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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
74,667 miles
Total Complaints:
99 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (59 reports)
  2. the dealership tells me nothing is wrong with the car (18 reports)
  3. replaced EGR valve myself (5 reports)
  4. remove, wait, then replace batteries in keys (2 reports)
  5. replaced a solenoid in the transmission (2 reports)
  6. throttle bottle cleaner (2 reports)
2005 Dodge Durango engine problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #99

Feb 152013

Durango SLT 5.7L V8 Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles


Its scary when I'm driving down the road my vehicle shuts off, and I have to pull over, come to a stop a d restart the vehicle. The vehicle acts like it doesn't want to stay cranked... it idles funny (sluggish almost)

- , Mobile, AL, USA

problem #98

Jan 152014

Durango SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles

When I purchased the vehicle I had a problem within 30 days. The vehicle will stall out while I was driving. The dealership fixed the problem under the warranty. Just one year later it's starting to stall out once again and now I have no warranty. It cuts off while I am driving on the freeway, turning corners, and in local traffic. It is very scary especially when there is traffic behind me.

- , Youngstown, USA

problem #97

Jan 012015

Durango 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Just want to add to the list of similar complaints I had read on this site and many others. Car starts fine, runs fine, but when decelerating or creeping along in traffic or finding a parking space, car shuts off. No lights on dash, no error codes. Always starts up again fine though, as if nothing had happened.

When sitting at lights idling, sometimes the revs will drop to 300 or rise up to 1200, up and down, up and down. I have to wait for the right moment to accelerate, or vehicle will die. Had crank and camshaft sensors replaced. No difference. Car currently at dealers - they want to replace (no, not clean, but replace) whole throttle body assembly, but they admit that they are guessing.

I have called Dodge to log in this problem. Still waiting for a call back from their 'Star' tech to see if they can shed any light on this problem.

I have read a few threads which sound promising - the thing I find annoying the most is that the dash does not show any lights (engine check, ABS etc) when the car shuts off. Whatever is failing is clearly fooling the computer and the car still thinks it is running! Very dangerous, but no one has been able to pinpoint the problem yet.

- , Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #96

Nov 022015

Durango V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles


I could be just driving my car and out of no where my car shuts off and I no longer have access to my brakes and my power steering is gone. I have 4 children in the car and it is very dangerous! There are no warnings when its about to happen. This year I have put in a new engine, starter, alternator, brakes, new key and battery and we have no clue whats wrong with the vehicle.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #95

Aug 122008

Durango SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Several stalls since 2008. Causing accident in 2013. Only way to get Dodge to fix this is to complain to Highway Safety Transportation Board

- , Klamath Falls, OR, USA

problem #94

Mar 232013


  • Manual transmission
  • 75,327 miles

I had the issue of driving completely fine and the engine would just shut off during the flow of traffic. The instrument panel would be fine and the truck would just be coasting like everything was fine. But in all actuality its the scariest feeling in the world when you have muscle your truck on the highway going 60 miles an hr in traffic due to not having any power steering or brakes working.

I went to the Dodge dealership and was told that it must be an isolated incident and that there was no recall for my truck. I also talked to the dealership about an issue gas would shoot out of my truck while filling up and that I received a letter about the issue being a recalled problem, and they said that no dealership in their network database had any recall notices. So as of now I don't fill my truck past 3/4 of a tank because of that issue.

- , Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #93

May 202015

Durango V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,900 miles


Just another time of cutting off while on road. dangerous

- , Monroe, USA

problem #92

Jun 062015

Durango V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

The Durango cuts off going down road very dangerous one test said it was the key so I replaced it. They also said the O2 censor showed up too. Have not replaced it yet.

- , Monroe, USA

problem #91

Apr 202015

Durango V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

Cutting off while driving mainly when slowing down or turning

- , Monroe, USA

problem #90

Oct 022013

Durango Trim 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Stalling at every stop, idling crap. Chrysler needs get stuff together, been on-hold now 50 minutes and waiting, bad, bad, bad business.

- , Sykesville, PA, USA

problem #89

Sep 232014

Durango Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


Its sad when you're driving down the road and the vehicle just shuts off with no warning at highway speed in 5 lanes of traffic! Now I understand that Chrysler has known about this issue for some time. That's your reward for loyalty. That's just not fair to the consumer! You would think that Chrysler would be on top of this before there would be potential for litigation. IE, personal injury accidents. Life is priceless, what is Chrysler thinking.!?

- , Keyser, WV, USA

problem #88

Jul 012014

Durango LX 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Durango stalls while driving. Happen while I was turning onto an on ramp to go on the freeway. I was lucky not to have been hit by the car behind me. Sometimes it happens when I am trying to park. Sometime it happens when I start the vehicle, it starts then it just is off. There are no warning lights, nothing when this happens. I have taken this to the Moss dealership in Riverside twice. They keep the vehicle but they don't have it happen so I am driving this vehicle not knowing when or where it will stall out. I think this is dangerous, but they are not giving me answers.

- , Riverside, CA, USA

problem #87

Dec 202013

Durango LTD 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

We purchased this vehicle from Dave Smith Auto in July 2005 and have enjoyed it for many years. Then in Dec of 2013 it just started stalling without warning while you were driving and you had to quickly steer to the side of the road to restart. We drove 8 hours one day and it stalled when we were almost home. Next day it won't start, have also replaced 3 batteries in 6 mos. Just yesterday the engine started racing while driving and then it stalled while driving in traffic. Luckily I was able to pull off to the side of the road and restart it without being hit.

Now have 170,000 miles, car's in good condition, but a royal PIA. Never know when it will stall, and we'll get cremated by traffic behind us. Going to try new cam shaft and crank shaft sensors to see if that will work. Did the PEP boys fuel line cleaning for $89 and it was okay for 2 weeks, then started again. Anyone with ideas, please let the rest of know.

- , Fiddletown, CA, USA

problem #86

Feb 022011

Durango LX 8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Engine would just die on me with my kids in the car. No warning, have almost been hit several times right on the road with lots of traffic and I would have to slam on the brakes and restart.

- , Salem, VA, USA

problem #85

Nov 212012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I LOVE my truck, but since last November it has been shutting off suddenly without any kind of warning. I can be in heavy traffic going slow, or driving down an open highway, sitting at a stop light, you never know, engine just shuts down, dash lights go off. does it when it is full of gas or low on gas, can't figure out what it might be. read the post about the key batteries, we are going to try that tomorrow, hope that is the end of it, as it can be quite dangerous depending on the surrounding conditions. i agree with another post, it is very difficult to get it off the road in traffic and not power steering or brakes!

- , Wauchula, FL, USA

problem #84

Oct 102012

Durango Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Does your durango seem to stall at almost the same place every time? I was told the truck was not recognizing the key properly and it was a security feature not unlike a valet key/ kill switch or some such. After months and months of issues, i unhooked the vehicle battery for a few hours, removed the replaced the key batteries, and have never looked back. I hear this happens to rams also from the same era. I bet your dash lights flicker off as it stalls also. I believe it kills the system after a certain amount of time vs. Distance. But since we all usually drive the same patterns, it seems to die at the same place. Cheap enough to try, and it worked for me.

- , Alexander, ME, USA

problem #83

Oct 182012

Durango SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,880 miles

as of 10/29/12 found out new egr did not solve problem. no codes are showing, so i will try cleaning intake butterfly housing. I manually opened throttle butterfly and gum was severe.

- , Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #82

Jan 012012

Durango Limited 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

My vehicle developed a stalling problem when coming to a stop prior to engine and drive train reaching full operating temperature. This issue never showed any codes or check engine lights. This problem only occurred when temperature was below 60 degrees at night and vehicle had been sitting all night.

Dodge dealrship had the car for over 3 weeks and could not identify the problem but, they did experience the issue. Turns out this problem was a result of the poor job they did when servicing my transmission. I have also found from my own research that their is a known issue with the transmission service as it relates to the filters NOT being installed properly. Dodge had issued a service bulletin to the dealerships about this. If your stalling problem has started after you have had your transmission serviced trust me and go to a transmission specialist and have them service it again for you.

- , Leonardo, NJ, USA

problem #81

Jul 152012

Durango SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

For the second time, while pulling into a parking space (at low speed on a hard crank of the steering wheel), the engine just shut off. Had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting neighboring parked cars.

- , Smithville, MO - Missouri, USA

problem #80

Jun 302012

Durango SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles


- , Warren, OH, USA

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