really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,501 miles

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2008 Dodge Avenger engine problems

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #4

Aug 072008


  • 11,938 miles


While stopped at stop signs or lights the car will cut off without warning, you then have to put the car in park and re start the engine. Sometimes it flutters like it wants to cut off. This happens at least once a month sometimes more. Once you start the car it is back to normal. This could cause an accident. They first learned the throttle control. The next time they replaced the evaporator canister.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

May 202008


  • 6,000 miles
2008 Dodge Avenger caught on fire, purchased on December 01 2007, on my way home from work black smoke came in through air conditioning vents, I pulled over and within minutes the total car was on fire and burned down to the metal, called 911 immediately.

- Atlantic Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 082008

Avenger 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles
Loss of complete power while driving. My son's new 2008 Dodge Avenger loss complete power while he was driving on the interstate today. Without warning all electrical and engine power was loss. Luckily, he was in the left lane and was able to go onto the shoulder without power steering, there were no brake lights and more than likely the air bags would not have deployed. If he was in the center lane this could have been a much more serious situation. My nine-year son was also in the car at the time. I cannot imagine a more serious situation to be in driving 70 mph and having a complete failure of engine and electrical power. When it was towed to the dealer, their first response was a component in the car's main computer. I am not worried about the repair as it is under warranty, but please warned owners of this very serious situation and have them check their car. My car was purchased at bob boast Dodge in bradenton fl.

- Parrish, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 122007

Avenger 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,295 miles
I recently purchased a 2008 Avenger with the 2.4L vvt 4cylinder and traded in my 2001 Dakota with a 4.7L V8 magnum for it. I regret it. I would have don't better off buying a Ford. Yes, this car gets good highway gas mileage but it has caused nothing but headaches beyond that point. If I drive around town it sucks the gas like no tomorrow. The RPM's are way to high. The car shifts around 3,000 or higher RPM's whether it is warm or cold. When the shifts, it is not smooth. There hard shifts. My fiance's 1999 durango with 135,000 miles on it shifts better than this car does. Randomly the car will die when I come to a complete stop for a stop light/sign. There was one occasion where I was driving down one of the busiest roads in our town and it died while I was doing about 40mph. Before it dies, it shakes real bad for about 3 seconds then I lose everything. The drivers side rear door handle will not move. It is like it is frozen in place. The handle will not pull out at all. It will open just fine from the inside but I can't do anything from standing outside the car. My doors squeak when I open and close them. Whenever I turn the wheel the car groans at me. I've taken it to my local dealer about 3 times. When I told them about the shifting, RPM's, and randomly dying they just said they couldn't get it to act up. Finally, two other new Avengers came into their service department with the same problems. Now they tell me they will look into it. My 2001 Dakota with 142,000 miles never gave me this much trouble the entire time I owned it. I had it a little over 2 years and put around 50,000 miles on it and only changed the oil and did a tune up.

- Ohio City, OH, USA

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