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Dodge Nitro, SUV
#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!!
#120 of 151 Re: problems with my 2007 dodge nitro [barbara22]
Jul 10, 2008 (1:49 pm)
The torque convertor is the cause of your shudder. The flash is to be done after the torque convertor in the transmsission is replaced. I am a dodge, chrysler, jeep tech so feel free to ask any other questions.
#121 of 151 Re: trans shudder [rfloyd4]
Jul 10, 2008 (1:53 pm)
torque convertor replacement and a reflash of the pcm. Unfortunatley there have been a few cases where the torque convertor has to be replaced several times to get one that is good.
#122 of 151 Re: problems with my 2007 dodge nitro [barbara22]
Jul 10, 2008 (2:00 pm)
I am a dodge tech and sometimes it takes more than one torque convertor replacement to fix the shudder problem. Our parts suppliers are not producing quality parts at this time. The flashing lights sounds like a problem in the instrument cluster which in itself is a module or in the front control module. any other questions I would be happy to help out with
#123 of 151 tell me what you think of the nitro
Jul 12, 2008 (6:18 pm)
ok. i hope to own one of the 2007 dodge nitro 4dr suv 4wd soon and if anyone owns one please post a message and tell me what you think of it. thanx