1997 Dodge Avenger Consumer Review: still enjoyable

1997 Dodge Avenger - Consumer Review

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39 Total Reviews

Base Coupe (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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still enjoyable
By Steve on


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.

Best Features

great looks, reliable, fun to drive

Worst Features

horrible turning radius, more power, better brakes, original RS-A tires burned off after 25k.
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