1995 Dodge Avenger Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1995 Dodge Avenger 4 Cylinder from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Reliable and fast

Faults:

I have a black Avenger, but, I have white spots on the trunk.

I have poor headlights on low beam. High beam is fine.

The steering wheel could tilt higher.

The turning radius could be better.

The windows don't seal when closed.

General Comments:

This car is fast and reliable. It has great gas mileage and great speed.

The heat and air works wonders. I never have a problem with either of them. The vent system is nice also.

The seats are very comfortable.

The body shape is still in style, even though it's a 1995 model.

It would be considered a cheap sports car.

I would like to go faster than I do now, just because I love speed. I've went 130 mph in it so-far. It doesn't seem to have a limiter. It doesn't vibrate a lot at high or low speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2005

1995 Dodge Avenger ES from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous cardodge avenger

Summary:

This Car Is a lemon

Faults:

When I bought the car. I thought what a nice ride! I was Wrong. It was a bad ride! All 8 Years of it! The cars battery went out at 2000 miles. And then the brake cillanders went out shortly after. I kept going through brake pads and could not figure out why. I was going through brake pads once a month. And then the head gaskets blew and water pump went out at 5,000 miles. And then again at 8,000 miles. The transmission went out 5 times. The struts had to be replaced at 15,000 miles. And then the ball joints went out twice. Let me tell I babied this car and did not hot rod it. What a piece of junk! Finially sold to some kid for 1,000 dollar. And I told him good luck kid!!!

General Comments:

The car is not roomy and not comfortable. Not in town or the highway. The seats are very stiff and not comfy. More room in the trunk then in the back seat. Does not make sense. Gas was OK in it. Mileage on the highway was excellent. I could travel 300 miles on a 3rd of a tank if that. The car did handle nice and had some get up and go. Like the way it handled on the highway! Very fast and low very smooth. Nice car if you can get it to run!!! Mine was in the shop all the time!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2004

13th Apr 2006, 14:18

I do not know what you are talking about because my avenger is perfect.

1995 Dodge Avenger ES V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance160200 miles
Previous carPlymouth Duster

Summary:

A great car, with horribly expensive problems

Faults:

I bought my Avenger about a month ago and loved it... until now. The engine was replaced about 40K miles ago, so the high miles did not deter me.

There were a few little cosmetic problems with it (rear-view mirror had some sun damage, passenger-side door jams occasionally), but nothing a quick trip to the junk-yard couldn't fix.

Then a few days ago, after a 40 minute ride on the highway, and without any warning, one of the lower ball-joints on the driver side completely sheared off, collapsing my suspension and pulling the axle shaft right out of the transmission. I kept my cool, and had the car towed to a reliable dealership.

They informed me that the damage was "consistent with impact, and not applicable to the recall". This made me very angry. The previous owner didn't seem like the lying type. He informed me that the suspension had been serviced by a dealership prior (and indeed it had). He also never eluded to any kind of 'impact' and I'm working on getting a CarFax report to verify that now. Long story short, it will probably cost me on the order of $1000.00 to repair the damage to a $2000 car I have owned for a month. I should mention that if you have this car, check the ball-joints! If this had happened to me 2 minutes earlier I would have been going 70MPH, most likely killing my girlfriend and I. Someone else's negligence almost killing us is bad enough... having to shell out half of the car's initial cost to repair the problem is unacceptable. I will never buy another late-model Mopar EVER.

General Comments:

I own a 1970 Plymouth Duster and love it. It's had simple little problems, but never anything that stranded me, let alone almost killed me. Back then they made cars like they should.

My family owns somewhere around 5 antique Mopars between all of us. I love the brand affiliation (even have a pentastar tattoo on my back), however I'll never buy another one newer than 1976 - Sorry guys, you let me down big-time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th May, 2004

5th Jul 2004, 18:03

FYI, that Dodge Avenger is built by Mitsubishi (same plant as the Mitsubishi Eclipse) so maybe the 100% Dodge (MOPAR) cars are as good as before. It is unfair to judge MOPAR using the Dodge Avenger maintenance performance.

Martin.

9th Jan 2006, 19:44

Also to let you know man I had a similar experience, the suspension had been messed with by the previous g-unit owner to put on lowering springs which he took off and gave to me separately with the car so he could get it safetied. I was driving to the gas station and the tie rod end screwed right out due to it being stripped from the guy pulling the suspension apart over and over... avengers are very reliable, I've had mine for 7 months and not one repair, the horn usually is hard to get to honk, the headlights get easy water damage, and the relay switch for the brights goes, also the brake pads wear out like nothing, which can be fixed with replacing them with performance pads that are about 200-250 Canadian a pair, so although I hear ya I mean I could've been going down the highway and almost killed as well because of the crappy suspension, but keep in mind these things would be cheaper if gotten to earlier, sorry to hear about what happened. And all I can say is that once you get this thing up and running, if you keep it, it'll be a great reliable gas efficient sports car to have around and great in winter. Just try and get an after-market suspension built into. good price though, I payed 5000 for mine. Take care.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 19 reviews