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?


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,000 miles

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2012 Dodge Avenger fuel system problems

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 182016


  • 60,000 miles


The air bag warning light illuminated. Few days later began hearing a clicking under the dashboard behind the glove box. Received notice for recall. Due to location nearest Dodge dealership is 2 hours away. Decided to wait. A short time later, the car began to lose power briefly intermittently. Once again, due to location decided to wait. Two days ago the car stalled completely while traveling at 45 miles per hour. No steering, no brakes, nothing. Scared me. Trying to find someone locally to look at it. Today it died in the middle of a very busy intersection. Once again, coming to the intersection the car dropped below 1,000 rpms and then dies.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The throttle body on my car has to be replaced. My son has had numerous incidents of the car running rough, seemingly not getting enough gas, and the final straw before taking to the shop was when it the engine died as he was driving. This car is only three years old with approximately 62,000 miles on it. It is not at all acceptable for this part to go bad given the age / miles of the car. After speaking with several shop owners and technicians, I've found that this has been a common failure on late model Dodge vehicles. In addition the throttle failure, he has no heat coming in the passenger side of the car. Only cold air as if something is stuck open. This began the later part of last winter when the car was just two years old. He just dealt with it at the time due to lack of money. With winter coming, this will need to be addressed right away as well. Then we have the power mirror not working on one side. Which also began last year. And last but not least, the airbag light is on. I did see that there is a recall having to do with one of the airbags. I will schedule that right away, but it remains to be seen if that is why the airbag light is on.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

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