a problem for the last few months. It sometimes worked and sometimes would not turn on and sometimes I could not shut is off......

- Pompey, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 262013


  • 54,000 miles
Upon disarming the alarm/unlocking doors the wipers, sprayers, lights, and horn went off. I unlocked the door with the key and tried to start the car to disable and it wouldn't. when I removed the key from the ignition it kept running as well. It would not shut off. With the key in the engine wouldn't shut off either, nor get out of park. We disabled the battery... nothing. Finally disabled the alternator and it stopped, only to start again when we plugged it all back in. There have been various occasions that the wipers have turned on when unlocking the doors in the past. Along with quite a few times upon starting with a turn of the key you must turn it twice for it to engage. This has been in for service and they couldn't find a problem at the dealer either time I took it in. This car is a hazard and cant imagine if it happened driving as in a previous story I saw. Unfortunately, none of this happens while still under warranty and if it does, they cant find a problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Jul 102009

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2008 Dodge Nitro, while driving on hwy, 60-65 mph, out of nowhere the vehicle powers down. The windshield wipers spray out fluid and moves back and forward. The horn continues to make noise. My satellite radio has no signal. My driver side window button has some kind of short when trying to roll it up.this issue has been going shortly after purchasing the truck. No one seems to know what is wrong. At first Dodge chapman in vegas, they thought reprogramming the remote key. Then I paid over $600, to lithia Dodge in renton, wa because they thought it was something with the fuel tank. But no this issue continues to go. It is beginning to be a safety issue shutting down in the middle of the highway with my kids and me in the car. So I google if anyone else is having this problem and yes it appears problem has arised and it lies with the tipm. This product was recall on the 2007 Dodge Nitro. I took my truck into the dealership 7/18/12. Told them what to check, because I brought the truck there before and they couldn't find the problem. I told them to check the tipm. The service department called me today 7/20/12 and tells me yes, it is the tipm (totally integrated power module). Please help. I called Dodge customer service and they are looking into this, but states there is no recall on this issue with the year of my vehicle.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
Crashed the vehicle into pole. The car is totaled. Passenger airbags went off. Drivers airbag did not go off. With the amount of impact the car took on, the drivers airbag should have deployed. Significant injuries, head hit windshield, four broken ribs, 2 broken toes, one dislocated. Has been hospitalized now for 6 days. And now getting transferred to a rehabilation hospital.

- Lemon Grove, CA, USA

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