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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,953 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.

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 242016


  • miles


I was on my way home from work when I heard a loud clicking noise. I also noticed there are a lot of problems with this truck. I recently bought it and I looked online almost everything I saw was bad. These trucks need to be rebuilt or repair right.

- Newberry, SC, USA

problem #10

Dec 022015


  • 200,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the vehicle seized into four wheel drive as the service four wheel drive warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 202,000.

- Arlington, KY, USA

problem #9

Sep 132015


  • 70,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle, at about 65 mph, when it suddenly locked. It a 4 wheel drive. I had the 4 wheel service light blink and the it suddenly locked and couldnt shift gears. I had to have my vehicle towed.

- Oak Hills , CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 032014


  • miles


My 2005 Dodge Durango hemi has started to behave oddly. started with not being able to lift the gate in the back? just locked up and we could not open it for months. It then progressed to an issue with the remote not working to unlock anything. We took it to the dealership who quoted us at $350 + to fix the remote...ummm no. Since then I have been opening my door using the key. Late last year I began to notice that the tires would lock up and not move forward or backwards when completing a sharp turn (ie: Turning into the driveway) this was followed by the 4lo light flashing on and off on the dashboard while driving. Then I started hearing the truck actually attempt to switch itself in and out of AWD! this creates a crazy clicking and shifting sound in the wheel well area on the drivers side. This occurs randomly while I an driving as well as when the car is parked and off" we took it to pep boys whom could not find anything wrong with it" I am concerned that I will attempt to make a fast sharp turn into traffic and the tires will lock up leaving me screwed. I have been reading online that there are thousands of people having this same exact problem and whenever anyone has the dealership replace continues to happen. I think Dodge needs to recall all of these vehicles as they are a safety threat to families!!

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #7

May 152013


  • 175,000 miles
My 2005 Durango started this about 2 wks ago; searching other forums and my mechanic searched his sites, it's most likely an electrical issue having to do with the ac shorting out voltage to the transfer case...I am sending a letter off to Dodge corporate as there are so many complaints about this issue from other Dodge Durango & Ram owners, who like me, feel it should be a recall issue. I am not about to bring it in only to have a mechanic "try" to fix the issue and replace the wrong part so I have to go in repeatedly and spend money I don't have until (if even) it is solved. I would rather trade it in for something else. Hoping by sending a letter to corporate they will consider a recall notice or help me to get the problem fixed.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 122014


  • 180,420 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while at a stop light, the rear wheels seized without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,420.

- Newbern, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 252014


  • 89,122 miles


My 2005 Dodge Durango shifts back and forth between 4WD and AWD randomly. The 4WD light will come on and the vehicle shifts into lock without warning, making driving difficult and backups jumpy and jerky. It will shift back and run properly, but does not stay functioning long. There is a 'drag' feeling to the vehicle when it slips into 4WD. This has made driving the Durango a concern and nearly tripled the amount of gas used for similar mileage. I am concerned that this could be a real safety issue. It goes into 4WD-lo and the tires lock up. If this were to happen at 70 mph, this could cause a spin out. When stopped at a light waiting to turn left the car occasionally 'shifts' without notice and then it is difficult to make the turn. When expecting the car to move properly on a busy road, this ''sluggish' response is a serious problem. Pulling out with plenty of time to turn before the light changes isn't a guarantee that you will actually make the turn before the light turns red. I want to be able to trust my vehicle, which I used to be able to do. I have read numerous accounts online about this same problem occurring for other 2005 Durango owners. Clearly, this is not an isolated incident unique to my vehicle. I have also seen reports that people having this same issue are also having remote door lock issues, which makes me wonder if there is also an electrical issue with the vehicle.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 232014


  • 103,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango limited 4X4 it constantly locks into 4lo and 4lock all on its own and engages on its own even with vehicle off most times locking in 4lo causing tires to stick and very difficult to drive or turn this happens at any rate of speed also when first starting truck and putting it in drive or reverse transmission is gives a loud air leaking noise and takes a long time to pick up and drive I have just recently bought this vehicle and have taken it back to the dealer multiple times to be told they are unsure what is causing the issue. I have done research and see that several Dodge Durango owners are having this issue please help.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 112014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 133,943 miles
Play in both upper and lower front ball joints needing new control arms. Caused cupping on good tires and also an alignment.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 202013


  • 125,000 miles
I was pulling into a parking space and the car started skipping and jumping, vehicle was hard to steer and it also hesitated to go, turning was very difficult. The 4 lock light was flashing on all by itself and the knob has been on AWD I only rarely switch the vehicle to 4 lock in the winter time. This makes about a dozen times it has happened to this vehicle. Twice in one day is very scary. I am very afraid of what might happen if I am going a higher speed at the time it decides to mess up. I have talked to a mechanic and he has never heard of the issue but says it could be very dangerous if it would happen while driving a higher rate of speed. I have search on line by typing '05 Dodge Durango 4 lock by itself' and there are a lot of people having the same issue. Also with no luck figuring the problem, one person had replaced the transfer case 3 times and it was only a temporary fix.

- Summersville, WV, USA

problem #1

Jul 272011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 99,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated while having the tires rotated, the mechanic notified him that the wheels would not move as a result of the wheel nuts being corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that in order to remedy the failure the wheel nuts, and wheels needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 99,800. Updated 8/29/11 consumer would like to cancel complaint. Updated 09/16/11

- Columbus , OH, USA

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