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Electronic Throttle Control Failure

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In case anyone else is searching for similar info, here is my story:

Picked up our Nitro on Wednesday (3 days ago). This morning, the Electronic Throttle Control warning light on our SXT (auto trans) comes on. I hope it's a glitch, turn vehicle off, wait, turned it back on. No light. Life is good, right? I got a block away and the fuel injection started dying 95% to 100%. The Owners Manual says only safe option is to have it towed. Am waiting for tow-truck as I type this. Told the dealer's Sales Mgr he better secure my trade back because this failure would have killed somebody if it happened while turning left across oncoming highway traffic. Man, do I feel stupid. My neighbors will get a real charge out of seeing this new SUV being towed from our driveway.
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Sorry John, hope you get your confidence back soon and have no further incidents. Wondering if your problem, and that of the Liberty and Ram P/U are related to reports were getting on our Commander forum as well??

Please come back to this thread with any further updates, Thanks!
John Howling Mouse said:
Well, we finally gave up and the Dealer agreed this Nitro was a lost cause.
They will retain it as a Demo for awhile to see if any of the repairs result in reliable resolutions.

Meanwhile, we have "traded up" (so to speak) for a 2006 Jeep Commander, which would have been our first choice but was a little too pricey at some $9K above the 2007 Nitro.

With 0% financing at 60 and even 72 months, the total cost of ownership for the 2006 Commander was now only about $1K over the cost for the 2007 Nitro. Realizing that Commanders have had their problems as well, we're simply hoping for the best.

To all you Nitro owners: good luck and safe driving. It is definitely a fine-looking, fun-to-drive SUV and we would have enjoyed ours if it had been reasonably dependable.

Now, I'm off to the Jeep Commander Forum! :)
Sorry to hear you couldn't get the issue resolved John
I'm glad to hear you found a suitable replacement and hope it will serve you well!

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