Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

9.3

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$817.00
Average Mileage:
134,203 miles
Total Complaints:
182 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (107 reports)
  2. new computer (16 reports)
  3. cool down engine (12 reports)
  4. no solution factory need to call back (11 reports)
  5. replaced pcm (9 reports)
  6. wiggle the wires to the pcm (5 reports)
1999 Dodge Durango engine problems

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1999 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 7 of 10)

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problem #62

May 142008

Durango 4x4 SLT Plus 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,254 miles

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

Another unhappy Dodge Durango Owner. I will never own another American vehicle.

Sorry America, we build sh*&^% cars!!! The imports have better resale and fewer problems. I am like all of you here, Truck shuts down out of the blue, won't start for 5-25 minutes. Mostly happens when it is hot, wiggle wires, lift the hood, ... doesn't make a difference. This is VERY DANGEROUS!!! Dodger should step up to the plate. Have also had transmission problems, A/C problems, and the OIL Consumption problem.

- , Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #61

Jul 122008

Durango 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I am having the same problem with the shutting down with no warning. I haven't found a solution as of yet. I had the crank and the speed senors replaced, but it still shuts down. I just can't believe this problem hasn't been a recall issue do to the potential problems that can result when it shuts down. I hope someone can find the right avenue to get Dodge's attention before someone is seriously injured or killed.

- , Orem, UT, USA

problem #60

Jul 092008

Durango SLT 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

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shuts down while driving shuts down while driving shuts down while driving

I have been having the same problem as everyone else, I was reading your complaints and decided to try and cool the computer on the passenger side fender. I had a 14 hour trip to take with the vehicle and did not want to be stranded. If you look at my photo's, it is crude I plan to clean it up especially in the front. The tube is a 4" drainage tile that I found laying around, I had to crush it so that it would bend properly and I had to slit it to get it around the tube beside the radiator. I had to cut away part of the black material between the headlight and the radiator and push it through and then duct taped it back. You will have to pop out the plastic rivet that holds the air cleaner intake and rotate the tube back toward the engine ( I rotated it back once I was done it was snug but its mostly back). I made the 14 hour trip yesterday at 70+ with the A/C running with 90+ temperatures and no problems. I am planning on going to JC Whitney and seeing if they have an electric radiator fan that will fit and I will put that in front of the tube in the front of the car. I did have some rain, but the ribs in the tube and the fact it makes so many turns no rain appeared to have made it to the computer. Biggest cost will be duct tape. Good Luck

- , South Haven, MI, USA

problem #59

May 032008

Durango SLT 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

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

Took my truck to a new garage. Showed them all the paperwork from the last dealership who unsuccessfully tried to fix it and hoped for a better result. 3 days later I call them to find out the status and they tell me it's a common problem, it's "crankshaft sensor." I pick the car up Sat. morning, and it dies on me 3 times, the last as I'm turning into the dealership. Today is Tuesday and I'm still without a safe, working truck or the definitive reason why it's not able to be fixed.

- , Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #58

May 022008

Durango SLT 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

This problem is back from the past! Take truck in, tech's can't get it to die. After trying to get me to come pick up my unfixed vehicle, I tell them it doesn't have to be driven, it can die while idling. Eureka! It happens for service department. I'm not some paranoid consumer who is making this up. No problem. It's "your central timer module". One week later and $516 less, I'm back on the road. At least for one day. Drive it to work the next day...truck dies again. Take it back. One week later. "We think it's your pcm, it's probably been causing those other things to go bad." They offered to replace the pcm for just the cost of the part, $587 and throw in the labor for free. I told them of my dissatisfaction for their service and how I had bought two vehicles there. I then asked them to return my old parts, refund me and I would find another place to fix my truck. They supposedly did what I requested and never bothered to try to patch service relations with me.

- , Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #57

Jun 062007

Durango SLT 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

Took it in after reporting symptoms(complete shut down, Nobus in odometer, restarts after sitting 5-20minutes). Couldn't get it to die, they check loose wired. Happens again... 5 days later, they finally get it to do the same thing. "Speed sensor unit",another few days, $560, got my truck back. One month later, same issue. Replace "speed sensor unit", no charge, said it was a faulty part. Solved the problem...for about 10 months.

- , Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #56

Jun 012005

Durango 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

We purchased a 1999 Durango in 2003, with 57,0000. Ran great for a couple of years, minor things, window motors on two windows, etc, but nothing too bad. Then in Spring 2005 the engine just starts cutting out without warning and the odometer reads some weird code. Many, many trips to dealers, mechanics, etc. Finally had the pcm board replaced with a rebuilt one for $600.00, ran fine for the winter, but come spring and summer it would die without warning. Sometimes I had to jump it with my little reliable 1996 Altima (thank God for that car). Then late 2007 it starts eating oil, a quart a week, then the water pump goes out as well. I had found a new mechanic who replaced the water pump, replaced the intake gaskets which stopped the oil feast, and then to my profound shock and delight he suggested replacing the stepper motor and the vehicle never stalled again. I truly believe that if Dodge would just issue a bulletin about this small defective motor, I could have saved years of anguish and thousands of dollars. Now, the AC stopped working and the speedometer went too, despite the fact we replaced the speed sensor, but at least the vehicle runs reliably again.

- , Somerset, WI, USA

problem #55

May 012007

Durango 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

1999 DURANGO ENGINE GOES DEAD - PCM - it is the same problem, summer approaching, warm weather, the PCM gets hot, and the engine goes dead. It is incredibly inconvenient, under the sweltering sun. I learned about the solution from reading all the posts. I feel sorry for people, and I, being under the Dodge dealership's mercy, or rather, financial torcher. #1 The problem is the faulty PCM design and/or soldering and/or inferior circuit board component. I found the best price on a remanufactured PCM at a website before or during the winter months, but I misplaced it. Now that the heat is here, I have to find it. The cost is about $250, with you mailing back the core PCM. When I find the website, I will post again, with it's web address. Until then, or to find out what I have found out, for the site's address for getting the Durango's PCM, I will post to http://www.jumpsquid.com/durango-pcm or this might look better, http://www.jumpsquid.com/durango-pcm The other problem with the Durango is the a/c cooling, and in concert with that, the engine cooling. The exterior a/c radiator is rather large, completely covering and in front of the engine's radiator. When the a/c radiator gets clogged with junk, bugs, dirt, etc. and with it completely covering the area of the engine's coolant radiator, the air flow, hence cooling is always compromised; bad design, in my opinion. I have heard of, read of, Durango owners burning up their engine's oil with the constant hot temperatures, then the engine freeze. That is bad. As one AutoZone long-time employee, advised me against buying a thermostat with too low of a temperature rating, 160 F, I think,,, he said, '... those V-8s like to run hot, ... if you keep it too cool, it will mess with your fuel efficiency, ...' . I don't think so, with the huge potential disaster of possible burning-up and freezing an oil eating hot engine, I prefer and reccommend to go cool. There are obvious heating design flaws with this engine and I think that no engine should be fooling around with coolant temperatures near 200F. Any engine causing the coolant to boil in the cooling system, is headed for disaster. As it is, right now, out in my driveway, I cannot let the Durango sit there and idle, with or without the a/c, on. It will eventually burn off all the coolant, then the oil, and then freeze. #2 So, I guess it is sort of good that the Durango does stall from the faulty PCM. Maybe this is telling me that I need to conquer the engine coolant problem first. ....la la la, this is getting long,,, so, back then, last year, I removed/disabled the engine thermostat. I cut-out the center of the thermostat, and replaced the clear-for-coolant-flow metal thermostat mounting ring. A high speed electric cooling fan should be put in front of the sandwiched? radiators. A meticulous cleaning of the radiators, would be very important to do (taking care not to damage the a/c or engine radiator fins (leakage-then disaster)). I plan to do this, cleaning. #3 The third main problem that I can think of is: the weak a/c performance. I read somewhere that there is or might be a valve to stop the coolant flow to the heating coil/a/c air-cooling radiator,,, aka-evaporator, area. Supposedly the coolant flow to this compartment is not really blocked when you want it cool in the cabin. I haven't researched this yet; I don't know if a simple turn valve exists. I do think that halting the flow of coolant to the heater core would be a great help with cooling the cabin.

- , Mobile, AL, USA

problem #54

Jun 172008

Durango SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

Same as others. 1999 Dodge Durango Stalls without warning. Needs to be recalled and fixed.

- , Old Saybrook, CT, USA

problem #53

May 312007

(reported on)

Durango Magnum STD 5.9

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

My 1999 Durango only 50000 miles on it. It work just fine when I first bought. but now I don't know what is going on. run, run and just shut down and I have to wait for a while to start it a gain. first time I thought it was the fuel injection or fuel pump so I took it to tireplus and had the mechanic look at it he said I have to replace the fuel pump It cost me $1200 so I did repaired and then after a month later It happen again. and I took back in the shop He said he couldn't find nothing wrong. and then again He said the same thing. I think the dodge manufacturing should be responsible for this problem. It is very danger when I drive on the express way 70 mile per hour when the engine cut off like that especially with the children. soon or later the dodge manufacturing will get sued.

- , Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #52

Mar 012008

Durango SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

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

YEP YOU GUESSED IT SAME PROBLEM AS YOU ALL HAVE WIFE SAID IT JUST QUIT DIDN'T HAVE FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE UNTIL TODAY AND SAW THE NO BUS ON THE ODOMETER BEFORE THAT I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO SO I REPLACED THE DISTRIBUTER AND ROUTER BUT NO SOLUTION YET BUT READING THIS I MIGHT TRY TO SHIELD THE PCM WITH SOME CARD BOARD AND INSULATING TAPE SEE IF THAT HELPS OR NOT. DON'T GIVE MUCH HOPE FOR DODGE TO HELP WOULD RECOMMEND NTSB OR ANY OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY GROUP TO COMPLAIN TOO THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN FORCE A RECALL THAT I CAN SEE. BE SAFE PLEASE POST YOUR OUTCOMES FOR THE REST OF US AND REBEL YELL REAL LOUD TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN WHEREVER YOU CAN!!!

- , Williamston, SC, USA

problem #51

May 272008

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

I bought my used 1999 Dodge Durango back in 2002. I have had to dump $2,200 on replacing evaporator core(right and left) to fix air conditioning. There are problems with the transmission and just this April it had its first electrical shut down while I was driving down the road. Since then, it has done it way to many times to count. I want to replace the pcm, but I am afraid that it might end up being a waste of my money, which I don't really have in the first place. This problem has now become the biggest pain in my a**!!! I can no longer put my three children in the vehicle and am stuck having to borrow vehicles to take them places. All I have to say in the end is I will never buy another Dodge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #50

May 232008

Durango SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

My Durango shuts down without warning, most recently going down the freeway at 65 mph. Total loss of power steering and power brakes. ABS light and check engine light comes on after it dies. Prior to that incident it had only failed to start when parked, or died at a stoplight and wouldn't restart. All these incidents happened when the weather was warmer....never once in the winter.

Pay attention DODGE and recall your crappy computer. Do you need to have documentation of this causing a fatal accident first or what??

- , Grandview, WA, USA

problem #49

May 122008

Durango 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,192 miles

it will shut down at random times and just die and not start till it sits . sometimes i mess with the relays , coil , or pickup coil and it will start again . i think if dodge does not want to fix it , i say we sue dodge . Its is going to kill some one because it does it when ever it feels like doing it. mine done it the other day twice on the interstate.

- , Omaha, NE, USA

problem #48

Apr 012008

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

Truck shuts down while driving like every one else that owns this vehicle I only have 62000 miles on this piece of crap, does anyone know how long they warranty the pcm? it was replace in 2001 because the truck would not start.

- , Northport, NY, USA

problem #47

Jan 012008

Durango SLT 5.9L Magnum V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

DODGE QUITS WITHOUT WARNING, LEAVES NO POWER BRAKES OR STEERING.

REPLACED COMPUTER WITH BRAND NEW ONE REPLACED FUEL PUMP, THE RELAY TO THE COMPUTER AND CLEANED THE BODY THROTTLE AND THE TRUCK STILL QUITS WITH NO WARNING. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO NEXT.

- , Yreka, CA, USA

problem #46

Aug 082006

(reported on)

Durango 4x4

  • 143,100 miles

i have replaced the power control module, and still the problem exists. have no clue as to what is causing the problem. But would be very pleased to find out without having to spend a ton of money

- , Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #45

Mar 312008

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

This truck should be recalled!! Deaths will occur with this and probably already have. Will start researching that with insurance companies! The Durango shuts down without warning. You have no control of the vehicle when this happens. The oil pressure drops to 0 and the truck then attempts to stall or does stall. If the truck cools or you bet cool air on the PCM, then the oil gauge jumps back up to 40 and the truck runs fine. Have had the oil checked and there oil is running though the engine as it should be although the gauge says 0 and the check gauges light and check engine light comes on. As long as the truck is not running more than 10 minutes, it runs fine, over 10 minutes it becomes a safety hazard and a liability to whomever is driving. I have a 16 year old son that is forbidden to dirve this truck. We still owe $6900 on it and it now makes a nice yard ornament. I am putting a case together to sue Chrysler - this is a serious safety issue for all of us drivers. Please contact me if you are interested in the same. I am collecting names and am pursuing this. We shouldn't have to bit the bullet on this one. Driving is dangerous enough without driving a Durango that shuts down continually and without notice. You lose your power steering, power brakes and it's hell to navigate or even get a truck this large to stop. We have the 4x4 with the 5.9L engine. It's a tank that I used to love until it became too dangerous to drive. Dodge does not want to take any responsibility for this and every dodge dealership you call acts like it's the 1st time they have heard of it. With the thousands of posts that are on the internet, I find that hard to believe. Dodge needs to take responsibility for this. Buy back our trucks or at least give us a large enough rebate on a new vehicle. But they do need to take responsibility. dlannon@alltel.net Please contact me. These trucks are too dangerous to be on the road.

- , Oak Ridge, NC, USA

problem #44

Jan 142008

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

This is a common problem with the Durango, and the dealer claims to know nothing about it. However, a quick search of the internet reveals many sites where customers note that they diagnosed the problem and fixed it themselves. I can strongly recommend Auto Computer Exchange of Florida for a replacement PCM. They will program it and send it to you, and it is simple to install. Only downside is having to wait a week for it to arrive. Don't spend the $1,200 the dealer will charge to replace the PCM. You can do this for about $300.

- , Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #43

May 052007

(reported on)

Durango V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

This is terrible. The darn thing just shuts down with no notice... JUST DIES.. I am so frustrated. It starts up again after a few minutes rest. This is so dangerous I am afraid to drive the car. Does Dodge even care that it does this?. I cannot control the car when it dies, the steering is so bad without the power steering that I cannot turn the wheel to get out of a dangerous situation. Does anyone have any idea how to fix the problem?

- , Fort Myers Beach, FL, USA

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