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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,182 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.

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2008 Dodge Avenger engine problems

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #12

Oct 172012

Avenger

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate independently as the throttle control warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle, as it then functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the motor needed to be replaced and the central computer needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #11

Jun 012012

Avenger

  • 94,306 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while reversing, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the 02 sensor. The contact replaced the 02 sensor however, the failure was not corrected. The vehicle continued to stall without warning. The contact performed a second diagnostic which located the failure at the throttle control. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileage was 94,306.

- Rialto , CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 252012

Avenger

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the thermostat temperature would rise, indicating that the vehicle was over heating. The vehicle was later taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The technician advised that the heater coils or hoses needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and they advised that the components were no longer manufactured due to them being defective. As a result, the entire re-manufactured chamber that contains the hoses and coils needed to be use for the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was approximately 123,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Atkins, AL, USA

problem #9

Oct 282012

Avenger

  • 95,000 miles

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

While driving on the interstate, my car suddenly dropped to 20mph and I had to pull off the road. I didn't have anywhere to pull over so I put my flashers on and drove as far right as I could until I had room to pull off the road. It was a very busy part of the interstate and I could have easily been ran over. I had to have it towed to the local dealership where they replaced and electric throttle. This is an issue Dodge Chrysler has been aware of for many years. It should be recalled.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #8

Oct 112012

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph the RPM gauge began to fluctuate rapidly when the brakes were applied and the vehicle stalled. Several minutes later the vehicle was restarted and the vehicle resumed normal function. The following day the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle was not diagnosed by a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 45,000. Updated 12/7/12 the dealer was unable to find any problems. Updated 12/17/12

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 062012

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Motor mounts failed and this is the second time it has happened. Dealer replaced front mount and said there was a change in the mounts due to problems but did not change the back mount, now the back mount has failed. I think that if Dodge had to make a change in design of the mount due to problems they should have had to change both mounts when they changed the front one. This is just so they don't have to spend any more money on a car than they have to.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 162012

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles

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

While driving my car, the electronic throttle control light came on and the car lost power and would not accelerate. I have researched this problem and it seems that it is a common occurrence. Please recall now for safety reasons!

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 172011

Avenger

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air conditioner failed. The contact also stated that the engine caught on fire, in which he beleived was directly related to the air conditioning failure. The contact had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection where they advised that there were no failures found within the vehicle. The failure later recurred and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 022012

Avenger

  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that she heard a ticking noise coming from the engine when driving at various speeds. The contact took the vehicle to a local repair shop where he was advised that the bearings were wearing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to contact NHTSA to file a complaint. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 042012

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 91,123 miles
While driving on highway, etc light came on signifying problem with throttle component. After doing research, it appears that this is an ongoing problem with Dodge vehicles including the 2008 Avenger. Many statements online urged to open claim here as this can be an expensive problem that is not covered by warranty or recall.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 132010

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
I have been having problems with my Dodge Avenger for about 40,000 miles now and have had it into multiple shops without the problem being solved. The electronic throttle control light comes on and off at random times either causing my car to shut off while im going down the road, cause power lag with no acceleration about 45 mph or shifting into different gears, or the engine light comes on along with the etc light and the car will idle very high then very low and repeat the process making the car unable to drive. The vehicle has shut off on me while going down interstate and highways and I've almost been hit several times because of it. I see lots of postings with the same issue but there are no recalls on this issue which dealerships do not know how to fix. I've been told to change the battery, the TPMS was messing up, the throttle valve was sticking, improper fuel delivery, and that the car wasn't getting enough air. None of these once fixed were the cause of the car freaking out and now im forced to drive day to day with my son in the car hoping it works well enough that an accident wont happen. I've seen enough complaints about the electronic throttle control that there should have been a recall a long time ago to fix this yet it's been 4 years and still nothing is being done to help make peoples vehicles safe again that they paid for.

- Osgood , OH, USA

problem #1

May 252012

Avenger

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact heard a ticking and knocking noise coming from the engine. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician stated that the engine would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Oakley, MI, USA

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