2005 Dodge Durango from North America
I have had the Dodge Durango in the shop twice now for issues dealing with the oil light and sludge in the engine. I took it just after 7 months of ownership to the dealership because my engine/oil light kept coming on and would not go off. After three oil changes, and being told that the engine had sludge in it, it finally went off. But not for good. It came on regularly thereafter.
Just a year later, I had it back to the dealership (a different one). It was towed this time. When I got it to the dealership they told me that the engine was full of sludge and that I needed to produce receipts for oil changes. It has been three weeks now and it's still in the garage.
Sludge seems to be a common issue with Dodge Durangos. I am having a difficult time believing that so many people can have the same issue.
The warranty will not cover my damage, and Chrysler is pointing the finger at the customer versus the car. So I owe 26k on a vehicle that is less than 2 years old, and needs the engine replaced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th July, 2008
I am looking to buy a 2005, and wanted to take a look at some reviews before I made the investment. This is a 2005, the 3rd seat, looks very well kept. I have a large family, and need a vehicle that has the space that this truck has. I guess I am torn between the complaints and the "victory stories".
What I would like to know is this: If you were to buy another Durango, what would you pay for it? I understand that this is not your favorite vehicle... but if you had to buy another one... a 2005, what would you pay?
Last question: I do not see anywhere that any buyers issues began at a certain mileage "mark" so-to-speak, but... after a certain period of time. Is that accurate? I would hate to invest money into something like this when I just paid my car off. Unfortunately, it is a sports car, and it's impossible to stuff my family of 6 into it. SO... HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY & LENGTH OF TIME? OR MILEAGE POINT? Thanks for your honest help!
Here's how I would approach it: You sound nervous enough about the vehicle to ask some pretty serious questions. You might feel better if you listen to that nervous inner voice and just get something else. Your inner voice is telling you that if you buy a Durango, you are taking a risk. Right away that tells you that you would have to get a fabulous deal to make it worthwhile, like 30-50% of Blue Book.
Look at it like this: How much would you pay for a vehicle knowing that you might have to pay another $5,000 in repairs within 2 years. Go to Kelley Blue and compare prices for similar vehicles to the Durango. Then subtract $5,000 from the average price and there you go. Or look at it like gambling -- how much would you be willing to lose? Like if the engine or transmission went out within a year.
Risk assessment is difficult. All you can do is compare options to help decide what is reasonable.