really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,481 miles

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2010 Dodge Avenger steering problems

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2010 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 112015

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 119,076 miles


The contact owned a 2010 Dodge Avenger. While trying to avoid striking a dog at 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and the brakes failed to respond when the pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The driver and the front seat passenger sustained cervical strains that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,076. Updated 4/27/15 updated 10/9/15

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #5

Feb 232015


  • 79,360 miles
On Monday February 23,2014 I turned my car on and after a couple of minutes it made a loud noise. I didn't know what it was so I decided to park my car in my driveway. When I put the gear into drive I felt my steering wheel stiff, and I saw power steering fluid stains on the ground. My car is leaking power steering fluid and I don't know why. Would Chrysler cover these costs? I had the same thing happen before as my power steering hose broke a few months ago. I took it to a Dodge dealer and they told me there was no recall for that and they would charge me $200 just to look at it. I decided to take my car to my mechanic he was able to replace the hose for me, but this problem isn't solved yet and now I'm scared it might keep happening.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 292013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
When I go to brake from speeds of 25 mph and up, the car starts shaking violently. I have to press the brake pedal slowly and holds the steering wheel stronger to counter the shaking and not lose control of the vehicle. This is not always possible to do when braking. The faster the vehicle is going, the worse it shake swhen applying the brakes. I have taken it to the dealership and several other car places to have the brakes checked and they cannot find the problem. They've changed pads, rotors, etc. On multiple occasions in a short period of time and the problem remains. This is very dangerous and there seems to be no fix.

- Leonardtown, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 042014


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Avenger. While driving various speeds, the contact heard a knocking noise coming from the steering column. The dealer stated that the steering shaft was leaking fluid and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 022013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 59,227 miles
Rack and pinion I was progressing down hill. When I heard a loud pop in front end of my vehicle. The popping gets more frequent as one drives. So I took the vehicle home. And I placed in on driveup ramps and had someone twist the steering wheel back and forth well wouldn't you know the closer I placed my hand next the drivers side of the rack and pinion ( closest to the rack itself ) the more pronounced was the feeling pop pop pop.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 262013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 46,221 miles
I just began having this problem and I am very concerned. There is not a recall yet, however I am hoping with taking the time to report my concerns and problems there will soon be a recall. After about 45 minutes to an hr of driving my vehicle there becomes a clunking noise on the left front end of my car. You can feel the noise/malfunction in the left lower part of the steering wheel while driving. Steering feels shaky and unstable. My vehicle is maintained monthly at the same place each month. The longer you drive the louder the clunking sound. After, realizing this problem was not going away and could become very serious I took it to my local Dodge dealership and was told that there is not a recall issued for this problem and it would cost me about $600 D/T also telling me warranty would not cover it. After, extensive research I have learned that Chrysler themselves have placed a concern in regards to this problem, however are not issuing a recall for this problem and that this is only a problem with vehicles manufactured before 7/2010 which mine was manufactured 8/2010 and I am having this current problem. I am very scared that if this does not get recalled and fixed there are going to be bigger problems than just complaints. I have read several incident reports placed with NHTSA with the same exact problems. With that said why is there nothing being done about this and why should I pay $600+ to get this fixed when this is clearly a Chrysler/Dodge issue and conveniently warranty will not cover this particular malfunction. I have 2 young children and if something happens to us while driving my car after numerous reports have been placed there will be problems bigger than a recall. I am very disappointed in Chrysler/Dodge and not sure that I would buy another Dodge vehicle after this.

- 308 Denton Court, TX, USA

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