Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The second generation Durango was introduced in 2004 and instantly came under fire for, well, catching on fire.

From 2004-2006 electrical overloading in the driver's side instrument panel caused numerous reports of interior fires. The interior infernos became so commonplace that Chrysler eventually issued a recall.

The problems didn't stop there, however. Owners of the recalled vehicles complained about being treated unfairly and given take-it-or-leave-it low ball settlement offers. "They offered me $2000 under NADA retail as a settlement," said one owner, "and have been rude and hostile to deal with." Nothing says awesome service like treating your customers rudely after their cars have caught on fire.

Have we mentioned all the reports of complete engine failure due to oil sludge?


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,139 miles
Total Complaints:
26 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pay to replace engine (25 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Durango engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jan 112008

Durango 3.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


Engine locked up while wife driving to Ohio to check on aging parents.Have had to replace rear main seal at my expense two times in last year due to oil sludge.I have been dodge owner all my life but would not buy another or recommend anyone else to.It will cost me 300.00 dollars to get towed home and who knows how much to have engine replaced.Oil has been changed every 3000 to 5000 miles this should not be happing at this low mileage.I have a 1990 Ford F 150 with 260000 miles and hardly do any maintenance to and it runs like a new one so do not try to make me belive that oil sludge is a problem that occurred because I did not treat my vechile right.This is oure and simple and flaw in the engines you put in your 2004 models and dodge should step up and take responsibility for it.I will never own another Dodge product.It is sad you still have to make huge payments on a car that does not work.

- , Mt Sterling, KY, USA

problem #5

Oct 022007

(reported on)

Durango 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

Oil sludge

- , Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Oct 022007

(reported on)

Durango 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

Took car to shop for lose off power the tore engine dwn without askin permission claim they thought warrnty would cover then tey tell me there was sludge build up and claim i never change oil . I ve change it numerous time an want me to locate all the recipt before the would see if the warranty will cover it i have sum but who keeps every one of them.If not they want to change me 4 7000.00 dollars.

- , Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

Jun 222007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


I have a 2004 dodge Durango with 66,000 miles. The dodge dealer says it has sludge buildup. I took in the maintenance records and oil changes to prove it had changes every 3000 miles, but dodge would not give credit for the oil changes I did myself. Therefore, they take the total mileage and divide it by the number of oil changes (receipts) done. (also we bought is with 9000 miles already on it) The heads have sludge but the pan had none. Which is consistent with plenum gasket failure, moisture in the cylinder heads during heavy rain or car washing. This is common on the 4.7L engine and there are TSB's which address this problem. Dodge has now requested oil samples from the oil pan to test it and we are waiting on results. This is definitely a design error. My advice if you own a Dodge Durango, get rid of it!!! otherwise, have someone change your oil, make sure the oil is what is recommended, document everything, and before your warranty runs out have them remove the valve covers and oil pan to check for problems. My 98 Ford Ranger used on the farm has 155000 miles and get the oil changed every 5000 miles and it is as clean as the day it was purchased. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Fayetteville, TN, USA

problem #2

Feb 042007

(reported on)

Durango ST 3.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

they do not honor their powertrain warranty!

i do not recommend dodge unless daimler sells dodge or dodge sells daimler. I'm lucky the jeep liberty flips over all the time, making the engine available for transplant, my durango now has a jeep engine at my expense. i change the oil every three weeks. and i don't drive it much anymore. its a pretty car but it has a lousy engine 3.7l. don't buy a dodge, don't buy a dodge...

- , Folcroft, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 212006

(reported on)

Durango SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

27 months, 96,000 miles and the engine failed! The dealer says it needs to be replaced. The oil light flashed for a few minutes and I pulled off the road to check the oil. The oil was ABOVE the top off line. I drove for another couple of minutes and the engine light came on and then the car started shaking. I drove it back home about 1 mile then had it towed to the dealer. I had them check the car and they said that the engine failed due to lack of oil pressure and that was caused by sludge from missed oil changes. This is total BS. There was plenty of oil in the car and we had done extra oil changes to flush out any sludge months ago. The pressure was checked months before and it was found to be fine. One week after getting another oil change, the engine fails. Now they are saying that they are having trouble even finding a new engine. I had already replaced the radiator on this thing after one year of ownership. It sounds like this is a common problem and I cannot afford to spend another $5000-$6000 on a car that cost me $30k and still has almost 3 years of payments left! Chrysler needs to make this right.

- , Manchester, CT, USA

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