1998 Dodge Durango SLT 5.9 from North America
She's a beauty, but she's also high maintenance!!
The intake manifold gasket blew, causing an internal oil leak. This lead to massive oil consumption, engine pinging/ticking, and poor performance.
I just recently bought a 98 Durango. I was pleased with the performance of the vehicle when putting around town, but the first sign of trouble was on the interstate at high speeds. I noticed a loss of power while trying to accelerate from speeds of 70+. The engine would make a pinging/ticking sound as if in need of oil. I dismissed it at first, knowing that the vehicle just had an oil change.
The next sign of trouble was the check gauge light coming on periodically. When I made a turn, the light would ding. I looked at the gauges and saw my oil pressure at 0!! After making the turn, the light went off and the oil pressure resumed to 40. All I can say is thank goodness for the check gauge light! I checked the oil, and there wasn't a trace of oil on the dipstick! The intake manifold gasket was blown, causing oil to be sucked up into the motor. This is an internal oil leak meaning, there is no visible oil leaking onto your driveway!
If you have this problem and haven't fixed it, do it soon!! It could cause your engine to blow. The old gaskets were made of paper/cardboard and easily blew out. The new gaskets are made of plastic/rubber. I was burning a gallon of oil/month! If I didn't pay attention to my check gauge light, I'd be stuck with a $6000 problem right now! For more info on this repair, check out this web address: http://dodgeram.info/tsb/2000/09-05-00.htm
I've wanted a Durango since they first came out, but now I wish I had done my homework. These vehicles seem to be plagued with problems. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep mine or dump it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd March, 2005