really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,602 miles

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2008 Dodge Avenger engine problems

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #35

Apr 172014


  • 126,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the engine light illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the intake manifold required replacement. In addition, the power control module would need to be reprogrammed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Canandaigun, NY, USA

problem #34

Mar 262014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 125,667 miles
Was driving down the highway and noticed a delayed response when pushing down on the accelerator, moments later I was unable to accelerate and the car's electronic throttle control light appeared. The car was unable to go more then 15 mph. I had to have the car towed. I did not receive a warning before this happened however, I did notice my car stalling a little bit a day prior to this happening. I see I am not the only person with this problem, now I have to see how much money this is going to cost me. I am a college student and need my car but not this types of expense and safety risks it comes with. There are 125,000 miles on the car at this time.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #33

Feb 192014


  • 23,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle began to lose power as the check engine and the throttle warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic where they stated that the spark plugs and coil needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the throttle warning light remained illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 23,500. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bridgeville, PA, USA

problem #32

Mar 072014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


The electronic throttle control and the engine light are constantly coming on and going off. This has been going on for two weeks now. I called a Dodge dealer and they told me that the recall for this very same issue is not for my car. My VIN supposedly is not in the sequence Chrysler decided to recall. I don't know what to do.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #31

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

problem #30

Nov 182013


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that two pulleys were loose and the air pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 99,000 and the current mileage was 99,360.

- Corcoran, CA, USA

problem #29

Nov 202013


  • 107,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact was driving approximately 70 mph when the vehicle suddenly stalled. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 107, 000.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #28

Nov 202013


  • 61,845 miles
My Dodge Avenger had a throttle control light illuminated on the dash when first starting the vehicle. Thereafter, the car first would not go over 20 mph. Later this problem progressed. The car only had a small amount of power. It could get up to 30-40 mph on flat areas but struggled to maintain 5 mph on inclines. The vehicle would also shake violently when the transmission was in gear but the vehicle was stopped do to engine vibrations. I am currently in the progress of replacing the Avengers throttle body. Normally I wouldn't report this, but when I called the dealer to order the part he informed me that they have been replacing a lot of these lately due to problems.

- Borden, IN, USA

problem #27

Aug 012011


  • 65,000 miles
Problem 1) the air bag lights would come on intermittently. Problem 2) the engine stalls intermittently, especially on rainy days. Problem 3) the front speakers sounded cracked or damaged and then over a short period of time the left speaker quit and the right speaker is majorly distorted. I might add this is not due to over cranking the stereo. This is due to cheap/inadequate quality speakers used.

- Laurel, DE, USA

problem #26

Oct 132013


  • 80,104 miles
Every time it rains and I drive the vehicle at stop light or a any complete stop. Engine starts stalling. Then cuts off. This issue has gone for about 4 months only when it rains. Check engine comes on with code P2004( manifold runner bank 1 stuck open.) I have replaced the whole manifold with new parts I bought from Dodge dealer. Check engine light doesn't go away after trying to delete code. I was told that I had to go to Dodge dealer to get it reprogram which will cost me. Should have to pay to get reprogram if I exchange parts on the car.

- Blackstone, VA, USA

problem #25

Jul 252013


  • 94,000 miles


When proceeding from a complete stop, my car stalls. It is in the drive mode and is trying to go but can't. and it is starting to do it more often than not. I thought it may have had something to do with my brakes, since they were squeaking, but I have since gotten them repaired and the stalling continues. Also sounds like something is gurgling under the hood. Really don't even want to think about how much the repairs are going to cost.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #24

Jun 282013


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred on two separate occasions. Additionally, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The vehicle failure mileage was 62,000.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #23

Jun 292013

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 121,680 miles
While driving 60 mph using cruise control, electronic throttle control indicator light blinks and engine loses power. However, difficulty in breaking and bringing to complete stop due to high RPM idle. After turning off and restarting engine, light is off and engine runs fine. Incident has occurred three times, 6/29/13, 7/2/13, 7/7/13.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #22

Dec 252011


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving 19 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times and usually when it rained. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on two separate occasions but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The failure continued to recur. The contact was informed of a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 012011


  • 65,000 miles
Rpms dip low and the engine revs up daily. Car dies at stop lights or when making slow turns about monthly but getting more and more frequent.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #20

Feb 082013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 125,975 miles
While driving along freeway at 55 mph throttle light illuminated and engine was non reactive to gas pedal. After a few moment systems went away, but the starting the next day after that the engine was slow to respond to sccelerator and would hesitate and jump to accelerations. Vehicle was taken to shop where throttle body and fuel system was cleaned. It worked fine till April 22, 2013 when vehicle was being driven the throttle light came back on and there was no acceleration at all to the car. Car towed to garage where the throttle body had to be replaced to due failure. The milage was 130,153 and cost over $800.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #19

May 282013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 132,283 miles
Owned vehicle since 2009. Everytime it rains the car will stall out when decelerating from various speeds. This has almost caused several accidents as drivers behind you expect you to begin to accelerate when traffic lights turn green, but instead you must drop the car into neutral or coast it to the side of the road to get it to restart. This has continued since I bought the car. It is a common problem that Dodge apparently has not addressed according to www.mycarstats.com.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #18

May 132013


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact attempted numerous times to start the ignition however, the engine would not respond. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where they stated that the engine would need to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 07V473000 (engine and engine cooling) but was advised that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #17

Apr 292013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Electronic throttle control light came on and stayed flashing could not go over approx 15-25 mph. Pulled over shut car off and restarted and worked fine for the 5 min drive I had to complete after it happened. 9 hours later while driving the throttle control light came on again with loss of power intermittently then stayed off for 5 min drive I had to complete.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #16

Feb 272013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
On 3/11/13, I reported to Dodge case # [xxx] that when driving on wet / damp roads the car will stall out for no reason. This has happend to me while stopped at a light, slowing down going through a toll or even while turning in an intersection. I have felt it to start to stall while driving at 65 and have hit the gas to stop the problem. I phoned Dodge who told me... sorry there are no recalls. I then phoned my local Dodge service department who immediately told me that yes they have had this problem in the past, the suggested is a sensor on the throttle or throttle body. The cost for repair is around $750. I happened to see there was another complaint on your site regarding this. Because I feel as though this is a very serious danger hazard, I filed a complaint with the department of transportation # [xxx]who suggested I contact you. I think this is a very large concern and something that needs to be addressed immediately. I will be paying the money to get my vehicle fixed out of concern for my own and others safety. I drive the interstate everyday to work 65 - 75 mph and have to drive either in the right or left lane in case my car stalls. I was lucky that when my call stalled while trying to pull away from a red light I was not rear ended. I am hopeful you will see the sense of urgency and push Dodge to do a recall. I do not think this should be the consumers espense. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sturtevant, WI, USA

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