About Dodge Cars
FCA US LLC is the parent company of a well-known American auto make, Dodge. The company was formed in Michigan around 1914 by brothers Horace Elgin and John Francis Dodge as an auto parts business. Chrysler purchased the company in 1920. The first vehicle produced by Dodge was the 30/35 touring car, which was constructed of steel, had a 12-volt system, and boasted 35 horsepower, all superior to Ford’s ubiquitous models.
After General Pershing requisitioned several hundred Dodge vehicles for the Mexican border war, Dodge became popular military vehicles during World War I, with the company supplying over 12,000 sedans, trucks, and other vehicles to the armed forces. The same scenario was played out for World War II, when Dodge, under Chrysler, provided 400,000 trucks for the military. In the post-war years, the Dodge name was used on a variety of vehicles, including buses, the small Dart sedan, and became synonymous with the “muscle car” era of the late 1960s with the Challenger and the Charger.
In the 1970s, Dodge partnered with Mitsubishi to develop its Colt line, and it was one of the first American automakers to move to front-wheel drive. Still, in 1979, Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca requested government assistance to keep the company from bankruptcy. In 1998 the company merged with Daimler as the company’s low-priced option and capitalized on the Dodge minivan platform to develop more cargo options, including the Sprinter van. In 2007 Daimler divested from Chrysler. Fiat has since purchased controlling shares in Chrysler.
- Dodge Caravan is the most-recalled Dodge vehicle
- Dodge Omni is the least expensive car from Dodge starting from $ 5,995.00
- Dodge Ram 1500 has an MPG of 9 miles/gallon / 15 miles/gallon which is the highest gas mileage in the city and on highways
- Dodge Charger has the most trims available with 17 variations released
Number of Dodge Sales in the United States
Dodge U.S. Sales Reports - By Month
Dodge Car Sales in The United States from 2015 to 2019
Average Pricing for Dodge Popular models
|Popular Dodge Models||Average Price|
|Ram 1500||$ 26,978.87|
|Ram 350||$ 21,724.09|
|Ram 50||$ 7,444.96|
|Mini Ram||$ 3,422.00|
|Ram 100||$ 12,288.67|
Interesting Facts About Dodge
How to Identify and Decode Dodge VINs
The VIN for all Dodge vehicles begins with a three-digit code called the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). The WMI provides information about the specific manufacturing company and the country of origin of the vehicle. The WMI is assigned by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Dodge owners can find out if their vehicle is part of a safety recall by using the NHTSA Safety Recall VIN Lookup.
Dodge is assigned the following WMI codes:
|1B3||CHRYSLER (USA)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||1B||USA|
|1B4||CHRYSLER (USA)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||1B||USA|
|1B6||CHRYSLER (USA)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||1B||USA|
|1C8||STEYR (A)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||1C||Austria|
|1D3||CHRYSLER (USA)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||1D||USA|
|1D4||CHRYSLER (USA)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||1D||USA|
|1D8||CHRYSLER (USA)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||1D||USA|
|2B3||CHRYSLER (CAN)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||2D||Canada|
|2D4||CHRYSLER (CAN)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||2D||Canada|
|3B7||Chrysler de Mexico (MEX)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||3B||Mexico|
|3D4||CHRYSLER (MEX)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||3D||Mexico|
|3D7||CHRYSLER (MEX)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||3D||Mexico|
|4D5||CHRYSLER (USA)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||4D||USA|
|SDE||Renault VI United Kingdom Ltd. (UK)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||SD||United Kingdom|
|SDG||Renault VI United Kingdom Ltd. (UK)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||SD||United Kingdom|
|WD0||DAIMLER AG (D)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||WD||Germany|
|WDX||Daimler AG (D)||FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES||WC||Germany|
The digits in positions four through eight are used to identify specific vehicle attributes. This section of the VIN contains details about the model and trim, engine, and safety equipment. Dodge shares some codes with other Fiat-Chrysler and Jeep vehicles. Dodge Trucks use different codes to denote Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings, engines, and axle codes.
Dodge uses position four to indicate safety systems for passenger cars. The following codes are used:
|A||front new generation airbags and side airbags|
|B, C||Airbags with active safety belt system|
|E||driver's airbag and front seat passenger|
|J||front multistage cushion new generation safety|
|H||front multistage airbag new generation and side airbags|
|K||improved multistage front airbags|
|L||improved multistage front airbags safety and side airbags|
Dodge Trucks identify the weight category in position four using the following codes:
|D||1 lbs - 3,000 lbs|
|K||8,001 lbs - 9,000 lbs GVWR and Hydraulic Brakes|
|E||3,001 lbs - 4,000 lbs|
|L||9,001 lbs - 10,000 lbs|
|F||4,001 lbs - 5,000 lbs|
|M||10,001 lbs - 14,000 lbs|
|G||5,001 lbs - 6,000 lbs|
|W||Incomplete Vehicle with Hydraulic Brakes|
|H||6,001 lbs - 7,000 lbs|
|J||7,001 lbs - 8,000 lbs|
The character in position five identifies the Dodge model.
|3||Caliber (front drive wheel to the|
|A||RAM pickup light duty 4x2|
|B||Caliber (front-drive wheel on the)|
|B||Durango 4x4 &|
|E||Caliber (wheel drive, wheel left)|
|L||RAM pickup heavy duty 4x2|
|N||RAM cab chassis 4x2|
|P||Caravan / Grand Caravan|
|R||RAM pickup heavy duty 4x2|
|S||RAM pickup heavy duty 4x4 &|
|U||RAM pickup 4x4 & duty light|
|W||4x4 & Dakota|
|X||RAM pickup heavy duty 4x4 &|
The digit in the sixth position denotes the trim level of the vehicle except for Dodge Trucks. Trucks are indicated in Italics below.
|1||E (Economy), 1500|
|2||L (Low Line), 2500|
|3||M (Medium), 3500 Job-Rated less Sales Code “WLA” (DRW)|
|4||H (High Line, ), 3500 Job-Rated with Sales Code “WLA” (DRW)|
|4||SE, SE Plus|
|5||P (Premium), 4000 DRW|
The seventh character of a Dodge VIN identifies the body type. The following codes are used.
Passenger cars are listed first, followed by Dodge Truck body types.
|1||Van/Caravan C/V starting 2003 MY|
|2||Club Cab ( Half Rear Door )|
|3||Sedan, 4 doors., Extended Van ( Grand Caravan C/V )|
|4||Extended Wagon ( Grand Caravan )|
|5||Convertible, 2 doors., Wagon (Caravan/Voyager )|
|6||Sedan, 4 dv., Regular Cab Chassis Body Style|
|7||Universal, 5 dv., Hatchback Tall|
|8||Hatchback, 5 dv., Quad Cab Chassis|
|9||Coupe, Mega Cab|
Character eight denotes the engine installed in the vehicle. The following codes are common:
|A||2.0L I4 CYL 16V DOHC Diesel, 6.7L I6 CYL Cummins Turbo Diesel (ETJ)|
|B||2.0L I4 CYL 16V DOHC Dual VVT, 2.4L I4 CYL DOHC Gasoline SMPI (EDZ)|
|C||1.8L I4 CYL 16V DOHC Dual VVT, 5.9L I6 CYL Turbo Diesel High Output (ETH)|
|D||3.0L V6 CYL Turbo Diesel, 5.7L V8 CYL Magnum Gasoline (EZA)|
|E||2.4L I4 CYL 16V DOHC Turbo, 3.3L V6 CYL OHV Flex Fuel (EGM)|
|G||3.5L V6 CYL 24V High Output|
|H||5.7L V8 CYL HEMI|
|J||4.7L V8 CYL Gasoline High Output (EVC)|
|K||2.4L I4 CYL 16V Dual VVT, 3.7L V6 CYL Magnum Gasoline (EKG)|
|L||3.2L V6 CYL 18V SOHC, 3.8L V6 CYL Gasoline OHV (EGH)|
|N||3.2L V6 CYL Supercharged, 4.7L V8 CYL Magnum Gasoline (EVA)|
|P||4.7L V8 CYL Flex Fuel (EVD)|
|R||2.7L V6 CYL 24V DOHC, 3.3L V6 CYL OHV Gasoline (EGA)|
|S||2.4L I4 CYL 16V DOHC High Output|
|T||1.8 I4 CYL, 2.7L V6 CYL 24V FFV, 3.3 V6 CYL MPI, 2.7L V6 CYL DOHC 24 Valve Gasoline (EER)|
|V||3.5L V6 CYL High Output 24V Gasoline (EGG)|
|W||6.1L V8 CYL SRT HEMI|
|X||2.4L I4 CYL 16V DOHC|
|Y||2.0L I4 CYL 16V DOHC|
|Z||8.3L V10 CYL|
|1||5.7L V8 CYL HEMI Mul Disp Gasoline (EZB)|
|3||6.1L V8 CYL SRT HEMI Gasoline (ESF)|
|4||8.4L V10 CYL Gasoline (EWE)|
The digit in position nine will be a value between 0 and 9, or will be the letter X. This is the check digit. The check digit represents the result of a mathematical algorithm that determines the validity of the VIN. VINs can be verified for free online through the NHTSA check digit calculator.
10 represents the model year of production.
Position 11 is the factory at which the Dodge vehicle was built. Dodge uses the following codes:
|B||St. Louis South|
|J||St Louis North|
|M||Lago Alberto Assembly|
|S||Warren Truck Assembly, Dodge City|
|N||Sterling Heights, USA|
The characters in positions 12 through 17 are the serial number. Serial numbers are like fingerprints and are unique for each vehicle. Serial numbers help identify where in a specific line of production a vehicle was built.
Safety and Recalls for Dodge Cars
Vans made by Dodge have been recalled due to the possibility of the hood opening unexpectedly. This recall affects the 2016 Dodge Town and Country and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles.
About 2,100 vehicles are affected by a recall on certain models for leaking fuel delivery components. This recall is for 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT coupes and Dodge Charger SRT sedans with 6.2-liter V-8 engines.
The control panel on 2015 Dodge Challengers may stop working and is subject of a recall. This recall affects over 11,000 cars.
Tire pressure sensors have been recalled on the 2014 Dodge Town and Country and 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles. These sensors may malfunction and show a false reading.
Alternator issues have prompted recalls for more than 14,000 vehicles manufactured by Dodge. If unrepaired, the alternator may fail and cause a vehicle to stall. The following models are affected:
- 2011-2014 Chrysler 300,
- 2011-2014 Dodge Challenger,
- 2011-2014 Dodge Charger, and
- 2011-2014 Dodge Durango.
The 2014 Dodge Durango and some 69,000 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 pickups from 2013 are subject to a recall affecting steering control. Under certain conditions, the steering stability control may become disabled, making the vehicle more difficult for a driver to maneuver. The recall affects more than 180,000 Durango vehicles.
More than 180,000 Dodge Durango vehicles have been recalled for airbag issues. These vehicles may experience failure of the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners, posing risks for passengers.
Water leaking into the antilock brake system may cause issues with 2012-2015 Dodge Journey vehicles, prompting a recall of 275,614 units. If water infiltrates the system, the brakes may not function as intended.
A recall has been issued to correct airbag software in the following vehicles: 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2013 Dodge Chrysler Town & Country, 2013 Dodge Ram Cargo Van, and 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro. The airbag software may cause the safety devices to deploy erroneously.
The 2014 Dodge Durango has been recalled for unintended acceleration related to the cruise control system. Drivers may experience malfunctioning settings on cruise control, which can be repaired through this recall.
Dodge had 3290 from 1980 to 2021 of which the most recalled model is 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 and the least is 1986 Dodge Colt. Dodge had the most recalled during 2006.
|Model||Number of Recalls|
|2006 Dodge Ram 2500 #1 with most recalls||9|
|1997 Dodge Stratus #2 with most recalls||7|
|2006 Dodge Dakota #3 with most recalls||6|
|1997 Dodge Viper #4 with most recalls||4|
|1996 Dodge Avenger #5 with most recalls||3|
|2014 Dodge Viper #6 with most recalls||2|
|1991 Dodge Caravan #7 with most recalls||11|
|1997 Dodge Ram 3500 #8 with most recalls||1|
|1986 Dodge Colt #9 with most recalls||1|