• Oct 3, 2007


All you owners of Chrysler's 2007-2008 Dodge Avengers will soon be getting a recall notices from Chrysler. The letters will warn owners of those cars of a door latch problem that could potentially lead to unbelted passengers being dumped into the road during a crash. Dealers are instructed to fix both front doors with a "secondary retention feature."

You lucky 2008 AWD Avenger owners will either get longer letters or another letter entirely, to inform you of another problem with your cars. While your door latches are being worked on, your dealer's mechanics will be replacing faulty fuel tank retention straps that could break and cause fuel to leak out, which you would then roll around in after being dumped in the road when your door opens -- something few drivers consider a good thing.

Both recall campaigns are expected to begin sometime this month.

[Sources: Carscoop, NHTSA]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Look the tank falling off of the avenger is unacceptable, kaboom from that wouldn't be pretty from people standing around especially if its a 20+ gallon tank which I imagine would be the case with the inefficiently ugly and big avenger. But as for the Sebring, how can any one say its an ugly car?!? The design is similar to that of a jaguar it looks classy yet sporty and professional, all together. I guess all these kids ridding around in their nuisance fart can cars "i.e. modded civics with those annoyingly loud exhausts" They could never appreciate a beautiful and exquisite design. Ok, so it doesn't exactly do well in safety ratings but if I wanted that I would be driving in a rolling box Volvo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh for Chrystler..uhh I mean Pete's sake.

      The stupid latch problem, which goes back to the very first Dodge Caravan has still not been ridded of. Even after all of these years of making junk you would think that they would at least get something right......BUZZZ Wrong

      Now with the faulty straps on the fuel tank this tends for me to believe that this crap so-called car is the Ford Pinto of 2007. Nice engineering job guys, I must give you guys an award medal composed from lead paint with an asbestos ribbon. HA!
      • 7 Years Ago
      [ For someone who owns a honda and a nissan, I'd be happy to line up my boring, bland, underpowered, Charger RT against your two vehicles at the 1/4 mile track anytime. ]

      I remember spanking an amazingly yellow Charger RT at the track last year in a 20 year old, $7,000 near stock Buick with chrome trim and pillow seats. Granted, it wasn't an SRT, but it was fun nontheless. But I digress...
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's a bit slow for a Charger R/T and a decently quick T-Type. Stock vs. stock, I think it would be just about even, given decent traction for both cars. I'd be happy with either one. I have a similar vintage Malibu, so I can truly appreciate the fast G-bodies. Mine is a bone stock snow belt daily driver.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Define "near stock" because about the only 20 year old Buick with chrome that could do that is a T-type and even that would likely need a little more boost than stock.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The New Chrysler is already preparing changes to the current Sebring/Avenger as well as a replacement shortly after. All the haters will have to change their tone when the fruit of the new company arrives. It will take alot to fix what the Benz people screwed up but it will happen!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, in Chrysler's defense, if you're stupid enough to both not wear your seatbelt AND purchase a hideous beyond belief Dodge Avenger...

      On the bright side it might actually be somewhat safer to fall out the side of the car when not wearing your seatbelt, than to have your entire body go THROUGH the windshield and lacerate all your skin off in the process. Then again, the road probably isn't too great for your skin either. Decisions, decisions.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BOY, YOU GUYS SURE BLAST CHRYSLER! DON'T YOU EVER TAKEA GOOD LOOK AT THAT JAP JUNK YOU DRIVE? OF COURSE YOU LOSE IT IN A PARKING LOT BECAUSE THEY ALL LOOK ALIKE! AT LEAST YOU KNOW A CHRYSLER PRODUCT WHEN YOU SEE IT!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I take a look at the "Jap Junk" I drive everyday. And everyday, I thank God that its not the Sebring or Avenger that I get stuck with as a rental car during my business trips.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow...the all-caps-lock reply has been a visual assult. Are you trying to yell?
        • 7 Years Ago
        MIYOSHI; I REALIZE YOU'RE SPEAKING OUT IN DEFENSE OF YOUR PEOPLE'S PRODUCTS. PLEASE DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE GOOD AMERICANS WHO BUILD SOME PRETTY GOOD PRODUCTS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT. I CAN'T SPEAK FOR THE SEBRING OR AVENGER SINCE I HAVE NEVER DRIVEN THEM BUT, I CAN SPEAK FOR CHRYSLER IN GENERAL. I'VE DRIVEN CHRYSLER PRODUCTS SINCE 1946 WHEN I BOUGHT MY FIRST ONE, A 1931 DESOTO 4DR. SIX CYL. AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE HYDRAULIC BRAKES, NO OTHER CAR I KNOW OF HAD HYDRAULIC BRAKES IN 1931. I'VE OWNED TWO JAPANESE CARS AND ONE JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE. I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BETTER THAN AMERICAN AUTO MAKERS WERE OFFERING. NEEDLESS TO SAY, AFTER 60,000 MILES ON ONE CAR AND 45,000 ON THE OTHER AND MANY DOLLARS SPENT KEEPING THEM IN RUNABLE SHAPE TILL I COULD GET WHAT I EXPECTED OUT OF THEM, 100,000 TROUBLE FREE MILES BUT,IT JUST WASN'T TO BE, THE 60,000 MILE TOYOTA WENT TO THE WRECKING YARD WHEN I COULDN'T SELL IT TO ANYBODY. THE 45,000 MILE HONDA WENT TO MY SON WHO DIDN'T MIND THE FREQUENT BREAKDOWNS AS HE LOVED WORKING ON HIS CARS. THE 750 HONDA MOTORCYCLE WAS SOLD WHEN I GOT BEAT IN THE 1/4 MILE BY A 650 TRIUMPH BONNIVILLE. i IMMEDIATELY BOUGHT A NEW TRIUMPH AND A NEAR NEW PLYMOUTH ACCLAIM, I STILL HAVE THE ACCLAIM AND IT HAS OVER 300,000 MILES ON IT, SAME ENGINE, AND TRANMISSION BUT, I MUST SAY I OR ONE OF MY BOYS, (I HAVE FOUR) DO THE MAINTENANCE AND WORK ON MY CAR. i DON'T BLAME YOU FOR GETTING YOUR BACK UP WHEN SOMEONE CRITICIZES A PRODUCT BUILT BY YOUR COUNTRY. BUT I GET MY BACK UP WHEN I WATCH "FLAGS OF IWO JIMA" OR "TORA, TORA, TORA.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Victor; No, my keyboard messes up on lower case so i do everything in upper case! It's a DELL and came with my new computer! I've complained to the Company and hope they send me a new one! My son is a tech for Dell and they told him it was an industry wide problem. When you use the shift key to go to upper case it stays in lower case> Oh well, HI-TECH scares me anyhow!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good thing all these cars went to rental car agencies.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Victor; Sorry if i offended you but I'm IRISH and have no proble when I'm called a "MICK" as long as it's not in anger! during WWII the term JAP was used extensively in propaganda messages and movies, it is not a slur term it was merely a shortened name! I have written many letters condeming the movement of the Japanese to the center of the country but I know from personal experience WHY that was done! My own brother-in-law was invloved in a plan to burn all the Japanese residences in the LOS ANGELES area at 3:00am on a given day. if my father wouldn't have heard them planning this in our den and put a stop to it they would have succeeded. My father is a retired Lt. Commander of the NAVY and spent 10 years in the China Service which included Japan. We had a Japanese gardner and his wife helped my mother around the house. as us, they were Catholic and attended Church with us. It really hurt when they were sent to the camps.
      My brother served in the islands, Munda, Boganville, my cousine was killed on Tarawa and my other cousin landed on Iwo Jima with 2nd Marine Artillary and lost a leg. So, you see Victor , I could have anger towards the Japanese but due to my up bringing I must FORGIVE but I'll never FORGET!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sucks for Dollar Rent-A-Car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Keep them sebrings there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, for people with longer memories, there was a day when there were no recalls at all and dangerous cars were allowed to stay on the road without anyone fixing the many problems built into them. At least safety problems are now faced and repaired relatively quickly.

      What's amazing to me is that Mercedes proved to be so glaringly inept at producing competitive, mid-sized cars. All Mercedes seemed to do was create ugly styles for the Sebring and Avenger, then stuff mediocre Mitsubishi guts into them. Whoopie!

      It'll be interesting to see how quickly Cerberus is able to clean up Mercedes' mess.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will the notice that your cars are bland, underpowered and boring be in the same letter or a separate letter?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh, and I expect that your R/T Charger won't be beating much of anything on any track that isn't a straight line anyway. :D

        BTW I'd be more than glad to match up my stage 2, 280 hp WRX to your 340 hp pig.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey, hey, I love my Maxima ('02 and paid for). How can you not love 255 hp and 246 lb-ft going to front wheels with high performance summer tires while living on the East Coast. Torque steer is my friend.

        My wife drives the (blah) Accord. At least its a V6.

        Why do I keep defending myself? Sebrings and Avengers are crappy cars regardless of what I drive. I didn't say all Chrysler products are crappy but those two are. I like the Charger, rented an RT for a couple weeks in LA. A little heavy but nice car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uhh, guys:

        Avenger != Charger

        Dodge/Chrylser/especially Jeep has made MASSIVE strides in the past few years; but seriously, if you've ever driven an Avenger (rental car of choice for many tourists, probably because its a bit cheaper than a 300C), then you would know.

        It's terrible. Horrendous. A hundred steps backwards for Dodge.

        The charger is *somewhat* okay, but this... this is bad. Really bad.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Here is a sample of popular 2007 models weight/hp ratios. My Charger is big and heavy, but it still has an impresively low ratio compaired to others.

        Boxter S 2,965 295 ***10.05***
        David Gevert ~3,100 280 ***11.1***
        335i Coupe 3,571 300 3571 ***11.9***
        Charger RT 4,100 345 ***11.9***
        Altima 3.5se 3,306 270 ***12.24***
        Camry 3.5LE 3,461 268 ***12.91***
        Accord Coupe v6 3,353 244 ***13.74***
        Impreza WRX Sedan 3,140 224 ***14.0***
        Maxima 3.5SL 3,599 255 3599 ***14.11***
        TT 4,075 280 ***14.55***
        Civic SI coupe 2,886 197 ***14.65***

        So... yes... I'm allowed to brag and so are you. A modded WRX is a peppy car. :)
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