1999 Dodge Durango Reviews - Page 5 of 34

1999 Dodge Durango Magnum from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Magnum Automatic
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance95700 miles
Previous carGMC Yukon

Summary:

With less than 96,000 mileage, this vehicle is basically useless

Faults:

Power windows failed, at various times, each one at least once.

Wiring problems, electrical problems.

Front end problems.

Biggest problem:

At present, the transmission usually will not shift out of first gear. When it does shift okay (seldom), the speedometer malfunctions. Rebuilt trans put in, to no avail (and so the original trans put back in).

Then a Dodge dealership put in all new electronics components, and other work, all to no avail; at a cost of $880.

They say there is nothing more they can do.

General Comments:

We bought it new, and it has been way too much expense and inconvenience.

We will never buy another Chrysler vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th September, 2007

8th Oct 2012, 01:16

Let me guess, it was a $20 output speed sensor that fixed it?

1999 Dodge Durango SLT 5.9 V8 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.9 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance95500 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong, but I have encountered a few problems when installing a new stereo system. since it's already equipped with an infinity stereo system it has a very good stock amplifier, but when you go to install an aftermarket stereo, you have no place to install it, so the harness needs to be re-wired to accomidate.

General Comments:

Car is awesome. I owned a honda before this and the ride is so much different, but in a good way. The comfort level is so much higher and just looks nicer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2007

1999 Dodge Durango SLT 5.9 litre V8 magnum from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.9 litre V8 magnum Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance76700 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Very average grocery getter

Faults:

Drivers seat came loose because the power seat track broke.

Rear wiper arm nut fell off.

Rear wheel speed sensor failed.

Exhaust valve spring failed, expensive.

Both front window motors failed.

Thermostat failed.

Oxygen sensor failed.

General Comments:

It was comforting to read several reviews here from people who had experienced the same mysterious problem I had. My 1999 Durango engine stalled in a fast food check out line July 21, 2007 and I had to push it to get out of the way of the people behind me. (You don't want to block the drive-through line at Jack-in-the-Box...you'll end up with a small riot on your hands.

All the guage needles were flat-lined and I was getting the "No Bus" message in the digital odometer read out. My wife suggested we were out of gas but I had just filled the tank the previous day. I pushed the vehicle into the parking lot, popped the hood, looked for anything obviously loose, broken or missing but nothing apparent. I called my Dodge dealership. They immiediately said I need a new crank sensor. I called AAA and requested a tow, they said it would be about an hour wait. About 30 minutes into my wait for the tow truck to arrive, I tried starting the vehicle and to my surprise it started!. I drove it home, did a search on the computer and came across this site with several people describing my problem exactly. I drove it to the dealership the next day, fearing it would die on me en route but luckily, I made it ok. I requested they just replace the PCM (main computer) and skip the sensor replacement becaue the sensor failures were probably just a symptom of the greater problem.

Of course, I was just 9 months out of warranty so I paid the full amount; about $800.00 for the replacement.

This is one of those unsolvable mysteries isn't it? Electrical or computer problems usually are difficult to trace to root cause. It's been a week without failure but that isn't really long enough to call it a success. I will try to remember to come back to this site a year from now and report my status.

I do intend to keep this vehicle for a few more years. It's a pretty solid feeling SUV when running, but some unusual mechanical odds and ends have failed and I feel they are items that should not have failed. This is a family vehicle (two adults and a dog) and does not see hard duty. It has been costly to repair but less costlty overall than buying a new vehicle.

Besides, it's my wife's SUV, she loves it, so, we keep it.

Should a PCM fail after 8 years? Yeah, it's probably ok after that amount of time. My home PC hard drive crashed after 4 years, probably not much different. The scary aspect here is; if it happened at traffic speed it could be very dangerous. Too bad Dodge couldn't do some sort of preventative maintenance / replacement, save us the heart stopping experiences.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th July, 2007

17th Jun 2010, 20:34

You wasted a lot of money. I had the same problem, which no one could diagnose my problem. I did my own research online, and traced the problem to the crank sensor, which I paid $47 for a new at Autozone. Quickly replaced it, and that eliminated my "No Bus" stalling.

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