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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,216 miles

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1998 Dodge Durango steering problems

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1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Mar 102004

(reported on)


  • 65,000 miles


Consumer complained about ball joints and tie rod problems. While pulling out of the driveway front right wheel came off the vehicle.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #21

Mar 012003

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
I own a Dodge Durango 1998 and I saw that you are doing an investigation of the Durango's. I recently took my Durango to a tire specialist to get an alignment done the vehicle has been pulling for some time now. They informed me that the ball joints and the 2 outer and 1 inner tie rods are bad and need to be replaced. If I take the vehicle to the dealership its going to be about a 900 procedure where if I take it to someone else it will be a 700 procedure but in order to be re-imbursed if a recall does come out I was told that I have to take it to the dealer. I am a pregnant woman and I have a 1 year old child. I am really worried that something that other mothers have experienced will also happen to me and my family. I am the one that drives this vehicle day in and day out. Since we bought the Durango in 2002 we have had to replace tires, brakes, water pump, radiatior, now the ac is not blowing cold or even cool air and we need the ball joints and tie rods replaced. You have my word that I will never buy another Dodge. I know this is being investigated and I wanted to let you know that this is a severe problem and I hope they do something soon before people die.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #20

May 222001

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Upper and lower ball joints were replaced twice. Also control arms, upper arms on booth sides were replaced twice since ownership of the vehicle. Replacement of tie rods were also made on vehicle.

- Cameron, MO, USA

problem #19

Dec 102002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


With 40,000 miles had to install lower ball joints and right side inner tire rod I installed left inner tie rod and upper ball joints when vehicle was apart, also installed mono-max kyb shocks front and rear and install new bf goodrich tires front and rear had 2 different people check and set alignment and can not get vehicle to stop drifting right andhas chopped wear patten on right front wheel has to install new thermostat gasket.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #18

Mar 272003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,402 miles
Tie rod ends and both lower ball joints failed. Prior to the ball joint failure the vehicle could not be balanced or aligned properly.

- Whitefish, MT, USA

problem #17

Nov 202003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles
I have a 98 Dodge Durango that has to have the entire front end linkages replaced. All ball joints, tierods, linkages etc. Entire front was loose. Saw newsreport of this problem and took truck in for free inspection. Now, $2000 later I have my truck back. Dodge claims no responsibility. Its just news and no recall is done. This is unacceptable and this appears to be a national problem and this defect should be recalled and reimbursed for expenses.

- Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, USA

problem #16

Oct 032003

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,311 miles


1998 Dodge Durango 45,311 miles needed upper and lower ball joints and inner tie rods replaced.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #15

Nov 012003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Bad front end parts on 1998 Dodge Durango.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #14

Oct 312003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Two lower ball joints and two tie rods had to be replaced in my 1998 Dodge Durango.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #13

Oct 062003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Tie rods & ball joints already needed to be replaced on the vehicle.

- Marriottsville, MD, USA

problem #12

Aug 292003

(reported on)


  • miles


While driving at low speeds noise could be heard from the front end. Steering column shifted when accelerating and braking. All four ball joints were replaced along with the inner tie rods. But the noise could still be heard. The cause of the problem had not been determined.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #11

Jun 012003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Bad ball joints and tie rod ends.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #10

Aug 012003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,615 miles
PE 03-032, front suspension upper ball joint failure. The upper ball joints, and the tie rods have been replaced. Vehicle barely has 74000 miles.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #9

Aug 072003

Durango 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the vehicle made noises. It was taken to the mechanic to diagnose the problem. They had to replace the upper ball joints, the right inner tire rod and the idle arm. The fuel pump assembly malfunctioned which caused the vehicle not to start.

- Clarks Summit, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 282001

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65 miles
I owned a 98' Dodge Durango that had a tie rod break while I was driving on the N.Y., thruway with my children which also resulted in a brake line behind severed luckily I was able to get my car stopped with out a serious accident. I had to pay to have this fixed out of pocket even thought I sent Chrysler an E- mail telling them that under 65,000 miles I did not think a vehicle should be doing this. Then I also had to have the upper and lower ball joints and tie rods and a ball bearing replaced. All total I spent $3000 to replace these tings without Dodge helping me at all. I had to finally trade this vehicle in last month because the vehicle continued to need repairs.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #7

May 052003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Excessive steering wheel play; requring early replacement of front suspension parts including, tie rods, steering arm linkages, steering gear, etc.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #6

Jul 262003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front end of my Durango has had over 3 thousand dollars worth of work, and has never had an accident and only has 60,000 miles on it. Both drivers and passenger side ball joints have been replaced (twice). Tie rod ends, control arm, and front shocks have had to all be replaced.the vehicle pulls to the right (dramtically) especially when braking, and has always done so, no matter what we do. This is an on going problem, the last replacement was done approximately 1 year ago.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #5

Jun 182003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The upper and lower ball joints were worn and needed to be replaced at 62,000 miles. This seems to be low mileage for such repairs. Also, the dealer indicated the tie rod ends were wearing as well and recommended replacing them but they posed no immediate danger but they suggested the tie rod ends may fail soon. Repairs were guoted in excess of $1200! this seems to be low mileage for these repairs as well. With the number of complaints on file it would seem to be prudent to issue a recall on the front suspension, all components, on the Durangos. And to issue reimbursements for those repairs already completed.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 042003

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,936 miles
The upper ball joints, wheel bearing and tie rod needed to be replaced because they were loose, per dealership.

- Geneva, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 222003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Transmission fluid leaked from the vehicle and eventually the transmission was replaced with a rebuilt one. All four ball joints were and tie rods were replaced. The vehicle experienced electrical problems, because the back brake light continued to blow out. The front hub bearings and seals were replaced.

- Enon, OH, USA

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