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. Notes: Consumer Reports road tests has noted deficiencies in the 2012 Avenger with regard to engine noise, acceleration, braking, handling, transmission, fuel economy, driving position and rear visibility. But at least it has a cool marketing campaign ... right?


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,800 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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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


A knocking noise every time I turned the ac or the heater. The knocking noise keeps going even when the car is off.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012013


  • 30,000 miles
When I turn on heat or air it make a on going noise while on. When air is on it makes ongoing noise and leaks water underneath glove compartment.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152015


  • 47,000 miles
2012 Dodge Avenger. Upon using the vent controls for the heater or air conditioner, a knocking noise progressed near the area of the glove compartment. Heating core failed & had to be replaced, also problem with fuel line, dealer has replaced heating core and fuel line. Knocking noise appears to be a common problem among Dodge Avengers, appropriate recall to fix heating/air compressor should be done.

- Yankton , SD, USA

problem #2

Jan 312015


  • 38,000 miles
No heat to the passenger side of vehicle. Heater core needs replaced.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #1

Nov 012014


  • 55,000 miles
The vehicle is producing heat/defrost on the drivers side but blows cold air on passenger side, causing the defrost not to work on passenger window. After the mechanic and extensive research I have found several others with this same issue on this make and model. It appears that in the manufacturing of the vehicle something was done incorrectly causing sludge to build in the radiator and the heat core. I have read casting was not done properly, also read problems with the radiator so adjustments were made. I cannot say what the problem is only there is a problem. Most cars I have researched have 20,000 to 30,000 miles and this vehicle very well could have had this problem at this mileage also. We knew the passenger side didn't defrost well but only found the heat blew cold this winter.

- Jarrell, TX, USA

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