CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 2
Average Mileage:
27,014 miles

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2013 Dodge Dart drivetrain problems

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 3 of 12)

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problem #189

Aug 162015

Dart

  • miles

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

1.4 L engine 6 speed manual transmission-has had multiple problem and repairs with weeks at the dealership at a time. Traction control light multiple times without resolution. Cruise control works intermittently. Wipers cone in sometimes when blinder is turned on. Car failed to start, would stay on after key was removed from the engine-replaced ignition control module. Replaced battery, car back fires, warrantied out 1st coil and spark plug, error code for 3rd cylinder after, dealership stated it was really defective 1st coil and warrantied out again, car still back fires. Car wouldn't go in to reverse, differentiation cable had snapped, dealership replaced cable and gear shifter assembly. Car wouldn't shift in to 3rd from 2nd gear, dealership replaced throw out bearing, pressure plate and mayer cylinder on "extended warranty" /recall after another 20 days drive 14 miles for wheel bearing failure/ABS sensor on front drivers side. Dealership replaced both front bearings and ABS sensors, technician didn't finish test drive and one of new bearings failed, had to replace again, within 24 hours clutch wouldn't depress, then went to the floor, lifted with my foot still couldn't get car in to gear. Turned car off, removed key, started asian and was able to get in to gear. Car is making clicking sound when clutch is depressed and some times after release there is scraping sound. You tube video of another person's car maxing same sound youtu.be/jjyrrr8xrsy states flywheel had to be replaced. There's probably more that I'm forgetting to note but it is clear from this vehicles poor performance more will ensue, how can I get out of this undependence service ridden vehicle" after how many failures will some one make Dodge step up"

- Wixom, MI, USA

problem #188

Jun 032016

Dart

  • 450,000 miles
I have just had the tcm replaced for the second time. This time the braket was replace but nothing has changed. I still experience transmission problems. My car will still have problem shifting and will not start.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #187

May 022016

Dart

  • 69,240 miles
The car has been leaking oil at a rate of 3 quarts in two weeks. It is in now for the 2nd repair in that timeframe. The car lost the ability to accelerate in the middle of the highway twice after the attempted repair.

- Celina, TX, USA

problem #186

Jun 032015

Dart

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train) 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 issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Ray, MI, USA

problem #185

May 102016

Dart

  • 38,800 miles
The car will randomly go into neutral mode, and will not stay in gear while driving. It will say gear not available on the screen. It has done it about 5 times in less than a month. The dealer has replaced the tcm twice, but that does not work. It has been in the shop about 4 times for this one issue. Once in a safe place I can change gears but still says no gears available. Turn off and on the car, and it will not start. Wait 20 min and it might work again, but not sure for how long. If I can get it to start, there have been times I can not get it out of park. The last time it happened was on May 10th 2016 on highway 290 in houston. The car said service transmission, but now I would be costing. If I give it gas the rpms will go up, but the mph will go down. I had to cost it off the freeway since there was not a shoulder to stop on. Once I got it off the freewway, I had to push it to a parking lot. This is what I have been dealing with, and the dealer can't fix the issue. The put in a new tcm on the Dart on 5/10/16, picked it up at around noon. At around 8pm the car had the same issues again.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #184

May 102016

Dart

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission cable failed and the tcm needed to be replaced. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train). The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #183

Jan 162016

Dart

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.....updated 0711/16

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #182

Apr 222016

Dart

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #181

Apr 202016

Dart

  • 51,000 miles
My car is messing up the gears the lights turn red the car would not start left me stranded also when I put my car in drive the cart shifts hard back and forth I took it to aamco they said it the motor mount the rear one I do buy the part had it replaced and now the car is leaving me stranded it was parked

- San Antonmio, TX, USA

problem #180

Feb 152015

Dart

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently without warning and stalled. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was able to restart a few minutes later. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission module needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- San Jacinto, CA, USA

problem #179

Apr 082016

Dart

  • 35,000 miles

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

The vehicle was stopped at an intersection in "drive". upon the light turning green, the driver pressed on the accelerator, however the engine "revved" and vehicle did not move. The driver confirmed that the gear selector was in "drive" and the tft display showed the vehicle was also in "drive." The driver shifted the vehicle into "park", then back to "drive" where the gears engaged and the vehicle was able to move forward.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #178

Jan 082016

Dart

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the parts to do the recall repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #177

Oct 082015

Dart

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Brockport, NY, USA

problem #176

Feb 052016

Dart

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired in January of 2016 for a recall related to the power train. The remedy did not resolve the failure. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and had to be shifted into neutral. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the shoulder of the road and attempted to restart the vehicle. Ten minutes later, the vehicle restarted. The manufacturer was notified. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #175

Mar 282016

Dart

  • 56,000 miles
Backed out of a parking spot then came to a stop and switched gear to drive. The car stayed in reverse yet the shifter was in the drive position. Moved it to the park position and no change car was still reading as reverse. Later find out that the clip holding the gear shift cable to the lever had broke. After applying the ebrake and manually going under the hood to switch the lever to park or neutral was the car able to be stopped and towed to a dealership. The only offer to fix this problem wether it is the piece connected to the lever or the actually shift is to get a completely new cable. This cable is not part of the power train warranty although the prndl position switch is. A significant amount of other Dodge Dart owners have reported the same problem or problems with the transmission control module (only recalled in 1.4L turbos). Both are serious problems that affect and can hinder the drivability of the car.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #174

Mar 012016

Dart 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Dodge Dart. Consumer writes in regards to power brake booster contamination recall. The consumer stated the dealer was unable to remedy the defect. The consumer stated the brake did not work efficiently and the motor seemed to not function properly when accelerating. Over time, the motor issue has worsened, with a lot of shaking and noises, along with some acceleration issues.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #173

Mar 082016

Dart

  • 38,000 miles
The car has been having several electrical problems. Fuel gauge will not register a full tank of gas after been filled right away. Volume controls will increase and decrease on their own sporadically. Buttons on the steering wheel stop functioning off and on. Also, lately we have been having issue with car shaking and stuttering while driving. Have taken it to dealership 2 times in the last week. Will be visiting again this week.

- Grain Valley, MO, USA

problem #172

Oct 312015

Dart

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #171

Oct 122015

Dart

  • 53,554 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the maintenance warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. In addition, the speedomer failed to display intermittently. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the parts to do the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,554. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #170

Oct 082015

Dart

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced any failures. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Temple, GA, USA

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