really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,219 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro fuel system problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #63

Mar 012010

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles


When filling up gas tank, the bass nozzle safety clicks off and the fuel begins to spill out of the tank approx 1/4 to a 1/2 a gal every time I fill my tank.

- Penn Hills, PA, USA

problem #62

Apr 212010

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
When filling up gas tank, the bass nozzle safety clicks off and the fuel begins to spill out of the tank approx 1/4 to a 1/2 a gal every time I fill my tank.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #61

Sep 022013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
1. every time I fill up gas spilld out all over! 2. the gear shift pops out of first gear on a regular basis when taking of from a stop. 3. the emergency brake has stopped working at all! I contacted my local dealership with a recall I received on the under body transmission tunnel shield and they have yet to fix the problem say im on the list its been months!

- Bogata, TX, USA

problem #60

Nov 282013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles


The last 2 times I filled my fuel tank in my 08 Dodge Nitro rt it spills out all over the ground. This occurs when the pump stops...then the tank starts to spill at least a half gallon of gas gets all over my truck and the ground!!! this can be a safety hazard at the fuel stations for myself and others around. A simple spark due to a faulty ground in the area could cause this to ignite and be potentially fatal. I feel Chrysler should be held responsible for this and a safety recall be issued. Many people have had this problem and it appears that the powers that be are not enforcing Chrysler to make this a recall issue. I guess it will take someone to become severely injured or killed before anything is done about it. Chrysler has a tsb (14-001-09) in regards to this issue so they know it is a problem and they continue to want to charge customers to fix the issue. Someone needs to do something about this asap!

- Phoenix, NY, USA

problem #59

Oct 252013

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 86,843 miles
While filling the gas tank, my husband was covered in gasoline. I purchased the vehicle 2 weeks ago and it happened to myself, but I thought it was the gas pump that I was at. My legs were covered in gas and I had a cut on my leg and the gas was in my cut and burned terribly. My husband is a volunteer fireman and I am an emt. We will be using this vehicle to respond to real life emergencies. I am very concerned that it may cause injury to myself and others. This is most likely caused by a valve in the gas tank that is there to prevent an explosion in the event of a rollover accident. The valve is defective, and thus the gas spills out, and my car could possibly explode in a rollover accident or if on an emergency scene it could be hit and cause and explosion..

- Little Genesee, NY, USA

problem #58

Mar 212012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that while refueling, the fuel pump shut off as gasoline began to spew all over the contact and the side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection where they stated that the vent valve may have needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 3/13/13 the consumer stated this failure occurs at every fueling. A service manager with Chrysler advised that Chrysler knows of the default with the rollover check valves. He stated replacing the tank is possibly a temporary fix. Chrysler offered an assistance to pay less than half of the cost of repairs. The consumer declined stating that replacing the tank was not guaranteed to solve the problem. Updated 03/28/2013

- Brandon, WI, USA

problem #57

Oct 062010


  • miles


3 weeks of owning the vehicle the windshield wipers started to go all by themselves, gauges went to 0, A/C stopped working, horn would beep, windows and locks did not work. This would last for approximately 5 minutes as you would drive down the road. This went on for a few days before I could bring it in. Also each and every time I would fill the gas tank it would over flow. Obviously the sensor to know when the tank is full doesnt engage properly. The elestrical issue was fixed and was said it was a censor gone bad. This is now happening again. I can not get anyone to say there is an issue, I am afraid that a fire may start or I could be in an accident with my child and possibly other passengers.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #56

Apr 012009


  • miles
When filling gas tank, the hose clicks to say it is full, evertime I pull out gas hose, gas spills everywhere, over vehicle and wheels and gas station floor. This happens with no 'topping off' of gas.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #55

Mar 212012

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
As I fill the tank the pump will shut off and after a few seconds it the gas has a large splash back from inside of the tank I consulted a mechanic and he stated that it is the roll over/vent valve inside of the tank and that it does not open and close correctly and that the only fix for it is to replace the entire fuel tank at my expense. This creates a safety hazard in two ways when fueling the car, ground and the operator should not be covered with gasoline at any time second if the roll over valve fails then it should be a failure of the mfg and should be replaced.

- Ottumwa, IA, USA

problem #54

Nov 012011

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 27,490 miles
Every time I fill up the gas tank the nozzle never clicks off no matter what pump or gas station I use or go to and gas will just pour out of the tank spout, even after I pull the nozzle out, some gas will still pour out of the tank spout.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #53

Feb 182010

Nitro 4WD 6-cyl

  • 32,500 miles


My 2008 Dodge Nitro overflows out of the gas intake after the pump nozzle clicks off and the tank is full. This happened occasionally at first but now happens at every fill up and spills gasoline all over my car and the ground. This is very unsafe and is a known issue with many Dodge and Jeep owners. This needs to be a factory recall and be addressed. It has been going on with Dodge vehicles as far back as 2005 from information I have read on the web.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #52

Jul 082011


  • 36,500 miles
When fueling the vehicle, the gas tank will spew gasoline out when the tank reaches capacity. This happens regardless of whether you are manually holding the pump or have it set with the little lock feature to automatically fill.

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #51

Nov 182011

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
When filling up at a service station, gas will now flow back out causing significant spillage over the side of the car and on the ground. This may be caused by a faulty sensor in the gas tank which regulates overflow and prevents leakage in an overturn accident. Initially I thought it was due to cold weather but it is continuing during warm weather. This is a safety risk with gas spillage which may lead to fire and/or other damage.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #50

Mar 132012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
When filling the gas tank, the gas will spew out as the tank gets full. The gas gets all over the side of the car as well as the ground around that area. This is a well documented problem on Nitro forums and the cause is known to be a faulty roll over valve in the tank. The only fix is to have the tank completely replaced. This is a known defect and safety concern and the owner should not be responsible for the replacement. This is not sanitary or good for the car. The exact same problem was recalled on the Jeep liberties but not for our Nitro's, which have the exact same tank. This is a serious health and safety risk, please help us Nitro owners out.

- Freedom, PA, USA

problem #49

Dec 022011

Nitro 6-cyl

  • miles
This car was in a car accident and they fail to report it. Bought it in mercado motors they said car was fine 2 weeks later car never turn on again.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #48

Jan 102012

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
When filling up at the gas station on several occasions, the overflow did not function correctly which let to gas spilling out on to me and the area around the fuel tank.

- Worthington , OH, USA

problem #47

Dec 202011

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Gasoline overflows every time I fill the tank. It occurs without "topping off" and without warning. Approx 0.5 gallon sprays out with moderate force on the person, car, and ground. I have found that this is a known and common malfunction with Dodge and Jeep vehicles.

- Cambridg Spgs, PA, USA

problem #46

May 012010

Nitro 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
When filling the tank, fuel splashes out of the filler neck after the pump stops. I would estimate at least a cupfull comes out. It runs down the side of the vehicle and also onto the pump handle. It does this even when filling at a slow pumping rate. I believe this is a fire risk and a health risk. It seems like fuel would also spill in the event of an accident where the vehicle overturns.

- Groveton, TX, USA

problem #45

Apr 122011


  • 15,000 miles
When filling up tank with gas, it always overflows. Gas comes rushing out.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #44

Dec 012011


  • 80,000 miles
When filling up my gas tank the pump stops and then the gas overflows all over the car and on the ground.

- Moulton, TX, USA

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