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 2 of 12)

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problem #209

Sep 012016

Dart 4-cyl

  • miles


2013 Dodge Dart. Consumer writes in regards to replacement parts not available to repair transmission control module recall notice.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #208

Sep 042016


  • 86,000 miles
Care dropped into neutral while driving and shut itself off. This car has had transmission control replace 2X and entire transmission replaced 1X. Continually having an issue. Tried to have Chrysler buy it back but they refuse.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #207

Sep 022016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While attempting to place the vehicle in drive, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the shift lever independently shifted to the neutral position. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #206

Mar 022015


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While the vehicle was stationary, the air bag indicator illuminated. In addition, the air conditioner compressor switch fractured on the vehicle. It was diagnosed that the transmission control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #205

Aug 092016


  • miles
Takata recall - on 8/9/2016 I purchased this vehicle from a used car dealership. The gear shift/clutch skips, sticks, and jumps, whenever I move it from park to reverse or drive. This happens consistently. Also, the car was sold to me with a dry cable brake wire, which caused the vehicle to make a very loud noise. I reported these issues to the dealer that I purchased this vehicle from, they lubricated the brake cable wire, however, they said that this is normal for dual clutches to do this - skip, jump, and stick. Also, the vehicle hesitates to accelerate, and the dealer that I purchased the vehicle come said this is normal. This car had low mileage on it at the time of purchase (38,013), I have filed a claim against Dodge, because I think this is a major safety issue. Also, I discovered that the previous owner of this vehicle had experienced numerous problems since the time that he purchased this vehicle, which the vehicle had 0 miles on it at that time, and even he filed a claim against Dodge for the very same problems, plus for other component failures since the day that he purchased it.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #204

Aug 012016


  • miles
**takata recall* had the clutch replaced months after I purchased auto within warranty. Clutch slipped couple of times last month and now it stuck to floor and there was a leak in the area of transmission and clutch. My brother in law and son work on cars and advised my to let dealer know. I did schedule an appt with dealer prior to car finally did not move. When I did tow it to dealer they advised it was due to my over riding of clutch. I have had standard clutch autos all my life and I know how to drive them. I called Chrysler customer service, they called dealer and was advised now my miles is over the warranty which expires 11/8/2018 for X62 hydraulic clutch. So, my issue is, I did not over ride my clutch and what does warranty have to do with my clutch issued for the 2nd time this happening. I have had my Dodge Dart for almost 3 years come this November. My auto is still with bud clary dogde in aurburn, wa and they advised I need to pay the diagnostics test of $136.88. For safety, I would like to them replace clutch or buy the car back to I could purchase a car that is safe. I do not want to pay for a car that unsafe for myself, passengers and those around me. Car stopped at traffic light and we pushed to nearby gas station. * case is under investigation with chyrsler and still awaiting results....**case# 2990499**!!!!

- Covington, WA, USA

problem #203

Aug 232016


  • 24,000 miles


My transmission light has came on intermittently and I have only had the car for two months. Milage is at 24,000 and already tranmission issues. I took car to dealership at that time the light was off they told me not to worry and that it will take 6 weeks for them to look at the issue. I am very concerned for my safety. Also I turned my car off and it would not turn on I waited 7 minutes and it turned on but the transmission light was on.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #202

Feb 032016


  • 51,644 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the vehicle independently shifted into neutral wihout warning. The contact stated that the failure occurred three times. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 51,644. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #201

Nov 092015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 09/30/16

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #200

Mar 142016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train). The part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #199

Aug 012016


  • 40,000 miles


"dode Dart recall" I received a postage a few months ago about a recall for my Dart, everytime I have tried to contact Allstar about the recall they have informed me that the parts have yet to arrive., I have had my car a year and a half. Currently everytime I start my car it is saying service transmission on the dash. On several ocassions the car has automatically went into the neural shift, while driving causing me to completly stop in the middle of traffic!!!!!I have almost been into about 4 accidents because of the glitch with my transmission, the air also will work and blow out hot air on one side. Everytime I stop at a stop sign the car struggles to pull off causing my car to jerk tremendously I am destined to get this issued resolved. Allstar still have not contacted me back about the recall, I need my car fixed asap.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #198

May 292015


  • 52,000 miles
Right now I have issues with my evap system, transmission and engine. With the evap system I am not sure what is going on with it and I have replaced the gas cap as the system stated and I still have the issue. The engine issue now is that the car is very hesitant than from before. Especially in first gear. I have to rev the engine to get going sometimes. I almost was involved in an accident. Now the clutch goes to the floor with little resistance or sticks to the floor when I am on the road for a while or when it has been sitting for a while. I have had this car for a year and few months and it just gets worse. I really believe that this car is unsafe.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #197

Jun 262016


  • 50,000 miles
The car won't start. Battery is completly dead. Won't even charge. (that's not the big deal) the big deal is when I try to reverse it's like it doesn't want to get in gear. Then whole car shakes, and then it feels like the transmission stops and is about to drop. Gear shift lights all turn red. Have to start car and turn back on to get it to go to normal. Engine light comes on too. Then eventually turns off.

- Herrin, IL, USA

problem #196

Jul 052016


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact could not accelerate the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle began to roll down a hill slightly when it was placed in reverse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #195

Jun 282016


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving at a low speed, the vehicle failed to switch from the neutral position. In addition, the ignition key became lodged in the vehicle and could not be removed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Sumerduck, VA, USA

problem #194

Aug 252015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the transmission warning indicator light randomly illuminated and the gears were difficult to shift more than once. The contact experienced extreme difficulty getting the vehicle to restart and shift gears. The dealer stated that they completed the recall repair for NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V238000 (power train) and 15V542000 (power train), but the remedy did not provide a solution. Two days after the last recall remedy, the contact experienced difficulty changing gears and the vehicle was extremely difficult to restart. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified that the recall remedy provided no solution. The contact was unable to drive the vehicle due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop for further inspection. The failure mileage was not available.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #193

Jun 072016


  • 57,000 miles
Problems since day 1 with my 2013 Dodge Dart. The clutch would stick in and I would have to pop it up with my foot. I would take my car in and even left it for a couple days and they just told me they couldn't reproduce the problem. And the "specialist" said what I was telling them about the clutch was impossible! so I started videoing and posting my clutch issues on youtube. The radio switches stations by itself, it goes off or won't come on. I've had the radio replaced and it still does the same thing! I've had battery issues with the battery draining and ultimately being replaced. The cruise control works about half the time. Dealership ended up replacing the clutch, had my car back 2 days and the clutch went out again. June 11th 2015 took my car in immediately when the rear brake started sticking. They had my car two days and said they adjusted the brake but couldn't reproduce the sound I heard coming from my rear passenger tire. So two weeks go by and I take my car back again demanding they take another look at it. By now the right rear caliber is stuck in and has ruined my rotor and brake pad. Later my car starts spitting and sputtering. Take it to the dealership and they said the only thing they could find wrong is the air flow pipe to the turbo was loose and they tightened it. I decided to go to a new mechanic, he said one of my ignition coils blew. 8 months later my car starts doing the same thing and my mechanic says another ignition coil blew. And he cannot get one for my exact car because they are all on back order with Dodge! he also informs me that there are 3 computers in my car and they are not talking to each other. It took them a while to figure out it was the ignition coil because the computer did not alert that to their tester. Now my check engine light is on again and after 3 technicians looked at my car they said I need a new turbo.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #192

Jun 102016


  • 61,000 miles
Replaced transmission master cylinder at 35K miles, less than a year later at 61K it needs replaced again, as well as a new clutch kit. Dodge customer service considers this "normal wear and tear." Vehicle driven conservatively, no modifications.

- Edgerton, OH, USA

problem #191

Jun 112016


  • 50,000 miles
When I am putting my car in gear I have my foot on the brake and the car accelerates at full speed while my foot is still on the brakes. I can also be at a stop light and the car will accelerate at full speed while stationary. My reverse also doesn't go backwards at a normal speed, it also stalls as I am attempting to reverse.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #190

Apr 052016


  • 64,606 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving 55 mph, the gear shifter failed to shift into gear without warning. In addition, the vehicle failed to start. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,606.

- 131 Wisteria Ct, TX, USA

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