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10.0

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

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #23

Jan 262012

Avenger

  • 36,000 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 the electronic throttle control caused the vehicle to lose power while traveling 55 mph. The contact stated there was a lightning bolt that appeared on the instrument panel when the failure would occur. The vehicle was not inspected by the dealer or repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and the failure mileage was 36,000.

- Sidney, NY, USA

problem #22

Jan 022012

Avenger

  • 36,080 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated the electronic control sensor failed. While driving 40 mph the speed would drop 10 mph and lost power as the accelerator pedal was being depressed. The warning electronic control light would illuminate when the vehicle began to lose power. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who inspected the failure; however, within two days the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified claim#21777348 was filed. The contact was also advised that a representative would contact him within a couple of days. The failure mileage was 36,080.

- Danville, PA, USA

problem #21

Sep 132011

Avenger

  • 100,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated was driving 25 mph when the electronic throttle light illuminated and caused the vehicle to stall. The contact had to avoid crashing due to lost power. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic where the mechanic could not remedy the failure. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer advised that the entire throttle body should be replaced but could not guarantee that the repair would remedy the problem. The failure mileage was 100,800.

- Albany, IN, USA

problem #20

Sep 302011

Avenger

  • 74,000 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 the vehicle failed to respond to acceleration attempts while driving 5 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised her that the electronic throttle control box failed and needed to be replaced and reprogrammed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they were reviewing the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 74,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #19

Aug 042011

Avenger

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 50 mph, the electronic throttle position sensor warning symbol illuminated and suddenly the vehicle decelerated to 10 mph. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and the vehicle was towed to the residence. An authorized dealer was notified of the failure who informed the contact that the failure was related to the electronic throttle position sensor. The similar failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Roanoke , VA, USA

problem #18

Jun 012011

Avenger

  • 99,939 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the etc warning light illuminated and as a result, she was unable to start the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle would surge forward intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The current and failure mileages were 99,939.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #17

Apr 012011

Avenger

  • 1,200 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 the electronic throttle control lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who did not diagnose the failure but advised the contact to replace the battery as a temporary fix. The remedy did not correct the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,200 and the current mileage was 1,500.

- Lakewood , OH, USA

problem #16

Jun 152009

Avenger

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the electric throttle control light would illuminate after the vehicle was driven for approximately four hours, but the light would reset back to normal after a few moments. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure because the light was no longer illuminated. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the failure was not addressed by any recalls. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 69,000.

- New Baltimore , MN, USA

problem #15

Jun 032011

Avenger

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 60 to 65 mph, the electronic throttle control sensor repeatedly illuminated. The failure causes the vehicle to experience a loss of power and the vehicle would fail to accelerate under 2 rpms. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 73,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #14

Jul 202011

Avenger

  • 48,000 miles
The contact 2008 Dodge Avenger SXT. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact noticed the electronic throttle control warning indicator illuminated intermittently. There was a delay in the acceleration when driving over 55 mph during extremely hot weather. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated the electronic control would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage 48,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 092011

Avenger

  • 57,000 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 while driving approximately 45 mph the vehicle lost power, it would not accelerate over 45 mph and the vehicle would not shift into third gear. A local mechanic stated the failure could be caused by the electronic throttle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current miles were 57,000.

- Owensboro , KY, USA

problem #12

Jul 062010

Avenger

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While the contact was driving approximately 55 mph, the electronic throttle control warning indicator illuminated intermittently and the vehicle failed to accelerate beyond the speed being driven. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they informed the computerized system would need to be updated and recommended the vehicle be repaired by the dealer. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis who detected the failure was related to the throttle body. The vehicle had not been repaired and the failure progressed. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #11

Jun 212011

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 57,500 miles
2008 Dodge Avenger SXT with the 2.7 liter engine with approximately 57,000 miles. The electronic throttle control light comes on (it is a lightening bolt shaped indicator light). This is a common problem on these vehicles from what I am searching on the internet and forums of other owners.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #10

Jun 012011

Avenger

  • 48,254 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the gasoline pedal became inoperable since the electronic throttle control module was faulty. The engine would not respond when pressure was applied. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 48,254.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012011

Avenger

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated the vehicle suddenly accelerated while the brake pedal was depressed. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test, but was unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN information was not available. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 28,000.

- Woodhaven , MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 272011

Avenger

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the electronic control warning light illuminated. When the accelerator pedal was engaged, there was a slight power response. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and the vehicle was shifted into park. Suddenly, the warning indicator stopped illuminating and the vehicle resumed normally. The failure recurred intermittently and progressively became worse to where the failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorize dealer where they informed the contact that the throttle body would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000. Updated 06/03/11 the consumer stated the part was ordered and Dodge agreed to assist with the repairs. Updated 07/08/11.

- North Platte , NE, USA

problem #7

Dec 282008

Avenger

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the electronic throttle warning light illuminated followed by the vehicle stalling. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and it was taken to the dealer for inspection where the contact was advised that the air box assembly would need replacing. The repair was performed yet the failure recurred within a few months. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the manifold gasket was then replaced but to no avail. The throttle body was then replaced, which seemed to correct the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.

- Glenn Mills, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 202011

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 49,310 miles
Yesterday makes two times that my car has accelerated on it's on. The first time this happened was about 2 months ago. I was merging onto the interstate and accelerated but when I lifted my foot, the accelerator continued to speed up. On this occasion, I thought it was just something that I may have done but it happened again yesterday. I was on my way to work, approached a traffic light and when I approached the light, it turned yellow. Because I was already going through the light as it turned, I pressed the accelerator to get through the light but once I was successful and took my foot off the accelerator, it continued to speed up. On both occasions, I tried with my foot to get it unstuck but I wasn't successful for about 1/10 of a mile. This tells me that something is not right. I am trying not to drive it to much but still I have to go to work.

- Belton, SC, USA

problem #5

Nov 112009

Avenger

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 65 mph, the electronic throttle control warning light was illuminated and the vehicle began to decelerate without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate beyond second gear. The contact shut off the engine and when restarting, the vehicle operated as normal until the failure began to recur intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was told that ice was building up inside of the throttle body air horn and causing the failure. The vehicle was repaired yet the failure continued to recur intermittently so the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the throttle body would need to be replaced. The throttle body was replaced and the failure had not recurred. The failure mileage was 46,000 and the current mileage was 66,000.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 272008

Avenger

  • 52,267 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact was driving 70 mph when the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the battery was replaced but did not correct the failure. The entire electronic throttle body control was then repaired. The contact believed the failure to be an extreme safety risk because the vehicle could stall without warning at any time and potentially cause a crash. The failure mileage was 52,267 and the current mileage was 52,858.

- Godfrey, IL, USA

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