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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,401 miles

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2003 Dodge Durango electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Aug 292012


  • 137,707 miles


While driving to vehicle it shuts down without warning loosing power brakes steering very scary when you not ready for it then had it towed home looked at it replaced a few parts got it running for about 3 miles and died on me again and would not start up again had it towed to a repair shop and now 2 weeks later still at shop with no answer yet something needs to be done to many people with the same prob thanks

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #20

Jun 152012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
Air conditioning stopped working under normal use. After inspecting the blower motor resistor, and connector plug I found the inside to be melted likely due to too much voltage. I had to cut the wires as the connector was fused to the resistor. Not able to find this connector through local junk/salvage yards, because this apparently is a common issue with this model Durango. Only able to get after market part for this connector, and will have to re-wire it to the blower motor resistor.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #19

Oct 052011


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the automatic key fob failed and all of the interiors warning lamps were illuminated. In addition, the contact mentioned that the all of the gauges were providing erroneous readings. The head lights had also failed. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the central timing module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 104,230.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #18

Oct 142009


  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated while driving at the speeds of 60 mph, she noticed that there were sparks coming from the passenger side heater wiring harness. There was a burning odor and noticed the plastic on the wires had melted. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where they confirmed that the wiring harness melted. The wiring harness lasted nine months after it was repaired. The failure was repaired twice. The dealer was contacted and did not acknowledge the failure. The vehicle was not repaired for the recent failure that occurred. The failure mileage was 101,000 and the current mileage was 173,000.

- Kansa, KS, USA

problem #17

Sep 232011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 63,644 miles
Repeated failure/burning of blower motor resistor and connector. Potential for electrical fire under the dash on passenger side. Have had burning smell and smoke from this.

- Browns Mills, NJ, USA

problem #16

Nov 012007


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the heater failed to function. The contact also stated that the connecting wires for the fan resistors were melted. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 115,000.

- Johnstown, OH, USA

problem #15

Jun 112010


  • 164,476 miles


Blower motor completely stops working due to blower motor resistor and attached wiring pigtail completely burning out. This problem has occurred every 12 -18 months over the last five years of ownership. The failure requires the replacement of a resistor(part # 5061575aa) and wiring harness connector kit.(part # 5017124ac) it is my understanding from the mechanics who have made these repairs that all or part of the parts requiring replacement have overheated to the extent of melting and/or burning prior to failure.

- Stvensville, MD, USA

problem #14

Apr 252010

Durango 4WD

  • 86,500 miles
1. the headlights, parklights, foglights, interior lights, door lock switch, 4WD, key fob, or intermediate wipers would not work at all. Luckily the vehicle was at a low speed and not in motion on a highway when the incident took place. 2. it only occurred one time, but what if I had been driving on the roadway. 3. the central timer module (ctm) was replaced.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #13

Jan 192010


  • 127,546 miles
I have 2003 Dodge Durango, the central timer module was replaced in January 2010. The headlamps, interior lights started to flicker on & off. The left headlamp went to low beam. Driving at the night the lights would go low beam or completely turn off for about 5-10 seconds. I got off the highway and stayed on the access road until I reached home.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #12

Sep 012009

Durango 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Headlight, horn, instrument panel failure on my '03 Durango. Durangos and dakotas have been recalled for a bad central timer module. Chrysler says my vehicle does not fall under the recall. The dealer has done a official diagnostic and found the ctm to be faulty. I will have to pay to have it replaced. The vehicle is unsafe to drive. Updated 02/24/10. The consumer stated shortly after filing the report, his wife had an accident due to the problem mentioned. She was out early in the morning on November 3, 2009 when the headlights failed. While trying to pull to the side of the road, without the use of the headlights, she scraped the side of the vehicle on a roadside metal marker. The scrape went the whole length of the vehicle. Updated 05/12/10.

- Richfield Springs, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 122008


  • 31,000 miles


I have had to replace the heater blower resistor once a year for the last 2 years in my 2003 Dodge Durango. This time the heater wiring harness pigtail connection was corroded and melted and burnt, it was melted to the resistor module. After replacing it now the ABS light, the brake light are on, the clock wont work, the speedometer will not work. This Durango only has 31,000 miles on it. The Dodge dealer service dept. Said they sell alot of these resistors. It sounds like there needs to be a recall before there are fires in this resistor or heater wiring harness. I saw lots of other people with the same problems on online auto chat boards. Please check into this problem.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #10

Sep 032008


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. While driving at an unknown speed, the wire harness for the air conditioner and heater becomes too hot and melts the two connecting wires. The failure has been repaired two or three times, but still persists and causes the vehicle to become very hot. The contact has paid over a $100 for each repair. The dealer stated that there was no recall for the failure and it must be repaired every time. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Eldred , PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 212008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The central timer module on 2003 Dodge Durangos is bad and has been recalled, but my 2003 Dodge Durango was not included in the recall somehow. My central timer module is bad and my driver side headlight doesn't work. I would like my vehicle to be included in the recall since it has the exact problem symptom and solution, and is just as dangerous as other Durango's that are included in the recall.

- Soda Springs, ID, USA

problem #8

Jun 132007


  • miles
I noticed that when I used my remote to unlock the doors, it set off the alarm. I pushed the unlock button several times and it stopped the alarm. The vehicle started fine and then went haywire when I hit about 15mph. The locks began locking and unlocking, the horn was beeping, the windshield wipers turned on, my high beams were flashing, and the interior "ding" was going off. It stopped and started again all within a 2 mile trip. Once I got home, the locks would only work manually, the headlights didn't work, and the interior lights were blinking. This morning, the Durango is fine and all components work.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 072007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango with a current and failure mileage of 34,500. The contact was driving at 60 mph under normal dry conditions when the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that when the stalling occurred all of the instrument panel lights turned on, and the door chime started to buzz. The contact was able to pull to the side of the road without a crash. Since the stalling the windows failed, they did not go up or down, the windshield wipers and headlights worked intermittently. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, and the dealer could not tell them why the failure occurred.

- Louisvile, KY, USA

problem #6

Nov 202006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
While driving the vehicle will switch into four wheel low. The indicator light flashes as if it is in four low. The last time we were traveling 35 miles per hour and it happened. I've read about the variety of electrical problems and believe this is one more. The key fobs quit working and we had a strange "P D one" message flash on the odometer. It has been to the dealer three separate times and they have told us we were switching the knob. They won't believe us because they can't make it happen. This, along with the transmission and other electrical complaints make me think these are very unsafe vehicles to be on the road.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #5

Sep 252006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
All lighting on my 2003 Dodge Durango except hazard and brake lights failed at the same time. This includes all interior lighting, headlights, fog lights and running lamps. No fuses blown. Discussion with Dodge dealership revealed that this is common problem and is caused by failure of the headlight switch unit on the dashboard. Further investigation on message boards also revealed that this is common problem, along with the wiring harness to the switch assembly which becomes hot and melts.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 022005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
During normal driving when coming to stops in my 2003 Dodge Durango slt, the vehicles electrical system will flash and the vehicle will stall. I took Durango to dealership and was told there is nothing wrong with it on several occasions. This problem still continues and could lead to serious traffic accidents.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 242004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I had a problem with my balljoints on my 2003 Dodge Durango and they fix it. But they didnt fix my tire stud. When the balljoint came apart the whole tire came off and broke my studs and I told them and they didnt fix it.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #2

Apr 262004

(reported on)

Durango 8-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
When the computer shut down, the vehicle stopped functioning. After repeated visits to the dealer, the locks intermittently opened and closed by themselves. The vehicle was returned ten times, five computer replacements, and the locks on the vehicle were intermittent. The consumer requested a refund of the purchase price.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

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