The anti-theft system may cause a no start condition due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) affecting the wireless control module (WCM). There is an updated WCM to correct this issue.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2008 Dodge Nitro
2008 Dodge Nitro
2008 Dodge Nitro Problems
One or more of the power door locks may become inoperative. Our technicians tell us that modifications to the door hardware and door panel may be necessary to correct this issue.
The remote start or keyless entry system may not function at times. A service repair kit is available which should correct this condition.
The overhead video screen may not power on, updating the video entertainment system software may be necessary to correct this concern.
Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.
2008 Dodge Nitro Recalls (Recent)
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The parking brake lever clutch drum may not secure the vehicle when the parking brake is thought to be engaged. This may allow the vehicle to roll unexpectedly. Dealers will replace the park brake lever assembly. The Chrysler recall number is H28. This recall began on October 27, 2008.
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The 4 wheel drive transfer case is protected from the hot exhaust system by a heat shield. This shield can come loose and rub on the drive shaft. Over time, this rubbing could weaken and potentially cause the drive shaft to break, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will add a support bracket to the heat shield to correct this concern.
2008 Dodge Nitro Questions and Answers
My MIL light came in and I need an air filter. How do you change the air filter?
change oil continue to come on after oil has been changed
Yesterday I fill the tank and the check engine turn on after 20 min, I went to Walmart and change the oil and fuel injection service and the technnician told me the report said "emission leak ...
did not start until about 25-35000 miles
The headlights work sometimes and not others without banging on the fuse box assembly..
2008 Dodge Nitro Reviews
I hear a humming sound for one month. Sounds like its coming from the front of the car. The sound occurs while driving. It gets a little loud with faster speed. The sound stops while at rest. What could be causing this problem. I have recently had a tune-up and fuel injection cleaning. Did not solve the problem.
I own an auto repair business and my sister owns a 2008 Dodge Nitro SXT. I perform all of the serivice work but I have noticed some odd problems that I have rarely seen on other vehicles. I have replaced both calipers due to binding and not releasing before 80K miles. She has 80K on the original spark plugs, but I'm going to change them tomorrow. The tire pressure monitor likes to turn on the light when very cold outside and the pressures are good. Otherwise, she loves it. I personally am not a fan of the vehicle and would have suggested something that gets better mpg.
Have had my Nitro for two years and have put 47000 miles on it ,have only replaced spark plugs,runs great
People approach me all the time and ask me what kind of auto it is and that it is very sharp looking
Overall I am very happy with my Nitro