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 1 of 5)

problem #96

Oct 202015


  • miles


While driving head light just cut off by the self has carried back to a Dodge center number of times on highway and city streets had a very close call one time

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #95

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

problem #94

Sep 182016


  • 75,000 miles
Bluetooth don't work. $600 to fix at 45,000 miles. Now my prdn lights up all red. Will clear only when I turn car off and back on. Took car to auto zone and its not giving any codes

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #93

Sep 152016


  • 64,000 miles


Took in 4 recall brake booster ended up with having to replace entire clutch assemby to the tune of $2300. Had the car for less than 48 hours and it completely shut down could not crank or put hazzard lights on and was in rush hour traffic had to have it towed back to dealership.

- Grand Bay, AL, USA

problem #92

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 #91

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 #90

Feb 202014


  • 20,000 miles


I have had my 2013 Dodge Dart only 2 years and am so frustrated with the purchase. It has been in the shop several times with multiple issues. Just yesterday I had to put it in the the shop to have the navigation system fixed. The dealership stated there was not a problem that I needed to subscribe to the navigation service. Are they kidding me, I called Chrysler and they said it was a faulty unit, due to the fact it goes completely out with a white screen and it just does not work. The check engine light comes on constantly, the engine is running rough. I have already had to replace the battery at my cost of $150 not happy about that one. The speedometer is incorrect, the interior light rattles and drives me crazy on long trips. I have had to taken it in for several front end alignments at my cost. It just will not stay aligned, its so frustrating and costly. But the real scary item is when it felt like I was in neutral while driving and had low to no engine power while driving, I slowly pulled over to the side of the ride and turned the key off and the engine was still going, I took the key out of the ignition and it was still cranked. I am praying that they get these cars off the road and put them in a buy back program because they are a danger to the public. I am so upset and disappointed with my Dodge that I will not purchase another.

- Sour Lake, TX, USA

problem #89

Aug 142014


  • miles
My car keeps saying service transmission and I have a recall on my car for 3 years with no fix. The recall is a R42 my car can shift into natural at any time while I am driving how safe is that to drive also tcm controller board was replaced and since that my turbo went out my cars temperature on the coolant goes up to 215 degrees. When starting my car and when I driving in traffic is when the temperature goes

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #88

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 #87

May 182016


  • 55,000 miles
I have only hade my Dart for 1 year with 55K on it.... in that time it has hade 25K in dealership repairs... I have replaced all 4 coil packs, spark plugs, and fule injectures on my own dime... the ebreak has bin replaced once and again it is not working again. The air bag like came on and no one can sit in the pass seat because the seat belt bucky wont read its connected N beeps all the time.. the low oil pressure light comes on and off.. it has a knock, and tick at idol but goes away after 3K RPM. I have hade nothing but problems with this car and I am stuck with it for 5 more years... this is by far the biggest waste of money I have ever hade

- Flemington, WV, USA

problem #86

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 #85

Aug 012014

Dart 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that it took multiple attempts to start the vehicle. The check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the battery and sensor transmission range were replaced, but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the failure worsened, resulting in the vehicle failing to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wiring harness failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 12,000....updated 08/01/16...updated 08/15/16 the consumer stated the problem consisted of the console lighting up and the engine light illuminating. Then it escalated to the vehicle not starting. The failure happened on an intermittent basis. The dealer replaced the battery and sensor transmission range. However, the problem continued. The dealer informed the consumer, the wiring harness needed to be replaced. Updated 08/17/16.

- Pickens, MS, USA

problem #84

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 #83

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 #82

Aug 162015


  • miles
1.4 L engine 6 speed manual transmission-has had multiple problem and repairs with weeks at the dealership at a time. Traction control light multiple times without resolution. Cruise control works intermittently. Wipers cone in sometimes when blinder is turned on. Car failed to start, would stay on after key was removed from the engine-replaced ignition control module. Replaced battery, car back fires, warrantied out 1st coil and spark plug, error code for 3rd cylinder after, dealership stated it was really defective 1st coil and warrantied out again, car still back fires. Car wouldn't go in to reverse, differentiation cable had snapped, dealership replaced cable and gear shifter assembly. Car wouldn't shift in to 3rd from 2nd gear, dealership replaced throw out bearing, pressure plate and mayer cylinder on "extended warranty" /recall after another 20 days drive 14 miles for wheel bearing failure/ABS sensor on front drivers side. Dealership replaced both front bearings and ABS sensors, technician didn't finish test drive and one of new bearings failed, had to replace again, within 24 hours clutch wouldn't depress, then went to the floor, lifted with my foot still couldn't get car in to gear. Turned car off, removed key, started asian and was able to get in to gear. Car is making clicking sound when clutch is depressed and some times after release there is scraping sound. You tube video of another person's car maxing same sound states flywheel had to be replaced. There's probably more that I'm forgetting to note but it is clear from this vehicles poor performance more will ensue, how can I get out of this undependence service ridden vehicle" after how many failures will some one make Dodge step up"

- Wixom, MI, USA

problem #81

May 252016


  • 48,798 miles
Engine excessively burns oil. Brakes, during a stop, made a popping noise almost causing me to strike another vehicle. Brake pedal now hard to push, vehicle needs significantly longer to stop. Vehicle was in motion when the brakes failed, city street, 35 mph.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #80

May 052016


  • 59,000 miles
Vehicle stalled out in cold weather while I was driving. Car begin to roll back because I was on traveling on a hill. I had to menuver vehicle down hill. After about a minute car started, . vehicle emergency brake will not hold vehicle on any kind of graded surface. I once parted in friends drive pulled up emergency all the way up turn car off. Went to visit friend a few minute and when came out the house vehicle was rolling backwards. I open the jumped in car meanwhile car was already in street with parted cars and moving traffic. I was able to jump in use foot brake to stop vehicle without insident( took to dealer for repaired 3 times in two years, just repaired last week phase 1 engine failure twice within first year and half. Car sputter and jerked drove rough. Took to dealer repair twice on different occasions. During repair dealer kept vehicle 3 weeks on repair and over a week on the other. Dealer reason for delay was waiting on part. I am very in satisfied with vehicle quality and performance in the three years I had it I'm driving vehicle less and less because of quality issues and reliability issue makes me and my family feel unsafe.

- Akron Oh 44320, OH, USA

problem #79

May 022016


  • 69,240 miles
The car has been leaking oil at a rate of 3 quarts in two weeks. It is in now for the 2nd repair in that timeframe. The car lost the ability to accelerate in the middle of the highway twice after the attempted repair.

- Celina, TX, USA

problem #78

Nov 292013


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power intermittently and excessive oil consumption. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that it needed a new battery. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact stated that oil was added in the vehicle every week or every two weeks; however, the failure occurred twelve times. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 12,000.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #77

May 072016


  • miles
Gauges will freeze while driving, but reset after 20 minutes. Has happened on 4 separate occurences. While driving down an expressway at 50mph in the city, the car lost boost(pressure from the turbo) causing it to lose power dramatically reducing safety and fuel economy. The car lost the ability to mert speed limit and slowing down traffic behind and the ability to get up a hill in my area. Research has shown countless other people being affected by the P0299 low pressure code.

- Springfield, MO, USA

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