2018 Dodge Charger Problems and Top Complaints - Is Your Car A Lemon? (2022)

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When it comes to powerful cars, the 2018 Dodge Charger is the one to beat. In fact, police forces around the country have driven this car, strictly for speed. With the newer models, the automaker claims that driving one gives the owner “bragging rights,” but research shows there is nothing to brag about. This muscle car is equipped with a defective engine, faulty electrical systems, a malfunctioning powertrain and a rust prone suspension.

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Problems with theEngine

Since the engine is the most prominent feature of this car, it would only make sense that it would be a reliable component. Sadly, that is not the case.

Just look at this NHTSA complaint. “The contact owns a 2018 Dodge Charger. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle shook and shut off. The vehicle was pulled over to the shoulder and towed to [dealer]. The dealer was unable to find any failures and stated that the vehicle was fine. The contact stated that the failure recurred while driving on the highway and the Check Engine Indicator illuminated. The contact waited twenty minutes before restarting the vehicle and then drove to [dealer]. The second dealer also found no failures with the vehicle. The contact called the warranty department with the manufacturer and was informed to take the vehicle back to the [first dealer]. The manufacturer also promised to try to get an extended warranty. The failure mileage was 5,000.”

Surely the automaker isn’t interested in anyone finding out that there are engine issues with this model. That’s why it’s difficult to find a single service bulletin related to power concerns. Instead, everything is kept extremely quiet in hopes that customers will find out aspects that give them “bragging rights.” The company’s plan is only backfiring as people take to the internet, attempting to figure out what’s wrong with this muscle car. It would have been far better for the reputation of the Charger if Dodge had taken care of the problems promptly.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Dodge Charger Steering Problems:

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2018 DODGE CHARGER. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS, THE VEHICLE STALLED WITHOUT WARNING. THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT THE VEHICLE NEEDED TO BE SHIFTED INTO PARK AND THEN RESTARTED AFTER SEVERAL ATTEMPTS. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO DEALER, BUT NO FAILURE CODES WERE FOUND DURING THE DIAGNOSTIC TESTING. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 15,000. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

MY DODGE HAS SHUT OFF ON ME WHILE DRIVING TWICE AND EACH TIME WE TAKE IT TO THE DEALERSHIP THEY SAY THEY CANNOT FIND ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT.

Problems with the Electrical System

Part of what was causing the engine malfunction could have been related to the electrical system. That’s because this system is responsible for running just about everything in a vehicle. Plus, these critical components seem to have their own set of problems.

One NHTSA user illustrates this by stating, “Dodge Chrysler (and other auto manufacturers) have soy-based wiring installed in the newer cars. This is a safety issue as the soybean-based covering on the wires is also a rodent attractant meaning rodents are eating the wiring that connects the ABS brake system, fuel pressure system and other sensitive systems. Once the rodents chew completely through the wires the gas will shut off or the brakes will fail thus this will definitely cause an accident of some sort. Can we, the consumers live with this? No it costs us more money in the long run to repair the wiring issue that was caused by the auto manufacturer!”

This isn’t the only electrical problem that Dodge is dealing with. NHTSA Campaign Number 18V332000 documents a massive recall involving cruise control systems that cannot be disengaged. The problem stems from a short circuit in the wiring system and can easily result in an accident. It seems drivers have to either put up with rodents eating the Charger, or excessive speeds that can’t be turned off. Neither of these situations appears to be brag-worthy at all.

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Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Dodge Charger Electrical Problems:

DODGE CHRYSLER (AND OTHER AUTO MANUFACTURERS) HAVE SOY BASED WIRING INSTALLED IN THE NEWER CARS. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE AS THE SOYBEAN BASED COVERING ON THE WIRES IS ALSO A RODENT ATTRACTANT MEANING RODENTS ARE EATING THE WIRING THAT CONNECTS THE ABS BRAKE SYSTEM, FUEL PRESSURE SYSTEM AND OTHER SENSITIVE SYSTEMS. ONCE THE RODENTS CHEW COMPLETELY THROUGH THE WIRES THE GAS WILL SHUT OFF OR THE BRAKES WILL FAIL THUS THIS WILL DEFINITELY CAUSE AN ACCIDENT OF SOME SORT. CAN WE, THE CONSUMERS LIVE WITH THIS? NO IT COSTS US MORE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN TO REPAIR THE WIRING ISSUE THAT WAS CAUSED BY THE AUTO MANUFACTURER!!!! WHAT RECOURSE DOES THE CONSUMER HAVE???

THE BACK CAMERA LAGS AFTER THE CAR SITS FOR A FEW HOURS. IT HAS MAJOR LAGS AND DISRUPTIONS. TOOK IT TO THE DEALERSHIP, THEY SAID THAT DODGE IS AWARE OF THE ISSUE BUT HASN’T DONE ANYTHING ABOUT IT YET

UCONNECT UNIT FAILURE ON NEW VEHICLE 16 DAYS AFTER PURCHASING. UCONNECT SPORADIC REBOOTING OF CENTER CONSOLE INCLUDING CLIMATE, RADIO, BACKUP CAMERA, PERFORMANCE GAUGES, AND REMOTE VEHICLE SERVICES. HAPPENS WHEN VEHICLE IS STATIONARY OR IN MOTION.

Problems with the Transmission

Again, we see massive defects with the powertrain on the Dodge Charger. Because multiple components make up the system, everything must work correctly to achieve the driving experience owners deserve. Because of the issues, drivers don’t receive what they paid for.

An Edmunds reviewer gives more insight by saying, “Car developed a problem at 100 miles and two days into owning it. Dealer – on Chrysler’s so so – has replaced a sensor, two oil pumps, a cam chain tensioner, a PCM, a radiator, and an engine wiring harness. Still not fixed. Car has been at dealer over a month now. Chrysler expects me to continue waiting. No other option. Just terrible customer service!”

While not all of these parts are included in the powertrain, it gets the point across. It’s clear to see the level of quality that the 2018 Dodge Charger was built with. Just look at NHTSA Campaign Number 18V281000, which illustrates another recall for the company. It appears that more than 14,000 police vehicles with all-wheel-drive and a V8 engine have a front driveshaft universal joint that could fracture and detach from the vehicle. Imagine being in a high-speed chase when this occurs. What a nightmare! It’s unlikely that any cops are bragging about their Chargers right now.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Dodge Charger Transmission Problems:

THE VEHICLE TRY TO CUT OFF WHILE I WAS DRIVING ON THE EXPRESSWAY IT GOT STUCK IN DRIVE AND ONCE I GOT IT HOME WE HAD TO TAKE CABLES OFF BATTERY TO PUT CAR IN PARK THE CAR WILL NOT CRANK UP AND ALSO THE GEAR IS FLASHING WANT GO IN DRIVE

IT TO THE DEALER LIKE FOUR TIMES AND THEY REPLACE A TRANSMISSION BUT IT STILL KEEPS DOING THE SAME NOISE, I DON’T FEEL SAFE TO DRIVE IT AND THE DEALERSHIP THEY TOLD ME IT WAS A NORMAL SOUND BUT I TOOK IT TOY SHOP AND THEY TOLD ME AND WAS NOT NORMAL THEY DON’T WANT TO DO NOTHING TO FIX IT AND I DON’T FEEL SAFE TO DRIVE

Problems with the Suspension

Since the 2018 Dodge Charger is set up for maximum speed, it only makes sense that it should have a stable and reliable suspension. Yet again, just because that’s what should happen, doesn’t mean it is true.

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Another NHTSA complaint states, “The contact owns a 2018 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the suspension and most of the nuts and bolts on both front wheels were rusted. The vehicle was taken to [dealer] where it was confirmed that the parts were corroded. The technician stated that a claim would be filed. The contact was not called back. The contact was not sure whether the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40.”

If it had only been one person that stated this information, it might be a fluke, but that’s not the case. Various boards are riddled with comments stating the same situations around the country. Again, Dodge has nothing to say about this, but there is one statement that has been made that shows the level of care put into the construction of the Charger. Service Bulletin #23-041-17 asserts that the wrong Hellcat emblems were installed on front fenders. If an automaker can’t get something as simple as this correct, there is certainly nothing worth bragging about. In fact, Dodge should be hiding right now because it is an embarrassment.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Dodge ChargerSuspension Problems:

FRONT SUSPENSION HAS EXCESSIVE RUST. RUST IS EATING OUT THE MATERIAL, CAN POSSIBLY BREAK AND CAUSE AND ACCIDENT. DEALER REFUSED TO REPLACE PART.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, MY BRAND NEW 2018 DODGE CHARGER HAS SUSPENSION RUSTING ISSUES. PRETTY UPSET HOW A BRAND NEW CAR CAN HAVE THIS TYPE OF ISSUE. IT HAS BEEN MY DREAM CAR TO OWN SUCH VEHICLE AND TO SEE THIS ISSUE MAKES ME THINK TWICE ABOUT DODGE. IT ONLY HAD 1,200 MILES ON THIS VEHICLE WHEN THE ISSUE WAS NOTICED.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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Are Dodge Chargers lemons? ›

Even though Dodge is a widely praised car manufacturing comany, some of their vehicles inevitably qualify as lemons once they are sold or leased. Among Dodge vehicle models that have been reported as defective lemons are the Charger, Charger, Durango, Ram, Grand Caravan, etc.

Do Dodge Chargers have transmission problems? ›

Transmission Issues

Dodge Charger transmission problems have been generational. Most complaints involved its sixth (2006-2010) and some of its seventh generation (2011-present) models. Many owners have reported suffering from slippage, intermittent hard shifting, and decreased acceleration.

Why should I not buy a Dodge Charger? ›

Reasons Not to Buy a 2020 Dodge Charger – The Cons. The 2020 Dodge Charger does not offer Toyota-like reliability. This means you're more likely to encounter issues that require professional repair. J.D. Power gives the sedan a two out of five rating in the dependability department.

How long do Dodge Charger engines last? ›

The Dodge Charger can last on average 250,000 miles when properly maintained, this includes regular fluid changes and abiding by recommended service intervals. Based on 15,000 miles driven per year, owners can expect 16 years of service from their Charger before it breaks down or requires expensive repairs.

Which model Dodge Charger is best? ›

Charger SRT Hellcat

This is without a doubt the top of the Charger lineup. For those looking for ultimate speed and power, the Hellcat is the way to go. It holds the title as the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world, thanks in part to supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine.

Is 2018 Dodge Charger reliable? ›

The 2018 Dodge Charger has the lowest-possible predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

What's the most reliable Dodge Charger? ›

The 2022 Dodge Charger has a predicted reliability score of 89 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Is the Dodge Charger a good car? ›

Is the Dodge Charger a Good Car? Yes, the Dodge Charger is a good car. All of its engines are powerful, and it handles well while providing a fairly cushioned ride. The Charger has a spacious interior, user-friendly tech features, and a decent amount of trunk space.

Do Dodge Chargers hold their value? ›

Recently Edmunds has named the 2018 Dodge Charger a winner of the Edmunds Best Retained Value Award for the large car segment and is recognized for being a new 2018 vehicle with the highest projected residual values after five years.

Do Dodge Chargers break down easily? ›

Dodge Charger Reliability Rating Breakdown. The Dodge Charger Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 12 for fullsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $652 which means it has average ownership costs.

Does Dodge break down a lot? ›

Dodge Reliability Rating Breakdown. The Dodge Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 19th out of 32 for all car brands. This rating is based on an average across 345 unique models. The average annual repair cost for a Dodge is $634, which means it has above average ownership costs.

What is considered high mileage on a Dodge Charger? ›

The Dodge Charger can last up to 250,000 to 300,000 miles with proper maintenance and care. If you average 15,000 miles per year like the regular American driver, you can get up to 13 to 20 years of service from the Charger.

Which Dodge Charger is best on gas? ›

If you want a Dodge Charger but want better fuel mileage, you are better off getting the V6 engine. The V6 Charger has a lower horsepower and only gets about 19 miles per gallon [mpg] in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The more horsepower your car has, the more gas it will use up.

What is better Charger or Challenger? ›

Challenger performance, you'll find that the Challenger is typically faster across equivalent configurations. For a base-model SXT trim with rear-wheel drive, a 2022 Dodge Challenger offers 303 horsepower from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, while a 2022 Dodge Charger provides 292 horsepower from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

What is the difference between SXT and GT Chargers? ›

Engine: The SXT comes standard with a 292-hp 3.6L V6 engine with 260 lb-ft of torque on tap. The GT gets a slightly more powerful version of the same engine; it produces up to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Transmission: Both administer power to their rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.

How much does a 2018 Dodge Charger go for? ›

The AWD Charger GT is about $33,600; the R/T, the lowest-priced Hemi V8 Charger, is around $36,100; the R/T Scat Pack and R/T Daytona 392 with the 485-horsepower Hemi are around $41,000, while the SRT 392 is about $52,200.

Is the 2018 Dodge Challenger a reliable car? ›

The 2018 Dodge Challenger has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

How fast does a 2018 Dodge Charger go? ›

It can hit zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, covers a quarter-mile in 11 seconds, and has a top speed of 204 mph, according to Dodge.

Is a Dodge Charger expensive to fix? ›

Dodge Charger Maintenance Costs

A Dodge Charger will cost about $7,809 for maintenance and repairs during its first 10 years of service. This is more than the industry average for popular sedan models by $713. There is also a 22.92% chance that a Charger will require a major repair during that time.

How often should I change the oil in my Dodge Charger? ›

Synthetic oil usually should be changed every 7,500 - 10,000 miles. Dodge recommends getting your Dodge Charger oil & filter changed every 3,000-5,000 miles for conventional oil.

How much is a Charger oil change? ›

The average cost for a Dodge Charger oil change is between $142 and $151. Labor costs are estimated between $35 and $44 while parts are priced at $107.

Is a used Charger worth it? ›

On average, the Dodge Charger retains almost 70% of its value over the first three years and after five years it will still be worth 44% of its original value.

What car loses its value the fastest? ›

Cars Under $25K that Depreciate the Fastest

The top spot belongs to the Mitsubishi Mirage, which loses an average of 57.8% of its value over five years, amounting to around $9,300 in value. The second and third are the Chevrolet Sonic and Volkswagen Jetta, both with a five-year average depreciation rate of 56.5%.

Which Dodge Charger is the cheapest? ›

Choosing your Dodge Charger. The Charger comes in five trim levels: SXT, GT, R/T, Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat. Pricing starts at $32,945 with destination and climbs to $76,045 (including a $2,100 gas guzzler tax) for the SRT Hellcat.

Are Chargers faster than Mustangs? ›

2020 Ford Mustang Top Speed

When pitted against the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Charger secures its spot on top with a significantly higher top speed.

Is the Dodge Charger a good car? ›

Is the Dodge Charger a Good Car? Yes, the Dodge Charger is a good car. All of its engines are powerful, and it handles well while providing a fairly cushioned ride. The Charger has a spacious interior, user-friendly tech features, and a decent amount of trunk space.

Is it worth buying a Dodge Charger? ›

Yes, the Dodge Charger is a good car. Its powerful engine offerings make it unlike anything else in the sparsely populated large car class. Ride and handling are decent as well. This sedan has roomy and comfortable seating, a spacious trunk, and user-friendly infotainment features.

Are Dodge Chargers expensive to repair? ›

Dodge Charger Maintenance Costs

A Dodge Charger will cost about $7,809 for maintenance and repairs during its first 10 years of service. This is more than the industry average for popular sedan models by $713. There is also a 22.92% chance that a Charger will require a major repair during that time.

How many miles is too much for a used Dodge Charger? ›

The Dodge Charger can last up to 250,000 to 300,000 miles with proper maintenance and care. If you average 15,000 miles per year like the regular American driver, you can get up to 13 to 20 years of service from the Charger.

Do Dodge Chargers hold their value? ›

Recently Edmunds has named the 2018 Dodge Charger a winner of the Edmunds Best Retained Value Award for the large car segment and is recognized for being a new 2018 vehicle with the highest projected residual values after five years.

Do Dodge Chargers break down easily? ›

Dodge Charger Reliability Rating Breakdown. The Dodge Charger Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 12 for fullsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $652 which means it has average ownership costs.

How much is a Dodge Charger 2018? ›

How Much Is the 2018 Dodge Charger? Based on listings for the 2018 Dodge Charger on our site, the average price is $24,600, which is close to average for the class. Prices range from $19,300 to $38,900 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

Is a used Charger worth it? ›

On average, the Dodge Charger retains almost 70% of its value over the first three years and after five years it will still be worth 44% of its original value.

What is better Charger or Challenger? ›

Challenger performance, you'll find that the Challenger is typically faster across equivalent configurations. For a base-model SXT trim with rear-wheel drive, a 2022 Dodge Challenger offers 303 horsepower from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, while a 2022 Dodge Charger provides 292 horsepower from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

How much does it cost to repair a Charger? ›

The estimated cost to maintain and repair a Dodge Charger ranges from $95 to $11574, with an average of $265.

How much is a new transmission for a Dodge Charger? ›

Dodge Charger Transmission Cost

The cost of a new Dodge Charger transmission could be over $3,500 depending on the vehicle, however, transmission services such as fluid changes and a transmission fluid flush are considerably less lavish, in some cases costing less than $150.

What maintenance does a Dodge Charger need? ›

Dodge Charger Maintenance Schedule
Engine Oil and FilterChange oil and inspect the filer at every oil change interval as indicated by the Oil Change Indicator System, or every 4,000 miles/350 hours of engine run time if operated in a dusty and off-road environment
Spark PlugsReplace at 100,000 miles
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Does Dodge break down a lot? ›

Dodge Reliability Rating Breakdown. The Dodge Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 19th out of 32 for all car brands. This rating is based on an average across 345 unique models. The average annual repair cost for a Dodge is $634, which means it has above average ownership costs.

Do dodge cars last long? ›

A Dodge Challenger can last for 250,000 to 300,000 miles, subject to proper usage and diligent maintenance. If you drive an average of 15,000 miles per year, a Challenger can serve you for 16 to 20 years if you use it conscientiously and care for it properly.

Which Dodge Charger is best on gas? ›

If you want a Dodge Charger but want better fuel mileage, you are better off getting the V6 engine. The V6 Charger has a lower horsepower and only gets about 19 miles per gallon [mpg] in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The more horsepower your car has, the more gas it will use up.

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