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Dodge Durango

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  • bwk68bwk68 Posts: 1
    I have 13,000 miles on my 6 month old 2005 Durango SLT. Today, after about an hour of driving, I put the truck in reverse to pull out of a parking spot. However, the transmission would not engage. When it did, it would only move slightly. Even with the throttle (briefly) to the floor, it would barely move. It finally engaged, and I was on my way. A few minutes later, as I was moving slowly up a hill, I heard a loud CLUNK from under the truck, the engine light went on, and the truck would no longer down-shift. I called the dealer and (hold on for this one) they had never heard of such a thing.
    I do not tow with this Durango, nor do I go off road (it's a soccer-mom vehicle). I'm taking it to the dealer in the morning, but has anyone heard/experienced this sort of thing with a newer Durango?
  • Hello,
    My Durango had 39,000 mi when I bought it. I changed the plugs shortly there after. The gap was .030 off . I replaced the plugs with the correct gap and the truck runs better than expected. I didn't really notice a problem with the gap off, but definitely noticed the difference.
  • amont5amont5 Posts: 1
    I have the exact same problem. dealer wants 600 to repaint both doors + 450 for the running boards and to make sure it doesnt happen again suggested plastic rock guards that go over the paint 150.... wish i knew about the running boards in the first place like you.
  • odeaqhodeaqh Posts: 1
    I have an '05 Durango with the Hemi too and it has stalled 3 times while I was driving in town. It always starts back up but it concerns me because I don't want to be on the highway when this happens. I called the garage and they said if it does it again call them. What did you find out about this problem?
  • I also have had the same problem for over a year with my Durango. It has been in and out of the shop. They had to go so far as to install a co-pilot to record the problems. But, the last thing that they tried was plugging the silinoid line and that seems to have taken care of the problem. Check with your mechanic and let me know if this helps.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Posts: 251
    Just wanted to post an update on my '02 R/T that i got in August. I still have the check engine light on which has been on since the second week I had it. I took care of all the leaks except for the coolant leak, which was traced to the water pump. I keep adding coolant but I know one of these days that water pump is going to lock up on me.
    I submitted a complaint to the Better Business Bureau against the dealership that I purchased the R/T from because of their lack of giving a darn, and the fact that I received the vehicle with so many problems right after it had been through their service department. I should be receiving a check from them sometime soon to "assist" me with my problems.
    The check engine light came back as bad O2 sensors. I'm going to get the water pump fixed first and see if it still needs the sensors.
    I also found that I am missing my lug wrench for the spare tire. The check from the dealership is also supposed to go towards that. Do I need to get one from a Dodge dealer or can I find one somewhere else? With my work schedule (I'm at work right now) I never have time to look for one.
    Dealing with that dealership was a royal pain, but I still love the R/T. It did make me quite mad that I was at a job site the other night working and when I came out, someone had opened their door against my driver's side back door and scratched the paint to the bare metal and put a big dent in the door. I love the fact that people who drive junk expect everyone else to drive junk too. No one can have anything nice and keep it that way.
    Thats all for now. It's almost quitting time at Job 1 and I have 40 minutes to get to Job 2 for the rest of the night.
  • alamoalamo Posts: 2
    I am looking at buying either a 2004 Durango(Hemi or 4.7) or a low mileage 2002 4.7 Durango SLT+Different trucks for sure. I live on a Northern clime/rural setting. Reliability, dependability and comfort are important. :)
  • Hello,

    I have a 99 Dodge Durango 2 wheel drive with 130,000 miles on it and recently the automatic transmission does not change correctly between 2nd and 3rd. There is a major time lag with higher than normal engive revs, then a jump, not clunk into 3rd gear. This only happens when it is COLD and dissapears after about 10 minutes of driving. TWO local trasmission specialists cannot diagnose the problem and suggest a "wait and see when it falls o"ut approach which is disheartening. Does anyone have any suggestions or help please?

    Thank you.

    John Middleton
  • i have a 98 durango with 140k miles on it. Other than that the condition is gorgeous. Yesterday, the engine seized, beyone repair. Anyone know where i can get a 5.2l magnum to swap out without goin the junkyard route? Or if anyones interested in buying a parts, or oproject durango.
  • dgldgl Posts: 8
    I had a similar problem with my '96 Dodge Grand Caravan w/ 145,000 miles. First thing I did was to check the transmission fluid level. There maybe instructions in your owners manual on to check it. In my case I was down two quarts, and after adding it, the problem went away. A couple of months later, I had dealer perform a transmission flush and now it shifts even smoother.
    Good luck.
  • 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 YooperlandPosts: 39,970
    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 YooperlandPosts: 39,970
    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?
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