17th Jul 2008, 18:47
I purchased a 2005 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L. At about 28,000 miles the rear end sprung a leak. That was covered under warranty. At 58,000 miles I noticed a sound coming from the rear. I took it to the dealership and they tell me the rear end is shot and it will cost $1400. I do not tow anything. This truck does not even have a hitch.
11th Mar 2009, 10:24
I am looking to buy a nice SUV. I am a truck person, but prefer an SUV to a pickup right now.
I had a Ford Explorer for the last few years, very reliable. It has 150k on it, and still runs fine, just need a newer SUV.
My friend had a Durango for 8 years and loved it, but now he is looking for a new motor.
I'm glad I read all these threads, cause I was about to purchase one. I'm going back to Ford, and getting another Explorer. I don't trust Dodge.
29th Mar 2009, 00:04
Just like you, I have a 2005 Dodge Durango with a hemi. I bought it a month after it came out in 05' and it's having the same issues as yours.
My check engine light comes on very often, and when I drive it, sometimes the inside of the truck is like a haunted house; all of the lights flicker on and off, and all of my gauges jump back and forth. Even the head lights flicker.
I started having these major malfunctions about 6 months ago when my truck was still under warranty. I took it to Dodge and they did a recall on the instrument cluster, and also a software update and gave it back, but now they say I have major electrical issues. Yeah about 3k dollars worth, but what I don't understand is why couldn't they figure this out when it was under warranty???
The truth is that I love my truck, but the dealers and manufacturers are full of CRAP, and these trucks are too.
29th May 2009, 09:48
I've been considering the purchase of an SUV or Ext cab pickup. I always ask mechanics and people who have owned vehicles for many years, what they think about their vehicles. I've found that, although it's not an American owned company, the Toyota Tundra is a great alternative. It's only made here in the US and it's reliable, has a crazy upgraded transmission, and some features that American made vehicles just don't have.
While American made trucks and SUV's are trying to make their vehicles "look" prettier and have gadgets and lots of cup holders and other fancy features, Toyota is working on making their vehicles more reliable and longer lasting.
I've been a Chevy man for most of my life, but all the people I talk to are telling me that the Tundra is worth the extra money up front.
The 2nd generation Durango has different problems but still has serious issues.
Sad to say it, but the American car companies have forced the people's hands in that it just doesn't make economical sense to buy American. They all seem to be pieces of junk any more. Very sad.
And where has the customer service gone?
I won't buy Jeep, won't buy Dodge and will only buy Ford if I get an amazing deal on one.
Maybe it's time for some car dealers and banks to go belly up. Then maybe some fantastic vehicle and customer service company will come out of it.
31st May 2009, 20:08
Wow, I am really scared about what people are saying about Dodge. I just got one about a month ago, and the first thing I noticed about it, was the middle seat was too close to the front seats.
Also too much gas consumption, at first I thought my gas tank was leaking, well am gonna take it back to the auction. Thanks Dodge, you can do better than that.