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  • This is my second 1st generation Durango. My first one was a 2000 and I kept it until 130,000+ miles. I now have had my second one for 2 years now. And again, no problems so far. She has 54,000 miles on her. I do ALOT of driving during the year and these are the best, most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. SAAB's, VW's and Ford's being the predicessors. These vehicles has never let me down. All synthetic fluids and change the oil at every 5000 with synthetic. I baby my vehicles. I like driving it as much as my Audi. But, I drive the truck more! :shades:
  • First of all I like the exterior look on this vehicle. I rented the 06' White Durango over the weekend from Los Angeles to Sacramento and back! It was an 06' Durango SLT 5.7 liter HEMI~~~ WOW a HEMI! Wow that thing went fast! Well, I got inside the Durango and first thought ehh... not the best looking interior. I sat in it which I liked the view since it was pretty high! At first getting to the 3rd row seat was confusing but I then got back there. I was comfortable for a 5'11, 185 built guy! I sat as a passenger on the way to Sacramento and there was enough leg room but the center console slants down like a pyramid shape, which made me have both feet move to the door and legs facing the driver side!

    The wind noise! WOW that was very noticeable without a doubt! I kept hearing it and it was very annoying even when I was listening to my I Pod. The "wood" on the center console looked very cheap but nice at the same time (lol). The speakers that was standard (the 4 speakers) in a such terms "suxed big time" and was getting on my nerves when I was changing stations and took a long time to go back to display the clock since I have a thing for looking at the clock every other second. The arm rest between the driver and passenger was a plus! Looks somewhat small and your able to lift it up (a container or some sort) and theres a huge amount of space in there! I had my chips,soda, and my Ipod w/ charger in there!

    The lumbar support was not that comfortable when you set that thing to full and when setting it a little less it was not alot of support which wasnt good. I sat in the 2nd row and the rear air/heater controls were very complicated to use and took like 5 mins to actually feel any air what so ever! The was alot of head,leg,shoulder and hip room back there. The middle split seat wasnt to nice at all which looks awful when folder forward, and having the 2 cup holders was a bit weird looking! (Did not ever folded it forward for the rest of the trip)

    I had 7 people in the Durango and all were comfortable. (4 Adults,1 young adult, and 2 children) cargo space wasnt the best since we had to put our luggage underneath the 2 childrens' feet (both were 6 yrs old) and luckly about 4 large size luggages were able to fit behind the 3rd row seat. Also the "thing" thats underneath, was very handy, since we added our jackets and other things in there which fitted fine!

    The big shocker of all was the gas mileage, it was pretty good on highway believe it or not! I only had to fill it up in Los Angeles and coming from Sacramento towards LA. It was a 375 mile drive which I mostly drove around 80 mph.

    I experience "the" worst fog in my life while driving near Fresno (I dont know how the people there do it!) Lucky we had log lamps which were very helpful and had my emergency lights on the whole way. I saw another Durango same type and saw when he braked, I was able to see it perfectly than any other vehicle that was on the road. So he went his way and I had a trail of 6 cars behind me and when the fog went away all six drove next to me and thanked me for the helping them getting threw the fog. I was personally scared since it was the worst of the worst fog ever!

    And the brakes were really bad when a van went in front of me almost crashing onto it and I pressed the brakes (not too fast/hard) and resulted the Durango to jump(like-feeling)and a horrible noise which I've never heard before, I was ok but I would have Dodge look into the brakes which something was totally wrong with them!

    Anyways overall Exterior was a plus, size was a plus, interior was a (not so much) a minus, roominess a plus, gas a (surprising) plus, audio (ehh) okissh )even though I set it to make it sound really loud and nice)and personal satisfaction a plus! With all this said it was just the interior that was lacking but it was the SLT version, heared the Limited (or whatever the top line is called) is very nice interior with a nice audio system, which would have had me LOVING THIS VEHICLE! So I would recomed the Durango to everyone! Sorry if its was way too long, just wanted to give my 2 cents~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Suave Tequila
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,049
    Not too long, but some paragraph breaks next time would make it lots easier to read. :-)

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  • Ooh sorry.... fixed! not alot of people in this forum huh! And sorry for the errors, I hate tying huge amount of words! lol :)
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,049
    Hey, nice catch during the 30 minute editing window. Thanks (and drive safely out there)!

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  • We have been looking at the current version of the Durango. Love everything about it. Have two close friends that have this vehicle. They love it, too. Problem is my wife (5'1.5") says she cannot drive the vehicle because of a lack of visibility as the driver's side A pillar blocks her field of vision when turning left and looking to that side of the vehicle, in general. None of my friends' wives have this issue and they're fairly small people as well. Has anyone else heard of this or does she just need to spend more than 30 minutes driving this car? Would she get used to it or is it a real concern? Right now, we have a Mitsubishi Montero - A pillar is relatively small (and she's used to the truck). For a point of reference, looked at the new Jeep Commander today and the A pillar is much smaller than the Durango. Thoughts? Thanks.
  • You could be talking about my Durango. 99 2 wheel drive, except that mine has 100,400 miles on it. It is doing exactly what you are describing. It will sometimes reach 3,300 rpm before jumping into 3rd. I was actually told that it needed to be re-built completely. At a cost of about $2,300. Have you found anything out about the problem since you posted here? If you have I would be grateful for any suggestions. :confuse:
    Thank you
    LH
  • Think twice about the running boards. All running boards are worthless but especially the Durango ones. They stick out too far. I removed my $452 running boards and am much happier. I am 6’4”, my wife is 5’4” and neither of us can get out of the vehicle without getting our pant legs dirty from the running boards. Worse yet if it is icy and you try to step over them you land on your butt! When it snows or if in mud they collect it efficiently and deposit it in your garage. Want to buy my silver color trimmed running boards cheap?
  • I have recently purchased a 05 Dodge Durango Limited, w/ 5.7 L Hemi, and 14K miles. Beautiful vehicle, except one thing, it STALLS. It has done it to me 5 times on the way home from filling it up with gas, and namely between 10-20 mph.

    If my wife were to have been driving this on the highway it would be of a real SAFETY concern.

    There is definitely a problem with this vehicle and Chrysler is not owning up to it and is stating they believe the failure rate is low. I would suggest to this forum that we are but a small percentage of folks who have the wherewithal to actually write in to an online forum to describe the problem. Statistics would then show that with as much discussion as we are having about this, that the problem is MUCH larger, with many more folks experiencing this, but just not writing in to tell us about the “anomaly”.

    In fact I point you to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ongoing investigation EA05-018, which can be found at NHTSA DEFECT SEARCH. Once on the page, use the case number EA05018 to search. Review for yourself, and you will find that there is an estimated 420,000 people who are experiencing this problem, with 17,328 complaints filed as of 11/02/05 regarding the same problem.

    A summary of the EA05018 NHTSA report:
    ON MAY 16, 2005, ODI OPENED PRELIMINARY EVALUATION PE05-027 TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS OF ENGINE STALLING IN MODEL YEAR 2004-05 DODGE DURANGO SUVS AND RAM 1500 SERIES PICKUPS EQUIPPED WITH THE 5.7L V8 ENGINE. INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DAIMLERCHRYSLER DURING PE05-027 INDICATED THAT A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE COMPLAINTS ARE RELATED TO AN IDLE UNDERSHOOT CONDITION THAT MAY CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL DURING TURNING MANEUVERS. IN FEBRUARY 2005, DAIMLERCHRYSLER REVISED THE POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE SOFTWARE IN PRODUCTION VEHICLES AND ISSUED A TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN (TSB 18-013-05) RELEASING THE NEW SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE REMEDY FOR THE IDLE UNDERSHOOT CONDITION. THE BULLETIN WAS SUPERCEDED BY TSB 18-013-05A IN APRIL 2005. DAIMLERCHRYSLER BELIEVES THAT THE FAILURE RATE FOR STALLING WHILE DRIVING DUE TO THE IDLE UNDERSHOOT CONDITION IS LOW AND THAT THE BULLETIN HAS ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED THE PROBLEM. SINCE PE05-027 WAS OPENED, ODI HAS CONTINUED TO RECEIVE COMPLAINTS FROM OWNERS OF THE SUBJECT VEHICLES WHO ALLEGE EXPERIENCING ENGINE STALL INCIDENTS UNDER ALL TYPES OF DRIVING CONDITIONS. IN SOME INSTANCES THE STALLING HAS CONTINUED AFTER THE VEHICLE RECEIVED THE SERVICE BULLETIN REPAIRS. THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO AN ENGINEERING ANALYSIS (EA05-018) TO FURTHER ASSESS THE SCOPE, FREQUENCY, AND SAFETY CONSEQUENCES OF THE ALLEGED DEFECT IN DODGE DURANGO AND RAM 1500/2500/3500 SERIES PICKUP TRUCKS.
  • denimodenimo Posts: 4
    My 2004 Durango seems over geared to run at 100kph/60mph in 5th on anything but level roadways, which are not so common in BC Canada. Once into a grade at 60mph I can let it lug and lose speed or kick it down to third and then of course the Hemi runs like a train..... At 120kph/75mph it runs really well at the higher rpm's including uphill and the motor feels great but then I am risking a ticket and points. The dealer has quoted $4000 to fit the lower ratio crown and pinions but would this improve performance enough to be worth the expense?
  • Dear Ohio

    October 2005 car facing East with heavy West wind. Opened door wind caught door watched as door was blown open out of my hand and the mounting surface of the door hinges was like there was no support behind it in the frame. from that point on have had noise and no problems with the seals. I think we need to have Dodge do some alignment work on the door hinges. Good Luck

    Jeff1945
  • Greetings

    I live in Central New York. It gets cold here in the winter. Get in to go to work and the steering is as if there was Molasas for power steering fluid. Took it in for service they say all is well just a normal issue with AWD cars. that's BS being a 4 time Subaru owner, never had the problem. Have the same problem with the Transmission, slow to shift when cold. Service department says "no problem all working fine!" Some times a lease is a good thing. Other than using a gallon of gas to warm this puppy up! Any help I would be greatful.

    Thanks

    Jeff1945
  • I have a durango with a 4.7 liter and the power door locks have just started going crazy. They go on and off all the time even when the vehicle is not running. I called the dealership they told me to do the remote Keyless program, now its worse, since its way out of warrenty I do not belive Im bringing it back to them since they cannot seem to figure out whats wrong. Any help??? Please....
  • Had the same problem with my 99 2 years ago at 55k. Had the transmission rebuilt. The shop found metal shards in the transfer case.
  • I have the same problem (sorta). On windy days both front doors exhibit the wind noise. Not at the same time, but depending on what direction the wind is from. Seals are fine but I do notice a lot of movement/vibration in the door frame itself above the window. This vibration carries from the front of the top door frame all the way to the back with the most intense vibration at the top. Is this a design flaw? It seems either the door frame isn’t strong enough or too much air is allowed along the seam where the door meets the roof of the vehicle, or both.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Craig
  • Dodge dont do the black strip anymore due to the fade issue. I got a new color coded rear bumper on my Jan 04 D from the dealer. If yours isnt fixed yet quote me.
  • I bought a new Durango in early 2004 and yes those "A" pillars are capable of hiding a Kenworth! Never had this problem with the previous vehicle, a 2000 Yukon. I'm 6ft4 but have had a few close calls with vehicles approaching from the front right side. Its especially fun in parking lots.

    Denimo
  • I have an '01' Durango and have experienced the same type of stall and they found out the throttle body was dirty and did an injection service. So far so good.
  • odiddyodiddy Posts: 1
    Hi everyone. We (meaning my dh and I) got totally screwed with a 2003 Durango lease. (OK, so it's because my dh will ONLY have DODGE vehicles and was the biggest sucker on earth, but that's beside the point...).
    What is really irking me is that three weeks after we got the Durango, the "LIGHT" came on. I don't remember what the problem was, but it was still under warranty, so no problem, except adding the 100 mile round trip to the mileage. Three months later, the LIGHT came on again. Back to the dealership. A couple of months later, the LIGHT came on again. Back to the dealership. NO PROBLEM, they said (still under warranty). There was a lull of several months, and BANG!...the LIGHT comes on again. By now we're out of regular warranty and the PLATINUM WARRANTY they stuck us with comes into play. But of course, whatever was wrong wasn't covered. Less than two weeks later, the stupid light comes on again. I'm stranded at the grocery store: the Durango won't start and stay started. Towing is included, they tell me. So I have it towed. The problem is covered by the PLATINUM warranty, but only AFTER I tell them it is. Then I find I have to pay another $90.00 for towing, because only $50.00 is covered. They keep my car for THREE weeks and OK a rental for TWO days. Two weeks later, the stupid light is on AGAIN. By now, my dh is rabid and calls the dealership. (he is a warranty guy for several companies and knows how warranties work.)
    I take the car in and the mechanics stay nearly an hour after the repair shop is officially closed. The head mechanic says, NO PROBLEM. No charge. Two weeks later, the stupid light comes on again. This time it's a vacuum hose. A week later, the stupid light comes on AGAIN. This time they replaced the vacuum pump, and the mechanic tells me that I could've driven with the light on forever; it's just an emissions thing. Like I'm supposed to be able to tell what is wrong when the light comes on???? That was yesterday. Today I drove to work at 7am. Everything was OK. Today I started the Durango at 5pm to come home, and guess what? The STUPID LIGHT WAS ON AGAIN.
    I have a business trip to take Friday AM. I called the dealership and told them that I WOULD make my trip, even if the *!!***%!! salesman had to drive me in his personal car and wait in the parking garage for me for three days.
    Sorry for the rant, but it just seems to be SO stupid to have ONE LIGHT for EVERY FREAKING THING that goes wrong with this car. I work with a woman who got rid of her Durango because of the same thing AND her electrical system (windows, locks, etc. went nuts after 18 months).
    My mileage is WAY over the lease agreement, and upwards of 100 miles is just for REPAIRS. I'm disgusted with Daimler-Chrysler. I'm hating MOPAR. I'm thinking that when this lease is up, I will sneak out of the house while my Dodge obsessed dh is asleep, and I will go straight to Honda or Toyota or Ford or Chevy.
    Am I the ONLY one with these problems?
  • How would I find out what I have for gears
  • russnvarussnva Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem with my Durango. Were you able to get it fixed and what was the problem? Any hope of fixing it myself?
  • pynchjtpynchjt Posts: 2
    We have a 2001 Durango SLT 4x4 4.7L V8 that over heats everytime we pull our pop-up camping trailer (3000 lbs max). We have had the thermostat and fan clutch replaced, the system flushed and the radiator thoroughly checked. The dealership recommends a maximum size radiator replacement at a cost of $460. We also find that it over heats when going up steep hills with the RPMs held at 3000 to maintain speed up the hill and this is without pulling a trailer. I don't have any solutions to the overheating problem, but would like to hear any suggestions whether it be equipment or computer related.
  • pynchjtpynchjt Posts: 2
    We also have a 2001 Durange SLT 4x4 4.7L V8 and it over heats everytime I pull a pop-up camping trailer (3000 lbs max). We have had the thermostat and fan clutch replaced, the system flushed and the radiator thoroughly checked. The dealership recommends a maximum size radiator replacement at a cost of $460. We also find that it overheats when going up steep hills with the RPMs held at 3000 to maintain speed up the hill and this is without pulling a trailer. I don't know what else to do, but will take your email to the dealership and see what will help. I would like to hear any other suggestions to solve the problem of over heating while towing.
  • crogcrog Posts: 3
    At 28,000 Mi. my front rotors had to be turned down and pads replaced on my 2003 Durango. Cost $180.00. The vehicle has 37,000 on it and I am well pleased except for the 14 MPG mileage. I would consider purchasing another Durango. This is my 18th new vehicle since the 1952 Chevy Belair hard top first arrived. I've had them all. No complaints with the service department in my home town.
  • there is a recall on the upper ball joints for the durango.
    the dealership will replace it for you for free.first thing i do when shopping for a car or truck is do a surch on any recalls for that car or truck. hope this helps. :) :)
  • dinah1dinah1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Durango SLt 4x4 with 110,750 miles. I average 15. Have gotten up to 18 and as low as 10 in the mountains.

    Dinah
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,049
    A quiet refresh?

    2007 Dodge Durango (Straightline)

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  • becausebecause Posts: 1
    chrysler responds to NHTSA with respect to the stalling issue - Feb 20, 2006. Anyone wants a copy of thier response should contact NHTSA - you will be amazed how much they don't care about thier customers or the safety of the public the closing portion of the letter - "DCC believes there is no unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety and this investigation should be closed" My 05 Durango Hemi has stalled over 5 times and it has been captured on the co-pilot installed and they still will not take the car back.
  • bgillardbgillard Posts: 1
    I've noticed my durango varies +/- 300 rpm while driving at highway speeds on the interstate usually during a slight incline. Is this normal?
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