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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,982 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Dodge Avenger brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 262010


  • 72,804 miles


Car drove fine, parked in driveway, went back out ten minutes later and it wouldn't shift out of park. And the override the owners manual suggests wouldn't work either. It was such an inconvenience. When I called the tow company, they started laughing. I was about the 25th Dodge they were going to tow so far for the week! I guess this is a plastic piece down near the shifter that breaks in high heat.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #4

Jul 112010


  • 49,000 miles
I have 2008 Dodge Avenger and the automatic gear shift stick lock up in the park position. The override button under the cup holder failed to work also. I read on the internet that this has happened frequently with this vehicle model. My car was still under warranty but I still had to pay a $50 contract charge. The company said that they had theseparts in stock because they have received several complaints about the same problem with the 2008 Dodge Avengers. This is an awful feeling when you get somewhere and your vehicle locks in the park position and no one has an answer.

- Chatham, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 062010


  • 35,105 miles
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: 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 #2

Feb 202010


  • 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 #1

Sep 012009


  • 23,000 miles
Purchased a brand new 2008 Avenger and have had problems with the brakes from the get go. Can feel brakes surging through the steering wheel. Took it in and was told that brakes wasn't covered under the warranty. Replaced all brakes and had rotors turned and problem started again right away. And now also whenever you brake hard the brake light comes on and stays on.

- Bonne Terre, MO, USA

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