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Dodge Avenger Automatic Transmission May Have Shifting Problems

Dodge Avenger Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013

Average Mileage: 96,056 mi (3,500 mi - 187,000 mi)


The automatic transmission can develop problems like erratic shifting, rough shifting, or delayed gear engagement. Repairs for many of these problems are outlined in service bulletins.

  • Visitor, , 176,295 mi

    1-2shift&3-4 shifts are very late. engine is way too high in rpm range for these gear shift points, and when it does shift, alot of the time its soft and feels weak... BUT the owners mechanic prior to me had over-filled the tranny AND engine!! I drained it & refilled to proper levels,no positive effects yet..

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  •  Rookie

    shifts hard from 2 to 3
    it shureges inbetwen 2 and 3 shift

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  • Visitor, , 3,500 mi

    My car starts the engine runs however it will not engage in gear. It was just running fine a couple of hours ago.

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  • Visitor, , 117,000 mi

    Hesitates before going into gear.

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  • Visitor, , 37,000 mi

    Seems like my car just does not have the get up and go, that it once had. before i drove it off the lot after I signed the paperwork on it. rough riding now and feels like it does not want to shift... another recall getting use to this......which is sad . I really do not feel safe driving my car any longer.

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  • Visitor, , 109,000 mi

    Car sometime stivks in second or skips and slips in fourth

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  • Visitor, , 160,000 mi

    Sometimes it has a delayed action goin into gear

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  • Visitor, , 139,480 mi

    My tranny will run first gear for like a block right after start up and then even tho it is in drive it will act like it is in neutral so u pop it into neutral then back into drive and then all it will run is second gear and I havent had money or time to have anyone look @ it yet.

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  • Visitor, , 111,966 mi

    gear shift lever will not shift like it is stuck.

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  • Visitor, , 119,000 mi

    RPMs surge or drag while driving on the interstate. Completely quit accelerating while driving on the highway about 6 months ago, check engine light came on and started flashing so I pulled over and had the car towed. The dealership couldn't find anything wrong with it and said the computer had to be reset. Worked fine for a while after that and now the same thing is happening again (minus the complete lack of acceleration-knock on wood). I definitely do not feel safe driving this car anymore.

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