Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,212 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.

2008 Dodge Avenger engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2008 Dodge Avenger:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #83

Jan 072014

Avenger

  • 116,000 miles

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

While I was driving home from work I was driving approx 50 mph and I lose power and my electronic control throttle light came on. I couldn't go faster then 5 mph and my RPM wouldn't pass 2,000 I pulled over on side of road turned off the car and try to restart but it would only run for a few seconds and cut out again. My home town mechanic said that the issue was the throttle body. The total cost in repair is roughly 500 dollars, and reading online there are more drivers out there having the same issue. I think Dodge should do a recall on there 2008 Dodge Avengers and up.

- Springwater, NY, USA

problem #82

Dec 232013

Avenger

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph when the vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts. Additionally, the electronic control throttle sensor warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic, who determined that the throttle body had malfunctioned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Springwater, NY, USA

problem #81

Jan 022014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving, vehicle immediately malfunctioned, preventing RPM in excess of 2500rpm and capping speed at 5mph uphill or 30mph downhill (incline dependent). At this time, electronic throttle control light appeared on dash. Since this time (3 days so far), the vehicle has been inoperable. Attempts to determine the cause of this malfunction by searching the internet have shown numerous other consumers have had similar problems, particularly with this make and model (2008 Dodge Avenger), and attribute it to a problem with the throttle body - either throttle body itself, throttle position sensor, wires leading to throttle body, electrical control of throttle body, I.e. whether malfunction is battery-life-dependent, etc.

- Fairview, NJ, USA

problem #80

Nov 292013

Avenger

  • 123,000 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 approximately 50 mph, the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact mentioned that on some occasions, the vehicle had to be towed to his home. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 123,000.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #79

Dec 182013

Avenger

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated and the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact shut the engine off and once restarted, the vehicle began shaking violently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #78

Dec 172013

Avenger

  • 130,000 miles
Was driving down the highway and noticed a delayed response when pushing down on the accelerator, moments later I was unable to accelerator and the car's electronic throttle control light appeared, the car was unable to go more then 15mph. Took the car to a service station where they ran a diagnostic test and no defaults were found.

- Roeland Park, KS, USA

problem #77

Dec 142013

Avenger

  • 84,661 miles

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

Car lost acceleration at 35 mph electronic throttle light came on. Acceleration came back up. Next day no problems. The following day car was sputtering and light came on again then went off. Lost acceleration again at 30mph, with light coming on and then going off. 1 hour later when turning on car electronic throttle light is flashing and the whole car is shaking badly. I was able to coast the 1/4 mile home since there was no traffic with the car shaking the entire way and the light flashing. 10 minutes later had to go out and move car no issues. This is a serious problem. I had this fixed exactly a year ago. Being told it was something clogging a hose. I find that hard to believe when so many other people are having the exact same problem and almost getting killed when driving. Do a recall Dodge. Because we shouldn't have to pay to fix things when the mechanics aren't sure what the problem is. I'm praying I can make it to my garage safely tomorrow morning. I'm terrified to drive my car and haven't in 2 days.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #76

Nov 012013

Avenger

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the electric throttle warning lamp illuminated as the vehicle idled at various speeds. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, who replaced unknown parts on the vehicle but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 107,000.

- Gallipolis, OH, USA

problem #75

Jan 012009

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while sitting at a stop, the engine rpms increased to 5,000 as the engine roared abnormally. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to an authorized mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000 and the current mileage was 134,000. The consumer stated he experienced sudden acceleration issues, along with stalling. The acceleration issues have been ongoing and within the last few months, it seemed to be occurring more frequently. About 6 months ago, his wife was sitting in the passenger seat, with the vehicle in park, and when he returned, she explained how the vehicle revved up above 5 RPM's. after the incident, the consumer took his wife to an appointment and while stopped at a stop sign, behind another vehicle the vehicle revved extremely high and jumped forward almost causing him to hit the vehicle in front of him. The consumer had to apply extreme pressure to the brake, to stop the vehicle. The vehicle also stalled while at a stop light, in drive. Updated 01/09/14

- Brockport, NY, USA

problem #74

Nov 012013

Avenger

  • 98,879 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 75 mph with the cruise control activated, a lighting bolt icon light illuminated as the cruise control independently deactivated. The warning light stopped illuminating after the contact shut the engine off and restarted the vehicle. The contact stated the warning light continued to illuminate intermittently, the RPM reading increased and the vehicle was hesitant upon acceleration. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the electronic throttle body would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 98,879.

- Bowie, AZ, USA

problem #73

Nov 202013

Avenger

  • 61,845 miles

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

My Dodge Avenger had a throttle control light illuminated on the dash when first starting the vehicle. Thereafter, the car first would not go over 20 mph. Later this problem progressed. The car only had a small amount of power. It could get up to 30-40 mph on flat areas but struggled to maintain 5 mph on inclines. The vehicle would also shake violently when the transmission was in gear but the vehicle was stopped do to engine vibrations. I am currently in the progress of replacing the Avengers throttle body. Normally I wouldn't report this, but when I called the dealer to order the part he informed me that they have been replacing a lot of these lately due to problems.

- Borden, IN, USA

problem #72

Apr 242013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
The electronic throttle control light comes on and makes the car impossible to drive. This has been an issue for me for 10 months. I have read about many others having this exact problem with no luck or help from Dodge. After cleaning and replacing the few affordable things, I still can not go more than a few days without the light coming back on. It usually sits in the driveway at least until I can afford the recommended $1100 repair that Dodge refuses to fix. I will never ever buy another Dodge.

- Chesterton, IN, USA

problem #71

Nov 072013

Avenger

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power as the throttle control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #70

Nov 102013

Avenger

  • 89,000 miles
Was going down interstate, went through tollbooth, around 55mph the etc light came on and the gas pedal no longer accelerated the car. Vehicle speed rapidly dropped and I had to pull over to avoid an accident. Turned vehicle off, restarted it and drove another 50 feet before the same thing happened. Turned the vehicle off a second time and restarted. Haven't had the problem since yesterday. However after researching this issue, the etc unit on the 2008 Dodge Avenger is an extremely faulty unit and this happens to a lot of people. Typical repair is around $800. This needs to be a recallable item. I had my daughter in the car and we were nearly rear ended due to the speed drop on a three lane highway. I will be reporting this to Chrysler as well.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #69

Sep 302013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving 65 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The contact was advised that the entire throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 89000....updated 03/07/14 also, the transmission did not shift properly.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #68

Sep 062013

Avenger

  • 56,000 miles
On the highway in an attempt to accelerate, the electronic throttle control light began to flash and the car lost power. I had to get onto the shoulder and put my hazards on and try and drive the car while never getting over 20mph. After restarting the car it drove ok, however, there was no passing acceleration when the pedal is to the floor. Leading up to this event, the car has been stuttering when shifting between gears. My wife had the same issue with her caliber before she got rid of it. There needs to be a recall!!!

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #67

Jun 292013

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 121,680 miles
While driving 60 mph using cruise control, electronic throttle control indicator light blinks and engine loses power. However, difficulty in breaking and bringing to complete stop due to high RPM idle. After turning off and restarting engine, light is off and engine runs fine. Incident has occurred three times, 6/29/13, 7/2/13, 7/7/13.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #66

May 152013

Avenger

  • 124,000 miles
Once electronic throttle control indicator light comes on, it is difficult to maintain consistent speed. I also have no control over my temperature gauges. Airbag light, check engine light comes on together with this as well.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #65

May 142013

Avenger

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the electronic throttle control warning lamp illuminated then the accelerator pedal failed to respond properly. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 83,000.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #64

Apr 292013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Electronic throttle control light came on and stayed flashing could not go over approx 15-25 mph. Pulled over shut car off and restarted and worked fine for the 5 min drive I had to complete after it happened. 9 hours later while driving the throttle control light came on again with loss of power intermittently then stayed off for 5 min drive I had to complete.

- Billings, MT, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?