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 third generation Durango is plagued by a defective TIPM, particularily in the 2011 and 2012 model years.

TIPM, which stands for Totally Integrated Power Modules, is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all the vehicle’s electrical functions. So when your TIPM goes haywire, bad things start happening. Things like your water pump can stop working, your engine can stall out and your airbags can randomly deploy.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,142 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.

2011 Dodge Durango drivetrain problems

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2011 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Nov 212013


  • 49,217 miles


Tipm was replaced and vehicle started to do the same similar things, however, this time it locked my 9 yr. Old daughter in the vehicle with it running and the key fob was in the vehicle. She had to unbuckle and let me in. The electrical system still has a mind of its own, stalls in road at different speeds, also while driving it acts like the engine is shutting off then it comes back, and continues this procedure a few times until it finally comes back to life. 4low has not properly worked ever, and is a danger when in an emergency situation, and you need it. They say they have redesigned the 4low, evidentially there are problems with it. The dealership, sheets, says there's nothing wrong with the part again.vehicle starts and dies, stalls in road, acts like it's going to stall and comes back, controls inside vehicle do whatever they want to do when they want to. Front signal light keeps blowing, and will not take a bulb, it blows them out every time, so when blinker is turned on the fog lights flash up front, like hazard flashers. The back passenger bulb has been replaced many times, and for now they are the only signals working, except for the ones on the mirrors. Fuel pump stays on sometimes after vehicle is shut off. Basically the vehicle is still a danger to anyone inside it, and to anyone on the road, due to the fact that it can cause an accident at any given time. The vehicle locked up in 4low/tow-haul mode, and then the entire transmission locked up. Had to come home approx. 1-2 miles at a very low speed, with hazard lights on, and then had to coast in driveway because the transmission had no gears, and locked up. Dodge really needs to recall this. If they designed this vehicle correctly the first time none of the maintenance would be necessary, and we would not have had to call Dodge so many times. If the problem was not recurring the issue would be resolved.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #9

Nov 022013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Incident date start: 11/02/2013. The vehicle would not start. The engine would turn over but there was either no fuel or ignition spark. Continued to try to start the vehicle but refused to start. After about 6 to 8 minutes of trying it started. The vehicle started every time after that but the next morning it refused to start. Again after 6 to 8 minutes of trying, it started and started each time for the rest of the day. This repeated itself each day. The dealer diagnosed it as the "totally integrated control module" failed.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #8

Sep 012013

Durango 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Battery light came on. Made an appointment for service. Never made appointment date. A/C went out, airbag light came on, radio stopped, lights flashed, windshield wipers started. Car stalled out while driving 30 mph, lost power steering. No crash, rolled to a safe stopping area. Car was towed to dealer. Dealer said the car needed new battery. New battery was installed but check battery light was still on. After more testing, dealer said alternator needed to be replaced. New alternator was installed, but battery light was still on. Dealer put calls to Chrysler. Chrysler said possible bad new alternator replace with another new alternator suggested. New alternator replaced but same thing still happened, check battery light still on. After more calls to Chrysler, new PCM ( powertrain control module) suggested to be installed. PCM was replaced as warranty part, no check battery light. Total cost of about $1,000 for out of warranty parts. With in a week car was not starting, would crank but engine would not start or it would start and then stall out, car would finally start after 20 mins. Of trying to start car. This happened several times. Took car back to dealer. Software update was done. Still had starting issues, and running issues. After more calls to Chrysler they now believe the issue is a tipm (totally integrated power module). Tipm is on a national back order with no known release/ expected availability date. Chrysler will warranty the tipm part. Car now sits at the dealer for almost 30 days and no one has any estimate as to a fix date. Now waiting on a case manager to contact about this issue and possible rental car and refund for replaced parts. Sending off paper work for lemon law. Chrysler should issue recall but obviously will not due to lack of inventory in tipm parts.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 162013


  • 47,623 miles


Tipm=totally intergrated power module. This stops the vehicle from cranking properly. It keeps turning and turning after trying to use the push to start, it will crank, rev up and turn right back off if you use the key to start it, and it has already been flashed which did not fix the issue. I have learned from two dealerships that there is over 14,000 on backorder. They do not have a eta and they are trying to get consumers to pay for the vehicles if they do not have the basic warranty. I even purchased a extended warranty at the point of purchase and they stated that it is not covered. The cost for the part and repair they are trying to charge me is $1100. The dealership I went to advised me to contact Dodge at 1-800-423-6343 and I spoke with someone whom stated it was covered, it is noted in my file 3 times by 3 different people that it is covered and then I called the dealership to see if they knew when they would get some to get me on a list and they said it is not covered, had to start all over again with speaking with Dodge at the 1800 number and going back and forth. I have only had my vehicle for 10 months and of course it was more than 20,000 which makes me livid that I would even have car trouble this early in the loan. I am not going to stop until it is fixed properly and people should not be responsible for this it should be on recall.

- Altamonte Springs , FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 302012

Durango 6-cyl

  • 37,108 miles
We began having problems with starting the car on 7/30/2013. In trying to start it, it simply wouldn't go. After many attempts the car would finally start. We brought our 2011 Dodge Durango to the dealership where they identified the problem as a faulty tipm (totally integrated power module) that was not sending the signal correctly to fuel pump. Now forward 6+ weeks and our car is still at the dealership. Apparently the tipm chip is on indefinite back order. Being told that because we're at 37,104 miles, there's nothing corporate can do. So the vehicle is still sitting there and there is no eta on when we'll get it back.. tried to be patient and suggested a free rental but was shut down by corporate. At my wits end.. this is absolutely ridiculous that a part like this would go out on a two year old vehicle and there not be a replacement part readily available. Obviously with the "extreme" back order time this is a very common problem. I believe a recall is definitely in order from Chrysler corporation.

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 232013

Durango 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2011 Dodge Durango stalled one day at work when I tried to crank it. It took 3 times to start the engine and finally it cranked. Later that week while driving I notice the airbag warning light came on and then went off multiple times; it continuously did that until one day it stayed on and never went off. I took it to get it check and no codes showed. They stated nothing was wrong with it. So I kept driving until I noticed a humming noise coming from underneath the rear of the vehicle and it continuously stalled or didn't crank and that's when I had to have my husband jump it off. This continued for a couple of weeks. I took it to the dealership in which the told me the PCM module was bad but when they tried to program it, it showed that the battery was bad so I purchased a new battery. Once they completed it they stated that they started the Durango and it started without any issue but when my husband and I went to pick it up, it stalled again and it took about 10 minutes to get it started. I drove it for a few days until one day I went to the store and when I came out of the store it would not start at all so I had to get it towed to the dealership, it sat there for about a week until they finally diagnosed it as having a bad tipm module (totally integrated power module).the service rep at the dealership stated that the tipm module is on backorder (1352 ahead of me to be exact). There are lots of reports on the internet about Chrysler vehicles having a bad tipm. I think there should be a recall on it. I presented my concerns to Chrysler\Dodge about this and the only thing I got was an apology. Please, please investigate. Dodge is using a bad product and don't want to own up to it and the customers are the ones that have to pay for it.

- Moundville, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 302011

Durango 6-cyl

  • miles


I purchased a 2011 Dodge Durango crew V6 last year and I have had nothing but problems with it. When I accelerate at any speed, my vehicle does not respond. The vehicle jumps and would shift gears. The transmission feels like its slipping and does not have the power to accelerate. Also, when I press the brake the back end makes a loud thumping noise like its shifting gears and it jerks forward. The first time I brought it in to the dealership, they updated the software and could not duplicate the problem. I took it back in to the dealership and had a mechanic ride with me and I am still waiting for my issues to be resolved.

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 062011


  • 75 miles
Traded in 2005 town and country in Nov 2010 to 2010 town and country numerous problems also had major brake issues nearly causing accident at four way interchange. Traded it in taking neg.equity to 2011 Durango in Oct 2011 it has numerous issue including up and down idle bulbs blowing when washed thru auto wash ac probs. Power steering begining whine noise had brakes repaired hard shifting computer flashed dealer cant figure out problems called corporation waiting for reply.

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 192012


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the RPM would increase excessively and the vehicle would not respond to acceleration attempts. In addition, the vehicle would jump and abruptly shift gears. The contact experienced the failure twice. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the gear shifter was replaced but the failure was not corrected. The failure mileage was 16,000 and the current mileage was 18,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Dec 052011


  • 1,200 miles
Sound when the car stops and starts and when it passes through uneven floors, also when the car in the city and to and after a while arraco empiesa to change the transmission very strong and feel like hitting.

- Enfield, CT, USA

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