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:
49,930 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2012 Dodge Avenger miscellaneous problems

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 092016


  • 25 miles


No heat coming in on the passenger side vents. Lustine Dodge did a radiator and heater core flush then told me the heating core needed to be replaced and still want to charge for the flush. I have seen the heating core issue several times reported and needs to be recalled. I am also calling Dodge to register complaint and fraud since they know this is an issue.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #10

Nov 222016


  • miles
Passenger heater side blows cold air. When changing ac/heater to/from fresh air and re-circulation a loud clicking noise happens. P0306 cylinder misfire when it rains water gets into the trunk though the spoiler.

- Buda, TX, USA

problem #9

Nov 232016


  • 95,000 miles
Heat not working on passenger-side the heat does work on driver-side Chrysler knows about the problem they even have a case number but no recall yet the case number is S1207000008 a lot of people have called Chrysler about this problem but Chrysler is doing nothing about the problem.

- Brown Summit, NC, USA

problem #8

Nov 012016


  • 88,000 miles


I purchased my Dodge Avenger in the month of June and it has been running fine. The only problem that I have with my car is the fact that the passenger's side blows out cold air. I was not aware that the car did that until the weather changed and it was time to use my heat. I looked online before filling out this form and it turns out that almost everyone who purchased this particular vehicle has had the same problem as well. Also everyone says that they don't know why this problem occurs. I've only had my car for 4 months and everything else works fine.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #7

Sep 022016


  • 64,000 miles
Takata recall........while just sitting there or turning on car, theres a knocking noise is there a recall done research and many people have same issues

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #6

Feb 102016


  • 76,000 miles
The heater in the car now only blows out hot air on the drivers side. Which in turn only clears off half of the windshield, making the visibility of the road difficult. During the changes in the temperature outside and the humidity levels it is impossible to get a clear view of the road. This condition is happening all the time, the car can be in park idling or in motion. The passenger side of the car can only blow out cold air and does not change with the temperature dial.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #5

Dec 232015


  • 87,000 miles


Heater not working. (87,000 miles) took the car to the dealership where they gave me an estimate of $2500 to replace the entire coolant system (heater core, radiator, oil cooler, thermostat, water pump). The tech advised there was something restricting flow through the heater core. There is a 100,000 mile power train warranty on the car but they do not agree that the coolant system that cools the engine (power train) should be included. Where did the sediment/sludge come from? possibly oil contamination from the engine (power train)? this problem has been noted in numerous models and Dodge has released a statement to their techs to replace the entire coolant system because they know something they did is wrong. This is very similar to the problem GM had with dex-cool why is there not a recall for this problem the consumer should not be burdened with the failures of the manufacturer to provide a quality product. I hope this matter is taken seriously as it truly is a safety issue. If the heat does not work it is not just uncomfortable for the driver/passengers but it will also reduce visibility through the windshield since the defrost/heat does not work.

- Higginsville, MO, USA

problem #4

Nov 222015


  • miles
At the end of last winter I noticed my heat wasn't working right, and after a few cold days recently I have no heat coming from the passenger side. Pretty warm on the driver side. I see that this is pretty common in Dodge Avengers and would like to have the problem fixed so my family can be warm while we travel.

- Caldwell, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 222015


  • 45,000 miles
Shift knob is stuck in park.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #2

Jul 032015


  • 34,500 miles
Driving down owen K garriott to take my dog to the vet and battery light came on and my car started slowing down and I saw jackson's on the left side of the road so I pulled in their and they hooked my car up to some kind of test that took an hour and gave me a ride to the vet.when I got back to jackson's I was informed tha 5tit was my battery and they had changed it.well went to leave and a while after I was driving battery light came on and I was going to hang out a friends and when I went to leave my friends my car was I left it parked overnight there and the next day came and jump started it and was able to get it to my house.this was the 4th of July weekend and nothing was Monday I called baker's alternator and they said to get it car would not hold a charge and I had to have it towed.they said it was unusual that a car with this low of mileage to have alternator problems but they did their checks and found it to be that both my pulleys on the alternator to be worn cost me $196.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #1

Jun 172015


  • 59,700 miles
Upon using air conditioner or heater. There is a slight knocking noise coming from the passenger side dash. Knocking noise even continues after car has been off for hours. Any time car lights come on knocking noise occurs.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

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