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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
109,590 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. flush radiator & replace water pump, hoses, thermostat and clutch fan (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Durango cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #5

May 282011

Durango SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,950 miles


I have a problem with my 2001 Dodge Durango overheating cant seem to solve the problem.I have flushed the radiator and replaced the antifreeze and the thermastate the radiator fan and the cluch on the other fan replaced the temparture sensor and burped the system and re[laced the waterpump and Iam lost it is still overheating there is 290 people I have talk to online and they are having the same problem and have no solution I wish someone can tell me what to do

- , Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #4

Jun 042005

Durango 4x4 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

This engine has coase me time and money. It was overheating so I had to replace the water pump, hoses, therma stat, cluth fan, flush radiator. Piece of CRAP

- , Quartzsite, AZ, USA

problem #3

May 242008

Durango SLT 4WD 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

This was the culmination of three separate incidents of the engine overheating. It was first diagnosed as a cracked hose and the hose assembly was replaced and the whole cooling system checked out to make sure everything else was working. Thought it was fixed until it overheated we may be looking at a total engine replacement! Many others have have this problem prior to the engine completely failing from sludge buildup. Forgot to mention we just purchased this used, in September, and we can't replace it with anything else because of the loan, so we are stuck. Great position to be in when you need two vehicles and are a single income family. Trying to figure out if it would be better to put in a new engine or take the hit and trade it as soon as possible. It is a shame because we owned another Dodge and we got 150,000 miles out of it before it died. Now Dodge won't stand behind their product - we'll never buy another Dodge again! They know about these problems and don't have the guts to admit these engines are junk and recall them. And Detroit wonders why people don't want their vehicles anymore??!!

- , Mohnton, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 182007

(reported on)

Durango Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

I have a 2001 Dodge Durango with 92,000 miles on it. This summer it started overheating on me. It's usually okay when I'm driving on a straight roads, but the minute I hook a trailer on to it or start pulling hills, it overheats! I've had the following work performed on it and it still overheats. No mechanics have been able to diagnose the reason? New heater core, New thermostat (Even tried running without one), new water pump, new antifreeze, new radiator cap and a cooling system power flush. I can drive it about 60 miles max, then the temp gauge rises so much I have to stop, all the water has boiled out all over the place. There is no water in the oil and no steam coming of of the tailpipe, so I'm told it's not a head gasket. I've dumped mega money into this darn vehicle and it's still not fixed! So I've basically just parked it now!! No idea on what to do?

- , Boise, ID, USA

problem #1

Sep 042007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

the electric a/c fan went bad and replaced it and never overheated. Now in the past 6 months it wanting to overheat, have also replaced - water pump, thermostat twice, clutch fan have had both heads off and milled 10/1000th and checked for cracks, and still overheating. I searched the internet to see if anyone is also having this problem, WOW u try (durango overheating)

- , St. Augustine, FL, USA

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