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:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,114 miles

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #27

Mar 122013


  • 134,000 miles


Every time it rains the car rides rough. It's scary. We own 2 of these and found out that this isn't being addressed by Dodge. Totally disappointed in lack of consideration by the Dodge Corp.

- Fairhope , AL, USA

problem #26

Aug 212013


  • 79,000 miles
2005 Dodge Durango 5.7 hemi stalls upon acceleration. During acceleration in the forward direction the vehicle will lose all electrical function and shut down the engine causing the motorist to be stranded in the middle of an intersection or other dangerous section of roadway. Loss of electrical function can be attributed to the close proximity of the positive battery cable to the egr pipe on the right side of the engine. During acceleration the engine will torque over causing the egr pipe to make contact with the battery cable thus causing the plastic sheathing to become chafed. Over time this chafing will wear through the plastic sheathing and expose the bare copper wire allowing it to come in contact with the metal egr pipe. The contact of the copper wire from the positive battery cable to the metal egr pipe creates a direct short which in turn shuts down the electrical system and any engine control functions. In some instances this short can cause the battery cable to heat up enough to catch the plastic insulation on fire and possibly lead to battery explosion.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

problem #25

Feb 102010

Durango 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
The vehicle bucked, as if misfiring. It occurs frequently since that time. It also has a starting issue. Sporadic non-response when attempting to start.

- Stanwood, WA, USA

problem #24

May 052013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 92,300 miles


The vehicle has been stalling without warning on common basis. No engine lights illuminated.

- Holland, MA, USA

problem #23

Jun 062012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the cam shaft sensor and the egr valve needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 133,000.

- Lake Wood , NY, USA

problem #22

Apr 102013

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 161,230 miles
Started Durango and let it warm up at idle for 3 mins. Started to hear a squeak then a slight tapping and now sounds like loose metal in the engine. Oil changed every 3-4K miles. Had oil changed today and now worse.

- East Rochester, NY, USA

problem #21

Nov 012012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted after several minutes and was taken to an independent mechanic, who advised the contact that they were unable to generate a failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000. The current mileage was approximately 146,000.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #20

Feb 192013

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Vehicle stalls at low speeds and deceleration, idling hard at a stop and while in park, will stall when idling hard, gas spills out of inlet when filling up completely, sluggish in temperatures below 30 degrees and above 80 degrees, requires more than normal maintenance, service tech's can never diagnose the causes of stalling or idling issues, think it might concern the throttle body, transmission has torqued itself out before, stripped screws, rebuilt at 90000 miles. Just waiting for it to go again. This vehicle has been nothing but issues ever since I bought it used. Every fix just feels like a band aid to the manufacturing problems it has.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #19

Jan 042013


  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where he was informed that a mat sensor would need to be replaced. The dealer also advised that the failure was probably caused by many other variables. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 165,000.

- Mt. Olivet, KY, USA

problem #18

Feb 132013

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The vehicle stalls while making turning maneuvers at low speeds which disables the power steering and brakes. This has occurred on numerous occasions but the dealer is unable to duplicate the problem and has not been able to correct this issue. This has always occur during decelerations, such as braking for a stop sign or traffic signal. When it happen I must immediately put the vehicle in park and restart it, but luckily this has not let to an accident yet.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #17

Jan 292013


  • 157,968 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango sl. While driving approximately 45 mph, the engine stalled without any prior warnings. The vehicle restarted and resumed normally. The vehicle was inspected by a certified mechanic who test drove the vehicle and noticed the front passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem nor determine the cause of failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 157,968.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #16

Jan 212013

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,033 miles
The car begins to sputter and stall at constant speeds, then stalls while running which disables the power steering and brakes. This situation is profoundly dangerous as it renders the car nearly unable to stop. The only way you can stop is if you can get the car into neutral, coast off the road and quickly restart the engine. The engine light does come on during. I have gotten this issue repaired four times and it continues to occur and the sensors that correspond to the code have been replaced twice each and are in full working order. Dodge is aware of the issue but will not do anything.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #15

Nov 052012


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph and completing a right turn, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times and always when the contact was attempting a turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer however, the failure was not diagnosed and the contact was advised that there were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 93,000.

- Stanford, CT, USA

problem #14

Jan 312007

Durango 8-cyl

  • 45,955 miles
The vehicle stalled while slowing to turn onto street from intersection. Has happened multiple times monthly.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 182009


  • 90,000 miles
I have had my car stall/die on me numerous times over the past few years. I have had the egr valve replaced, the transmission fluid and filters changed and they did not resolve the problem. While I am driving and slow down to turn or slow down to turn into a parking spot, the engine will die/stall. I have to turn the car off and then restart it. It is very dangerous. I have had to prevent a few accidents from happening. It happened one time I was turning onto another street into oncoming traffic. I am frightened for my children's safety. I have read so many of the exact same complaints by other owners and wonder why nothing has been done about this yet"? are we waiting until people die in car accidents due to the lack of concern" thank you

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #12

Nov 012012


  • 154,516 miles
While driving on interstate from work, oil light come on. I immediately pulled over and checked the oil. The level on the dipstick was in the safe zone. I then had it towed to my mechanic that told meth the motor would need to be replaced. I never had any other problems with the Durango until then. Oil was always changed at 3,000 miles. The mechanic told me that there is sludge build up because of the design/angle of the ports that doesn't allow the oil to move freely. Apparently is this an ongoing problem and this should be a recall for this, no one has the money to put almost $4,000 inanother engine.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #11

Mar 012012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving 25 mph. The failure only occurred when driving at lower speeds. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic several times for the failure and a diagnostic was performed that was unable to generate a failure code. The spark plugs, wires and filter were replaced however the failure was not corrected. The vehicle continued to stall when the contact was driving at lower speeds. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 128,000.

- Grand Rapids , MI, USA

problem #10

Dec 142011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle stalls with no check engine light, when slowing or in slow moving traffic sometimes while turning.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 012012


  • 220,528 miles
We were driving back into town from a family visit. We slowed down coming back into town and my vehicle stalled out when we started slowing down. We almost got rear ended by another vehicle. We tried to start it back up however my vehicle kept stalling out. I took it to three different places including the dealership where I had originally purchased the vehicle and they kept telling me there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. After over a thousand dollars at the dealers and several hundred more at the other two places to this day it still cuts out and stalls out when I am driving it. Now because it is a hazard we do not drive it at all and it is parked in our back yard waiting for a miracle to happen...thank you for your time. Sincerely very frustrated.

- Ajo, AZ, USA

problem #8

May 102012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 36,255 miles
First incident happened at a low speed coming into a turn. I did some research online and found that most Durango owners had luck with fuel system cleaning and/or egr valve replacements. I did both, and the vehicle ran fine up until today (2 months later). There were previous "investigations" for recall services a few years back, but they were closed out. I hope Dodge decides to open an investigation again.. I do not want to be paying $200 every 2 months for fuel cleaning services. This is ridiculous.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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