CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 2
Average Mileage:
45,334 miles

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2013 Dodge Dart drivetrain problems

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 1 of 27)

problem #529

Jul 302022

Dart

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I recently purchased a 2013 dodge dart sxt and not even 6 months later while driving this vehicle I noticed there was a loss of pressure with my clutch pedal when shifting gears. It initially seemed to return to normal and work fine at times but very quickly declined. At first I'd have some pressure in the clutch but that quickly went to having none whatsoever and the clutch not coming up from the floor. This happened while I was driving and just to get my vehicle home I had to get up to around 2500 rpm to shift. The clutch stays engaged so to stop the vehicle at a light for example you have to quickly shift to neutral or shut the car off. To begin driving again it has to be in gear but it moves right away so you are not able to have vehicle in gear while at idle. It's very dangerous and while looking into what the potential causes might be I noticed that this is a very common problem with these make and model cars especially between the years 2013-2015. I saw one article stating there recently was a recall for these exact issues with these vehicles but when attempting to look up my Vin it doesn't show anything?

- Hancock, ME, USA

problem #528

Jul 312022

Dart

  • miles
Apparently common master slave cylinder issue. Clutch pedal gave out and car won't go into gear.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #527

Jul 282022

Dart

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to three independent mechanics who diagnosed that the transmission shifter cable bushing had detached from the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle had previously been serviced under NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V293000 (Power Train). The failure mileage was approximately 93,000.

- Newfane, NY, USA

problem #526

Mar 312022

Dart

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This car was 'repaired' due to the recall of the shifter bushing. The repair was completed about two years ago and the replacement part has already failed, causing the car to be undrivable. The original bushing did not exhibit any failure. I believe I am still due a repair that will fix the problem. This car has less than 50000 miles on it and every recall repair has made the car worse.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #525

Mar 312022

Dart

  • miles
This car was 'repaired' due to the recall of the shifter bushing. The repair was completed about two years ago and the replacement part has already failed, causing the car to be undrivable. The original bushing did not exhibit any failure. I believe I am still due a repair that will fix the problem. This car has less than 50000 miles on it and every recall repair has made the car worse.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #524

Feb 232022

Dart

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while attempting to drive the vehicle, the vehicle failed to shift out of PARK. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the local dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the shifter cable bushing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V293000 (Power Train). The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #523

Jan 022022

Dart

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2013 Dodge dart rallye turbo 1.4l. Started to lose power in the cold weather. It then stalls out while I was waiting at a red light. I got it started it ran fine. I got to a friend's house. visited for a while. got out to the car it wouldn't start. I jump-started it. To get home. And it was run slow and sluggish. The next day I went out there. and it just clicked. bought a brand new battery thinking it was that. it won't start check the fuses. All was working even relays starter solenoid and alternator also tested good. All cables and ground wires where in good condition tested and cleaned. Belt was like new and turned freely. Check engine light did flash when first tried to start 10 times then when off. But no error code was held. This has only happened one there time. And it was when I didn't have it in my garage at night. Last week and we got a bad winter storm. I didn't know. That I can't drive this car in Michigan. In the winter. Because it almost got me hit. When out at a green light. Because it was cold. If I would of known this I would of never got this car. And know it won't even. Start because I left outside of the garage for the second time in the hole time I own it.

- Greenville, MI, USA

problem #522

Dec 182021

Dart

  • miles
Driving home on the freeway from work, service transmission caution light illuminated and simultaneously the car shifted into neutral. Unable to provide power now to vehicle, had to coast on freeway in traffic and rain to the shoulder of the freeway (about 2 miles until a shoulder was available to pull over to). Once I stopped the vehicle, was unable to shift into any gear. Had to wait for tow truck to take Dodge Dart to nearest dealership. Dealership diagnosed vehicle with a broken transmission cable, which got repaired, and was picked up from dealership on Dec 23. Vehicle was not driven again until Dec 26, at which time another service transmission light came on, shifting car out of gear. Vehicle was only able to shift into 1st gear, occurring on a busy road with no safe place to pull over. Vehicle towed to second dodge dealership for diagnostics where we were informed the problem is with a hydraulic actuator on the transmission and would cost $4200. We had just spent $720 on the transmission shift cable at the first dealership. When we called first dealership, we were informed there was no transmission code that came on and a test drive was not performed after servicing. Vehicle had been serviced twice for transmission recalls that also involved the shifting into neutral while driving. Shifting into neutral while driving is the problem that occurred on 12/18/2021.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #521

Aug 152021

Dart

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V800000 (Service Brakes, Hydraulic) and 19V293000 (Power Train) however, the parts to do the recall repairs were unavailable. The local dealer confirmed that parts were not yet available. The contact stated that the brake pedal was soft while depressed and hesitated to respond while driving. There were no warning lights illuminated. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The dealer was notified of the failure and advised the contact that they would follow up with her once the parts were available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Parts distribution disconnect

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #520

Oct 192021

Dart

  • miles
First is the cruise control - it sometimes work, sometimes does not. But when it does, it will at times kick on and off while in use. Scary at times. The next is the loss of power on the freeway. there are times when it will just bog down and not accelerate. other times it will catch and shift hard, other times will jerk. when these times occur, the check engine light comes on. But then will go off after a period of minutes.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #519

Aug 072021

Dart

  • 105,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 MPH, the auto shift was not available message was displayed. The vehicle then downshifted to 1st gear. The contact was able to pull over and waited approximately 30 minutes before restarting the vehicle and was able to drive home. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed with needing the transmission replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. Upon investigation, the contact associated the failure with NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V542000 (Power Train). The vehicle was repaired however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was informed of failure and told the contact that they were unable to assist. The failure mileage was approximately 105,000.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #518

Apr 012021

Dart

  • miles
Car constantly stalls while driving and goes into neutral while driving as well. Recently, I was meeting up with my husband and I came to a red light and my car wouldn-€™t stop. My car finally stopped in time thank God; but when I went on to continue driving the car would not move or shift into other gears. Police came and car got towed, huge safety concern!

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #517

Sep 082021

Dart

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked unattended it rolled down the driveway into the neighbor's property and crashed into a tree. There were no reported injuries, fire or police report filed. The vehicle is at the contact's residents. The contact called the local dealer who informed her about NHTSA Campaign number 19V293000 (Power Train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 145,000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #516

Aug 262021

Dart

  • miles
The incident that occurred involved my clutch and transmission. I had purchased the car (8/17/2021)about 2 weeks before complete failure. Everything was going fine until I entered the freeway (8/26/2021)and after driving around 5 miles in 6th gear doing about 65 with no initial issues, I started to smell something burning. I immediately looked for the safest way to get out of traffic. While slowing, gears weren-€™t shifting and I was basically stuck in neutral. I only had control of brakes and steering wheel which caused me to have to make extremely dangerous evasive maneuvers. Once safe, I was able to find the source of the smoke. Which turned out to be dot 3 from where, what I think is the slave cylinder connects to the top of the transmission. I was able to remove it to check for damage/defection. It was dripping dot 3 and I didn-€™t see any noticeable defects. Plugged it back. Tried to drive and the clutch engages to start vehicle/change gears. But gears were able to change without clutch as well. Yet i couldn-€™t get out of neutral. Towed it home, next day clutch pedal was on the floor with no pressure. All components are available for inspection upon request, the safety of everyone involved was put at risk due to me not having any control of anything but the brakes and steering; with no warning or idea of what could be wrong due to the instantaneous nature of the disastrous incident. On a public highway with people going speeds of up to 85 mph. I have not been able to get confirmation or reproduction by anyone. I have not had any inspection due to my lack of knowledge on this process. There was no warning light or indication that the incident was going to happen until I had limited-no control.

- Olivehurst, CA, USA

problem #515

May 152021

Dart

  • miles
I have had repeated transmission problems with my 2013 Dodge Dart. The first time it went out was at 14k miles then again at 16k. Even after fixing it, it would downshift very violently at times. At 85k it went out again with no warning in the middle of a five lane highway. It took several times of the dealer trying to repair it for them to get it to drive without it just going into neutral and not move. The transmission worked but there was still a jerking when it downshifted. The shifter went out at 136K. They ended up replacing the whole shifting mechanism to make it work. Several times in the last four years it would go into neutral while driving and would rev up really high. I would ask at the dealership and they would say they couldn-€™t find anything. At 172K the transmission just stopped working and it says -€œgear not found-€. The dealership says that the repairs are now more than the car is worth. So frustrating!

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #514

Aug 182021

Dart

  • 77,890 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that when the vehicle was stopped at a red light or stop sign, it loss motive power and the transmission would inadvertently shift into neutral. The dealer was made aware of the failure but informed the contact that there was a recall repaired in 2018, for the transmission control module relating to the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 77,890.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #513

Dec 182021

Dart

  • miles
Driving home on the freeway from work, service transmission caution light illuminated and simultaneously the car shifted into neutral. Unable to provide power now to vehicle, had to coast on freeway in traffic and rain to the shoulder of the freeway (about 2 miles until a shoulder was available to pull over to). Once I stopped the vehicle, was unable to shift into any gear. Had to wait for tow truck to take Dodge Dart to nearest dealership. Dealership diagnosed vehicle with a broken transmission cable, which got repaired, and was picked up from dealership on Dec 23. Vehicle was not driven again until Dec 26, at which time another service transmission light came on, shifting car out of gear. Vehicle was only able to shift into 1st gear, occurring on a busy road with no safe place to pull over. Vehicle towed to second dodge dealership for diagnostics where we were informed the problem is with a hydraulic actuator on the transmission and would cost $4200. We had just spent $720 on the transmission shift cable at the first dealership. When we called first dealership, we were informed there was no transmission code that came on and a test drive was not performed after servicing. Vehicle had been serviced twice for transmission recalls that also involved the shifting into neutral while driving. Shifting into neutral while driving is the problem that occurred on 12/18/2021.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #512

Aug 152021

Dart

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V800000 (Service Brakes, Hydraulic) and 19V293000 (Power Train) however, the parts to do the recall repairs were unavailable. The local dealer confirmed that parts were not yet available. The contact stated that the brake pedal was soft while depressed and hesitated to respond while driving. There were no warning lights illuminated. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The dealer was notified of the failure and advised the contact that they would follow up with her once the parts were available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Parts distribution disconnect

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #511

Oct 192021

Dart

  • miles
First is the cruise control - it sometimes work, sometimes does not. But when it does, it will at times kick on and off while in use. Scary at times. The next is the loss of power on the freeway. there are times when it will just bog down and not accelerate. other times it will catch and shift hard, other times will jerk. when these times occur, the check engine light comes on. But then will go off after a period of minutes.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #510

Aug 072021

Dart

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 MPH, the auto shift was not available message was displayed. The vehicle then downshifted to 1st gear. The contact was able to pull over and waited approximately 30 minutes before restarting the vehicle and was able to drive home. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed with needing the transmission replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. Upon investigation, the contact associated the failure with NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V542000 (Power Train). The vehicle was repaired however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was informed of failure and told the contact that they were unable to assist. The failure mileage was approximately 105,000.

- Champaign, IL, USA

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