Notes: The first year of the new Dodge Dart had a rough start, with owners reporting a disproportionate number of engine and transmission problems.

For transmission, the main complaints are transmission failure & rough shifting. So far, average mileage for transmission failure is 25,000 miles. Not good.

For engine problems, it usually starts with the engine light coming on for any number of reasons: bad sensors, ignition coil replacement, bad wiring, faulty gas cap ... dealers are replacing various components with varying degrees of success, or telling owners they can't duplicate the issue.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
24 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,021 miles

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 10 of 11)

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problem #22

Oct 262014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 36,200 miles


I picked up my friend from her apartment and started driving towards a major street. I was going about 30 mph, as I was approaching the stop sign I pressed on the brake pedal and it made a sound. The car did not slow down. I pulled on the parking brake and it didn't stop the car. I kept pressing on the brake pedals but they wouldn't engage. I end up crashing into a vehicle kind of like T-bone the crossing car. My car was declared totaled. Estimated mileage at 36,200. El paso, Texas.....updated 06/15/16

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #21

Sep 222014


  • 54,530 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while reversing out of a parking space, the contact attempted to apply the brakes and the vehicle made an abnormal popping sound. The brakes failed to engage and the contact had to depress the brake pedal with both feet in order to stop the vehicle from crashing into another vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 54,530.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #20

Sep 042014


  • 28,564 miles
I was pulling into a parking space at a low rate of speed between two vehicles. Putting my brakes on to put the car in park, the brakes failed and went to the floor. The car went over the curb, over bushes, between two small trees and stopped approximately 6 feet in the sand. If there wouldn't have been sand it may have gone further. I have filed a complaint with Chrysler. The representative said he did not drive the car. He put his foot on the brake and accelerated. This will not tell you anything. Then he proceeded to ask me who put on my brakes or changed my brakes. Since I had only owned the car for 2 weeks I said I didn't know and assumed that it was Chrysler. This car has issues. The 2nd day I owned it, it died at a red light. Which the dealership said it was from vapor lock. That couldn't have happened as the salesman put gas in the night before and didn't top off the tank. Then the 3rd day I had it, it was jerking up a bridge in heavy traffic. The dealership said it was hill assist. I can't find that anywhere in the description of the car. He said I wasn't use to the car. I want someone to step up and take responsibility from either the dealership or Chrysler. I don't want this car. It has mechanical issues.

- Gulf Shores , AL, USA

problem #19

Aug 122014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 11,667 miles


I had started my car and it was idling in the driveway with the E-brake engaged. I went into the house to get a few things I had forgot and the car rolled out of the driveway into the road and was hit by another car driving down the street. I was sure the E-brake lever was up all the way before I got out of the car. The driveway doesn't really have any grade to it either. It is just barely slopped for drainage.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #18

Jul 252014


  • 22,038 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while traveling 25 mph, the brake pedal was applied and traveled to the floorboard. The contact also mentioned that there was an abnormal noise coming from the brake and that the brakes seized. In addition, the ABS warning light illuminated and the emergency brake was activated in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake booster and the master cylinder needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the brake booster was replaced on two different occasions. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 22,038.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 062014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
My wife was driving and the brakes stopped working. She was able to stop by putting two feet on the brakes and slowing down. Luckily we were already slowing down for a stop-light so we were going slow. The brake pedal was incredibly hard and we were unable to push it down properly oit"S possible we would?ve hit a pickup truck. If we did we could?ve been decapitated. Or we might?ve hit enough to set off the airbags killing our unborn child. We could?ve been injured or injured someone else. Luckily this did not happen on the expressway. ?my wife cautiously pulled us into a gas station, sunoco, and I told her to speed up a little bit and to step on the brakes. At that point it felt as if the brakes were not working and a light flashed in the instrument cluster saying ?service brakes electrical?? or something similar. ?we called the roadside assistance number. Upsettingly enough we discovered we could only be towed about 10 miles to get home or about 15 miles to a Dodge dealership otherwise the cost would come out of my own pocket. Disturbingly the person on the other end of the line suggested that I drive five miles closer to home after knowing we needed to be towed because my brakes didn?T work. I understand she was not a mechanic but there is no reason she should?ve suggested I risk the four of our lives to drive five miles so I could get a free tow. ?what if we were out of state? would I need to pay an astronomical cost to get towed back home? what will Dodge do about this? ?roadside assistance is not roadside assistance, it?S towing assistance. We only got help getting a tow. We were completely on our own to find transportation. ?what would've happened if we were on the expressway? what would've happened had we ran into the pickup truck with it's truck bed at head level" once fixed it was determined to be a bad brake booster.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #16

Jun 082014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Brake system failure. Starts with a light sound much like a pressurized system releasing pressure, then progresses into sounding like an air brake system on a truck at which point the brakes fail and will not stop the vehicle. I've read dozens of reports about this online. Reported to be a faulty brake booster, possibly master cylinder. I've also reported this to Dodge at the early stages when it was just a light sound, and was told it was normal. But from similar reports, this is not normal.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #15

Nov 202012


  • miles
A few short weeks after purchasing the 2013 Dodge Dart rallye 1.4L turbo; the bluetooth failed to stay connected. Took it to get serviced at least three times due to this issue. In addition, just recently (2014) the emergency brake has failed to work when parked on an incline; not all of the time but sometimes. Also recently noticed, the cruise control button on the steering wheel fails to work all of the time. Not until you stop and restart the vehicle does the cruise control "decide" to work once again. Even so, in the first few months of obtaining the vehicle I noticed chip marks on the front bumper. As 2014 has approached, there are about a couple hundred chip marks on the front bumper but the car has not been driven in areas to cause this much damage. The Dodge Dart rallye's were supposed to contain chip guard which does not make sense as to why the front bumper paint has chipped off so badly!!!

- Williamsport, PA, USA

problem #14

Sep 172013


  • 10,000 miles
I have had quite an experience with my Dodge Dart. It is in the shop this week. I had complained first about the hesitating when I first started the car and it was cold outside. The engine seems to give out and a tiny back fire. I have the computer navigation on the dash and it began to flicker and my mileage started to flash. My check engine light would come on for no reason and the navigation began to fail. I had parked my Dart in the driveway and it had rolled out into the street and a county worker knocked on the door to tell me I was blocking access to the drivers. I went to move my car and the clutch was stuck to the floor of my car. I could not get it in or out of gear. So far Chrysler has replaced the electrical/computer part, the part for the clutch. I just found out about the recall for the brake and transmission. Last my door is darker then the rest of the car and they are having it painted.

- Red Lion, PA, USA

problem #13

May 232014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
When applying brakes. The entire vehicle dealership said rotors were rusted and pitted on all four wheels and wanted 320 dollars to turn the rotors. I refused this option. I was told that this happened because the car sat still too long. This is not true because this car is used daily. It is obvious there are no brakes on the back wheels by observing the rotors with the naked eye. Any rotor with working brakes will not have rust accumulate on it. Someone needs to check this out to see if this is a problem with all Dodge Darts or just my car.. I will await your reply. Thank you for your attention to this saftey issue.

- Hobe Sound, FL, USA

problem #12

May 282014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


While depressing the brakes, they travel to the floor without brakes activating or the ABS system. It takes pumping the brakes a second time before the brakes finally activate to slow the vehicle. I have had my car into the Dodge dealership because of the issue within the last 2 month and they could not find any problems. Within the last month the problem is progressively getting worse.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jan 152014


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle did not come to a complete stop when the brakes were depressed. The contact had to shift into a lower gear, applied the brakes and then the emergency brake. The contact constantly heard a screeching noise upon applying the accelerator pedal to increase the rpms on a frequent basis while driving the vehicle at any speed. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 2000.

- Maxwell, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 302013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
While braking, this winter, my ABS would activate causing my dashboard and radio to go blank. It was only until recently that I learned that while the screens are blank and rebooting my cars power steering system is also inactive. After 4 attempts at fixing this issue all the dealership is telling me it that it is a grounding issue.

- Carman, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 132014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 1,683 miles
Went to back out of the driveway and the brake pedal would not depress to engage the brakes. Had to shift to neutral and use the emergency brake to stop the car. Had to have the car towed to the dealer.

- Girard, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 222014


  • 14,300 miles
I was sitting at a red light and heard a pop. All of the sudden the car started rolling forward while the light was still red! fortunately no one was coming and I was able to accelerate through the light without getting hit. When I tried to apply the brakes there was an intense amount of pressure from the pedal with the sound of air blowing out from the pedal. I parked the car thinking it just needed a reset, but that didn't work. On Monday morning I was able to take it to a local Dodge dealership and they diagnosed the issue as a bad brake booster. Fortunately the car is under warranty but the part is on back order. Dodge needs to address this issue because it sounds like a lot of 2013 Darts have had this issue.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #7

Apr 222013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 18,037 miles
Parking brake would not engage 3 different times, dealer suggested it was a part failure. Another time clutch would not come up and stayed to the floor, clutch fluid leaked.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 122013


  • 3,750 miles
I just recently purchased a 2013 Dodge Dart SXT rally with 2.0 engine. I put about 3500 miles on the vehicle and began to notice a whoosh of air noise when depressing my brake pedal. A couple days went by and the whooshing noise began to get worse I also began to experience a loss of brakes when backing out of my driveway and while driving on the road I noticed the brakes began to fade quickly resulting in the pedal becoming super stiff and having no brake pressure on the pads to the rotors. A couple more days went by and I completely lost brakes in the car while driving resulting in me having to use the parking brake to stop the car. I took my car to the Dodge dealer and explained what had happened, a service tech test drove the car and almost crashed it. He explained the car has no brakes and he'd have to troubleshoot the problem. They came back and said to me that they would have to replace the power booster and possibly the master cylinder. I do not feel safe driving this car now. I have read multiple reports of catastrophic brake failure and parking brake failure on the same model year Dodge Darts. I feel there needs to be a recall on this brake situation. What is Dodge going to do, to ensure that these power boosters/master cylinders do not continue to fail?

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #5

Aug 022013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 28,300 miles
1. clutch started to lose resistance couple times a month in two last months. Now almost every day after long time not using it. It freely going down, sometimes stuck in the half way out and have to be pulled up. 2. brakes started lose resistance recently also after long time not to be used (1 or more hours) specially in the morning. It freely going down half way producing air blow sound. After a few times pushing pedal down air blow stops and resistance gets ok. Behind of brake pedal it feels some king of liquid. 3. acceleration at high speed takes longer time then it was before and requires to switch to lower gear. (turbo problem?) 4. mpg decreased. On the same way to and back to work usually it was 32-33 mpg. Now it gets 28-29 today brought car to dealer. After a whole day of inspection nothing wrong was found.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 032013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
When I was coming off of a highway I tried to brake and my brake sounded like it accumulated air and then I heard a pop. The brake went stiff and I could not use the brake. My car kept on going with 50mph and I could not use my brake, luckily enough I used my hand brake to stop myself and avoid a crush into a busy street. My vehicle is 8 months old, and has 3500 miles on it. The overall maintenance was done on it a month ago and everything was checked and worked correctly.

- Edmonton, 00, USA

problem #3

Aug 012013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 5,700 miles
This is the second time the brakes went out on my car...the first time was during rush hour traffic at 3500 miles thank god, I was able to pull into a parking lot before I had an accident. Today at 5700 miles it happens again. They replaced both power brake booster and master cylinder the first time it happened and now it happened again!!! im am so angry!!!

- Henderson, NV, USA

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