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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,400 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.

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 122011

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


We bought this car used a year ago. Soon after the ac compressor went out. We had it repaired. Then the brakes went out. Had them fixed, but they still grind and are not right. Had the rotars looked at and fixed, but still not good. Then the ac blew again, had it repaired again. Then we heard a loud noise when car idling that sounds like a scream. Then the ac blew again and now their is a grinding noise in engine and it sounds like a lawn mower. We are very unhappy and wrote to Dodge.oh wait this is all following the shifter breaking (pin issue) and having to ask Dodge to make this a recall which they did.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #4

May 312011

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
On Tuesday May 31,2011 at 8:00 am I was driving about 40 mins when I approached a stop light. I turned the A/C on and noticed a plastic smell. I turned into the gas station to investigate. In less than two minutes my entire engine compartment was in flames. The car is a total loss. My vehicle was not included in the recall that could have prevented this. Dodge is responsible!

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 072010


  • 56,000 miles
While I was driving with the air conditioning on I noticed the left 2 vents were coming out warm air. A couple days later there was a mist coming through the only 2 vents that work. I took it in and was told my heatercore/heater housing was broke. That would cost $900 to fix. Also I have had my car stall 6 times, mostly when it is raining and I am coming to a stop sign or stop light. I took it in for that but they couldn't find anything. I also had the clock run 2 min fast every day or two. That had to be updated which doesn't make since to me since it is a 2008 car. It should not need an update on the clock. That was $50. The car has 56,000 miles on it.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 302010


  • 48,000 miles
I bought a 2008 Dodge Avenger in July of 2009. From the time that I purchased the car I have had nothing but problems with it. The front driver door latch would malfunction causing the door to come open and/or not shut at all. This happened twice. Dodge corrected it the first time but refused the second time. My left speed sensor went out and had to be replaced; the airbag light would come on and stay on and Dodge told me the defect did not include my VIN number; my car gout stuck in park and Dodge would not help me with that either. On June 30, 2010 while driving on hwy 41 in port charlotte Florida my engine compartment burst into flames. There is a recall on my car as to this defect also but, once again, I was told by Dodge that it did not include my VIN number. I have been ran in circles for one week with no answers or assistance from Dodge. I have only asked that they provide me with transportation until the cause of my engine fire can be determined and yet again, no response from Dodge. I felt in fear of this vehicle and called Dodge on several occasions asking that they do something about it.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 132010


  • 62,000 miles
Catastrophic engine failure on a 2008 Dodge Avenger on I 271.

- Seville, OH, USA

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