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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

suspension problem

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1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 18 of 19)

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problem #29

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 #28

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 #27

Feb 192003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

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

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #26

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 #25

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 #24

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 #23

Nov 132002

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

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

Front end had to be replaced because of loose steering. Dealer notified. Both control arms and bearings were replaced.

- Livingston, MT, USA

problem #22

Sep 122003

(reported on)

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,188 miles
While having the vehicle inspected, the consumer was informed the upper ball joints were bad and needed replacement. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it passed inspection. Afterwards, the vehicle was found to still have bad ball joints. They were replaced 08-12-03.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #21

Jun 182003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
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 #20

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 #19

Sep 042003

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

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

Upper ball joints were loose and needed to be replaced per the dealership.

- Mountain Home, ID, USA

problem #18

Sep 042003

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,936 miles
The upper ball joints, wheel bearing and tie rod needed to be replaced because they were loose, per dealership.

- Geneva, NY, USA

problem #17

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 #16

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 #15

Jul 032003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Consumer states upper ball joints wore prematurely. Dealer notified. The front end failed twice.

- Whitsett, NC, USA

problem #14

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 #13

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

problem #12

Aug 122003

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the upper bolt joints. He was aware of the new investigation. Manufacturer was contacted, and stated that they had no recalls. There was continued squeaking in the front end. Sway bar and tie rods were replaced.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #11

Feb 072003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,574 miles
Upper and lower ball joints worn out. Both front lower ball joints replaced at 52264 K miles, 5/17/01 and again at 89387 K miles on 02/07/03. Also replaced the upper ball joints at 89387 K miles on 02/07/03.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #10

Apr 152003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I wanted to report that I too had to replace the upper ball joints for my 1998 Durango. The Dodge dealership identified this problem after I brought my vehicle in for 60,000 mile service. I noticed a soft suspension and unusual tire wear resulting from premature wear of the ball joints.

- Austin, TX, USA

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