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#110 of 151 problems with my 2007 dodge nitro
May 21, 2008 (11:12 am)
Has anyone out there had any transmission shuddering, 4-wheel drive shuddering with their 2007 Dodge Nitro. I have had my Nitro in the shop 4 times for this problem and they keep saying all it needs is to have the computer "flashed", but this has not corrected the problem........also, while driving 55-60 miles per hour sometimes a beeping sound is heard and all the dash lights come on, brake light, seat belt light ( as if you have just turned the key to start the car), the last 2 times it has done this the radio has cut off, but the car does not seem to lose power.
It is going back into the shop again tomorrow for this same problem, but of course the dealer says he has no "bulletins about this problem and actually suggested that the car is "possessed".....................I think this is the only Nitro I will ever own. Had a 2004 Durango before this and it was wonderful......should have my head examined for trading!!!!!!!!
#111 of 151 Re: trans shudder [rfloyd4]
May 21, 2008 (11:24 am)
Yes, I have had problems from day 1 with my Nitro.......even in 4-wheel drive....
I have only used the 4 wheel drive one time and it drove about 10 miles and then shuddered so bad I had to stop and try to pull out again and finally put it back into 2 wheel drive to go on my way.......in 10 inches of snow!!! Of course the dealer found no problem with it.............if I slow down going up a hill there is a transmission shudder and vibration of the whole car.......this is a continuing problem everytime I drive the vehicle.
I have also had problems with the dash lights coming on while driving at 55-60 miles an hour, and the radio cuts off when this happens. It only lasts about 10 seconds and then the lights go off.....as of yet I have not lost power during these episodes........the dealer finds no problems to repair for this either....suggests the car is "possessed".
#112 of 151 2007 SXT Dodge Nitro
May 27, 2008 (4:35 pm)
Can anyone tell me if a standard transmission Nitro can be towed behind a motor home on all four wheels if in Neutral
#113 of 151 Nitro towing capabilities
Jun 01, 2008 (4:12 am)
I have a 2007 nitro, slt. 3.7 with tow package. Has anyone tryed to tow a tandom axle 12' trailer (2500 lbs) with another 2500 lbs contints for a total of 5000lbs. Would love to hear some towing news
#114 of 151 Re: problems with my 2007 dodge nitro [barbara22]
Jun 03, 2008 (9:00 am)
I am having a lot problems with the vibration in the engine at a steady speed
40-45. there is a definate problem with the Nitro 3.7 and Chrysler is not on top of it.
At one point they told me there was not fix
Here is what they have done
4/18 Torch Converter replaced. did not work
Reprogrammed power train
4/18 Gas additive - Did not work 4/18
5/3 tansmission Friction Modifier 5/3 - Did not work
5/9 Cylinoid pack for Torch Converter which Made it worst, Darin said the factory thinks its a bad Torch converter and is shipping another one.
5/12 Picked up from Dodge and was told to pursue the Lemon Law on this car 5/12. Was told Their is a problem and the factory has no fix for it. ( see purchase order included)
5/15 sent certified letter to diamler defect notification.
5/27 factory called and wanted to attempt more repairs they have representative in town. I was told that, that did not work but they want to keep another day to work which is today)
5/28 Chrysler factory technician came in to work ont the car.
this is what he did
Applied TSB 02-005-07 - No change (Chrysler tech words)
Adjust front and rear suspension -- no changes
Shimmed transmission crossmember 1/2” to change angle - a little better
Shimmed it another 1/2” - no better (Chrysler tech words)
Shimmed it another 3/8” (Chrysler tech words)
Swapped out drive shaft for a stock unit - no change (Chrysler tech words)
Repositioned rear support links to adjust pinon angle - a little better (Chrysler tech words)
Replaced crankshaft damper - good (Chrysler tech words)
The dealer ship said I could pick the car up and that it was 90% better.
I drove it and Instead of vibrating at 40-45mph it does it 44-46 mph
I am getting everything together an contacting an attorney.
#115 of 151 Re: problems with my 2007 dodge nitro [joysnitro]
Jun 09, 2008 (4:11 am)
Well, since my last entry the ESP/BAS warning light came on and stayed on. I returned to the dealer one more time and they found an error code and had to "flash the computer" ONE MORE TIME........... My dealer does not seem to want to go any further with trying to diagnose these problems. I did contact Chrysler-Dodge by phone this past Friday.....was told by the first person that they felt it would qualify for the "lemon law" or a by-back......but of course when I was transferred to upper management I was told to contact them "first" when something else happened and they would contact my dealer and request documentation and have the repair done............so I guess I am waiting for something else to blink, alarm or whatever.........I still continue to have the bad vibration between 40-45 miles an hour....with no one wanting to check it out.......I am very much considering contacting an attorney also........
#116 of 151 Re: Nitro towing capabilities [teqtony]
Jun 18, 2008 (11:22 am)
I have not towed a tandom axle, but did tow a two place enclosed snowmobile trailer at about 2000#'s. It did surprisingly well. Towed it 800+ miles and had no problems and did most of it in 4 wheel drive. I do not have the tow package but added the mopar hitch. It is a 3.7 SXT.
The only major complaint was it has very uncomfortable seats for a person my size at 6'2" 260. It has very little thigh support.
#117 of 151 Re: problems with my 2007 dodge nitro [barbara22]
Jun 18, 2008 (11:47 am)
I also had that "shudder" when driving about 40mph. Other people people in the car do not notice it but I find it very annoying. I will probably just live with it until the lease is up.
I leased the vehicle because of the cheap price,convianant dealer, tow capasity and it made by a american company. If i was buying and not leasing I would not have gotten this vehicle because of the poor comfort, ride quality, and resale. Have had a number of Duangos, Rams, and a Liberty in the past, really liked them (except MPG).
I test drove most all the small SUV's last year and have to say the Honda CRV was my favorite.
#118 of 151 Re: problems with my 2007 dodge nitro [petergibbons]
Jun 19, 2008 (4:41 pm)
A flash typically fixes that shudder. I had it too and had it flashed and it resolved the issue.
#119 of 151 Re: problems with my 2007 dodge nitro [caliberchic]
Jun 24, 2008 (6:25 am)
Well, the dealer flashed my Nitro computer to try and correct the "shudder".NOT!!!!
Just waiting for something else to happen!!