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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,625 miles

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2008 Dodge Avenger drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #36

Jul 212010


  • 60,002 miles


Bought my car in March of 2009 it's a Dodge Avenger 2008, I have never had any problems with this car. As of 7/21/10 I get in the car with my children to go to the store and find that the shifter will not go out of park reason is there is a pink plastic piece under the gear shift plate that the spring flew off somewhere and the cable is not catching anything to let the car go in reverse. There has been three other people that I know plus I found a website that unfortunately alot of people that have the same car are having the same issue. This is ridiculous that there has not been a recall on this problem when the piece cost $40 but the dealership wants to charge $400 I am a single mother of two children and can't afford to pay for this. I have no other car.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #35

Jul 192010


  • 44,873 miles
It happened after the car was parked for 2 days. I went to start it up, and it wouldn't come out of park. After running a diagnostic test there were no errors found. I google searched the problem and found this link: in there were similar issues people expressed anguish over. I read one post talking about a pink plastic part that had been the whole issue. Sure enough, I went to my car and located the piece and did as others said, and my car was able to move out of park. I have not contacted a dealership about this yet, but knowing Chrysler they probably won't offer this as a recall/warranty part.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #34

Jul 022010


  • miles
2008 Dodge Avenger's gear shift will stop working for no known reason. No warning is given when this happens. In order to get the car to shift into gear, on must completely disassemble the console to find the 'magical pink switch'. one you pull the pink switch the gear shift will move to reverse. The dealership is charging approximately $300 for the repair.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #33

Jul 162010


  • 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 #32

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 #31

Jul 112010


  • 25,251 miles
On Saturday 07/10/10 I had driven my car and did some shopping that I needed to do. On Sunday 07/11/10 I was planning to go grocery shopping. I got in my car started the engine and tried to put the car in reverse to get out of my garage. The car would not go into reverse it was stuck in park. After several minutes of trying to get the gear shift to move out of park I gave up and went into the house. On Monday 07/12/10 I had to call a tow truck to come and pick up my car and tow it to the dealership because the car was still stuck in park. When the tow truck driver got to my house he informed me that I was the 3rd Dodge Avenger in the last week that he had to tow to a garage because the gear shift was stuck in park. When I went to pick up my car at the dealership I was talking to the mechanic and he informed me that he had two other Dodge cars in the shop that he was working on that had the same problem as mine. One was a Dodge Avenger and the other was a Dodge magnum. He said that in the last couple of months his shop has been repairing more and more Dodge vehicles with the same problem, gear shift stuck in park. He stated that there were at least 12 - 15 cars in the last month that they had to fix. I feel that someone needs to look into this of why so many Dodge cars gear shifts are getting stuck in park and that Dodge needs to possibly do a recall of this product. I have only had my car 6 months and I feel that this should not have happened.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #30

Jun 232010


  • 54,000 miles


On my wife's 2008 Dodge Avenger, the gear shift module is stuck in park. Doing research online, this appears to be a very common problem for 2008 Dodge Avengers (and other Chrysler models), and a recall to fix this issue is definitely needed.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #29

Jul 082010


  • miles
I left work today, get in my car, and try to leave, I can't!! why"!?! because the car will not go out of park, no warnings to lead up to this happening. It was such an inconvenience. I had to leave my car in an area overnight that I was not comfortable with. What a pain!! no recalls and a lot of money out of a single hard working man's income. I have not even had the car two years. Due to my miles the warranty will not cover the repair. I'm going to have to get my car towed back to the dealership and am stranded and inconvenienced. I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger 4cyl. What the [xxx], Dodge?" the entire shift assembly has to be replaced! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Eight Mile , AL, USA

problem #28

Jul 082010


  • 61,927 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. When the contact attempted to drive the vehicle, he was unable to shift out of the park gear. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The failure and current mileages were 61,927.

- Lennox, MI, USA

problem #27

Jun 242010


  • 66,024 miles
I own a 2008 Dodge Avenger and everything has been sooo great until two weeks ago I started my car and when I tried to shift into reverse it would not budge. After searching the problem on the internet I found a temporary solution, the use of a butter knife to move the hot pink lever under shifter which inturn releases gear from park. So in order to drive my vehicle I must use the butter knife to release from park...........everytime!! I contacted my local Dodge dealer and they stated they had not seen any problems like I explained. I ordered(from the dealership) a shift assembly which is $50 + tax. (I knew what part I needed from a post from this site) and now my car is at the dealership getting "fixed" and labor is due to run me $114 +.!!! I ask that Dodge be required to recall this particular part and reimburse those who have had to have it fixed.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #26

Jun 262010


  • 45,000 miles


My wife, my mother-in-law, and I all drove my car on Friday with no issues. The next time I tried to drive my car on Saturday, I could not shift my car out of park. My car is a 2008 Dodge Avenger. We tried several times, making sure the steering wheel wasn't locked, the brakes were pressed when attempting to move out of park, checked the transmission fluid and checked anything else we thought might cause the issue. After all that failed, I researched a little online and found a forum on where several owners of the same vehicle type had the same issue. Apparently there is a very small, pink plastic hook in the shifting assembly that allows the shifter to move out of park. Not surprisingly considering how small it is, this hook breaks, preventing the car from shifting. On the forum, multiple people complained that the dealerships were telling them this wasn't covered on warranty. My warranty was up, so I used a suggestion from the forum to use a compression spring to hold the pink assembly in place once the hook breaks. Not an ideal fix, but it works and only cost me a couple of dollars for the spring instead of the 100-300 dollars involved in towing and having the dealership look at it that others on that forum went through.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #25

Jun 252010


  • 75,000 miles
Dodge Avenger 2008 shifter assembly breaks and leaves the car stuck in park, at the dealership this will cost over $400 to fix and I am going to attempt to fix on my own due to financial difficulties but this is a very common problem with this and the sebring models and it should definitely be addressed.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 212010


  • 62,000 miles
I was getting ready for work, had to be there by 7am. My fiance' had already left for work. I went to start my car and it wouldn't come out of park. Tried over and over to get it out of park. As a result of this happening I was late for work and I can't afford to be late for work. We are docked points when we are late or miss work and I am never late and never miss work. You can be terminated with just 4 points. I did research on the internet about my car, trying to find out what could be wrong with it and found out alot more people have had the exact same problem as I have. This could have happened anywhere. Luckily it happened in my driveway but I have a small child that I'm out with alot by myself. I feel it is a safety concern because you don't know when it's going to happen. It's a plastic piece that breaks off and causes the spring that's attached to it to let the car out of park fly off and then you are just stuck. There is no way to over ride it unless you take the entire console out and manually pull the pink lever back. I'm not a helpless female but I can't take a complete console out by myself. So therefore I feel that puts myself and my daughter in a bad situation if we are out by ourselves and this happens. I called the dealership and they said it would cost around $300 plus tax to fix the problem. But the problem is that they are just replacing it with the same plastic moldings that will break again at some point and time. I feel very unsafe with this car the way it is. Right now I don't have the money to pay $300 for something that I might have to replace again in a day another week or who knows when. I have not had it repaired at the moment..I'm driving with my console completely off and manually pulling up on the pink latch and putting it in gear. I think it's really sad that the company can't stand behind their product and let the consumer know that they are important and will fix the problem the right way.

- Fairdale, KY, USA

problem #23

Jun 102010


  • miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger that I was unable to use as of today. I got ready to leave my house and my car would not go out of park to reverse. I started trying to figure out why. I went to google and found numerous people had the same problem. And what's worse, is that Dodge doesn't see it as a problem and has not placed a recall out for it. It needs to be done. Its a safety thing. My warranty on my car is up. I have an extended warranty but its still going to cost me $200 at least to fix it and I do not have that. I have 2 kids, one who is a diabetic, and I am a stay at home mom. What is it going to take for Dodge to get with it and take care of this and make sure a recall is sent out on this?? too many people have had this same problem.

- Mustang, OK, USA

problem #22

Jan 012010


  • 60,000 miles
I have been very very disappointed with my 2008 Avenger.. seems like I've experienced one problem after the other.. the first was the TPMS, which a recall was made and that was fixed. 2nd I had to replace the whole gear shift because it wouldn't come out of park... I called the dealership and they advised me that they saw a significant increase on those parts and alot of the Avengers were experiencing the same thing. 3rd, now the bearings inside the alternator have broke.. and I have to replace the whole alternator itself. We again called the Dodge house and they also explained how many request they are getting ref this part and having to keep them in stock continuously. Everyone I know that has an Avenger have all experienced all of these same problems.. and my question is at what point does Dodge start issuing a recall?? if Dodge can call the dealerships and get a tally on all amount of replacement parts they would be surprised and realize that a recall does need to be in effect.

- Burleson , TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 062010


  • 48,300 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger that has a defective gear shift. My car was in the middle of the road and I was almost injured trying to get out of the car when I discovered the car would not come out of park after I turned back on. This may not be considered a safety problem to Dodge but depending on where your car is when you turn it off it does really become a safety issue. This was the first incident I have had with this problem and I am attempting to get this repaired now. This really has been a pain for me and my bank account!!

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 062010


  • 44,000 miles
Car would not shift out of park.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 052010


  • 58,000 miles
Went to go leave work at 9:30 at night and the car will not go into drive. The gear shifter seems to be stuck in park. Had to get it towed to the Dodge dealer nearby. I have seen numerous complaints on this issue while researching it online.

- Commerce , GA, USA

problem #18

May 312010


  • miles
Gear shift on my 2008 Dodge Avenger stuck in park.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #17

May 202010


  • 54,000 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger it got stuck in park and I could not get it out. I called a mechanic friend who showed me a little pink switch that should release it to what ever gear you need. It does not work unless you push it yourself. I notice online that they have a lot of people who own 2008 Avengers with the same problem. Something needs to be done. I will be bringing mine to the dealership.

- Krotz Springs , LA, USA

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