really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
492,946 miles

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2013 Dodge Avenger steering problems

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2013 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 292016


  • miles


When I make a sharp turn right it is as if there is no power steering. It has happened once before but the opposite and eventually started to work, . this is scary.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #15

Sep 162016


  • 78,000 miles
Vehicle brakes and steering froze up while attempting to go around another driver. This resulted in a total loss. This was on a dry city street. The driver in front of the vehicle was turning into a business, attempted to go around when the brakes and steering just stopped working. This vehicle was just service a few weeks prior to the incident.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #14

Sep 022013


  • 57 miles
From date of purchase brand new off the lot 2013 Dodge Avenger 3.6L blacktop edition. Within a few days I started noticing the car would pull to the right. I took it back to the dealership to have the alignment looked at and fixed and they said they re aligned everything and should be fine. After a week I noticed it started to pull to the right again. At that point I took it into a different shop where they actually told me that they can't re align the car based on the fact that how the cars suspension was manufactured and design is faulty to where the alignment will never be able to be corrected and there's nothing they can do. I am military and have moved 2 times since the purchase and have takin the car to several shops and have been told the same. That the alignment is as best as it can get and will always pull to the right based on the design and how it came from the factory. I've had the car for 3 yrs now and have had to buy brand new tires every year while rotating and balancing my tires every 3 months. This is a serious defect and Dodge will not take ownership of the fault and has not provided any help in coming up with a solution to fix the suspensions alignment always being off.

- Florence, CO, USA

problem #13

Jul 212015


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 25 mph, an unusual noise emitted from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #12

May 312016


  • miles
Steering wheel got hard while turning on a street intersection talmost had accidente

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

May 262016


  • miles
I received email from NHTSA id: 16V273 for steering hose issue. I call dealership said no recall on my car. Also I still unable to know if my car is in danger for takata air bags no results for months on that too. What steps do I do get answer on steering and takata if my car and I are in jeopardy?

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Jan 242015

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle veered into my lane not enough time to stop hit the vehicle from behind. Steering locked and driver airbag did not deploy only passenger side did. My car was a total lost.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 232014


  • 42,317 miles
I was driving from Arkansas to Texas and was approximately ten miles from my destination when the car pulled to the right on a narrow two lane highway hitting the approximately one foot tall concrete bride side. It was misting rain and the car kept pulling right and then started to go into a skid. I tried to steer to stop skidding and spun around into the ditch and rolled. Only the passenger side curtain air bags and the passenger seat airbag deployed. No airbags deployed on the driver side or from the dash or steering wheel. The vehicle sustained major damage to the front, sides and top. There had been prior warranty repair to the driver seat airbag by orr Dodge of searcy because the airbag system malfunction warning light had come on in the vehicle.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #7

Jun 182014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 49,222 miles
Car began making creaking noises. Took car to dealership and was told that the inner tie rods were bad and would need to be replaced. Was also told that this was the third car of similar make and model that day with the same issue. Car under extended warranty so they will fix it once I pay the deductible.

- Walterboro, SC, USA

problem #6

Dec 162013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the rear of vehicle veered to the left. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the vehicle needed an alignment performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000. Updated 5/27/14 updated 05/30/2014

- Stacyville, IA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Mar 262013

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 200 miles
Noticed an issue with the steering when quickly picking up speed to pass a vehicle. The steering pulls fast to the right and feels as though the front end is fish tailing. Took the vehicle in to have it checked and was told this was normal. It is called torque steer and that all new vehicles do this. Trying to control the vehicle is extremely hard. Mine was checked, I was told it was bad and they did adjustments and an alignment as well as put the best 2 tires on the front. Within 2 weeks my car is doing this really bad again. My steering feels loose and the car is hard to handle at most speeds above 45 I feel as though I am driving on ice at all times. Whether or not this is normal is beyond me but it seems to be very dangerous when you can not control the steering in your vehicle.

- Alexander, ME, USA

problem #3

Nov 162012


  • 7,578,943 miles
The car feels like it jumps a bit when going from accelerating to slowing to stopping. Feels like a vibration slowing down. Also there had been noises coming from the steering column area. And you could hear like a clicking noise. There was another different noise from that area as well. The noises are hard to describe. It has been in the shop and they are basically not finding anything wrong with it. The clicking/sounds are not normal and that vibration is not normal regardless of what they say. The car does not run as smooth as a brand new car should run. Will not purchase a Dodge again.

- Greenbackville, VA, USA

problem #2

May 142013

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 3,400 miles
While driving at a low speed I put my foot on the gas to speed up and it was as though my car was not running at all. Nothing happened. I coasted to the end of the road and at the stop sign I hit the gas only to get chugging, spitting and sputtering sounds as the car tried to go. I was able to go a approx 1/4 of a mile and pulled into a parking area, shut the car off and waited a few minutes. The car seemed fine although a few miles down the road when I went to pass a vehicle there was absolutely no power and the car smelled as though something was burning. I had just fueled the car up before the incident. A week later, I filled my car up and although I didn't stall I had the same situation with putting my foot on the gas to pass a vehicle and not getting any power. I had the pedal to the floor and it was almost like the car was bogged down in the mud. Very alarming for a new car. Also when passing a vehicle and giving it the gas not only does the front end of this car lift up it is almost as though it fishtails like on ice in the front end. Very scary and hard to control the steering while passing.

- Alexander, ME, USA

problem #1

Dec 012012


  • 3,000 miles
Car was purchased at the end of October with 17 miles on it. Very shortly after, the engine light came on. The dealership turned the light off and it came back on a day or so later. They turned it off and supposedly checked the car. A while after noises started to become more prevalent. The main noise is coming from the steering column area. It happens when there are sharp turns, backing and turning, and if its cold. The noise is hard to describe. It sounds like a thump/clicking type of noise. Very annoying and somewhat alarming since the dealership has not been able to fix it in several months...another noise is coming from a little to the left of steering column. This is more of a faint noise. Sounds like small clicking. One other noise came from the center of the front of the car. It sounded like something just dropped. Like something just fell down. It was very scary actually. The dealership has worked for months to diagnose the problem with this car and have been unsuccessful. This was my first purchase ever and I am very unhappy. I have been told it is not a safety issue but I am not convinced. I think it is an issue that hasn't been brought up very much yet. The cars are brand new and people are still breaking them in and such. I do not feel as safe as I had in this car. I will never purchase Dodge again.

- Greenbackville, VA, USA

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