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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,913 miles

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2013 Dodge Avenger engine problems

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2013 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 012014


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The contact mentioned that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle hesitated and all the lights on the instrument panel flickered off and on. The vehicle shortly resumed normal function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two separate occasions but the technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Tampa , FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 232014


  • 20,350 miles
While in park the vehicle was started and the engine/transmission (?) kicked back. When the vehicle was put in drive it would only go about 10 mph but the RPM's were at 4000. It has done this about 6 times since I purchased it 11/2013.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #8

May 012013


  • 5,000 miles
This automobile started out misfiring and using a lot of gas, and we have had it in the shop numbers of times to have the problem fixed know that it getting older the problem has gone from just misfiring to stalling out to jerking at time to a smell of something hot to the gears changing hard also having breaking problems since about 14000 miles the grind real bad had rotors turned and still having that problem today had it checked out several times know we have this problem if we are stopped and turn the wheel to the right or left and take your foot of the break it takes off on it on it jumps all the problems have been reported to Chrysler several times we have been on something called the star program.they tried to give me $500 dollars for my trouble then later they tried to buy the car back for msrp. Which I would lost money know I have attorney to handle this proble this car is unsafe myself and my family at risk everyday until something is done

- Ewing, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 022014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 29,376 miles


This car has had a vibration and trans shift problem sense the day I purchased the car. From there it has just gotten worse. The car will down shift on it's own to first gear wile driving at highways speeds. This has happened multiple time which usually causes the trans to fail. When this vehicle down shift at highway speeds it causes the engine to exceed the RPM that the dash can even show. The trans has been replaced 3 times. Being rebuilt twice and a full new replacement the 3rd time. The first rebuild did not last 5 miles from the dealer before it failed. The second last about 4500 miles and failed. The 3rd trans did not fix the problem and now because the engine has been forced far past what the rpms it should exceed there is now a noise coming from the engine. I have had this vehicle in multiple times to no avail it's still not repaired I was told the vibration was tires. Dealer replaced rims and tires. Problem is till there took it in many more times was told it's bad tires. I have replaces the tires with 3 different sets. Problem is till there. Dealers have told me there is nothing they can do to fix the problem they can't figure it out. Was told by Chrysler that they were done fixing it and I was on my own that they don't know how to properly repair the vehicle as they can't duplicate the problem. I feel this vehicle is not safe to drive and posses a risk to my self and other drivers on the road was told by Chrysler llc they can't duplicate it to drive it how it is please help.

- Melvin , MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 092014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
I was driving down a back road coming up to a severe curve the car started accelerating on its own. The gas pedal was not pushed al the way down but the engine continued to speed up. As I came up to the curve I could not maintain the car on the road and it flipped four times and landed in a swamp area in about 2 feet or three feet of water.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 062014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
I had just merged onto 69 heading home from school. It was around 930pm. I start to pick up speed to blend in with traffic. There was a three car accident that occurred so we all slammed on our brakes to avoid from hitting it. Unfortunately I hit the back of a flatbed tow truck going between 45-50mph. To my surprise my air bags did not deploy. Even though I had a recall on my car a few months back for the airbags not working right, so I took it to my dealership to have my recall fixed. So when I got in this head on collision I was in shock my air bags still did not deploy.

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 012014


  • miles


2013 Dodge Avenger. Consumer writes in regards to several problems with vehicle and recall notices. The consumer stated the ESC light illuminated. The consumer also believed there was a problem with the rear of the vehicle.

- Red Springs, NC, USA

problem #3

May 102013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 8 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the tire monitoring system failed. The tire low pressure warning light was illuminated constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times and the dealer advised that there was nothing wrong with the tire monitoring system. In addition, the check engine warning light recently illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where a diagnostic was performed which located the failure at the electronic control module. The contact was also advised that the evap canister was fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8 and the current mileage was 2,540. Updated 5/15/14 the consumer stated the vehicle would pull to the side, jerk, drive rough/ loud, and had a difficult time gaining speed. The vehicle had a bad odor (comparable to rotten eggs), and the rpms rise to 4,5, or 6. the rotors, brakes, calipers were replaced. The dealer advised the tire pressure fluctuates in very cold/hot weather cause the tire pressure light to illuminate, this is normal. The consumer stated this is false that is not the only time the tire pressure light illuminated. Updated 05/27/2014

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

May 142013

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 3,400 miles
While driving at a low speed I put my foot on the gas to speed up and it was as though my car was not running at all. Nothing happened. I coasted to the end of the road and at the stop sign I hit the gas only to get chugging, spitting and sputtering sounds as the car tried to go. I was able to go a approx 1/4 of a mile and pulled into a parking area, shut the car off and waited a few minutes. The car seemed fine although a few miles down the road when I went to pass a vehicle there was absolutely no power and the car smelled as though something was burning. I had just fueled the car up before the incident. A week later, I filled my car up and although I didn't stall I had the same situation with putting my foot on the gas to pass a vehicle and not getting any power. I had the pedal to the floor and it was almost like the car was bogged down in the mud. Very alarming for a new car. Also when passing a vehicle and giving it the gas not only does the front end of this car lift up it is almost as though it fishtails like on ice in the front end. Very scary and hard to control the steering while passing.

- Alexander, ME, USA

problem #1

Dec 012012


  • 3,000 miles
Car was purchased at the end of October with 17 miles on it. Very shortly after, the engine light came on. The dealership turned the light off and it came back on a day or so later. They turned it off and supposedly checked the car. A while after noises started to become more prevalent. The main noise is coming from the steering column area. It happens when there are sharp turns, backing and turning, and if its cold. The noise is hard to describe. It sounds like a thump/clicking type of noise. Very annoying and somewhat alarming since the dealership has not been able to fix it in several months...another noise is coming from a little to the left of steering column. This is more of a faint noise. Sounds like small clicking. One other noise came from the center of the front of the car. It sounded like something just dropped. Like something just fell down. It was very scary actually. The dealership has worked for months to diagnose the problem with this car and have been unsuccessful. This was my first purchase ever and I am very unhappy. I have been told it is not a safety issue but I am not convinced. I think it is an issue that hasn't been brought up very much yet. The cars are brand new and people are still breaking them in and such. I do not feel as safe as I had in this car. I will never purchase Dodge again.

- Greenbackville, VA, USA

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