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:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 2
Average Mileage:
27,014 miles

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2013 Dodge Dart drivetrain problems

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 11 of 12)

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problem #29

Dec 262013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


I went out in the morning to start the car and it would not go into reverse. The gear stick felt stuck and I had to have my husband come out and put the car into neutral and roll the car back so we could start it in first. This happened again one month later, only the car would not even go into first gear. We had it towed to dealer and were told we had to pay for a new clutch-it was burned out. Burned out at 18,000 miles. We paid for a new clutch, and now 4mths later, the car is doing the same thing. Problem going into reverse. Dealer can find nothing wrong with it-I am scared the clutch will burn out again-never know when this car will leave me stranded. Worst experience ever.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #28

Apr 142014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 24,141 miles
I was at work(4-14-2013) getting ready to go home and started the car put it in gear car started to jerk engine light came on. I went to dealership it was closed. I called made an appointment for Tuesday 22 April, 4-15-2013 ) light went off. April 18 2013 light came back on took it to dealership they kept it over night. They said there were some computer up dates. I picked my car up 4-19-2013. On 4-22-2013 light came back on drove back to dealer ship, I ask to see the updates. Service department said Chrysler doesn't allow them to give us the codes for the updates, they did. I have owned my car seven weeks. Paid $17000 + for it.

- Elizabethtown , KY, USA

problem #27

Apr 162014


  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle failed to respond to deceleration attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 3,500.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #26

Jan 302014


  • 1,500 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while stationary, smoke emitted from the front end of the vehicle and "transmission getting hot" displayed on the instrumental panel. The vehicle then stalled. The fumes from the smoke also caused the contact to have headaches. The contact took his vehicle to the dealer who, along with the manufacturer, stated that this was a normal occurrence. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was 1500.

- Moreno Valley , CA, USA

problem #25

Mar 202014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 168 miles
Brand new 2013 Dodge Dart, six speed manual transmission. Began smelling and smoking when teaching my son how to start on a hill. Smoke was coming from front right side of transmission. Smelled like a burning clutch. This occurred after a short period of time on the hill (less than five minutes). Took car back to dealership today (3-24-14), and was told there is a sticker on the transmission that burns (it was removed today, and has been removed on other Darts they have worked on for the same problem), and the smell and smoke were also coming from the clutch. They test drove the car over some hills near the dealership and were able to reproduce the same smell, but said it is likely caused by the new clutch and should be driven 1500-2000 miles before being concerned about this issue. I have never experienced clutch burning like this, especially after such a short period of time on the hill, and I've driven many manual cars/trucks over many years.

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #24

Nov 042013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
After several hours of staying parked with transmission in gear (1st), vehicle would not disengage gearbox on startup. Clutch lost all pressure and the vehicle required excessive use of force to dislodge gear shifter. Vehicle was started (clutch disengaged and in neutral) and vehicle began to drive forward. Clutch/transmission remained in contact with engine causing the vehicle to continue moving forward even while in neutral. Transmission/clutch wouldn't reengage without excessive force.

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #23

Dec 132013


  • 5,800 miles


Sitting idle in drive-thru car started smoking heavily under the hood and thru the interior vents. Finally stalled. Got it restarted but it would not go into gear. After about 30 minutes, it finally went into drive and I drove it immediately to the nearest Dodge dealer. After a week, they found the dual clutches both needed replaced. Was told that I would have to put the car in N whenever sitting at an idle longer than a few seconds. (this is unacceptable to me). Was also told that I was not to 'ride' the brake. Either "be on in or off of it". (this is also unacceptable to me.) also, car revs up to ~5,000rpms before shifting from 1st to 2nd but (of course) never does it when I leave it for the dealer. Am not happy with my purchase. My dealer has been good but I will not be buying another Dodge. I buy new for safety, security and reliability and with this vehicle, I feel I have none of the 3. the lease cannot be over soon enough.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Nov 292013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 30,988 miles
Owned this vehicle for 10 months and issues with engine stalling/hesitation have gotten progressively worse since my first encounter at the dealership at 13,300 miles. I first reported this issue with engine stalling/hesitation and they stated it was a spark plug/plug wire issue, (iridium spark plugs rated for 100,000 miles). After replacing the spark plug they then determined it needed a control module replaced and an engine reset for my computer system. After that it has been in a few more times over the last 3 months for the same engine stalling and hesitation issues. My engine has been "reset and the computer updated" and since my gas mileage has gotten worse as well as the stalling/hesitation issues are still there and becoming more frequent. Then my transmission started slipping as I was in D as if I had put my vehicle into N and pressed the gas pedal just revving the engine, it has done the same when I switch to put my vehicle in R. I took it back to the dealer and they couldn't duplicate the issue therefore giving them nothing to go by other than my word of mouth experience. Days after taking my vehicle home from the dealer it went out on my as I was driving on a major thoroughway at 50mph. I pressed the gas approaching an intersection and it just revved the engine, lights flashed on shifter and dash. I had to manually switch through my gears to try and get the car to go. After my husband pulled my vehicle to the nearest parking area safely I tried to start the vehicle again and go forward, it wouldn't start right away it tried to crank but wouldn't turn over when it started just the service engine light was on my dash no more errors were displayed. I did manage to take pictures with my cellphone before. I want Dodge to own up and fix this instead od putting a bandaid and sending me along. Customer care has not been helpful at all and this vehicle is not safe.

- Edgewater, FL, USA

problem #20

Dec 102012


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact was driving 65 mph when the engine suddenly stalled. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer but the defect could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact informed the manufacturer of the defect. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number 13V28000 (power train) but the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 200.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #19

Oct 232013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 23,400 miles


Pressed in clutch pedal to start vehicle. After car started, tried to take car out of gear but it wouldn't budge. Also, the clutch peddle would not release, as it was stuck to the fully pressed position. Car began to roll as if it started to disengage but the peddle was still completely pressed in. I immediately turned the car off. I had to pull the clutch peddle up by hand to get it to disengage. Called dealer service, said they couldn't resolve the issue if they couldn't duplicate the problem. I've noticed many people with the same issue. Chrysler needs to issue a recall on this.

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #18

Aug 242013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 10,914 miles
Transmission service light came on and traveled another 15 miles before transmission disconnected from engine while in drive gear. Vehicle towed to nearest Dodge dealer who determined that a module mounted on the side of the transmission was defective. Part installed 5 days later. Vehicle taken for quality check and vehicle stopped during ride and transmission light came on again. Dealer dropped transmission pan and found broken parts. Parts ordered and installed 5 days later. Vehicle taken for another check ride and light came on again. Tech service indicated that transmission computer was defective and another 5 days before part would be available. Dealer send email describing that part was not available for 6 more weeks. By this coming Monday, vehicle will have been in the shop for 26 days. Dodge customer care states they are restrained from installing a new transmission and dealer will continue to attempt all repairs. Dodge solution is unsatisfactory.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #17

Aug 012013

Dart 4-cyl

  • 17,500 miles
Clutch pedal does not always come all the way back up. I have to pull it up with my foot. I can tell it does not have the clutch engaged to burn it out. Just a irritating thing to have to do on a brand new car. Took it to the dealership for another issue and had them check it. They could not get it to stick. And since Chrysler system was down they didn't know what to look at. This happens and random times. This morning it happened. When I went to push the clutch down I could tell there was no resistance for a few inches. When I released the clutch it only came part way up again. Biggest frustration is the tech's can not problem solve anything with out a computer telling them what to do. I made a few suggestions on what to check but they had not clue. Since this is the first year for this car I do expect bugs in the system. However they should be prepared to problem solve this problems. I should not have to make suggestions or problem solve it myself.

- Williamstown, KY, USA

problem #16

Aug 302013


  • 29,900 miles
When I go to shift from 1st to 2nd gear the clutch pedal stays depressed, this keeps the car in neutral and leaving it unable to deliver power to maneuver.

- Rushville , IN, USA

problem #15

Mar 062013


  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 13V238000 (power train). The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power transmission control module needed to be reprogrammed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired on three occasions but the failure continuously recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 20 and the current mileage was 22,000.

- Columbia , MO, USA

problem #14

Aug 242013


  • 10,914 miles
Transmission service light came on, traveled approximately 10 more miles stopping for gas. Would not go into reverse, but did after cooling down for 10 minutes more. Resumed travel on interstate traveling 6 more miles, then engine disconnected from transmission. Called road service and dealer finally found problem after 3 days. Vehicle also disconnected for dealer service rep twice. Vehicle computer uploaded again with revision and then would not start. Part is not readily available and still waiting 10 days after problem for part after it was identified.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #13

Aug 062013


  • 11,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while driving 3 mph, the transmission gear unavailable and auto stick warning lights illuminated as the vehicle became hesitant to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred ninety minutes after the repair while the contact was driving 40 mph. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileage was 11,500.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Aug 072013


  • 8,000 miles
On three separate occasions when I am in traffic and have to do a lot of start/stop the car stalls, will not go into gear and start smoking. It smells as if the clutch is burning and the car will not go into gear. I have to pull over for about 30min to an hour to stop this from continuing. This is a brand new car and I have taken it to the dealer and they of course cant duplicate the problem and the tech is telling me the clutch is overheating because of user error. I have been driving a stick shift for about 15 years and have never had any problems with my other stick shifts like this one. Everyone around me can see the car smoking and my daughter is scared to death to get back in the car because she has experienced this twice now and she is only 4 years old she think the car is going to catch on fire. I should not have to pull over for an hour everytime I am in traffic. I live in a city where that is not preventable. There has got to be something that can be done about this.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #10

Apr 012013


  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning however, once restarted it operated as designed. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis on four different dates but a diagnostic was not performed. Four months later, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,500 and the current mileage was 19,737.

- Vickburg, MS, USA

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