27th Dec 2009, 10:58

My Durango every now and then shakes when I start it up. It continues to shake as I'm driving it. The check engine light is now on. Does anyone have any ideas as to what this might be? I'm hoping it's something with the tranny because that was replaced and has a warranty.

10th Jan 2010, 08:21

I bought a 2000 4.7 SLT in May 2006 with 140.000 km on it (Canadian eh) and I absolutely love it.

I had to replace the throttle sensor and the crankcase sensor, which were both under 50 bucks. I figured out the problems myself by investigating them on internet forums.

Had to change tires and brakes and tune up, which is normal on any vehicle.

I can't believe how good of a motor this is. It goes like hell, will tow anything a pick-up will, and I get 20mpg on the highway.

Put on a magnaflow muffler, which brought my mileage to 20 from 19.

I've always driven a V-8, and this one is by far the best I've driven. I've driven it across Canada twice (once pulling a 1800lb trailer) and through the mountains of British Columbia in the dog days of summer, and have not had a single problem on those or any long trips.

This is the nicest vehicle I've ever owned, and I hope to keep it till the day I die. I'd sooner spend 20,000 to restore it in a few years than buy a new truck. This was my first Dodge, and I'll never buy anything else.

3rd Feb 2010, 11:38

$125 for a pair of hatch lifts?

They are $25 apiece at most auto parts stores.

Buy some tools and start doing some work yourself, and you'll see a huge drop in repair costs.

Or are you the type of person who lets the Wal-Mart employee change your wiper blades for you? *shakes head*

3rd Feb 2010, 17:25

You know that's awfully rude. Not everybody can or wants to work on their own car. If everybody fixed their own cars, I'd be out of a job!

4th Feb 2010, 11:38

Other view is I can make more at my desk than time under my hood.

7th Feb 2010, 12:05

I love my Durango... it has served well!! Dodge has always been the car or truck to have in my family. I give it two thumbs up!!!

26th Feb 2010, 17:13

Pumping the gas pedal to get the Durango to start will never help. It would flood the motor.

2nd Mar 2010, 19:53

I bought my 2000 SLT in 2004 with about 40,000 miles on it. Had to put in a new engine after the oil pump died and my GF continued to drive it down I-95. Ha! Other than that it hasn't been the worst car for repairs... much like everyone on this forum 2 door locks and 1 window don't work. Water pump has been replaced twice in 10 years. Heating core went out. Bad seals and AC leaks etc.

Right now I'm dealing with an unusual problem. The car overheated... and I took it in and had a water pump bypass hose replaced. Drove it home and it worked fine... went to start it the next morning and I got nothing. Symptoms all pointed to a dead battery. Thought it was possible that it was just the battery and replaced it... got it to start for 3 seconds and then it died. Now it won't turn over. Craziness! Any ideas?

16th Mar 2010, 12:39

Hi, my name is Jason and I have a 2000 Durango SLT 5.9 2wd, and I'm having some light issues. My head lights just went out without any warning signs, and yes I tried 2 different types of light bulbs. Any help would be very helpful!!! Thanks.

16th Mar 2010, 13:50

Could be a blown fuse or relay.

17th Mar 2010, 10:29

I have a 2004 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7, 4-wheel Dr, and the front end suspension is dead on most days, had torsion bar adjusted $205.00, and new shocks on the front $225.00. The problem still persists, and the front-end still has no suspension on most days, just like the load lever on my old 1986 Mark VII. Any solutions? Anybody.

12th May 2010, 09:23

My wife and I bought our 2000 SLT 4.7 Durango in early 2002. It only had 1,300 miles on it. (yes 1,300 not 13,000)

Except for the regular stuff (oil, wipers, brake pads) it has been one of the best vehicles I've owned. I LOVE the way it goes on snowy roads; as a matter of fact it does better than my 95 and 97 Chevy pickups.

I've been reading all these problems, and I haven't had any of these. We now have well over 200,000 and it's still going strong. I've always been a Chevy person, but I have to admit I do LOVE our Durango.

29th May 2010, 21:25

Well I've been looking at a 2000 Durango RT with 169 000km with all time 4wd. I'm debating on buying it; it runs great, but I dunno if I should take my chances after reading this?

3rd Jun 2010, 17:20

I've got a 2002 Durango 4.7 4x4, and the vents won't change. I can change them by hand after I've unhooked the motor. I put a new motor in it and the arm for the face vents will not turn, but I can turn it by hand.

I've replaced the passenger window motor and tires. I bought it in 05 and haven't touched anything else, other than regular maintenance, and that gets done when I get around to it.

I started using synthetic after hearing about all the sludge build up, and after 100,000 miles it started using oil, so I quit using synthetic, and it still uses it; maybe a qrt between oil changes, and that might be 5,000 miles.

Haha, all in all, happy with it, even though my wife's not happy with the air; it doesn't put out enough to cool the truck down. Anybody have any suggestions on the air, email me motocros125@yahoo.com

23rd Jul 2010, 17:13

I own a 2000 Patriot Blue Durango, and I enjoy it. I love the power of the 5.9 V8.

I have had the transmission rebuilt at about 100,000 miles. The cooling line from the trans to the radiator got plugged and it over heated.

Also had a water pump fail, and I used the wrong hose that didn't have the radiator cap on it for hooking the hose to the over fill tank; messed up there.

The rear quarter window is leaking at the seal on the top due to an aging gasket that needs to be replaced. Getting that fixed soon.

Right now I'm replacing the factory radio and speakers. The factory speakers don't blow up due to power; the rubber around the speakers just dry rots and gives out after many years of use. I putting in some new Polk audio db6501 components in the front and rear, and an after market amp under the passenger front seat I believe.

The suspension seems lose when going over humps in turns; haven't figured this out yet, but I'd like to get it fixed.

Overall, the problems are from equipment aging; this would seem normal I would think from a vehicle that has been on the road since Nov 1999. 11 years of heat, cold and rain will do that to a vehicle. I just wished I could get a new one just like it instead of having to refurbish mine. I hate the new body style.