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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,720 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #9

May 272006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles


In the early morning hours of 5/27 the right front lower wheel bearing of my 2001 Dodge Durango suddenly separated without warning causing the wheel to come loose from the vehicle. The caused the Durango to veer to the right and crash into two parked cars. The wheel, axle, bearing, rack and pinion and associated parts are being replaced. Old part will be saved.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 122005

Durango 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango that has prematue wearing of tie rods and bushings. I tried contacting my dealership and they will not cover this because of 60,000miles. I started noticeing problems at 7,000 miles when my tires started to wear premature. I took the car back to the dealer and they just realined the vehicle. I am on my third set of tires already. Brakes plus won't realign the car because everything is so worn out. Please advise me, I have to fix this and nobody will cover the costs. What do I do."?"

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #7

Dec 112004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I recently had new tires put on my Durango and was going to have a alignment done. At that time I was informed that my right upper ball joint and right tie rod needed to be replaced due to excessive wear. This seems to be happening to most of the Dodge light trucks and SUV's and is obviously a defect in the product. I did not have the repair done at the time. It is to costly to buy both tires and have to do the repairs at the same time especially around christmas. I feel that this is the responsibility of Dodge to correct the obviously defective equipment.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 042004


  • 80,000 miles


While driving 12 mph front passenger side outer tie rod snapped. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Myerstown, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 222004


  • 20,000 miles
While driving 45 mph the tie rod on the front passenger side snapped. This caused the consumer to hit a guard rail. The consumer had the vehicle towed. Please provide any additional information.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #4

Jan 132004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My vehicle is pulling to the right, I took it to curtis hughes doge, manteca, California.thought it would be a simple alignment.when I called for my vehicle they told me it needed the suspention ball joints replaced. They were on back order it would take about a week to get them in. I called back within the week the parts were in. I took my Dodge Durango in, later that afternoon, I phoned to see if the vehicle was ready to be picked up I was told there is a problem with the trucks steering. It was originally said to cost $885 for the ball joint repair job. The price has now shot up to $1800 for repairs. The truck only has 48000 miles on it. I am now told that these repairs are not under warranty. This is safety issue for me. My vehicle is usedto Transport children daily, and it is unfair that I should have to pay these fee and very coincidental that the truck suddenly is having major problems immediately after the 36000 mile warranty has passed. Around christmas 2003 there was a report on the news about recalling Dodge Durangos. This one needs to be recalled and fixed correctly and not at my expense..

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 252003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,326 miles


The rack assembly and tie rod were wearing prematurely. As a result the vehicle's tires wobbled uncontrollably. The left inner tie rod end was bad and 1/4 play caused the vehicle to wonder all over the road. At different speeds, the left wheel would shake badly. The rack assembly was replaced to correct the problem.

- Akron, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 022003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,153 miles
Replacement of left upper ball joint, control arm and left outer tie rod at 47,000 due to premature wear.

- Lancaster, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Noise in front left suspension of our 2001 Durango with only 25,000 miles. Took to dealer, first they said they were replacing tie-rod then they replaced the ball joint. @ weeks after the repair, car making same noise.

- Portage, IN, USA

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