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

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Sep 172016

Avenger

  • 110,000 miles

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

I was on highway I-80 and the horn started going off on its own. Engine started to lose power but thankfully it kept going and I made it home. Went to auto shop and they disconnected both horns. A week later, after I stopped, turned the engine off and tried to restart it, the engine would not start. Had the battery jumped and the car started. A week later the engine shut off again while driving. Stopped at red light on very busy street and the engine just shut down. Had vehicle towed to mechanic. It started. Mechanic could not find anything wrong. Tested the battery and it was good. Drove car home. 4 days later car would not start again. Waited 15 minutes and engine started. I am terrified to drive this vehicle! I don't know when the vehicle will stop. This vehicle is hazardous and could cause a fatal accident!!!

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #71

Aug 162016

Avenger

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 15 mph and making a U turn, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart on the first attempt; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 180,000.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #70

Jul 252016

Avenger

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, an abnormal sound emitted from the vehicle without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine cradle was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #69

Jul 032016

Avenger

  • 180,000 miles

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

Got home, put car in park & let go of the brake. Noticed I was rolling backwards so I quickly pushed on the brake. Looked on my dash & it indicated the car was in reverse, so I pushed on the gear shifter to make sure it was pushed all the way up, which it was. I then turned the car off & tried to turn it back on. The car then wouldn't start 7 the gears would not change. Looked online, seen there was a common issue with the pink plastic piece connected to the gear. Pushed the pink plastic piece in & it allowed me to switch gears when it was held in but I am still unable to crank my car & even when the gears are switched the dashboard says the car is still in reverse. Looked up recalls & sure enough there is a recall but of course when I entered my car information it doesn't apply to my car. I also have replaced the alternator 4 times in 3 years. I was told that it is a poor design that causes the alternator to wear down & lock up so quickly. I will ever buy another chrystler Dodge vehicle in my life. This car has by far been the worst investment of my life. I really hope something happens to get these cars off of the road forever before they end up killing someone due to the highly poor design of everything in them!

- Savanna, GA, USA

problem #68

Sep 022015

Avenger

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. When the contact added antifreeze fluid into the radiator, it only would last a week, causing the vehicle to overheat. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the origin of the leak could not be found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Ft Mayer, FL, USA

problem #67

Mar 042016

Avenger

  • miles
I brought a 2008 Dodge Avenger in March 2016 and shortly after purchasing it, the vehicle stalled while I was driving. It did it several times while driving trying to start it and while in reverse. I notice that when im driving and I slow down or coming to a stop it would kinda shake and I notice that the RPM side dropped below 0 and the car stalled. If I can feel it in time I would take my foot of the brake and let it go up to 1 and hit the brake again and sometimes that would help. I have been to mechanic shops and because the check engine light wasnt on it was not reading anything and ive contact the dealership to see if my vehicle was recalled which it should be because I have a new born and it stall on me in traffic on the freeway while an 18 wheeler was behind me so you can imagine my nerves. This vehicle is not safe and I can't spend a lot of money paying for the none existing problem as I am told. Because I cant afford it please help!!! this is a safety issue and I dont feel safe driving my car. Something is wrong and I can't keep paying people to do nothing about this situation. This is scary, thanks in advance

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #66

Mar 212016

Avenger

  • 200,000 miles

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

I started the car to leave work, check engine light came on. As I was driving I lost the ability to accelerate above 40mph. While driving 30mph the RPM were at 4,000. I took the car to my mechanic. Map sensor was replace and also transmission selinoid. Check engine light was still on, they went through all trouble shooting. PCM needs to be replaced. According to Dodge dealership the part is on back order with no eta on shipping. Was also told there are over 200 orders waiting to be filled, people are waiting 4 months to receive the part. My car has been in the shop now for almost 3 weeks. The dealership my mechanic called didn't inform them of the back order, we were told by another dealership when trying to find the part elsewhere.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #65

Jan 042016

Avenger

  • 102,798 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the intake manifold and the sensor switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,798.

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #64

Jul 282015

Avenger

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. In addition, the cruise control failed to function. The electronic throttle control (etc) and check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power train control module (PCM) needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Oneonta, NY, USA

problem #63

Sep 022015

Avenger

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. Also, the contact mentioned that the driver seat seat belt failed to retract and latch, which caused the warning chime to activate. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #62

Oct 202015

Avenger

  • 88,000 miles

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

I was exiting out of a parking lot in town and traffic was back up and at a standstill. As I attempted to turn left a car tried passing the stopped traffic in a no passing zone. The vehicle hit the front of my car, totaling it. The bumper was on the ground, radiator sideways, hood crinkled, fenders destroyed. My airbags did not deploy. The car that hit me was going fast and caused major damage. Taylorville police department police report number 15-341

- Taylorville, IL, USA

problem #61

Nov 192014

Avenger

  • 35,000 miles
Vehicle turns itself off occasionally while stopping at a traffic light.

- Shaker Heights, OH, USA

problem #60

Sep 022013

Avenger

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving 35 mph, the check engine indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the manifold intake runner became inoperable and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Little Town, CT, USA

problem #59

Jul 302015

Avenger

  • 105,235 miles
My son purchased his 2008 Avenger used in 2014 from Oklahoma. He is in the military and while deployed I am maintaining his vehicle at the local dealership in Michigan with oil changes and service. While driving at 55mph on the freeway the TPMS light came on then the cruise control turned off. Then the engine light as I was exiting the freeway the engine stopped. I started the vehicle which stalled at every. Intersection and on turns would stall putting me in the opposite lane. When looking up recalls it showed the exact problem. I took the vehicle to the dealership. They stated no recall on this VIN# and the problem is his timing chain and of course the fee is $1500 dollars. It seems Fiat Chrysler is trying to do everything not to fix these older models.

- Detroit , MI, USA

problem #58

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 #57

May 092015

Avenger

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving at 65 mph, the vehicle began to overheat and the temperature warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the thermostat, reservoir, water pump, timing chain, and a temperature coolant sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic, who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Douglas, GA, USA

problem #56

Jul 152015

Avenger

  • 118,000 miles
I was unable to start my car as the key would not turn in the ignition, and I could not release the break or turn my wheel. I tried for 25 minutes. I rocked the car while it was in park and the back and forward and then the key turn and I was able to drive.

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #55

Jun 262014

Avenger

  • 47,000 miles
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 #54

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 #53

Mar 152015

Avenger

  • 78,000 miles
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

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