2003 Dodge Durango Reviews

2003 Dodge Durango SXT 5.7L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.7L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

Solid, Dependable Vehicle

Faults:

Had to replace the blower motor switch - same problem I have read of elsewhere.. The blow motor runs on high, but not on any other setting - even that's intermittent. Had to fix the wiring harness to it as well, as it had melted to the switch.

The switch was a while 15 bucks at the dealer - but the wiring harness repair kit was 60.

General Comments:

It has tons of power, no lack there at all. Runs smooth, no problems starting. It has a very solid feel and from years of being a auto hobbyist, I can tell the engine is quite solid. Maintains consistent operating temperature, doesn't use a drop of oil. No funky little noises and none of that 'cheap vehicle' feel. Plenty of room in it and it has the best heater and A/C I've ever had in a car.

Stereo was decent, but I think the CD lens was out of whack or the rails it rode on were binding somewhere as it would skip here and there. Radio itself was fine otherwise - it was a great excuse to get an after market stereo :)

I'd buy another without a second thought.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2009

2003 Dodge Durango SXT 4x4 4.7 SOHC V8 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.7 SOHC V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance75286 miles
Previous carKia Optima

Summary:

Very nice SUV for the money, however it has its minor problems

Faults:

Rear drivers' caliper failed at 35k, 3 days after we bought the truck. Was replaced under the 90 day dealer's warranty.

Blower motor resistor pack failed at 50k, replaced with new one, and started to fail at 72k again, only high speed works now at 75k. Can no longer use heat now due to strong burning smell & smoke emitting from the heater vents.

Upper ball joints are creaking, need to be replaced. Previously were replaced under a recall.

Camshaft position sensor failed at 55k.

General Comments:

Other than the problems we had, it's pretty reliable. It rides nice, aside from the ball joints creaking when turning. It's got plenty of pep for a 4500lb SUV, enough to give the little rice rockets in town a scare. The gas mileage... not so good. I'd say it averages 13-14 City, but Highway is pretty good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2009

2003 Dodge Durango RT 5.9 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance101100 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban

Summary:

This SUV is junk

Faults:

May 2008:

ABS module

Rear wheels brake cylinders

Rack and pinion

June 2008:

Driver's side power window motor

July 2008:

Transmission

Worn front driveline

August 2008:

Upper radiator hose

September 2008:

Transfer case

Left hub bearing

October 2008:

Right front CV joint.

General Comments:

Lots of power, but not worth the money or time to consider buying one.

Not reliable. Be prepared to buy stock in a rental car company.

I also have a 1989 Honda Accord that has 320,000 miles that has been more trustworthy than this pile of metal, which would be of more use in a scrap pile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th October, 2008

2003 Dodge Durango SLT+ 4.7 Magnum from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.7 Magnum Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance60500 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A great powerful SUV

Faults:

When I came off the freeway, the steering wheel got stiff, but went away after away. It was because there was too much power steering fluid in it, and it got a couple of air pockets in the system.

General Comments:

It's a great SUV. Big, but not giant such as an Expedition.

It looks the best in the Patriot Blue color with a silver metallic trim and a chrome grill.

I raced a new Audi and the Durango won, and this is only a 4.7 liter.

Great power for an SUV and most cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2008

2003 Dodge Durango SLT+ 4.7 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance101000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Van

Summary:

A safe tough vehicle that drives larger than it is, but very comfortably

Faults:

Nothing wrong except that this vehicle is not recommended if you plan on doing your own maintenance.

General Comments:

Lots of torque power.

Hard on gas in the city, but very reasonable on the highway.

Absolutely recommend a regular service schedule; not something you can let slide, especially concerning transfer case fluid changes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th July, 2008

2003 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.7L Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

It is a zero

Faults:

The front right wheel fell off at 50,000 miles. Defective wheel bearing.

Of course I got that wonderful engine knock at 70,000 miles. Sludge build up. Unless you change the oil every 500 miles, you will get sludge build up in a Durango.

General Comments:

Daimler Chrysler had a great opportunity to capture a significant market share with the Durango. Right vehicle at the right time.

However, the engine has a design flaw that permits oil sludge to build up in the engine. My mechanic says it is a defective oil screen.

Instead of owning up to it and making the repairs, Chrysler took the big corporation hide behind the lawyer tactic.

Makes one suspicious about Chrysler and Mercedes in general.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th June, 2008

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 21 reviews