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 4 of 8)

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problem #100

Aug 012011

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


Left headlight and right brakelight comes on without request. Turn signals begin blinking rapidly. Tipm is failing. [xxx] VIN [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #99

Aug 012014


  • 150,000 miles
I am having trouble with the electronics in the front two windows. The passenger side quit working on the drivers side control then the passenger side switch. Approx. Two weeks later the driver window won't go down but will go up. One of the engine ports on the passenger side is stuck open and I have tried using sea foam. Both front struts went out at the same time a month ago. Replaced the alternator three weeks after buying the car that was three year's ago. It seems to be one thing after another has to get fixed on this car. I have repaired the A/C unit on it twice this summer. Now the powering steering unit is making a noise when the wheel is turned. Wouldn't recommended this car to anyone. Nice looking but falls apart to easy in a short time frame.

- Bismarck, MO, USA

problem #98

Jun 142013


  • 140,453 miles
I started the car and it drove normally for 1/4 mile. Car then began bucking and would not accelerate over 20mph. Electric throttle light came on. Shop said the electric throttle needed to be replaced. Got it replaced in June of 2013. In August of 2014, my battery light came on. Car drove normally. Stopped after an hour trip. Two hours later car wouldn't start. Received a jump, car started but would not accelerate over 25 mph. Electric throttle light, check engine light, and battery light are on. To the shop I go again...almost two months after the warranty has expired...

- Frankfort , KY, USA

problem #97

Aug 032014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


I started my car on Sunday August 3, 2014 and the engine wouldn't turn over, after waiting a minute the car started. While driving the car would not go faster than 20 mph even with my foot completely on the petal. I took my car to oreilly auto parts and had the check engine light read. I had all new spark plugs (based off the check engine light reading) put in the vehicle and I'm still not able to drive over 20 mph. My car is now cutting off at the light and not the highest speed is 20 mph. I keep getting a lighting bolt message and check engine message even though all the codes have been cleared.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #96

Jun 302014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I had parked my car, 20 minutes later I went to start the car and it started. As I shifted the car in reverse, the car immediately died and the electric throttle light came on. I put my car in parked and started it again. And it did it again with engine light also. Finally, I started the car and it continued to run. I backed out and started to drive. A block away at a four way stop sign the car completely died. Was not able to even use my flashers. I call a tow truck and had my car sent to a repair shop with the spare key. The repair shop called me later and stated that they could not find anything wrong with the car and it was running fine but might need to be looked at a transmission shop. My vehicle was taken to a transmission shop and they stated the same thing and thought that it may have been the key that I was using. So for two days after picking up my car, the spare key was working and the car was running. 4th of July evening my car quit working in the drive thru and the throttle light came on again, I was able to start it but while I was driving the car died in the middle of the road. I was not able to use my flashers cause they did not work. I was afraid that someone might rear end my car due to the vehicle was dying and I had my kids in the car. I was glad I was close to home but that is very scary at night when your lights completely stop working. My car is currently at the Dodge dealership and they are stating that they don't know whats wrong with it but for them to continue to check it out I have to pay $150 and they think it might be an electrical problem. I continue to research online and it seems that I'm not the only one with this problem with the same year, make and model, so how do they not know what it is. I'm glad that I wasn't on the highway, it could have been fatal.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #95

May 282014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that immediately after starting the vehicle, flames started to emit from the drivers side speaker. The contact stated that she used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. There were no injuries reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 150,000. Updated 8/12/14 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but, refused assistant because the vehicle was repaired before it was inspected. Updated 08/21/2014

- Alton , IL, USA

problem #94

Apr 062014


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while waiting at a traffic stop, the vehicle stalled and the tire pressure monitoring system warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 71,000.

- Pace , FL, USA

problem #93

Mar 082014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
While driving on the highway a service light came on in my car and my car started slowing down to 5-10 miles an hours on the highway where it would not go. I let the car sit for a few minutes and it started up and drove normal again. It has happened while I was going 35 miles per hour where it will do the same thing. The lighting bolt symbol light comes on.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #92

Jul 172011


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that when he engaged the turning signal, the windshield wipers would activate simultaneously without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose a failure. A monitoring system was placed in the vehicle to help diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 115,000.

- Pardeeville, WI, USA

problem #91

Apr 212014


  • 93,000 miles
Intermittent loss of power on acceleration and under load. Suspected throttle body issues with throttle positioner code showing up.

- Fayetteville, WV, USA

problem #90

Nov 072008


  • 20,000 miles


Car running sluggish no power, taken to dealer nothing wrong, clicking in engine compartment when air conditioner on, dealer, nothing wrong, transmission pulling. Soon after electrical, loud popping noise coming from passenger side everytime the air conditioner/heater turned on then off, defroster out on passenger side, and rear window, not working at all, air bag light turns on wont turn off, have to move front seat back then forward till light turns off, so irritated and disappointed expected better from Dodge, american made?? wow lost for words. Car is falling apart, I need my heater and defroster someone please help.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #89

Apr 152014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The cars electrical wiring is messed up.... power steering is tight at tinge... windows roll up tooo much U hear it grinding.... U can't have the heat and radio on at the sane tinge cause it's nothing but static..... it says gascap where the mileage is..... somtimes it won't show the mileage..... I.bought this from a dealership. One month ago are they reliable to fix this or is there a legal way I can..... from the looks of it they sold me a car with recall problemsm.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #88

Feb 172009

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
On or about Feb. 17, 2009 and continuing to present, my 2008 Avenger has had numerous problems shifting. The problem started with hard shifting and transmission slippage. Now, when driving at 45mph when the car goes to shift into overdrive, and misses 4th gear. There is a sudden loss of gears and the tachometer climbs rapidly because the overdrive gear will not engage. When engine RPM is lowered, car downshifts into 2nd gear (limp mode) and will not shift normally until the vehicle is turned off and re-started. The sudden loss of speed may result in a crash and personal injury to the occupants of the vehicle. I have seen numerous complaints on this problem and have noticed a lot of service bulletins related to improper shifting of the 2008 Avenger. Even though Dodge is aware of the problems with the powertrain control module, they have refused to issue a recall on the module placing the safety of its customers below the importance of their profits.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #87

Apr 032014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Battery light warning came on, cruise control stopped working, car would no longer shift or was drivable. This occurred on the freeway and we were almost hit. Once stopped the car would not turn back on. This appears to be connected to either recall H07, which may be recurring, or to an item that should be recalled relating to the electronic throttle control. There are multiple incidents regarding this item. I've had several completed recalls that don't appear to have been completed or are recurring.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #86

Feb 202014


  • 93,745 miles
My vehicles etc light (code P2112) came on while getting on the expressway at 65 mph and it went into "limp mode" causing my vehicle to jerk severely and my speed to drop down to 30 mph immediately. After nearly being hit by a semi I was able to get to the emergency lane and my check engine light came on as well. The vehicle will not go faster than 10 mph.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #85

Feb 212014


  • 171,215 miles
I was driving home and the car bucked like it was going to stall, just then I lost my dashboard lights, car kept running but sluggish. Got home to see if anyone else had this problem and found out that there was a recall for this issue, exactly what had happened to me was described on Chrysler's recall page. So I called Chrysler and they told me it wasn't my model, yet everything I read, even on your page, says 2008 Dodge Avenger and the problems I know have are described to a tee. Any help in this situation would be greatly appreciated as I don't have the money to fix Chrysler's problem. Thank you! recall id #74738 NHTSA campaign id- 08V152000 Chrysler recall no. H07.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #84

Feb 212014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • miles
The electronic throttle control on my 2008 Dodge Avenger broke. This is a known problem to Dodge but they have a 2 to 3 week back log on the part to fix this problem. Now I don't have my car for 2 to 3 weeks and I now have to rent one. If this is a known problem why hasn't a recall be placed on this part" why if this is known do they have such a back log on parts. If this is a known problem why am I paying for a rental car? this is a total lack of customer service on a corporation level. This is not the first car I have had this kind of problem with when it comes to Dodge products. As a loyal Dodge driver for the last 20 years this is the last straw. Their incompetence as a company can no longer be overlooked and brushed away. When will they accept responsibility for the product they produce and stand behind it" although I expect Dodge to do nothing as usual they have just lost one more customer.

- Oak Grove, MO, USA

problem #83

Feb 012014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was driving on the highway going 55mph and the electronic throttle indicator light came on and my car failed to increase speed and started to jerk slightly. The rpms then jumped from 1700 about to over 2500 then started pushing 3000 and wouldn't go down until I was off the highway and going 30mph. My RPM was still around 2500. I was able to pull over and turn my car off and that seemed to fix the issue, until I needed to go on the highway again. Everytime my car went to shift to a higher gear when I was hitting between 50 and 55mph it would happen. It took my car to a mechanic who told me my car was undrivable because this would ruin my transmission. I now have a completely dead car due to the part I need being nationally unavailable.

- Anacortes, WA, USA

problem #82

Feb 052014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 84,500 miles
Was coming to a stop off of the interstate and all of a sudden lost speed power. Was unable to go over 10 mph from my stopping point. The etc light was flashing. I have not yet taken it to a mechanic. I did shut the car off and restarted and it seems to be running fine now.... but will this happen again?

- Moorhead, MN, USA

problem #81

Jan 072014


  • 116,000 miles
While I was driving home from work I was driving approx 50 mph and I lose power and my electronic control throttle light came on. I couldn't go faster then 5 mph and my RPM wouldn't pass 2,000 I pulled over on side of road turned off the car and try to restart but it would only run for a few seconds and cut out again. My home town mechanic said that the issue was the throttle body. The total cost in repair is roughly 500 dollars, and reading online there are more drivers out there having the same issue. I think Dodge should do a recall on there 2008 Dodge Avengers and up.

- Springwater, NY, USA

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