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.

CarComplaints.com Notes: When the 3rd-generation Durango was introduced in 2011 owners almost immediately started having a wide range of issues -- from water pump failure to stalling engines. Turns out the TIPM is to blame and those problems carried into the 2012 model year.

TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Modules) is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all the vehicle’s electrical functions. So when the TIPM starts acting up, so do all sorts of problems in the vehicle.

The problems have been so bad -- and replacement parts became so hard to find -- that a class-action lawsuit was filed against Chrysler focusing on the 2011-2012 Durango. The lawsuit accuses the automaker of ignorning the problem until it spiraled out of control.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,352 miles

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2012 Dodge Durango electrical problems

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2012 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #126

Mar 152016

Durango

  • 90,000 miles

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

My 180 amp alternator stopped working while my wife was driving the vehicle on a city street. The current P60 recall only covers the 160 amp alternator, but it should cover both pieces of equipment. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where it is sitting, waiting to get a new 180 amp alternator installed. I was quoted $900 parts and labor for the repair.

- Atoka, TN, USA

problem #125

Feb 222016

Durango

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V879000(electrical system, interior lighting); however, the remedy or part for the recall was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #124

Feb 152015

Durango

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving various speeds, there was a burning odor and the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted, but the failure recurred numerous times. When the ignition was turned to the on position, there was an abnormal smell of burning plastic and thick smoke appeared from the vanity lamp and entered the vehicle. The contact turned off and exited the vehicle. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was not towed due to the danger of the vehicle on the first attempt. The vehicle was later towed to the dealer where the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V879000 (electrical system, interior lighting). The manufacturer also stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V530000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Pesacola, FL, USA

problem #123

Nov 182015

Durango

  • 37,000 miles

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

My issues began last November with the lift gate. While driving through my neighborhood, the lift gate decided to open. Alarmed, I stopped quickly and closed the lift gate. After I arrived home it would not open again. This continued for a week. The latch, interior button, and key fob would not open it. I scheduled an appointment and it magically started working fine just 2 days prior to the appoinment. The second issue we experienced came shortly after. The car would shut down after using the remote start after a few seconds. I found that the engine light was illuminated and re-tightened the gas cap. The light did not shut off, so I decided to take it very easy and monitor the vehicle for the rest of the day. The light eventually turned off. A week later and it is back on again. Not sure what is going on as everything appears to be fine. My wife drove my son to basketball practice and said she witnessed the heater turn on all by itself (after having been shut completely off). She turned it off and didn't give it much thought until it did it again. It continued to do this the entire drive to practice. It seems like this vehicle is possesed and I think this is just the tip of the iceburg. Hopefully, something dangerous will not happen with some other system.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #122

Jan 182016

Durango

  • miles
Iwhen driving vehicle in wet or long periods of damp weather dash lights will go out and when moving turn signal on dash lights come on and head lights go out.I will not drive this vehicle at night. Dealer can't duplicate this this problem

- Clearfield, UT, USA

problem #121

Dec 312015

Durango

  • 52,000 miles
While driving battery red light on dashboard light up make it home just 1 mile away. Next day when start the car to see if anything change or find anything wrong that I can see. The car start no battery light, no longer on, after like a minute I start backing out of my driveway and I heard a noise (like a buzzing) noise I drive back in my driveway, while engine running I open the hood to look from where the noise was coming and I see lot of smoke was coming from alternator I went shot off engine and it got the throttle body red light on the dash board on and the smoke intensified I shot off the engine and disconnect the battery to prevent the car to got on fire.the smoke still coming out of the alternator for approximately 15 to 20 minutes after I shot off and disconnect the battery.now I don't even want to connect the battery back. This is avery unsafe situation if I would be driving on a highway and the alternator fail it would disable the engine making it hard to steer the car and apply the brakes the power steering pump in this car is electric no electric power no steering assist, no engine running no break assist and the chance the battery fail because of short or burn alternator can cause the battery to overheat the battery is inside the car under passenger seat. I was lucky that I notice the situation right away and take action to prevent an accident or a fire.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #120

Sep 112013

Durango

  • 40,000 miles

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

My Durango has had many problems when trying to start it since I initially purchased the vehicle. I have taken it into the dealership about 7 times trying to figure out why it won't start on many occasions. I will also start and then shut down immediately. It is no longer under warranty and even after getting the R09 fuel pump relay fix I still have the exact same problem. After doing countless hours of research it appears it is the actual tipm that has gone bad and will cost me around 1500$ it is a disgrace that Dodge will not just recall the bad tipm. There are thousands of people online with the exact same problem as me and I would really appreciate it if you all will look into this more considering how dangerous it is especially if driving on a highway and your vehicle just shuts down for no apparent reason which is one of the symptoms of this bad tipm. Thank you

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #119

Nov 232015

Durango

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #118

Apr 302013

Durango

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving at approximately 75 mph, the front air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The contact also stated that the tail and headlights failed to illuminate without warning and the radio screen failed to illuminate. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Fort Vally, GA, USA

problem #117

Nov 042015

Durango

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system); however, the part was unavailable to perform the repair. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Damascus, PA, USA

problem #116

Oct 052015

Durango

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle progressively hesitated to start. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system). The dealer stated that there were six people ahead of the contact on the waiting list. The contact was waiting for longer than a month for an appointment. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repair. The failure mileage was unknown. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Chesapeake, OH, USA

problem #115

Jul 142015

Durango

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. After several attempts, the vehicle restarted. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be duplicated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #114

Sep 252015

Durango

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after two attempts. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Midlothian, TX, USA

problem #113

Sep 012015

Durango

  • 76,000 miles
I was driving and noticed smoke coming from what appeared to be the drivers side visor. I recorded the smoke and called my husband (who thought I was nuts). When I would stop, the smoke seemed to stop as well. My toddler and I were able to park and evacuate the vehicle before the fire started. The fire department said it was an electrical fire, started in the wiring near the visor. Damage is shown in the pictures. Nearly $20K to repair it so the insurance company has totaled the vehicle. There is an electrical wiring recall #14V391000 on 7/2/2014 that states; "if the vanity lamp wiring shorts there is an increased risk of fire." I had this recall addressed in 11/2014...so why did this happen"! two weeks prior to my incident I had taken my 2012 Durango in for difficulty starting, tire sensor replacement, and to have software updates completed. Could this have triggered the short" the recall also states: "in affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after a service repair is performed." I have really enjoyed my Durango...but this has been a terrible experience!

- Lone Jack, MO, USA

problem #112

Sep 162015

Durango

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango.while driving approximately 45 mph, the instrument panel illuminated and the windshield wipers operated independently. In addition, the contact mentioned that the interior lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V636000 (electronic stability control). The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #111

Sep 092015

Durango

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 15 mph, there was a smoke odor inside the vehicle. The contact discovered that the passenger side sun visor had caught fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A fire report was filed and no injuries was reported. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V391000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000...updated 11/02/15

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #110

Sep 112014

Durango

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V154000 (service brakes, service brakes, hydraulic ), 14V634000 (electrical system), and 15V115000 (electrical system); however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Lyndon, KS, USA

problem #109

Jul 012015

Durango

  • 62,000 miles
I had an alternator replaced after my car completely died while driving in November. I found out that they put in a similar part but didn't put in the official replacement part until 8 months later. I could have had the car for again and put myself and son in danger if it would have happened on the highway like the first time. Now they are finally doing it but didn't tell me it wasn't complete until I brought my car in for another issue. During that time I started getting a bad key message and the red security system dot on my indicator panel wouldn't shut off. At times leaving me stranded and wouldn't start. I took it in 3 weeks ago and they said they fixed it. Then out of the blue it started happening again and I had to request a tow since it wouldn't start. They are saying it's the win module., but I am not convinced. I want to know if this can be an effect of the alternator zapping the system when my car died and all the electrical components went haywire. It zapped my battery and it had to be replaced. The same win module in my car that is in other makes and models has been recalled in several other cars but not mine. This needs to be looked into.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #108

May 072015

Durango

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V115000 (electrical system) and 14V634000 (electrical system); however, the parts needed were not available. The dealer advised the contact that the parts were not available for repairs. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #107

Jan 302015

Durango

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start until after several attempts. The failure occurred on several occasions. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions while driving various speeds. The vehicle restarted after several attempts. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system); however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. MA 10/22/2015

- Brentwood, NY, USA

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