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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
133,229 miles
Total Complaints:
176 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (101 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 1 of 9)

problem #176

Jul 012015

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,964 miles


Problem initially started off as intermittent jumping of the tachometer (suspected a transmission control problem of some sort). Problem frequency increase and then the engine completely shut off while driving (no error code indications). I thought I fixed it by replacing the TPS sensor and the Output Speed sensor.

The car ran fine for about a week but now the engine simply turns off while driving. It has happened 6 or 7 times now and always when accelerating (like up a hill or on a long slight incline on the freeway). Typically I can re-start the car right away, however the last time it wouldn't start (I could crank the engine but it wouldn't start). Sat for about 15 minutes, it started and was able to drive home.

It may be heat related (happening more on really hot days) but not really sure because it happened at night one time and in the morning another time. I plan on replacing the CAM position sensor next but after additional reading on-line, it sounds more like the pcm may need to be replaced, and even then no guarantee to solve the problem. Too dangerous to allow my wife or kids to drive so I may just sell it.

- , Renton, WA, USA

problem #175

May 012015

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,500 miles

This vehicle is the biggest mistake I have ever bought in my life. Starts and runs for about 10-20 minutes then stalls and dies as your going down the road. VERY DANGEROUS!!! This needs to be recalled NOW! I have had 2 near misses now in the last week. Will never own another Dodge in my life.

- , Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #174

Feb 082012

Durango Slt 4x4 V8 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

I bought a 1999 Dodge Durango for our daughter in 2012, thinking it would be a good vehicle for her, since she was in college. So glad we never got it to her. I was driving it for work it would shut down while going 65 on the freeway. This even happened with our young son in the car. When it shuts down I loose all power, for steering, braking, everything. So we took it to get it fixed, replaced sensors, fuel pump and filter, then we replaced the CPU.

The car is a lemon and Ford should never put these on the road to play RUSSAIN ROULETTE with our lives. I cannot sell the car knowing the possibilities of what can happened to anyone that's in it while driving, so it's sat in our driveway for the last 3 years.

It's 2015 now, my daughter is married and having her first baby, and her husband had the car towed to the dealership in Tempe, AZ I don't believe it can be fixed, and all Ford wants is big money to pretend they fixed it, put it back on the road with this young family makes me so mad. ( Son in law believes the mechanic, hasn't lived the shut down part!)

We paid $5000 for the car in 2012 and that guy knew what was happening and still sold it to us. We don't have much money, but I was ok with it not being on the road to hurt someone, not to mention the money already spent trying to fix the car. It was our loss but a life gained not being on the road, now it has become FORDS responsibility for saying they can fix it and put it back on the road! PS car in the shop as I said when it gets out I will post the VIN#.

- , San TanValley, AZ, USA

problem #173

Jan 302015

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 305,637 miles


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I got this problem randomly, shuts down anytime, don't care if you are at high speed or low or even if you are making a stop. It happens randomly but it starts and runs like a brand new truck. Sometimes when it is off and I want to turn it on, fails, and in a few minutes it turns on. I change everything, electrical, fuse, gas, cables, distributor,etc, etc and nothing fixes my problem. All the problems were my CRANK SHAFT SENSOR AND MY FLEX PLATE. And that all cost to me 250$ for the mechanic and the parts. And that fixes my problem.

Now it is like a brand new truck. I got a 99 Dodge Durango 4*4 5.9. lt's a V8 Mágnum and I'm in love with my truck.. :) Good luck with your issues, everything on this truck can be repaired at a really cheap cost. I'm from Texas. God bless you. If you need any advice, leave me your mail and I will text you. You can check my truck pictures.

- , Laredo, TX, USA

problem #172

Dec 242014

Durango 5.9V8 Magnum

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

My son and I had JUST exited off the highway when our 99 Dodge Durango suddenly just died. No signs or warning. Luckily we were on a down slope and were able to coast to the side of the road. If this had happened on the highway we would have most likely been hit and possibly killed.

I have read numerous complaints about problems with the PCM on this year and model...dying out of nowhere. It's a matter of time before someone gets hurt or is killed...if it hasn't happened already.

Chrysler makes it just about impossible to get fixed as well. Most mechanics are able to fix other PCMs for other models, but not the 99 Dodge Durango. We're hoping to find someplace we can order one from because we refuse to pay the dealer $1200 for a part that would take literally two minutes to replace. This part really needs to be recalled! It's a tragedy waiting to happen!

- , Aurora, CO, USA

problem #171

Oct 012014

Durango V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

Sadly there is no solution for this, I tried all the methods, has anyone been able to successfully rectify the problem?

- , Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #170

Nov 132013

Durango LX 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles


For no reason while driving on the highway the engine will shut off. All that could be done was to pull over to the side of the road. All the electrical seemed fine. The radio worked. After about 20 minutes the engine started. I replaced the ECM this week I will let you know if the problems acures

- , Orlando, Florica, USA

problem #169

Aug 082013

Durango EX 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles


- , San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #168

Apr 202014

Durango SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles

I have only had this vehicle for a little over a month. I work 50+ hours a week with mentally handicapped people whom I have to transport. This is vehicle is by far the biggest PIECE OF CRAP I have EVER driven. I will never ever by a Dodge again. The problem needs fixed, and soon. Before myself or others get hurt. I am only 19 yrs old for heavens sake and your supposed to like your everyday driver for the most part right? Hell no. It stalls out multiple times DAILY! As I'm driving down the highway, in the city or simply sitting at a damn stop light. Sometimes even when I'm parked and have it running it does it. This needs to be fixed and there needs to be a recall !

- , Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #167

Jun 042012

Durango SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

Just bought a 1999 Dodge Durango SLT on 6-2-2012 and had it delivered today 6-4-2012. Went to go to the gas station to put gas in about 2 hours after the first incident,(already reported) and almost to gas station the stupid thing randomly shuts off again. I noticed when I tried to start it again and again that the fuel gauge wouldn't even register the fact that there was gas in the vehicle.

This time after waiting nearly 45 minutes in 100 degree heat with myself being pregnant and 6 kids in the car. I got a ride home from a friend and left it where it sat. Will tow it later. I have noticed that this seems to be a pretty common issue with no real definite solution according to the websites I have looked at. (haven't looked here as of yet though).

Does anyone else seem to have the same problem and/or have a solution that works short of either setting said vehicle on fire and pushing it off a cliff or trading it in??

Update from May 26, 2014: Bought a new computer about 6 months or so ago, installed it and have not has any problems since. The computer cost me about $250 bucks. So if you like to Durango and would like to keep it then I would highly recommend getting a new computer. :)

- , Three Rivers, TX, USA

problem #166

Jun 012011

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


Back in June of 2011 the Durango started dying. Was stranded many times on the freeway or parking lots. Was barely able to get off the road. Took it to the mechanic and they said it was a leaky manifold. Fixed it just for a while. Took the Durango back in to another mechanic in Dec, where they have been doing common maintenance work. They finally have that fixed and took it for a test drive and it died on them. They said it could be a crank sensor so it got replaced and now that didn't fix it and now its either the PCM or ECM on the firewall getting hot and just shutting off without a warning. Called Dodge Complaint Center 1-800-423-6343 and the man said its old and Dodge isn't recalling this part. I've sunk a lot of money in this vehicle and am tired of it. We all need to complain about this problem. Dodge complaint center can't recall it if there isn't a lot of people complaining. Please everyone with this problem call them. Right now fuming about this.

- , Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #165

Feb 172011

Durango 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140 miles

computer gets hot and shuts down engine.when it cools down engine will start and run about 45 minutes.

- , Livingston, TN, USA

problem #164

May 092012

Durango 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

This isn't my truck my friend bought the dam piece of sh*t, at first I couldn't figure it out, no one could then finally looked in the internet bingo! Common problem its not the pcm it starts from the crankshaft position sensor, camshaft sensor,tps,map,coil and so forth must check all these first before wasting a lot of money these are easy and fast to check. I"m currently a student in automotive a good learning experience didn't know sh*t at first, my point is get rid of it its going to be a consistent problem.

- , Hemet, CA, USA

problem #163

May 022013

Durango V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

I am a single mother, with a 12 year old daughter who works her ass off, no child support, no extra money for auto reoairs, I have replaced several parts on my 1999 dodge durango, with no avail. My truck breaks down whenever if feels like it needs too. It just shuts down on the highway, in the city, at the park, at the mall. My daughter and I have pushed it out of 3 lanes of traffic in the pouring down rain. We have sat for 10 minutes, 15 minutes or longer before it will start again, how embrassing when she has a friend over and try to have a fun day but cannot even make it to the beach, to the mall or simply to the store because the damn thing will not run. I am tired of eating Mc Donalds french fries because have to wait for my truck to decide to run again. So Dodge what are you going to do for me????????????????????????????????????????????????????

- , Holiday, FL - Florida, USA

problem #162

Jul 252012

Durango LX 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 218,222 miles

I have taken this durango to 3 different auto shops and no one can figure out what is wrong with it. Now, if I let it sit for an hour or more it sometimes will restart. Anybody give me suggestions with what it could be, I'm getting mad. Can't figure out what is wrong.

- , Boswell, PA, USA

problem #161

Oct 012012

Durango SLT 3.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Just reviewed the website and am amazed how many Durangos have the PCM [computer] issue. Unbelievable! Same problem as described ..the engine shuts down unexpectedly. Have been to two shops who couldn't identify the issue. All ready out $360 for a crank shaft sensor that did not fix the problem. Dodge wants nearly $1400 to repair an issue that should be a recall. Are you reading this Dodge? Will never purchase a Chrysler product again. Also had front end problems requiring ball joints and control arm bushings. Another sweet $1600! Never needed this much maintenance on a vehicle with only 89,000 miles. What a piece of crap.

- , Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #160

Mar 072013

Durango ST

  • Automatic transmission
  • 220,000 miles

1999 Dodge Durango is a beautiful truck but the designer needs to be shot!!!! Shuts off on its own damn accord whenever it feels like it for no damn reason. I hope the bail out was worth it as they sure arent doing right by the people who buy their cars.

- , Ocean Springs, Missisippi, USA

problem #159

Feb 022009

Durango 5.2L Magnum V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

99 Durango has been a great truck for a long while. Only in the last 4 or so years has it been a problem. Shuts off while driving all the time now. We have changed fuses, coils, and still nothing. Went out the other day and the truck wouldn't start at all. The computer under the glove box was just clicking. The battery was drained. Couldn't find a draw on the battery anywhere. Replaced the battery and it started. Ran fine up untill who knows? I have spent so much in tow trucks I bought a aaa membership. Seems to be the best thing to date. It must be something with the mileage that triggers this dangerous problem. I'm going to try the crank position sensor next. I also have a 98 dakota with the same motor, knock on wood never had a problem like this. This issue is specific with this year and model. It has to be a faulty part made in Mexico that dodge purchase for these trucks, or it's a bad program. I tend to lean towards the part only because others have had there CPU replaced or flashed.

- , Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #158

Aug 012011

Durango 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

The problem occurs after the engine warms. No warnings prior to the engine shutting off. Driver loses power stearing once the engine shuts off. In order to start the car again the driver must keep foot on gas to keep the car idoling. If you need to get your car home without towing, the only way to keep the engine on is to keep your foot on the gas lightly, even while stopping. This is a very dangerous way to drive for people who are not accustomed to dealing with a vehicle that shuts itself off. I've owned my Durango for 9 years and have replaced the PCM three times. Do not buy brand new PCM's. Many auto part stores specialize in rebuilding/reprogramming the PCM's for Durangos. They will ask you to send your PCM to them, they will reprogram and send back to you. If you buy PCM's brand new, you are looking at close to $1,000 for the part + labor. I only spend $250-300 with shipping. Dodge needs to change where the PCM sits in the engine!!

- , Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #157

Apr 192013

Durango SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,072 miles

The car will just shut down on me, with no warning. Power steering goes out, car stops running, the only thing I can do is pull hard on the steering wheel and try to get it as far out of traffic as possible. Check engine light comes on after sitting for a minute, but a "No Bus" message comes up on the odometer. Gas light comes on, even when the tank is not even near empty. This was the 5th day in a row. Usually, it will start back up after cooling down for about 20 minutes, then run fine the rest of the day. This time, it shut off on me 4 times in a one-mile radius.

- , St. Marys, GA, USA

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