Not fancy but good dependable transportation
November 16, 2018
When I first looked for a replacement car I had written off all Chrysler products as none of them would get better than 29-30 mpg. While this is still true the money I saved in purchase price, maintenance, mileage and reliability has been outstanding. The only money I have spent so far beyond normal maintenance was 1 issue with the front RH wheel sensor. It tripped the engine code, took it to the dealer who promptly told me it wasn't under warranty as it was a wear item. They proceeded to tell me the sensor needed replaced for $500 and they would take the $150 analysis off my bill. I promptly took the car to my trusted mechanic who took the sensor off, cleaned a small bit of corrosion from it and still works to this day 50,000 miles later for $150. All I have ever done to this vehicle is oil/filter changes/3000 mi. Air filters between 20-30,000 mi intervals, plug change at 80,000 (didn't really need to do but it was cheap). Front brakes at 90,000 (also didn't need but since I was in there...), trans fluid and filter change around 45,000. Tires at 80,000. Yes, I drive mostly high way but again for the money spent and problem free issues one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. I will be changing trans fluid and filter very soon but expect to get another 99,000 miles from this vehicle. Maybe I got lucky with the last year model but Chrysler products are back on my next purchase list. I had tons of experience with this body style as we previously owned a 97 Stratus and still own a 2006 Sebring (has 186,000 mi) and still running but with a more work done to it. You will not get outstanding mileage but I would have needed to put over 150,000 on any other vehicle to get the savings out of it. This vehicle has been paid off for almost a year now would not be able to say that with the other cars I looked at. Kia Optima, Toyota Camry, Mazda 6 were $3-6000 more than my purchase price and NONE of them had a quiet a cabin compared to the Avenger. I did not realize it when purchased but the car has acoustic windshield and front door glass which makes this almost a quiet as a 300/luxury vehicle.