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 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,187 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.

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2005 Dodge Durango electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #99

Jan 012014


  • 115,000 miles


The central timer module (ctm) or body computer as some call it went bad causing the 4 wheel drive to engage or disengage without warning. When the 4 wheel drive engages while driving it makes it nearly impossible to make tight turns and at low speeds you are unable to turn at all. The part also causes the wipers to randomly engage, the door locks to randomly engage or disengage, and more.

- Willmar, MN, USA

problem #98

Sep 242014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Vehicle engine shut off/stalled with no warning. Dash lights turned off, brakes wouldn't work.

- Keyser, WV, USA

problem #97

Jul 152014


  • 140,647 miles
Vehicle stalled while driving, completely froze up. Was unable to use brakes, steering wheel was also affected. Was very scary as we were driving in traffic. This has happened on more than one occasion while driving and also when backing out of driveway.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #96

Aug 292014


  • 174,112 miles


My 2005 Dodge Durango has an issue with the transfer case. When using the key fob to unlock the doors, the transfer case will switch from AWD to 4WD hi on its on. Also while driving the service 4WD light will appear and it will switch to 4WD hi and if going around a turn. My wheels have locked up causing me to slide and almost hitting another vehicles. I believe this is unsafe and have been many complaints. How many more of these have to happen and ends up taking someones life. I would like to see this issue resolved.

- Martinsburg , WV, USA

problem #95

Aug 012014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 135,555 miles
Having 3 major issues that can be life threatening..1) driving at any speed sometimes vehicle will completely shut off leaving me on the highway at 60mph no power steering 2) filling gas tank up no matter if I go slow will always spit lots of gas back out of the neck 3) 4X4 is engaging by itself. I can park it turn motor off and you can hear it going into 4X4 without me being in the vehicle or touching the 4X4 knob. This has cause me issue steering when it decides to go into 4X4 mode by itself. I need to know if their is current complaints about the above issues and how can I get them fix without me paying.

- Brunswick, MD, USA

problem #94

Aug 102014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 75,775 miles
Vehicle stalled while pulling into a parking stall. When that happens you lose complete power and it is extremely difficult to steer. The Dodge dealer claims to have no idea of what I'm talking about nor did it do the same to them when they were driving. When they called to talk about fixing some issues with the vehicle they were trying to charge me $959 to change an alternator that is working at 90% and the efr. This does not guarantee the problem will be fixed. These are 2 (two) codes their machine is throwing. Their machine does not indicate anything about stalling.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #93

Jun 042012

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles


When I'm driving in traffic (approx 30-45 mph) or stopped at a light, my vehicle randomly shuts off. There's no indication this will happen. No lights flash or anything. The truck simply stops. I take it to mechanics and they say they can't identify the problem--but they recognize there's a problem. I'm fearful for the safety of my family in the vehicle and/or anyone we encounter when this happens. It's nearly impossible to steer the vehicle out of traffic, and the steering locks up as well. I've had the cooling system flushed, transmission replaced to no avail. Is there a recall on this thing?! there sure should be! I'm sure someone has died by now due to this malfunction.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #92

Jul 012014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The tire pressure warning light on my 2005 Dodge Durango limited hemi has been on for approximately 3-4 years. Other than this issue, the vehicle is in excellent condition (50,500 miles). After dealing with several dealerships, I filed a complaint with Chrysler and was given a case number. A Chrysler case manager named "paul" (1-800-763-8422 ext. 66371) notified me via voice-mail today that they will not pay to resolve/investigate the matter. The case manager is clearly avoiding speaking to me by contacting me at my home number during the day, even after I left him a message with my primary contact number. The issue: This vehicle was subject to an instrument cluster/wiring recall in 2007. I obtained a copy of the claim form. The cluster was not replaced, however, the wiring was modified. Apparently, this recall was done due to overheating issues. So far, I haven't experienced this issue. But the tire pressure warning light should not be on - especially given the fact that my vehicle is not equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Clearly, the wrong cluster is installed in the vehicle and/or the wiring modification was done incorrectly as part of the recall. I believe, these issues came to the forefront when the battery was low and/or replaced. The internet/forums are littered with issues regarding the instrument cluster and electrical issues with the Durangos manufactured during 2005-2007. The "labor operation number" is 08-G0-71-82 as part of safety recall G07. I am in the process of obtaining a quote from the dealership to investigate and fix the matter. A rough estimate is the cost will be approximately $1,000. Chrysler is avoiding taking responsibility for an issue(s) directly related to a matter subject to a previous recall. I would greatly appreciate this matter be thoroughly investigated. Please contact me.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #91

Sep 132013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
My Durango shift into 4 wheel hi and 4 wheel lo by itself while driving and while sitting. This cause my truck while driving to jerk and it locks the wheels up. This situation causes difficulty to turn also.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #90

Jul 112014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 114,670 miles
Summary: When I parked and exited/locked my 2005 Dodge Durango, I could hear the transfer case switching all on its own. On my way home the svc 4WD light lit and then 4lo began flashing. We left on vacation and when I came home and backed the car out there was a loud noise and it is undriveable. I have read many reports of other ownwer's vehicles doing the same thing on years 2004 & 2005 with the hemi motor and the dealers not knowing what is going on and charging several expensive repairs for different findings not always fixing the problem.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #89

May 142014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


My Durango is one of hundreds possibly thousands of vehicles that has the transfer case mysteriously shifting on its own. It can be triggered by the unlock button, even the dome light. The transfer case is now shifting all the time in and out of position both when the vehicle is under operation and parked. The is dangerous and Dodge claims to know nothing. I spent 10 minutes and found hundreds of Chrysler vehicles with the same symptoms and no definitive answers. (google Dodge Durango svc 4WD light) please help.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #88

Jun 232014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
As I approached my vehicle and used the remote to open the doors, I heard a noise under the vehicle like gears were shifting on their own without the vehicle even running. I started the vehicle and started driving. When I went into a parking lot and turned left to park, it was like someone was putting on the brakes making it difficult for me to turn and to accelerate--felt like I was in 4WD despite not shifting to 4WD from AWD. I nearly hit the car next to mine because I had to accelerate so hard to get into the spot without getting hit from the rear. I turned the car off and let it sit for 1/2 hour and restarted it and drove home. When I let the car sit in the garage, I was in the garage and heard gears shifting on their own while the vehicle was not running. This has already happened 3 times and it is quite scary! if I try to turn left and this happens on the road, I could get into a serious accident.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #87

Mar 012010


  • 30,000 miles
Engine turns off randomly usually at a lower speed but not always.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #86

Mar 122014


  • 132,000 miles
Vehicle switches in & out of 4WD on its own while driving, or puts itself into neutral on the 4WD, also hear something engaging when unlocking doors with remote when parked or remote won't work at all to unlock doors. Mechanic found lots of other mechanics working on same issue on a forum he subscribes too and I found tons of Durango & some pickup owners complaining of and trying to get the same issue fixed. I have had several other minor electrical issues in my Durango for the past two years so I am convinced this is an electrical issue.

- Berthoud, CO, USA

problem #85

Mar 192014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
On 3/19/2014 I was driving in the middle lane of a very busy street called gratiot ave with heavy traffic and the engine just stopped. I could not accelerate and had just enough speed to slowly merge right and turn into a shopping mall off the street in order to miss oncoming traffic. My truck had completely stalled.

- Mt Clemens, MI, USA

problem #84

Mar 152012


  • 70,000 miles
4X4 locks up when turning end result broke my transfer case.

- Hobbs, NM, USA

problem #83

Dec 102013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
When actuating the left turn signal, the right turn signal comes on. Problem occurs for a short time (a day) and then disappears. Problem appears intermittently. If you are watching traffic, you will not even notice the problem and that you are signalling the wrong direction.

- Batavia, IL, USA

problem #82

Feb 102014


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph over a pot hole, the lights on the instrument panel and the radio failed. The contact stated that he tapped on the instrument panel and the lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and they stated that the vehicle was repaired once before for the same failure. The failure mileage was 127,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #81

Feb 152014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 212,000 miles
I wanted to share with you my recent experience at my local Dodge dealer, spartanburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep first, I will never go to spartanburg Dodge again, for anything. They tried to charge me to correct a NHTSA recall (instrument cluster fire hazard), which they did complete. My cluster still tells me there are problems with 2 systems my vehicle does not have installed. Regarding the 2nd recall I had them address (fuel tank replacement). I brought me vehicle in with nearly a half tank of gas, when I picked it up it had approximately 1/2 gal. My on board computer told me I had 0 miles to empty. I was told they had no way to transfer the fuel from the old tank to the new, which is bs. They have to get the fuel out of the tank as it is against the law to dispose of the fuel, I suspect someone got a free fill up. In addition, I had the dealer had my vehicle for 4 days and still have not resolved the recall. When I came to pick my vehicle up the second time, they tried to charge me over $100 dollars for a "diagnostic fee" for rechecking the recall on the cluster, but I later found out they didn't do anything at all to the cluster the second time. When I told them I would not pay for the recall to be fixed they threatened to keep my vehicle, upon calling the sheriff's office to retrieve my property they changed their mind. They brought me the keys to my vehicle and pointed me in the direction of it. When I found it, the battery was dead from a light left on, no one came to help me get the vehicle started. I had to call my wife to come and give me a jump start. I would like to have this instrument cluster replaced as it should have been the first time per the recall. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #80

Feb 022014

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
Beginning Friday, January 31, 2014 in the evening the dome lights of my Durango would not turn off after the normal delay. We tried several things to shut them off but they stayed on. The car started fine Saturday, February 1, 2014 in the morning and I took it to run errands. I noticed again though the lights stayed on. That evening we parked the car as normal in the garage. At about 3:30 am Sunday, February 2, 2014 we were awakened by smoke in the house. We found the heaviest smoke in the room connected to the garage. We got our children and pets out of the house and called the fire department. When they arrived the Durango was on fire. The entire interior burned. There was substantial damage to our garage and some damage to the interior adjoining room. The fire inspector told us that the fire originated in the interior headlining of the Durango. Starting at the front by the windshield and then moving to the back of the vehicle. The fire department put the fire out and the vehicle was towed to a body shop.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

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