22nd Dec 2005, 01:28
Hello, I have a 2000 SLT Plus with the 4.7l and love it! Before buying, I read several articles on the problems with the motor. I have 100,000 miles on mine and it still looks and runs like a dream! With 5 more hp. than the 5.2 and only 10 less than the 5.9, the 4.7 rocks! I highly recommend cold air intake and 3 in. exhaust... BIG difference. Finally, most problems people have can be eliminated with routine upkeep... on schedule! It's worth it in the long run!
4th May 2006, 16:40
Well on the topic of power with Durango's, I was riding in my friends 1999 5.9 liter Magnum Durango with 70-something thousand miles, and we convinced the person driving to see how fast it would go from 0-60, pedal to the metal. It was a flat, open road, and to 60MPH, it took 12 seconds! I couldn't believe it! It seemed powerful at low RPM's, but when you floor it, it doesn't seem to put out much power. I noticed that when floored, it shifted at about 4600 RPM, the red line, but other V8 SUV's have closer to a 6k red line, so maybe it's peak hp is closer to 5k. Either that, or it needs a serious tune-up.
16th Dec 2007, 12:39
I bought a 1999 Durango 5.2 engine. 130,000 miles on the engine. I just replaced the evap core and the heater core for around 1300 dollars. Now I went to replace the front upper ball-joint and notice the guide pins for the brake caliper are stripped out, so I have to replace the entire unit. But what I can say is all parts that have been replaced were factory parts, so they made it 130,000 miles. I do love my Durango!!!
12th Feb 2008, 15:25
I bought a 2000 Durango SLT 4x4 4.7L last summer from a buddy of mine who won it in a raffle in 2000. It has almost 144,000 miles on it and it runs like a top. I use it as my second vehicle mainly because of my commute and the fact that I bought it from him for $3000.
I put about $900 in it so far in repairs and maintenance and detailed the whole thing myself. My biggest problem is a leaky front Evaporator Core under the dash which seems to be a common problem. As stated in a previous post; this is a $1300 repair if you replace the heater core at the same time which is recommended. Dodge covered the bad ball joints on recall a few months ago and I had to replace the tie rod ends to get through Pennsylvania Inspection. I replace the front shocks and the plugs so far and added a hitch receiver. I had a water leak on the drivers side which I think I fixed by sticking the rubber seal up further in the track.
The vehicle is fast and a bit rough, but that can be attributed to the truck chassis it sits on. If you only read forums; you would not hold onto any vehicle made since people go onto a lot of forums to research and comment on problems. I use it for special functions; I do not think it was ever designed for a daily commute; it is better suited for cruising the mountains of Oregon for the forest service.
30th Mar 2008, 04:55
I have a 2000 Dodge Durango SLT 4x4 (4.7 Liter engine) with 210,000 miles (almost entirely highway miles). The engine and transmission has been flawless over the years. I did have two rear windows go out and the power locks don't open all doors now (but they do lock), but those were minor issues to me compared to the reliability of this vehicle with routine maintenance. Like others, I did have to replace a worn ball joint, but that was at 185,000 miles! I bought the car new and it has more than I could ever hope for in an SUV.
15th Jun 2009, 02:29
Hi, I have had my Durango for a little over a year and love it. Till the last 3 months, when it has just decided to give me hell.
I had to replace the transmission at 750. That wasn't too bad, we put it in ourselves, its about a month long process if you don't have a lot of spare time LOL. And my hatch won't open either. And now I have a problem at 65 mph; it just loses complete power and then comes right back. Haven't had time to get to it yet, but I believe it's the fuel filter?
Other than that, I'm for once proud to be a Dodge owner. I'm getting a few things for it to give it a little more get up and go. Any suggestions?