1998 Dodge Durango Reviews

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.7 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 5.7 Automatic
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance208560 miles

Summary:

Great car if you want to pay to fix it

Faults:

Upper and lower ball joints, bearing in left and right sides.

New radiator.

5 transmissions.

The engine is still good, and runs great after repairs.

General Comments:

Has been a really great car, and is very reliable.

Takes me anywhere I need to go. Has been through snow and mud.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2012

1998 Dodge Durango SLT Sport 5.2 Magnum V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 5.2 Magnum V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

Very reliable, but think only a mechanic should own one for repair cost purposes

Faults:

Replaced upper and lower ball joints. Tires almost fell off at 110k miles; still had stock parts.

Replaced water pump at 99K miles; was leaking coolant.

Replaced fan clutch at 130k miles; was about to fall off and go through the radiator.

Oil sending unit failed at 134k miles, causing the oil light to turn on and the oil gauge to drop to 0 psi. Had to get the truck towed to avoid possible engine damage.

Replaced intake gaskets at 140k miles. Started using a lot of oil, and started spark knocking under a load, then the dealer had to re-flash the PCM with up to date software. Problem solved; no more spark knock or oil usage.

General Comments:

Truck will pull anything that fits behind it.

It handles well for a SUV.

Haven't encountered any 4x4 problems so far; still works well.

AC is still cold.

All the windows and locks have worked very well with no problems.

Plenty of interior room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2011

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.2 Automatic
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles
Previous carGMC S-15

Summary:

Expensive

Faults:

Something is definitely wrong with the cooling system.

5 water pumps.

3 radiators.

Now the heater core is leaking.

Replaced transmission.

Ball joints and tie rods.

Other than all the expensive repairs and replacements, I liked the Durango.

General Comments:

Great vehicle, except for all the repairs and cooling system replacements.

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

Review Date: 9th December, 2010

1998 Dodge Durango SXT 4x4 5.2L Magnum V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.2L Magnum V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

172K miles and I won't let her go

Faults:

Replaced the water pump twice, A/C compressor, tensioner and idler pulleys, upper and lower ball joints, rotors, complete power steering system, transmission, rusted out running boards.

General Comments:

My Durango has taken me many places, and to all those out there that hate them, I have one thing to say. "Know what you are getting into before you purchase a vehicle". I knew that the Durango is high maintenance, I also knew that if properly taken care of, she would run for well over 200K miles.

My truck is tough, fun, safe, and will drive over pretty much any obstacles that are in her path.

Overall I would say that the 98 Dodge Durango is my favorite vehicle so far, "I have owned 13". If you are looking for a car that is easy on the pocketbook, this one is not for you. But if you enjoy driving and accept the fact that mechanical parts occasionally break, then I think you will love the Durango as much as I do.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2009

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 liter V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.2 liter V8 Automatic
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance230500 miles

Summary:

Definitely, one of the best purchases we ever made!

Faults:

Just the typical wear and tear that happens to a vehicle that has so many miles on it. It is definitely NOT good on gas!

General Comments:

We absolutely got our money's worth out of the truck! It never had any major problems, other than the typical wear and tear. Very dependable, wonderful family truck.

Although it was never really good on gas, trading it in was hard to do! I really enjoyed owning this vehicle! GREAT BUY!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2009

1998 Dodge Durango SXT 5.3 I think from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.3 I think Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles

Summary:

I love my 98 Durango

Faults:

- The spare tire did not fit my front rim, even though it was a 15" rim, so I got a spare that matched the rest from an auto swap yard.

- The tranny uses ATF+4. Please don't go to an oil change place to replace this or it will mess up the tranny. Also, with the front skid plate to protect the engine, I found oil change places won't take it off to check the front differential fluid, so it runs low; get your hands dirty and check it.

General Comments:

- The front tires wear out faster than the rear, so change them around every 6 months. By the way, set the tire pressures at 42 each. It works better for turns, tire wear and gas mileage is up to 20. Very nice.

- I am at 145k and only now have to replace shocks. Also the serpentine pulleys are starting to squeak so I will be replacing them soon.

- I replaced the serpentine at 120k.

- Belt tensioner wore out around 110k.

- I've had no problem with anything underneath, but I do change fluids religiously.

- I've used this car to move 3500 miles, day to day work, and our family only has this Durango. We love our Durango, and it's cheap cheap cheap to maintain. Totally comfortable and pulls my friends cars when they break down like they weigh nothing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2009

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 66 reviews