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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 11 of 19)

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problem #169

Mar 132002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,170 miles

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

My 1998 Dodge Durango had to have both upper and lower ball joints replaced as well as inner rods as I was told that it was extremely dangerous to drive in the condition they were in. This was very expensive. This was back in 3/02. I just heard about other reports regarding ball joints and I wanted to report this. I also own a 2000 model Durango. I'm wondering if it is safe or it I am going to have to spend a lot to replace the ball joints on it as well? thanks for you help.

- Wichita,, KS, USA

problem #168

Dec 222003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,239 miles
Consumer complained about a ball joint problem which was affecting the wear of the tires. Consumer seeks reimbursement for repairs on ball joints and replacement of tires.

- Cave Junction, OR, USA

problem #167

Dec 162003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
While driving at 45 mph consumer heard a clanking noise coming from the front end. Vehicle was towed to the dealer. And dealer replaced the ball joint assembly on both sides, and the front hub assembly. Dealer replaced ball joints and front hub.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #166

Feb 232004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Suspension: Front control arm: Upper ball joint

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #165

Dec 032003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I have a 98 Dodge Durango at the time it had less than 50K miles when I was told that the upper and lower balljoints were bad by ntw. I was trying to get my front end aligned when they told me they could not. I took the car to the dealer mckenny Dodge they said that the balljoints were worn but they aligned the front end. They said at the time there no know balljoint problems with the Durango.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #164

Mar 032004

Durango

  • miles
Consumer had not received a recall after 3 sets of ball joints malfunctioned. Consumer thought this was absurd. He mentioned this to the dealer, and dealer did not care.

- Needham, MA, USA

problem #163

Feb 132004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

Owner 1998 Dodge Durango, have had to replace ball joints twice 1st at 50,000 miles and again at 90,000 miles, this last time had fire on R side of vehicle under car. I have a $1,600 bill at dealed for repairs most of it for ball joints. I notified daimlerchysler after the 1st time it happened. This time I would like to file complaint with your Agency.

- Trenton, MO, USA

problem #162

Feb 232004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Vehicle was taken for routine maintenance work, and mechanic determined that uppers and lower ball joints wore out prematurely.

- Fremont, IN, USA

problem #161

Oct 222003

Durango

  • 68,000 miles
PE 03-032, front suspension/upper ball joint failure: Consumer took vehicle to dealer because of excessive tire wear. Mechanic determined upper ball joints needed to be replaced. Also gear shift indicator was off center. When vehicle was in drive indicator was between drive and neutral. Consumer had one transmission replaced, and another one needed to be replaced.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #160

Feb 092004

Durango

  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer for routine maintenance, and mechanic determined that both upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced due to corrosion.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #159

Jun 012001

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

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

1998 Durango. At about 53K miles the upper and lower ball joints need to be replaced and at about 95K the uppers need to be replaced again. The first repalacement parts were from Dodge and the second set of lowers were replaced by sears with a lifetime warranty. I talked to the service mgr at the local Dodge dealer and he had a tech. Look at the ball joints and they agreed they were bad. The dealership refused to take any action because the car was out of warranty. I contacted Dodge via email and they refused to take any action. I feel that ball joints should last longer than 55K miles. It is interesting that sears gave a lifetime warranty and dodege only is concerned with the first 36K. Tks ron

- Pikeville, KY, USA

problem #158

Feb 092004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,710 miles
The vehicle was taken to dealer for routine general maintenance, and the mechanic determined that all four ball joints wore out prematurely. There was banging when the consumer would go over bumps. This was due to loose ball joints.

- Yarmouth Port, MA, USA

problem #157

Feb 022004

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
When the vehicle was serviced the technician noticed that the upper ball joints needed to be replaced.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #156

Feb 022004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Premature wearing of ball joints on my 98 Durango.

- Delmar, NY, USA

problem #155

Jan 272004

Durango

  • 75,000 miles
While driving the consumer heard a loud squeaking noise coming from the front end. The dealerships mechanic inform the consumer that the noise was due worn front upper/lower ball joints.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #154

Jan 282004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Today I replace the 6th...yes 6th ball joint in my Dodge Durango. One fell under warenty when I broung it back for other warrent work and it was fixed. That was around 20K miles. At around 40K miles I had to pay out of pocket for all 4 when I asked for a alinement. And today an aline ment was needed from hitting a pot hole and you guessed it another ball joint has gone bad in 12 months and 13kmiles. So my truck now with 53K miles have gone threw 6 ball joints 4 out of pocket cost and one just the cost of labor.

- Groveland, MA, USA

problem #153

Jan 272004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
An independent mechanic replaced the upper and lower ball joints and the wheel bearings due to failure. Mechanic said that the ball joints failed prematurely. The failure of the wheel bearings occurred three weeks after replacement of ball joints. Tires were destroyed due to the failure of wheel bearings.

- Cresco, IA, USA

problem #152

Jan 162004

Durango

  • miles
The driver took the vehicle to a gas station for a wheel alignment. The mechanic noticed that both upper and lower ball joints were worn and needed to be replaced.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #151

Jan 042004

Durango

  • 100,000 miles
While driving over uneven pavement there was a loud clanking sound coming from the front wheels. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who informed the consumer that the upper and the lower ball joints needed to be replaced. The manufacturer and the dealer are not aware of the problem.

- Fort Gordon, GA, USA

problem #150

Jan 142004

Durango

  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for routine maintenance, and mechanic noticed that both upper and lower ball joints were warped and needed to be replaced.

- Alexandria, SD, USA

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