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Dodge Durango



  • neile457neile457 Posts: 65
    Yes, if I drive with jackrabbit starts and 70-75 on the interstate, I average 15-17 mpg. Lately I've been accelerating smoothly and going 55-60 on the interstate - averaging 20-22 mpg. I have an 02 4.7 with 145000 miles on it, still going strong.
  • horst1horst1 Posts: 33
    Here are a few steps you can take to prevent overheating. Install a max. capacity transmission oil cooler ea. 18.or 22.000lbs. from Hayden or equivalent. As you know engine overheating is 90% caused by the transmission. Check your fan blade if it is a four blade metal fan or a seven blade fiberglass fan. If it is a metal blade fan, change it to a seven or nine blade fiberglass fan. You also can purchase a fan clutch for towing. Install a 180 degree thermostat and you will have no more problems. I had to to all this on my Chevy Astro and believe you me no more overheating or other problems anywhere. When the fan came on it sounded like a jet is flying low altitude, but no more overheating problems. Also be shure your radiator is in good health. I hope this helps.
  • zsiberianzsiberian Posts: 6
    For the longest time I experienced a strange unrest every time I looked at a newly redesigned Durango. Once a vehicle that would catch my (generally critical) eye now and then, the new design would produce horror and suspicion at the same time.
    US carmakers seem to struggle as they loose customers every year, the latest vice is to put a little retro in the new models. From PT Cruiser, new Mustang and Challenger to Nissan Z the trick seems to work for US public, at least on the surface. But if the inspiration for most of the above models came from a much earlier model, where in the world did this monstrosity of a design came from for Durango. And then it hit me like a freight train as I pulled behind the new HEMI V8 the other day and began to look at it closely. It's nothing more than a Dodge Caravan with new back lights and modified front, even from a side it looks like it!
    Look closer and you will see Caravan on steroids, bravo Dodge, what a moneysaving idea! And still an element of retro, except it does not go 40 years back, but heck, why go so far! Unbelievable! :blush:
  • dcfontdcfont Posts: 1
    My wife and I purchased a 2005 Durango 8 cylinder (non-hemi) in August 2005. The vehicle now has 8,000 miles on it. On several occasions, we have experienced engine stalling. My wife drives the vehicle and has indicated that it occurs most frequently when she turns left. During the most recent incident, she stalled in the middle of an intersection. We have brought the vehicle to the dealer on 2 occasions and have called other times. The dealer says there is "no problem" and it is aware of no issues. This message board would suggest otherwise. People are going to get hurt or killed as a result of this problem and someone needs to take corrective action.

    Intested in any suggestions on how to get this problem fixed. Or, is the answer, get rid of the vehicle??
  • zsiberianzsiberian Posts: 6
    Please consider getting rid of this vehicle the sooner the better and safer for everyone else. Too often people wait out the disaster-to-happen only to find out they had viable options. The family is most important thing man, don't trust it to anyone. Please consider researching vehicles by looking at crash test results, MPG and roll-over test. I had to do this for one of my clients and all national pride aside I would not put my family in anything other than Honda Pilot or Subru Outback/forester - tested by several different researchers and coming out on top. Please also remember the accidents almost always involve other people and therefore other families as well. I admire your persistance in figuring out this problem, now the next step is to go with your gut feeling, and you know exactly what it's telling you to do.
  • tinkerertinkerer Posts: 13
    I have a 2000 4.7L, with 104,000 miles, but not sure what the rear is. I installed headers, 3" exhaust with a Gibson turbo flow muffler and a K&N air filter with cool air dam. I get 16 MPG around town and just under 19 on the highway.
  • dadeo7432dadeo7432 Posts: 6
    Not interested. We bought our large SUV knowing gas was +$3.00 a lb after driving on several long trips in a mid-sized car/SUV. We tow a boat, we haul stuff. Add the car rental fee to the price of gas and the hassle of getting the rental. On trips without the boat we get 20 MPG in our 2005 Hemi Durango. With it we get 15 MPG.
  • dadeo7432dadeo7432 Posts: 6
    I don't know about looks but right now these are a bargain. We got our Hemi Limited for $28,000. We liked it b/c it was kind of unusual compared to all the other big SUVs. But it works for us. We got good towing power for 7500 lbs, a reasonable price and lots of room. Granted I could live without the big glass windshield, but we do like the Nav system, DVD player, Sat radio, leather seats, sunroof, big powerful engine, ride and looks. Kind of funny
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    knowing gas was +$3.00 a lb

    Actually, it works out to about 48 cents per pound! (Sorry - I couldn't resist!) :)

    tidester, host
  • Hey there, sorry i took so long to wite back
    I found out that there is a service memo out, the lock acuators go bad and needed to be replaced, see if you can get the dealer to fix it under a recall type status, since I printed out the service bulletin and handed it to the service guy, they said OK and replaced them free of charge. good luck
  • tmocktmock Posts: 1
    I bought a 05 Dodge Durango 4x4 5.7 hemi and was told that it would do my hauling needs. I have 3 horse trailer and usually need to haul 2 horses. Everytime I hook up the trailer with no horses in it they engine light goes off and my vehicle will eventually stop moving. I have to shut it off and restart it to be able to move. Have had it towed into shop and taken in 2 more time for the same thing and each time they find nothing then told me maybe I was over hauling. My trailer weighs 4K pounds they told me it would haul almost 9K pounds when I bought it. Anyone know what I can do. Thanks
  • plainsmanplainsman Posts: 6
    Where did you get it for $28, let me know the dealer a, I dont belive it unless it was demo or used.

    We got 06 hemi, limited, towing, travel pacakge dvd/shiny wheels/nav, sunroof, block heater, towhooks, molded flaps for $31.451 + tax
  • steve38steve38 Posts: 11
    It had laminated side glass which made the interior VERY QUIET. I do nt think the newer versions did. You can tell if you have it by looking at the TOP of the glass when the window is half down on drivers door. If you see two panes of glass fused together you have it. Does the 2005 or 2006 have it?

    I have a Limited HEMI model and I think it was only in the LTD.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 254
    I've got a 2002 5.9 R/T, and I've got a few questions for you.

    First, I have water coming in on the passenger side front, and ending up in the floor in front of the front passenger seat. Anybody else had this problem, and if so, where was it coming from?

    Second, my check engine light has been on since December, because it came back on 2 days after I had an O2 sensor replaced. I took it to Auto Zone, and they said it was probably just the gas cap, but if it were to start missing, it could be a vacuum leak. Well folks, it took it 6 months, but it's started missing and hesitating. What could that be, and what is involved to fix it, if it is a vacuum leak?

    Third, I cannot find mud flaps for this thing anywhere. I've seen plenty of SLT's riding around with mud flaps, but I can't seem to find them anywhere. Suggestions?

    Fourth, my A/C never seems to get "cold." It'll get cool, but it takes it forever. Also, if the passenger moves the passenger temp control over from cold to warm, even just 1/3 of the way, my air gets warm, it doesn't stay cold. Anybody else have that problem?

    Also, I am getting horrid, horrid gas mileage. I was told at the Dodge dealer that a good investment would be a K&N air filter/charger. The service manager said it would improve the mileage, and power.

    Other accessories, such as chrome pieces for the fenders, mirrors, and door handles, really any chrome pieces at all, does anyone have them on their durango, and if so, where'd you get them? I've found the door handle and mirror covers on ebay, but the door handles come with 2 front handles with key hole pre-cut out. My passenger side front door doesn't have a key hole. Also, I have the large heated mirrors, I'm not sure if the mirror covers from ebay will fit them.

    And last but certainly not least, has anyone with a 2003 or older Durango had dual exhaust installed? Especially with the 5.9? I'm hoping to have that done as soon as I get everything else right with it. Does it make mileage go down, or up, or does it stay the same?

    I think thats all for now. I may think of something later though! Thanks for any input!
  • I am looking at buying a used 2005 Durango SLT 4x4. Towing capacity is a big issue for me. On it says standard towing is in the 5K range and max towing is in the 8K range. What needs to be done in order to reach max towing as opposed to standard towing? How would I be able to tell what the towing capacity for the specific vehicle would be? Would it require having the Hemi engine?

    Thanks for your help.
  • I just purchased this well-maintained 2002 Durange SLT from a Volvo dealer whom we trust well. They assured me it all checked out A-OK for a vehicle with 80K. Last night, I had real difficulties getting it to release it's hold on 4H. I had with me in the car a service manager from Dodge and he thinks its the clutch pack in the rear end. But I noticed if I bring the vehicle to a complete stop, put it in neutral, then shift from 4H to 2wd and wait a few seconds, it "seems" to do better. Any ideas besides the rear end being shot? I will be contacting the dealer to see what they did to "Check it out" prior to my buying it.

    I was really hoping to find a post with good news about this issue, but I couldn't find any.

    Please Help

    Charboneau (Shar-bun-oh)
  • I was at a local Dodge dealership looking at the 2006 Durango SLT with AWD. The salesperson claimed that an AWD Durango operates via 2WD (i.e. back wheels only) during all normal operations and only goes into AWD when the vehicle senses that AWD is needed. Is this correct or does an AWD Durango use all 4 wheels to propel the vehicle at all times? Also, will the AWD cost me MPG versus a 4X4 operating in only 2WD? Any help you could provide would be appreciated.
  • Does anybody have a chart that matches the fuse numbers on the location charts to the function of the fuses? One of my 12v outlets isn't working and I suspect the fuse, but which one?
  • mbgc1mbgc1 Posts: 6
    I have the 2005 Durrango and it is all wheel all the time. This is a killer in gas.

    Itraded my 2000 Durrango in which was 2 wd until you put it in 4 wd. Much better milage.

    I am dissapointed in the new Durrango. I have had it for 7 months and hate it!!

    Also the warranty package doesn't include roadside service like it did in years before so be careful. My dealer told me I was getting the same and it isn't.
  • You must come to a complete stop when trying to get back to 2wd. It also helps if you shift into neutral. I know it says it is does not have to do this but I had a 2000 PT4x4 and it always worked when i did this. Hope this is not too late for you. I just got back on here. :)
  • Yesterday my 2004 Durango with 41,000 mi. stopped with a bang. Thought I had a blowout but found the front of the driveshaft on the ground. I thought rear end had locked up due to 75 ft of skid marks. Also, two 1" square tubes on front inside of rear tires were broke and about 3" apart.

    Dealer says these bars (traction bars? stabilizers?) had been bent (probably by a poor hoist job) and they both cracked then broke. This caused the rear axle to move rearward pulling out the driveshaft. THE REAR END DID NOT LOCK UP AS I THOUGHT IT HAD. IF this is the case, the powertrain warranty covers nothing. HELP!!!! Has anyone heard of such a thing? The last time on a hoist was at another Dodge dealer about a month and 2000 miles earlier. The two dealers are scheduled to discuss my problem tomorrow 9/11. Luckily I was going about 20 mph when this happened or things might be worse.
  • I have the same a/c problem with my 1998 Durango. Have had it fixed twice and now have in over $1000 into the air conditioning. First it was the H-valve, which was $900. Then the a/c still didn't work and I don't remember what it was the second time. Got it fixed again, then drove 11 hours this July on vacation and had a puddle on the passenger floor in front. Our friend that was with it says it's from the a/c leaking. It doesn't happen when we drive short distances, so we've let it go for now. I'll wait till next summer if we still have it. We had it "fixed" at the dealership twice so next time we'll go somewhere else. All in all I love this car and HATE the look of the new models. I'd buy another one in a minute if they looked the same. (Even with the 13 mpg)
  • co97co97 Posts: 2
    After looking thru all of your entires I really did not notice any major issues with the 2006 models. Is this true?

    Reason for asking is that I'm looking for a good SUV that will compete with Toyota and Honda quality. Does the 06 Durango hold up?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
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  • This is a sad fact that Dodge decided we are too stupid to need to have this info accessible. I ended up talking to a tech who looked it up in the service manual. Can someone please post a link to where we can print it off??

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683 may have the info. Lots of libraries subscribe to the Alldata database so give your local reference librarian a call.
  • Today(12/30/06), my wife was driving our 2004 Durango at low speed preparing to make a turn into a business, when the vehicle suddenly locked up on her and came to a screeching halt. The vehicle was totally disabled in the middle of the road. As it turns out, when I got to her I found both the stabilizer bars from the rear axle to the frame were both broken at the front of the rear tires. This caused the rear to "twist" and lock the drive shaft. We had it towed to the dealer for evaluation. This is very upsetting, especially if she was in a high traffic fast moving situation. Both of the bars had the look of a clean type cut as if they were cut with a saw. As luck would have it the warranty was up 2000 miles ago.

    Please let me know how things turned out for you.
  • The interior lights on my 2004 Durango will not go out! Help!
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