really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #1

Oct 131999


  • miles
Vehicle hit a tree head-on at about 35 mph (est.). neither the driver side nor the passenger side airbag deployed. Passenger's head struck and shattered windshield. Driver's face struck steering wheel causing damage to mouth and shoulder. Extensive damage to the vehicle. Amazing no one was killed or seriously injured. Also, I would notice that if I was traveling over about 40 mph, the car would shake when the brakes were applied. Car would sometimes stall when stopped. Sometimes I would have to take the car out of park and put it back into park before it would start. Also the passenger side headlight seemed to not be fully sealed as it always had condensation inside. Noticed the passenger airbag seemed to be sticking out and the glove compartment was difficult to open. I wonder if this car had been wrecked before I bought it. I know I was not told it had been. I just recently learned they do not make Avengers anymore. Is there a reason for this. Are they dangerous. Could something have caused this crash other than the driving of the driver. I will be happy to provide my VIN number as soon as I can get it. Car is in storage now.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA