A good, LITTLE reliable car...BUT...The one (or two-ish) negatives are so obnoxious and dangerous that I want to get rid of it. SO annoying to have to duck in and out, the door opening is lower than an average height woman. I can’t lean my head out the window because the door frame is literally right around eye level, which means majorly dangerous blind spots, but not just there...you can be at a 4 way stop and not see if a car is sitting to the left or the right stop sign of you unless you physically lean way forward and backward. And don’t even get me started on changing lanes on the freeway; it’s just a good thing I drive like an overly cautious grandma or I would’ve killed someone or myself by now. On the good side, the car is pretty and has been VERY reliable, which is awesome; no problems whatsoever and I’ve driven her daily for 5 years.
Hi, We bought this car new at Dallas Dodge off the showroom floor in June of 2008. It was my wife's daily driver up until 2017 when she bought a used Buick LaCrosse from Carmax. From there I took the car for myself as a daily driver. At 135K miles later this car has been very reliable overall. Yes, like most cars there are some cons but you just learn to live with them. The main cons I see is the cheap hard plastic material used in this model interior. However, in 2011 when Fiat took over the interior got a much-needed upgrade with way better softer materials. The overall interior layout is good for daily driving where the controls are nicely laid out and user-friendly. One of the big selling points of this model in 2008 besides its new re-design was the heated/cooled lighted cup holders and the glove box cooler. There, I was a bit disappointed with these features. The cup holders do not allow the mega-sized cups and the heating/cooling effects are minimal at best. The glove box cooler is a joke as it relies on the AC to cool and the airflow is very minimal. (I now use this compartment for extra CD storage) So basically these features are worthless but were great marketing tools at the time. The 6-spd transmission shifts smoothly and is very responsive while driving but is not the case when engaging from park to Rev or Drive...very abrupt, and clunky. The ride is fairly comfortable and visibility is good except for the blind spots of the rear pillars and takes some getting used too. I think adding an aftermarket rear camera will greatly help the driver when backing up the car. The gas mileage is decent too. This car does emit higher than normal road noise inside, but the sound system takes care if that dilemma. The Boston Acoustics sound system is decent for a factory sound system. I love the styling of this car both exterior & interior design. This car is considered mid-sized which to me is a perfect size for a daily driver and my wife said its the perfect female sized car. A lot of folks, (Including critics), are too quick to put the Avenger down in the short term and not giving it a fair chance. With any car, its a machine and parts wear out over time. Too many people think they can just put gas in cars and expect them to last forever and are quick to give negative feedback when something goes wrong. Its all about how you drive and take care of your car will determine it's longevity. Great maintenance & TLC goes a long way and my Avenger is proof of that! At 135K miles, and it still looks and performs like new. Although it's trade-in value is poor, which is unfortunate, I would say this car is a good investment for the college student or as the daily driver.
Love the exterior look. Interior is very confined with not much leg room. This car likes to eat things up if you happen to drop things. Floor is to high up makes for an uncomfortable sitting experience. Acceleration is terrible and you feel like the car is literally barely handling the amount of power it takes to drive on a freeway. Fuel economy is also terrible.
The 2.7 after 06 is a great engine very reliable. Hadnt don't first repair just did plug replacement at 100000 miles plugs all look good for the mileage. Only thing I've don't is replace brake pads twice on front and once on the rear and a new set of low profile tires at 41000 miles. Did replace front wheelbearing hubs at 98000 one was roaring just enough to notice took 30 minutes a side at a cost of 80.00 dollars, car is modern blue with the upgraded 18 inch wheels very sharp. I have a friend who has one with 260000 miles and no majors repairs to speak of. I would purchase a dodge again when in need of a vehicle.