It has been always exciting to drive a vehicle that is responsive, power-packed with features and equipments and perform in dynamic and optimum fashion. But to admit it or not, you can find a perfect vehicle; you can find only an almost-perfect because every vehicle could have flaws in it, minor or otherwise. And those are the reality in the automotive world; but never lose hope that you can find a vehicle that can perform and give you the transport solution you need. There's Dodge; an automaker dedicated in giving their market and their loyal followers vehicles that suit their needs. Among their products is the Dodge Avenger; sporting unique Dodge characteristics of being a reliable vehicle with its durable Dodge Avenger parts
and equipments. Dodge vehicles, including the Avenger, are distinctive with their Unique Dodge attitude and appeals.
The Avenger was introduced by Dodge in the market in 1995 as its entry in the sport coupe market segment. It debuted in the market along with its twin, Chrysler Sebring. Both were built by Diamond Star Motors in Illinois in a stretched Mitsubishi Galant platform. Both have 103 inches wheelbase and are powered by either a 2.0 Liter I4 or a Mitsubishi-designed 2.5 or 3.0 Liter V6 engine. Though a two-door coupe, the Avenger offer comfortable accommodation for 4 adult passengers. Many had loved the Dodge Avenger since it has lower sticker price but offered enough equipment for comfort and safety. The Avenger, just like other Dodge models, was also restyled and redefined over the years; making previous optional features standard and adding up few more options to the model. One thing that does make the Avenger loved was the fact that it includes durable vehicle parts. Dodge always gives proper attention to the parts and details of its products; thus priorities were given to essential and major parts as well as those minor details like those of the other brands. Such parts includes engines that were constantly improved, transmission, brake system, radiator, hoods, grilles, doors, fog and driving lights, wheels and rims, chassis and suspension, windows, pedals, steering wheel and many others.
Parts such as lug nuts, air filter, exhaust and exhaust tips etc were also included. These parts were carefully engineered so you'll sure to have a feel of what's luxury and dynamic traits could be. And if you're looking for replacement parts, there are a lot of dealers that offer Dodge parts which includes those that are fitted for Avenger models. You can get either performance parts to boost your Avenger, replacement parts, OEM parts, factory parts or aftermarket Dodge Avenger parts.
Dodge Avenger: Preparing Your Ride for the Winter
As the temperature drops, your Dodge Avenger may not be able to keep its chill. You then have to make sure that it can survive the biting cold. Some car winter checks can keep it all set to conquer the icy road, making sure that it's all systems go for your Dodge. These tips will definitely come handy when the snow starts to fall or when it gets a little bit too cold.
- Get your tires ready for the winter.
With snow, sleet, and ice, it would be difficult for your tires to maintain solid traction. The slippery road can definitely cause some trouble. If you switch, however, to winter tires, this wouldn't have to be too much of a problem. Snow/Winter tires are designed to maintain good traction and to give the driver better control of the vehicle. Braking is much easier when using these tires.
All-season tires are another option to consider. These tires can be used not only during winter but even through summer, fall, and spring. With these, you won't have to get two sets of rims. They, however, may lack some features found on seasonal tires.
After making the big switch, you have to keep track of the tire air pressure to ensure better ground contact.
- Make sure that the car battery can hold up well in a cold weather.
Winter can be tough on the car battery. Battery capacity isn't exactly at its all-time high during the cold months. The engine may have to work double time and this puts a lot more stress on the battery. Check if the battery still has enough juice and fluid. Also take a closer look at the cables, terminals, and clamps to spot any sign of wear (e.g., corrosion, cracks, etc.) or find a loose connection. The white powder-looking substance that you may trace around the clamps can be treated using baking soda and water and can be cleaned off with a toothbrush, getting rid of the corrosion from the battery acid.
- Make the big switch to thinner engine oil.
During the cold months, the oil could thicken because of the drop in temperature. When oil is thick, it won't be able to run through the different engine parts, and this may cause a big problem for the engine. The thicker lubricant may fail to keep the engine clean or adequately lubricated. But no need to worry—all you need is less viscous oil. The manufacturer may have some recommendations for this. Go check the user manual.
- Feed your cooling system with the right amount of antifreeze.
The typical mixture is 50% water and 50% antifreeze. During winter months, this combination may need some slight adjustments. They won't be equal parts anymore as the change in temperature could cause the water to freeze easily. With the right amount of antifreeze, the engine wouldn't have to freeze in cold. Blown the gasket/s to blow. Consult a trained mechanic or check the manual for the prescribed ratio. Some would recommend using coolant with ethylene glycol.
- Check the belts and hoses.
The big drop in temperature can weaken the belts and hoses. That's why they should be checked during the cold months even before the scheduled tune-up or service. Make sure that they won't snap or break any time.
Dodge Avenger: Stealthy and Good-looking
In the mid-1990’s, Dodge name its two-door coupe the “Avenger”. It was known as a “good-looking” and “stealthy” sedan. The first Dodge Avenger had a very comfortable and roomy cabin compared to its competitors. Critics and consumers loved the Avenger, but it silently or stealthily faded away into the annals of automobile history. The Dodge Avenger made a comeback in 2008, which replaced the Dodge Stratus. The solid, sporty, and fun-to-drive sedan was a fitting successor to the Dodge Avenger’s strong lineage.
First Generation: The Dodge Avenger Coupe
Mitsubishi Motors and the Chrysler Corporation entered a joint venture to establish the Diamond Star Motors group during the 1970’s. Using the Mitsubishi Galant platform, the two-door, Dodge Avenger Coupe was built in 1995. A 2.0-liter inline-four, Chrysler 420A engine was coupled with a five-speed manual transmission, to power the coupe. The Dodge Avenger also boasted of a fully independent double wishbone suspension, and a variable speed rack and pinion steering system. Several changes were made to the coupe until its retirement in 2000. Here are some of the highlights for each of the Dodge Avenger Coupe’s model year:
1995 - The 2.5-liter SOHC 24-valve V6 engine and an automatic transmission were made optional on the Dodge Avenger ES. ABS and fog lamps were other features added to the coupe.
1996- 163 horsepower or 170 lbs-ft of torque was added to the Avenger’s V6 engine. A new set of seat fabric was used on the Avenger Coupe ES.
1997 - The Avenger Sport package was introduced and it featured 16-inch alloy wheels, new front and rear fascias, and a body-color spoiler. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels and rear disc brakes were made standard for the Avenger ES model.
1998 - A café latte exterior color was added to the Avenger Coupe’s color options. The on-board cycling vapor recovery system was also integrated into the coupe’s standard features.
1999 - The “shark blue” exterior color was added to the Avenger Coupe’s list of body color options. A new set of next generation front passenger and driver airbags were included to the Dodge Avenger’s list of standard features.
2000 - The V6 engine and power train, keyless remote entry, leather upholstery, four-wheel disc brakes, cruise control, power driver’s seat, locks, and windows were made standard features on the Dodge Avenger coupe.
The Dodge Avenger Coupe was retired in 2000, and was replaced by the Dodge Stratus coupe the following year.
Second Generation: The Dodge Avenger Sedan
The Dodge Avenger sedan returned to replace the Dodge Stratus in 2008. It was powered by a2.4-liter GEMA I4 engine, engineered by Daimler-Chrylser, Mistubishi, and Honda. With the SE and SXT trim models, a 2.7-liter V6 and the 3.5-liter V6 engines were also optional for these Dodge Avenger variants. In 2011, the Avenger sedan received overhaul changes to its exterior, making it sleeker and stealthier. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, Dodge aims to regain its position as a strong, and solid sedan in the market today.