hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,169 miles

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2008 Dodge Avenger fuel system problems

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2008 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

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 #21

Nov 302013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 132,500 miles
Vehicle started having issues starting and then it would start and run fine and then die.I was contacted and noticed that the fuel pump was not coming on and then would all the sudden come on andthen quit so I removed the rear seat and unplugged the wire harness and could see where it had been burned and looked at the top of the pump where the harness plugs in and could see and smell gas.I removed the fuel pump and you could see where one of the wire harnesses inside the fuel tank on the fuel pump had burned a hole all the way through.in the whole process of this no fuse ever blew to shut power off and was told there is no fuse by someone at the Dodge dealer.I proceeded to look on the internet and found numerous accounts of this same issue and nobody has reported it the changed there fuel pump but that does not fix the issue. If there is no fuse to blow somebody is going to get hurt and if there is a fuse why are they not blowing.

- Webb, AL, USA

problem #20

Sep 092013


  • 112,023 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times and the check engine light was illuminated as the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the fuel injector. The fuel injector was replaced, however the failure was not corrected. The mechanic advised the contact that main computer may have needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 112,023.

- North Hills , CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 132012

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


When pumping gas into my 2008 Dodge Avenger I get overspill of gas coming out of tank. I hear the click and release of gas pump and immediately gas spurts out onto car and me. I looked up on internet and it appears to be happening to alot of Dodge Avengers. Is there a recall?

- Saco , ME, USA

problem #18

Nov 152011

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 59,560 miles
When filling up tank the tank ejects about a quart of gasoline when finished pumping gas. Even when trying to go slow at the end. The gasoline "burps" out all over the side of the vehicle, the operator and ground. This isn't safe because the potentially hot rotor is directly underneath the fill port might start a fire while the operator is doused with fuel.

- Monaca, PA, USA

problem #17

Feb 152011


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while refueling the vehicle, fuel spilled back out from the filler neck valve. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The technician advised the contact that the vent tubing and the neck of the fuel tank would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician stated that the fuel tank would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #16

Feb 012012

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


The gas tank is not venting properly, resulting in gas spray when filling up. My vehicle is spraying fuel at every fillup and does not matter which station, pump, pump position, or filling rate. The spray can be reduced by slowing the filling rate when close to full but is very difficult to prevent overflow. This spray is enough to and has soaked my shoes and pants. I have researched several forums and contacted my dealership. I am told the tank usually needs replaced at a high service cost. I am reporting this as a safety concern because most owners can not immediately afford a ~$900 service charge. I will continue to attempt to manage this overfill spray by not filling it all the way until I can afford the repair. Thank you for your time.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #15

Feb 012012


  • 80,000 miles
When filling up my gas tank, the gas pump does not stop. This happens at all stations every time. The fuel is quite explosive when full, and jumps out of the tank getting fuel everywhere. It jumps about a foot out of the tank. You can hear that there is an air pocket in my gas tank. I can never fill it full and have to stop just short. I also have to check my fuel by turning the ignition to the on position which apparently now has messed with my locks according to the manual, if you turn it to the on/lock position 4 times in a row it does something to your locks. So now my locks are messed up too. I brought it to the dealership and they stated it would cost over 400 dollars to replace.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #14

Dec 012011

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
At or around 50,000 miles, it became almost impossible to fill the fuel tank without a violent backsplash of gas. No matter how slowly you fill, or how many opportunities you give it to vent, you still end up with a spill. When I say spill, it means that gas literally projects outward onto the ground, and down the side of the car. Often the tire ends up soaked, and occasionally your clothing and or shoes. I have found other people on Avenger sites complaining of the exact same thing, therefore I know this is not rare. Around the same time this began, the car also began stalling in rainy weather. I don"T know if these are connected, but it seems suspect. Apparently other people have been told by their dealerships that the entire fuel tank has to be changed due to a faulty rollover valve.

- Yale, MI, USA

problem #13

Dec 082011


  • 79,200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that fuel spilled out from the filler neck while refueling. The vehicle was taken the dealer and they informed her that the failure may be due to the fuel tank, but they weren't exactly sure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure occurred on an intermittent basis. The manufacturer was notified and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 79,200. The VIN was unavailable.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 162011


  • 63,000 miles


While filling gas tank, automatic shutoff didnt work spilling gas, now every fill up, various gas stations same problem.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #11

Nov 012010

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My 2008 Avenger stalls when accelerating. It seems to happen when it is wet and cold out. It happens mostly when you are at a complete stop and push the gas or when you are slowing down and the accelerate. I have almost been in several accidents due to this happening. I have taken it to the Dodge dealership and they said they can't find anything wrong. There is definitely something wrong.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #10

Jul 292011

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger that burst into flames all of a sudden when I was headed home from work during rush hour on a city street doing between 25-30 miles an hour. There was no warning when a man started shouting for me to get out of the car. In another half an hour my kids would have been in the car. This is the third time I've heard of this happening with this Chrysler made car, yet the insurance is giving me the run-A-round. I'm sure with instructions from Chrysler. I need them to pay up, I need to be able to get to work and take my children to day care. I could have been killed cause there is obviously a defect in the engine or fuel system.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 172011


  • miles
I was filling my gas tank up and the handle did not turn off automatically. I know that the nozzle was fully inserted, I am careful about this since something similar has already happened with this car. The first time I was cleaning my windshield so I did not immediately notice that gas had spilled out and was actually pouring onto the ground. Now I am extremely careful when I fill up. I don't think that the pumps are the problem, I think it is something with the car.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 012010

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
I own a 2008 Dodge Avenger R/T. when filling the gas tank the automatic shutoff does not engage and the fuel erupts out of the car. The only two options for a fix are to replace the gas tank or guess the amount of fuel to put into the car. This happens on any and every pump that I use regardless of what pump or what station I go to.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 252011

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
2008 Dodge Avenger stalls when slowing down or sometimes when I push the accelerator. Stalled in the middle of traffic several times.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 152010

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
When I fill up my gas tank. I get a splash back of gas that comes out and down the side of my car.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012010

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
My 2008 Dodge Avenger R/T at 52,000 miles developed a serious splash back when pumping gas. It doesn't matter if the flow is very fast or very slow. It was so bad the first two times when it happened that gasoline splashed all over the left rear very hot wheel and rotor of my car as I had just gotten off the highway. I am afraid that this will become a more serious problem and possibly a fire if not corrected. Have heard that it is a common problem with some 2008-2009 model Avengers and as I have to get it to the dealer and soon, should be checked for perhaps a vendor issue. Thank you kindly.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 012011

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
When fueling up, the pump shuts off automatically but pressure inside the tank causes fuel to "gush" out of the tank all over the side of the vehicle, the ground and me if I'm standing too close. This has been an issue for many months. I've tried several fuel stations, several pumps at the same station. All cause gas to "gush out".

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 152010


  • 38,000 miles
Gas tank does not stop filling up until it overflows.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

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