really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,719 miles

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2008 Dodge Avenger electrical problems

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #120

Dec 312014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed the problem but did not repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 085V152000 (electrical system) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #119

Oct 152014


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle could be restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #118

Jan 012014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Air bag light comes on and stays on when moving seat up or back which makes the sensor come on, have to keep moving the track until it turns off. Is this related to recall G14? fan in radiator constantly turns off and on, and now my car seems to have a electrical short that makes a knocking noise in the engine compartment when the air/heater is turned off, also the left side of car defroster does not work. Most recent the left driver seat belt all of a sudden is not retracting, this is not safe in the case of an accident, dealer is charging an outrageous price to have it fixed.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #117

Jan 042015


  • 148,000 miles


Stopped at a red light and a symbol on my dashboard appeared. The symbol was a lightening bolt in parenthesis which I've found out is the etc symbol. That along with my engine light came on together. After turning the car off the etc symbol did not reappear but the check engine symbol did. From looking through forums I've seen that this is a problem with numerous Dodge Avengers and to fix these problems cost large sums with no real conclusion of the reason for the symbols appearing in the first place. I would like to request that this problem be noted in the Avenger line and recalled. Thank you for your time and consideration.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #116

Dec 022013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The dash lights go on & of intermittently. Sometimes when I stop for gas, the dash lights wont come on when I restart the engine. Sometimes the will go off while driving and I hit a bump. I am unable to see the instrument panel when this happens.

- Rathdrum, ID, USA

problem #115

Feb 102014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While attempting to shift gears, the gear shifter became stuck. While driving approximately 50 mph, the electronic throttle body warning light illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times during cold weather. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Hammond, IL, USA

problem #114

Oct 062014


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #113

Sep 102014


  • miles
The Dodge charger had a recall where the key would hang when cranking the car.. my Dodge Avenger has the same problem.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #112

Oct 012013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
My 08 Dodge purchased at monroe mi, Dodge superstore. I have an faulty electrical system wiring. My vehicle stalls in wet weather, cruise control doesn't work, and headlights malfunctions, they come on automatically. I understand 08 Dodge Avenger has had a recall for this issue. I believe monroe Dodge failed to fix or notify me of recall. I am afraid to drive the car for high rate of an accident. Please investigate, as I appreciate your attention to this matter, before I have an accident and hurt someone. I need car fixed asap as I am afraid to drive it. I appreciate your attention to this matter. Thank you. 10/14/2014.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #111

Feb 012010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. While driving various speeds, the vehicle hesitated and failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. Upon starting the vehicle, all the gear shifter indicators had squares around them and the transmission had difficulty shifting into the correct gear. In addition, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #110

Aug 052014


  • 59,000 miles


I took in my vehicle to the dealership Dodge/Chrysler Jeep auto center in August 2014 to A/C recharge then I drove out it start humming called dealership they said to drive it for awhile to see if it goes away it did then it started again an now they say it's the alternator; impossible but yes alternator so when I had in to recharge the air conditioner an drove it the humming was coming from my alternator unbelievable my car only has 59,000 miles on it. Now if I don't replace it my car could stall where ever im driving freeway or city streets. The price is $482 at dealership or $570 at a auto shop. I've called corporates of Dodge/Chrysler an filed a complaint.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #109

Sep 252012


  • 80,000 miles
Shortly after I purchased my '08 Dodge Avenger I started having trouble w/the etc. It felt like the vehicle was jolting on acceleration or if I was at a steady high rate of speed (75-80 mph). The etc indicator came on. I contacted the dealer & informed them of the issue & my concern about the reliability of the vehicle. It was in & out of the shop 3 times in the 1st month of purchase for the etc. I was told it was a speed sensor yet my etc light was on after replacement. After having etc sensor cleaned & etc software flashed the problem appeared to go away. Almost 2 years later the problem is back & worse. My etc indicator came on, vehicle stalled while idling, started jolting while accelerating & while maintaining a steady speed. It began revving at a complete stop w/full pressure applied to the break (vehicle would jump forward; I feared it would run itself into another vehicle). While slowing down it would rev & accelerate (creating the possibility of hitting another vehicle) w/out pressure on the gas pedal. It died while driving & wouldn't start restart. When it did start the etc was on & it wouldn't get past 1000rpm or above 20mph & had a very rough idle. A tune-up was done, etc sensor cleaned, air-intake system cleaned, & load test done to see if the battery was going bad. This vehicle is incredible unsafe to drive, after researching it appears that I am not the first person w/this issue. Dodge needs to recall this throttle body, it's extremely dangerous. The repairs on this vehicle are extensive & the problem isn't fixed. Advised replacing throttle body is the next step. Told it wouldn't be a guaranteed fixed because the throttle body for this model appears a faulty & I would likely be dealing w/this problem for the length of ownership. Recorded vehicle during some of incidents since I was told 1st time I was told "unable to duplicate, flashed software."

- Richmond, MI, USA

problem #108

Sep 162014


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the horn activated without being depressed and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic, who diagnosed that the fuse box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #107

Jun 202012

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
I was driving my car one night and the dash board lights went off and then they started to flicker off and on. Now when I turn on my headlights they just don't come on so when I'm driving at night I can't see how fast I'm going or anything illumination for the speedometer. Once in a while I may see it illuminate at night but it never stays on.

- Raleigh , NC, USA

problem #106

Sep 232014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
This has happened several times but today was the worst. The car has lost power several times in the rain mostly when making a turn or slowing down. This time I was driving no rain and the electronic throttle control light starting flashing. I was on the high way and noticed I couldn't accelerate. I started to slow down and move to the side of the road where it just lost power. Thank god I was able to pull over because there was a lot of traffic and I would have been hit. Also my son usually drives this car. This has happened several times to him and when it stalls you loose all power steering and brakes. It is really dangerous. We have had it to the dealer twice and they cant duplicate the problem so according to them there is no problem. I have been reading others complaints and they all seem to be the same issue. Also the airbag light keeps coming on. Is there any resolution to this issue. It seems that people have to die before issues get resolved.I hope Dodge will issue a recall before that happens.

- Plains, PA, USA

problem #105

Sep 102014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I have had my battery replaced (did not help my issues). Next I spent a couple hundred to have my "electrical ground " repaired (also still had the same issues). My original issues (that have not yet been fixed): Car stalling, car unable to start, all lights on car flickering. Now my rear lights are not working (therefore I am unable to drive this Dodge Avenger since it is an extreme safety hazard when rear lights/blinkers do not work).. the dealer says it is the tipm that has caused all rear lights to not function anymore as well as the original issues I had. This is a $1,000 repair that I recently learn thousands of Chrysler/Dodge vehicles had same issue with. This does not seem fair that the consumer should pay the expense, when clearly this should have been a recall item. Due to this being a widespread problem amongst Dodge vehicles, . the dealer diagnosed my car as a road safety hazard due to no brake lights/turn signals.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #104

Sep 092014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The etc(electronic throttle control) light came on and essentially put the car into limp mode and almost caused my wife to end up in an accident driving at roughly 75mph in rush hour traffic. Took it to the shop and they replaced a valve and said the codes were reading that it had restricted air flow. The problem happened again resulting a potential accident on the interstate. Through research, I have come to find out its the throttle body and Dodge's inability to put quality into their parts. Example being the plastic gears within the etc unit of the throttle body. I understand that problems occur and parts break but with the amount of complaints that I have seen about this particular issue, Dodge needs to be held responsible for putting this kind of low quality craftsmanship within their vehicles.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #103

Sep 042014


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle the hesitated and it took several attempts turning the ignition switch before the vehicle started. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Piqua, OH, USA

problem #102

Sep 012014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
I had my electronic throttle control replaced in the winter of 2013. As I was driving on the highway, the car lost all power and would not turn back on. After seeing the many complaints here I was sure Chrysler would cover it, but they did not. They, in fact, told me that they explicitly were not covering all of the complaints on this part! today, I learned that now I am having electrical problems again. My right turn signal and brake light work whenever they want, no rhyme or reason. My cruise control also works whenever it wants and the auto technicians cannot figure out why because there is not warning light coming on my dash. I learned about a possible recall related to the TPMS connectors and how they corrode then cause electrical issues, but my vehicle doesn't qualify. I called Chrysler again today and they were very rude. They would not give me any information on how to escalate my problems. I told him that was odd and he said to me "is it really odd" if you were the corporation would you give it out"" I'll never buy a Chrysler product again. Fix the electrical problems that are all listed here and save your customers!

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #101

Jul 282014


  • 79,000 miles
My car horn goes off periodically and stays on when im driving or parked without me blowing it.also my seat belt light comes on every time I turn on the vehicle.when im driving the engine oil light comes on the wheel tighten up and the vehicle slows down and cuts completely off. I have been driving on busy streets when this happen as well as express ways. Once it cuts off if I sit and a couple minutes the car may start back driving like nothing happen...usually. I sit for 30 minutes before it start up..I have taken it to mechanic and its something with the electrical system no codes are coming up when I went to place it on a machine..one mechanic said it my be the ignition not connecting..can this be investigated because this car is doing things on its own the horn will go off when im parking driving and the fuse was checked.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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