First, of course this vehicle has had problems. All vehicles with over a 100 thousand miles WILL, regardless of make or model.
The "One Push Down" feature on the drivers door window of the vehicle has never worked for more than a week before being replaced. I am on my 13th electrical relay.
The "Fold-And-Tumble" seat feature in the rear no longer works. Neither of the levers (side or back) do anything. The dealer told me it was a wire that must be bound up under the seat, but said it would be $300-$400 to take both seats apart and replace the cords. (out of warranty of course)
Had to replace the spark plugs and spark plug wires at about 30,000 miles because one was "arching" to the valve cover and ruined in. STRANGE!! Cost: About $250.
Had to replace the exhaust system at 60,000 miles. Put in a high performance system. Cost: $450.
Engine control module went out when I was off-roading a few weeks ago. Do you know how much time and money it takes to get a tow truck to get you out of Boulder Canyon? Not happy. Cost: $850 for tow and computer (ECM).
Last, the suspension always sounds and rides like it's ready to fall off the bottom of the truck. It doesn't leave me with a good feeling when every corner I go around, my Durango sounds like it's literally falling apart at the seems.
This truck is no hot rod. But than again, what 5000lb SUV is for $35,000? You can drag race a Mustang GT and win however.
Overall, I like the truck. Little repairs that keep occurring do shake my confidence.
Now, I have read a lot of reviews on this site where people complain about bad gas mileage. People, come on... when you purchased the vehicle, the window sticker plainly states the these trucks, and they ARE trucks, get between 12 and 16 miles per gallon. You're talking about a vehicle that weighs between 4700 and 5200 pounds. I don't know if you've ever tried to push it, but it's not easy. Also, most of them have all wheel drive. Most cars, even top end models, only have one set of wheels to worry about pushing (or pulling). You have TWO!! Another issue, most of you have a BIG V-8 engine. That's 5.9 liters and 360 cubic inches that are working under there. Those 3 variables don't (and can't) combine to result in good gas mileage. But then again, you all knew that when you bought them. Right?
My last comment deals with ergonomics. You should all know what that is. The seats are great, the leather is thick and high quality, the handling is wonderful for a vehicle this big, it's surprisingly quick, and an absolute blast to drive. Chrysler vehicles are great to drive these days, but none of that matters when it's in the shop.
8th Mar 2006, 20:06
How does a 2000 Durango have a 5.7 L HEMI in it that didn't come onto the market for another 3 years and then it was only available in the RAM, it wasn't available in a Durango until the 2004 model year! Did they replace the original engine and if so why haven't they said so? A 5.7 L is a HEMI, a 5.9 L is what so many of these people are confused that they have in their Durangos. If they had the 5.7 L they'd KNOW it !!!!