by pepteye on Jun 21, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Avenger 2dr Coupe
A Dodge boy needed a commuter.
OK Mitsubishi in Wolves clothing.
That said it is a unique offering. 4000 lbs and 30+ MPG is a good compromise.
When I'm making my commute for 50 miles each way over a 1800 foot pass in the silicone valley I feel good.
Take care of the timing belt it will cost you if it breaks.
Best Dodge commuter until the new Challenger gets 30MPG. and you have 30K to spare.......Have one for the daughter and will likely win up with 4.
CAME BACK A KILLER WENT OUT A WINNER...Thanks Brad....
by Steve on Nov 20, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Avenger 2dr Coupe
I bought my Avenger new in 1997 with the 5 speed and 4 cyl. It's been amazingly reliable over the years with the only real issue with the tie rods/ball joints. It still has the original stainless steel exhaust/muffler! It still gets 32-34 miles per gallon. The 5 speed makes it fun to drive, although more horsepower and better brakes have made it even better. Even taught 2 kids how to drive stick with it (one of them learned while driving on the track at Road America) and still have the original clutch. Indy red color and best year for fron end fascia make it an eye appealing car even today.
by wings on Sep 29, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Avenger 2dr Coupe
This was my first car. Much like a first love it holds a special place in my heart. The car looks beautiful and the engine still runs smooth at 138,000 miles BUT I have brought it to my mechanic so many times that we could be best friends. The ball-joints, the tie rods, the struts have all been replaced. The struts are bad again after an additional 25,000 miles. Now, the transmission took a dump and it looks like my car has skin cancer. The car is charming yes, but after you get married to it, it will soon become lazy and consistently start to break in little annoying increments until you will want a divorce. If you are a risk taker, go for it, but you might get burned. other fish in the sea
by c on Nov 26, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Avenger 2dr Coupe
I have had my 97 4-banger stick as the original owner with only 17 miles on it when delivered to our dealer. I have gotten 500 miles to a single tank 4 times. Mine is not governed so I have had it up to 131 flat straight away in Germany and 136 downhill there. This car is fun to drive and has a huge trunk. And at 159,634 miles still going strong
by "J" on Nov 6, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Avenger ES 2dr Coupe
Wow I really like this car a lot. I bought it having 120,000 miles on it. Really no major problems. I had the water pump gasket begin to leak, but kinda difficult to get around under the hood. Should have small hands. Seeing behind you is kinda annoying, and turning ratio isn't great. Very powerful, and sleek, stylish. Gas mileage is OK. Radio system great. Little low in the front end. Plenty of space. Overall it does its job nicely.
Front and rear styling is updated, while ES models lose the standard V6 engine. The V6 is available on base and ES models, and includes 17-inch wheels and tires on the ES. New colors inside and out and two additional speakers with cassette stereos further broaden the appeal of this roomy coupe.