Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

10.0

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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Durango suspension problems

suspension problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1998 Dodge Durango:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 7 of 15)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #175

Apr 062003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

While vehicle being inspected upper ball joints fell off. No injuries reported. Brakes were pulsating when vehicle trying to stop. It was found that rotors were out of round. Dealer replaced rotors. Vehicle doesn't start occasionally after being driven for a short time. No faults on test found; therefore, dealer couldn't duplicate problem. In addition, molding on windows, doors, and bumper.

- Spencerport, NY, USA

problem #174

Mar 172004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
1998 Durango with less then 60000 both upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle has been well cared for never off road and not used to tow anything heavy.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #173

Mar 182004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer for an alignment, and was told that an alignment could not be done because vehicle needed upper and lower ball joints. Consumer stated that tie rod in upper left arm was replaced. Consumer had not yet had a problem with vehicle, but was told that the 1999 model was being recalled for ball joints.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #172

Mar 172004

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles

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

While driving consumer noticed that vehicle was swaying from side to side with difficulty of maintaining the vehicle on the road. Vehicle was serviced, and the technician determined that lower ball joints were worn out.

- Belton, SC, USA

problem #171

Jan 272004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
I bought a 1998 Dodge Durango in November of 2002. The vehicle had 59939 miles on it. I have maintained the car as one should. On 9/2/03 I took the auto into aamco transmissions as the car was not shifting down into 1st gear. It cost me $500 to fix this transmission problem. At the same time they told me my transfer case was going out and needs to be rebuilt. The estimate-$1350. In Nov of 2003, I took the car in to get a lube job. The mechanic told me that my lower ball joints were not accepting grease & the upper boots were rotted. That eventually I would need new ball joints but I still had time. In Dec 2003, I started having problems with the electrical system. The front passenger window would not roll down. Then if my steering wheel was turned as I put the car in park, it would not start, or it would die as I was backing out. In January I heard metal in my front tires as I was braking. A new brake job cost me $350. The end of January, while driving this vehicle with 72,000 miles, my front right tire fell off. Reason: Upper ball joint broke off. Every mechanic has stated that this is a defect, as they have never seen ball joints do this at this low mileage. I then saw NHTSA interviewed on the news for the very same reason. Dodge Durangos and their ball joints with tires falling off. My car landed in a ditch. I was lucky I was only travelling at 35 mph. It could have been fatal, and who ever manufactures these ball joints better stand up to the plate and take responsibility. This auto has been nothing but a mechanical problem since I bought it. And costly at that!

- Kittredge, CO, USA

problem #170

Mar 152004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I started noticing a popping sound on left turns and when it was inspected at a local mechanic, I was informed of a lower ball joint problem coupled with deterioration of the spindle or a arm. I really like the Durango and was even contemplating a pacifica. If daimler Chrysler doesn't do any better service to its customers by repairing their faulty equipment, perhaps the big bucks they want for their product could be placed into another auto manufacturer.

- Riverside, OH, USA

problem #169

Mar 152004

Durango

  • miles

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

Premature wear on passenger side front upper and lower ball joints.

- Delavan, WI, USA

problem #168

Jul 152003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
In June, 2003 I took my Durango into the shop for some routine servicing. The mechanic inspected the front of the vehicle and noticed considerable wear to the upper and lower ball joints on the front end. He recommended immediate replacement of these parts. Thankfully, I had these parts replaced in July before a serious accident occurred. However, these repairs were done outside of the warranty period and at considerable cost to myself. I don't use this vehicle very often, so at the time of the repair it only had 37,000 miles on it but I had owned it for 4 years. I believe diamler/Chrysler is producing defective parts on these vehicles and it should be their responsibility to pay for the replacement of these parts.

- Savage, MN, USA

problem #167

Mar 152004

Durango

  • miles
While driving 55 mph, a knocking noise was heard coming from driver side wheel. Driver was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced both upper and lower ball joints due to worn out parts.

- Robinson, IL, USA

problem #166

Mar 112004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Took 1998 Durango for wheel rotation and alignment. Vehicle only has 72K000miles. Technician had to replace lower ball joints, which had caused excessive tire wear.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #165

Jan 012004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

Ball joints worn out prematurely.

- Summerdale, AL, USA

problem #164

Jan 072004

Durango

  • 75,000 miles
Lower and upper ball joints failed. Consumer was concerned that the front end will collapse while driving.

- Statesboro, GA, USA

problem #163

Mar 082004

Durango

  • 94,000 miles
Upon replacement of the tires dealership was unable to perform a front end alignment. Upper and lower ball joints and the inner tie rod were defective and needed to be replaced.

- Fairmont, MN, USA

problem #162

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
While driving over bumpy road consumer heard a noise. After vehicle was serviced consumer was informed that the ball joints needed replacement.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #161

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
While driving at any speed vehicle shook violently. Eventually, the consumer pulled the front tire off, and noticed that upper ball joints failed and needed replacement.

- Sonora, CA, USA

problem #160

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
When vehicle was going through state inspection technician determined that upper and lower ball joints were loose. The ball joints needed replacement.

- Fayetteville, PA, USA

problem #159

Mar 102004

(reported on)

Durango

  • 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 #158

Jan 052004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Durango slt with 75000 miles. The vehicle was pulling strong to the right. I took it into a repair shop in our town of 28000 people. They indicated that the upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced. The repair shop indicated that this was the 4th Durango they have had with this problem in the past couple months. The repair was $975. In addition, my employer has 25 Durangos in their fleet and have discovered the same defective ball joints. There needs to be a recall on these Durangos and reimbursement for the cost of repairs.

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #157

Oct 152003

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
While at repair shop for front alignment mechanic determined that front upper and lower ball joints were worn out, and had to be replaced.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #156

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

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?