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?


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,367 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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2012 Dodge Avenger miscellaneous problems

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 102016


  • 76,000 miles


The heater in the car now only blows out hot air on the drivers side. Which in turn only clears off half of the windshield, making the visibility of the road difficult. During the changes in the temperature outside and the humidity levels it is impossible to get a clear view of the road. This condition is happening all the time, the car can be in park idling or in motion. The passenger side of the car can only blow out cold air and does not change with the temperature dial.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #5

Dec 232015


  • 87,000 miles
Heater not working. (87,000 miles) took the car to the dealership where they gave me an estimate of $2500 to replace the entire coolant system (heater core, radiator, oil cooler, thermostat, water pump). The tech advised there was something restricting flow through the heater core. There is a 100,000 mile power train warranty on the car but they do not agree that the coolant system that cools the engine (power train) should be included. Where did the sediment/sludge come from? possibly oil contamination from the engine (power train)? this problem has been noted in numerous models and Dodge has released a statement to their techs to replace the entire coolant system because they know something they did is wrong. This is very similar to the problem GM had with dex-cool why is there not a recall for this problem the consumer should not be burdened with the failures of the manufacturer to provide a quality product. I hope this matter is taken seriously as it truly is a safety issue. If the heat does not work it is not just uncomfortable for the driver/passengers but it will also reduce visibility through the windshield since the defrost/heat does not work.

- Higginsville, MO, USA

problem #4

Nov 222015


  • miles
At the end of last winter I noticed my heat wasn't working right, and after a few cold days recently I have no heat coming from the passenger side. Pretty warm on the driver side. I see that this is pretty common in Dodge Avengers and would like to have the problem fixed so my family can be warm while we travel.

- Caldwell, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 222015


  • 45,000 miles


Shift knob is stuck in park.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #2

Jul 032015


  • 34,500 miles
Driving down owen K garriott to take my dog to the vet and battery light came on and my car started slowing down and I saw jackson's on the left side of the road so I pulled in their and they hooked my car up to some kind of test that took an hour and gave me a ride to the vet.when I got back to jackson's I was informed tha 5tit was my battery and they had changed it.well went to leave and a while after I was driving battery light came on and I was going to hang out a friends and when I went to leave my friends my car was I left it parked overnight there and the next day came and jump started it and was able to get it to my house.this was the 4th of July weekend and nothing was Monday I called baker's alternator and they said to get it car would not hold a charge and I had to have it towed.they said it was unusual that a car with this low of mileage to have alternator problems but they did their checks and found it to be that both my pulleys on the alternator to be worn cost me $196.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #1

Jun 172015


  • 59,700 miles
Upon using air conditioner or heater. There is a slight knocking noise coming from the passenger side dash. Knocking noise even continues after car has been off for hours. Any time car lights come on knocking noise occurs.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

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