1999 Dodge Durango SLT V8 518 V8 from North America
A waste of time and money
I now know I am not the only one has suffered the perils of owning a Durango. I have owned this truck for three months and have the privilege of actually driving it for approx. three weeks. It's horrible!
At 63,000 miles my engine grenaded shooting rods through the oil pan, likely due to oil pressure problems several of us owners have had. I replaced the engine which I had paid out-of-pocket, unfortunately I have no warranty, and now the transmission is on the fritz. I must add that the transmission problem happened no less than twelve hours after picking up the vehicle from the engine replacement shop. It's a nightmare! So it sits in my driveway, not able to move, just looking good and wasting time.
I read in someone's review that they had replaced their transmission THREE times. Well, I can't say I'm going to put up with that. A patch and seal job should do the trick, giving me just enough time to drive it to the dealer and trade it in. Even after a $4,300 engine swap and other miscellaneous investments, I'm ready to cut my losses and get a new car. I would rather have a vehicle I could rely on rather that wait it out for the next major problem.
--> Note to self, no more Dodges.
A beautiful truck with skeletons in the closet. Don't trust it.
Durango's do have a very nice infinity stereo package though, a great sound, the guys in the shop will love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th September, 2002
22nd Oct 2002, 15:45
Yeah its called a lawyer. Go after the dealership. They will fold. Call Local News. Dealerships can't have negative feedback on Local TV who would by from them? I wouldn't!
4th Jan 2003, 09:52
I am appalled by the way you say you were treated by the Dodge Dealership.
Did you stop to think about the service intervals prior to your ownership? You obviously have maintained the vehicle according to the Owners Manual, but what about the previous owner.
When purchasing a used vehicle you should always have it inspected by a mechanic that you trust. If the oil has not been changed regularly it is USUALLY evident by looking down into the oil fill hole.
Oil changes are the least expensive maintenance item you can perform on any vehicle and also the most important.