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 1 of 12)

problem #229

Jan 102017


  • miles


Have a 2013 Dart SXT 1.4T manual. I'm going on 2 years with the car, bought it with just under 20K. Since buying it, I've had spouts of check engine light for underboost occasionally come on and go back off soon after, never much of a bother since it never lasted long enough to get the dealership to catch it while the light was still on. Yesterday, 1/10/17, my car was driving normally until I tried to get on the highway, at about 40 mph the engine started stuttering pretty bad, but I didn't think anything of it because no lights were coming on on the dash. Until I hit 50. Suddenly the ce light started flashing, the car wouldn't go above 50 mph and the rpms wouldn't even hit 4000. Pulled over, turned the car off and back on, the ce light was back off. Revved the engine for a bit, no issues. As soon as I attempted to accelerate again, the ce light started flashing and then stayed solid this time. Called a tow truck to tow the car to the dealer since clearly it was dangerous to be driving. Once I got to the dealer, started the car up to move it into a parking spot and suddenly neither the tachometer or speedometer were working. They were working normally on the side of the highway. Its like the entire powertrain decided to have a total meltdown all at once. This is not acceptable for a 3 year old car with less than 50K miles on it. I have changed the intake on the car and the hot/cold side piping for the intercooler, but they have been on the car for over a year and I've been sure to regularly check connections and keep them well maintained to prevent any issues, there's no way they are the cause of the powertrain suddenly having a meltdown.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #228

Jan 082017


  • 35,442 miles
Could not renew my 2017 California registration. Needed a recall R42 done, per dmv records. Had this recall done on Jan 5th 2017 by Jeep Chrysler Dodge of Ontario calif. Their invoice number 491747 the car ran good for a day. On Jan 8th had problems with transmission the engine service light came on along with service transmission message I was driving and the car shifted by itself into neutral. No forward no reverse. Very frightening experience. Especially with my wife and 7 month old baby in this vehicle. Had car returned to dealer ship on 1-9 2017 I was under the impression this recall R42 was to solve this problem of vehicle shifting into neutral. I'm afraid to drive this car with my family

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #227

Dec 262016


  • 10,000 miles
When parked on an incline, the car experiences failure in shifting from park to other gears. The gear lever will physically move to other gear positions, however the car will not switch from park to other gears. We have had to manually push the car forward to get it to switch out of park. It seems to be some kind of failure between the sensors sending information to the transmission control module which is not allowing the vehicle to calculate gear shifting correctly. This has happened on 3 separate occasions.

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #226

Dec 122016


  • 103,000 miles


I have had issues with the clutch "sticking" for months. Numerous times I would push in clutch and the gearshift wouldn't "catch" or go into gear. Now gear shifter is broke. Won't go into reverse at all. Still shifts in foward driving gears.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #225

Dec 102016


  • 17,000 miles
While my mother was driving her 2013 Dodge Dart with only 17,000 miles on it the car went into neutral on its own. The car was running and the shifter selector was in drive...but the dash showed "N" for neutral and the car would only rev and go nowhere. The shift handle could be moved to any position but the trans stayed in neutral. Car had to be towed to the dealer. I let them know that I saw there was a recall R42 for this type of problem. Dealer said our car was not part of the recall. We did bring the car to them 6 months prior to this because we reported the transmission was hesitating on that time the car only had 12,500 miles on it...they said they could find nothing wrong. This is a huge safety problem, if she had been pulling into traffic from a stop this could have caused a horrific accident. Again this happened while driving in motion, luckily in the mall parking lot and not on a major intersection...very dangerous.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #224

Dec 092016


  • 74,000 miles
Unable to shift gears. Key stuck in ignition.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #223

Dec 082016


  • 50,150 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle shifted into neutral independently. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train). The failure recurred twice. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,150.

- Luskin, FL, USA

problem #222

Oct 122015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train). The part needed for the repair was not available. 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. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #221

Nov 212016


  • 26,000 miles
Yesterday we were parking our vehicle in a parking lot when the shifter got stuck in neutral. We were unable to shift the car into park and were unable to turn the car off and remove the key because it was stuck in neutral. We ended up having to have the car towed to the dealership. Today the dealership told us that the cable connecting the shifter to the transmission had come loose and that from a manufacturing standpoint the cable was "too short" and likely to come loose again. They reattached the cable but recommended that the cable to replaced with a longer cable that would be less likely to come loose. The cost to replace the cable and have it reinstalled was going to be just under $800. They recommended that we contact Dodge because the car is under 4 years old and only has 26,000 miles on it and the issue is not a wear and tear issue but a manufacturing issue. Dodge denied our request to extend the warranty and to pay to have the cable replaced. We expressed our concern that it was a safety issue (because it could've happened while driving) and they said to contact dot and to recommend that there should be a recall on the part. So that is what we are doing. Thank you for your assistance.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #220

Nov 022016


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving 60 mph on the highway, the check engine and service transmission warning indicators illuminated. The contact proceeded to exit the highway. Once the vehicle came to a complete stop, the contact attempted to accelerate; however, the transmission shifted into neutral and remained in low gear. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that this was the third time for the exact same failure. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #219

Oct 272016


  • 60,000 miles


The gear shifter moves but the transmission never leaves park

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #218

Jul 042016


  • 24,000 miles
When shifting from reverse to drive the shifter whet limp and the car was stuck in reverse. I was unable to shift to another gear or remove the keys. The car was stuck in the middle of the street and had to be towed for repair. At the dealership I was told the shift control cable had broken and it would have to be replaced. I was told it was not covered under warranty as the car was older than 36 months. I paid to have the shift control cable replaced. Failure mileage was around 24,000.

- Key West, FL, USA

problem #217

Oct 102016


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. When parking the vehicle, the shift selector seemed to be disconnected or not engaged and would not shift into park. As a result, the keys could not be removed from the ignition. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #216

Sep 272016


  • 37,095 miles
Clutch, flywheel inoperative while driving

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #215

Sep 292016


  • 52,000 miles
I own a 2013 Dodge Dart 1.4L turbo 6 speed manual. Everytime I try to shift into reverse from a stop the shifter only goes half-way in. I can get it in gear after depressing the clutch several times. The powertrain contol module was replaced in 2014, and when I spoke to the dealership they stated that the only way to repair the problem was to rebuild the transmission. My car only has 52K miles on it.

- Graham, TX, USA

problem #214

Jun 072016


  • 101 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving approximately 65 mph, the gear shifter slipped into neutral and the "service transmission gear is not available" warning message appeared. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road, restarted, and driven to the dealer. The transmission control module was replaced; however, the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 101.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #213

May 242016


  • 27,902 miles
This car is 3 years old and we have had to replace the body control module (BCM), and transmission control module (tcm). The check engine light is still on and Dodge is still trying to find out what is wrong with it. Before replacing the body control module the car wasn't starting so the battery was replaced, it turns out the BCM was staying on and drawing power form the battery while the car was off. We were constantly having to jump the car to get it started. After that the transmission started acting funny it would shift hard, shift into low gears while driving on the freeway. Also when first started or stopped at a traffic intersections the vehicle would shift into 4th gear on its own unless in sport mode and done manually. This makes it accelerate very slowly which is dangerous especially when pulling out into an intersection. After replacing the tcm the issue with the transmission is still occurring, it is currently being looked and the cause is still unknown.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #212

Aug 262015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 ddodge 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. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #211

Nov 022015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the gear shifted out of drive into neutral while the vehicle was in motion. The failure occurred more than once. In addition, the cruise control failed to properly function and various warning indicators and gauges, including the service transmission warning indicator, randomly flashed on the instrument panel. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V542000 (power train) several months ago. The dealer was notified numerous times, but was unable to determine when the manufacturer would supply the part. The manufacturer was unable to provide a reasonable time frame to supply the parts to the dealer. The vehicle failed to start and was unable to be driven. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #210

Aug 012016


  • 48,000 miles
I started having issues with my Dart 2 years after I bought it, tcm lost communication while traveling 70+ mph down highway had to tow car. Had tcm flashed(repair 1), drove 2-3K mile more, happened again, brought it to a different dealership said they replaced tcm (repair 2, before tcm recall was issued.) about 10K miles later had to bring it back, had tcm flashed again (repair 3), about 10K miles later tcm has problem again while traveling 40+ miles down a very busy city street and need to tow vehicle, this new dealership replaced tcm again (repair 4 after tcm recall is issued, 4K miles later car is now throwing check engine lights for BCM, and PCM which I am told is connected to the tcm. I am in the process of filing a lemon law claim against Chrysler, a three year old car that I paid almost $30,000 should not cause so much stress. I cannot allow my family to be in danger, I have been lucky that neither issue resulted in a car accident. Chrysler needs to buy my vehicle back. I do not wish to talk to them about servicing the vehicle again, or trading them for a newer vehicle as they have lost my trust as a company.

- Statesville, NC, USA

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