2008 Dodge Nitro
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- 4x4 versatility, clearance
- Flimsy plastic exterior pieces, terrible mileage, cheap interior
In August 2007 my son insisted that this was going to be his new car. I had already agreed to cosign for the loan and help with the downpayment but he got to choose the car. He choose a 2008 Nitro 4x4.
Initially expecting mileage to be around 24 on the highway it quickly demonstrated that if you have anything IN the car it gets less than that, around 21 and around town driving delivered around 15mpg. This is really crazy for such a small compact SUV, why not just drive a Durango or full size pickup?
The first trouble with the car was with the transfer case that started making a buzzing sound when you applied the accelerator when in 4WD. We took it to the dealer here in Andover and the diagnosis was- "needs a new transfer case", that was with exactly 2,790 miles. This was done under warranty over the course of 6 days in the shop.
Second issue was with the stereo which my son says was a problem from the beginning. It has the optional Sirius pkg and an AUX jack. If you plug something into the AUX jack like an iPod you get static feedback so you cant really use this feature. It got worse in that if something was plugged into the AUX jack but not "on" you couldnt use the radio or Sirius without a buzzing that was unaffected by the volume control. We took the car to the dealer in Andover and they said it was improperly grounded. When we picked the car up the problem was still there even though we were told that the stereo had been grounded and they couldnt do much more. My son asked what the next step would be and they said that if a new stereo was required the old one had to be taken out, sent to Chrysler so that they could test it and see if it was really broken. We were told that maybe there were powerlines in our area causing the interference or maybe a cell phone, whatever. So they took the stereo out and that was the last we ever saw of the stereo, 10 months on now. There has been a hole in the dash ever since.
About 3 weeks ago a piece of the massive single piece plastic front air dam popped out it its bracket holding it to the bumper so it was bowed up and sticking out causing whistling and buffeting while driving. We took it to the dealer and they said that obviously we ran into something. No, we didnt run into something, no scratches no damage........they suggested that we take it to State Farm and have them determine if it was caused by an accident. So we did and State Farm generated a letter stating that they thought it was due to the failure of a retaining bracket not realted to an acident. We took this back to the dealer and they dismissed the letter telling us that body damage is never their fault. We have not been able to get this fixed.
Other issues included a rattling exhaust pipe heat shield, warped front brake rotor, radiator leaking at a seam and inoperative tachometer.
this week my son and I decided that we had had enough with the Nitro and went to trade it in. We choose a used 2006 Subaru Outback and proceded with the trade. The Nitro must have the worst trade in value of any vehicle as we were offered $11, 400 for the trade on a vehicle that less than a year ago cost $23,300 and had 17,000 miles on the odo. We were told that there is no market for this vehicle due to the mileage and the huge stock currently available new with cash back, 0% financing, etc. We managed to sell the Nitro ourselves for $15,000 but we still took a loss of about $9000 inlcluding financing.
Stay away from this stinker! It looks like the Nitro is being dropped for 2009 as far as I can see. It seems like this pathetic, warmed over Calibur with a V6 represented one too many low mileage SUVs in the Dodge lineup.
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