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Dodge Avenger, Coupe
#3 of 198 Avengers look good
May 31, 2002 (5:58 pm)
... Dodge today has what? Stratus coupes? Yawn... they look nice, but Dodge can do better.
Jun 01, 2002 (6:11 am)
I'm looking at a 95 avenger to buy from my neighbor, although i do not know much maintenece wise about dodges. If anyone could tell me if it is easy or if they have any mechanical problems with them or otherwise, it would be a big help. thanks.
Jun 01, 2002 (9:29 pm)
Avenger is marketed as a Dodge, but it's all Mitsubishi under that skin. Mechanicals come from Mitsubishi of the early 1990s... do some research on that and let us know about your warm, fuzzy feeling.
Jun 02, 2002 (1:11 am)
the avenger shared a combination of mitsubishi and chrysler components. However the drive train on the both the 4 and 6cyl were mostly chrysler I believe.
The 2.5L 6cyl was not used in any mitsubishi that I can think of and the 2.0L 4cyl was the same motor as in the dodge neon which was also chrysler built.
In a nutshell, this is not a car I would personally want to take a chance on owning.
I have heard numerous horror stories.
This is definitely a hit or miss automobile.
If the price is right however, it may be worth a shot. Otherwise, I personally would not pay anywhere near book value for this car.
Jun 02, 2002 (2:19 pm)
In my analysis, Chryslers and Mitsubishis are mostly hit-and-miss. Good styling, questionable mechanicals. Sigh.
Jun 03, 2002 (6:52 am)
the avenger i am looking at is a 95 in overally pretty good condition, they are asking 2500 for it. is this a reasonable price? thanks
Jun 03, 2002 (8:36 am)
'95 Avenger ES was offered with the Mitsu 2.5L six and was only available with the Chrysler 41TE four-speed automatic.
The V6 is a reliable engine, by most all accounts, though it's output, for its displacement, is not impressive. It is smooth enough, not prone to leaks, and has a fairly pleasing growl above 4,000rpms.
The 41TE tranny was problematic for Chrysler, until about '98. Be wary of leaks, which usually begin to manifest themselves at or around 70K miles. Main suspect the forward oil pump seal. Reapir of that item will cost between $1700 and $2200. If you don't mind a red spot on the garage floor, many people have logged substantial miles with a leaking seal, with no loss of performance, though the fluid level must then be watched.
The only way to get a 5-speed was to opt for the 2.0L four. If there are no signs of oil leaks, you should be fine, but make sure to ask if the head-gasket was ever replaced.
Avengers were notorious for warping front rotors as well. This can be said of many makes and models, but the factory rotors, if still on, should be replaced with upgrades at the first brake job. No serious cornering can be accomplished with the OEM rotors.
Undeniably some of the best sheetmetal any coupe ever wore, the Avenger is a hot-looking car, even now. It is a modest performer, but has the disticnt advantage of being comfortable for four, and capable of multi-tasking, due to a sedan's worth of space.
The '95 is not a car to take chances on. If you want it, have it inspected top to bottom by a great mechanic. The '98 model year is a much better gamble, regardless of powertrain choice.
What level are you looking at, and how many miles are on it? Can't price without that info...
Jun 03, 2002 (8:37 am)
If you don't know, don't tell.