2008 Dodge Avenger SXT 2.7L V6 from North America
Lots of car for cheap; no more, no less
Transmission shifts late when cold outside. A bit better since a fluid flush.
Air filter box clip broke (replaced with aftermarket intake, common issue on these cars).
Power steering lines developed a bad leak at 136k ($600).
Power steering makes a grinding noise when it's cold outside (doesn't seem to affect anything).
Tie-rod ends, bushings, one control arm needed replacement at 135k ($800).
Rust on the inside rocker panels.
Acceleration is pretty good for a heavy car with a 2.7. Good passing power.
Starts very reliably in cold (-40 degrees - I mean COLD) weather.
GREAT value for the money.
Has a cool drink-chiller compartment.
Roomy cabin. Bland looking though.
I don't like the mesh on the seats. Tiny particles (sand, salt, whatever) easily get stuck in it and it's hard to vacuum out.
Lots of trunk space.
Repairs are relatively cheap.
Fuel economy is so-so. ~500KM on a tank; approximately 55L.
This is a really good car. It's been relatively reliable considering the mileage. I personally prefer a smaller car, but for those who like this style, you really can't go wrong with an Avenger. It's done everything I've asked of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th June, 2014