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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #20

Aug 072015


  • 120,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle new December 2000. When driving approximately 30mph the driver and passenger seats move up and down motion, when car stops, the seats come at rest. The passenger seat is worse than drivers side. The air bag warning light dings & illuminates and then go back off..

- Adamsville, AL, USA

problem #19

Jun 182014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 20 mph, the front driver side power seat independently shifted forward in a rocking motion whenever coming to a complete stop. The seat would reset to the correct position after resuming normal operation. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the air bag warning light illuminated and the air bag clock spring was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Moore, SC, USA

problem #18

Jun 142007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Purchased used from Dodge dealer. Front electric seats (driver and passenger) rock with every movement. Checked recalls list and manufacturer has never addressed this problem. I didn't know that other owners had this problem until reading complaints. Current mileage 117,000. Did not notify mfr.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #17

Sep 142013


  • 150,000 miles


The power front seats after time come loose in the 20001 Durango and move back and forth on the tracks. Seems like they are moving more and more every day. I read so many other complaints on this web site. Another problem which is common is the wiring burning up connected to the resistor pack on the blower motor. I read stories about how people have to replace the blower motor, resistor pack and plug at the end of the harness. The manufacture should have used thicker wire to handle the current draw for the motor that is installed in the vehicle in the first place. I have been using the original motor for 2 years now I just don't have any speed control now, but the motor is fine. The resistor pack is also fine just need to replace one or all of the wire that are burnt up.

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

problem #16

Apr 282012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
When turning into a church parking lot for a wedding. The Durango was struck from behind (at about 40 mph) and the driver seat broke and I was laid back unable to reach the brake pedal or steering wheel. The Durango traveled approx 20 feet before hitting a parked Jeep. The passenger and I both received injuries and currently under care. Dodge needs to do a recall on the faulty parts in the driver electric seats that are causing the rocking back and forth causing the mounting brackets to fail and brake. I have seen not posts of deaths occurring but it is just a matter of time before it does. We were very lucky.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #15

Jan 052011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at different speeds, both driver and passenger seats were not stationary and would move out of place. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The technician stated the electric motor needed to be replaced for both seats. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 165,000.

- Greenback , TN, USA

problem #14

Jan 042010

Durango 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


When stopping the seats jolts forward. When going the seats jolts backwards.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 282005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The power drivers seat shifts in position when accelerating from a stop or when a rapid deceleration is required to stop short. The power seat does not move along the seat tracks, but shifts front to rear or laterally while in the same position on the seat tracks. After researching the problem I have found this has come to be known at the Durango "rocking chair" problem. It is quite disconcerting when it happens and causes the driver to momentarily lose concentration while driving. This is a safety hazard. I believe this to be a design and/or manufacturing defect that will only get worse with time, inevitably resulting in a collision.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #12

Apr 112012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2001 Durango passenger seat just started sliding freely back and forth on the track. The vehicle has electric seats. Definately a safety concern and it appears that there is a flaw in the design from the posts I have been reading.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #11

Mar 032008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The passenger seat slides up and down on the track.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #10

Oct 032011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


The power seats, will not lock in place, and slide back and forth in the track, when starting to drive or stopping.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #9

Sep 162011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
My front passenger seat is not engaging on the seat track, it slides forward & back with the motion of the vehicle. I am concerned for the safety of my kids, or anyone for that matter, riding in the front seat even though they are 12 & 16!!!! they can easily slam into the dash board with their legs or worse with any speed. I have researched and read about many other Dodge Durango owners experiencing the same exact issue. This is a huge saefty issue!!! please help!

- Goffstown, NH, USA

problem #8

Feb 032011

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango. Both front seats are loose and have just about caused an accident on a couple of occasions because everytime I brake, the seats shift forward. Based on what I've seen online with complaints and forums, this is extremely common with Dodge seats. Why won't they do a recall on something that is so widespread and is a major safety issue?

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 012009

Durango 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Both the driver and passenger seats have become loose - sliding forward and backward when accelerating and braking. This problem has been occurring for over a year and is constant - the seats are no longer firmly attached to the vehicle. This is an extremely common failure on these vehicles caused by defective or sub-standard parts used in the seat structure.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 142010


  • 86,000 miles
Multiple replacement needed of upper & lower ball joints, sway bar, currently experiencing front end bed spring noise - sounds like junk, told the front lower ball joint is lose again. Also the heating elements in the front driver's seat went out -cost to repair over 700.00! vehicle is a 2001 Dodge Durango 4 X 4. only 86,000 miles original owner. This vehicle meticulously maintained and serviced, but despite that constantly having front suspension repairs and brakes.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #5

Jan 162003


  • 40,000 miles
Seats have play slide back and forth. They don't hold in place. They slide on rails.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 062004


  • 38,000 miles
Passenger seats and driver seat on 2 2001 Dodge Durango do not hold on rails they have play and slide back and forth each time you accelerate or brake. Its a safety slams your knees into the dash board. Complained several times to Dodge Corp filed complaint case#17864244.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 202008


  • miles
My drivers bucket seat rocks back and forth due to a broken bracket or rail. I have seen several mentions of the exact same condition of other 1999 to 2001 Dodge Durango owners and Chrysler denies hearing of other instances of this exact same condition. I hope all the other people that have posted this exact same problem on the internet are reporting to you as well because this seems to be a very common occurrence. The service centers are asking for $600 to $900 to fix this.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. While driving 50 mph, the driver side front window would not roll up. The mechanic stated that the window was off track and he replaced the tracking. The failure has occurred three times. The contact stated that the driver side front seat would not lock when the vehicle stopped. The dealer stated that the driver's seat tracking failed. As of September 11, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unavailable. The failure mileage was 100,000 and current mileage was 108,000.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 252001


  • miles
Middle fold down seat was not properly locked. When driver applied brakes, seat came loose and hit driver in head. Driver went to doctor and was informed he had a concussion. Also contacted manufacturer, and informed him that an investigation will occur.

- Lyons, IL, USA

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