1999 Dodge Durango Reviews - Page 20 of 34

1999 Dodge Durango SLT 5.9L from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.9L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carDodge Pickup

Summary:

Nice looking and comfortable, but engine SUCKS

Faults:

Entire dash shutdown at 14000 miles. The dealer replaced this for free. Was told that this was a common problem.

Passenger side window motors stopped working at 15000 miles. The dealer said they replaced them. They worked.

The passenger side windows totally laid down at 40000 miles. Repaired at my expense.

Began getting oil pressure warning light at 41000 miles. Took it to dealer and they could find nothing wrong with it.

Same oil pressure light at 42000 miles. Took it to dealer and they said that the sender needed to be changed. Replaced that and it stopped briefly, but came back again.

The oil pressure light continued to come on and go off until it finally locked up at 65000 miles. Had to replace engine at my expense. Dodge let on like they had never experienced this problem before. That was BS.

After replacing the engine, the oil pressure light is still coming on and going off.

Have had three Dodge trucks and all have been great vehicles. Will soon trade this pile of junk for another truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2003

1999 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 Liter 318 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.2 Liter 318 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carDodge Van

Summary:

I would never again buy a 1999 Durango with a 5.2 liter engine

Faults:

The Oil Pressure dropped to 0 at 43,000 miles. Dealer said it was engine sludge and not covered by warranty. I changed the oil regularly.

Very poor gas mileage. My dodge ram 1500 pickup with a 5.2 Liter engine gets much better gas mileage. Durango axle geared to low.

Intake manifold gasket was bad at 36,000 miles.

General Comments:

This engine is a lemon. I used to be a mechanic and I take great care to change the oil and use a good filter and oil. This oil sludge problem is way too common in the 5.2 liter engine and I believe this should be a recall.

I fixed the problem for now by flushing the engine with kerosene and installing a K&N oil filter. Also, I am using 100% synthetic motor oil. If it happens again I will have to change the screen, oil pump and clean out the sludge from the engine. Hopefully before I burn it up.

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

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

1999 Dodge Durango SLT V 8 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V 8 Don't Know
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired368 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Money pit on wheels

Faults:

I bought my Durango new in January of 2000. In October of 2000 my lower ball joints went bad, and I had them fixed under warranty. The bad ball joints caused my tires to wear improperly, and they replaced the front two tires at no charge.

In February of 2001, I started hearing a noise in front end. Service department has been unable to determine exactly what is wrong with my Durango. They suggested it needed aligning. I had my Durango aligned. Another complaint about the noise, and they suggested I needed new tires. I bought new tires. I have complained constantly about the noise in the front end, and it is not driving properly. They can't find anything wrong with my Durango. I decided to have it aligned again after my new tires started wearing. It didn't take the tire service center 5 minutes to tell me what my problem is "bad ball joints".

I've had other problems with the check engine light and the Anti lock Break System light and they said it was caused by a short and put a new sensor on it.

At 33,000 I had to have a flash module replaced because I had a spark knock. This Durango has numerous noises, and the dealer can't seem to find the source.

I am in the process of trying to get my most recent problem of bad ball joints fixed. The dealer told me it would cost me $1000.00.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2003

5th Feb 2004, 10:34

All four ball joints and the tool necessary to break them loose costs less than $175. (And a Saturday morning's work).

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 123 reviews