definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,708 miles

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problem #6

Jan 212004


  • miles
While driving 30 mph front ball joints failed. Consumer pulled over to check. Then, consumer managed to drive home. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 262003

Avenger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,250 miles
The car (1996 Dodge Avenger ES) was in to the dealer for service. The dealer called to inform me that the lower ball joints were ready to fall off the car and needed replaced at a cost of $260. I asked if this was the same ball joint that was covered in an earlier recall. After a long pause, the dealer confirmed that it was, and that they would take care of it (fix at no cost to me). A second service appointment was scheduled for a week later. The car went in, and the dealer replaced the lower control arms. When I picked the car up, I drove off the lot and immediately heard a clanking noise when ever I hit a bump with the right front wheel. I inspected the car myself and found a large crack in the frame around the front-most upper control arm mounting bolt on the right front strut tower. I took the car back to the dealer and the service writer remarked boy, that is the largest crack I've ever seen. You shouldnt drive that car because the wheel could fall off. I suppose the ball joints being bad and hammering the suspension caused that [frame] to crack. However, the service writer had no answer when asked how they missed the crack during the work on the lower control arm the day before. After several calls to the service department, the dealership general manager, and to the Dodge customer service phone number; no one at Dodge would formally acknowledge that the defective ball joints caused the stress crack or that a problem existed with the upper control arm; despite multiple complaints on the NHTSA website for sebrings and Avengers with very similar problems. I have digital pictures of the crack if anyone is interested. It has since been fixed for the safety of my wife and children, however I am very displeased with how it was handled by Dodge and the dealer.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 112003


  • miles
After the recall for the ball joints 99 V 066 000 was complete the ball joint failed and damaged other components.

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 262001


  • miles
I received a recall for my cars lower ball joints because of excessvie wear. My car started making noise in the front end. When I took it in they said it was upper ball joints. I wanted to make sure this was reported in case upper ball joints should be included in recall. It was also odd that a recall on lower ball joints comes out and my upper ball joints go out.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 211999


  • miles
The upper control arm which is gone, and may cause a loss of vehicle control and result a crash. There is a recall for the lower control arm but not for the upper control arm although it deals with same problem.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #1

May 261999

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving front right ball joint snapped in half, causing tire to come off.

- Ellington, MO, USA