2003 Dodge Durango SXT 4.7 from North America
Beautiful car/junk motor
After about 2 months I noticed it started running hotter. The dealer recommended a new water pump and thermostat; replaced both, still ran hot. The dealer recommended a new radiator and new hoses; replaced all that. I asked for a compression test, maybe head gasket, and the dealer said it tested OK on all cylinders.
I tried to get Dodge in on the problem because I found out they made a change in Oct. 2002 on the 4.7 engine, and again on the 2004 4.7.
I had an engine flush, still ran hot, finally used the car sparingly, always ran at top notch just below hot. Going to work one morning, the vehicle started missing, pulled over on the side of the interstate, steam coming out of the exhaust, smelled like antifreeze, turned off the motor, checked oil, oil and antifreeze half way up on dipstick. Tried to start the vehicle, slow to start, knocked loud and quit.
I have been hunting for a replacement engine, used or re-manufactured. It seems there is only one year 2003 Durango engine that will work because of the 16-32 tooth crank ring and EGR valve change on 2004 models, and all sellers say the 4.7 was junk and they are double the price on 5.2 and 5.9.
I have a beautiful red and black yard ornament called SXT. Dodge should have a recall and I would be happy to pay the labor if they furnished parts. Since I have bought a Chevy Silverado for me and a Mustang for my wife. I had always driven Mopars since 1972, but no more Dodges for me.
Sitting in yard, drawing looks at the sign I placed on it saying Dodge is selling junk and they know it. We get about 14000 cars a day on the road a day passing by. Until Dodge does the recall on 4.7, I will try to get in their pocketbook. After all, I spent more than 4000 dollars on a car that I can't drive, and I belong to AT&T alumni that has 225000 members and when I make a post, all can see it. It seems Dodge forgot about social media.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th November, 2014