1997 Dodge Avenger Reviews - Page 11 of 11

1997 Dodge Avenger I420 - 5 Spd 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission I420 - 5 Spd 4 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres

Summary:

A unique sports car with beautiful look and excellent performance for a 4 cylinder

Faults:

Head Gasket Problem at 90,000KM (Fixed by Dealership at NO COST - Warranty 7 Years or 115,000 KM)

Front Lower Arm - Ball Joint Problem at 115,000KM (Fixed by Dealership at NO COST - Factory Recall)

Battery Replaced at 110,000 KM in 2001 (Battery Lasted only 4 years... no Complain though) Battery was only $110 to replace.

Possible Crank Sensor Leakage, but this is next to nothing, not noticeable. (2002 January)

General Comments:

I love this car. Handles great, got power, fastest I managed to go was 210 KM/h with 2 passengers in the car and still could go faster if the road was clear.

The fuel economy is excellent. it's 2.0 litre so takes me 666 Highway KM in one tank of (55Liters) and 500 City KM

Leather seats are very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2002

1997 Dodge Avenger ES V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

It is a vehicle that Dodge can't figure out how to repair

Faults:

The car has has to have a new battery every year since I have owned it. Two have been put in it this year.

I have had to have 4 O2 sensors put in the rear end since I have owned it.

The car had to have a new fuel pump.

The car had a gas line that was leaking gas.

General Comments:

Recently I have spent almost $1000.00 dollars in repair and towing bills for this vehicle.

The car still stalls out and will not start at times.

Dodge can't fix the problem.

When I called customer service and asked for some assistance, I was told that the vehicle would of course cost a lot to repair because it was not under warranty. I would not mind reasonable repair bills if the car would run. It is sitting in my driveway, undriveable because I am scared to drive the vehicle due to the stalling and the horrible gas fumes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2001

31st Jan 2002, 08:46

I have a '97 dodge avenger sport and I haven't had any problems with it at all, all I have had to do was get new tires and some struts.

26th Jun 2002, 23:58

I have a 97 avenger that has gone through 2 batteries in the last 7 months. The car also has started to have fuel pump trouble it will run fine for a few days at a time and then it starts acting up. Dodge can build nice trucks, but their cars are terrible!!

1997 Dodge Avenger ES 2.5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Dodge Different

Faults:

Umm, lets start with the power locks stopped working.

Then Dodge replaced the main computer because it wouldn't start.

Then one day after I got it back from them, it still didn't start, they said that it was caused by the fuel relay and I had to pay them to fix it again.

General Comments:

I like the looks, but unless the cost of driving it goes down I will sell it for half what I bought it for (even though I have only had it for 6 months).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2001

1997 Dodge Avenger ES 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 3.1
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10

Faults:

The windows whistle, the battery went dead 4 times in the first few months before they finally replaced it, there is a squeak in the engine, the windows rattle and there is an electrical problem.

General Comments:

Chrysler's answer to all the problems with this car was to give me the phone number of the State Attorney General's office. The service dept was exceptionally poor and there was no support whatsoever from the manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st June, 1998

25th Mar 2001, 12:55

My daughters Avenger has been a problem from day one. It's the breaking system, which, by the dealers own description is too small for the vehicle. Dodge knows this, and continues to "push and offer" this vehicle knowing of this serious defect. She had had it in for complete brake work every three thousand miles! Brakes have failed nearly causing accident twice. A very dangerous problem, and they haven't recalled because of it.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 39 reviews