definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,095 miles

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2011 Dodge Avenger suspension problems

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2011 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 142012


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the suspension was unstable and the rear of the vehicle swayed back and forth causing a vibration near the back seats. The contact indicated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive at any rate of speed. The vehicle was taken to more than one dealer and they were not able to provide a remedy. The contact received two alignments and the control arms were replaced; however, the remedy failed to repair the issue. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Urbana, OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 052011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that there was a failure with the suspension. When traveling over unleveled land or in inclement weather at various speeds, the rear suspension swayed back and forth. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel to prevent the vehicle from swaying on the road. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least four times, but they were unable to replicate and diagnose the failure. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Byram, MS, USA

problem #11

Feb 062015

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
This car continues to sway and hop at almost any speed. If you hit the slightest bump the rear end of this vehicle hops as if the tires have actually left the ground. In addition, the car sways left to right especially on the highway at about 65 mph. I have driven in the snow for the last 30+ years and I have never been so white knuckled in the snow. This car feels as if it has zero control in the snow. I have never experienced anything like it. And I am not talking feet of snow, it had literally just started to snow and there was maybe an inch or two on the ground. I have taken it to my mechanic thinking maybe it needed an alignment only to be told the alignment was already spot on ~ I am very concerned that there is a serious flaw in the suspension on this car yet no mechanic or dealer can tell me what's wrong even though they have felt it themselves. Somebody please look into this as I see I am not the only person experiencing this horrible feeling :(

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #10

Aug 072013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • miles


I bought my 2011 Dodge Avenger express used in 2013, a day after I started noticing the rear end fish tailing just going over small bumps. I took it into the dealership and they "saw nothing". another time I was driving in the rain and lost control of the car because it fish tailed. I was able to regain control without incident I again took it to the dealer and they told me I may need new tires.I bought 4 brand new tires.this "seemed" to help for the first day or so. I brought it back again and they still "don't see anything wrong". I am fearful for my life each and every time I drive this car especially in wet or snowy weather. I have driven in snow and rain for 20 years and have never had this happen to me. I should not have to be afraid to have my children or myself in my car. Please Dodge research this serious safety concern before someone becomes seriously injured or god forbid dies. I can see by the others here that I am not the only one having these same issues.

- Lake Geneva, WI, USA

problem #9

Dec 022013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
I bought this vehicle in the fall of 2013. I have had multiple occasions where the car fishtails in wet or snowy conditions. I Transport 4 children on a daily basis, and this car scares me. I have driven in winter conditions for many years, and I have never experienced the terror this car causes. I have to drive 25-35 mph anywhere I go on wet or even mildly snowy roads or lose control of this car. I also know a few other people who have the same issues I have, with the same car. I have also found many similar complaints online with this vehicle as well as its sister vehicle the Chrysler 200. I do believe a serious investigation needs to be done on this vehicle before anyone is seriously hurt or killed in an accident because of this issue.

- Kincheloe, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 232013


  • 15,000 miles
I bought this car brand new off the lot and have owned it for 2 years. The back of the car sways in the back, which I did not notice this at first being the driver, but passengers did. As time went on it got worse and I began noticing it in the front. The back end sways anytime you hit a bump and in the winter the back end is all over the place. I've been driving in winter weather for 10 years now and never had so much anxiety until driving this car. The back end makes hollow clicking noises from time to time like something is going to just "pop off". the steering wheel pulls to the right (even after all alignments, tires checked). When you attempt to push on the gas after being stopped the car stalls a great deal. The left rear suspension has been replaced already, the sway bar tightened, camber bushings done and there are still issues with the above but the dealer states "nothing is wrong". I have had my car in the dealership numerous of times for all of this not to mention the bubbling of the paint on the hood, the trunk leaking water and a few recalls. I plan on trading this car in asap and will not be purchasing another Dodge. I spent way too much money on a car to have this many issues with barely 20,000 miles on it.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 012014


  • 33,000 miles


Rear shifts side ways when going over any bump or expansion joint on road. Driving in snow or ice is very dangerous because rear is always sliding back and forth had car checked and Dodge dealership found nothing wrong with the car. Aside from giving me a panic attack every time this happens, I'm afraid I'm going to kill myself or someone else in a terrible accident from this problem. Thought it was something with the rear sway bar being mounted in the wrong place or something with the electronic stability control malfunctioning. Also I thought it was the tires so I had all new tires put on and that obviously wasn't the problem. I'm scared to death to drive this car but it is my only option.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 122013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 24,500 miles
Had weight in the back of the vehicle. Roads began to become lightly snow covered. Back end of car floated, as if not touching the highway. Control of the vehicle was minimal. Slowed tremendously to ensure a somewhat safe remainder of trip. Has happened two other times, always while carrying extra passengers or weight in the car. Very concerning. Apparently, this is a problem that even the dealer service employees are aware of. There is no real fix. They have set rear alignment to farthest inward position to counteract rear tires bowing out with weight. I am skeptical this will fix problem permanently. Then will my next worry be wear on the tires due to incorrect alignment?

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #5

May 172012


  • 90,000 miles
When traveling at 55 or faster the rear of the car sways/bounces sideways on bumps in the road. The more weight in the back seat or trunk area the more it sways/bounces. I have taken it to 2 dealers and they both could not find anything. I have had an aliment done but they said it was not needed and they could not find anything wrong. They said to take it to a dealer and have the sway bar checked. I'm have gotten no were with this problem.

- Robinson, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 222012

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 9,232 miles
Front end makes a popping noise from the passenger side on uneven terrain at all speeds. Dealer couldn't find anything and I had the first tire rotation at this time. We took our first road trip (approx 1700 miles round trip) and noticed vibration on trip. Found tire dust covering rear of car and rear fender wells. The rear tires had almost completely worn through the innermost tread. Dealer performed an alignment check, said front was slightly out and corrected it. Left front was -.7 camber and right front was -.7. at 1500 miles the dealer finally agreed to replace the tires through the good year prorated warranty, claiming the ware problem was a tire issue. We are now at 18000 miles with no signs of excessive tire wear. Popping noise in front in seems to be getting worse, dealer once stated they tightened the cradle bolts. It had no effect. We again have vibration at highway speed and the rear end wobbles back and forth on uneven terrain.

- Marshall, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 052011

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 500 miles


Rear shifts side ways when going over any bump or expansion joint on road. Driving in snow or ice is very dangerous because rear is always sliding back and forth had car checked align is good they said sway bar is conected too far away from wheels allowing rear to sway.

- Auburn , MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 142013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that whenever traveling over uneven pavement, the vehicle would shake uncontrollable. The contact stated that the failure felt as if the rear of the vehicle was not contacting the pavement when the failure occurred. The failure caused the windshield wiper to become detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the contact was advised that the suspension and struts were not in need of repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the failure mileage was 41,000.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 132012


  • 7,000 miles
I have purchased 3 Dodge Avengers 2010 and 2011. Each of the cars are doing the same thing stalls while driving I thought it was the transmission. I have taken the cars back to the dealer on numerous occasions 5 to 6 times and the tech could not find anything wrong. I was driving my kids to school and began to press the gas from the light and it turned off the car behind me almost hit us. I was driving going 10 mph and the car turned off. I was in a school zone. I was at a stop light and it stalls. I cannot understand this and the techs are oblivious also. I have had enough and I just purchased this car.

- Miramar, FL, USA

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