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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,222 miles

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2003 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Mar 012016

Durango

  • 104,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 20 mph, the headlamp flickered on and off. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the central timer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V322000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #20

Jul 112014

Durango

  • 98,000 miles
Since purchasing this vehicle new it has had major electrical issues. The sad part, nobody at Dodge cared. It would shift into 4WD low at dangerous speeds. After taking to several Dodge dealers none could or would fix it. Dodge themselves basically laughed at ripping off yet another customer. Nhtsb has totally ignored the thousands of consumers with issues on these vehicles. Ours is another that have the pulsating lights problem that apparently NHTSA and Dodge feel it isn't an issue to have your lights turn off while driving in traffic at 70 mph. Apparently in the automotive/govt. Relationship as long as the vehicle hasn't killed all of us yet everything is okay. At least the Dodge dealers are doing well. They've raked in more cash by denying the issue and throwing expensive parts at these lemons. My question is this: If these vehicles have had a recall on :"specific" VIN's yet thousands of others have the same issue how does the NHTSA justify leaving those consumers without help or protection?

- Blue Grass, IA, USA

problem #19

Jul 272015

Durango

  • 199,800 miles
The problem originally started about 2 weeks ago. When I switched on the rear fan (heat or ac did not matter), the entire center console (radio, blower switches, and electronic 4WD switch) would go completely dead, and the "service 4WD" light would come on. Then this started happening when I turned on the front blower or the rear blower. Then it started happening with both blowers off and the headlights on high. Now it does it spontaneously for no apparent reason with all extra electrical components (the headlights, radio, and blowers) all off. I'm thinking there is a short somewhere, but cannot identify it. So far, I have replaced the blower motor resistor, the tccm, and the ignition switch with no apparent improvement. I've also had the dash apart and checked every electrical wire I could get to for obvious shorts. No luck. The problem is getting progressively worse. I talked to the mechanic at the local Dodge dealer, and he said he thinks it's the tipm (main fuse box) in the engine compartment. He said he sees them short out "all the time, some of them so bad they actually catch fire!" (direct quote from him.) I am now terrified to drive my Durango, but I cannot afford the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars it's going to cost to fix the tipm, if that's what it really is. But I do not want drive it with the possibility of a vehicle fire. I've done all kinds of internet research on this, and it seems like a really common problem in the Durangos. Also, my friend who works at a salvage yard says these fuse boxes are one of their most sought after parts. Surely an electrical problem that is this common and of such a catastrophic magnitude should be a recall!

- Ozone, AR, USA

problem #18

Dec 062014

Durango

  • 119,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. After starting the vehicle, the headlights, tail lights, and interior lights started to flash on and off with the emergency indicator illuminating on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the central timer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #17

May 142014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
My headlights and interior lights started blinking accompanied by a clicking sound coming from the left side of the steering panel. The windshield wipers also do not work unless put on high, and the gas light sound beeps every 20-30 seconds continuously until gas is put in. The beeping sound for the gas light will stop once refilled but lights continue to blink, interior and exterior while vehicle is in motion. I have done research on this problem and it seems like every other person with a 2003 Dodge Durango is experiencing the exact same problem but Dodge refuses to recall the part, saying it was fixed, which is the ctm module causing this problem, when taken into a dealership it is the ctm that needs to be fixed and is absurd that more vehicles have not been recalled for this problem when every single one is experiencing the exact same problems.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #16

Jun 012013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
While driving headlights will blink on and off. Dashboard lights will blink on and off. Wipers act up and don't always work. Door locks wont work.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 012013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

While driving my Durango, my headlights flash on and off. This is very unsafe at night. This problem has been recalled on other Durangos but mine was not included, though it is the same problem. I have taken it to a mechanic only to be told they can not fix it, I have to use a Dodge dealer.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 082011

Durango

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, he heard clicking noise coming for the right side of the instrument panel. The contact then noticed that the headlights were flicking on and off. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that they would contact him at a later date. The failure mileage was 145,000 and the current mileage was 165,000.

- Oswego , NY, USA

problem #13

May 012012

Durango

  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving, the headlights and the instrument panel lights stopped illuminating. The contact turned the switch and the lights came back on, but then failed fifteen minutes later. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or mechanic for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact notified the manufacturer and they stated that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #12

Oct 052011

Durango

  • 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 #11

Jun 012011

Durango

  • 108,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at night at highway speeds, the exterior and interior lights would illuminate intermittently. Both the dealer and manufacturer were notified, but the VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000 and the current mileage was 111,000.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #10

Aug 142011

Durango

  • 83,926 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the exterior lights were inoperative. In addition, the locks, alarm system and windshield wipers were defective. A local mechanic stated that the central timer module would need to be replaced. The contact also stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch). The manufacturer denied any assistance, but the vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 83,926 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 062010

Durango

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The right side of the vehicle was repaired due to body damage and the contact was told that the right turn signal was not working. The windshield wipers, headlights and turn signals also stopped working. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated that the central timing module failed. Recall campaign number 02V322000, exterior lighting: Headlight switch was related tot he failure; however, the manufacturer stated that the VIN was not a part of the recall. The failure mileage was 81000 and the current mileage was 84000.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #8

Nov 222010

Durango

  • 155,632 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the front headlights were too low to properly see the roadway when driving at night. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic and was advised that the central timer module on the vehicle was failing and was also under recall. The contact was informed by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch).the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 155,632.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 102010

Durango 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
2003 Dodge Durango: After about 15 minutes of driving we hear clicking noises and see lights (exterior and interior) flickering. Starts with just a few clicks and flickers and then became worse the longer we drive. Took it to a shop, they couldn't find a problem. Happened again a week later (vehicle not driven much at night) and returned to shop. Still couldn't find a problem so they researched and found multiple similar complaints regarding the central timing module. Checked with the dealership, ours not covered under the recall. Dealership said $550 to fix. This is not the first (or second, third, fourth, or fifth) problem we've have with this vehicle.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jan 192010

Durango

  • 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 #4

Sep 192009

Durango

  • 100,000 miles
First the key fobs stopped unlocking the doors then the lights stopped working was told that the central timer module was defective and that the dealer would replace. Chrysler denies there is a problem with this module.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #3

Sep 192009

Durango

  • 100,000 miles
First the key fobs stopped unlocking the doors then the lights stopped working was told that the central timer module was defective and that the dealer would replace. Chrysler denies there is a problem with this module.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 042009

Durango

  • 84,000 miles
Wife driving home from work head lights flashed on and off and wipers front stop working on low just on high and back stop all together lights just work if drivers door is open took to dealer ship was told that the ctm was bad informed dealer ship that I say a recall on this was told not for my Durango.

- Niles, MI, USA

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