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DODGE CHARGER - 2011 DODGE CHARGER Problems & Complaints

 
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by Chrysler Group LLC

There are 205 complaints filed for the 2011 DODGE CHARGER

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2011 DODGE CHARGER. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2011 DODGE CHARGER, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/19/2014 - RINCON, GA
I WAS DRIVING MY 2011 DODGE CHARGER WITH MY CHILDREN WHEN IT JUST COMPLETELY STALLED WHILE DRIVING APPROX. 50 MPH. THERE WAS A ODD HIGH PITCHED NOISE AND ALL MY LIGHTS CAME ON AS WELL AS THE BATTERY SAVER MODE AND A HORRID SMELL CAME INTO THE CAR. WHEN I GOT THE CAR HOME I OPENED THE HOOD AND IT WAS SMOKING FROM THE ALTERNATOR. THIS IS GOING TO COST ABOUT $700 AND IT IS SUCH A YOUNG CAR THAT IS WELL MAINTAINED SO IT IS VERY FRUSTRATING AND A LITTLE SUSPECT. THIS WAS EXTREMELY SCARY AND A MAJOR ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN. I AM JUST GLAD I WAS ABLE TO GET TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN THE ENGINE SHUT DOWN.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/18/2014 - MALVERN, AR
JUST AS EVERYONE ELSE HAS WRITTEN, MY 2011 DODGE CHARGER AT ONLY 51,000 MILES ALTERNATOR WENT OUT. I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD WHEN ALL OF THE GAGES STARTED FLASHING, MY RADIO CUT OFF, AND THEN MY WHOLE CAR DIED AND WOULDN'T COME BACK ON. LUCKILY, I PULLED OVER IN ENOUGH TIME BECAUSE THE STEERING WHEEL WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO TURN AND I COULDN'T EVEN PUSH MY BREAK IN. I WOULD HATE TO HAVE BEEN GOING FASTER AND THE WHOLE CAR SHUT DOWN AND BE STUCK IN A METAL DEATH TRAP. I HAD TO HAVE MY CAR TOWED FROM ANOTHER TOWN. THE NEXT DAY WE PUT A NEW BATTERY IN THE CAR BECAUSE OF COURSE IT WAS FRIED. AFTER RESETTING THE CARS COMPUTER BECAUSE THE THROTTLE SENSOR WAS OFF, I WAS ABLE TO DRIVE THE CAR AGAIN FOR A TOTAL OF 10 MINUTES BEFORE IT STARTED DISINTEGRATING BY SERPENTINE BELT AND UNRAVELING INTO THE CAR. REPLACED THAT, STARTED IT AGAIN FOR IT ONLY TO SAY THAT MY CAR WAS IN BATTERY SAVER MODE AGAIN WITH A BRAND NEW BATTERY. TOOK IT TO O'REILLYS FOR THEM TO TEST THE ALTERNATOR WHILE MY CAR WAS STILL ABLE TO RUN, BECAUSE WITH THIS PARTICULAR CAR THE ALTERNATOR HAS TO BE TESTED ON THE CAR, AND WELL IT WAS NOT RUNNING THE PREVIOUS DAY. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE ALTERNATOR FROZE UP THERE DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER. LONG STORY SHORT MY DODGE CHARGER IS SITTING UNTIL I CAN SAVE UP ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY THE $700 ALTERNATOR! I WILL NEVER BUY A DODGE AGAIN! YOU WOULD THINK THAT IF THIS MANY PEOPLE WERE HAVING THE SAME EXACT PROBLEM THEY WOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

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SERVICE BRAKES

8/18/2014 - MALVERN, AR
JUST AS EVERYONE ELSE HAS WRITTEN, MY 2011 DODGE CHARGER AT ONLY 51,000 MILES ALTERNATOR WENT OUT. I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD WHEN ALL OF THE GAGES STARTED FLASHING, MY RADIO CUT OFF, AND THEN MY WHOLE CAR DIED AND WOULDN'T COME BACK ON. LUCKILY, I PULLED OVER IN ENOUGH TIME BECAUSE THE STEERING WHEEL WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO TURN AND I COULDN'T EVEN PUSH MY BREAK IN. I WOULD HATE TO HAVE BEEN GOING FASTER AND THE WHOLE CAR SHUT DOWN AND BE STUCK IN A METAL DEATH TRAP. I HAD TO HAVE MY CAR TOWED FROM ANOTHER TOWN. THE NEXT DAY WE PUT A NEW BATTERY IN THE CAR BECAUSE OF COURSE IT WAS FRIED. AFTER RESETTING THE CARS COMPUTER BECAUSE THE THROTTLE SENSOR WAS OFF, I WAS ABLE TO DRIVE THE CAR AGAIN FOR A TOTAL OF 10 MINUTES BEFORE IT STARTED DISINTEGRATING BY SERPENTINE BELT AND UNRAVELING INTO THE CAR. REPLACED THAT, STARTED IT AGAIN FOR IT ONLY TO SAY THAT MY CAR WAS IN BATTERY SAVER MODE AGAIN WITH A BRAND NEW BATTERY. TOOK IT TO O'REILLYS FOR THEM TO TEST THE ALTERNATOR WHILE MY CAR WAS STILL ABLE TO RUN, BECAUSE WITH THIS PARTICULAR CAR THE ALTERNATOR HAS TO BE TESTED ON THE CAR, AND WELL IT WAS NOT RUNNING THE PREVIOUS DAY. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE ALTERNATOR FROZE UP THERE DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER. LONG STORY SHORT MY DODGE CHARGER IS SITTING UNTIL I CAN SAVE UP ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY THE $700 ALTERNATOR! I WILL NEVER BUY A DODGE AGAIN! YOU WOULD THINK THAT IF THIS MANY PEOPLE WERE HAVING THE SAME EXACT PROBLEM THEY WOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

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POWER TRAIN

8/18/2014 - MALVERN, AR
JUST AS EVERYONE ELSE HAS WRITTEN, MY 2011 DODGE CHARGER AT ONLY 51,000 MILES ALTERNATOR WENT OUT. I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD WHEN ALL OF THE GAGES STARTED FLASHING, MY RADIO CUT OFF, AND THEN MY WHOLE CAR DIED AND WOULDN'T COME BACK ON. LUCKILY, I PULLED OVER IN ENOUGH TIME BECAUSE THE STEERING WHEEL WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO TURN AND I COULDN'T EVEN PUSH MY BREAK IN. I WOULD HATE TO HAVE BEEN GOING FASTER AND THE WHOLE CAR SHUT DOWN AND BE STUCK IN A METAL DEATH TRAP. I HAD TO HAVE MY CAR TOWED FROM ANOTHER TOWN. THE NEXT DAY WE PUT A NEW BATTERY IN THE CAR BECAUSE OF COURSE IT WAS FRIED. AFTER RESETTING THE CARS COMPUTER BECAUSE THE THROTTLE SENSOR WAS OFF, I WAS ABLE TO DRIVE THE CAR AGAIN FOR A TOTAL OF 10 MINUTES BEFORE IT STARTED DISINTEGRATING BY SERPENTINE BELT AND UNRAVELING INTO THE CAR. REPLACED THAT, STARTED IT AGAIN FOR IT ONLY TO SAY THAT MY CAR WAS IN BATTERY SAVER MODE AGAIN WITH A BRAND NEW BATTERY. TOOK IT TO O'REILLYS FOR THEM TO TEST THE ALTERNATOR WHILE MY CAR WAS STILL ABLE TO RUN, BECAUSE WITH THIS PARTICULAR CAR THE ALTERNATOR HAS TO BE TESTED ON THE CAR, AND WELL IT WAS NOT RUNNING THE PREVIOUS DAY. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE ALTERNATOR FROZE UP THERE DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER. LONG STORY SHORT MY DODGE CHARGER IS SITTING UNTIL I CAN SAVE UP ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY THE $700 ALTERNATOR! I WILL NEVER BUY A DODGE AGAIN! YOU WOULD THINK THAT IF THIS MANY PEOPLE WERE HAVING THE SAME EXACT PROBLEM THEY WOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/18/2014 - MARIETTA, GA
WHILE DRIVING THROUGH KENTUCKY AND INTO ILLINOIS, I NOTICED THAT THE RADIO SUDDENLY TURNED OFF AND THEN ABOUT 10 MILES LATER THE VEHICLE LOST ALL POWER AND FUNCTION. I MANAGED TO PULL ONTO THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY TO CALL A TOW TRUCK. THE CAR WAS SENT TO THE NEAREST DODGE DEALER/SERVICE CENTER. AFTER THEY LOOKED OVER THE CAR THEY SAID IT WAS THE BATTERY SHORTED OUT AND THEY WERE GOING TO REPLACE THE BATTERY. AFTER THE BATTERY WAS IN THEY NOTICED THAT THE BATTERY WAS BEING OVERCHARGED BY THE ALTERNATOR AND THAT WILL ALSO NEED TO BE REPLACED. I'M CURRENTLY WAITING ON THE CAR TO BE FINISHED AND WILL SEE IF THAT IS ALL IT IS.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/14/2014 - LINCOLN, NE
WITHOUT WARNING WHILE DRIVING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS I BEGAN TO SMELL A PLASTIC MELTING SMELL. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THE RADIO SHUT OFF AND I GOT A "BATTERY SAVER MODE" MESSAGE. WITHIN SECONDS THE CAR'S ENGINE QUIT. WHEN THE ENGINE STOPPED SO DID ALL POWER TO THE CONTROLS INCLUDING STEERING AND BRAKES. WHEN GOT THE CAR TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD I COULD SEE VISIBLE BLUE SMOKE COMING FROM THE FRONT OF THE PASSENGER'S SIDE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. POPPED THE HOOD AND IDENTIFIED THAT THE SMOKE WAS COMING FROM THE ALTERNATOR. CAR WOULD NOT START AGAIN. HAD TOWED TO SHOP AND ALTERNATOR IS SHOT. APPARENTLY THERE IS A 2 TO 3 WEEK BACK ORDER DUE TO HIGH DEMAND RELATED TO FAILED ALTERNATORS. I COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED OR KILLED OTHERS EASILY WHEN I LOST POWER AT HIGHWAY SPEED.

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STEERING

8/14/2014 - LINCOLN, NE
WITHOUT WARNING WHILE DRIVING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS I BEGAN TO SMELL A PLASTIC MELTING SMELL. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THE RADIO SHUT OFF AND I GOT A "BATTERY SAVER MODE" MESSAGE. WITHIN SECONDS THE CAR'S ENGINE QUIT. WHEN THE ENGINE STOPPED SO DID ALL POWER TO THE CONTROLS INCLUDING STEERING AND BRAKES. WHEN GOT THE CAR TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD I COULD SEE VISIBLE BLUE SMOKE COMING FROM THE FRONT OF THE PASSENGER'S SIDE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. POPPED THE HOOD AND IDENTIFIED THAT THE SMOKE WAS COMING FROM THE ALTERNATOR. CAR WOULD NOT START AGAIN. HAD TOWED TO SHOP AND ALTERNATOR IS SHOT. APPARENTLY THERE IS A 2 TO 3 WEEK BACK ORDER DUE TO HIGH DEMAND RELATED TO FAILED ALTERNATORS. I COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED OR KILLED OTHERS EASILY WHEN I LOST POWER AT HIGHWAY SPEED.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR

8/14/2014 - FAYETTEVILLE, NC
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 DODGE CHARGER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO PARK, THE VEHICLE STALLED AND THE STEERING WHEEL BECAME HARD TO TURN. THE CONTACT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE ABS DEACTIVATED AND THE BATTERY SAVE MODE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT DETERMINED THAT THE ALTERNATOR FAILED, CAUSING THE PROBLEM TO RECUR MULTIPLE TIMES AFTER THE BATTERY WAS RECHARGED. THE ALTERNATOR WAS REPLACED BUT FAILED TO REMEDY THE PROBLEM. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 79,000.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC: ANTILOCK: ABS WARNING LIGHT

8/14/2014 - FAYETTEVILLE, NC
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 DODGE CHARGER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO PARK, THE VEHICLE STALLED AND THE STEERING WHEEL BECAME HARD TO TURN. THE CONTACT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE ABS DEACTIVATED AND THE BATTERY SAVE MODE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT DETERMINED THAT THE ALTERNATOR FAILED, CAUSING THE PROBLEM TO RECUR MULTIPLE TIMES AFTER THE BATTERY WAS RECHARGED. THE ALTERNATOR WAS REPLACED BUT FAILED TO REMEDY THE PROBLEM. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 79,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/14/2014 - FAYETTEVILLE, NC
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 DODGE CHARGER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO PARK, THE VEHICLE STALLED AND THE STEERING WHEEL BECAME HARD TO TURN. THE CONTACT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE ABS DEACTIVATED AND THE BATTERY SAVE MODE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT DETERMINED THAT THE ALTERNATOR FAILED, CAUSING THE PROBLEM TO RECUR MULTIPLE TIMES AFTER THE BATTERY WAS RECHARGED. THE ALTERNATOR WAS REPLACED BUT FAILED TO REMEDY THE PROBLEM. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 79,000.

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