Horrible misfiring problem. "This is a well known issue by Dodge", yet I haven't seen one thread to help clear up the issue or provide a fix. I was told the rough ideal was normal at the beginning. Now I almost can't even drive it, the engine vibration is so bad and it only has 125,000 miles. I am waiting for a rod to shoot out of my hood or the engine to completely literally emplode. One code I am recieving is P303, cylinder 1 and 4 are misfiring and I have tried changing the coil packs, changing spark plugs with no success. Unless someone who reads this from Dodge provides a solution to the issue and reaches out to all of us Dodge Nitro victims then I will not support a company anymore that pushes junk down the assembly line then clams up when a majority of their customer are pulling their hair out trying to fix their investment and there is no information out there for us to obtain to do so. I'll be more than happy to remove my post when I am provided a fix, hell better yet a call or notice in the mail offering it to be fixed.
Do your research the 2008 Dodge Nitros have a bad TIPM and Dodge refuses to replace it. Myself and thousands of others have a problem where the vehicle will not start or crank, the headlights start flashing, the windshield wipers turn on, the horn honks, the radiator fan turns on but the vehicle will not start. More disturbingly in 2009 Dodge issued a Technical Bulletin explaining the problem to their mechanics but did not recall the part, even though there was a recall for the same issue in the 2007 Nitros. Thankfully my problem has always happened while the vehicle was parked, others were not so lucky and I've read accounts of peoples car shutting down in the middle of busy intersections, driving down the highway. The electrical issue can occur in numerous fashions and can effect all systems including fuel and brakes. DO NOT buy one of these vehicles until this part is replaced. Someone is going to be seriously injured or killed one day, don't let it be you or your family members.
Purchased this suv with 60000 miles on it, one owner. Currently has 140,000 miles and no major issues! It has been absolutely fantastic with upkeep (just brakes, oil changes and other routine maintenance). Nitro gets great gas mileage for an SUV (avg around 22mi/gallon combined city/hwy & I live in the mountains). Great snow driving vehicle, though I would prefer a 4-low option on the all wheel drive (it just offers 4 high). Biggest downfall was the radio, which stopped working after one year (easy to replace with aftermarket radio & speakers are still great), the cheaper plastic interior pieces which have taken quite a beating from my dogs (scratches, scuffs etc), and the low front end clearance due to plastic bumper, which really limits off road capabilities. Overall, it's been a great vehicle and we're looking to add a second one to our family!