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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,326 miles

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2001 Dodge Durango suspension problems

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #49

Mar 222004

(reported on)


  • 35,000 miles


Consumer complained about a ball joint problem. The tires are wearing out unevenly, and a wheel alignment is impossible until the ball joints have been replaced.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #48

Mar 042004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,365 miles
Premature wear on both front ball joints. Right side upper and lower wore prematurely. Left upper wore prematurely. Seals were intact. Vehicle has 40K miles. Dodge Durango 2001.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #47

Oct 022003


  • 38,000 miles
Front end shook and pulled to the right when braking. This was due to the upper and lower ball joint being worn out. They needed to be replaced, per the dealership.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #46

Oct 182003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,210 miles


When turning left or right front end of the makes a noise. Consumer states that front wheel has play in it. Can push the wheel in about three inches and outward three inches. Driver believes itis related to the ball joints.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #45

Apr 082004

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer heard a noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The consumer was informed that the lower ball joints needed to be replaced per inspection of the dealership.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #44

Mar 102004

Durango 8-cyl

  • 46,973 miles
While the consumer was driving down the highway, the ball joints broke, making it hard to steer vehicle. The consumer pulled to the shoulder, called a tow truck and had the vehicle towed to the dealer for repairs. The warranty expired and the consumer had to pay $1100 for repairs. The front wheel(s) had come unattached while attempting to make a turn.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #43

Mar 012004


  • 48,000 miles


Consumer had a tire blowout. Took vehicle to dealer to have the tire repaired. Mechanic repaired the tire, and determined that upper and lower ball joints on both sides needed replacement.

- Branch, MI, USA

problem #42

Mar 082004

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,120 miles
At 32120 miles dealership replaced all four ball joints, 10 months later, mechanic determined the need to replace all four ball joints again.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #41

Mar 052004

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to an independent repair shop for regular maintenance, and mechanic determined that lower and upper ball joints needed to be replaced at consumer's expense.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #40

Mar 042004

(reported on)


  • 50,000 miles
While driving, the consumer says the front end felt loose. The upper ball were replaced but the steering wheel is hard to turn.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #39

Dec 202001


  • 15,000 miles


When making a sharp left turn there is a popping noise in the front end. Consumer feels it may be related to ball joint failure.

- Meridian, TX, USA

problem #38

Nov 042003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Bad ball joints on 2001 Dodge duango

- State College, PA, USA

problem #37

Feb 182003


  • 20,000 miles
At any speed consumer can hear a clanking sound coming from the front end of the vehicle. Also, when turning corners there is a clanking sound coming from the wheel area.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #36

May 012003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Owner of a 2001 Durango slt & 2004 Durango ltd. The 2001 Durango had excessive wear on the ball joints at about 40K miles which required replacement in order to pass safety inspection. (front wheels were loose). The manufacturer did not cover the cost of replacement parts or labor.

- Windham, ME, USA

problem #35

Feb 262004

(reported on)


  • miles
Letter regarding daimler Chrysler "investigation" with ball joints on the Dodge Durango SUV and Dakota pickup trucks. The consumer experienced a problem with the ball joints on his vehicle.

- Carencro, LA, USA

problem #34

Mar 032004

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Consumer complained about upper and lower ball joints failure. This problem was diagnosed when the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for an inspection. The brake bulb light was replaced and the front shocks were replaced.

- Quarryville, PA, USA

problem #33

Dec 162003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,475 miles
While driving on this day I slip on some snow and my 2001 Durango lost control unexpectedly and slammed into a tree truck was towed to auto body shop and I was told that the ball joints on both sides of the vehicle where shot at 30000 miles and needed to be replaced immediately you guys please give me some feedback on this situation because Chrysler daimler would not give me any information besides that the the ball joints on these vehicles are under investigation thank you very much michael nelson.

- Catskill, NY, USA

problem #32

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 #31

Jan 092004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,485 miles
Premature failure of ball joints on 2001 Dodge Durango costing approximately $700 in repairs.

- Osceola, IN, USA

problem #30

Jan 062004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
While the vehicle was being serviced, the dealership noticed ball joints wore out and needed replacement. The ball joints were worn excessively and defective per dealer.

- Carmel, IN, USA

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