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DODGE AVENGER - 2008 DODGE AVENGER Problems & Complaints

 
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by Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

There are 659 complaints filed for the 2008 DODGE AVENGER

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 DODGE AVENGER. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2008 DODGE AVENGER, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

7/4/2016 - SAVANNA, GA
GOT HOME, PUT CAR IN PARK & LET GO OF THE BRAKE. NOTICED I WAS ROLLING BACKWARDS SO I QUICKLY PUSHED ON THE BRAKE. LOOKED ON MY DASH & IT INDICATED THE CAR WAS IN REVERSE, SO I PUSHED ON THE GEAR SHIFTER TO MAKE SURE IT WAS PUSHED ALL THE WAY UP, WHICH IT WAS. I THEN TURNED THE CAR OFF & TRIED TO TURN IT BACK ON. THE CAR THEN WOULDN'T START 7 THE GEARS WOULD NOT CHANGE. LOOKED ONLINE, SEEN THERE WAS A COMMON ISSUE WITH THE PINK PLASTIC PIECE CONNECTED TO THE GEAR. PUSHED THE PINK PLASTIC PIECE IN & IT ALLOWED ME TO SWITCH GEARS WHEN IT WAS HELD IN BUT I AM STILL UNABLE TO CRANK MY CAR & EVEN WHEN THE GEARS ARE SWITCHED THE DASHBOARD SAYS THE CAR IS STILL IN REVERSE. LOOKED UP RECALLS & SURE ENOUGH THERE IS A RECALL BUT OF COURSE WHEN I ENTERED MY CAR INFORMATION IT DOESN'T APPLY TO MY CAR. I ALSO HAVE REPLACED THE ALTERNATOR 4 TIMES IN 3 YEARS. I WAS TOLD THAT IT IS A POOR DESIGN THAT CAUSES THE ALTERNATOR TO WEAR DOWN & LOCK UP SO QUICKLY. I WILL EVER BUY ANOTHER CHRYSTLER DODGE VEHICLE IN MY LIFE. THIS CAR HAS BY FAR BEEN THE WORST INVESTMENT OF MY LIFE. I REALLY HOPE SOMETHING HAPPENS TO GET THESE CARS OFF OF THE ROAD FOREVER BEFORE THEY END UP KILLING SOMEONE DUE TO THE HIGHLY POOR DESIGN OF EVERYTHING IN THEM!

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POWER TRAIN

7/4/2016 - SAVANNA, GA
GOT HOME, PUT CAR IN PARK & LET GO OF THE BRAKE. NOTICED I WAS ROLLING BACKWARDS SO I QUICKLY PUSHED ON THE BRAKE. LOOKED ON MY DASH & IT INDICATED THE CAR WAS IN REVERSE, SO I PUSHED ON THE GEAR SHIFTER TO MAKE SURE IT WAS PUSHED ALL THE WAY UP, WHICH IT WAS. I THEN TURNED THE CAR OFF & TRIED TO TURN IT BACK ON. THE CAR THEN WOULDN'T START 7 THE GEARS WOULD NOT CHANGE. LOOKED ONLINE, SEEN THERE WAS A COMMON ISSUE WITH THE PINK PLASTIC PIECE CONNECTED TO THE GEAR. PUSHED THE PINK PLASTIC PIECE IN & IT ALLOWED ME TO SWITCH GEARS WHEN IT WAS HELD IN BUT I AM STILL UNABLE TO CRANK MY CAR & EVEN WHEN THE GEARS ARE SWITCHED THE DASHBOARD SAYS THE CAR IS STILL IN REVERSE. LOOKED UP RECALLS & SURE ENOUGH THERE IS A RECALL BUT OF COURSE WHEN I ENTERED MY CAR INFORMATION IT DOESN'T APPLY TO MY CAR. I ALSO HAVE REPLACED THE ALTERNATOR 4 TIMES IN 3 YEARS. I WAS TOLD THAT IT IS A POOR DESIGN THAT CAUSES THE ALTERNATOR TO WEAR DOWN & LOCK UP SO QUICKLY. I WILL EVER BUY ANOTHER CHRYSTLER DODGE VEHICLE IN MY LIFE. THIS CAR HAS BY FAR BEEN THE WORST INVESTMENT OF MY LIFE. I REALLY HOPE SOMETHING HAPPENS TO GET THESE CARS OFF OF THE ROAD FOREVER BEFORE THEY END UP KILLING SOMEONE DUE TO THE HIGHLY POOR DESIGN OF EVERYTHING IN THEM!

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ENGINE

7/4/2016 - SAVANNA, GA
GOT HOME, PUT CAR IN PARK & LET GO OF THE BRAKE. NOTICED I WAS ROLLING BACKWARDS SO I QUICKLY PUSHED ON THE BRAKE. LOOKED ON MY DASH & IT INDICATED THE CAR WAS IN REVERSE, SO I PUSHED ON THE GEAR SHIFTER TO MAKE SURE IT WAS PUSHED ALL THE WAY UP, WHICH IT WAS. I THEN TURNED THE CAR OFF & TRIED TO TURN IT BACK ON. THE CAR THEN WOULDN'T START 7 THE GEARS WOULD NOT CHANGE. LOOKED ONLINE, SEEN THERE WAS A COMMON ISSUE WITH THE PINK PLASTIC PIECE CONNECTED TO THE GEAR. PUSHED THE PINK PLASTIC PIECE IN & IT ALLOWED ME TO SWITCH GEARS WHEN IT WAS HELD IN BUT I AM STILL UNABLE TO CRANK MY CAR & EVEN WHEN THE GEARS ARE SWITCHED THE DASHBOARD SAYS THE CAR IS STILL IN REVERSE. LOOKED UP RECALLS & SURE ENOUGH THERE IS A RECALL BUT OF COURSE WHEN I ENTERED MY CAR INFORMATION IT DOESN'T APPLY TO MY CAR. I ALSO HAVE REPLACED THE ALTERNATOR 4 TIMES IN 3 YEARS. I WAS TOLD THAT IT IS A POOR DESIGN THAT CAUSES THE ALTERNATOR TO WEAR DOWN & LOCK UP SO QUICKLY. I WILL EVER BUY ANOTHER CHRYSTLER DODGE VEHICLE IN MY LIFE. THIS CAR HAS BY FAR BEEN THE WORST INVESTMENT OF MY LIFE. I REALLY HOPE SOMETHING HAPPENS TO GET THESE CARS OFF OF THE ROAD FOREVER BEFORE THEY END UP KILLING SOMEONE DUE TO THE HIGHLY POOR DESIGN OF EVERYTHING IN THEM!

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POWER TRAIN

6/20/2016 - ALLEN, TX
I PARKED MY CAR IN THE GARAGE, THE SHIFTER WAS CLEARLY IN PARK, THEN I GOT OUT OF MY CAR AND WENT INTO THE HOUSE TO MAKE DINNER, AND MY WIFES DOCTORS OFFICE CALLED WITH A SUBSCRIPTION, I HIT THE GARAGE DOOR OPENER AND IT WOULD NOT OPEN, AND IT STARTED FLASHING, THE CAR ROLLED INTO IT ON ITS OWN, I GOT INTO THE CAR AND TRIED TO START IT WITH THE GEAR-SHIFT IN PARK AND IT WOULD NOT, LOOKED IN THE HEADS-UP DISPLAY AND IT SHOWED IT WAS IN NEUTRAL AND THE CAR WAS ROLLING FREELY. IF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IN A PUBLIC PARKING LOT THIS SITUATION COULD HAVE BEEN VERY SERIOUS.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

6/13/2016 - WOODBURY, MN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 DODGE AVENGER. WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED, THE REMOTE START SYSTEM FAILED TO OPERATE AND THE ANTI-THEFT ALARM SYSTEM ACTIVATED INDEPENDENTLY. IN ADDITION, THE TIRE PRESSURE WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED AND THE KEY FOB FAILED TO SHUT OFF THE ALARM. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED NOR REPAIRED. THE FAILURE RECURRED INDEPENDENTLY. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 08V152000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 105,000.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

6/10/2016 - LOWER BURRELL, PA
MY AVENGER IS VERY DANGEROUS AND I'M TRYING TO GET RID OF IT BECAUSE I FEAR FOR MINE AND MY CHILDREN'S SAFETY. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THE VEHICLE HAS STALLED WHILE AT IDLE AND EVEN ONCE WHILE I WAS ACCELERATING ON A HIGHWAY- DOING OVER 60 MPH. IT ALSO CONTINUOUSLY HAS ACCELERATED ON ITS OWN, EITHER WHEN SLOWING DOWN OR SPEEDING UP IT WILL JUMP RPMS AND TAKE OFF ON ITS OWN. WHILE GOING THROUGH A SCHOOL ZONE THE CAR ACCELERATED ON ITS OWN AND I CAME VERY CLOSE TO HITTING TWO 5 YR OLDS CROSSING THE ROAD. I'VE HAD ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, AS THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WILL COME ON AND OFF ON ITS OWN AND JUST RECENTLY THE COMBINATION SWITCH STOPPED WORKING COMPLETELY, ALMOST CAUSING ME TO BE REAR ENDED. I'VE CALLED DODGE AND THEY WANT $100 JUST TO LOOK AT THE CAR, WHICH I CANNOT AFFORD AFTER DUMPING MANY DOLLARS INTO TRYING TO FIX THESE LIFE THREATENING ISSUES. I'VE HAD IT SEEN THERE BEFORE AND THEY SAID NOTHING WAS WRONG WHEN I PAID OVER $500 FOR REPAIR WORK. I'M FEARFUL FOR MY LIFE WHILE DRIVING AND ITS CAUSED ME MUCH STRESS AND ANXIETY. I'VE SPOKE TO SEVERAL OTHER AVENGER OWNERS THAT EXPERIENCE THE SAME PROBLEMS IN WHICH THEIR ONLY OPTION WAS TO TRADE IT IN BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO BUY A NEW VEHICLE. I PERSONALLY WOULD JUNK IT MYSELF BECAUSE I WOULD NEVER WANT TO JEOPARDIZE ANOTHER PERSON OR THEIR CHILDREN'S LIFE, HOWEVER LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I CAN'T AFFORD IT AND WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO TRADE THE "PROBLEM" DOWN TO SOME UNKNOWING OF THE RISKS AND DANGERS OF THE VEHICLE. AFTER SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A RELIABLE CAR I AM LEFT DRIVING A LEMON, TAKING PRESCRIBED ATIVAN FOR ANXIETY BECAUSE I AM CONSTANTLY IN FEAR OF DRIVING THE THING, AND UNABLE TO SELL BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS IT. THIS CAR HAD WRECKED MY LIFE, AND I ONLY WANT DODGE TO TAKE RESPONSIBLITY. IT'S A SHAME TO KNOW THAT I AM PUTTING EVERYONE'S LIVES IN DANGER & IT'S TAKING A TOLL ON MY HEALTH.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

6/10/2016 - LOWER BURRELL, PA
MY AVENGER IS VERY DANGEROUS AND I'M TRYING TO GET RID OF IT BECAUSE I FEAR FOR MINE AND MY CHILDREN'S SAFETY. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THE VEHICLE HAS STALLED WHILE AT IDLE AND EVEN ONCE WHILE I WAS ACCELERATING ON A HIGHWAY- DOING OVER 60 MPH. IT ALSO CONTINUOUSLY HAS ACCELERATED ON ITS OWN, EITHER WHEN SLOWING DOWN OR SPEEDING UP IT WILL JUMP RPMS AND TAKE OFF ON ITS OWN. WHILE GOING THROUGH A SCHOOL ZONE THE CAR ACCELERATED ON ITS OWN AND I CAME VERY CLOSE TO HITTING TWO 5 YR OLDS CROSSING THE ROAD. I'VE HAD ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, AS THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WILL COME ON AND OFF ON ITS OWN AND JUST RECENTLY THE COMBINATION SWITCH STOPPED WORKING COMPLETELY, ALMOST CAUSING ME TO BE REAR ENDED. I'VE CALLED DODGE AND THEY WANT $100 JUST TO LOOK AT THE CAR, WHICH I CANNOT AFFORD AFTER DUMPING MANY DOLLARS INTO TRYING TO FIX THESE LIFE THREATENING ISSUES. I'VE HAD IT SEEN THERE BEFORE AND THEY SAID NOTHING WAS WRONG WHEN I PAID OVER $500 FOR REPAIR WORK. I'M FEARFUL FOR MY LIFE WHILE DRIVING AND ITS CAUSED ME MUCH STRESS AND ANXIETY. I'VE SPOKE TO SEVERAL OTHER AVENGER OWNERS THAT EXPERIENCE THE SAME PROBLEMS IN WHICH THEIR ONLY OPTION WAS TO TRADE IT IN BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO BUY A NEW VEHICLE. I PERSONALLY WOULD JUNK IT MYSELF BECAUSE I WOULD NEVER WANT TO JEOPARDIZE ANOTHER PERSON OR THEIR CHILDREN'S LIFE, HOWEVER LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I CAN'T AFFORD IT AND WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO TRADE THE "PROBLEM" DOWN TO SOME UNKNOWING OF THE RISKS AND DANGERS OF THE VEHICLE. AFTER SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A RELIABLE CAR I AM LEFT DRIVING A LEMON, TAKING PRESCRIBED ATIVAN FOR ANXIETY BECAUSE I AM CONSTANTLY IN FEAR OF DRIVING THE THING, AND UNABLE TO SELL BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS IT. THIS CAR HAD WRECKED MY LIFE, AND I ONLY WANT DODGE TO TAKE RESPONSIBLITY. IT'S A SHAME TO KNOW THAT I AM PUTTING EVERYONE'S LIVES IN DANGER & IT'S TAKING A TOLL ON MY HEALTH.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

6/10/2016 - LOWER BURRELL, PA
MY AVENGER IS VERY DANGEROUS AND I'M TRYING TO GET RID OF IT BECAUSE I FEAR FOR MINE AND MY CHILDREN'S SAFETY. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THE VEHICLE HAS STALLED WHILE AT IDLE AND EVEN ONCE WHILE I WAS ACCELERATING ON A HIGHWAY- DOING OVER 60 MPH. IT ALSO CONTINUOUSLY HAS ACCELERATED ON ITS OWN, EITHER WHEN SLOWING DOWN OR SPEEDING UP IT WILL JUMP RPMS AND TAKE OFF ON ITS OWN. WHILE GOING THROUGH A SCHOOL ZONE THE CAR ACCELERATED ON ITS OWN AND I CAME VERY CLOSE TO HITTING TWO 5 YR OLDS CROSSING THE ROAD. I'VE HAD ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, AS THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WILL COME ON AND OFF ON ITS OWN AND JUST RECENTLY THE COMBINATION SWITCH STOPPED WORKING COMPLETELY, ALMOST CAUSING ME TO BE REAR ENDED. I'VE CALLED DODGE AND THEY WANT $100 JUST TO LOOK AT THE CAR, WHICH I CANNOT AFFORD AFTER DUMPING MANY DOLLARS INTO TRYING TO FIX THESE LIFE THREATENING ISSUES. I'VE HAD IT SEEN THERE BEFORE AND THEY SAID NOTHING WAS WRONG WHEN I PAID OVER $500 FOR REPAIR WORK. I'M FEARFUL FOR MY LIFE WHILE DRIVING AND ITS CAUSED ME MUCH STRESS AND ANXIETY. I'VE SPOKE TO SEVERAL OTHER AVENGER OWNERS THAT EXPERIENCE THE SAME PROBLEMS IN WHICH THEIR ONLY OPTION WAS TO TRADE IT IN BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO BUY A NEW VEHICLE. I PERSONALLY WOULD JUNK IT MYSELF BECAUSE I WOULD NEVER WANT TO JEOPARDIZE ANOTHER PERSON OR THEIR CHILDREN'S LIFE, HOWEVER LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I CAN'T AFFORD IT AND WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO TRADE THE "PROBLEM" DOWN TO SOME UNKNOWING OF THE RISKS AND DANGERS OF THE VEHICLE. AFTER SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A RELIABLE CAR I AM LEFT DRIVING A LEMON, TAKING PRESCRIBED ATIVAN FOR ANXIETY BECAUSE I AM CONSTANTLY IN FEAR OF DRIVING THE THING, AND UNABLE TO SELL BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS IT. THIS CAR HAD WRECKED MY LIFE, AND I ONLY WANT DODGE TO TAKE RESPONSIBLITY. IT'S A SHAME TO KNOW THAT I AM PUTTING EVERYONE'S LIVES IN DANGER & IT'S TAKING A TOLL ON MY HEALTH.

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ENGINE

5/31/2016 - SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 DODGE AVENGER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE BLOWER MOTOR FAN SWITCH MEDIUM AND LOW FUNCTIONS FAILED TO ACTIVATE. THE REPAIRS WERE PERFORMED BY THE CONTACT AND HE REPLACED THE BLOWER MOTOR SWITCH RELAY. THE CONTACT HAD MENTIONED THAT PRIOR TO THE RECENT FAILURE, THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHERE THE ENGINE COOLING FLUSHING WAS PERFORMED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 150,000. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

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ENGINE

5/26/2016 - FT MAYER, FL
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 DODGE AVENGER. WHEN THE CONTACT ADDED ANTIFREEZE FLUID INTO THE RADIATOR, IT ONLY WOULD LAST A WEEK, CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO OVERHEAT. THE FAILURE RECURRED NUMEROUS TIMES. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED, BUT THE ORIGIN OF THE LEAK COULD NOT BE FOUND. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 160,000.

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