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: The first year of the new Dodge Dart had a rough start, with owners reporting a disproportionate number of engine and transmission problems.

For transmission, the main complaints are transmission failure & rough shifting. So far, average mileage for transmission failure is 25,000 miles. Not good.

For engine problems, it usually starts with the engine light coming on for any number of reasons: bad sensors, ignition coil replacement, bad wiring, faulty gas cap ... dealers are replacing various components with varying degrees of success, or telling owners they can't duplicate the issue.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 2
Average Mileage:
26,364 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.

2013 Dodge Dart drivetrain problems

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 11 of 11)

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problem #16

Aug 302013


  • 29,900 miles


When I go to shift from 1st to 2nd gear the clutch pedal stays depressed, this keeps the car in neutral and leaving it unable to deliver power to maneuver.

- Rushville , IN, USA

problem #15

Mar 062013


  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 13V238000 (power train). The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power transmission control module needed to be reprogrammed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired on three occasions but the failure continuously recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 20 and the current mileage was 22,000.

- Columbia , MO, USA

problem #14

Aug 242013


  • 10,914 miles
Transmission service light came on, traveled approximately 10 more miles stopping for gas. Would not go into reverse, but did after cooling down for 10 minutes more. Resumed travel on interstate traveling 6 more miles, then engine disconnected from transmission. Called road service and dealer finally found problem after 3 days. Vehicle also disconnected for dealer service rep twice. Vehicle computer uploaded again with revision and then would not start. Part is not readily available and still waiting 10 days after problem for part after it was identified.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #13

Aug 062013


  • 11,500 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while driving 3 mph, the transmission gear unavailable and auto stick warning lights illuminated as the vehicle became hesitant to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred ninety minutes after the repair while the contact was driving 40 mph. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileage was 11,500.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #12

Aug 022013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 28,300 miles
1. clutch started to lose resistance couple times a month in two last months. Now almost every day after long time not using it. It freely going down, sometimes stuck in the half way out and have to be pulled up. 2. brakes started lose resistance recently also after long time not to be used (1 or more hours) specially in the morning. It freely going down half way producing air blow sound. After a few times pushing pedal down air blow stops and resistance gets ok. Behind of brake pedal it feels some king of liquid. 3. acceleration at high speed takes longer time then it was before and requires to switch to lower gear. (turbo problem?) 4. mpg decreased. On the same way to and back to work usually it was 32-33 mpg. Now it gets 28-29 today brought car to dealer. After a whole day of inspection nothing wrong was found.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 072013


  • 8,000 miles
On three separate occasions when I am in traffic and have to do a lot of start/stop the car stalls, will not go into gear and start smoking. It smells as if the clutch is burning and the car will not go into gear. I have to pull over for about 30min to an hour to stop this from continuing. This is a brand new car and I have taken it to the dealer and they of course cant duplicate the problem and the tech is telling me the clutch is overheating because of user error. I have been driving a stick shift for about 15 years and have never had any problems with my other stick shifts like this one. Everyone around me can see the car smoking and my daughter is scared to death to get back in the car because she has experienced this twice now and she is only 4 years old she think the car is going to catch on fire. I should not have to pull over for an hour everytime I am in traffic. I live in a city where that is not preventable. There has got to be something that can be done about this.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #10

Apr 012013


  • 1,500 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning however, once restarted it operated as designed. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis on four different dates but a diagnostic was not performed. Four months later, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,500 and the current mileage was 19,737.

- Vickburg, MS, USA

problem #9

Jul 242013


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign 13V238000 (power train) and notified an authorized dealer for the recall service. The dealer stated that the manufacturer had not updated information to remedy the recall and did not have a timeframe available for the repair to begin. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #8

Apr 142013


  • 200 miles
I bought my 13 Dart (1.4 w/6spd) and at the 200 mile mark the car began to "surge" when shifting through 2nd and 3rd gear, from 2,700 to 3,300 rpms. Initially it was just annoying and noticeable. My 1st trip to the dealership didn't solve the problem, but the service manager told me Dodge said it is a normal function of the multiair turbo, and I should switch to premium fuel. While at the dealership I drove a used 1.4/6spd and it had the same surging issue. Another week went by and at approx 1,400 miles the surging could be felt in 4th gear. A second trip to the dealership didn't resolve the problem. Again, Dodge told the service manager "it's normal. Switch to premium." I then switched to premium and after three full tanks the vehicle now surges in 2 to 6th gear, all around 2,700 to 3,300 rpms. Additionally, on multiple occasions the vehicle was going 45mph in 4th and when I tried to speed up the car would surge violently and I had to pull over to avoid oncoming traffic because the car would not go any faster. Now, a third trip to the dealership still no resolution. Now, at 6,100 miles, I was driving through wva hills and in 6th at 75mph the car began to violently surge causing me to pull over out of the way of oncoming traffic behind me. I have switched back to 87 grade gas but I only get 39mpg avg vs 45mpg avg I was getting. Initially, I was excited about my new purchase and the dealership communicated with me extensively. Now that they have no resolution for this "normal" surge the GM won't call me back or answer my calls. When I called Chrysler the initial case manager took my case for investigation, but after only 2 days she told me the case has been forwarded up to a higher level executive investigation team, but in over a week I have heard nothing. Now even the initial case manager won't respond. Dealership acknowledges the surge issue in every repair invoice.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 212013


  • 7,468 miles
My vehicle was parked in my driveway from Feb. 21, 2013 from 11:30 am to approximately 4:00 pm when it rolled down the driveway hit a tree and stopped in the middle of the street. The car was parked in first gear and the parking brake was engaged. The driveway has an approximately 20% slope at the location the car was parked. The second incident took place on May 2, 2013 approximately 1:00 pm. The vehicle had been parked in the same location for three weeks as I was out of town. It was once again parked in first gear, with the parking brake engaged. As I approached the vehicle it began to roll down the slope it was parked on. I have witnesses for both incidents. Chrysler has inspected the vehicle twice and reports there is nothing wrong with the brakes or transmission.

- Moraga, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 252013


  • 4,660 miles


When driving down the highway, I attempted to downshift to change lanes. The clutch basically popped and went to the floor. I then had to swerve in traffic in order to get off the highway. I have a 2013 Dart SXT with the 1.4L multiair engine and the 6 speed transmission. After looking around on there web, this is apparently not an isolated incident and may actually be a known issue with the vehicles. Chrysler needs to not only fix this problem, but it should be recalled as it can happen at any time. I have found that some vehicles have this happen in as little as the first few days of ownership or as in my case, after a few thousand miles. It is dangerous. I would put in the VIN, but the car is currently at the dealership as this happened today. Thank you.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 202013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 135 miles
2013 Dodge Dart SXT with 1.4 liter turbo and dual dry clutch transmission. Vehicle going downhill, in traffic, after light turned green. Vehicle would not shift from second gear, both in automatic and manual modes, until we were able to pull over and put the vehicle in park.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 182013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 1,100 miles
On 02/18/2013 car would start, but would not go in to gear, error message read put in to reverse and try again. Would not switch into reverse or neutral or drive at all, it was very cold that morning (27) dealership says it is the transmission, still waiting for the parts (03/05/2013).

- Montgomery Village, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 102013


  • 55 miles
This vehicle shifts so bad and that cars I've driven that were 5 - 10 years older shifted better than this. It downshifts while braking and sometime it is a very jerky downshift.also it slams/jolts into first gear while rolling at about 3-5 miles per hour once the pedal is pushed. It also is the worst at changing gears during stop and go driving because it is so jerky and bouncy after braking then accelerating and I don't see why a car that is brand new should do this. After taking it to the dealer and having them tell me to brake it in first, I have done so and have 700+ miles on it and have had them perform transmission flash updates with no effect on the shifting problems. I can't see how this transmission( and all parts that work together with it )will last with these sort of things happening. Also it bogs out because it won't downshift when it should and stays at about 1300-1400 RPM's when it should be about 4-5000 RPM's higher. I've driven new cars and the Dodge Dart 2013 SE 2.0 liter model seems like it wasn't ready yet for the road.the acceleration is very bouncy too when it should be a steady acceleration.

- Eureka, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 172013


  • 15,000 miles
My assessment, which is based on engineering expertise not empirical evidence, suggests that, rather than responding to driver controlled by-wire" instructions to brake preparatory to a hard right turn into our driveway, the vehicle took control of the throttle, brake, and (drive-by-wire ?) clutch propelling itself 20 meters further down-road to the river shoreline. Perhaps reading the brake command as an acceleration instruction (or "?") the vehicle continued forward and drove itself off the road, tumbling 2 metres onto a beach, then from the beach onto the river ice which extends out towards mid-river. It continued across that ice only to end its forward progress at the ice/water boundary where it plunged into open water within 100 meters of home. These events effectively ending a journey home with death. The ottawa coroner reports no indication (such as blood alcohol levels / medical events) to indicate the driver contributed to this outcome in any way. If the driver is not responsible then responsibility for this event lies with the vehicle and the vehicle alone. It is worth noting that (1) my son is a professional AZ licensed driver (2) having fished it often, is intimately familiar with the road/ferry boundary immediately adjacent to our home (3) were mechanically operated steering all that remained under his control he would have had three choices: Right into the river; straight ahead into the river, or left onto a beach formed by the deposition of river silt over time (the car went left off the road) (4) the record left by his body shows arm and fist posture that suggest deployment of the airbags literally forced his hands off the steering wheel. Strapped and pinned to their seats by the vehicles safety systems, my wife and son were helpless onlookers as the vehicle delivered them to their death. Black box analysis to follow.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 202013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 1,008 miles
One month old Dodge Dart rallye was parked on a steep driveway the morning of 01/20/13. The emergency brake was engaged and the dashboard light for the 'parking brake engaged' was lit. The car sat idle for about a minute and was also idle after getting out of the car for >30 seconds. At that point the car started to roll backwards down the driveway where it crashed into a wooded area striking several trees. The parking brake handle was still up and appeared to be engaged. The damage to the car was estimated at $2400.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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