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I forgot to add the Durango has 116K miles now my wife does not drive much. Hense the reason we got a gas guzzler.
2005 Dodge Magnum R/T 5.7 Hemi with 91,000 miles. Ran like a scalded cat for years - LOVE this car! Changed the oil religiously with synthetic. Interior/exterior are immaculate, relatively new Borla stainless cat-back exhaust, aftermarket wheels, and new Michelins.
Pulled up to store Sunday night - running fine. Went inside for 10 minutes. Came out to the car - tried to start engine and there was little or no engine compression as the starter spun really fast. Tried to start again and when it finally fired up it had a horrible miss and it sounded like a horrible metallic rattling sound. I immediately shut off the motor, opened the hood expecting to see a metal coat hanger wrapped up in the serpentine belt but everything externally on the motor was fine. No leaks. Nothing. Had it towed to the Dodge dealer. $500 later he says a valve seat dropped into #3 cylinder and destroyed the piston, cylinder and the head. They first quoted me $8,500 but have now dropped to $6,500 installed out the door for a Chrysler re-manufactured engine with a warranty.
Latest 2004 Durango victim here.
After a rain storm on 4/15/14 I attempted to start my 2004 5.7L Hemi Durango and heard a horrid metal flying around type of noise. I did not attempt to start the vehicle again. I noticed small pieces of metal on the ground under the engine. Eventually I found a hole in the engine block. The vehicle was well maintained and the oil level was fine when I checked it on 4/15/14. It had 105,000 miles on it. I have found many similar complaints on safercar.gov. I called Chrysler (case # 24896456) and was told nothing can be done. I filed a complaint with NHTSA and the BBB.
I emailed Chrysler and here is their response.
"Thank you for contacting the Dodge Customer Assistance Center.
We are sorry to hear of the concern you have experienced with your
engine. After thoroughly reviewing your request and the files on this
matter, we respectfully concur with the decision rendered by our
Customer Service Representative.
We're sorry we cannot provide a more favorable reply.
Thank you again for your email. Should you require additional
assistance, or have any new information to provide, please reply to this
email message or call 1-800-4A-DODGE (1-800-423-6343).
Customer Service Representative
Dodge Customer Assistance Center"
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