1999 Dodge Durango SLT from North America - Comments

2nd Feb 2009, 20:57

For those with oil pressure dropping try this:

Get a gallon of diesel fuel and drained about a quart of oil from the Durango. Put a half gallon of diesel into the oil filler and run at idle for 10 minutes and then drain the oil. Put in 4 quarts of new oil and the other half gallon of diesel and ran the truck at idle for 10 minutes again. Then drained the oil and replaced the oil filter and filled the oil normally.

I have had this for over a year! Finally, this worked!

11th Feb 2009, 17:59

I have a 1999 Durango 5.2, 4x4. I bought it in 2003 with 56,000 miles.

In the first month I went from Maryland to Orlando - it kept cutting off, shop replaced computer module and two other sensors.

I've had nothing but problems with this truck. Had belt & tensioner installed, replaced upper ball joints, tie rods, transmission auxiliary cooler, heater core (which you have to remove the whole dash board and everything else!), A/C service (evaporator & drier), coupling (steering wheel) and now after my husband changed my transmission fluid he found a "O" ring? in the pan.

We took the truck to a transmission place. After they were finished with it, the truck started slipping. I called "aamco"; the tech there told me they aren't sure where this ring drops from the transmission or the transfer, but I can drive and without this "ring" should have no problems.

I just wonder if Dodge would like to have my truck so they'll know what NOT to do next time! No wonder they're having a hard time - they might want to look at some GOOD CAR MAKERS! TOTALLY DISSATISFIED DODGE CUSTOMER.

17th Jun 2009, 08:54

I own a '99 Dodge Durango with 219,000 miles on it. Recently I took it to the shop to fix a recurring problem, it would randomly break down and start up like an hour later. They told me it was the computer so they put a new one in and it's been driving fine for the past week. In two days I'm driving it 15 hours from El Paso to Utah, and after reading all these comments I'm scared sh**less to be driving it that far. Any hints?

17th Jun 2009, 15:54

To June 17: I would say that if you haven't had a major problem in 219,000 miles then there's no sense in worrying now. It seems like most failures occur relatively quickly (within 50,000 miles), and if you haven't had trouble yet, they must have either put yours together right or you are treating it right. It will wear out some day, but that day could be years away.

18th Feb 2010, 20:24

I have a 1999 Durango 4 x 4 5.2L engine with 216,000 miles on it. It had been a great truck with very minor repairs. I am looking to get the motor rebuilt soon so I can enjoy the ride for the next 10 years. I guess I got one of the few Durangos that were actually built well. Sorry to hear about all the others.

14th Mar 2011, 14:52

We have a 2000 Dodge Durango 4x4 4.7 liter, that is a beast. Bought several years ago with 68k. Up to 140k now. Black on black leather 3rd row seat. Have done brakes, upper and lower ball joints, front wheel bearings, odd other little stuff, fog lights were blowing fuses, but otherwise, this SUV is awesome. No other problems, looks really cool, tinted the windows..

We have driven her to Florida since 9/11 5 or 6 times, and she runs from NY to Florida without missing a beat. She is big and roomy; two kids, dog, wife, luggage, roof rack.

I would not trade her this past year; new tires, had some body work done, and she is a OK. Slams through the blizzard snow like a little bull dog.

Perfect driving height and field of vision.

Pretty comfy. I also have a 2001 Town Car, and my hair hits the ceiling, my knee hits the dash, and the seat belt drives into my right hip. My Dodge is more comfortable to sit in and drive, yet not as smooth as the Lincoln.

Would highly recommend one of these SUVs. Stay with the 4.7 liter; better engines.

28th Mar 2011, 17:00

I bought my 1999 Durango off a Toyota lot, only to have the engine blow after 3 months. I had to buy a new engine. 6,000 dollars later, I just lost my water pump.

20th Apr 2011, 14:37

We loved our 1999 Dodge Durango SLT. We had some problems out of the brakes. Air kept getting in the lines. Two weeks ago, the Durango caught on fire. The motor, transmission, transfer case, tires and rims were saved. I would like to find another Durango to fix.

11th Jul 2011, 07:54

Same thing happened to ours. We replaced the computer, and it has been running fine ever since.

28th Dec 2012, 22:33

I bought a 1999 Durango in 09 that had 164000 miles, and yes it had its problems. Now I know what's going on with it after spending some time on the net. I did over pay for it, but I really like it. And I intend to make it my Durango. I figure if I spend the money back on it that I paid for it, I'll have a really nice ride.

I've already invested in my sound system and I've got a rolling concert hall. Elvis sounds great. More work and changes are coming. I'm the 6th owner of this Durango. I am convinced no one tried to take care of it. This one has the infamous 5.2, and my work is cut out for me. LOL, I always wanted a fixer upper, and well I got it. The abuse it suffered will be fixed.

In loving memory of the Skull Leader, skull001.

30th Dec 2012, 05:45

I had a 2003 with 300000 miles. One trans and O2 light kept popping on. I had it smoked overnight and they found the leak. Great in snow, great sound system, nice driving position. It always started and ran well. It was a gas guzzler. No one could believe the mileage. Even the car salesman was surprised how well it ran with the miles on it. The body looked really good too.

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