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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,231 miles

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2001 Dodge Durango engine problems

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 162014

Durango

  • 159,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic light, the vehicle accelerated forward at 30 mph without warning. The failure recurred on fifteen occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 159,000.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 052013

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
Bought vehicle about 1 month ago and my horn and cruise control were working at time of purchase. Took car home and went out the next day and found out that horn didn't work after almost getting into and accident, so now I no longer have a horn or cruise control on my car.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #11

Mar 042010

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
S10 appropriate handling re Toyota throttle control problem owner of a 2001 Dodge Durango slt experience similar problem. The consumer stated he experienced a series of un-commanded RPM surges while in and out of cruise control. The surge would be as much as 800 RPM and almost resulted in an accident more than once. It took the dealer five service calls to finally discover the problem. The discovery happened only after the check engine light stayed on long enough for the service department to download an error code from the powertrain control module (PCM). The surge was caused by a failing and/or failed throttle position sensor (tps). The tps recently failed again, but this time the surges did not exceed 300 RPM before the source of the failure was confirmed. As in the initial failure, and even though the tps was suspect, the service department was not able to identify the problem until the check engine light came on. The consumer believed the PCM was not programmed to detect a failing tps. As a result, the PCM continued to react to spurious signals from the tps, resulting in un-commanded RPM increase which continued until a hard failure of the tps was detected.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 092007

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

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

Very frustrating intermittent problem with RPM fluctuating up and down when I have not, and I repeat not, moved my foot down onto the accelerator. Happens more often when cruise control is in use. Service engine light comes on then disappears. Very scary, have almost crashed a few times when vehicle accelerates rapidly. Worst thing is the problem can't always be reproduced for anyone to believe me!!!!!

- Anna, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 012001

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle steadily accelerated without applying the acceleration pedal. When taken to get serviced the cause could not be determined.

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #8

May 202004

(reported on)

Durango

  • miles
While driving and applying the brakes vehicle lurched forward. Vehicle has had this problem for over a year. Vehicle was involved in one collision, and was being sued. There were no injuries or fatalities.

- Kingsley, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 202003

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

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

The vehicle on this occasion started knocking and the check gauges light appeared. It stated I needed oil when I recently had an oil change. It then cut off. I took the vehicle to the dealer to find out that I needed a new engine supposedly due to sludge build up. I have had all oil changes and services performed. I even went as far as to have the 30,000 mile service done. Previous problems include replacement of an air bag, rear window problems, air conditioner not working, noises while in reverse when parking, all in all also getting stuck in 4-hi. All in all they told me they would not replace my engine even with my Chrysler warranty. The vehicle only has 42,000 miles. Also had new ignition switch installed due to speedometer failure.

- Phila., PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 262003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
2001 Durango R/T. second failure of transmission (11/26/03) @ 35000 miles. Handled by different dealerships and no one knows exactly why or how transmission is failing. RPM tachometer races between 100 - 800 RPM during driving conditions including load, light load, flat terrain, and occasionally down hill when driving of speeds greater than 45 mph in drive and overdrive. Excessively hard clung when shifting between 1st and 2nd and between 2nd and 1st. 1st failure (2/6/02) was before PCM and transmission flash recalls @ 20000 miles. Service manager insisted that this was a normal thing and his Jeep did the same thing. After much convincing that I would prefer the opinion of a tech instead did they take the vehicle for repair. Vehicle was kept for an additional week than what was promised for delivery. Vehicle was kept in garage for the 2 weeks and when picked up all personal items, electronics, tire jack, etc was missing (~ $2700 worth) and accusing me of leaving my doors unlocked (did not quite understand his point and aurguement since it sat in the dealerships garage for the 2 week duration). Since... transmission does not always go into park and occasionally drive, verbally told not a big deal by dealership service manager due to the transmission being flashed. Noticed vehicle surging with RPM increase after driving a while. Oh, by the way, yea, the ball joints needed replaced at ~18000 miles too (10/2002)!

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 142003

Durango

  • miles
Car surges at about 55 mph. Four dealers have looked at it and claim they do not understand it.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012001

Durango

  • miles
1) car races as if in high gear (while in reverse and then in drive) but won't move unless you floor it. After 200ft. Of flooring it..it drops into gear and runs normally. The problem is intermittent and not specific to cold weather but engine is usually cold.. 2)problem is common to Durangos...car shifts freely from park to reverse or any other gear without having to engage the brake.

- Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 272001

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The consumer stated that the vehicle surges when taking off from a stop or when accelerating, dealer could not duplicate problem.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 272001

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer stated that the vehicle surges when taking off from a stop or when accelerating, dealer could not duplicate problem.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 172001

Durango

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When gear shift lever is put all the way into park positioning, sometimes vehicle will not indicate it is in any gear at all. There is a square which surrounds the P, D, N, etc. On the gear indicator, and none of them will be outlined. In addition to sometimes not indicating the car is in gear, it can be in a different gear than indicated. It can say it is in drive but when accelorator is depressed the vehicle does not go anywhere. It simply revs as if it is in neutral. I consider this a safety problem as the vehicle could roll over my small children if I think it is in park but it actually isn't. the vehilce has been in for repair 3 times and I am told this happens but there is no repair for the problem.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

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