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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 24
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,187 miles

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2011 Dodge Durango electrical problems

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2011 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 3 of 17)

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problem #287

Jul 112016

Durango

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving with my kids getting our day started. I turn on with remote start was making loud screeching sound. Loaded up kids and started to take off. We could all smell a bad burning smell. I check all temps on car and nothing read high temperature. I drove on my way to daycare when my car stalled and shut down. And it had previously did this B4 like 4 months or so and a recall of fuel pump was done and had been running fine till this day. I tried starting it a few times nothing. Finally turn on and battery light came on. I drove it to drop of my 3 kids at camp when it kept feeling like it wanted to turn of. Still smelling burning. Finally I'm headed to work and it stalled in middle of intersection. Thank god I didn't have my kids with me and no accidents happened. I had car towed to local mechanic because dealership is and hour away. He said alternator gave out. Put new alternator in still nothing. 600 dollars down drain. Now I have to pay towing to get to dealership which will mean just more money down the drain which I don't have the extra money and use this car for wk so hopefully I don't lose my job. I don't understand how I have same exact problems as another 2011 Durango under recall but mine ain't one of them. Do you have to wait till someone is seriously hurt or killed to have a recall. If none of this is resolved properly I will be hiring a lawyer. I have only had vehicle for 2yrs.

- Las Vegas, NM, USA

problem #286

Jun 292016

Durango

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving 15 mph, the air conditioning blew hot air and the instrument panel lighting went haywire. The vehicle started to lose power and acceleration. The contact pulled over, and turned off and restarted the vehicle. To ensure that the vehicle was fine, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal to allow the engine to rev. Afterwards, the contact was able to drive the vehicle without failure and there were no warning lights illuminated. However, after driving a few miles longer, the power steering and power brakes failed. Shortly after, the vehicle lost all power. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home where it had not been able to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Cowansville, PA, USA

problem #285

Jun 302016

Durango

  • 60,000 miles
After driving less than a mile from home, vehicle began smoking and a hole burned through the headliner at the sun visor. It has been towed to huffines lewisville for repair. Related recall 15V-879

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #284

Jul 092016

Durango

  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The battery light came on and then the vehicle shut down on the highway. Had 4 kids in the car. Could have been killed.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #283

Jun 232016

Durango

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving 5-10 mph, there was an abnormal burning odor and smoke under the hood of the vehicle. The contact noticed opened the hood and noticed that the alternator was on fire. The contact was able to extinguish the fire. A fire report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #282

Jun 262016

Durango

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery, alternator, and computer board needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #281

Feb 112016

Durango

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V879000 (electrical system, interior lighting); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact experienced smoke fumes coming from the passenger side visor. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #280

May 312016

Durango

  • 56,800 miles
My 2011 Dodge Durango started to make a "whining" sound when accelerated while driving on a highway. Approximately 2-3 miles, after the noise started, a light on the instrument panel came on. Luckily, we were just pulling into our driveway. My alternator failed at 56.8K miles. Apparently, the alternator originally installed was not part of recall P60. This vehicle has been recalled for every other problem associated with a 2011 Durango. Have never had to replace an alternator in any other vehicle I have owned with a lot more miles than this one. Seems like more than just a coincident.

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #279

Jun 162016

Durango

  • 90,000 miles
While in motion on city street, first my radio would turn off on its own, then the battery light came on, then all the service lights came on filled by my account blowing out hot air and then my car completely shut off on me not allowing me to remove my key or put my car on neutral or allowing me to put on the hazard lights on. It followed by a burning smell under the hood.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #278

Jun 102016

Durango

  • 78 miles
My alternator shorted out at 78K miles, the 160amp alternator has a recall P60, however the 180amp that I have is not covered. I had my kids in the car in morning rush hour traffic when it frayed the drive belt filling cabin with smoke, then lost power steering as luckily I was able to muscle the steering wheel to turn into parking lot. Shop I went to was shocked to hear a 2011 was already failing.

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #277

May 032016

Durango

  • 115,060 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I had a battery light in the morning, but my battery was new. As I was driving my air conditioning stopped working, my radio screen flashed, went off and the entire car died while in motion, I barely stopped in time. The engine wouldn't even try, and me and my two infant children were stranded in the middle of a busy street in 100 heat. The police officer had to help us, we called a tow truck to take us home. The mechanic who looked at the car said the alternator internally grounded and fried the computer and the battery and explains the burning smell just prior to the car dying.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #276

May 272016

Durango

  • 102,980 miles
I am disappointed in how Dodge stands behind their product. A vehicle can be replaced but a life cannot. I drove my 2011 Dodge Durango crew 3.6L V-6 (102,980 miles) from my house to the dentist office (less than 2 miles). I smelled a burning smell when I pulled up at the dentist office. About 5 minutes later my daughter notice smoke coming from under the hood while we were sitting in the dentist office. I went outside and raised the hood and it was smoking. A person passing by disconnected the battery cables because he feared it would catch on fire due to the amount of smoke. I was not able to drive it so I called a tow truck. I had it towed to a repair shop and the alternator($425) was damaged. Well that also fried my battery ($162). The heat also damaged the computer ($1,000) which will not allow my new alternator to hold a charge. There was no light, noise, or any warning when the failure happened. Even after replacing the alternator and the battery it still had a burning smell. Before the mechanic would release the vehicle he test drove it. Power steering failed, wipers coming on, and engine idling up and down. That is when it was determined that the computer had been damaged. My Durango has the 220amp alternator so Dodge did not acknowledge the problem. I am upset because my children and I could have been injured. Is it going to take Dodge to do something only after someone loses their life? it was sitting and began to put off huge amounts of smoke with no warning.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #275

May 222016

Durango

  • 96,160 miles
Alternator suddenly failed, resulting in engine failure at 50mph, loss of power steering and brakes, and eventually total engine shut down over the course of about 800 yards. The vehicle was not covered under a similar recall as it had a higher amperage alternator, although the problem and corresponding safety issue was identical to the part that was recalled on similar vehicles.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #274

Feb 152016

Durango

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V879000 (electrical system, interior lighting); however, the remedy was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was not provided.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #273

Apr 272016

Durango

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving 75 mph, all the warning lights on the instrument cluster illuminated. In addition, the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the alternator and computer needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical system); however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- San Perlita, TX, USA

problem #272

Apr 282016

Durango

  • 77,000 miles
I was driving back home (city, low traffic), I had just had my 2 months old battery tested at advance auto, when my battery indicator turned on again. It had turned on yesterday for 1st time. I turned off the radio and I could hear a high pitch whining noise coming from the engine. I pulled in my driveway and the car stalled. Got out of the car and smelled something being burnt. Open up the hood and there was a lot of smoke coming out of the alternator.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #271

Apr 182016

Durango

  • miles
My vehicle push to start system sticks and the vehicle takes long attempting to start. My vehicle while driving has gone dead on me although the dash is still lite radio playing. The steering wheel stiffens and the brakes get hard. I have to struggle to pull over and stop in order to place the car back in neutral or park in order to start it again. It has stalled while in motion, while slowing down for a red light, while making a turn. I have had several near misses of other cars, curbs, and ditches. I use this car every day to Transport myself and my children. I have had this car to the dealership numerous times, have had the tipm bypass and the car still hard starts and stalls despite the recalls. I am totally disappointed with this situation that is a definite hazard. Most recent complaint, my car has be idling high and now finally it overheat and the water pump has to be replaced. I am totally disappointed.

- Frederiksted, VI, USA

problem #270

Apr 142016

Durango

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. When attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed. The battery was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

- Dyer, IN, USA

problem #269

Mar 262016

Durango

  • 98,000 miles
Alternator failed over heating electrical wiring and causing battery and computer chip failure. The problem occurred on the road but I was able to make it to a parking lot. I did smell smoke and felt heat but there was no ignition of fire. My car was completely disabled. No electrical activity. The symptoms are the same as recall #14V634000.

- Estherville, IA, USA

problem #268

Apr 042016

Durango

  • 75,000 miles
Momentary loss of all electrical power under normal driving condition at all speeds. Loss of all dash lights and gauges. Total loss of engine power momentarily. This causes a momentary stall. Does not last long enough to turn the engine off as the power is immediately restored. Happens several times weekly, always while in motion, has not occurred while vehicle is stopped at idle. Possible ignition or tipm fault.

- Pana, IL, USA

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