1998 Dodge Durango Reviews - Page 6 of 20

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.7L gas from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.7L gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Too many big ticket failures

Faults:

The left front end has been replaced 2x.

The ABS has been replaced 2x.

The rotors cracked.

The rear bearing failed.

General Comments:

I cannot believe how many major things have gone wrong with this truck. I drive it sparingly, around 10,000 miles a year. I do tow with it, but not to a large extent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th July, 2005

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carDodge several

Summary:

Lack up development, but overall good

Faults:

A whole list of sensors and switches, Ball joints, 2 batteries, MAP sensor, A/C O-rings.

General Comments:

All in all, there is NOTHING in it's class that does what it does best- Haul cargo. I am somewhat dissapointed with the fact that the engine light is almost always on due to a sensor for the engine management system going bad, and I have yet to replace a single sensor on my 300K VOLVO.

I frequently pull trailers with the race car or motorcycles behind it weighing up to 9000 Lbs, and the Durango never complains. Actually, it has a higher towing capacity than my 1/2 ton full size truck!! The utility factor with this SUV rivals a Chevy Suburban for it's work value.

I wish there was another mid-size SUV to replace it, but there just isn't (including the new one with the Hemi). I regularly run through the mountains with it pulling a trailer and pass cars and trucks going UPHILL! I have the old- fasioned 318 V-8 in it, and maybe this makes a difference, but overall, I just can't bear to get rid of it for it's small problems that I can fix quickly..

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

Review Date: 26th June, 2005

1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.2 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired88245 miles
Most recent distance88952 miles
Previous carGMC Jimmy

Summary:

This may COST me, But I look Good!

Faults:

So far I have encountered only 2 things that concern me. Vibration at 70mph. I don't know if it is Tires or Brake system causing the problem. I plan to purchase 4 new tires, balance and have alignment done. Also averaged only 14.3 MPG on freeway trip to SF Bay Area and back. Plan to tune up V8 engine, replace spark plug wires and add octane boost to gasoline and see what happens.

General Comments:

This is really not fair to you other owners who have had the SUV for a long time and can relay experiences; But I love the truck! I have read the reviews and found 50/50, some love the truck, some hate the truck. Since I purchased USED and only drove one long road trip, I felt I should relay my initial impressions to possible buyers of this SUV. Just Buy the thing! My God, it is far better than any GM product, and why settle for an Explorer. Go out there and look GOOD! Buy a Durango!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2005

14th Mar 2007, 09:07

It's true that the Durango is way better than an explorer, but seriously, get a GM truck. A Tahoe or Suburban gets the same gas mileage and makes more power, so you can tow and haul bigger loads without overheating your transmission. Not to mention, Tahoes and Suburbans have much better resale value than Durangos.

14th Mar 2007, 16:05

I was also recently in the market for a used SUV to replace my aging Dodge truck. I wanted something built on a truck frame, with an actual 2-speed transfer case.

I considered the Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Durango, Chevy Tahoe, and lastly the Ford Explorer.

The interest in the Wrangler is obvious, because they are synonymous with 4x4, but in the end I decided that a subcompact 4x4 convertible wasn't what I was looking for.

The Chevy Tahoe is just too expensive.

Being a long-time Mopar fan for decades, my initial choice was the Durango, but the reports of bad ball joints, seized engines, and failed transmissions were just too numerous to ignore.

I finally went with the Explorer (a 2002 Sport), and am very pleased with it so far, with the caveat that I realize it is not the off-road 4x4 that my old truck was, or that the Wrangler is.

Their reputation as a yuppie-mobile at first turned me off, but on the positive side I decided that would at least mean that a used model would not have been abused off road.

It is more comfortable and roomier than the Wrangler, and you could actually haul something if you had to. Not to mention, it gets better mileage, which I'll be thankful for this summer.

9th Jun 2010, 11:53

"But I look good..."

Is that when you are waiting at the mechanic's shop after your engine died, or driving it after picking it up after the engine died???

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