2008 Dodge Avenger Consumer Review: Transmission problems make it

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By Mike Brown on


2008 Dodge Avenger SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


For the first few months that I had my new Avenger, I loved it. Then came the cold weather, and with it an unrepairable transmission problem. Less than 5 miles into any drive on a freeway, the RPMs shoot from the standard 2000 to 6000. And it's as though someone downshifted to first gear. It takes all the power the car has to get to the shoulder. Once restarted, the car performs fine for the rest of the trip. Leaving it with the service department won't help as they won't be able to recreate the problem. And even if they could, since the engine light doesn't come on with a transmission error, the onboard computer won't register the problem.

Best Features

Can't go into that right now. I'm too bitter about the prospect that my car is actually a lemon.

Worst Features

Transmission! I cannot say that loud or long enough. Fix it. Also, the hard plastic on everything inside. And that silver ring around the shifter becomes blinding in sunlight.
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