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8.9

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$282.00
Average Mileage:
129,672 miles
Total Complaints:
38 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (26 reports)
  2. install new pcm computer (6 reports)
  3. test/replace following sensors: ckp/cmp/map/tps/gps (2 reports)
  4. replace or rebuild the ecu (1 reports)
  5. replaced it twice and nothing changed (1 reports)
  6. reset PCM (complaint #8) (1 reports)
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2000 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Nov 022015

Durango 4D 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

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

2000 dodge durango shuts down while driving at any speed at any time in any weather...have changed many parts to try to solve the problem but still happens can be very dangerious and deadly could happen crossing a busy highway or in rough traffic with nowhere to pull over,,,,cmon crysler whats the problem im seeing many of these complaints !!!!!

- , perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #37

May 062015

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,728 miles

Stalled with "no bus" when I first got it. now on 3rd PCM. Replaced crank, cam, throttle position, and map sensor with the most recent PCM replacement. Also replaced PCM harness connector and rewired harness. Still stalls with "no bus" issue.

- , Hilo, HI, USA

problem #36

Feb 012007

Durango ST 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

same as others on here - car would shut down at any speed and at any time. very dangerous as you have no steering or brakes. Did some research on the net and found many others who have had same problem on various dodges and most replaced the PCM module.I did the same and it fixed the problem. I now have around 172,000 miles with no problem.

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #35

Jun 072014

Durango 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles

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

Haven't replaced the PCM yet (hoping to do that next week). Happened twice this time. Luckily, only my husband and I were in the "family" vehicle when it happened. I wish I could volunteer my Durango to Dodge to find a way to fix this problem so they can get it done before something truly horrifying happens.

- , Edwards, MO, USA

problem #34

Mar 082014

Durango 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 183,600 miles

This problem started occurring after we replaced the PCM a year earlier. We drove the truck to AZ and back to MO with no problem in July 2013. Then in March 2014 the shutting down problem started. I was running 60 MPH and lost all power. I managed to get the SUV safely to the side of the road. The NO BUS message was flashing where the mileage should have been. I waited about 5 minutes and I was able to restart the truck and drive it home.

This is now happening two to three times a day, each time I take it out. I now say when I get stranded on the side of the road, as opposed to IF. I have taken it to the local Dodge Dealership and they say there is nothing they can do because it is not throwing a code. I am about to undertake replacing all of the censors and replacing the PCM again.

This is so dangerous, I refuse to take my children anywhere in the "family vehicle" for fear there may be a deadly accident.

- , Edwards, MO, USA

problem #33

Nov 122013

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

while on freeway doing 70 mph the car just shut off, yes with kids in it. this is the 5th time it has happened. every time i replaced the computer it seemed to help for a year or so then it happens again . i have put 4 computers in this car and it still does the same thing wtf.

- , Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #32

Aug 022013

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

Engine will without any notice shut off. Whatever speed I am in it will shut off. Need to get it fixed

- , Geronimo, OK, USA

problem #31

Aug 012013

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Engine shuts off at random times. Sometimes wont start after its been parked. Need a solution

- , Geronimo, OK, USA

problem #30

Jul 312013

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

engine shut off at random times no matter how fast I would be going.

- , Geronimo, OK, USA

problem #29

Dec 222012

Durango 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

OK. Another rant from me about the Durango. SO-went from Colorado to Wyoming to pick up the kiddo for Christmas break-roughly about a 350 trip each way. Made it there like a champ. After stopping to fill up the tank for the remainder of the trip (100 miles coming back) 15 miles outside of Rawlins the thing DIES while we are driving. It shuddered a bit violently on the way to the median. Started it up and it drove for 2 miles doing 75mph. DIED AGAIN! Seriously it is FREEZING in Wyoming this time of year. Semi trucks were driving by close and we were almost hit 4 times! Had enough cell service to text (could not call) mom for help-who called state patrol to find us. About 2 hours later-Tow BACK was 160.00, tank was exactly 1/4 full before filling it up. Paid $5 (overkill) for starting fluid to test fuel delivery issue at a truck stop, started right up. Needless to say since this thing is so special you cant tow it on anything but a flatbed it is STILL THERE!! I have read reports of this and will test a few things once we get the evil thing home. IF we get it home! AGAIN this POS has put me out of major amounts of money-time-and cost me time with family for the Holidays!! I should have known better-I should have driven the Honda-the HONDA WOULD HAVE MADE IT!! Seriously come spring tax time I'm selling this POS and never looking back at Dodge again. EVER. Between the cooling-sludge-rocker tick and now this crap in LESS THAN 6 MONTHS OF OWNING IT I won't make the mistake again. I will warn people about these things-I will post consumer reports all over the place. DON'T BUY A DODGE!! If it doesn't kill you money wise it just might when it dies on an interstate highway or any other road for that matter. Protect your finances and your children don't buy a Dodge!!

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #28

Nov 292012

Durango 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

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

I have 1 year with the vehicle and not a complete month goes by without having problems. The truck suddenly shuts off while driving, making it impossible to steer or brake. I have replaced the gas pump, and the PCM (twice) and it still stalling. If I don't find a solution quick, I will set it up on fire, before selling durango to someone else who might get injured while driving it. The dodge durango is very much a LEMON!!!

- , Rio Rico, AZ, USA

problem #27

Sep 112012

Durango Sport 4.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,700 miles

My 2000 4.3 durango just shuts off out of no where when I'm backing up and slowing down is the worst. As long as I keep up the rpm's its ok but its a pain in the ass to drive with 2 feet. I don't wanna keep dumping money into this thing and every one keeps telling me to try different thing ill spend more then the things worth if I try all them. Does anyone have the solution to fix this problem yet?

- , Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #26

Jul 072012

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,880 miles

This is not a FIX, but it appears to be a solution to the issue of the computer in my Durango shutting down. I read everything on the web about how to fix this issue, and it was all the same, throw parts at it until it worked. That didn't seem to work either as most complaints I read said the same thing.. anyway...

I read one compliant that indicated it could be a overheating problem with the computer. Since I was already going to buy a replacement, I didn't figure there was any harm testing this theory. I removed the computer from the truck, took it inside my house, placed it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to quickly cool it down. Outside air temperature was about 99 degrees F that day. As it was cooling down, I checked the temp for the dates when it started acting up, and found that every single day the temp was 95 degrees or higher.

After 10 minutes, took the computer out of the freeze and plug it back in the truck, but didn't re-mount it to the wheel well. Turned the key and bingo.... running truck, no code, no bad lights on the dash, no "no bus" on the odometer.

Left the truck running in the direct heat... shut down again in 30 minutes. This time, took a cold wet rag and draped it over the back of the computer, waited 5 minutes and truck fired up again...

Before I reinstalled it, I drilled large holes in the mounting plate on the wheel well with a hole saw held at an angle. I didn't drill all the way thru, I left a little bit of metal on one edge of the hole and then bent the middle pieces back (toward the outside of the truck). They act like little air scoops now. I also added several washers and new bolts and shimmed the computer away from the mounting plate by about 3/8 inches. Now it can get air behind the computer better.

Now I understand this don't fix the sitting in heavy traffic shutdown problems, and if the truck is in the driveway in the direct 95+ degree sun, it's still possible that it can shut down.. This isn't a "fix", but it does get me back running quickly.

One more modification I'm thinking of making is to manufacture a "scoop" of some sort and mount that on the A/C line nearby. There's a bulge in the line just behind the air box that lines up with the computer. It might be possible to catch enough cold air off that bulge and direct it to the computer.

One last thing I might try if the A/C trick doesn't work is to mount a cooling fan (link in a desktop computer) and wire it for 12 volt. Put it on the ignition so that it runs while the switch is on. I'll post back if any of these things fixes the problem for good... but DODGE should fix this or get the !@#$ sued out of them if they don't.

Last thing: The guys at AllComputerResources.com are a CLASS ACT!!!! I had just ordered my new computer from them, and when I discovered this cooling trick, I sent Tony an email asking if it were possible to cancel my order. The very next day I had a refund to my PayPal account... If you end up needing a computer for your truck ... ALL COMPUTER RESOURCES gets two thumbs up from me :-)

- , Rockmart, GA, USA

problem #25

Mar 152012

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

2000 Dodge durango 5.9 R/T i had this car for about 8 months nearly got into 4 accidents while driving and engine shuts off at an intersection almost hit a guard rail with my grandma in the car!! I tried finding a solution to this problem, so far i heard about replacing a new PCM/ECU computer from changing sensors etc. its a great suv,its a nerve wreck driving this vehicle. i mean its a great car and all i don't feel safe driving it. i would want to buy another car that's safe to drive and want to sell it but i don't want to put someone else's life on the line unless there's a solution to fixing it!! please someone help me find a solution to this I'm losing hope would be much appreciated thanks!!!

- , Pearl City, HI, USA

problem #24

Jul 272011

Durango SLT+ 5.9L 360cu.In

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

Hey guys, I finally dug deep enough to find this out… I haven’t even bought my Durango that has this problem yet, but I am this week. Nonetheless I have done nothing but research because I myself have a 1.5yr old son and family and want this to be safe. What I found is the TSB (technical service bulletin) on the issue directly from dodge. A TSB is given to a technician looking to find a soluion to a problem that is very hard to find- thus calling Technical Assistance to have an engineer guide them through it. I hope this will help you all as it has helped me already. These sensors cost roughly $40 each… they are different locations that MOST men and women could just change themselves with the exception of the distributor pickup or “cam sensor” in these vehicles. It’s under the distributor cap. If you do test them with a generic multimeter first and get good readings from all of them, it does not mean they will not lose connectivity when hitting a bump, not to mention the amount of miles we all have on our vehicles it’s not a bad idea to dump the $150ish in parts to fix the issue. Feel free to email if I can help anymore and I’ll be sure to come update my progress for those weary of spending more $ on it.

Vehicles: 1998 - 1999 Dodge Durango 3.9L 2000 - 2001 Dodge Durango 4.7L 1998 - 2000 Dodge Durango 5.2L 1998 - 2001 Dodge Durango 5.9L

Symptom: Engine will not start/Intermittently shuts down. Gauges are inoperative. nO buS message displayed on odometer.

System: Body/Chassis Electrical, Emissions/PCM/Fuel, Engine Electrical

Codes: N/A

Problem 1 of 6: The 5v power supply from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is shorted due to a shorted Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor.

Test & Fix: If the 5v power supply circuit is shorted to ground, the CCD bus is unable to transmit messages and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) appears to be "dead". The PCM is not damaged when the 5v power supply gets shorted to ground, but does need to be reset by turning the key off for 10 second after the short is removed. Using a DVOM or labscope, measure the voltage on the 5v reference wire at the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) or Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor. If 5v is not present, unplug the Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor. Turn the key off for 10 seconds. Turn the key on and measure the voltage on the 5v power supply circuit. If the voltage is now 5v, replace the CKP sensor.

Problem 2 of 6: The 5v power supply from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is shorted due to a shorted Camshaft Position (CMP) Sensor.

Test & Fix: If the 5v power supply circuit is shorted to ground, the CCD bus is unable to transmit messages and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) appears to be "dead". The PCM is not damaged when the 5v power supply gets shorted to ground, but does need to be reset by turning the key off for 10 second after the short is removed. Using a DVOM or labscope, measure the voltage on the 5v reference wire at the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) or Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor. If 5v is not present, unplug the Camshaft Position (CMP) Sensor. Turn the key off for 10 seconds. Turn the key on and measure the voltage on the 5v power supply circuit. If the voltage is now 5v, replace the CMP sensor.

Problem 3 of 6: The 5v power supply from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is shorted due to a shorted Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor.

Test & Fix: If the 5v power supply circuit is shorted to ground, the CCD bus is unable to transmit messages and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) appears to be "dead". The PCM is not damaged when the 5v power supply gets shorted to ground, but does need to be reset by turning the key off for 10 second after the short is removed. Using a DVOM or labscope, measure the voltage on the 5v reference wire (5v power supply) at the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) or Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor. If 5v is not present, unplug the MAP sensor. Turn the key off for 10 seconds. Turn the key on and measure the voltage on the 5v power supply circuit. If the voltage is now 5v, replace the MAP sensor.

Problem 4 of 6: The 5v power supply from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is shorted due to a shorted Throttle Position Sensor (TPS).

Test & Fix: If the 5v power supply circuit is shorted to ground, the CCD bus is unable to transmit messages and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) appears to be "dead". The PCM is not damaged when the 5v power supply gets shorted to ground, but does need to be reset by turning the key off for 10 second after the short is removed. Using a DVOM or labscope, measure the voltage on the 5v reference wire (5 volt power supply) at the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) or Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor. If 5v is not present, unplug the TPS. Turn the key off for 10 seconds. Turn the key on and measure the voltage on the 5v power supply circuit. If the voltage is now 5v, replace the TPS.

Problem 5 of 6: The 5v power supply from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is shorted due to a shorted wire.

Test & Fix: If the 5v power supply circuit is shorted to ground, the CCD bus is unable to transmit messages and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) appears to be "dead". The PCM is not damaged when the 5v power supply gets shorted to ground, but does need to be reset by turning the key off for 10 second after the short is removed. Using a DVOM or labscope, measure the voltage on the 5v reference wire at the throttle position sensor (TPS) or manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor. If 5v is not present, unplug all sensors that are connected to the 5v power supply and disconnect the PCM. Check if either 5v power supply circuit is shorted to ground using a DVOM. If the circuit is found to be shorted to ground, repair the wire and the cause of the short.

Problem 6 of 6: The 5v power supply from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is shorted due to a shorted Governor Pressure Sensor.

Test & Fix: If the 5v power supply circuit is shorted to ground, the CCD bus is unable to transmit messages and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) appears to be "dead". The PCM is not damaged when the 5v power supply gets shorted to ground, but does need to be reset by turning the key off for 10 second after the short is removed. Using a DVOM or labscope, measure the voltage on the 5v reference wire at the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) or Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor. If 5v is not present, unplug the large round connector on the driver's side of the transmission. Turn the key off for 10 seconds. Turn the key on and measure the voltage on the 5v power supply circuit. If the voltage is now 5v, remove the transmission pan and check for shorted wiring inside the transmission. If the wiring is OK, replace the Governor Pressure Sensor.

- , Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #23

Nov 302010

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,579 miles

i think that dodge should have a recall on this issue. it such a horrible safety hazard.

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #22

Oct 242011

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,807 miles

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stalls/shuts down while driving

STALLED WHILE DRIVING....USED HEAT SHIELDS AROUND PCM/CPU/KILL SWITCH TO PROTECT FROM ENGINE HEAT WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM I THINK ALSO PUT TWO BOTTLES OF GUMOUT IN THE GAS TANK AND FILLED THE TANK WITH SHELL GAS...SEEMS TO BE BETTER PLUS IT ONLY COST ME 10 DOLLARS :)

- , Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #21

Sep 062010

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

We have put a new distributor,rotory button,distributor cap,cam shaft sensor,crank shaft sensor,ignition coil,fuel pump and sending unit,fuel fiilter, fuel pump relay and yet nothing has help. It continues to shut off with no warning and says "no bus". When we call part stores and dealerships they say it should not say that. My wife and youngest grandson was going up the freeway in the middle lane and it shut off but luckily she got it to the side of the road. This continues to happen no matter what we change somebody needs to do something before there is a serious accident consisting of a fatality. We have sunk $700.00 into this and still having problems.

- , Resac, GA, USA

problem #20

Jul 012010

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,268 miles

My 2000 Dodge Durango with the 5.9 V8 Magnum shuts down while driving. This is very dangerous I have replaced everything crankshaft position sensor...temp sensor...thermostat...distributor cap...spark plugs...spark plug wires...even replaced the ecm computer...got it from auto computer exchange and it was junk and they would not take it back and make it right with me...it would not let my Durango start up. I still have the original ecm for it and it still dies when its hot out but I open the hood and unplug it for about 10 seconds and plug it back in and it starts right back up. I too like many other of you Dodge Durango owners agree Dodge should fix this problem and I know they act like nothing is wrong...but this is crap they are responsible for this and should be held at fault the problem is they know this and don't want to lose all that money its going to cost them to move the ecm or to just simply fix the problem that they caused. I just hope nobody has to die from this before they take it seriously. I think they should be sued for everything they got plus not be allowed to make anymore dangerous automobiles!

- , Frankfort, IN, USA

problem #19

May 252011

Durango ES V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,976 miles

i bought a dodge durango and 3 weeks later it stalled on the freeway 2x. The engine just shut off without warning. So far it happened 5x in 3 months.

The dealers can't find any codes or problems. I notified dodge corporate office and they did nothing. but I also notified dodge corporate so they have copy of report ( 18007638422 dodge). They will open a case as well. I also notify the NHTSA (national highway transportation safety administration) they opened a case and encourage other people that are having similar issues to report it so they can investigate and see if they can get the truck recalled Email NHTSA.GOV Call NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236 Hearing Impaired (TTY): 1-800-424-9153 Mail NHTSA NHTSA Headquarters 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE West Building Washington, DC 20590

- , Escondido, CA, USA

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