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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,778 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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2011 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 092016


  • 86,000 miles


I was driving down the autobahn at about 45 mph when the electronic throttle control light began flashing and the car lost all power. I had to let the car roll to the side of the street to avoid getting hit by other vehicles and there I tried to start the car and it would not start. The car had shut off before without any warning, but it started back up without any issues. I had the car towed to a mechanical shop and they hooked it up to a diagnostic computer with the code for camshaft sensor. We replaced the camshaft sensor and still no luck. Took it to a Dodge dealership and they said the engine needed to be replaced. We did not replace the engine because it would cost $8000. The car still only cranks, but does not start and the etc light is still on.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #12

Apr 102016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle decelerated without warning. The contact pulled to the side of the road, turned off, and restarted the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure recurred while in traffic. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the electronic throttle assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic for an estimate. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #11

Nov 092015


  • 33,000 miles
Passenger defrost blows cold air which means it is not clearing the windows in inclement weather. The frosting of windows has created safety issues for me because on a busy road I have almost had an accident.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012015


  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Avenger. While coming to a stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that it took multiple attempts to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed, but no failure cause could be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 032014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 74,105 miles
After being stopped in traffic for a few minutes I released the brake to accelerate, the car began to sputter and stalled immediately afterwards. I then put the car in park, turned it off and it restarted with no problems. It has done this once a week for the last three weeks. The check engine light has not come on at any point. I ran a diagnostic with the obd2 and it produces no codes.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 302014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 64,200 miles
While driving to work today I lost all power and noticed a red lighting bolt on the dash. I would try to accelerate but could not going more then 1600 RPM's. I pulled over and killed the engine. When I started it I was able to drive for about 1 minute and it happened again. I was able to get home and later found out the lighting bolt was the electronic control throttle body. I called the dealer and they want $550 to install it or $330 for a new part. Reading forums I seen that many people have this issue and need to replace the entire throttle body because there are little plastic gears that get stripped. I found a place on line for $180 and will replace it but I think it is disappointing that I am replacing this part when I only have 60K miles on it.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 102014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle brand new in 2011. Since 2011 it has stalled out on me 4 times when I am at low speeds or when accelerating when a red light turns green. One of the stalls it happened as I was making a uturn and a car nearly hit me while I was trying to restart the car. I have taken the vehicle in several times to the dealer and each time they find nothing wrong with the car. This situation is exactly as described by another complaint on this website. I have noticed the car has a very slight surge at idle or at a light when the ac is running and mentioned this to the techs but they stated its normal. Doesn't seem normal to me as the car didn't do it when purchased and now it randomly stalls. They did flash the onboard computer but this has not fixed the problem. Guess it will take a serious accident before the dealer or Dodge believes there is a issue.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 212014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 Dodge Avenger. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle stopped at red light then proceeded into intersection and vehicle shut off without warning. The dealer was unable to find a problem.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 122012

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Driving on hilly road at about 60 mph car begins to studder and jerk. It smooths out on acceleration then repeats symptoms each time car travels around 60 mph. The symptoms go away after car is turned off then restart later in the drive.the symptoms now occurr on level roads also. Now in addition to the above symptoms, the car is stalling at low speeds of around 15 mph or less. It will start back up normally, but may stall again or not. It will often run erratically after this, a symptom often called 'missing', but no cylinder misfire code is set.

- Farmerville, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 212012


  • 9,700 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without any warnings. The vehicle was restarted and was operating normally. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,700. The VIN was not available.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 302012

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 8,103 miles


Upon coming to a stop at a traffic light the engine stalled/ shut off. Had to put in in park to restart and no warning lights came on. Seems normal now.

- Martinsville, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012011


  • 11 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while sitting at a traffic stop. The failure recurred four times and would only occur once the vehicle was at a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but the dealer advised the contact that they were unable to determine a failure within the vehicle. The contact made several attempts to speak with the manufacturer but only received a recorded message. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 11 and the current mileage was 7399.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #1

Aug 252011


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly stalled while stopped at a stop light. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer five different times. The technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

- Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

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