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3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,179 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #13

Nov 152013

Avenger

  • 106,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp was illuminated and the door locks failed to disengage. Additionally, the radio remained on after the key was removed from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 106,000 and the current mileage was 107,000.

- East Helena, MT, USA

problem #12

Feb 042013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the passenger side door latch disconnected from the housing causing the door to not to lock. The power locks feature did not lock the door as well. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign I.D. number 07V414000 (latches/locks/linkages). The contact personally repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #11

Apr 162011

Avenger

  • 55,000 miles
Purchased my 2008 Dodge Avenger in April 2008 and have had nothing but problem after problem with it first the air bags were recalled then the latches on the doors were recalled. The tire pressure sensor light just never goes off most recently the fuel pump went on the vehicle costing me close to 700 and now the alternator which is going to cost me another 600. What kind of vehicle did Dodge build. This is some bs an all of this is while the vehicle only has about 65000 miles or less N it.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 032010

Avenger

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This was a sudden failure. My family and I enjoy a great day at a theme park, we head back to the parking garage to head home. We get in our four door 2008 Dodge Avenger and it will not shift out of park. The vehicle turns on great, I check the emergency brake, I turn on the car, turn off the car and the shifter will not budge out of park. I call a towing service and he said this happens with a lot of Dodge Avengers and sebrings. He had to pull the trim off where the shifter is located and push this pink release down and the shifter moved freely. I contacted a Dodge dealership and they said it will cost me $200 which is ridiculous! I went online no recall, but I found thousands of other people who are having the same issue. This issue needs to be addressed to Chrysler and get a damn recall on these vehicles. Thank you.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 242010

Avenger

  • 56,287 miles
I went out to my car to leave work and I started my car as usual. I tried to shift out of park and I couldn't move the shifter. I tried everything suggested to me and I couldn't find how to bypass it in the owner's manual. (the service tech finally showed me how to do it once it was fixed) I finally called to have it towed to a close dealership where they fixed it. The gear shift mechanism broke. There is a pink plastic piece that holds the spring that activates the shift lock and the hook that actually holds the spring broke. The entire module needed to be replaced costing $69.35 for the part and approximately $129 for labor. After researching the incident online, I found out this is a major recurring problem for the Dodge Avenger, it could be avoided if the part was made out of metal and not plastic.

- Huron, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 162010

Avenger

  • 50,231 miles
Drove the 2008 Avenger last night (Thursday 7/15/2010), parked in the driveway. Started the car today (7/16/2010) and car will not come out of park. Stuck here till Monday and have to have car towed to Dodge dealer. Goggled problem, and found 155 exact complaints.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 062010

Avenger

  • 35,105 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Very many 2008 Dodge Avengers are having an issue with the gear shifters getting stuck in park, including mine. (see website at the link pasted for proof: www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/Avenger/2008/transmission/gear_shift_module_lock_up.shtml) since my car was just under the 36,000 mile cutoff for the factory warranty I was able to get the dealership to cover towing and fixing it for free. However, this apparently happens pretty often with these cars so what am I going to do the next time this happens and the time after that"?" there is a spring attached to a pink button on the gear shifter that keeps popping off of everybody's car. There needs to be a major recall on this!!

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #6

Feb 202010

Avenger

  • 20,000 miles
The latch that lets you take the car out of park is malfunctioning that only allows you to take the car out of park by pushing a pink latch button under the shifter.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 072010

Avenger

  • 40,700 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger with 40,800 miles on it. I had a problem with the gear shifter stuck in park. The problem seems to be very common in many Dodge vehicles, it seems to be a very cheap plastic part. Could there be a recall on this problem"??"

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 282009

Avenger

  • miles
One problem after another back hump brake light does not work due to water pouring into the trunk. (thru the trunk latch; smells like a cat used as a litter box)! no light goes on to let me know that the brake light no longer works. Carpet in trunk is ruined from the water. Leaves keep showing up into a closed trunk" how are they getting in" can not use the trunk for anything! called Dodge and filed a complaint with then; they told me I was the only report at this time. On the road my husband and I noticed that almost all 2008 Dodge Avengers on the road must have the same problem. Check your middle back brake light; it's burnt out trust me we saw many on the road. Then check for water in the trunk it will be there. Call Dodge pleaseż

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 282009

Avenger

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

One problem after another back hump brake light does not work due to water pouring into the trunk. (thru the trunk latch; smells like a cat used as a litter box)! no light goes on to let me know that the brake light no longer works. Carpet in trunk is ruined from the water. Leaves keep showing up into a closed trunk" how are they getting in" can not use the trunk for anything! called Dodge and filed a complaint with then; they told me I was the only report at this time. On the road my husband and I noticed that almost all 2008 Dodge Avengers on the road must have the same problem. Check your middle back brake light; it's burnt out trust me we saw many on the road. Then check for water in the trunk it will be there. Call Dodge pleaseż

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 282009

Avenger

  • miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). To whom it may concern, I have bought a car about 2 weeks ago and told the dealer that there is a recall (front door latch cable clips). 3 days ago I went to the same dealer to get it done. I have waited there for 5 hours because they were about to fix the car because of the recall. I was told that they fixed the recall problem. Today (01/01/10) I have checked the Dodge homepage again and typed my VIN to see if they really fixed the recall and I saw that the status is still incomplete. Should I find another dealer and get that car fixed? another problem is the alignment of the car. It drafts to the right and I was told from the dealer that I have to go somewhere else and get it done and that I have to pay it out of my pocket. [xxx]

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012009

Avenger

  • 46,000 miles
Passenger's door latch failed while on the road. (my 6 year old son was sitting in passengers side when this occurred) door would not latch at all. Car taken to mack haik Dodge dealership in georgetown, tx. To be repaired. No recalls were noted although the service people had mentioned numerous problems of similar nature.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

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