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Dodge Durango



  • Thanks cwoferg - re differential. Did the deal tonight. Pick it up tomorrow. 2004 Red SLT, Hemi (yea baby!), tow package, leather, split rear, reclining 2nd row, running boards, 28G package, no sunroof (oh well). Not sure if it is appropriate to give pricing info, but I think it was very good deal (10% off sticker and all rebates). Wanted 0% financing, but appears that is alternative to rebates, not in addition to.
  • twyxttwyxt Posts: 2
    FYI -- Ended up taking it to the dealer. He found a whole new problem we weren't aware of. Our original problem started when I found the electric door locks and remotes quit working, then later discovered that the headlights and other lights weren't working either. But overall, the rest of the vehicle seemed to be alright. They found that one of the CTMs, Central Timer Module, had malfunctioned. It was a warranty item and they replaced it, but also had to reprogram our door remotes.

    I still don't know which socket the IOD fuse is in, in case I ever need to pull it, as manual says "cavity 12" but doesn't indicate which panel. The inside fuse panel says that is for the starter only, and the under hood panel doesn't have numbers on the sockets. Oh well.
  • This is the quietest forum - must mean that everyone's happy with their Durangoes.

    I just have one problem - there never seems to be a good/safe place to quickly store the headphones.

    Also, what's with having to go back to the dealer everytime you want to configure simple pleasures; like having the rearview mirrors automatically dip down when in reverse or the seats automatically move back when you enter and exit?

    I'd also like to be able to decide for myself whether I want my horn to sound when I remote lock the doors. These seem to be adjustments that the owner's manual states must be configured by the dealer. Bummer.

    Here in Toronto the Belkin does a good job with my iPod but I hear the iTrip is better, though I've never tried it.

    Otherwise, my new Durango Limited with the amazing HEMI is a pleasure. I've almost stopped missing my Jeep Grand Cherokee that I traded in. I see a multitude of them on the road and a scant amount of Durangoes.

    They must not be a hot seller.
  • Check the "net" about Dodge Durango. They have steering problems, ball joint problems and engine failures,(sludge), and you think that this vehicle is the "best vehicle" that you have ever owned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Your AC problem is only the tip of the issue! Do some research!
  • Has anyone seen the news about the huge recall on 1999-2003 Durangos? The wheels on the SUV may FALL OFF !!!!I watched 20/20 last night and got the SAD news.

     I own a 2001 Dodge Durango. About 6 months ago my check engine lit went on and I was stuck with a bill for $1426.00 because of transmission issues. The dealership was awful to deal with and so was Dodge. I have owed many cars and never had a car with 50,000 miles on it , have transmission problems. I should have gotten rid of it then. Now we find out that about this huge recall. I won't be able to give it away. I wonder how long it will take to get the recall letter and then try to get into the dealership for service. GOOD LUCK. I live on Long Island in New York and my dealership was more than happy to sell me a car, but thats about it.I was through with Dodge 6 months ago, now I am really done with them.

    I can't wait to get rid of the SUV and go back to NISSAN.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Durango Recall


    tidester, host
  • The gas tank dropped in my 2003 Durango while I was driving on the Interstate. I'm glad to have not blown up, but miffed at the dealerships claim that it's not covered under the warranty. Anyone else experience this problem?
  • does that include the 04 model years, just wondering if the same defect is in the 04's
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    I believe that covers 2000-2003 models. I wondered the same about whether the problems have been fixed for '04 & '05.


    tidester, host
  • I have a 1999 Durango, had to have upper and lower ball joints replaced for inspection on 11/29/04. Does the recall just cover 2000 thru 2003? Any way I can get reimbursed for this cost from Dodge?


  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    All the reports I've read indicate only '00 to '03 models are covered with no mention of '99s. If anyone has additional information please share! Thanks!


    tidester, host
  • Just bot 04, slt, 28G, leather, hemi, boards, dvd, sirius, recline 2nd row, 50/50 3rd row, tow, traction for $10k off sticker (including rebates). Took it on 2000 trip over Thanksgiving and got just over 20 per gal on the highway. Looks like I am getting 14-15 in the city. Has been wonderful ownership experience so far except for:


    The rotors are already warped at 4k miles?? Moderately severe shaking when stopping. I am taking in for warranty. Also the rear bumper (just below the rear hatch) is discolored (many white splotches and should be black). Dealer says this is a warranty item and happens on many Durango's. Just was wondering if anyone else has experienced this??
  • Do a search on the "net" dealing with this vehicle. You will find a lot of information dealing with this vehicle and other Chrysler products.
  • rysterryster Posts: 567
    The upper ball joint recall on the Durango isn't really that big of a deal. Out of the 600K or so Durangos and Dakotas being recalled, the number of failures is a relatively small sample. Every manufacturer is forced to recall vehicles at one point or another. Besides, the wheels will not just fall off one would start hearing weird noises and feel looseness in the front end well ahead of any total failures.


    I am sorry for your transmission issues, but again, things happen. Our neighbor also has a Durango and he had to have his rear end replaced relatively early in his ownership of the truck. He still has his and now has over 120K miles on it. It remains his daily driver.


    My 2003 Durango has this recall as well as a recall for the winshield wiper module. I will get them taken care of at some point but I am not too concerned about the recalls. The recalls have little, if any, direct effect on resale. I still enjoy my truck and would not hesitate to look at another Chrysler vehicle in the future.
  • QUESTIONS: ---- Do you work for Chrysler or a Dodge dealer?-------- The Durango has major problems. Do some research on the "net". There are many people who have problems with this vehicle. Read their stories. I would love to own a Dodge Intrepid, but after researching this vehicle on the "net" I would not take the chance. It also has some major issues. People want "Value" for their hard earned dollars. In 1995 I leased a Jeep GC ,(a Chrysler product). It was the vehicle from "HELL". It lacked quality! (Electrical, Drive Train, and Suspension problems). Thank God it was only a 30 month lease! Chrysler designs some GREAT vehicles, but needs to improve the component parts. The Dodge Durango is an outstanding design. I would love to own one of these vehicles, but under the skin, the vehicle needs to be improved.
  • rysterryster Posts: 567
    No, I have no affiliation with Chrysler. I am just a happy owner of a 2003 Durango. You can search any car online and read horror stories. No manufacturer is immune from having vehicle issues. We owned an '88 Toyota Camry that went through rear bushings constantly. In '92 we traded it for a new '92 Camry. The '92 Camry also ate rear bushings and had other little issues here and there. The dealer was no help at all and basically gave up on us after the 3rd set.


    We also leased a '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 back in July of '95. 24-month lease. Only 2 problems (coolant hose came loose and needed to be reattached and rear suspension squeaked). Other than that the truck was great and we missed it when the lease was up (leased a '97 Explorer after the Jeep and it was a good truck...the Jeep was more fun overall). We also owned a 2000 Dodge Stratus. Put 60,000 miles on it in 3 years and had no problems with it (traded it last year for a 2003 Saturn VUE). The only time the Stratus went back to the dealer was for routine maintenance. The Saturn, on the other hand, had some "teething" issues but it is now fine and is a great vehicle.


    If I recall, Edmunds long term Intrepid a few years ago was one of their more reliable vehicles. It had a couple of little problems, but Edmunds came away favorably impressed with the car.


    I have owned 2 Pontiacs that were nightmares, a VW that was terrible, a couple of really bad Fords, a Chevy that was no problem, a Plymouth that was okay, and another Chevy that was pretty bad.
  • I'm new to this forum but I need some advice. I am going to look at a 99 Durango SLT on Monday that my father has already put a deposit on for me. I have always liked Durangos and so has my husband, but it's hard to find positive reviews on them. Right now I drive a Jeep Cherokee but I'd like something a little bigger; we load it down when we go camping. We also plan to move from the beach to the mountains and I am wondering how the Durango is in ice, snow, and steep grades (i am looking at a 4x4). I'm going 200 miles to look at this vehicle and would be buying without my husband even seeing it (he is in Iraq) so I would appreciate some positive advice!
  • sean3sean3 Posts: 158
    I dont own a durango, but they are sweet looking, why cant GM or Ford do something like it? At least daimler chrys can push the envelope and make some sweet cars into production, unlike lame Duck GM and Ford. IMHO sean,,,good choice on the durango folks>
  • sean3sean3 Posts: 158
    where are you getting your info on Chrysler/dodge products? alot of people intentionally bash anything from chrysler division, Heck i just recently got ris of my 1990 Chrysler Lebaron with over 210K on the clock and i treated that car like a rag and it alwways came back for more, during the same time i had experience with a ford and gm and the chrysler was way more trustworthy, Have you tried MSN cars website they seem a good source on past reliability and specific problems on every make/model, along with owner comments and surveys, People never trusted my old Lebaron but it never failed me, but back then they were considered junk but not mine. do carefull research good luck sean
  • I have an 03 durango which has a couple issues and I do not know if they are related. 1) Occasionally when in reverse a loud clicking noise occurs and sounds like it comes from under the hood. I does not happen all the time which makes trying to pinpoint the problem difficult. 2) When idling the car just recently began smelling hot, but temp gauge is ok. Just had anti-freeze flushed and I do not know if that could be a cause. Does anyone have similar problems or know of solutions?
  • Anybody having trouble with their front rotors warping? I think this is heat build up after long trips. Here is the letter I sent to Dodge:


    Dear Dodge Representative,


    In November I purchased a 2004 Dodge Durango from Lawrence Marshall Dodge in Hempstead, TX. This was a demonstrator with approximately 6000 miles. Over the Thanksgiving holiday we drove 2500 miles to visit relatives. After that trip I noticed severe shaking when stopping the vehicle due to the rotors being warped. I checked the pads and they showed normal wear. Since I am an engineer the only other reason for warped rotors is excessive heat build up. I do not do a lot of stop and go driving, and I am certain the heat build up occurred during the trip (1000 miles one way and 17 hours) and caused the rotors to warp. This is due to either a rotor design problem (too small), rotors having inferior metal content to withstand the heat and/or the ABS system causing too much drag on the rotors and the heat building up over the long drive.


    I recently took the vehicle in for a warranty claim and told the dealer about the brake problem. When I returned, the service department had only replaced the pads and turned the rotors. I explained this is only a temporary fix until we go on another extended trip. They said that there are no upgraded rotors at this time and they could only replace the pad and turn the rotors within the warranty. They further stated that brakes are only warranted for the first 12,000 miles.


    Please advise if there is an upgrade to the rotors being addressed. I believe the dealer did what they could at this time, but I am certain this problem will happen again once we go on another extended trip (which we do twice per year). If this does occur again I would expect Dodge to repair/replace the rotors as a warranty item.


  • ctomctom Posts: 11
    I'm confused - if you don't own a Durango and haven't bought a Chrysler/Dodge product in 10 years, why the frequent posting on this thread? Surely it's not just a community service to warn folks off of Chrysler products? :-)
  • In rgds to the white splotches on the rear bumber, I too have the same problem on my 04. I was told that it was the wax from repeated car washes. The dealer never mentioned anything about being covered under warranty, just advd me to get a black plastic restorer which would bring it back to life. Haven't tried it yet though.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Members are free to participate in discussions even when they don't own that vehicle. Many members have an active interest in vehicle lines that they have previously owned, consider owning or would like to own again. We do discourage "squatting" or sitting in a discussion for the mere purpose of being disruptive. That won't be tolerated. But if someone provides a solution/answer based on a previous experience, that can't be a bad thing even if their experience wasn't the best.


    Steve, Host
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    Does any know for sure if ESP (Elec. Stability Control) is even available on the '05 Durango??


    In looking at the Dodge site, it does not appear to be an option. I don't understand why is not a least an option, really it should be Standard.
  • No, stability control is not available (traction control is though). My guess is that will get added for '06, since they already have a system is use on other Dodge vehicles (like Magnum).
  • gregoryc1gregoryc1 Posts: 766
    You might want to try a set of aftermarket "cross drilled rotors" and the brake pads to go with these rotors. Do a search on the "net" and you should be able to find a vendor for these parts. Naturally, you will have to absorbe the cost of these products, and the labor cost to install them on the vehicle. The advantage of "cross drilled rotors" is that they can dissipate heat better than the stock rotors.
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    Hopefully along with MDS on the Hemi.


    I'm not sure if that not having ESC and MDS would keep me from trying to cut a great deal on an 05 or not.
  • Yes, the deals are great - but I bet they just get better as the year goes on? Current deals expire at the end of Feb, but I bet March has the same or better ones available.


    Mega rebates and financing deals make the Durango look like quite a bargain at the moment. Plus some people are getting the friends/family discounts too if they ask.


    My wish list for '06 is the cylinder deactiviation & stability control. Ok, a rear view camera would be nice too (like in the 4Runner, or MDX, or FX, or Sienna, etc), but I think that can be added aftermarket if you get the NAV system?


    I definitely want the UConnect. They have great examples of how it works over at Dodgeboy.
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    I was thinking more in terms of year-end deals come Aug. / Sept. Would it be worth getting 8-10k off an '05, or waiting for the new features on an '06.


    Tonight I test drove a '05 Limited w/ Hemi, dang I was impressed. For some reason last Aug. I was not impress that much. Maybe it was the SLT vs. the Limited or 04 vs 05 with some minor tweakes.
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