2013 Dodge Dart Life Expectancy

A well-maintained 2013 Dodge Dart can last between 200,000 and 250,000 miles—but only with regular maintenance.
Written by Sarah Gray
Reviewed by Pat Roache
The Dodge Dart first debuted in 1960. After a nearly 40-year hiatus, Dodge revived the model as a versatile and reliable compact sedan in 2013. Just how reliable? Drivers of the 2013 Dodge Dart can expect their vehicle to last upwards of 200,000 miles—if it’s well cared for.
  • With proper care and maintenance, a 2013 Dodge Dart can last well over 200,000 miles. 
  • Sticking to a
    basic car maintenance schedule
    is the best way to extend your vehicle’s longevity.
  • The 2013 Dodge Dart suffers from transmission and engine problems that could decrease longevity.

How many miles can a 2013 Dodge Dart last?

Dodge projects that the Dart should last an average of 200,000 to 250,000 miles. Considering that the average driver puts about 14,000 to 15,000 miles on their vehicle each year, that means you could be looking at 13 to 17 years of driving without any major breakdowns or costly
car repairs

How long does a Dodge Dart engine last?

The 2013 Dodge Dart is available with three different powertrains—a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, an optional 1.4-liter turbo-four, or the Dart GT’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder. All are estimated to last an average of 200,000 miles, with some lasting much longer than that.

Can a Dodge Dart last 500,000 miles?

We’re not saying it’s impossible, but it’s not likely. Even the most reliable vehicles don’t often last more than 300,000 miles. 
That said, you can keep just about any vehicle running for as long as you want to continue paying for repairs. But at some point, those repairs start to cost more than just buying a new vehicle—most drivers arrive at that point before turning over 300,000 miles on their cars.
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Average life expectancy for a Dodge Dart

Based on reports from owners, a well-maintained Dodge Dart can easily last over 150,000 miles and average up to 200,000 miles of life. But how long your Dodge Dart will last depends on more than just the car itself—it also depends on how well you take care of it. 
Regular maintenance includes everything from
oil changes
transmission fluid service
, and even car
battery/cable maintenance
, among other things. No matter what you drive, be sure to consult your owner’s manual so you always know what services to perform and when.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the key factors affecting your Dodge Dart’s longevity: 
  • Regular maintenance: No amount of focus on vehicle maintenance is “too much” when it comes to extending your car’s lifespan.
  • Mileage: Life expectancy for a vehicle is calculated in both years and miles. Studies show the average driver puts around 14,000 to 15,000 miles on their car each year. But if you drive fewer miles, you may see your Dart lasting well over the 13 to 17-year mark. Similarly, if you drive more than 15,000 miles per year, your Dart may not give you as many years, but it will still give you the miles—assuming you take good care of it.
  • Accident history: Getting into a major accident can have lasting effects not only on a vehicle’s occupants but on the vehicle itself. If your Dart has been involved in a crash or received any kind of engine damage in its lifetime, its life expectancy will be shorter than a car that’s never been damaged.

How to extend a 2013 Dodge Dart’s life expectancy

You shouldn’t be surprised that the first thing we recommend for extending your 2013 Dodge Dart’s life expectancy is regular maintenance. However, that’s not the only thing you can do. Conservative driving practices also go a long way toward protecting your engine from the added
wear and tear
that comes from harsh acceleration and braking. 

Common 2013 Dodge Dart problems to watch out for

Overall, the Dodge Dart is a surprisingly durable and reliable vehicle. However, the 2013 model was plagued by several engine and transmission issues that wouldn’t be ironed out until the following year. Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems for the 2013 Dodge Dart:
  • Transmission issues: One of the most common transmission issues with the Dart causes the car to jump out of gear while driving. In other cases, drivers reported a grinding sound coming from the transmission or the transmission getting stuck in neutral. In the most severe cases, repairs required a full transmission replacement.
  • Engine issues: The most commonly reported engine issue for the Dart is engine stalling, but low oil pressure, malfunctioning
    oil pressure sensors
    , and faulty wiring have also been reported. In most cases, a software update for the engine computer solved the problems.
  • Suspension system issues: Some drivers have reported their passenger side axle snapping without warning and while driving. They were not involved in a collision—the axle just snapped for no reason. This issue did result in a recall, in which faulty
    control arm assemblies
    and axles were all replaced.
  • Brake-related issues: Another issue that required a recall had to do with several examples of the 2013 Dart that rolled off the line after having been fitted with incorrect rear
    brake calipers
    . This could lead to your emergency/parking brake not working. Some other drivers have also reported unusual noises coming from their Dart’s brakes, but no cause was found for the issue, and the braking system continues to function properly.
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Not many—just about 0.03% to be exact. And you can bet those that do make it to the 300k mark have benefited from regular maintenance during their lifetime.
Presently, the highest recorded mileage on a Dodge is over 3 million miles. The Dodge in question is a
1996 Dodge Ram
outfitted with a 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine. The Cummins diesel engine is renowned for its longevity with at least 90 examples being reported with well over I million miles on them. 
Dodge only has four models in its current lineup, one of which is brand new for 2023, so life expectancy is tough to predict there. Of the three remaining options—the
Dodge Durango
Dodge Challenger
, and
Dodge Charger
—all are excellent options when it comes to reliability and longevity.
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