By on November 10, 2008

Nobody should be too surprised that Avengers aren’t selling particular well in Britain. Relaunching the Dodge brand a year ago hasn’t exactly paid off for Chrysler. But at least now they’re getting some media play from it… although not the good kind. Autosavant reports that Dodge is rapidly becoming a joke famous in Old Blighty for offering its butched-up Sebring sibling at literally half of its MSRP. In all fairness, the deal was offered at retailer website Broadspeed.com, and apparently Chrysler is actually unhappy about the development. After all, the the British list price for a fully-loaded Avenger 2.4 SXT was already low for its class at $28,700. Broadspeed’s $14,200 deal on the same car did work, however (if only at the expense of Chrysler’s little remaining dignity), as the entire inventory sold out. Autosavant does note that  “rumours suggest the dealers who supplied the cars did so without the consent of an angry Chrysler UK, which is currently expensively promoting another Dodge, the Journey, in prime-time TV commercials.” On the other hand, at least the Avengers are gone now, rapidly depreciating in the hands of British bargain-seekers who will likely be derided in the thoroughfare for their choice in vehicles. And we’re left to guess at just how low Chrysler (or their dealers) will stoop next.

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10 Comments on “Buy An Avenger, Get One Free...”


  • avatar
    NICKNICK

    The car is not even worth that. I just “experienced” one last week. I was going to offer to write a review for TTAC, but I saw that there was already one on record. Here’s a quick summary:

    After hearing so many horrible things about the Sebring/Avenger, I was amazed to find that my first 10 miles had me thinking “this isn’t so bad. if this is the worst car on sale in america, we’ve got it so good and we don’t even know it!” Then I got above 60mph. This is the first sedan that had me worried more about its rollover rating than its offset crash score. It’s nearly impossible to hold a line in a curve, and it’s downright dangerous in 70mph freeway traffic.

    The transmission downshifts to maintain speed going down mountains with cruise control on. fine. one time it got stuck in third. it’s a good thing i was paying attention. a distracted parent/driver would finish the trip wondering why the car returned 18mpg…and wondering why the tranny grenaded at 20K miles.

    This car is sure to be deeply depreciated rental fleet fodder very soon. It will be tempting to pick one up for $8K with 20,000 miles. With the transmission repair liability of damocles hanging over your head, i recommend that you pay no more than $2K for even a new one. I’d rather pay $5K for a 10-year-old civic.

  • avatar

    It’s pretty amazing that the same company that makes the Wrangler, Viper, Challenger, Charger, 300C, a set of decent looking minivans and the new Ram can squeeze out something as absolutely horrid as the Avenger/Sebring twins. It simply boggles the mind that a group of people would greenlight these abominations from idea to actual product.

  • avatar
    windswords

    Nick,

    “It’s nearly impossible to hold a line in a curve”… could it be that the car had an alignment or other suspension problem? Not unusual if my rental experience is any indication. Also was the car a 4 pot or V6?

    I’ve owned a number of Mopars from 1986 on and have never had a transmission failure except once, and that was a used convertible I bought. The tranny lost it at 135k miles. And it was the original first year 1990 Ultradrive. You know, the one that was absolutely, positively, guaranteed to break in 50k miles or less.

  • avatar
    NICKNICK

    windswords–
    There was no discernable alignment problem like pulling to the side. As for suspension: it felt underdamped. Every motion resulted in extra bobbing, which is really what made the cornering experience so difficult. I was driving in PA and West Virginia, so the pavement isn’t top condition. Any undulation in the road set the car to flopping about in a very difficult to control manner. I’ve driven better controlled SUVs.

    really, this was a highway problem, so I should say “sweepers” not “corners.”

    The car was a 2.4L I4. Noisy, but I don’t mind. Returned 33mpg.

    My transmission worries were founded in Mopar’s reputation (deserved or not), but they were ratcheted up to honest fear levels when the transmission downshifted to third decending a hill and then stayed there on the flats. I disabled cruise control and nothing happened. I hit the brake and nothing happened. Only on resuming acceleration and then lifting off the accelerator did the transmission upshift. I projected future failure from present misbehavior. who knows? it might be bulletproof but fussy.

  • avatar
    autonut

    There are good news for Sebring: it is produced in Russia under license from Chrysler. Perhaps as leftover from M-B days. Commies thought that they’ve got cheap Benz. Those revenues probably better then the ones from domestic sales (to rent fleets).

  • avatar
    ajla

    NICKNICK-

    Dodge neglected to put any suspension effort at all into the 2.4L Avengers.

    The SXT with the 2.7L V6 gets sway bars, a reworked suspension, and (I think) a slighty different 4-spd transmission. The SXT still is not a good car- it compares closely to a 2004 Buick Regal LS- but you won’t feel like it’s going to kill you.

  • avatar
    iNeon

    Autonut– GAZ bought the tooling for the previous model and re-christened it Siber. Chrysler has nothing to do with this car. It’s quite handsome with it’s facelift.

    The malaise in the JS cars comes from Daimler forcing Chrysler engineers to change software mid-design. Essentially, it was a clean-sheet redesign, halfway through– to use Mitsubishi hardpoints and further reduce costs.

    These cars are not Chrysler’s incompetence showing through– they are a rushed, pinched design demanded by Daimler.

  • avatar
    DweezilSFV

    Shame. I parked behind one on the street where I work. Pretty medium gray color, sort of nice 2/3rds Charger styling, front looks like a Dodge K Based product of the 80s or 90s but nothing really polarizing.

    Then I peeked inside. Thatsa plastic ! Mattel Plasti-Goop style [if anyone remembers Creeple People molding kits of the 60s]. I never thought plastic could be THAT bad, [it all comes out of the same test tube].

    The plastic instrument surround on my 63 Valiant is still intact after all these years. I don’t know that those pieces in the Avenger [AC vents, etc] would last 10.

    This is really sad.

    NickNick: maybe the suspension set up was a throwback to that “big car ride” of yore.That sounds like “Old School De-Troit” right there. Maybe they were trying for a “retro” style ride.

    How noisy was it inside overall [wind, road, etc. I don\'t mind the sound of the engine either ] ? I’d really like to like this car.

  • avatar
    MrDot

    What an awesome idea: take a barely-competitive design and try to sell it in one of the world’s most competitive small-car markets. It may have been imported to fill-out Chrysler’s euro lineup (Wrangler, Viper, and ??), but why bother if it’s this bad?

  • avatar
    jybt

    You know your product sucks when you have to offer a two-for one deal….


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