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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, 2009, 2012, 2013

Average Mileage: 119,696 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, , 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, , 37,778 mi

    shifts roughly from park to drive as well as reverse. dislike and not satisfied

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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    When shifting from 2-3 it almost stalls.mechanic has hooked computer to it amd finds nothing wrong with it.

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  • Visitor, , 109,000 mi

    Car sometime stivks in second or skips and slips in fourth

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  • Visitor, , 117,000 mi

    Hesitates before going into gear.

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    This just started. It has only happened twice. When it snowed and I was trying to reverse it wouldn't click in and started rolling down the hill. Today I was going downhill first in drive then proceeded to go up hill and it wouldn't engage for a minute. You could only hear me revving, then it finally clicked in. Kinda scary.

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