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 3 of 5)

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problem #56

Oct 022014


  • 14,187 miles


My Dodge Dart limited 2013 turbo 1.4 cylinder has so many problems when we bought it in may/2013, couple months after the squeaking noise, and driver's side electric windows not working, after one year the car is in the shop for 15 days for engine oil leak, and now is again in the shop for 5 months and no solution for transmission problems. The technician said is working but they not sure if it is a computer software or transmission defect. I want to know if someone can help me and or provide me with information. This car does not reach any star. Thanks..

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #55

Aug 022014


  • miles
I had to take my vehicle in for service in August of 2014 because my vehicle completely turned off on me while at a red light. When I turned the vehicle back on, my transmission engine light came on. So I immediately took my vehicle to the dealership and they told me I had a transmission issue and they had to order a part for the transmission. I had to take my vehicle in for service again in February of 2015 because my vehicle turned off on me once again while stuck in traffic on the expressway. When I turned on my vehicle the transmission engine light came back on. Again, I took my vehicle to dealership, I was told that my vehicle was again having the same issue from the previous months before. Once again I had to take my vehicle in for service on may of 2015 because my vehicle turned off on me for the third time while at a stop light but this time my vehicle started to smell like it was burning oil. When I turned on my vehicle, my oil pressure light came on. When my car was being looked at, they told me that they did not find anything wrong with my vehicle and they also stated that " something worse had to happen to my vehicle for them fix the problem." They test drove my vehicle and they did not find anything wrong with the vehicle so it was returned to me. Something is definitely wrong with this vehicle if it keeps on shutting off on me while waiting at a red light and also smelling like burning oil and for them to tell me that nothing is wrong with my car this last visit is really upsetting. All of these scenarios have happened in less than a year of purchasing my vehicle.this is very scary and something needs to be done before this causes a crash or possibly death! I sent a letter to Chrysler about this situation, and they told me that there is nothing they can do because there is no recall on my vehicle. This is so sad.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #54

Jun 012015


  • 50,000 miles
Weve had issues with the car since day one of driving it off the lot but the dealership didnt want to do their job here about 3 months ago we were in the process of moving and my fiancee had the car floored I thought for sure my family was going to lose their lives because the car didnt have the power to speed up its not the first time and my family lives comes first weve tried getting it resolved and even tried to use it as a trade it at another dealership and they refuse to even touch it the car had already 43000 miles on it when we drove it off the lot and 5 days after having it the shifter cable popped off and since then its been problems after problems and theres so much more wrong with it and since June its been sitting I refuse to have my family hurt do to a malfunctioning car my fiancee jamie wagner's name is also on the paperwork from dealership amongst weve contacted attorney general Dodge Chrysler mopar and deal with reinkes and findlay Dodge for things one this car

- Defiance, OH, USA

problem #53

Apr 062013


  • miles


El vehÍculo en marcha, SE siente ruido Y haloneo, que SE siente como si SE fuera a apagar. El radio SE puso negro Y dejÓ de funcionar. Luego en varias ocasiones, el carro no prende. AdemÁS el vehÍculo en marcha, prende el check engine Y un mensaje "servicio de trasmision". en el dealer supuestamente le cambiaron la tcm de la trasmision, pero luego, el vehiculo vuelve a presentar el mismo problema, "check engine", servicio de trasmision". en el dealer alegan que solucionan el problema, pero el mismo ya SE ha presentado en 3 O 4 ocasiones. Tengo un auto "limon".

- Villalba, PR, USA

problem #52

Jul 082015


  • 40,000 miles
When getting into my car in the morning or after work (any time the car has been sitting for a while), the clutch pedal goes straight to the floor and doesn't come back up. I cannot put my car into gear or even start the car. I have to pump the clutch pedal for a few minutes until I have a little pressure to even start my car. My car stalled out twice from this when entering a parking garage and I almost hit another car because of this. After driving the car for 2-3 miles the clutch seems to come back to normal pressure and I can shift fine at that point.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #51

Jan 172015


  • 31,000 miles
When starting to slide on ice the anti lock breaks kicked in but the engine stalled for a second and all of the electronic dash went out. No speedometer no stereo nothing was on it seemed but when I let off the brakes and allowed the car to slide again everything came back on.

- Yorkville, IL, USA

problem #50

Mar 262015


  • 32,000 miles


When trying to shift into drive or reverse the transmission is rough in doing so makes a jerking motion and seems to slam into gear making a loud noise....updated 09/28/15

- Yorkville, IL, USA

problem #49

May 062014


  • 19,326 miles
Turbo malfunctioned and car would decelerate on hills. Clutch pedal kept getting stuck in position and would not disengage.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #48

Jun 132014


  • 23,859 miles
The turbo charger on my 2013 Dodge Dart was discovered as needing to be replaced and the instrument gauge containing the speedometer and tachometer and others needed to be replaced after they intermittently would stop working. The turbo in the car was fixed but the dealer (walser hopkins Dodge) failed to address the issue regarding the instrument cluster until 12,000 miles later.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

problem #47

Feb 192015


  • 23,859 miles
The turbo charger on my 2013 Dodge Dart was discovered as needing to be replaced and the instrument gauge containing the speedometer and tachometer and others needed to be replaced after they intermittently would stop working. The turbo in the car was fixed but the dealer (walser hopkins Dodge) failed to address the issue regarding the instrument cluster until 12,000 miles later.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

problem #46

May 162015


  • 35,993 miles


Engine light came on while driving noticed a failure in power when stepping on the gas felt no go with the turbo. Stopped to have vehicle checked at advance auto diagnostic indicator stated turbo failure. Vehicle had not reached 36000 miles.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #45

Apr 212015


  • 16,100 miles
As I was approaching a traffic signal, my car lost power and did a half shut off (lost power items, but did not actually lock the steering out as if the car was in park). I was still moving and was doing approx. 20-25 mph when this happened. My power steering, brakes, etc were all lost and there was an overwhelming sound coming from the stereo system (sounded like a bomb going off in the car.). I was able to get the car stopped and pulled over to a turn lane that was not in use without getting hit. Once I got the car stopped, it started back up and I was able to take the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer has not been able to diagnose the problem. This is not my first issue with the car. It also has had 'service transmission' errors and gave us numerous issues on christmas day as it would not start when we were headed home. Each time, the dealership was notified and they had the car for 92 days while they rewired the electrical system. These cars are not safe, even after having the electrical rewired, the car is still sending error messages and now shutting down while driving it. These need to be recalled.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #44

Jan 162015


  • 31,781 miles
When we are driving the car, it will start to shudder when the check engine light comes on and within a minute the ABS system will turn on. When the ABS system turns on, you can actually feel the braking trying to stop the car. This has happened at all different speeds, from 20 to 30 mph up to highway speeds at 70 mph. You cannot shut of the ABS system with the safety switch when it turns itself on. We have pulled over, turned the engine off and restarted the car. This does not always seem to work. We have turned off the ABS system when we have started the car, but the computer in the engine will override this and has turned it back on. When that happens, it starts to try braking again while we are driving down the road. We have had the car back to the dealership several times trying to get this resolved, but they have not been successful in solving this problem. The dealership has called Chrysler to find out what to do about this problem. They were told to change the ignition coil power pack, which they did. When the car was returned to us, it started this same problem again. The last time we took it in (April 2015) the dealership kept it for two weeks and was unable to recreate the problem. Since that time it has done this to us twice, but before we could get it to the dealership for repair, it corrected itself. Has anyone else had this problem?

- Peck, KS, USA

problem #43

Feb 022015

Dart 4-cyl

  • 19,800 miles
I always let my car warm up, especially when it's cold. The weather started to get better and twice I stopped at a red light and the car almost stalled. I had to put the car in neutral and pump the gas to stop it from stalling completely. I know it's not the gas because it happened within two different time periods. At the time the temp was in the low 30's. I also notice when it's very cold the car makes a screech when it's started. Although there is a power train recall (N32) my VIN has not been addressed. I do not want to drive down the street and stall with my two-year-old in it.

- Cold Brook, NY, USA

problem #42

Jun 182014


  • miles
I started having headaches shortly after purchasing the vehicle (2013 Dodge Dart). The headaches continued to worsen, so I finally went to the doctor, had ct scan and was finally diagnosed with having migraines. I wasn't aware that it was the car until it was in the shop for repair for recirculating air issues and I didn't drive it for a week (December 2014). Once we received the car back from the dealership (not fixed) I was really sick (horrible migraine) the next day due to the fumes. I haven't rode in the car since December 19, 2014. I haven't had a migraine since around December 20-21, 2014. The car was dropped off on January 2, 2015 by my husband because the check engine light came on and to have the recirculate air fixed. The vehicle was ready on January 8, 2015 but was not picked up until January 9, 2015. On January 9, 2015, my husband picked the car up and drove it around for little while. He then went to pick our daughter up from school and she begin coughing immediately because the recirculate air went out again. I have contacted Dodge customer service several times regarding this vehicle and to no avail. I contacted them today (January 9, 2015) and they wanted us to drive the car back to the dealership for repair. I guess they want the fumes to cause someone to pass out along the way. Dodge customer service is having a case manager review my complaint, however, I am stuck with a vehicle that I cannot drive. I contacted the lienholder to surrender the vehicle on March 5, 2015.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #41

Feb 182015


  • 9,306 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while the engine was on and the driver was outside of the vehicle, the vehicle independently shifted from park to reverse. As a result, the vehicle jumped a curb and crashed into a tree. The contact did not disclose if a police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 9,306.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #40

Feb 132015

Dart 4-cyl

  • 36,500 miles
Smelling coolant from engine compartment. I don't see a sign. It doesn't smell near over flow.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #39

Feb 072015


  • 30,000 miles
While pulled over in a parking lot, I had the brake pedal depressed. As I moved my foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal the engine quite rapidly revved to the point that it buried the tachometer's needle. I immediately shut the engine down and the cabin was filled with the smell of burnt trans-axle fluid. When I re-started the engine, it was perfect again. The vehicle did not lunge forward, so the trans-axle appeared to ignore that it was in drive. I have called my dealership to report the incident and see if they knew anything about a rumored software update for the vehicle.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #38

Jan 132015

Dart 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
2013 Dodge Dart equipped with a 1.4-liter engine and dual-clutch transmission had 3 incidents on 2 different days - safety hazard! faulty mechanics! 1/13 - vehicle stalled when turning right onto on-ramp at interstate going 35mph, took several tries to get vehicle restarted 1/14 - vehicle stalled when turning right onto outer road going 45mph, almost got rear-ended! 1/14 - vehicle stalled after turning right from on-ramp at interstate going 70mph, almost got hit! we researched issues and found there is a recall for this exact problem, but I wasn't notified as my VIN wasn't on the recall list. What"! I encountered two close calls and when calling Chrysler was told there was nothing they could do if my VIN was not on the recall list. I don' get it, I thought the manufacturer or NHTSA could put a VIN on the recall list. What do I have to do to get my vehicle on this list? do I need a lawyer to do this" please advise as to what my next steps are to get my VIN on the recall list. Seriously dissatisfied

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #37

Dec 182014


  • 18,900 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that there was an oil leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 18,900.

- Garland, TX, USA

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