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:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 2
Average Mileage:
23,609 miles

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #76

Feb 132016


  • 36,000 miles


I have had multiple issues with my car since I got it. I have been through three radios, an entirely new turbo was installed one year after purchasing the car. Then things were going well until recently. I have had the car in the shop about 3 weeks in a row. First it was one of my coils that had become inactive. So while driving it the car shakes and stutters. While driving on the highway I try to hit the gas and the car starts slowing down and shaking. So I had taken it to another shop to look at it because for a new car it is not in my finances to be putting $400 into my car every week. Had to get the part ordered so I am currently driving my car around with one coil inactive. Then in the midst of all this happening, one week after the coil had officially went inactive, it was back in the shop because my emergency brake all of a sudden became really loose and when I wasn't moving the car would roll. Which means the emergency brake wasn't doing its job. So that night I took it over to the dealership to have them look at it yet again. They called me the next day and said that my left rear caliber had seized which is described to me that it wasn't grabbing and releasing the wheel like it should have which also caused my brakes and rotors to wear so much that they had to be replaced. Which this was something I could not just let go, or even drive the car with, I had to pay the dealership over $400 to just fix my car so that I could drive it. I cannot believe all the trouble that I am going through for a car that is not even 5 years old.

- Tatamy, PW, USA

problem #75

Feb 032016


  • 35,000 miles
On 3 separate occasions, my 2013 Dodge Dart GT with a 2.4 tiger shark engine with multiair has shut down while the car was moving on the road. The reason for this the dealership told me was due to low oil, which we recently realized uses at least 1/2 quart per 1,000 miles. The dealer says this is within normal limits. They said that before 50,000 miles it is within normal limits to burn 1 quart for every 1000 miles and after 50,000 miles it is normal to burn 1 quart for every 750 miles. This was never divulged to me when I purchased the vehicle. It first did this starting at 35,000 miles. The vehicle now has 42,000 miles. There has never been any oil light or any other engine light that goes on before the vehicle dies. It has left me stranded in the middle of the road in some very dangerous situations. I no longer feel safe driving this car and who would want to buy it from me? two dealerships have told me that it is normal for the engine on this car to burn lots of oil, to die while the car is moving if the oil is low, and for the oil light not to go on because the car will stop running before the sensor is activated. They tell me they have seen this before. The major problem is the oil sensor never activates to tell me the oil is low. They tell me to check the oil level every time I put gas in the car. I find that to be an unacceptable solution. The oil has always been changed at normal intervals.

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

problem #74

Jan 012016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V800000 (engine and engine cooling); 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. Udated 07/12/16

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #73

Jan 292016


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. When the contact started the vehicle, the gauges made a ticking sound and the instrument panel lights flickered. The contact was trapped in the vehicle and her husband had to use a metal key to unlock the door from the exterior of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The electrical failure continued to occur intermittently. The contact made an appointment to have the vehicle diagnosed. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. The contact stated that the engine needed to be rebuilt because the gauge that regulates the temperature was not in the engine. The manufacturer replaced the engine. The contact stated that the vehicle shook and pulled to the left while traveling 55 mph. While traveling 25 mph through an intersection, the contact attempted to stop the vehicle, but the brakes failed. As a result, the vehicle struck a curb, which created a gash in the tire and the rim. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Aztec, NM, USA

problem #72

Jan 012014


  • 50,000 miles
When attempting to start my Dart, the clutch pedal will have no tension in it. The pedal will go straight down to the floor with no effort and will stick down. I have to use my foot to pull it back up. The car will also not go into gear when this occurs. You have to either turn the car off or let it stall, then pump the clutch 10-20 times in order to get the tension needed. Sometimes this doesn't help at all and you have no choice but to attempt to drive it. This is extremely unsafe! fca knows there is an issue, they've extended the warranty to 60,000, but my car having 83, xxx miles they don't care. First extended service corporation who I purchased an "extended service agreement" through doesn't care either. I asked to speak with a supervisor and the representative flat out told me "no" and hung up. I've been having this problem for well over a year. We've contacted the dealership and others around and they said it wouldn't be covered under warranty. This is a safety concern, how is it not a recall"!"

- Jeromesville, OH, USA

problem #71

Jan 182016


  • 46,000 miles
When starting to slide on ice a notification flashes where your mileage should show but it disappears so quick due to the fact that the engine shuts down for a few seconds along with all electrical inside and outside of the vehicle ( no speedometer no stereo no touch screen no lights in or out) however while sliding if you let your foot off the break the engine and all the lights seem to reboot and the car gains power again. Not safe and scary as hell when driving in a upstate NY snow storm

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #70

Aug 012014


  • 1,000 miles


I have had my Dart for almost 2 1/2 years and it has been a problem from the start. I have had my tcm replaced, transmission, 2 clutches, numerous codes and speakers, gas cap, and multiple recalls. It has been in the shop over a dozen times and for over 30 days. I have had problems the entire time I have owned the car and am currently in my second time of dealing with Chrysler to buy back my vehicle and they still are not doing a thing about it. With the vehicle not shifting right and losing power and now my defroster is going out also the recalls on it but they have no fix for I refuse to let my newborn son be in my vehicle and Chrysler definitely knows about it yet wont do anything about it even tho it is a lemon.

- Clive, IA, USA

problem #69

Nov 142015


  • 45,900 miles
I own a 2013 Dodge Dart while driving down the road heard pop and car stopped running, was able to glide off the road, could not restart vehicle. Had it towed to dealer and was informed that the battery was bad and needed to be replaced as well parts missing for a part of top of the battery area and replaced to electrical part that had been recalled. When went to go get car on date was stated would be ready was told the timing chain was broken, hole in block and 8 out of 16 valves stuck, needing a new engine. Mileage 45,900 the car has been in the shop since 11/14/2015 and being told we have no clue what caused this and waiting for engine to arrive when was told engine was ordered on same date of informing me of issue.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #68

Aug 132015


  • 50,600 miles
The water pump went out in my car at 50,615 miles. I was told by the dealer that the water pump was not part of my power train warranty. I took the car to a differant shop to have a new water pump put on my car it had 8,000 more miles on the car it started over heating took the Dodge to larson in puyallup wa. They are telling me that the antifreeze has been mixed in the car and that they will not honor the power train warranty!

- Mineral, WA, USA

problem #67

Nov 302015


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Patterson, CA, USA

problem #66

Jul 062015


  • miles


This car when cold.he runs, // when it is hot stop inexplicably..I want know.what to do because I live in venezuela..//here you can not afford to fix it...ineed your I work at the embassy of brazil..;;I worked in New York..I brought this car guys think it is possible..chyrysler seek this car here to fix for I love this I bought Grand Cherokee, ,.but ilove my Dodge..this car has my car just gets in garage...obs obs..avery sad thing happened to me I was in miami Chrysler store in ventura.they sold me the wrong computer.;and even stayed wth my old computer..they sold me this computer doesn't.plugue cables in my car...please helpe me...

- Caracas Venezuela, NY, USA

problem #65

Nov 252015


  • 20,000 miles
Radiator on 2013 Dodge Dart defective---in shop for the third one (one original and two replacements) coolant leak collecting and stain in driveway.

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #64

Nov 122015


  • 34,825 miles
Car stalled while operating under full power on the interstate. It took approx. 3 minutes and it finally restarted. Took car to dealership. They state car is not part of any recall based on VIN #. they state stalling was result of extremely low oil. However, the care has no leak and does not burn oil. It is synthetic oil and it simply break downs and dissipates. I don't believe them. This is the second time this car has done this and the first time they re-flashed the computer with a software patch to fix problem.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #63

Mar 182015


  • 40,000 miles
When I'm driving the car sometimes I will press the gas but it will not go it rolls back...often when this happens I'm in traffic. I took the car back to the dealership numerous times and they say nothing is wrong. They even told me it was dealing with the hill assist but I explained to them when this happens I'm not on a hill. My children and I have almost had numerous wrecks. I recently received the recall letter about this issue (R42) but the letter states they do not have the parts to fix this issue at this time and this issue can cause wrecks but they will not do a manufacture buy back. Also my heal/cool and gas gauge shakes the gauge will some fluctuate up and down, I told the dealership and they ignored me.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #62

Oct 122015


  • 23,000 miles
While driving on the highway in the fast lane, my gas pedal went all the way to the floor and my car lost all acceleration and steering became hard to turn. When this happened most of my car engine lights were blinking and when I placed the car in park the vehicle didn't notice it was in park. Thankfully I was able to get off to the emergency shoulder. I took the car into the dealership where they told me there was a recall notice in August 26th which was just sent out to Dodge Dart owners. The dealership told me it would cost me 1,500-2,000 to fix the problem, money which I do not have so I traded in my car with negative equity, and the dealership, I believe was very non-professional and took advantage of the situation. They also showed me an incorrect nada price chart for the trade-in value to my car.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #61

Feb 102014


  • 1,689 miles
Attempting to pull out into traffic the vehicle did not accelerate and stalled with the front quarter of the vehicle in oncoming traffic. Vehicle was quickly put into park and reversed into safety.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #60

Sep 032015


  • 45,900 miles
9/03/15 my transmission went out without warning while going approx 65 mph on the highway. RPM's shot up and the trans went out instantaneously. I was able to pull over, engine and trans lights came on, car would not go in any gear. I shut the car off and was not able to restart it, meanwhile I sat like a sitting duck waiting for a tow truck, hoping that the speeding cars and semi trucks approaching would not crash into me. I had the car towed to a dealer. Dealer said the cause was a flashed PCM, it was reprogrammed I was told it fixed the problem. On 9/05/15 1 hour after coming home from work the car would not start again. Dealer was closed for the weekend so I let it sit for a while, 2 hours later the car started but would not go in reverse, an hour later, the car had reverse but no drive.the next morning the car started, all lights were off and all gears worked and I was able to drive it to the dealer. The dealer said codes were now showing it was the trans range sensor. Got the car back for the 2nd time on Sept.16. Sept.19 I was driving home from work in the next state, the trans went out again while going 65 mph on the highway again! this time I was left stranded over 70 highway miles from home. After waiting a few hours I was finally was able to drive home, taking take side roads in case the car stopped again. What should've been a 1 1/2 hour ride home on the interstate took me over 5 hours driving on side roads. This car is going back to the dealer again for the 3rd time in 2 1/2 weeks! this is unacceptable, there are too many reports involving this issue on several websites I do not feel safe driving this car anymore or having my wife and kids in it. This is an extremely serious safety issue that needs to be addressed immediately! something needs to happen before (not after) this "known" transmission stalling issue causes a serious accident and kills someone!

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #59

Feb 182015


  • 15,000 miles
The gear shift is shifted into drive, the transmission delays shifting into gear. When it does shift into gear the car accelerates without pressing the gas peddle. This is the ddc transmission. This is happened at least 3 times

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #58

Feb 032014


  • 1,782 miles
I purchased this vehicle Dodge Dart 12/23/2013 (428 miles). On 2/3/2014 started vehicle to head to work, put into gear (drive) pulled out into traffic, started to go, then transmission flashing on dash, stating gear not found. Could not shift the vehicle, wouldn't move. Had to be pushed out of traffic. Vehicle has been towed numerous times same ongoing problems to this date 9/18/2015. Lemon law was contacted.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #57

Jun 132013


  • miles
I bought my car on May 6, 2013 and I have been taking my car to whitten brothers in ashland Virginia for all the service and repair work. On June 13, 2013 I had a recall done and all of the repairs started.the air bag wiring and harnesses replaced in June 2013. The turbo has been replace 4 times as of August 27, 2015. The waste gate actuator has been replace 3 times. 08/12/14 the vacuum sensor signal replaced power brake check valve and sadder and repaired 2 wires going to the vacuum sensor. Transmission control module has been replaced twice on 09/11/15. On 06/26/14 the cruise control switch was replaced but still does not work properly because the car is always having a problem which will stop it from working. On 06/26/14 the control panel was replaced. On 02/18/15 PCM radio wiring, right front door and subwoofer speakers replaced. On 08/27/15 front struts and back shock absorbers replaced. On 09/01/15 replaced battery and transmission light came on. I have recently had all the updates done on my car while its been in the shop and now I am tired of being taken advantage of by Chrysler. I should not have to lose thousands of dollars to trade or sell my car back to a dealer to get out of this nightmare. I want my car recalled back for a full refund because of the reoccurring problems I keep having. I have sent a lemon law letter to Chrysler on September 14, 2014 and put them on notice about all the problems with this car and demanded a buy back which in turn they gave me an extended warranty which has covered all the repair expenses. I also just settled a law suit with Chrysler through the law offices of krohn and moss in Chicago the lawyer did not pursue my case in court due to being out of state. So therefore, I only won $5,000 to cover the attorney fee of $3,500 leaving me $1,500. My total purchase price was $21,671 and that is what I am fighting for!

- Bruington, VA, USA

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