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.
Car Problem Reports
Dodge Avenger Automatic Transmission May Have Shifting Problems
Dodge Avenger Problem
Average Mileage: 151,530 mi (109,000 mi - 187,000 mi)
Visitor, 1996 Dodge Avenger, 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..
shifts hard from 2 to 3
it shureges inbetwen 2 and 3 shift
Visitor, 1995 Dodge Avenger, 109,000 mi
Car sometime stivks in second or skips and slips in fourth
Visitor, 1997 Dodge Avenger, 160,000 mi
Sometimes it has a delayed action goin into gear
Visitor, 1996 Dodge Avenger, 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.
Visitor, 1995 Dodge Avenger, 117,000 mi
Hesitates before going into gear.
Visitor, 1999 Dodge Avenger, 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.