1998 Dodge Durango Reviews - Page 4 of 20

1998 Dodge Durango stl 5.2 318 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.2 318 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired159345 miles
Most recent distance170678 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

I love this S.U.V!

Faults:

Only thing that has gone wrong is one window does not open all the time, that was that way when purchased.

General Comments:

The Durango is very comrortable and has plenty of room.

Has more that enought power, which makes it great off road for it's size!

Little to much road noise than I like.

Does great on snow and ice!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2006

1998 Dodge Durango SLT Plus 5.2L V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.2L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17 miles
Most recent distance187592 miles

Summary:

I LOVE THIS TRUCK!!! It's awesome!!

Faults:

We've replaced the Front brakes several times through out the years.

The Front bearings went in 2001, my Husband replaced them with minor troubles. We had to replace the drivers side again in 2006 but due to large road work in the area.

The transmission sensor went which was replaced at the dealership, but was kind of scary because it caused the speedometer and all other gauges to stop working!!!

Replaced the water pump in 2006 at about 150,000 miles.

The transmission is starting to give me problems, but with regular flushes and up keep has been very reliable.

General Comments:

I love my Durango, no the gas mileage isn't great, but HELLO it's a V8!!! This truck has been everywhere and has never left me in the lurch!!!

My parents own a '98 Durango which has well over 200,000 miles!! And is still going strong!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2006

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2L / 318ci from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.2L / 318ci Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance142700 miles
Previous carLincoln Town Car

Summary:

Nice truck, especially with some performance improvements

Faults:

Fuse under hood for fog lights blew.

Rear windshield wiper motor needed to be replaced.

Freeze plug needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

I bought this car from a local dealer as is with ~112K on it. They had put on new tires (which was cool) and cleaned it up good.

One thing I didn't like was they didn't tell me about the rear wiper not working or the fog lights not working... oh well, as is..is...as is.. my fault for not checking.

I hear a lot of people complaining about repairs.. you have to do a thing called "preventative maintenance". First thing I did when I got my truck was go to Goodyear (not affiliated)..they have a $40 fee for checking basically everything from bumper to bumper.

After their report of stuff they found wrong, their price to fix it was almost $2K. I didn't intend on them fixing it anyway as I have my own mechanic I've been going to for some time now.

I had a complete tune-up done, rear windshield motor replaced, fog lights fixed, everything greased that's supposed to get greased. He also removed part of a block heater that was on there and wasn't functional for me. All this was only just over $400.

Since then, I've changed the oil every 3 months since I don't drive it enough to put 3,000 miles on it using pennzoil, and let it warm up in the winter time for about 1 minute.

I've had the truck now for 7 months with absolutely NO problems. I've even put some performance into it.

I've got a cool air intake, dual exhaust and superchips programmer in it and it runs like a bat out of hell!

It gets 11.5MPG in the city and 14MPG on the highway which isn't bad and doesn't stray from the original manufacturer's markings.

All I can say is, if you take care of her, she'll take care of you! Actually read the manual if you've never owned a 4-WHEEL drive vehicle before because there's stuff you shouldn't do--like switch into 4WD on dry pavement.

Shouts to all the "D" owners out there.. take some pride in it and it won't let you down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2006

28th Jun 2007, 10:49

Good to see another person with a good Dodge Durango experience. I have a 99 Durango and it runs very well. I am anal about getting scheduled work done on it and have had it for about 4 years. I got it with 62k miles and now it's at 104K. I got new tires (goodyear fortera's), ball joints replaced, engine flush and tune up, transmission oil replaced, ABS sensor replaced, Oil change every 3000 miles, new brakes all the way around, replaced all windshield wipers and new K&N air filter. I did not do these things all at once since I'm not made of money, but what I have done has made a big difference in how she rides. She rides very smooth and with power which I love. I also did some small outside mods, new mud flaps, chrome exhaust pipe, new rain guard and bug shield. No rims since I can't see myself parting with that kind of money when I have a family to provide for. I rather spend that money on a disney trip for everyone instead of just me.

She looks and runs great. I hope to push her to around 250k. I treat the truck well and she rides well in return. I have taken this truck from PA to Conn, and it road very well. Great for long trips with the family. It pains me to see so many people with problems with there truck. I hope what I have done will head off some of these troubles at least for a while.

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