1st Generation (1995—2000) Avenger Problems

This generations ranks 20th out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (18%), exterior (14%), and the interior (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 2 complaints at an average of 70,000 miles in the 1996 Dodge Avenger.
  2. Water Pump Failed 1 complaints at an average of 130,000 miles in the 1995 Dodge Avenger.
  3. Ball Joints Go Bad 1 complaints at an average of 73,000 miles in the 1999 Dodge Avenger.

What Avenger Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 2 5 13 0.44
1999 11 5 39 1.62
1998 1 6 51 0.28
1997 4 6 64 0.66
1996 7 3 64 2.35
1995 2 3 63 0.78

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