Flimsy Door Handle - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Flimsy Door Handle

June 14, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

Uh, now that can't be good. That's what I said to myself when I opened the 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye's front passenger door the other day and part of the handle flew off onto the ground.

Now I'm no genius, trust me, but I don't think that's supposed to happen.

I will admit it was a bit more of an "aggressive opening" on my part than usual, as I was in a hurry. But still, this kind of thing shouldn't happen in a brand new, fully modern car.

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

After a little finagling I was able to pop the piece back into place, and the door works again, but the part that came off now sits a little more loosely on the door.

We'll have the dealer inspect it when we bring the Dart in for its new windshield.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 11,271 miles


  • the fun of saving assembly time/cost with snap-together cars

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Fix it again, Tony. unnecessarily complicated handle?

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Remember the seat adjustment lever that snapped off in the Fiat 500? There are parts of the 500 that just feel cheap. I guess the same may go for the Dart.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    The Darts I test drove had loose headlight switches in the dashboard. This story confirms my concerns about workmanship and design robustness.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    It's a Fiat built by the UAW overseen by Chrysler. Really, this kind of shoddy workmanship surprises you?!?

  • yellowbal yellowbal Posts:

    Haha! Cheap car with cheap parts.

  • Wow, I thought I had an isolated incident. That literally happened to me when I test drove a Dart last Monday. The salesman said this and I quote, "Well that's not supposed to happen." Ha! It must be a safety feature, are you sure you reaalllyyy want to drive this car?

  • cotak cotak Posts:

    After the medieval trunk hand stabby thing and this? The long term test of this car is not really doing it much good. Saw one in Orange today on the way to work. Decent to look at but suspect the looks would date quickly. And you know what the Corolla has looked like crap for a few generation and is uninspiring to drive but it sells. Because it doesn't fall apart. You do have to wonder if Dodge would have done better spending more time and money on the quality vs the looks of this car.

  • andres3 andres3 Posts:

    You expect better from a twice failed company?

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