pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
115,640 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild entire rear axle (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace axle bearing (1 reports)
1998 Dodge Durango drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 032011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,560 miles


tow problems 1 - Very bad humming coming from the rear end , Only when stiping on the gas paddle , 2- the tranny has been acting very wierd . when it gwts warmer the transmission slips from one gear to another . Can someone tell me if I should keep this car or is their cheap way to fix it , I can use all kind of help please .

- , Modesto, Ca, USA

problem #3

Sep 142008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

I couldn't figure out the location of the noise (whining) that occurred only when accelerating. I brought it in to find out the problem and they only said it was the differential and that it would need to be replaced costing $1,500 - $1,600. They said that I shouldn't drive it because it might fail at any time. I thought they were nuts. I went for another estimate, and received the same results... approximately $1,500 for repairs. It could last up to one year before the repairs need to be done.

- , Elgin, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 052007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

I'm about as angry as I can get. I had this same problem with the rear differential in 2001 with just 22,000 miles on this piece of crap truck. The dealer fought me on covering it under warranty because it was 3 months over the wimpy 3 year Dodge warranty period but I won as usual and they fixed it without charging me. They told me they had to rebuild the entire rear differential because one of the carrier bearings disintegrated and destroyed the ring and pinion gears. Real nice. Now at 71,000 miles I'm hearing the same loud humming noise coming from the rear that I heard in 2001.

I took it to a mechanic I know that specializes in rear end repair and when he disassembled the differential you could see that the ring and pinion gears were destroyed again due to a carrier bearing failure. Rebuild a rear differential twice in 71,000 miles and the truck has never been off-road or towed a single thing or been abused in any way in its life? Dodge has got to be kidding on this one but I'm not laughing because it's costing me $1400 this time and I'm not the only one. This mechanic says he rebuilds at least one Durango rear a week with the same issue causing the problem - disintegrating carrier bearings.

Hey Dodge, get on the ball and own up to your mistakes by issuing recalls rather than sticking customers with expensive repair bills. I bought a 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona last year but I'm so pissed off at Dodge that I'm selling it now. I will never own a Dodge again. Good riddance and I hope the CEO of Dodge/Chrysler reads this!! Your vehicles suck!!!

- , Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 082005

(reported on)


  • 95,000 miles

shortly after purchasing my durango, while driving it in the city, you could hear a whistling type sound coming from the back end of the truck... i asked what that sound might be and if i should be concerned. their response was that is was the type of tires i had on the truck... the offroading ones and that is why it would sound like that... well, to my surprised six months down the road some type of oil was leaking from the back of my truck.... the ball type thing from in the middle of the truck.... i took it to an indepent mechanic and they told me that is was axle bearing for the 4x4 and it needed to be repaired and would only cost three hundred dollars to fix...... well 7-days later and 500 dollars more they told me that the prev owner had already fixed that problem once before and didn't do a good job on it.. that the bearing were not bearing but pieces of metal..... what the hell.... are these dealers trying to do.... we spent lots of money for our trucks to have them do this sh*t to us.... not cool.

- , Madera, CA, USA

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