1998 Dodge Durango Reviews - Page 3 of 20

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance91250 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Never, ever, ever again will I buy a Dodge or Chrysler product

Faults:

New Engine (at 60,000 miles)

Upper Ball Joints.

Lower Ball Joints.

A/C Compressor.

A/C Compressor (Again)

A/C Condenser coil.

Steering Stabilizer.

Water pump (25,000 miles - no warranty coverage)

Power steering pump.

Alternator.

General Comments:

I am very meticulous with my vehicles' maintenance schedules. I keep a book on each vehicle and use MS Outlook calendar. The motor spun a bearing at 60K miles and the dealership told us it was due to sludge build up. I about lost my mind - showed them receipts from Auto Zone and Advance Auto - where I buy my oil and filters, etc, etc. They didn't want to hear it.

I have to say, based experiences I've had with my 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee (superb vehicle, by the way), that Dodge is seriously lacking in the customer service department. They are good at making excuses, not making good on commitment to customer satisfaction.

I've been reading the ODI site about the recalls and investigations about the defective ball joints and Dodge's responses. Dodge won't admit they put out a faulty product when statistics prove otherwise. Of course, it's cheaper to lie than to admit fault and recall any more vehicles than they are forced to. All about the bottom line and the stockholders - never mind the safety of those who purchase their products!

We love the room this vehicle offers and the visibility in traffic, but we call this our money pit. We should feel like we're driving a new vehicle, but we're waiting for the next bomb to drop. We talk about selling it, but we want to get some mileage from the repair bills we've sunk our cash into.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th November, 2007

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.2 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

CRAP

Faults:

Water pump, Brakes (2x), Missing during acceleration, blown thermostat and gasket, Malfunctioning radio.

General Comments:

I wanted a Durango for a long time thinking that the room would be great in addition to a V8 paired up with the 4 wheel drive.

The day after buying the car, it started to miss and lose power while on hills. Later, the thermostat AND the waterpump blew out and sprayed coolant out everywhere. While tearing the waterpump apart, I discovered that all of the hosed were rotten and that a brown gunk had accumulated in the hoses.

Generally, this car is a money pit and not trustworthy. I traded it off after a few months for a Mazda just to avoid any future problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th November, 2007

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 liter from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.2 liter Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Faults:

I bought the Durango in 2007, about April.

I was on my way to Las Vegas, and when we stopped to get something to eat, and got back on the road, there was a grinding coming from the rear end. We got back to Salt Lake City, and had it checked by a transmission shop. They told me there were clutches in the differential that were shot, and it would cost me 1,800 dollars to fix it. So we fixed it, and decided to get a first time Dodge buyers warranty that covered the whole drive train; seemed like a good deal.

That was until I started having trouble with the transmission. The bushing on the transmission pump went out. I turned it in to my Warranty America plan, and they decided it wasn't an internally lubricated part, so it wasn't covered, so with my Durango torn down and no money now, what the hell do I do? Thanks Warranty America for nothing. I have to come up with another 2,500 dollars to fix this S.O.B. Thanks so much Dodge, I really appreciate it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th October, 2007

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 liter 318 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.2 liter 318 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired126225 miles
Most recent distance175425 miles
Previous carChevrolet K3500

Summary:

Love the look and feel of the car Hate the drive train

Faults:

Replaced 3 sensors at one time TPS, AIT and mass air sensor.

Throttle still sits at 1200 rpms? at idle check engine light stays on when it wants to and dealer can't figure it out.

I understand it has a lot of miles and it has been a nice car for the wife, but now transmission is starting to slip and I'm afraid I'm gonna get hit all at once..

General Comments:

The interior is very nice for a ten year old car not a rip in the leather a mark on the suede or nothing exterior is beautiful.

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

Review Date: 15th March, 2007

15th Mar 2007, 22:36

Flushing your trans fluid and changing your trans filter ever year (somewhat costly, I realize), is the only way to prolong the life of a high mileage transmission. Also, try not to turn off the Over Drive when cruising. It can sometimes put extra strain on the transmission. Besides for a trans rebuild, this is your best hope. Do not "engine brake" (shift down to slow down). Although most people don't, I feel the need to mention this. Also, pulling any kind of trailer with a old trans is never a good idea. You can try various liquid additives that claim to help old transmissions, but few do anything and only for a short time. This is just advise (coming from a Chrysler employee, no less) There are are no real fixes, just do these few things and baby it. Best of Luck.

16th Mar 2007, 07:48

Yes, I think 22:36 said the exact opposite of what it should be. Maybe a typo? I would say you SHOULD turn off your OD in city traffic or any condition where you can't continuously go over 40 mph. I would say you SHOULD shift into a lower gear for towing a trailer, going up hills, and for engine braking down long, steep grades. I would NOT get a tranny flush. Instead, go somewhere that will remove the pan and replace the filter, as well as changing the fluid. The key is to replace the clogged filter, not just flush out the fluid.

15th Sep 2012, 21:54

Both comments are technically good advice, but I would hardly consider a vehicle with less than 200k on it a high mileage vehicle. But then again, when you are driving poorly maintained domestic vehicles, I guess it is.

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