2006 Dodge Durango Review from North America

2006 Dodge Durango Limited 4x4 5.7L Hemi V8

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.7L Hemi V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance500 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

More bang for the buck

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

Plenty of Power with available 5.7L hemi V8. However it doesn't come on very strong and seems to take a second to get up to speed. Passing on the Freeway is easy and it merges well with a slight step on the throttle.

Fuel economy is poor even with the Multi-Displacement System on the Hemi which will shut down four of the eight cylinders while at cruising speed. This feature is supposed to help fuel consumption stay low and I'm sure it does help, a little.

The Cabin is very comfortable and has plenty of space and storage. I am 6'2" and fit well in the front with ample leg and head room. I also fit easily in the second row with the driver seat pushed back. The third row, while very easy to get into compared to any other SUV you may wish to test, still affords room for a taller occupant although I have to admit I wouldn't want to ride back there for an extended length of time.

The optional power open tailgate is a lifesaver and the floor is relatively low, which is an asset while loading groceries.

Overall amenities are nicely appointed and easy to reach/manage. The fit and finish are high quality although I would like to see less plastic on the dash and door panels.

I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone wanting power coupled with passenger space in a smaller than large SUV. The dollar to value ratio is top notch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th January, 2006

14th Apr 2006, 15:33

You'll probably want to wait a while and put more miles on your truck before you recommend it to others. 500 miles will in no way show if your vehicle is reliable.

Don.

10th Dec 2006, 23:15

I've just put down a deposit on a 2006 hemi engined Durango and am quite concerned about the polarised opinions on the reliability of these cars. I went for the Dodge because it is the most car for the money when compared with the Explorer or Pathfinder and it has a fine engine. I'm previously a Landrover owner and have never had an American car before. These cars have character in a way an ultra reliable Toyota or Nissan never will.

New found concerns aside, I'm looking forward to picking up my new Durango. I live in the middle east and so the car will do a lot of high speed driving on desert highways as well as regular use in the dunes. Fuel economy isnt an issue here because the stuff costs buttons! I'm hoping I'll become a Dodge fan and not a Dodge hater over the next year!

29th May 2007, 12:35

You should be OK with a 06 Durango. Most of the problems that I have heard seem to come from the 1998-2000 model year. Not sure why though, but I believe consumer reports rates that 06 a recommended truck with at least average reliability. Good Luck!

24th Jan 2008, 01:13

To the Middle Eastern guy, you might want to remove the cat system if you in Saudi Arabia and going to import your truck from the US, due to gas spcs issue. other than that you will love your truck. سلام

22nd Feb 2008, 06:23

Hello, I've got a Hemi, 2006, now I have been using it for 1 & half years, I got 30,000 kms.

I love this car; everything is great except I have an engine shake between 60 & 80 kms when I'm cruising. It shakes then it goes well.

The other thing in facing is that it does not have engine protection from the bottom front, otherwise everything is OK.

For any further personal info on the car, email me at gambler_26@hotmail.com

2nd Oct 2010, 23:00

I had a 2006 Durango. Loved it. Miss it. Definitely getting another :D.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review