1999 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2 from North America
Fog light relay went out.
Front drive shaft universal joints squeaked.
Engine Power Train Control Module went out.
Engine idle speed solenoid went out.
Battery went out at 55,000 miles.
Leaking thermostat housing gasket.
White sludge in coolant recovery tank.
The Dodge Dealers in Northern Virginia tried to beat me out of $3000 worth of repairs. If I didn't have 10 years experience working on automobiles, I'd be $3000 poorer right now.
First dealer issue. When the Power Train Control module went out, the dealer told me that I needed a complete tune up, and oil change, change wires, change of air filer, Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, fuel injector service and serpentine belt replacement. All items required as a result of the faulty Powertrain Control Module. Dealer estimate for repair was $1200; I had them replace the Powertrain Control Module under warranty for $89 service fee. Incorrect diagnoses by the dealer.
Second issue. As a result of the Powertrain Control Module failure, the idle speed solenoid failed. The dealer told me that in addition to repairing this solenoid, I had evidence of oil in the intake manifold. Their diagnosis was ruptured plenum seal. I asked how the seal ruptured and what procedure they used to troubleshoot the fault. They told me that the ruptured seal was the only possibility, therefore they did not use a procedure. They also advised me that I would experience marked oil consumption. I declined the $2000 repair and have not lost a drop of oil since their warning. Incorrect diagnosis by the dealer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th March, 2003
21st Jun 2003, 00:21
On the first issue most of the services recommended are maintenance items normally completed to prolong the life of the vehicle. However I don't think they were the cause of the PCM failure.
On the second issue, there has been concerns with the intake manifold pan gaskets rupturing, but can be tested by checking for vacuum in the crankcase ventilation system. Either there is a miscommunication between you and the dealer or find another dealer.