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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 8 of 8)

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problem #18

Aug 282009


  • 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 #17

Aug 282009


  • 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 #16

Mar 122010


  • 77,692 miles
Engine stalling without warning no gas pedal car runs at idle only.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #15

Feb 282010


  • 51,900 miles


The car will automatically shut down in the middle of the road and the shifter then the car will lock up, and once you put the car into park it will not shift from park. This happened to me and I was stuck in the middle of a busy intersection. After much frustration and trying to shift the car out of park. The lever that was holding the car in park slipped out of place and allowed me to shift the car into neutral and me and the officer helping me were able to push the car to the nearest gas station. This occurs often and has occurred 3 times since that time which was the first. To replace the problem is to reprogram the computer. This cost $270. There has been many cases that I have read about this happening. It also seems to happen to everybody around 40,000 to 50,000 miles on the car.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #14

Jul 222009


  • miles
I have a Dodge Avenger 2008 which a complete lemon. I have taken my car to several Dodge dealerships (~15X) after speaking the Chrysler headquarters and all have refused to fix the car stating that there was not a problem with it. I currently have an extended contract 7yrs/70K warranty which I picked at the time of purchase and it is still valid, however no Dodge dealer will serve my car. Eventually I have had to pay out of pocket to fix the electrical problem and replace at least one catalytic converter because, Dodge dealers would not fix the problem when it was at the 24K mile mark. So, please tell me which federal Agency have the authority to holds the independent car dealerships and Chrysler accountable to fix problems. Your recall notices work only 25% of the time. Do you all have a scorecard of actual vehicles being repaired in accordance to your notices because there is a big disconnect with companies such as Chrysler. I have spent almost $4,000 in needed repairs (travel from NY to NJ daily for work) because Chrysler's independent companies refused to repair the vehicle and Chrysler has told me that they have no control over the dealerships. So, which federal Agency officiates control over unreliable car companies such as Chrysler. How much collateral damages is required before Chrysler and its management (and engineers) become accountable to consumers and the federal regulatory standards. As for me, $4,000 is a small cost to pay to avoid an accident and leave a child an orphan because the fuel tank was defective and caused at accident. What cost are you willing to pay?

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 152009


  • miles
I have a wiring problem with my 2008 Dodge advenger. I was driving down the road and I lost my head lights, turn signals, wiper blades, dash lights, high beams and I also have no daytime running lights.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #12

Sep 092009


  • 36,000 miles


I purchased a 2008 Dodge Avenger last April, brand new. I have taken care of the vehicle, the lighting on the dash is always coming on, so I am constantly taking it to the shop and they run the diagnostics and they tell me nothing is ever wrong. I had to take the it in for a warranty problem on top of all of that. Then this last time I thought it was making a funny noise with the brakes. I took it in and they said I have a leak in my transmission and oil tank, of course the only thing on the dash lighting this time says "tire problem". it is such an unsafe vehicle, I ran out of gas in the middle of making a turn in an intersection and my gas light wasn't on and the gage showed I had quarter of a tank. The car has caused me nothing but problems. Then to top it off, I got in my car to go home from work and it wouldn't move out of gear and I had to call a tow truck. I have only had the car a year, if I wanted problems with a car I wouldn't have bought it brand new.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 022009


  • 13,000 miles
Bought 2008 Avenger in September 2007. In Michigan cold weather the windows won't roll down. And when its wet the car stalls and comes to a complete stop, this has happened about 4 to 5 times and the tire light goes on even after checking and filling the tires to right pressure that has happened about 3 times. Took it to the dealer and he said he fixed both the problems, waiting to see if it persists but driving the car is scary because I never know when it is going to stall and stop on me.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #10

Mar 262009


  • 35,500 miles
The car when on highway tachometer fluctuates and when coming to a stop almost stalls. Also today after the defroster/air conditioner was turned off when I came to a stop at a red light the car almost stalled then proceeded to counteract the stall by revving up to at least 2000 RPM's causing me to jump forward into the intersection. Luckily no cars were in front of me because it would have caused a crash.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #9

Feb 182009


  • 22,000 miles
This is a recurring issue with many 2008 Dodge Avenger SXT 2.7L. As the vehicle is stopping it stalls, or the computer in an attempt to stop a stall increases the rpms causing the car to speed up uncontrollably. I have since learned to slip the car into neutral so that it no longer jumps forward. I recommend a recall to solve this problem.

- St Thomas, 00, USA

problem #8

Apr 022008


  • 18,000 miles


My car stalls in intersection, it doesn, T shift up some times, there has been a clunking noise in front struts sins I bought it, the transmission seems to bang into gear some times when it shifts took to dealer and got bums russ they claimed that it wasn't acting up when I took it to them. I am afraid that its going to leave my wife stranded in traffic.

- Great Valley, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 012008


  • 8,999 miles
Car purchased 2/08 with 8999 miles. Immediately there was a starting problem. Using factory remote starting the car would stall after a few seconds. Once it flooded and wouldn't restart without stepping on the accelerator pedal (a no no for this type of injection system). Looked at by dealer three times with no problem found and no fix made. The fourth time we took it in for service they found(now approx. 21000 miles) it but still no code visible from computer. Service writer said we needed a fuel injection service so I said do it. He said it wasn't covered by Chrysler so I said don't do it. He was vehement about it needing to be done and pushed hard for me to pay and I maintained that if it needed to be done, it needed to be done from the day we bought it and now they want me to pay for what should be a warranty repair. Note that it started fine with the key but not with the remote start. Same fuel injectors are used for both starting protocols and for engine to run so which injector could be bad? didn't make sense and therefore was rejected by me. The fourth time they reset the computer which Chrysler covered under warranty and paid the dealer 24minutes to fix. No more problem with the car starting with either the key or the remote starter button. No injector problems now or before the resetting of the computer.

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #6

Dec 262008


  • 22,837 miles
I was traveling in my '08 Dodge Avenger SXT w/my son making a left hand turn around a corner & vehicle just turned off by itself w/O warning. Went head on into oncoming traffic & went up onto a curb. Put vehicle into park & restarted it. The vehicle has to date shut off on us 6 X's. the even when incident happened was we were just driving the car-going home. The vehicle gives no signs, beeps or warnings that it is going to shut off. It just shuts off by itself. It has occurred a total of 6X's so far. I took the vehicle-which is still under original factory warranty-to the Dodge dealership & notified the dealership where vehicle was purchased of the issues w/the vehicle. There are also recalls that were not fixed & electrical issues as well as transmission, brake & tires issues that are still as of this date not repaired because they "could not duplicate the problem". the dealership had the vehicle for 13 days before telling me the computer needed to be "flashed". they did that & car still stalls out when stopped @ stop signs or lights. They told me they do not know why it turned off on me & why the steering locked up & brakes locked up when it turned off. So therefore they cannot tell me that they know why the car has died & that the issue is even fixed! they will not say that it will not turn off on us again. I have researched online several sites (popular mechanics, etc.) & see that I am not the only one this has happened to. I bought this car to be able to have a safe, reliable & dependable car for me & my son. My son has cerebral palsy so I have to drive in this car. I feel that its 50/50 when we get in this car & that everytime could be the time when we're going 50 on the interstate in a turn & the car turns off & we hopefully don't die! I feel that this car has a major defect or flaw in its design somewhere. I love the car but I am scared to drive it now. I do not want me or my son to die in this car! its only a matter of time before someone does. Thank you.

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 092008


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. Sporadically, while driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. It typically takes several minutes to restart the vehicle. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 08V152000 (electrical system:wiring) and immediately took the vehicle to the dealer for repair. One month after the repair, the failure resurfaced. He called the manufacturer and is waiting for a response. The failure mileage was 17,000 and current mileage was 38,000.

- Palos Hills, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 132008


  • 5,000 miles
Ignition sticking in the on position, jerking movements while in drive with some hold back. This vehicle was purchased June 13th, 2008, were any of the recalls corrected on this vehicle before purchase?

- Hohenwald, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 142007

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
A few days after I purchased the vehicle I began hearing a tapping noise in the engine sounds like knocking (bad gas or rod). Dealer claims to not hear anything. Took to another dealer which heard the noise, kept the car to inspect and repair stating they thought they knew what the problem was. Car wasn't fixed I complained because the second dealer admitted to speaking with the first dealer thus the car wasn't fixed. They lied to me and told me it was a federally regulated emissions system that made the car sound that way. Dealer #1 offered to set up an appointment with a Chrysler rep. Then he called back and stated that the rep wouldn't be local for 4-6 weeks. The rep called me and basically stated that it sounded like I just didn't like the car. The dealer would not take the car back, and were rude about repairs. I never saw the rep. Now the car is making a rubbing noise in the steering column and the power steering pump sounds like it is going out. I have done everything to try to replace the car but the dealers have put me off so long without repairs that I am stuck with the car. Less than 6 months after I owned the car I began seeing commercials for the car only the price was more than $5,000 less than what I was charged. Therefore, the bank wants an enormous amount of money in order to put me in another vehicle. The ignition rolls over several times before starting. Sometimes I have to attempt starting the vehicle three times. The cd player does not work, it over heats and will burn your hand if you touch the digital display. I have had friends in the community to call me and tell me that my car sounded awful when they saw me in town. Additionally I am paying 430 a month for the payment when the girl across the road is having the same problems with her new Avenger yet she only pays 279 a month at 11% interest. With all of the problems and the miserable ride this car offers, I can easily compare it to a bicycle " a used bicycle" at best.

- Marion, KY, USA

problem #2

May 032008

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
We own a 2008 Dodge Avenger. We received a recall letter (H07)concerning an electrical wiring problem that could cause the car to cut off without notice. We called the local dealership when we received the letter but they didn't have any information about it and said they would notify us when they received information. We never got a call from them. We experienced the car cutting off on several occasions but never when it was a dangerous situation. On Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at 7pm in the evening my son was driving the car and was braking to stop at an intersection and the car cut off causing him to lose all power steering and power brakes. He attempted to swerve to avoid hitting the car in front of him but was unable to totally miss the car. He hit the car in front of him because the car was too hard to steer and brake due to loss of power. After the accident we contacted Dodge and our local dealership only to be told that our car is not involved in the recall. Some 2008 Avengers are involved but according to our VIN they tell us our car is not involved. This could have been a very serious accident. I don't know why our car is not involved in the recall because we have experienced the problems that the recall notated. We would like the recall to be reevaluated and our car and possibly other 2008 Avengers be included in the recall. Once the body work is fixed on the car, we will take it to our local dealership and have them check out the problem. We are afraid to drive the car until we know the problem has been fixed because next time the accident could result in injury or death.

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202008

Avenger 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,600 miles
On 3 separate occasions while driving my 2008 Dodge Avenger SXT in light rain, the vehicle lost all electrical power. Each time the car stalled the wipers were on. We took the vehicle to the Dodge dealer and were told there is no problem. A day after having the car looked at it stalled again, almost causing a rear end collision. Car was taken back to dealer immediately, they kept the car for 1 1/2 days and told us the solenoid valve is getting raw gasoline in it due to us "topping of the gas tank when we fill it up" (never have done that). They replaced the valve, but the car still stumbles as if it were going to stall. Dodge told us there are no recalls or other complaints out there like ours, however doing my own online research I found a family in Florida on with the same problems! this is a big concern to my husband and I as our 3 month old son was in the car when the power loss has occurred.

- Brook Park, OH, USA

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