Dodge Avenger

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Chrysler to Hand Out $1000 Vouchers to Existing Owners? - Automobile Magazine
Chrysler sells only two compact cars, the Dodge Caliber and Jeep Patriot, and no sub-compacts. The Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger, the automaker's entries in the viciously competitive midsized sedan segment, have been chastised as pedestrian and...
Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger Not on Death Row - Yet - Edmunds.com/Inside Line
(Photo courtesy of Chrysler LLC) The 2009 Dodge Avenger, also built at the doomed Sterling Heights plant, is likewise not being killed off yet. (Photo courtesy of Chrysler LLC) AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The midsize Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger...
Erratic driver blamed in multivehicle crash including school bus - Kansas City Star
When Kansas City police driving toward a house fire Thursday afternoon encountered a silver Dodge Avenger speeding erratically in the other direction, they decided to follow it. But by the time the officers turned around and regained sight of the...
Police/Fire - Gloucester Daily Times
According to police reports, the driver of a GMC told police he rear-ended a Dodge Avenger at a stop sign. The Avenger suffered a small scratch on the bumper. Police were called to Maplewood Avenue at 1:15 pm Saturday on reports that a woman was...
Chrysler has plans to build Sebring and Avenger after 2010 - AutoSpies.com
Even though the Sterling Heights factory is scheduled to be shut down in 2010, Chrysler said that it will continue producing the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger models despite declining sales since the two models were re-launched....
Driver guilty in deadly '08 wreck - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Nearly a year ago, Antwon Davis was driving a rented Dodge Avenger when he barreled through the intersection of Berry and Clay streets, running a flashing red light. It was 2:45 am on May 28, and Davis was driving about 80 mph when the vehicle slammed...
On This Day In NASCAR: May 10 - FanZone Sports -- NASCAR
2008: Michael Waltrip becomes the 14th driver to start 700 Cup races when he takes the green flag in the Dodge Avenger 500 at Darlington. Waltrip finishes 24th. No driver has reached 700 starts since. Add your comment below, or trackback from your own...
Police investigate theft from car - Republican & Herald
Between 10 pm Friday and 10 am Saturday, someone removed the iPod from Amy McFarland's 2008 Chevy Malibu and keys for Kevin McFarland's 1998 Dodge Avenger, police said. Police believe the person attempted to steal the Avenger because the vehicle was...
AutoPacific Survey Says Dodge Nitro and Jeep(R) Wrangler Owners ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Also in 2008, the Dodge Journey entered key volume markets outside North America, joining the Dodge Avenger, Nitro and Caliber. Dodge Caliber was the highest sales volume vehicle for the company outside North America in 2008. Staying true to its strong...

Dodge Avenger

2008 Dodge Avenger SE

In the 1970s, the Hillman Avenger was branded as a Dodge in some markets where the Hillman brand did not exist. At the time, Hillman was owned by Chrysler Corporation. Chrysler's 1970 Annual Report noted that these markets were outside of North America and Europe; the Dodge Avenger was sold in including South Africa and possibly other countries .

The Hillman/Dodge Avenger was a relatively small, light B-class car with rear wheel drive, with a computer-designed body shell in sedan and station wagon variants. It used new four-cylinder Rootes Group engines, except for Dodge Avengers assembled in South Africa, which used Peugeot engines to meet local content rules.

The first Dodge Avenger to be sold in North America was a 2-door coupe produced from 1995 to 2000, in a similar size and price class as the Dodge Daytona, which was discontinued in 1993. The Avenger, along with the similar Chrysler Sebring coupe, was built by Diamond Star Motors (DSM), a joint venture between Chrysler Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors, on a version of the Mitsubishi Galant platform (which also spawned the similar Mitsubishi Eclipse). Mitsubishi purchased Chrysler's share of the joint venture in 1995. Avengers and Sebring coupes built from 1995 to 1996 both have DSM markings in their engine compartments.

The Avenger had a 103 in (2.62 m) wheelbase and used either a 2.0 L straight-4 (the Chrysler 420A) or a Mitsubishi-designed 2.5 L V6. The 4-cylinder was coupled to either a five-speed manual transmission, shared with the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Eagle Talon, or a 4-speed automatic. The V6 was only available with the A604 transmission.

ABS was used in all ES models to 1999. In 1997, the front fascia, trunklid, and rear bumper were changed; 16 inch wheels were standard, and the license plate was moved from the decklid to the rear bumper. In 2000, the V6 and automatic transmission combination was made standard on all Avengers, and ABS was made an "option" for ES models. The four-cylinder engine was dropped for 2000.

A "Sport Appearance Package" could be added on to Base model cars. This package included alloy wheels (different from those on the ES) with other options.

1994: A 1994 Dodge IROC Dodge Avenger sports coupe replaced the Dodge Daytona, which had been used since 1990. Only six of these were sold from IROC in New Jersey. All were powered by a small block V8.

1995: Initial introduction - replaces the Daytona. A DOHC 16-valve 2.0 L I4 engine (140 hp, 130 lb·ft (176 N·m) of torque) is standard. A SOHC 24-valve 2.5 L V6 engine and an automatic transmission (155 hp, 160 lb·ft (217 N·m) of torque) are made optional on the ES. Fog lamps and ABS are also optional on the ES.

1996: Power and torque ratings for the V6 are increased (163 horsepower, 170 lb·ft (230 N·m). torque), ES Coupes had new seat fabric.

1997: Sport model introduced (in addition to the base and SE). The Avenger Sport package consisted of exclusive 16-inch aluminum wheels and a body-color spoiler. New front and rear fascias are added. Added a body-color rear spoiler, P215/50HR17 tires, and 17-inch cast aluminum wheels for the ES. The V6 is also standard for the ES, as well as rear disc brakes.

1998: An on-board recycling vapor recovery system, cafe latte exterior color and a black and gray interior color combination are added.

1999: Next generation driver and front passenger airbags are added, as well as a new exterior color: Shark Blue. The V6 engine and automatic transmission are standard on all models in mid-year, as well as several options.

2000: Last year for the Avenger. V6/automatic drive train are standard. ABS an option on ES models. Gained a number of standard features that had previously been optional, including power windows and locks. Base models added cruise control and 4-wheel disc brakes. ES coupes now come with standard leather upholstery, keyless remote entry, and a power driver's seat.

In 2000, the Avenger was discontinued and replaced by the Dodge Stratus coupe for 2001. This model was also made at the former Diamond Star plant by Mitsubishi, using the Eclipse platform and architecture, though the Stratus sedan was engineered and built by Chrysler.

The Dodge Avenger name returned in February 2007 as a MY2008 model as a sedan to replace the Dodge Stratus, whose coupe version had replaced the original Avenger in 2001. According to some reports, the Avenger, along with the redesigned Chrysler Sebring, shares a DaimlerChrysler/Mitsubishi Motors platform called JS which used the Mitsubishi GS as a starting point, then was heavily modified. The base engine in the SE and SXT trim levels is the 2.4 LGEMAI4 naturally-aspirated "World Engine", a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi and Hyundai. Additional engines include an optional 2.7 L V6 in the SXT and a standard 3.5 L V6 in the R/T trim level. In addition to the 2.4 L "World Engine" and the V6s, export vehicles will be offered with the 2.0 L naturally-aspirated "World Engine", as well as a 2.0 L turbocharged diesel (Pumpe-Düse) made by Volkswagen. As a 2008 model, the Dodge Avenger came to showrooms in February 2007.

Features on the new Avenger include optional heated/cooled cup holders as well as Dodge's new "Chill Zone", a feature that comes standard on all Avenger models, which can store up to four 12-US fl oz cans in the glove box and chill them to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Like its Dodge Journey stablemate, the Avenger's exterior was styled by Chrysler's Ryan Nagode. The interior was styled by Ben S. Chang.

The Avenger replaced the Charger as Dodge's car in NASCAR in 2007 for Car of Tomorrow races. It got its first win with former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya in the 2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway.

The Avenger was officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on September 28, 2006 as a concept car. It has been launched in Europe and will be sold in Britain, filling a gap in the Chrysler range that was left by the Neon's demise four years earlier. It has also been launched in Australia, although currently with only the 2.4L engine.

In the US, the Avenger was launched with a 30 television ad, "Tuned Up," that debuted Sunday, March 4, 2007 during NHL hockey, an ad in which a lab technician discovers he can play Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple on the Avenger's transmission. Another television spot likened the Avenger to the "superhero" vehicle for the everyman, depicting a driver piloting his Avenger through Gotham-like streets and alleys, speaking to the MyGig entertainment system in distinctly Batman-reminiscent tones, to arrive home, pull into a two-car garage and open the rear door to a sleeping child in the rear car-seat.

The first-generation Dodge Avenger body style was widely used in the National Hot Rod Association, but came to the most prominence being driven by Darrell Alderman, and Scott Geoffrion, during their run from 1994-2000, as the celebrated Dodge Boys. The car was also used for the 1994 and 1995 incarnations of the International Race of Champions. The second-generation Dodge Avenger was used in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Season as the Car of Tomorrow model from Dodge. In 2008, the Dodge CoT was changed back to the Charger.

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2007 Dodge Avenger 500

The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 was the eleventh race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and was run at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. The originally scheduled May 12th running was postponed due to rain, and was run the following afternoon, May 13th (Mother's Day in the USA), the second race in two weeks to be rained out. Originally the third night race on the schedule, this also served as the fifth race to utilize the Car of Tomorrow template, as the first four CoT races have been dominated by Hendrick Motorsports leading to some renaming the CoT the "The Hendrick Car of Tomorrow".

The race served as the final chance for teams and drivers who have not qualified for the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge to automatically enter that race by winning on the 1.366 mile egg-shaped oval known as either "The Lady in Black" or "The Track Too Tough To Tame". If not, they would have to race in the NEXTEL Open race, as either one of the top two drivers or chosen in a fan vote.

The Darlington asphalt has been known to be one of the most abrasive in NASCAR, as the sandpaper-like surface shreds tires limiting their run on the track. This situation will be rectified later in 2007 when the entire track will be resurfaced and pit row will become a concrete surface.

Clint Bowyer won the pole position, the first career pole in the Cup series for the driver of the #07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet Impala. Greg Biffle, who had won the two previous Darlington races, sat on the outside of Bowyer. Michael Waltrip missed his 10th straight race, while Ken Schrader returned to the field after sitting out the two previous weeks.

Jeff Gordon overcame a radiator problem to win the Dodge Avenger 500. The win was his third in the last four races, his second win in the Rebel (he won the 1996 TranSouth Financial 400 for his only other win in the Rebel), and his 78th overall career. Because of the failure, his car emitted steam for the last 20 laps or so of the race. The race was arguably decided most in the pits. Gordon's crew chief, Steve Letarte, kept the #24 DuPont Chevy on the track during what would be the final caution of the race, while all other leaders came in for service. Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin was in position for a weekend sweep (he had won on Friday night in the Busch Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200), but a failure to apply lugnuts correctly on the first attempt led to a long pit stop, after which he never regained the lead. Hamlin still led the most laps on this day and finished second.

The remaining top drivers were in this order: Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Bowyer, and Jeff Burton.

After this race, Gordon led Jimmie Johnson by 231 points for the lead. Earnhardt Jr. led Jamie McMurray by 46 points for the 12th and final position in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. However, because of illeagal bolts supporting the wing that was discovered in a pre-race inspection, Earhardt was docked 100 driver points, the team lost 100 owner points and slapped with a $100,000 (US) fine and crew chief Tony Eury Sr. was suspended until July 4th. Because of the penalites, McMurray was elevated to the final Chase position as a result.

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Dodge Stratus

2001-2003 Dodge Stratus sedan

The Dodge Stratus (and its twins, the Chrysler Cirrus and Plymouth Breeze; collectively known as the "Cloud Cars") was a mid-size 4-door sedan introduced in 1995. It was based on the Chrysler JA platform Cab forward (car). The Stratus, Breeze, and Cirrus were all on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1996 and 1997. It received critical acclaim at launch, but ratings fell over time. Production ended at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in early 2006 which had built 1,308,123 Stratus and Sebrings since 2000.The Dodge Avenger replaced the Stratus nameplate in early 2007 for the 2008 model year.

The Dodge Stratus, the middle entry of the JA platform (with the Cirrus being the higher-end model and the Breeze being the lower-end model), was introduced in 1995 with two models: the base (later renamed SE in 2000), which came standard with the 2.0 L straight-4 and had the SOHC 2.4 L as optional; and the ES, which came standard with the a 2.0 L from 1995-1997, and had a DOHC 2.4 L and a 2.5 L V6 as optional. In 1998 the 2.4 L was standard and the 2.5 L V6 was optional on the ES, and from 1999-2000, the 2.5 L V6 was the only engine on the ES model.

The Stratus directly replaced the high-volume Dodge Spirit to favorable reviews, but lower sales. It was often compared to other small mid-sizes such as the Chevrolet Malibu, and judged roomier than the Ford Contour by many magazines such as Consumer Reports. While the extended Ks had previously been Chrysler's main midsize offerings, the larger LH and LX platforms, conceived as replacements for the Dodge Dynasty and Dodge Monaco, would more directly compete with the Ford Taurus, the upsized Honda Accord and Chevrolet Lumina.

The cars had many parts that were interchangeable between each model. The exteriors of these three cars were very similar, with the front fascia, rear bumper, taillights, and wheels being the main differences. The interiors had little variation between the three models, being almost identical, save for the name on the steering wheel, and a few available options.

All three variants of the platform were available with most of the same standard features and available options, such as the following: a four-speed automatic transmission and an optional semi-automatic dubbed "Autostick" (not available on the Plymouth Breeze), anti-lock brakes, four wheel independent double wishbone suspension, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power driver's seat, leather seats, power antenna, a six CD changer, sunroof, remote keyless entry, anti-theft system, etc. A five-speed manual was available with the 2.0 L engine.

A turbocharged version of the Stratus was sold in Mexico, with the 2.4 L DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick. This car had 168 hp (125 kW) at 5200 rpm and 216 lb·ft (293 N·m) of torque at 2200 rpm.

The Stratus was sold in Europe, with the 2.0 L and the V6, as the Chrysler Stratus (the Dodge name was not used in Europe, except for commercial vehicles). Its styling was similar to that of Chrysler's Cirrus (which featured chrome accent moldings along the doors and bumpers), with the exception of the rear taillights, which were the same as Dodge's Stratus, and a Dodge grill, which differed from that of the Chrysler Cirrus and Plymouth Breeze.

In 2000, the Stratus was available for its last year of sales in Canada, with the Chrysler Sebring taking over as the company's only lower mid-size sedan - Dodge did not sell the equivalent version in Canada.

In 2001, the Stratus became the last of the surviving Cloud Cars, with the Cirrus renamed as the Sebring and the Breeze discontinued. After Dodge discontinued its coupe, the Avenger (which was built on the recently discontinued second generation Mitsubishi Eclipse platform), they decided to rename their new coupe, to be built on the third generation Eclipse platform, the Stratus. This gave the nameplate both a two and a four-door model, though they shared nothing alike other than the name and a few exterior styling cues to help market them together as one vehicle. The Chrysler version of the new coupe also took the name Sebring despite also being a completely different vehicle from the Sebring sedan. The Dodge Stratus stopped being sold in Canada for 2001.

The Stratus and Sebring sedans for the second generation used a revised version of the Chrysler JA platform named JR. The coupe models with the same names were entirely different cars; they were actually based on the Mitsubishi Eclipse.

During this time, sales declined as its ratings from consumer and auto magazines fell below average among mid-size cars, while the sedan market had shifted and pushed the larger Intrepid and later Charger to record sales. 2004 brought styling revisions, which did not reverse this trend. The coupe was dropped from the lineup after 2005, and the Stratus was discontinued in May 2006 (the Sebring name was continued).

Some of the 2.7 L V6 engines have suffered from failures due to oil sludge contamination. These problems happen when fine engine oil passages become clogged with sludge, and often result in catastrophic failure of the engine. Chrysler clained, Improper maintainace, such as irregular oil changes would see such results. This has not been proven as many 2.7 owners had the sludge problem with regular documented oil changes. These owners claim adesign defect in the motor. An unknown number of Stratus, Intrepid, Chrysler Concorde, and Sebring owners have been affected. Fixes include changing to synthetic oil, inspection, and even engine replacement.

In Mexico, the Stratus R/T came in a turbocharged version. The Stratus R/T's turbocharged 2.4 L engine went through some improvements in 2001, when power was increased to 215 hp (160 kW). This improved engine would later be used in the U.S. in the Dodge SRT-4 and PT Cruiser GT. Stratus R/T engines built from March 2004 and later generated 225 hp (168 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) of torque at 4200 rpm. Stratus R/T models with the turbocharged engine could be recognized by a rear badge saying "Turbo".

Although still offered in 2006, the Stratus was generally not shown among other Dodge cars in auto shows.

The second generation Dodge Stratus, along with the Chrysler Sebring, will be built for GAZ in Russia from late 2007 or early 2008 on, and will be sold under the brand "Siber" . The license and production facilities for these cars were sold in April 2006 to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who owns the GAZ company in Nizhny Novgorod, which builds the Volga automobile. The price is approximately US$151 million (€ 124 million). The new production facilities are planned to build up to 65,000 cars of both models yearly. Four-cylinder engines will be purchased from Chrysler and made in Mexico.

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