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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,203 miles

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2008 Dodge Avenger electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #138

Aug 242015

Avenger

  • 20,000 miles

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

The tipm went out, causing the vehicle no to start. Some research I have done, tells me that Dodge new about the problem. Its just annoying that it money out of my pocket, and a vehicle I can't drive.

- Ottawa, KS, USA

problem #137

Sep 112012

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My daughter was driving home from work at 60mph and all of sudden the radio was cutting off and on and then the car started hesitating and then just cut off.after having it towed home found that the starter was burt up.replaced starter with new and car fired up and ran for about an hour when the new started that was just replaced also burt...this happened two more times...the car has been broke for two years now.I have it at an independent mechanic shop with another starter....they cannot find the short in the electrical system thats causing this starter to fry! the car starts fine...idles fine...until you drive it for about 3or 4 miles and then the starter starts burning....I can stop the car when I hear the starter winding and burning and take the key completely out and the starter stays stuck in starting position till it burns completely up....there definitely is an electrical issue that no one has heard of, and very hard to fix....updated 10/20/15 the consumer stated the tipm was shorting out and causint the starter to burn. The vehicle was repaired. The ignition lock was also replaced because the key would stick upon starting the vehicle. Updated 2/24/2016

- Aransas Pass, TX, USA

problem #136

Jul 082015

Avenger

  • 34,924 miles
While driving into the city I notice the smell again of burning plastic, the air conditioner switch was hot and stuck in the high position. I had to break away the knob to the lower position of the fan speed to stop the burning smell and then off. This is the second switch ive had to replace since I've has this car ive also found other people also having the high position of this switch fail due to the contact getting hot due to its inability to carry the current required for the fan at high speed. This current caused the old switch contacts to over heat and melt the plastic. I told landers Dodge about this the first time it failed and they said it was just a bad switch, ,and now a second one? no theres something wrong with the design of the switch contacts that it keeps burning these out! ive also had the lighter short out, the center contact moved and shorted against the negative of the housing, it got hot enough to melt the ceramic isolator before wire fuse went. Ive saved ll the parts.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #135

Jun 262014

Avenger

  • 47,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving at 50 mph, the cruise control was activated but would independently turn off. In addition, the contact stated that while at a stop light and the brake pedal was depressed the rpms increased. The contact also stated that while at a stop, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart. The tire pressure warning light and engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed but the parts that needed to be repaired were unknown. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- Marksville, LA, USA

problem #134

Jun 212015

Avenger

  • 137,972 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While the vehicle was parked, smoke appeared from the trunk of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the right speaker had melted. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,972.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #133

Jun 152015

Avenger

  • 101,700 miles
I was stopped at a red light; once the light turned green, I stepped on the gas to go and the vehicle jerked lightly; the warning light for which I now know is the throttle body sensor, blinked on and off; I attempted to give it gas but it would not go past 10 mph; the rpms went up but the speedometer would not move; I have not had any other issues with the vehicle after owning it for 5 years with regular maintenance; the brake down occurred at 101,700 miles; the vehicle is currently being repaired at Dodge dealership at a cost of $530

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #132

Mar 152015

Avenger

  • 78,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the electronic throttle body warning light illuminated. The vehicle's speed decreased independently to 20 mph. The contact veered to the emergency lane and shut off the vehicle. The vehicle was able to restart, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Indianannapolis, IN, USA

problem #131

Jun 102015

Avenger

  • 100,000 miles
I bought this Dodge adventure a month ago and so far it has stalled out 5 times or more at idol.I took it to my mechanic and they cleaned the idol position censer then just yesterday it stalled again on my daughter..what is the problem with my car?I dont want to keep paying more and more money on trying to figure out this problem.

- Freeport, IL, USA

problem #130

Mar 162012

Avenger

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the driver side window made a abnormal noise. The contact mentioned that the window fractured within the driver side door. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who repaired the vehicle, but the parts repaired or replaced were unknown. Two years after the initial repair, the failure recurred and the driver side window fractured into the door paneling. In addition, the vehicle was difficult to shift from park. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Trail, OR, USA

problem #129

Jan 012014

Avenger

  • 140,000 miles
A few things have happened all pointing towards a failed/failing tipm module. The first thing we noticed was the car would stall while sitting still in rush hour/bumper to bumper traffic. Then in early 2014 the windshield wipers started turning off during snow/rain storms almost causing accidents a few times that we replaced the wipers, wiper switch and wiper motor and still have the issue randomly. Last week the horn started to randomly go off to the point that I was driving to work today and it went off and did not stop. Saw the NHTSA investigation into Chrysler tipm's so wanted to put something in because I do not see the 2008 Avenger in the lists online and this is more than likely a failing/failed. Tipm. Dealerships want $800-1000 for the replacement, rockauto, com has it for $260 ($200 core charge) $460 total to get the replacement part then return the core. I have a friend with 2006 Dodge 3500 diesel that he had to replace his tipm recently and got one from rockauto.com as well and recommended them as the go to place given Chrysler's inability to take responsibility to notify their car owners of the potential risk/hazard. I am the original owner of my Avenger and bought it new October 2007.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #128

Apr 102015

Avenger

  • 141,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 75 mph, the cruise control, the windshield wipers, and the air conditioner failed to activate. In addition, the horn sounded independently. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the horn connectors were disabled. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 141,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #127

Feb 282015

Avenger

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted, but the failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the vehicle needed an oil change and a tune up. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Kearny , NJ, USA

problem #126

Mar 012011

Avenger

  • miles
My 2008 Dodge Avenger first exhibited this problem in March 2011. I am the only owner and I bought it new. Especially in wet weather but occasionally in other instances, the engine will shut off but all electrical equipment- the radio, lights, dashboard and A/C will remain on. This occurs when braking at a stop light or slowing to make a turn- usually when at low speed as when pulling into a driveway. I then must put the car in park, turn off the ignition then restart the car and it always restarts immediately. I have talked to the dealership I bought the car at more than once about the issue but they say they cannot recreate the problem and so can't diagnose it, but this issue only occurs periodically in wet conditions so being able to recreate it at the dealership is unlikely. I would estimate it has happened around 15 to 20 times in the past 4 years. I have seen recalls for other Dodge and Chrysler vehicles that sound similar but none for the Avenger. I hope Dodge will issue a recall on this malfunction as it sounds like there are many other people with the same problem. I feel like this could easily cause an accident.

- Groveport, OH, USA

problem #125

Dec 152012

Avenger

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the brake pedal was depressed. The electronic throttle control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was not available.

- Cole Springs, KY, USA

problem #124

Feb 052011

Avenger

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that there was an intermittent electrical failure that was progressing with no warning. The radio shorted, the instrument cluster shorted for various sensors, the clock was not reading properly and the vehicle was stalling. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the electrical connectors for the TPMS were corroded and caused a short circuit. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V152000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was to be taken to an authorized dealer for further inspection, diagnosis and repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Del Mar, CA, USA

problem #123

Jan 212015

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 79,284 miles
I took my car in on January 21, 2015 because my airbag light was flashing again but this time it's a clockspring and [xxx] at Dodge told me that is not safe to drive the car like this because airbags wont work, my cruise control doesn't work and he said more things will fail. I think this should be on the recall list but it isn't. there is no way that I can have it fixed because I get $800 a month and to replace that part is $579.30. Is there anyway to put this part on the recall list because it's not safe to drive. Thank you

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #122

Feb 152012

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving the car all of a sudden the cruise control shifts off and the rpms start going up to 5 rpms if I barely touch the gas. So I pull over and shut the car off and then the car will not crank back up. Have replaced the battery and alternator both two times. Updated 3/30/2016

- Old Town, FL, USA

problem #121

Jan 222015

Avenger

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to pick up speed upon depressing the accelerator pedal. The contact noticed upon removing the wiring harness there was an internal fire, which burned the components pertaining to the fuel pump that burned into the fuel tank and the housing. The vehicle was not able to be driven due to the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V426000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #120

Dec 312014

Avenger

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed the problem but did not repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 085V152000 (electrical system) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #119

Oct 152014

Avenger

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle could be restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

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