really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,656 miles

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2008 Dodge Nitro steering problems

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2008 Dodge Nitro Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 282015


  • 107,635 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where it was observed that an unknown component in the steering wheel was causing the air bag warning indicator to illuminate. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 107,635.

- Suitland, MD, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 142012


  • 27,145 miles
Power steering fluid leak !! on these vehicles their is insufficient clearance between the power steering pump reservoir & the lower radiator hose connection at the engine block !! this is causing the reservoir to crack or melt & fluid to leak & blow all under the vehicle !! this is a real fire danger due to the exhaust converter being within 3 ft of the power steering !! lets not forget that this exhaust converter runs at approximately 2000 deg F. inside !! the Dodge Corp.esquires you to pay a $50 dol. Core charge on these pumps !! this is because they want them back & not out for the N.H.T.S.a.to get hold of this !! these parts a not cheap !! $269 for pump, plus $50 core charge $6.99 P/S fluid & $200 labor to replace pump asm. !! they want aell you the pump reservoir by itself, they only service it with a complete asm. !! if someone has not been hurt by a fire from this vehicle they have been lucky !! this is really a fire danger due to the exhaust converter being so close !! I sure wouldn't leave a child in this vehicle by himself due to the fluid could ignite & engulf this vehicle !! I put 10 mph. In the vehicle speed at time of incident, because I cant give you a real mph. For this fluid leak from power steering !! the power steering reservoir is to close on drivers side of engine block next to the left front engine mount !!

- Henry, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 162012


  • 73,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro. The contact was driving 50 mph when all of the instrument panel lights started to flicker abnormally. The steering wheel then seized to the point where it was impossible for the contact to steer the vehicle. The brakes also engaged independently and threw the contact forward. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 73,500.

- Ashlyn, PA, 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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