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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 14 of 15)

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problem #35

Jul 262003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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 #34

Jul 072003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We had to have the ball joints replaced due to what dealer shaid was unusual wear. Vehicle had 84,000 miles.

- Leawood, KS, USA

problem #33

Jun 272003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 1998 Dodge Durango that needs both upper and lower ball joints to B ereplaced, and the vehicle only has a little over 60,000 miles.

- Madison, OH, USA

problem #32

Sep 032002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

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

My 1998 Dodge Durango' upper and lower ball joints failed with only 59000 miles.replacement costs were over $900.

- Mohrsville, PA, USA

problem #31

Mar 012002

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The front tires wore out prematurely, and had to be replaced twice in 1 year. Also, when stopping or accelerating, the consumer heard a "clunking" noise from the front end. Dealer diagnosed the ball joints were worn and predicted failure.

- Central Valley, NY, USA

problem #30

Feb 192003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upper and lower ball joints failed.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #29

Jul 242003

(reported on)

Durango

  • 85,000 miles

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

When making a left or right turn there is a grinding noise in the driver's side front wheel. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer stated that upper & lower ball joints were defective due to rust. Also, idler arm was replaced. However, none of the fixes corrected the problem.

- Trenton , MI, USA

problem #28

Jul 122003

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated when making a left or right turn, the front end made a noise. The vehicle was serviced and technician stated the ball joints needed to be replaced.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #27

Jul 242003

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
Consumer notice D and while traveling making right or left turns front end was making noise. Vehicle was serviced, ball joints were replaced.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #26

Jul 242003

(reported on)

Durango

  • 30,000 miles
Consumer stated vehicle was taken in for a routine inspection, and the dealer noticed that upper contro arm and lower ball joints needed replacing.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #25

Jun 182003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

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

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 #24

Jul 242003

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
Dealer replaced right axle shaft which included lower and upper ball joints. Consumer stated vehicle was running without warranty, as result cost $650.

- Macy, IN, USA

problem #23

Jul 172003

Durango

  • miles
Premature wear of lower ball joints in 1998 Dodge Durango. New ones installed by independent repair shop.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #22

Jul 242003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,596 miles
I noticed a heavy "thump" from the front end when the vehicle was on washboard pavement or when going over curbs entering driveways. The lower ball joints (and intermediate steering shaft) on my 1998 Dodge Durango required replacement at 48,000 miles. The truck has received regular service at 3,000 mile intervals and is driven only in a Suburban (smooth, paved road) or interstate setting. The estimate for the repairs is ~$900. The dealer, koller Dodge in naperville, il, did not detect this problem when replacing the front brake rotors 5 weeks ago.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #21

Jul 232003

Durango

  • miles
The consumer stated that she had taken the automobile to the dealership for an oil change/check and was told by the mechanic that the lower ball joints were bad and needed repair. The consumer had them repaired at the tune of $529. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #20

May 102003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Durango. I have had to replace the ball joints 3 times in 70,000 miles. Once at 38,000, then at 53,000, then at 66,000 miles. I saw the news article on tv about this so I decided to report it. I know of several other owners of Durangos with the same problem.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #19

Jul 182003

Durango

  • miles
Consumer has stated that since she has owned the vehicle all lower ball joints have been replaced once. At this time, all upper ball joints and cv boots need to be replaced as well.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #18

Jul 162003

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning front lower ball joints are wearing out. Dealer notified. This would be the third time for both ABS sensors to be replaced as well as the rear differential.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #17

Dec 282002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Our 1998 Dodge Durango has been repaired for the problems that are currently under investigation regarding this vechile. After experiencing what we thought was a problem with the alignment it was discovered that the upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced. In a addition, the inner tie rod also required replacement. I have the receipt describing the work that was done and the cost.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #16

May 172002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Durango that had to have the ball joints and front suspension replaced at 50,000 miles. This not only was a costly expenditure but according to the mechanics that did the job an unheard of replacement job at such low miles. They informed me that they could not believe I was having to do this, since I was not a large woman. I am interested to hear how many other people have been in my predictament.

- Malvern, AR, USA

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