2003 Dodge Durango SLT V8 from North America


A Big Blue Hunk-O-Junk!


Head cylinder blew 4 times.

Fuel system had to be replaced.

Windshield wiper motor had to be replaced.

Headlights would not turn off.

Sputters when you turn it on, and not because it's cold out, even in the heat.

Recall on the ball joints, they wear prematurely.


General Comments:

Luckily it is a lease so we are not stuck with this hunk of junk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2004

24th Aug 2004, 20:54

Try a Ford, we had one, parts fell off of it going down the road! That is the truth! But we had a lot of laughs over it. Nothing like having to get out of your truck to pick up your Transmission. Lemons are everywhere.

17th Jan 2005, 23:47

I'm starting to think all these hate letters about dodges are just being made up by those Ford and Chevy guys, because I'm not having problem one with the 02' Intrepid or the 03' Durango, sooooooo???

What now???

26th Apr 2008, 15:28

I don't think in Chrysler's case there is such thing as a lemon. Every Chrysler product I have driven has been a chore. It's as though Chrysler designers took more time to make the car as cheap as possible to build while still making profit. I mean head gaskets blowing out at 8000 miles, transmissions and transfer cases out at 10,000 and interior plastics falling off out of nowhere. I don't know why people keep buying them. I have never owned a Chrysler product and there is a reason why. I am not even big on American cars, I don't have a favorite but I will say that I dislike Dodge the most. Bargain basement crap at Lexus-like prices.

22nd Dec 2008, 20:47

A family member won a Durango, and the car flipped over on her and her family while driving 55. Luckily no one was seriously hurt and they got the totaled car off the road before it caused anymore accidents. It's horrible in bad roads and should never be trusted driving in snow or ice. It is very top heavy and dangerous. We were very happy that no one was hurt and the Durango ended up were it belonged "in the dump" before it caused anymore accidents.

2003 Dodge Durango SLT 5.7 Hemi from North America


Creature comforts with performance, quality...T.B.D


All lights failed to work properly before the vehicle made it home from the dealer. The entire power distribution module (relay box under the hood) had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Other than the initial electrical fiasco, this has been a great vehicle. The Hemi power is unsurpassed. The interior is very spacious, and handling is effortless. The Durango can turn around in two lanes, unlike my 2500 Ram P/U, which can block a 4-lane highway in an attempt to change directions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2004

8th Nov 2004, 20:57

I have a 2003 Dodge Durango and I have had problems with the Lights not going out when you turn them off, I have to turn them back on and then off again to make them go out; other than this, I really like my Durango.

26th Nov 2004, 21:52

Are you turning the lights off before, or after the ignition? If you turn the lights off last (after the ignition), the lights will remain on for 60 seconds.

18th Jan 2005, 00:03

If it is like my intrepid if you have keyless remote entry, if you turn the truck off before turning the lights off.

And then turn the lights off, the lights will stay on until you hit the door unlock button on the transmitter, I kind of wondered why it wasn't the door lock button, but at least I know how to get them to turn off immediately!!!

This of course is a safety feature so you can have lights guiding you to your front door, then you can turn them off without having to walk back to your car!!!

21st Nov 2009, 22:35

I bought a used 2003 Durango with 46,000 miles on it summer, 2009. I am very satisfied. It is replacing a Town and Country minivan, and we're liking it a lot.

Power, style, comfort... not as cushy as the minivan, but it is basically a truck.

I don't care about the 17 MPG - don't put on many miles, and not having to manufacture new vehicles save us all energy.