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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,966 miles

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2012 Dodge Avenger electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #43

Jun 282016

Avenger

  • 65,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the electrical system experienced overheating and the battery warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the starter had overheated. There was an abnormal burning odor present. The vehicle was repaired. Prior to the failure, the alternator and starter were replaced. In addition, after the starter was replaced, the vehicle was no longer able to be started. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #42

Oct 122016

Avenger

  • 60,000 miles
The vehicle was traveling straight forward down a flat three-lane road. The vehicle was going about 45-50 miles per hour. The driver fell asleep and it crossed two lanes and rolled multiple times down a 30 foot embankment. It came to a rest right side up. None of the airbags deployed despite extensive damage resulting in a total loss of the vehicle. In the six months prior to this there was intermittent electrical problems affecting interior lighting and power window functioning that couldn't be identified.

- Longview, WA, USA

problem #41

Oct 042016

Avenger

  • 177,553 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure could not be determined. The contact stated that various parts have been replaced however, the failure was persistent. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 177,553.

- Dawson, TX, USA

problem #40

Sep 022016

Avenger

  • 64,000 miles

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

Takata recall........while just sitting there or turning on car, theres a knocking noise is there a recall done research and many people have same issues

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #39

Oct 012016

Avenger

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. While driving 20 mph, the electronic throttle control indicator illuminated intermittently. The failure caused the vehicle to slow down significantly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #38

Aug 182016

Avenger

  • 108,000 miles
Passenger headlight, turn signals, and brake lights not working when is started vehicle was in motion. Have put 5 sets of tires on it in the 4 years owned bought new, check engine light randomly comes on car runs bad and goes to 3rpms the quickly drops to 2rpms and barely goes 40mph and radio goes crazy also happens when in motion.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #37

Aug 232016

Avenger

  • 98,000 miles

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

While driving the car started accelerating by itself and the engine reed high. Wipers come on by themselves. Seat belt light stays on even when you have it on. Battery light comes on periodically.

- Zwolle, LA, USA

problem #36

Apr 042016

Avenger

  • 70,000 miles
Etc replacement. Vehicle will jump, stall, or stutter in the middle of driving. You wont be able to push on the gas pedal for a while and will cause damage to engine and transmission.

- Heber City, UT, USA

problem #35

May 262016

Avenger

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #34

Mar 132016

Avenger

  • miles
My airbag light came on and I took it in for service and the light went off but now its been back on for months and also the passenger window has not been working, its been stationary and I was out of town when it happened.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #33

Dec 012015

Avenger

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the heater in the vehicle on the passenger side blew cold air on numerous occasions and the driver side heater worked normally. The vehicle was repaired, but the issue recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Whitefield, ME, USA

problem #32

Jan 042016

Avenger

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the passenger side does not have heat coming from the vents when the heater was activated. The contact stated that fluid was leaking from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Loudonville, NY, USA

problem #31

Jan 152016

Avenger

  • 45,345 miles
I just purchased this car 1-2-16 and already having electrical issues with keyless remote, dome lighting, radio and blue tooth not working..

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #30

Dec 182015

Avenger 6-cyl

  • miles
Took car in for a coolant flush and only have heat on the drivers side. Passenger side blows cool air. Car is only 3 years old with 72,000 miles on it. Had heat before the dealership recommended the coolant flush. Took car into dealership to have it looked at and they tell me the heater core is partially plugged. Heat worked fine before flush, now it does not.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #29

Dec 042015

Avenger

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, a clicking noise was heard from the front end. While driving at any speed, the contact smelled burning wires from somewhere within the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #28

Dec 042015

Avenger

  • 81,735 miles
I was driving when my car lost power multiple times with the key in the ingition. The third time all of the lights on the dash went off and I had to coast into a parking spot. I had to jump the vehicle to get it started

- Maple Heights, OH, USA

problem #27

Nov 272015

Avenger

  • 54,320 miles
While driving on the interstate doing about 65mph at 5am, I disengaged the cruise control on my vehicle, my car all the sudden turned off and lost complete power, including steering, brakes, and acceleration. The key was still in the on position. This is a major safety hazard! had I not been able to coast and engage the emergency break, I would have crashed and most likely suffered serious bodily injuries or death. This is the third time this has happened to me and I have read this has happened to others already as well. The entire electrical system failed because my engine turned off as well as the dashboard completely went dark to include headlights, turn signals, and the hazard lights. My vehicle has stopped in motion all the sudden for no apparent reason two times in one week. I made an appointment with the dealership to get the vehicle diagnosed but I am still afraid to drive to the dealership because it may happen again while driving either on the highway, interstate, or on any street. I am not 100% certain what caused the vehicle to turn off while in motion 3 times already in one week but it has created a major safety hazard for myself and other motorist on the highway/interstate. I believe it has something to do with the electrical system or engine because the lost of complete power is what occurs each time.

- Interlachen, FL, USA

problem #26

Jun 282015

Avenger

  • 73,810 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the radio system failed which caused the failure and needed to be disconnected. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,810.

- Fairfield, AL, USA

problem #25

Oct 252015

Avenger

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated.the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the air bag warning light remained illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 1/15/16

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #24

May 052015

Avenger

  • 60,000 miles
The vehicle is in good running condition. The only problem that I have is that it keeps making this "knocking" sound coming from behind the glove compartment. Its starts as soon as you turn on the A/C and it keeps making that sound periodically. Even when the vehicle is off and the key is not in the ignition.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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