Notes: Consumer Reports road tests has noted deficiencies in the 2012 Avenger with regard to engine noise, acceleration, braking, handling, transmission, fuel economy, driving position and rear visibility. But at least it has a cool marketing campaign ... right?


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,119 miles

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2012 Dodge Avenger brakes problems

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 292016


  • 119,000 miles


I have continuosly been having problems with my brakes and rotors, engine stalling while driving, and the lock to my drivers side door isnt working properly. I have had my brakes and rotors repaired three times within a 4 month time frame. This is ridiculous. I dont know what kind of mechanical meltdown this vehicle is having. But some needs to provide some answers.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 102015


  • 60,000 miles
I was in accident the brakes failed during hard braking. I hit the brake pedal so hard I bent the pedal assembly. The seatbelt restraints didn't lockup and threw me forward so I hit my head on the roof line the point of impact was the sun visor. The airbags did not deploy and I hit the steering wheel with my chest. I hit the car in front of me when the brakes failed the car keep rolling to the point of impact with the Cadillac escalade my car went under his bumper so the car had to dive down just to roll under his car. The driver in the vehicle was not hurt. I would up with a small concussion and my right foot is still in pain.

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 062015


  • 85,000 miles
While driving down the interstate with the cruise control on, the cruise shut off, the brake light, ABS light and traction control light came on and the car experienced a sudden lose of power and was braking itself. The sudden lose of speed and braking out of the driver's control on the interstate during rush hour created a safety hazard.

- Mayview, MO, USA

problem #7

Feb 052015


  • 36,500 miles


Driving home from work at 5:40 pm, 3 deer ran out and after slamming on brakes the last one was struck, head on. The hood buckled and the entire engine of the car imploded in flames. No airbags went off and the car immediately died. I was able to pull car over to the side of the road and get out of car however, the car burned completely. The car engulfed in flames and the engine, windows, entire inside, everything burned. There is no dash, no steering wheel, seats, front tires, etc are gone. There is very little left and the manufacturer had an investigation done and will not tell me why this happened. My husband has a 2014 Avenger and we want to know if it is safe. But were told my manufacturer representative they would not tell me because they would not want it out in the public.

- Amherst, WI, USA

problem #6

Dec 302014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
While driving down the interstate this vehicle's power steering and anti lock brakes stopped working and the vehicles rpms were as high as could be measured by the vehicle. This issues made it very difficult to navigate the vehicle off the roadway safely. The vehicle had to be towed to the nearest dealership and the alternator was diagnosed as the primary issue. The concern with this vehicle is that it has the same size engine and amp alternator as the Chrysler vehicles that are already under recall for alternator failure 3.6L engine with a 160 amp alternator and the dealership repairing this vehicle states it is the same type of failure. I am concerned that this vehicles alternator should also be recalled as it poses a danger to the people driving it and any other vehicles on the road near this vehicle when this failure occurs.

- Mayview, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 152013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
While driving through the mountains in Maryland, I applied the brakes and the entire car shuddered. The rotors were apparently warped and the car was difficult to slow down or stop. The more the brake temperature increased the more difficult it became to slow the vehicle down. Most of the mileage on the car is highway or country roads, as I live in a Suburban area. The brakes still act up in flat areas just not as bad as they did in the mountains. I have a six speed 2.4L, 4 cylinder in the Avenger. Before and after having the transmission flushed the transmission would downshift hard between 3rd and 2nd gear and 2nd and 1st gear. When I backed out and put the car in drive, if you didn't wait for about three seconds prior to accelerating the transmission would slip then bang into gear a take off. The entire transmission was rebuilt but you still have to wait for it to lock into drive before taking off. The transmission was rebuilt with 36,000 miles on it.

- Genoa, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 032014


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the anti-lock brakes failed to engage. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 152012


  • 10,288 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that when reversing or moving forward with the brake pedal depressed, a light noise was heard from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to two dealers for inspection. The first dealer cleaned the brake system but the failure was not corrected. The second dealer stated that the braking system was operating normally. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,288 and the current mileage was 37,000.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 242013


  • 13,400 miles
13400 miles on car when right rear tire went flat. When I took off flat inside shoulder of tire had worn thru cords. Took to Dodge dealer in covington, tn and they said alignment must be out. Noticed left rear tire also showing steel cords on inner shoulder. Tech said didn't look like car had alignment at factory. Did alignment and alignment was.03 degrease off on one tire the rest were within spec. Dealership cant explain what happened, no one ive talked to can explain what happened. 2000 miles from home in a new car and have to spend $400 on tires and alignment.....not happy.

- Sheridan, WY, USA

problem #1

May 302012


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while traveling 2 mph a screeching noise emitted when the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times who diagnose that the failure was due to brake dust on the emergency brake and brake pads. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 11,400.

- Killen, TX, USA

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