Radiator Problems of Dodge Avenger

Dodge Avenger owners have reported 9 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Radiator problem of the 2012 Dodge Avenger 1
Failure Date: 12/23/2015

Heater not working. (87,000 miles) took the car to the dealership where they gave me an estimate of $2500 to replace the entire coolant system (heater core, radiator, oil cooler, thermostat, water pump). The tech advised there was something restricting flow through the heater core. There is a 100,000 mile power train warranty on the car but they do not agree that the coolant system that cools the engine (power train) should be included. Where did the sediment/sludge come from? possibly oil contamination from the engine (power train)? this problem has been noted in numerous models and Dodge has released a statement to their techs to replace the entire coolant system because they know something they did is wrong. This is very similar to the problem gm had with dex-cool why is there not a recall for this problem the consumer should not be burdened with the failures of the manufacturer to provide a quality product. I hope this matter is taken seriously as it truly is a safety issue. If the heat does not work it is not just uncomfortable for the driver/passengers but it will also reduce visibility through the windshield since the defrost/heat does not work.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 2
Failure Date: 10/20/2015

I was exiting out of a parking lot in town and traffic was back up and at a standstill. As I attempted to turn left a car tried passing the stopped traffic in a no passing zone. The vehicle hit the front of my car, totaling it. The bumper was on the ground , radiator sideways, hood crinkled, fenders destroyed. My airbags did not deploy. The car that hit me was going fast and caused major damage. Taylorville police department police report number 15-341.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 3
Failure Date: 09/02/2015

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.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2013 Dodge Avenger 4
Failure Date: 12/15/2014

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. When the heater was activated, the passenger side air vent failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the radiator operator hose and heater core needed to be replaced. Also, the technician stated that the coolant needed to be flushed and the evac system recharged. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to another dealer who diagnosed that the climate control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Dodge Avenger 5
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall sporadically. The dealer repaired the vehicle numerous times, but the failure constantly recurred. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 07v473000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:radiator assembly). The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 6
Failure Date: 07/01/2011

I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger that I purchased about one year ago that I pay $350 a month for. My car started having problems about a month ago. It would not hold antifreeze but no visible leak, the car may have ran hot once or twice since this problem started. There was also a recall on my vehicle for an interlock bracket so on June 30 I decided to take my car to bob caldwell Chrysler on morse rd to have them investigate and repair my car (I also had the recall corrected). I told the service tech all the symptoms the car was having so he could properly diagnose my car. He told me I would have to pay $95 to have a diagnostic on my car. After they tested my vehicle I was told it was a small "$35" problem that could be fixed by replacing the radiator cap. I paid them for the replacement thinking this would solve the problem. The very same day the car was having the same problems so I called the dealership to inform them. They told me it was a "bubble in the system the needed to work itself out" and the car should be fine, drive it and call me in the morning if your having the same problem". I took their expert advice but the car did not improve so I took it back to bob caldwell Chrysler. They told me they would run the tests again on my car. When I went back they told me "there is nothing wrong with you car it pass all the test". They even stated I would not tell you to pick up your car if I felt something was wrong or it would damage your car more( I let him know I had this concern) or if there was something wrong, come pick up your car". I went back to get it on the way home from work the car would not pick up speed, there is thick white smoke from the front and back the overflow container under the hood swell up from the pressure looking like it was about to burst. I was driving on the freeway I could have killed myself.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 7
Failure Date: 12/28/2010

At 51000 miles on my 2008 Dodge Avenger, started smelling antifreeze odor inside the car. Eventually the check engine light and electrical light indicator illuminated and the car ran extremely rough and started to run hot. Eventually engine would lose power then shut off and not be able to restart for a couple of hours. Did not appear to be losing radiator fluid. Took to the dealership and found that the thermostat housing, (made out of plastic) was cracked and it was leaking antifreeze from that point. Had parts replaced. The part and service was warranted for 12 months/12000 miles. 10 months later, but 30000 miles later, current vehicle mileage 81000, same problem occured again, same parts replaced.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 8
Failure Date: 06/01/2009

Radiator loses coolant. This caused the car to over heat and the engine to be replaced, a new radiator and it still loses coolant 4 years later. Can't figure out where the coolant is going as it is never under the car (like a leak).

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 9
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2008 Dodge Avenger with a few defective parts. Consumer states that the vehicle has defective front door latch, radiator fan motor connector. When arriving for the repair she was informed the parts were not available. The consumer received 2 recall notices in the mail. Recall numbers 01v104000 and 07v473000.