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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,717 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 032012


  • 58,000 miles


I was driving on the highway and then the car just started like it was wanting to cut off when I was giving it throttle the car was jerking back and fourth I took it back to the place I bough it from and waiting on them to fix the issue.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 012011


  • 72,700 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, a loud noise would be heard coming from under the hood. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer would not provide assistance unless the vehicle was diagnosed by an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was 72,700 and the current mileage was 72,842.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 152010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that when driving at 20 mph and over, the vehicle would without warning. The vehicle would always restart and was taken to the dealer. The dealer was unable to duplicate or produce a failure code from the diagnostic test. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a total of 45 times and the dealer was never able to diagnose the failure. In addition, the contact stated he was previously involved in a crash where the vehicle stalled without warning and he crashed into trees. There were front end damages to the vehicle yet the contact was uninjured. The failure mileage as 25,000 and the current mileage was 87,000.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 132010


  • 72,246 miles


Horrible whining noise from under belt area.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 152010


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. He stated that both the front and rear brake pads had worn. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where they sanded down the brakes but the procedure did not remedy the problem. Furthermore, the electronic throttle indicator light illumated along with the engine temperature warning light, followed by the engine overheating. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealership in regards to the engine failure at the time of the complaint. The contact had not called the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The vehicle identification number was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 63,000. The failure mileage was approximately 32,000.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #4

May 012009


  • miles
My 2008 Dodge Avenger does not switch gears. I feel as if it as if it was a transmission problem. When purchasing my vehicle the same vehicle different color I was unable to buy due to transmission failure.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 082007


  • 12,000 miles


2008 Dodge Avenger. My engine has stalled several times at speeds under 15 mph while coming to a stop. My cars brake light and air bag light come on intermittently they cleared the code and released the car to me. They are telling me the same they cannot reproduce the problem. There is a knocking under front end which I am taking it in for tomorrow. They have fixed 2 leaks in the trunk, 1 in the door soaking the floor and the stereo that was loosing time.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Mar 152007

Avenger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger R/T. the contact stated that the vehicle has been at the dealer for over a month for repairs. He stated that the engine has noisy lifters. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times and they only replaced the lifters once. The manufacturer stated that this is how the vehicle had to be manufactured due to the thermal expander. While driving 65 mph, the transmission engages in an automatic neutral drop. The engine races above 5,000 rpms, which is not recommended. The failure has occurred twice. The transmission also jumped into reverse while driving at low speeds. The vehicle has been at the dealer four times for the transmission. The dealer called the contact and stated that they could not find anything wrong with the transmission, however, they do acknowledge the failure. The transmission failure began in April of 2007 and has continued ever since. The current mileage is 2,500 and failure mileage was 7. the check engine light illuminated, there were broken bolts and studs. The shifter would not return to park. The rocker arms, valve cover, lifters and heads were replaced in the engine. Updated 08/08/07.

- Clevland, OH, USA

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