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 already caught on fire.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,305 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.

2005 Dodge Durango drivetrain problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #9

Aug 302011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


2005 Dodge Durango 5.7 liter hemi. On freeway, engine started "pulling" and "missing" and shut off. 75 mph freeway speed, extremely dangerous situation. Had a car load of kids. Was able to put car in neutral, and start the engine (doesnt start immediately). Ran fine for about 50 miles afterwards. Happens about every 50 miles of driving. Has been going on for 6 months. Gives no codes as to what it can be. Cleaned throttle, worked a for about a week, then problem continued today. Its getting harder to get it started once it gives out. Egr replaced ($500), battery (200.00), spark plugs (150.00), replaced fuel pump last week (220.00 with labor)...I'm basically tired of this!!!!!!! checked Dodge forum and there is a lot of people having the same problem. No accidents have occured as of yet, but whats to say someone isnt going to be killed by this happening! please, please, please look into this problem. I'm all out of ideas, as are the Dodge dealers and mechanics I've dealt with. For your sake, this needs to be taken care of before the lawsuits start coming.

- Calipatria, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 282011


  • 105,000 miles
2005 Dodge Durango stalls while driving without warning. Had the Dodge dealership service center in local area diagnose it, and they reflashed the PCM and gave it a tune-up. There aren't any codes coming up during diagnostics. $400 and an hour later it was still stalling. It stalls on average three times a day without warning, sometimes while stopping or turning. It is extremely dangerous and I don't want my children in the vehicle; however, I need to drive to get to work.

- Ft. Huachuca, AZ, USA

problem #7

May 182010


  • 99,500 miles
2005 Dodge Durango stalls and power steering seems to go out when making a sharp right turn. The vehicle has done this 5-6 times over the last two weeks. There have been several close calls in getting rear-ended by a car behind us. The Dodge dealer can't seem to find anything wrong!

- Goddard, KS, USA

problem #6

Feb 282009


  • 40,000 miles


My 2005 Dodge Durango spill gas whenever it near the end of filling creating a major fire hazard also now when ever I am coming to a stop of a slow down the vehicle stalls which kills the power steering and brakes. Totally unsafe and when you call Chrysler they say there is no problem. I am not going to pay for repairs that are clearly recall items. The web is littered with the same complaints and no one cares.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #5

May 192008

Durango 8-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Bought 2005 Durango 12/05-needed several transmission services---dealer stated low transmission fluid causing engine light to come on (9/06), stalling 3/07, at least 5 times-low transmission fluid blamed, stalling 2/08--4 times in high traffic areas, again blamed low transmission fluid. Differential leak in 3/07, now rear gear shot with a $900+ price tag and the warranty was only 3 years/36,000. (news to me--in 2005 they were advertising 7 years-70,000 on drive train).

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 5 mph, the four wheel drive activated without warning then the vehicle stopped. The contact stated that the failure occurred when she made a right turn. In addition, she was unable to move forward or backward. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The dealer has replaced the steering column, electrical harness, and other parts however the failure to occur. The contact stated that the failure has occurred on several occasions. The failure mileage was 54,000 and current mileage was 64,468.

- Herald, CA, USA

problem #3

May 202007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


Similar to other reports given to NHTSA, my 2005 Dodge Durango stalls at slow speeds while turning the vehicle. To date, no damage has occurred. The occurrence is intermittent, as it has happened approximately 4 times within the past 8 months. Dodge service reps are unable to repeat the problem and offer no solution.

- Manchester, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 162007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,614 miles
We purchased a 2005 Dodge Durango used March 11, 2006 with 16,568, miles on it. On March 13th two days after we purchased it and 16,614 miles later (48 miles later) the truck broke down on the highway! we had the truck towed in to earnhardts Dodge, find out the ring gear and pinion set needs replaced, differential side bearings - all axles replace (includes case and side gears if necessary) this is quoted from all my receipts. 2nd time around (July 18,2006) - now has 24,795 miles on it, rear end issues again! again this is the repairs - seal, axle shaft oil - replace all other axles-right. Brake pads, disc brake-both sides rear replace due right rear axle seal leaking contaminated pads, rotor has fluid burned into the surface. Replaced right axle seal and brakes. Also had to replace watts link sway bar, replaced bell crank and links. Replaced both rear stabilizer bars again. 3rd time (January 10,2007) - now at 38,051 miles replace seal, axle shaft oil, replace all other axles - replace seal, drive pinion oil replace all others. 4th time, (January 29,2007) now at 39,329 again, replaced bell crank, watts link. 5th time (July 16,2007) - 52,058 failed bearing in rear diff, need to replace ring & pinion and all bearings- cost - $1,474, (why would I want to pay this much when they haven't been able to fix this problem?) told them to put the truck back together, we can't afford to fix it. 6th time - now after researching this vehilce, we found out, earnhardts Dodge/Hyundai in gilbert Arizona (same placed we purchased it at) January 17,2006) (now 6 repairs) noticed the Durango had rear differtial leaks, they replaced seal, drive pinion oil and all three parts - then returned the vehicle to stock when it was finished at 16,614 miles! just 48 miles before we purchased the vehicle!!

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 092005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,175 miles
I have an 05 hemi Durango limited with 3,300 miles on it. Since new the vehicle has occassionally died when making low speed turns. The dealer has informed me that the PCM flash provided by Dodge has not corrected the problem and they are still working on a fix. Overall the vehicle has stalled five times. I have also filed a similar complaint for my 05 Ram 2500 with the hemi engine.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

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