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  • Hi. I have just purchased a 2002 Durango SLT+. My question is - how do I tell if it came with some of the options such as side curtain airbags, engine heater, Sentry Key, 3.55 or 3.92 axle, etc.? Some of the options are obvious, others are not. Anyway to find out exactly what I have on my Durango?

    Thanks!
  • any Dodge, Chrysler or Jeep dealership can do that for you on their computer but running what is called a VIP Summary Report. All you need is the last 8 of the vin and the current mileage. I would let your local dealer do it for you if I were you (assuming you will use them for some warantee work, etc.) becuase it does divulge your name, address, and phone. Good Luck.
  • The noise is most likely the fan. When you first start the truck up sometimes the fan is loud for the first minute or so and then it goes back to normal. Why it does that, I don't know but it is normal.
  • to see if you have side curtain airbags. look on the B post piller where the seat belt is. on that peice (at the top) there will be either a dodge ram head symbol or it will say srs airbag.

    ps check out our new dodge durango in dealers this fall. bigger, badder, better gas mileage and the famous hemi engine!

    uaw 1183
  • jc58jc58 Posts: 48
    I have a 2003 SLT 4x4. I was wondering how good these are in the snow, I have talked to people in the past with 4x4's that were not all that good in snow.

    I have had this for roughly 2 months and 1,700 miles....so far no problems.
  • ywilsonywilson Posts: 135
    Mine has been great. I have never been stuck. I live in MD and when the big snow's came last year I put her to the test. NEVER got stuck anywhere. I drove all over the place going shopping and just 4x4'ing to see what she could do and I was totally impressed. Others with D's also said the same, since I saw a few more out there while I was out so get some good tires on her (NO GOODYEARS) and go for it. The OEM tires that come on it are junk!!!
  • valli2valli2 Posts: 10
    OK, got my 2003 Durango SLT 4.7. Main reason was so that I could tow my two horses anywhere with little problem and so far so good. I really love it. And the snows are coming. BUt that is another story. What I want to post about here is the problem with the AIR VENTS! From day one they have not worked to full capacity. The two side vents( passenger side and driver side- extreme right and left) have never blown to full force. Even when on the highest strength, you can not feel the air as you should. After taking it back to the dealership and leaving it there twice they now tell me that it is what it is and that each car is going to be a little different and they can do nothing to improve on it! Can you believe that they think I would buy the stupid logic. OK, if we were talking about bagels, I could understand! But I put my new Dodge next to a new Dodge of the same year, make and model and turned on the air, set exactly the same, and sure enough the other car blew us out of the state! OK, maybe not the state, but you get the idea. They still said, "Oh, well. That's just the way they are sometimes!!!!!" Now what? They even had the District Service Manager there to be sure. I think what I should do is go to another certified dealership in the area and without telling them where I've been, ask them to check out "this little problem I've been having, big boy." What do you say? Anyone else had problems like this?
  • valli2valli2 Posts: 10
    Ok. Question #2. For my Durango 4.7. I have the towing hitch and wiring all set. I have the trailer. All set. Got two horse. All set. Now, is it important to tow with the 'Overdrive' in the off position when towing? And if the tongue weight is not enough are there weights I can buy to place on the trailers "tongue" to add the needed weight? Hope I explained myself good enough. Thanks
  • jglackinjglackin Posts: 164
    i am not job rating for you, but i just looked up the max trailer weight for you Durango (since you mention "two horse"). You don't give all necessary info, so I will give you too much. With a 3.55 rear and a 4x4, the MTWR is 4300 lbs. The 3.92 rear brings it up to 5600 lbs. Add 250 lbs. to each number if you have a 4x2. Make sure you bring all of the necessary weights back to the dealership where you bought it so your salesperson can Job Rate your specific truck...Dodge provides us with lots of technical info and train us well.
  • jc58jc58 Posts: 48
    I was wondering, what is the difference between the exhaust system on my 2003 SLT and the R/T? They mention it is sport tuned, is it a true dual exhaust or just a different muffler? I enjoy the current low rumble my D has, but plan on eventually changing the exhaust system. Any suggestions? I like a good low rumble, but not one that is obnoxious in the truck itself. Should I go with a cat back dual system or just get a better muffler? Any suggestions as far as the muffler to go with? What would just a muffler cost versus a dual cat back system?

    So far 1,800 miles in 2+ months, no problems.
  • Has anyone test driven or looked at one yet? I'm in the market and was wondering about the fit/finish and quality of the interior materials used in the redesigned '04 Durrango(specifically the limited version). I've been generally disappointed with other manufacturer's internal material's quality, and don't know how Dodge stacks up. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • I recently had my power steering pump go out on my 2001 Dodge Durango. It's an SLT+, 5.9L with 41K miles. I had it checked by three different service stations to compare the cost of replacing it and all three places told me that it was very rare to have the power steering pump go out but they had all recently had either Durango's or Caravan's in for the same problem. None of them have heard of a recall and I've been looking too without seeing anything either. Is this just a coincidence or are other people having/hearing about this as well?
  • Read this months MotorTrend. They have their SUV of the year award; unfortunately the Durango did not win.
  • The Durango didn't win MT's SUV of the year, but I thought their overall impression was very positive. They did seem to like the Armada even more though.

    Also check Car and Driver, they have a review this month on the new Durango too.
  • jglackinjglackin Posts: 164
    up here in the Phila metro area, we are expecting our first deliveries sometime within the next 5-7 business days (as DCX is hosting a training event early next week). The brochures just hit our dealership a fer days ago.
  • What did they not like about the Durango?
  • This was my first Dodge purchase and will be my last. I had the same revving problem that would not go away. Dealership said I needed to have a computer update which of course costs money. Problem should go away with a few weeks after the update. Problem persisted and they could not duplicate or figure out what I was talking about. It sure is nice to see that other people are having the same problems and that I am not made to feel like I am crazy. I am so upset with how I was treated that I have sold my Durango and will never buy a Dodge product again. I cannot believe how fast my dodge depreciated and here I thought nothing could be worse than the gas mileage.
  • Are these common on Durangos or Dodge in general? I have a neighbor who has had their computer replaced 2x (maybe 3x, not sure)in their 2000 Durango. Their symptom was that the truck would die intermittently. Just shut off. Dealer could never find the problem, so they replaced the computer, but it kept happening. Then they got rid of it, so not sure if the problem was ever fixed.
  • rysterryster Posts: 479
    My dad put 56,000 miles on his '00 Dodge Stratus and experienced no computer problems (and nothing other than routine maintenance for that matter) before he traded the car for something new. The only reason he traded was that he puts 2,000+ long-distance travel miles per month on his vehicle and the Stratus was reaching the point where it was going to start nickel-diming him to death (tires, brakes, struts, new wheel covers, plus other out-of-warranty costs that may arise). If he drove "normal" local mileage he probably would have kept it until the 100K mark.

    My neighbor has a first year Durango with 100,000+ miles on it and has had some problems but none computer related (all of his problems have been mechanical in nature).

    I have other friends with DaimlerChrysler products and all are happy with their vehicles (and some have pretty high mileage). I am enjoying my '03 Durango SXT very much.
  • I checked one out at at lunch yesterday. They had a limited with a $40K sticker. The bigger size is appealling, as it finds a niche between explorers and tahoe/yukons. Exterior design has to grow on you I think. The front end doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the vehicle, but that is just a first impression. The interior leather seemed cheap and some of the controls were very 80's looking (boxy, plain). There were some nice material upgrades in the carpets and door handles. Note that these are just cosmetic/design comments -- I didn't get a chance to test drive the now famous "Hemi" engine, which I'm sure is very impressive. With such great deals on the '03 leftovers, it will be interesting to see how well the '04s sell initially. If anyone else sees one up close, please post your first impression.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,407
    lol Bob, I was just trying to link to your review.

    btw, my minivan hauls 48" wide material between the wheel wells :-)

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  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,662
    Yeah, you beat me to it, so I deleted my link. :)

    Most full-size minivans (hmmm... isn't that an oxymoron?) can handle 4x8s between the wheelwells. However, until now, no mid-size SUV or pickup could, so this is a first, as far as I know. There are those who would argue that the T100 was mid-size truck, but it is "officially" listed as a full-size truck.

    Bob
  • fsvfsv Posts: 196
    Just testdrove Durango XLT with the Hemi engine. It is definitely an improvement over the previous Durango. Overall impression is very positive. Fit and finish are good enough, I liked it. Styling - beauty is in the ey of beholder, but - why didn't they use Powerbox styling or why they didn't relay on the styling of the current RAM? The front part (if you look from the side, is very Mitsubishi-ish) It definitely drives better than the 99 Pathfinder I have to drive occasionally, it's more comfortable, ride is so much better + there is a lot of space. Since I owned a Dodge before, all the controls were very soon in place, to me - everything was OK. As a surprise came the fact, that engine is not audible (5.7!), unless you really step on it. The car has excellent soundprofing. Also, fit and finish in this Dodge is so much better than there was a couple of years ago. Engine: smooth and silky, but I am under impression that those horsies are running somewhere else and not in this corral... I'd even say that 4.7 in Sequoya is more spirited (and it makes a 4Runner fly). But nevertheless, it's powerfull enough, and I need to drive 4.7 and 5.7 back to back to see the difference. Though it looks like the mileage for a gallon on both of them will be the same. I liked this Durango. The one I drove, has the price of 37G+; i'd say, 31 - and wrap one for me, please... As the matter of fact, you can have a pretty loaded Sequoya now for this money - SR5 for 31/32G's.
  • For jc58 I own a 2000 Durango SLT loaded w/360 motor (5.9). The R/T model has a different exhaust than the other models. That exhaust is made by Flowmaster for Dodge. You can buy several different Flowmaster cat back 2 piece systems for the durango. I installed the American Thunder cat back exhaust (from Flowmaster) for a very reasonable price, and it has a nice throaty sound, I highly recommend it.
  • I am in the market for an SUV. I have been looking at Durangos, Pathfinders, Blazers and X-Terra's. I recently test drove a 2002 Durango R/T and loved it! It is fully loaded-- rear DVD system, heated leather seats, 17" wide chrome tires etc, etc... Prob more extra's than I need but I was impressed. It has 20K miles. Frills aside, I drove it and was very impressed. Nice gitty-up. Handled awesome. Comfortable inside. Looks sharpe inside and out.

    Here's my concern: I read everywhere about earlier model Durango's having issues. Does anyone have any insight, opinions or knowledge of the 2002 RT's- or ANY year's RT for that matter? I know they're hard to come by, so I'm feeling like I have something special here and want to buy it if it's wise to.

    My personal restrictions/needs on a vehicle are: me fitting in it (I'm 6'5"), good speed, good in all weather (I live in New England) and towing ability (I tow a 17' boat). I know that gas mileage will suck, but I work at home. Also, for what it's worth I can get it for $22K. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  • jc58jc58 Posts: 48
    I noticed on the back hatch there are 3 slots inside by the bottom. I thought these may be drainage slots. I just noticed that these are covered with a clear tape. Should these be covered or did they forget to remove the tape while prepping for delivery. I removed one, and then thought that maybe they are suppose to be covered?
  • jc58jc58 Posts: 48
    Dougf912 - When you say reasonable, how much was the whole system, installed? Is the noise intrusive when in the truck?

    I have the 4.7 which feels fairly peppy, but everyone can always use a few more ponies....
  • I have a 00 D with the 4.7l. Since last spring I have been noticing a "dead fish" like smell coming through the vents. It smells exactly like the air let out of a tire. At the same time there is the smell of hot anti-freeze coming from under the hood. This only occurs when the engine is warmed up in warmer weather. I've taken it to the dealer 5 times. The first 3 they said that they couldn't find anything wrong and sprayed deodorizer into the air intakes below the windshield. That worked until the deodorizer ran out. The last 2 times they said that they could smell the odor but had no idea what was causing it, have a nice day. The coolant system has been pressure tested twice and there are no leaks.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem and if so what was the remedy??? Help I'm getting sick.
  • trtltrtl Posts: 1
    Soon after my 60k service I started noticing on left turns, when my Durango shift from 1st gear to 2nd it seems to fall into neutral, the engine revs a bit (since my foot is still on the gas), and then it gets into 2nd gear jolting me & passengers (since the engine is running at a higher rpm at this point). It seems to be getting worse and it happened twice to me going straight. Never happens on right turns. I saw on the NHTSA website that a couple other Durango owner have had this problem. Any insights on what the issues is? My mechanic hasn't figured it out.
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