2001 Dodge Durango Reviews - Page 7 of 12

2001 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Distance when acquired611 miles
Most recent distance127500 miles

Summary:

Best SUV ever built by any manufacturer

Faults:

I have not had one single problem except for one recall on ball joints, which were replaced free-of-charge.

General Comments:

I switched to the Durango in 2001 after owning GM SUV's for years. I still have the Durango. It is without question the most reliable, most maintenance-free vehicle I have ever owned.

Regarding rollover, I had a near-head-on collision and took a roadside bank at 60 MPH. Durango was on two wheels, but came right back to all fours.

I also tow a small camper with it and it pulls it like it is not even there.

Regarding brakes, I average about 40,000 miles between front brake changes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

2001 Dodge Durango r/t 5.9 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corvette

Summary:

Love to hate

Faults:

Ball joints, upper and lower. Dealer paid for the uppers due to a recall. I paid for the lowers.

Check engine light on for over a year. Issue is a TSB for the torque converter. I had repair order done, but the light is still on. To fix the dealer says to replace the torque converter and front pump, it would cost 1200.00. Due to age it would better serve me to replace with new one (3800.00) installed, since the transmission is still running with no real issues other than minor slipping.

Engine crankshaft seal replaced at 85,000 miles.

General Comments:

Vehicle has been cared for like no other car. All fluids are synthetic since day one. Maintenance intervals always followed. I also own a 82 vette, so I'm a perfectionist in every way. I have been lucky to use same dealer mechanic for 5 years. Whatever was suggested to be replaced, it was.

I upgraded the shocks to Edelbrock, intake to K+N, exhaust to Gibson, and the tires to Toyo Proxes - best tire I ever owned.

Overall in the 5 years I have owned and continue to drive, I'm pretty happy. The car has treated me well with no breakdowns at all. You know what you're getting in regards to fuel economy so why moan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th December, 2005

20th Dec 2005, 20:01

You would not be so happy with your vehicle if you lived in an area with required emissions testing. You would have to either fix the transmission or sell the vehicle. The check engine light is not so trivial as so many people seem to think.

30th Jan 2007, 08:23

For the few real problems that you have had, some of which were under warranty, and the general positive comments you have made of the vehicle, I am confused why you would put a sad face icon and not at least a neutral???

2001 Dodge Durango Sport V8 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V8 Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.3 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Nice styling, but very poor reliability

Faults:

I work for a small police agency. Our agency purchased 4 Dodge Durangos. They are not tough enough for police use.

All four of them have had fairly major problems of one sort or another.

On mine, the transmission leaked badly and had to go in for new seals with only 3500 miles on the vehicle.

Two of them developed a tendency to "stall" and quit running. The problem could not be diagnosed by mechanics.

Two of them had the driver's seat break loose from the floor after the failure of the small metal cast part that hold it down. (the part simply broke in half)

The gas mileage is pathetic. I average between 8 and 10 mpg in town.

I would never buy one of these vehicles myself. My experience with the Durango has been enough to convince me to avoid Dodge products. The fit and finish, as well as the mechanical reliability are lacking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th October, 2005

2001 Dodge Durango Sport 4.7 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carDodge Durango

Summary:

Awsome truck

Faults:

I have had only one thing wrong with my Durango. My engine light came on due to a vacuum hose leak. This accrued at around 35000 miles.

General Comments:

When I bought the truck I was very impressed with its performance.

I added a flowmaster to it and a different air cleaner, and I noticed a great deal of increse to its power.

My next truck will be another dodge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2005

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 47 reviews