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:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,774 miles

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2012 Dodge Avenger engine problems

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Feb 012014


  • 51,500 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled numerous times while driving various speeds. The instrument panel indicators flashed intermittently during the failure. Additionally, the front passenger side window was inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 51,500.

- Spring , TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 172013


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns 2012 Dodge Avenger. While driving 45 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle powered off and although the contact was able to be restart the vehicle, the failure recurred and will not start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer/independent mechanic for inspection and to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 46000.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 152013


  • 16,892 miles
Vehicle was purchased new on May 29,2012, vehicle was one of three Avengers purchased. The other two have had the same problems. On November 28, 2012 at 12,940 miles both front tires worn completely down. On January 15,2013, at 16,892 miles the entire rack and pinion had to be replaced. On January 30, 2013 at 17,365 miles, two sensors had to be replaced. On January 30, 2013 at 17,365, both front ties went bald and had to be replaced. On April 30, 2013 at 25,597 miles, both lower tie rods had to be replaced. On June 21,2013 at 29,526 miles the entire engine went out and has yet to be replaced.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 122012

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
The only problem I have is that the engine sounds like a pea thrasher when its started on cold morning. (it sounds like a lifter that has lost its prime). Also, the transmission shifts hard, surges (over revs) when coming to S atop, and at times when its down shifting while going down a hill, it slams into lower gear.. there are additional body sounds that I haven't addressed yet. I was told by mechanics and service tech's that this was a common sound from my size engine. The have ran updates, yet the noises are still there. I mentioned that at idle with the headlights on, if I was to power any of the windows, the headlights dim and then engine drops from approximately 950 RPM to below 500 and stalled the engine.... updated 04/11/13

- Herber Springs, AR, USA

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