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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,221 miles

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1998 Dodge Durango transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jun 182003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,460 miles

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

The transmission slips or double shifts as you are leaving any stopped position. While at about 50 mph and you put the gas pedal to the floor the transmission will work great. But then when you come to a stop and proceed at a normal pace the trans just slips or double shifts and jerks you around. This has been talked about on other sites that Chrysler has bought back some of the Durango's. I currently have a 1998 model. 5.2 automatic 4X4.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #16

Feb 012003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
1998 Dodge Durango transmission hesitates to shift into 3rd gear, causing RPM to fly past 3500, making it difficult to enter highways, 3 times I nearly had a rear end collision because truck will not accelerate into 3rd gear. The Durango transmission is a common complaint among owners, and something needs to be done.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #15

Mar 142003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,700 miles
Complete transmission failure at 60,000 miles. Symptoms prior to failure were hesitation shifting into second gear when truck was initially started.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #14

Feb 252003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,800 miles

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

1998 Dodge Durango with only 59200 miles on it which now needs a new transmission. (have been told it is the over drive in the transmission that is bad) this, fortunately, has not caused any type of accident but after hearing all the horror stories about the Durango's, my wife and I believe there should be a recall to fix the never ending problems with these trucks - before someone does get seriously injured!

- Depere, WI, USA

problem #13

Oct 242002

(reported on)

Durango 4WD

  • miles
When co. Rep said the co. Would not compensate due to age and milage even though parts failed far short of normal service life. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

- Hillsboro, IN, USA

problem #12

Oct 152001

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission hesitates between 2nd and 3rd gear. When it does shift into 3rd gear the vehicle surges. When shifting into reverse the transmisson gives a clunk noise. Took vehicle to dealership for diagnosis and repair. Was told from dealer the minimum repair would cost $1400-$1500 but could be more. I opted for a local repair facility. I was shown a complete service and technical bulletin describing the problem and repair for Dodge vehicles. The local repair facility service owner had just gotten back from a training seminar on this problem. This really sounded odd, as the dealer when asked by me if there was a class problem in transmissions denied any. Then why would they print manuals and train personnel for problems that do not normally occur. The local repair facility performed hydraulic pressure testing and determined all pressure parameters were being met. Then changed all transmission fluids to a higher viscosity. Since this was done, I have not experienced any shifting hesitation or problems. The dealer when pressured would only offer 10% off the repair costs. Dodge regional refused to assist in any way. I have personally talked to 4 individuals who own Dodge and have had similar problems.

- East Canton, OH, USA

problem #11

Jul 122000

Durango 4WD

  • miles

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

Consumer states transmission acts up, dealer stated the synchronizers were burning out, however even after dealer repairs the problem, transmission acts up again, consumer also stated that vehicle would rev up and sit still.

- Townsend, TN, USA

problem #10

Feb 012001

Durango

  • miles
Vehicle has automatic transmission ; there was hesitation when shifting into second gear. When shifting into reverse, it was clanking. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

problem #9

Nov 252000

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failure at 52,000 miles. Total rebuild costing $2,084.

- Longview, WA, USA

problem #8

Sep 192000

(reported on)

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Usually driving at highway spped about 60 mph transmission will keep slipping. Consumer has been at dealer 3 times, and cannot determine cause.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 011999

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving ABS light come on unexpectedly and stayed on. They could not find the problem to fix it correctly. The speedometer jumps to 100mph and falls to 0 mph intermittently. The transmission is slipping and the overdrive harness is stuck. The brake pedal goes to the floor, the dealer replaced the brake components. The interior lights were inoperable, the dealer found a faulty module. The power door locks were inoperable, the dealer found a faulty module. The rear seat wouldn't fold up. The consumer heard a rattling noise coming from the left front wheel area. The right rear panel came loose. Motor oil was found in the master cylinder.

- Vermont, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 011998

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- La Crescen, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 241998

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealer replaced vehicles pressure governor for transmission which had been damaged due to low fluid level.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

May 111998

Durango 4WD

  • miles
1. stops or misses gears on upshift when accelerating. This occurs frequently, and is most apparent when towing/merging into faster traffic, or traveling up an incline. This slip causes the engine to rev into the very high rpms. The last time this occurred, a belt broke and caused the loss of steering in the truck. 2. shift indicator on the dash does not display indicator when in D drive position. The indicator is lost between neutral and drive positions. 3. noticeable vibration in the gas pedal when driving in certain speed ranges. It is most noticeable when accelerating between 30 to 40 and 60 to 70. 4.vibration noise can be heard and can be felt in the gas pedal. This is a recent development ( since Nov, 1998 ).

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #3

Oct 091998

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle or starting/parking and then stopping the vehicle goes from park to another gear without letting driver touch the brake or pedal. Contacted dealer, they don't know anything about a problem within this vehicle.

- Morgan, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 061998

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
Transmission slips almost resulting in vehicle collision due to lack of acceleration.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 121998

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The defective automatic transmission malfunctioned, causing the gears to slip, resulting in decreased speed while driving which almost caused an accident. Cause unknown.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

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