3 Most Common Dodge Charger Problems According to Hundreds of Owners
The reincarnated four-door Dodge Charger has been around since 2006, so the automaker has had plenty of time to fix any mechanical issues, making it a relatively reliable sedan. But like all vehicles, it can have its share of problems. According to data from RepairPal, a website that compiles owner complaints, three issues are particularly common for Dodge Chargers.
- Transmission downshifts roughly
- Engine thermostat malfunction
- Power window failure
Problem #1: Transmission Shift Quality Issues
One of the problems with the Dodge Charger, most frequently reported to RepairPal, is related to the transmission. Many owners have complained of a harsh 4th gear to 3rd gear downshift, or other automatic transmission shift quality issues.
The root cause of these issues is often related to the transmission control module (TCM) software. To address this problem, Dodge has released revised TCM software designed to improve shift quality. However, it’s important to note that on higher mileage vehicles, a mechanical failure may exhibit similar symptoms. Therefore, it’s essential to have a proper diagnosis performed before any repairs or software upgrades are attempted.
According to RepairPal, 280 people have reported this problem with their Dodge Charger. It affects 10 model years (2006-2016). The average vehicle with this problem has 110,971 miles. Obviously, this is not a problem you want to deal with, if possible. Inspect a used Charger or ask if it’s had the transmission software update before buying.
Problem #2: Check Engine Light Due to Failed Thermostat
Another common problem with the Dodge Charger is related to the engine thermostat. The thermostat is responsible for regulating the engine’s operating temperature by controlling the amount of coolant that flows from the engine to the radiator, so a failure could be catastrophic. That’s why if it fails to close completely, the Check Engine Light will illuminate.
A malfunctioning thermostat can prevent the engine from reaching its normal operating temperature, which can lead to a decrease in performance and fuel efficiency. To fix this problem, you’ll need to have a new thermostat installed.
According to RepairPal, 121 people have reported this problem with the Dodge Charger, and it affects eight model years (2006-2013). The average mileage of vehicles with this problem is 96,969 miles, but it can show up anywhere between 41,000 to 170,000 miles. On average, the cost to replace the thermostat is between $411 and $439.
If you encounter a used Dodge Charger with a check engine light on, this might be the problem. But definitely ask the seller to swap the thermostat so you can be certain that the light will go off.
Problem #3: Power Window Not Working
A third common problem with the Dodge Charger is failure of the power windows. Many owners have reported that one or more of their power windows have become inoperative. This problem is often caused by a failure of the window motor or a broken cable in the regulator mechanism. To fix this problem, the window motor and regulator may need to be replaced as an assembly.
According to RepairPal, 121 people have reported this problem with the Dodge Charger, affecting 8 model years (2006-2013). The average mileage of vehicles with this problem is 88,065, but it can pop up anywhere from 22,000 to 179,000 miles. The average cost to replace the window regulator motor is $261 to $282, while the cost to replace the entire window regulator unit is between $518 and $578.
This third problem is almost as common as the first two. And it could be annoying. But is not critical to the operation or safety of a used Dodge Charger.
It’s a good idea to check all the windows before buying a used Charger. If one moves slower than the others, ask the seller to replace its electric motor. If one does fail on your Charger, you can have it fixed at your convenience or even attempt to repair it yourself and save the cost of labor.
In conclusion, the Dodge Charger is a great car, but like all vehicles, it can have its share of problems. The most common issues reported by owners include transmission shift quality issues, failed engine thermostats, and power window failure. If you own or are researching a Dodge Charger, it’s essential to be aware of these problems and to have your car checked out if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned. But with proper maintenance, your Dodge Charger will likely perform admirably for many years.
Next, see 2 reliable Dodge Charger alternatives built by Detroit or see a mechanics list of the most common 2006-2010 Dodge Charger problems in the video below: