About Dodge Dart
Originally designed as a compact full-size car, the Dodge Dart was discontinued in 2016. Read more Dodge reviews to learn about other models.
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I bought a 2013 Dodge Dart with a 1.4 turbo engine. I bought this vehicle since it had acceptable gas mileage, as well as great features. Unfortunately This car has been nothing but a nightmare. This is a list of all the items to have gone wrong with the vehicle, All transmission/Motor mounts, CV axle, clutch, turbo, coolant reservoir, fuse box, cruise control switch, trunk latch switch, transmission, shifter cables and bushings, reverse lock out cable (again) rear passenger seatbelt (installed backwards) and oil seperator ring. I would highly suggest avoiding this car. Keep in mind that I am also a certified technician, and have a folder. With all the repairs as well as manufacturer recommended services. This was not due to neglect, simply a poor designed car.
This 2016 Dodge Dart Turbo is a fun car to drive. I like the acceleration with the turbo 1.4 liter engine. I also like that it has the six speed manual transmission which is also a lot of fun shifting through the gears. I love the eight inch screen of the Garmin navigation system with a rear backup camera. It gets good gas mileage on the highway and in the city.
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My car has been a lemon since I got it. Anything that could go wrong does. Now the recall for the transmission still has not fixed the problem. Everyday the cord has to be slide back on the bushing which was not a problem before they fixed it. The camera works when it wants. The first month I had it I drove it a week they had it for six weeks trying to fix it. The Chrysler company refused to give me a new car or anything that would help to get a different car.
Have a 2013 Dart with 53,000 miles on it. Very reliable car. Would buy again if it was possible. Great on gas. Many trips yield 35 mpg or more on highway. Have gotten 40 plus at times. Ride is good. Handling is very good. Comfortable seats in front.
Best little car that we have ever had, and I am 71. It is a great little car and was purchased for a great price. I am just sorry that Dodge has decided to quit making this little gem! We see these cars being driven all over town so it must have been a very popular model.
(Little background) Traded in my 2010 Avenger for this 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye (1.4 turbo w/ 6 speed manual). At the time of trade my transmission in my avenger was going and I needed something reliable but wanted manual, well I found my dart around 55k miles. Bad part - was under on the Avenger so I was already hesitant on looking at something newer due to still owing on that. Good part- even with the negative equity I ended up with a car with 55k miles, fully loaded on options for $14k (most models are around $8-9k however the one I got was around 10,500 before trade).
Actual review: Bought this in the south and drove it home to Pennsylvania (those who do not know, there's two seasons in Pennsylvania Winter and Deer). The myth around here is you need AWD or 4WD for snow, however I beg to differ. The Dart being FWD (still with Texas tires so I had no tread on them compared to winter) got me everywhere I needed to be and more, only downfall was the manual had "fun" starting in first but was amazing in terms of handling in snow and general driving. After winter, I unfortunately had an "oh deer" moment, now for most people that do not know a lot of cars don't take deer impact very well (at least ones I've seen). The Dart took a deer impact at 35mph was able to drive around 150miles give or take until I could get it into a shop front impact.
Final thoughts: If you're looking for a turbo vehicle with manual that doesn't kill you for payments and can handle winter weather (and deer) very well this is your car. If you're looking for a sedan with a lot of options that consistently gets 30mpg this is the car for you. (Haven't driven an automatic one yet so I won't say anything on that note) If you're looking for something you can modify a bit (not quite 90s Civic level of modifying) this is the car for you (specifically the 1.4L has a lot more options than the 2.0 or 2.4 in terms of mods however they all have a decent amount).
If you're looking for something that is manual this is the car for you (my Dart shifts better then any vehicle I've driven in terms of smoothness, and I've driven WRX's, an Evo, VR-4 3000gt, etc... (Just to give an idea) Also side note the 1.4L yes is a Fiat engine, however it is the engine used in the Abarth line (Fiats performance series, and again just noting because some people will be skeptical of it) any questions you have specific to the vehicle I advise to look into forums due to them being pretty in depth.
I purchased a low mileage 73 Dart Custom Sedan with the 318 carter 2 barrel and 727 torque-flite automatic. Had to rebuild the front end and replace some parts but overall it's been wonderful - easy to work on, easy to get parts for, and gets looks everywhere I daily drive it. I avg 17.5 driving which isn't bad, it's very comfortable - no rattles, the seat belts suck. Large trunk - smooth ride. Great power - will pull small trailer easy, factory A/C works great nice and cold. My only other complaint beside the seat belts is the wipers. It the linkages break from the wiper pivots. You have to remove the HVAC vents, gauge cluster, drop the steering column, remove the glove box, radio and ashtray which can be a pain, overall it's a great car which I enjoy driving and working on.
Bought a 2013 Dart new. All 4 tires had to be replaced after 18,000 miles. Dealer said there is a recall out on all but that batch of tires. Six months later at Discount Tire we had to have one of the tires replaced, then we had to have all 4 rims replaced. Then another tire. They constantly lose air and I am putting air in them twice each week. Went back to Discount Tire and was told the rims need to be replaced and the sensors. The car still has less than 40,000 miles on it. So from 2013 to 2018 and within less than 40,000 miles we have had 9 tires and 8 rims.
I was looking for a car after getting in a car accident. I found this really luckily. It was a great priced used car, with a lot less miles than you would expect for a 2013 Dodge Dart. It's a great car and I am really happy with my choice. I love the four doors. The backup camera is awesome. I love the Bluetooth and touchscreen in the interior. The seats are comfy and the gas mileage is great. Overall this car is awesome. Looks good and drives well! There were a few mechanical issues so far but nothing too bad. Just hope there no more while I have this car.
I have the limited edition version and I am so in love with my Dodge Dart! I'm so glad I purchased it. It's an amazing car, a super reliable car. And it's also so much fun to drive and be in! I love the heated everything, the Bluetooth everything, the sunroof, the digital speedometer, the mileage, the leather everything, the trunk space is huge, the wheels and tires are so nice as well. I just don't like that it doesn't have a turbo! But I will definitely eventually put one in lol. It's still pretty fast without but I want it faster hahaha.
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