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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,936 miles

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1998 Dodge Durango suspension problems

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1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 10 of 19)

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problem #189

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles

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

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 #188

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 #187

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 #186

Oct 152003

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

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

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 #185

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 #184

Mar 012004

Durango

  • 165,000 miles
Upper ball joints wear out prematurely. Consumer is concerned that the front end will collapse while driving.

- Liberal, MO, USA

problem #183

Jan 202002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

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

I have a 98 Dodge Durango and saw recently about ball joint failures, I have had ball joints replaced once (40000) and now need them replaced again (74000 miles). I was fortunate enough to have heard of other people with ball joint problems on their Durango's that I have them checked on a regular basis. I was told at more then one automotive shop about a problem with the ball joints on Durango's, including a Dodge dealership. I believe more people have a problem than is realized, only they dont know they have a problem. Why let them find the hard way? I have seen reports of wheels falling off. Is there a certain number of people that have to be injured before Dodge is forced into a recall. One can only hope that is not so.

- Eudora, KS, USA

problem #182

Feb 252004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,812 miles
Upper ball joints seem to fail every three years or 36,000 mile which ever comes first. Ball joints decribe as so bad that ready to separate. It cost nearly $1,200 each time to do the reapirs. I had many vehicles and never had to replace ball joints that can be greased. These ball joint can not be greased so the comsumer has to pay again every few years large amount to have vehicle stay safe.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #181

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 #180

Jul 082003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,921 miles
Noise began in front wheel area and grew very loud within a short period of time. Also experienced steering issues (car shakes and pulls to right). Took vehicle in to check it out - had to replacel front ball joints and tension rods ends. We had to pay over $2000 to repair this defect, and car still does not steer properly. Dealer reported to us that this is a common problem for this vehicle.

- Omro, WI, USA

problem #179

Mar 082004

Durango

  • miles

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

While driving 5 mph in reverse a loud noise was heard coming from the driver side wheel. Consumer took the vehicle to a garage, and mechanic replaced upper and lower ball joints.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #178

Mar 082004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 mph a loud knocking noise was heard coming from the passenger side wheel. Consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that both upper and lower ball joints needed replacing. Ball joints failed on both front and rear suspension.

- Iron Mountain, MI, USA

problem #177

Mar 302004

Durango

  • 90,000 miles
Consumer took the vehicle to dealer for tire replacement, and mechanic determined that upper ball joints needed replacement. Previous owner has already replaced the upper and lower ball joints once.

- Mohahk, TN, USA

problem #176

Mar 052004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Ball joints on my 1998 Durango made me lose control of my steering.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #175

Aug 092002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,022 miles
Defective upper & lower ball joints on 1998 Dodge Durango. I would like to join the rest of the Durango owners and file a complaint pertaining to the poor quality of the 1998 Dodge Durango upper & lower ball joints. I was notified by the Dodge service technicians that the ball joints needed to be replaced right away and if not dealt with soon they could cause an accident. I have children and I carpool children, so I took them seriously. I could not afford the Dodge price quote of $1200 so I went with a local mechanic shop price quote of $900. This is a lot of money to come up with in a short amount of time. In my opinion the ball joints should have lasted longer than 62000 miles. The majority of the work on the Durango is taxing kids around town.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #174

Nov 302003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Had to replace upper and lower ball joints after going for an alignment and being made aware of the problem. I felt this was premature for this vehicle. Obviously this was a design flaw in the Durango's.

- New Hampton, NY, USA

problem #173

Apr 062003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Ball joints on my 1998 Dodge Durango were worn to the point that they could come apart with only 50,000 miles on it. I was lucky my mechanic caught the situation during a inspection and possibly saved my life and who knows how many more. The repair cost me $125 I have since traded the Durango on a new truck but I don't want this to happen to someone else.

- Westover, PA, USA

problem #172

Mar 052004

(reported on)

Durango

  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle failed state inspection because upper ball joint had deteriorated due to a mechanical failure. The part had been replaced.

- Bristow, VA, USA

problem #171

Mar 052004

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to an independent shop for a regular front alignment, and technician determined that upper ball joints needed to be replaced at consumer's expense.

- Redfield, SD, USA

problem #170

Dec 052003

Durango

  • 100,000 miles
Consumer had vehicle inspected by a dealership because of the new board cast. Dealership indicated that ball joints wore out prematurely, and the wheel could fall off at anytime if they won't replace the ball joints. Consumer was unsure if it was the upper or lower ball joints.

- Turner, OR, USA

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