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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 19 of 19)

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problem #9

Jun 152003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My 1998 Dodge Durango has been diagnosed with major front end problems. It needs upper & lower ball joint replacement as well as tie rod ends.

- Manistee, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 222003

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The consumer loss of control of the vehicle. The failure was caused by defective upper and lower ball joints.

- Capitol Heights, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 202003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Durango, I am on my second set of upper and lower ball joints and now have to replace the front wheel bearing hubs also. My dealer says this is normal, I have never had to replace these items on any other car that I've owned!

- South Rockwood, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 262003

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Suspension, drive train, and front ball joints bad - 1989, Dodge, Durango.

- Esmont , VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 222003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
1998 Dodge Durango at approximately 44,000 miles was diagnosed by an independent mechanic to have worn out upper ball joints that they insisted needed to be replaced (at significant cost) as a safety issue. I took the vehicle to the selling Dodge dealer for a second opinion and was told that they were "within specifications" and not in need of replacement. Now at 47,000 miles with the news of the possible defect and failure I am concerned about the safety of the vehicle but not sure if I should spend the significant dollars to repair something that the dealer says is "within specifications" and does not need replacement.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 302003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Durango with 22,000 miles. All four front end ball joints are in need of replacement. This is an extremely common problem with the Dodge Durango and Dakota models. While the worn ball joints have not caused an accident in my case yet, they will need to be replaced prematurely at a considerable expense to me for what appears to be a design/manufacturing flaw. I reiterate that my worn ball joints have not yet caused me to have an accident, but only because I am observant enough to notice the clicking sound they make and to have them replaced before they do cause a potentially serious accident. I have seen pictures recently of other owners of this make/model vehicle who have had serious accidents due to this mechanical failure.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 012001

Durango

  • miles

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

While traveling on highway and without prior warning vehicle was vibrating from underneath the vehicle. Front ball joint were warped and rusted.

- Cameron, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 222000

(reported on)

Durango 4WD

  • miles
Upper ball joints and upper control arm failed. Nlm

- Wayne, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 222000

(reported on)

Durango 4WD

  • miles
Upper ball joints and upper control arm failed. Nlm

- Wayne, MI, USA

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