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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,907 miles

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1998 Dodge Durango suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 13 of 15)

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problem #55

Jul 102003

Durango

  • 43,890 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states that while driving at 50 mph vehicle shimmied vigorously alerting consumer to a what he thought was a suspension problem. The real problem was worn out ball joints.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #54

Jul 312003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
My 1998 Dodge Durango has approximately 85K miles on it. It is in the shop today getting new top and bottom ball joints on both sides. Heard about possible investigation. Read others complaints and feel lucky mine made it this may miles. Also have to replace front rotors because they are out of round.

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #53

Sep 122003

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Thee were problems with the lower ball joints. The dealer was contacted who stated they needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted at the time of this call.

- Sammamish, WA, USA

problem #52

May 122003

Durango

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states that the vehicle lower ball joint is wearing prematurely. Dealer notified.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #51

Jan 102003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
1998 Dodge Durango 4W drive suspension premature failure. Both my upper and lower ball joints on both side began failing at 78000 miles. I understand the NHTSA is investigating similar complaints. I had to replace all my ball joints. If there is a recall on the ball joints, will Dodge reimburse me for the expense?

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #50

Jul 302003

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
The consumer heard news report about the suspension problem, and wanted to report that the front ball joints were replaced in 2002 by an independent mechanic.

- New Lisbon, IN, USA

problem #49

Jul 142003

Durango

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states that lower ball joint is wearing prematurely. Dealer notified.

- Richboro, PA, USA

problem #48

Jul 302003

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
Consumer noticed tire uneven wear while traveling 60-65 mph. Vehicle started vibrating. Vehicle was serviced, and technician replaced ball joints.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #47

Jul 302003

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
Consumer state while traveling over bumps heard a noise. Vehicle was serviced, technician noticed ball joints needed to be replaced vehicle is now on second set.

- Loudonville, OH, USA

problem #46

Jul 292003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The consumer took the vehicle to a mechanic and was told the upper and lower ball joints had worn out. The mechanic stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #45

Apr 012003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,784 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The consumer had problem steering and controlling the vehicle which was caused by upper ball joint failure. Lower ball joint also failed.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #44

Jul 252003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
Premature replacement of Dodge Durango ball joints. I am currently replacing the second set of ball joints since 12/2000 both sets of ball joints did not exceed 45000 miles before they wore out.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #43

Jul 282003

Durango

  • miles
Regarding NHTSA action number PE03032 Dodge suspension front ball joint the dealership told me about 1 year ago that this needed to be fixed before they could align the front end of the car. I complaint that this should not prematurly wear out after 40000 miles. I just would like to state that I also have problems with this vehicle in conjunction with this action number. Thank you

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #42

Jul 232003

Durango

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning ball joints were wearing. Dealer notified.

- New Matamoras, OH, USA

problem #41

Jul 232003

Durango

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning ball joints were wearing out. Dealer notified.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #40

Jul 232003

Durango

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning ball joints were wearing out. Dealer notified.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #39

Jun 212003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
My Durango has just over 60,000 miles on it. It has been very well cared for. During the first 3 years (while under warranty), the vehicle was taken to the dealer to check for squeaks in the front end. They said they lubricated the ball joints and the noise would go away for a day or two... then return. Recently on inspection, I was notified that the upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced.because of recent announcements of failure of that front assembly due to ball joints, I wanted to add my bit of history as well. This car also has leaking seals on transfer case. I understand many people have had that problem along with transmission failure in the 60-70,000 mile range... so I probably have that to look forward to. If I can provide further information, please let me know. Thanks.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #38

Jul 262003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 1998 Dodge Durango (VIN #[xxx]) and have had a continuous problem with the front suspension and ball joints. I have had the problem looked at twice (once at the local dealer and once at an independent site.) I am on my third set of front tires and only have 64,000 miles on it. The ride is very bumpy. I am concerned that there is a epidemic problem that is not being corrected or taken seriously by my Dodge dealer. I consider this a safety issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lewisburg, WV, USA

problem #37

Jan 072003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ball joints had to be replaced in Jan 2003 on my 1998 Dodge durrango.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #36

Apr 252003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The upper control arms, ball joints, and idler on my 1998 Dodge Durango with 38,000 miles were severely worn as identified during a routine inspection. I was forced to repair these items so to prevent a failure of the front suspension. I contacted Dodge regarding this defect yet they would not cover the repair. This is clearly a defect in the Durango and should be covered by the manufacturer.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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