really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,693 miles

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2013 Dodge Avenger engine problems

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2013 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jan 062017


  • 89,000 miles


While driving the vehicle around 30mph the vehicle loss some power and dropped to 10-15mph. Drove to the side of the road and turned vehicle off to see if it would stop. Turned car on with no trouble then started driving then the problem occurred again.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #21

Dec 072016


  • miles
Car blows hot air out driver side and cold air in the middle and passenger-side took it in and they said it was a restricted heater core and it is not covered by an extended warranty but it is a known problem with Dodge Avengers yet there is no recall

- Albert Lea, MN, USA

problem #20

Nov 012016


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that an abnormal tapping sound emitted from the engine for a short period of time. The noise stopped when the heater or air conditioner was activated. The contact stated that the check engine warning indicator illuminated when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Clio, SC, USA

problem #19

Dec 032012


  • 65,225 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. While the vehicle was stationary, the traction control indicator illuminated without warning. The contact stated that the transmission had a downshift issue and would not switch gears properly. In addition, the engine overheated due to a coolant overflow. Furthermore, the engine made a loud shaking noise while driving. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 65,225.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #18

Apr 212016


  • 72,300 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. While diving 25 mph, the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated and the vehicle sputtered and lost power. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and shut off. The vehicle was restarted; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,300.

- Albion, IN, USA

problem #17

Oct 012015


  • 35,000 miles
Purchased vehicle 02/2013 six moths later noticed brake light would come on when coming to a stop going down a hill. Took in for service, told "brake sensor is too sensitive." One year later noticed when vehicle is in motion beyond 50mph engine will hesitate- feels like it will shut off. Similar situation when idling. Two years later steering makes lots of noise. None of these concerns have been addressed when brought to staff's attention at Dodge dealership. Dodge requests I pay $107+ for a diagnostic test. Not happy with this purchase more so because I am mother to a three year old and expecting...I feel very unsafe in this car.

- Clackamas, OR, USA

problem #16

Nov 042015

Avenger 4-cyl

  • miles


I bought this vehicle on 11-04-2015. After just one day the check engine light came on & obd2 scan revealed air leak in fuel system. New gas cap installed & check engine light continues to stay on. I plan to get the vehicle checked out by Dodge dealership if this issue continues. I would also like to know if there is any way to come back & edit this comment if problem is resolved. Thank you.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #15

Oct 012015

Avenger 6-cyl

  • miles
Letter from congresswoman slaughter on behalf of constituent re defective 2013 Dodge Avenger. The consumer state six months after buying the vehicle, all four of the brakes seized. Then, one year and six month later, the engine head failed and had to be replaced. Seven months later, the check engine light illuminated. The engine leaked oil into the transmission and the transmission had to be replaced.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #14

Sep 032015


  • 54,000 miles
Recently purchased this vehicle and after a week and a half, noticed that my car is not gearing correctly on its own and at times decelerates when trying to accelerate. Also when shifting vehicle from park, reverse, drive, etc... it makes a jump with a loud noise.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #13

May 252015


  • 39,000 miles
My vehicles stalls while driving on the highway and its an automatic. I keep my regular maintenance on it. This has almost caused 3 different accidents on multiple occasions. When I stop my car almost acts as though it wants to shut off. In order to pick speed back up I midst floor it to even get moving anywhere. This is very unsafe seeing as though I have a 2 yr old. Something must be done. I'm insuring a car that has had recalls for this very same issues and now Dodge tells me they'd have to charge me $115 for a diagnostics test.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #12

Mar 282015


  • 48,596 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and an unusual chime sounded inside the vehicle. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who informed the contact that there was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign number: 13V5520000 (engine); however, the dealer explained a diagnostic fee would be charged in order for the vehicle to be serviced under the recall. The contact stated that the recall did not mention a diagnostic charge. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 48,596.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #11

Feb 262015

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Braking system did not stop car causing rear end collision. Air bags deployed and passenger air bag starting smothering and burnt hole though air bag. Car totaled at going only 30mpg.notified Dodge and was sent a letter saying nothing was found on brakes but didn't even address the air bag. 1week before had car in for service for vibration and dealer had to replace all mounts.

- Forestville, WI, USA

problem #10

Feb 012014


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The contact mentioned that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle hesitated and all the lights on the instrument panel flickered off and on. The vehicle shortly resumed normal function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two separate occasions but the technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Tampa , FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 232014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 20,350 miles
While in park the vehicle was started and the engine/transmission (?) kicked back. When the vehicle was put in drive it would only go about 10 mph but the RPM's were at 4000. It has done this about 6 times since I purchased it 11/2013.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #8

May 012013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
This automobile started out misfiring and using a lot of gas, and we have had it in the shop numbers of times to have the problem fixed know that it getting older the problem has gone from just misfiring to stalling out to jerking at time to a smell of something hot to the gears changing hard also having breaking problems since about 14000 miles the grind real bad had rotors turned and still having that problem today had it checked out several times know we have this problem if we are stopped and turn the wheel to the right or left and take your foot of the break it takes off on it on it jumps all the problems have been reported to Chrysler several times we have been on something called the star program.they tried to give me $500 dollars for my trouble then later they tried to buy the car back for msrp. Which I would lost money know I have attorney to handle this problem this car is unsafe myself and my family at risk everyday until something is done.

- Ewing, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 022014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 29,376 miles
This car has had a vibration and trans shift problem sense the day I purchased the car. From there it has just gotten worse. The car will down shift on it's own to first gear wile driving at highways speeds. This has happened multiple time which usually causes the trans to fail. When this vehicle down shift at highway speeds it causes the engine to exceed the RPM that the dash can even show. The trans has been replaced 3 times. Being rebuilt twice and a full new replacement the 3rd time. The first rebuild did not last 5 miles from the dealer before it failed. The second last about 4500 miles and failed. The 3rd trans did not fix the problem and now because the engine has been forced far past what the rpms it should exceed there is now a noise coming from the engine. I have had this vehicle in multiple times to no avail it's still not repaired I was told the vibration was tires. Dealer replaced rims and tires. Problem is till there took it in many more times was told it's bad tires. I have replaces the tires with 3 different sets. Problem is till there. Dealers have told me there is nothing they can do to fix the problem they can't figure it out. Was told by Chrysler that they were done fixing it and I was on my own that they don't know how to properly repair the vehicle as they can't duplicate the problem. I feel this vehicle is not safe to drive and posses a risk to my self and other drivers on the road was told by Chrysler llc they can't duplicate it to drive it how it is please help.

- Melvin , MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 092014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
I was driving down a back road coming up to a severe curve the car started accelerating on its own. The gas pedal was not pushed al the way down but the engine continued to speed up. As I came up to the curve I could not maintain the car on the road and it flipped four times and landed in a swamp area in about 2 feet or three feet of water.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 062014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
I had just merged onto 69 heading home from school. It was around 930pm. I start to pick up speed to blend in with traffic. There was a three car accident that occurred so we all slammed on our brakes to avoid from hitting it. Unfortunately I hit the back of a flatbed tow truck going between 45-50mph. To my surprise my air bags did not deploy. Even though I had a recall on my car a few months back for the airbags not working right, so I took it to my dealership to have my recall fixed. So when I got in this head on collision I was in shock my air bags still did not deploy.

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 012014


  • miles
2013 Dodge Avenger. Consumer writes in regards to several problems with vehicle and recall notices. The consumer stated the ESC light illuminated. The consumer also believed there was a problem with the rear of the vehicle.

- Red Springs, NC, USA

problem #3

May 102013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 8 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the tire monitoring system failed. The tire low pressure warning light was illuminated constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times and the dealer advised that there was nothing wrong with the tire monitoring system. In addition, the check engine warning light recently illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where a diagnostic was performed which located the failure at the electronic control module. The contact was also advised that the evap canister was fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8 and the current mileage was 2,540. Updated 5/15/14 the consumer stated the vehicle would pull to the side, jerk, drive rough/ loud, and had a difficult time gaining speed. The vehicle had a bad odor (comparable to rotten eggs), and the rpms rise to 4,5, or 6. the rotors, brakes, calipers were replaced. The dealer advised the tire pressure fluctuates in very cold/hot weather cause the tire pressure light to illuminate, this is normal. The consumer stated this is false that is not the only time the tire pressure light illuminated. Updated 05/27/2014

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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