pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
137,239 miles
Total Complaints:
24 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (12 reports)
  2. modified air flow to the PCM (#13) (2 reports)
  3. replace old cpu with new one (2 reports)
  4. replace the power control module (PCM) (2 reports)
  5. replaced computer and ABS sensor (2 reports)
  6. add an electric cooling fan in front of radiators (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Durango engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Jul 142008

Durango SL 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles


I automatically, google up anything I have that goes wrong, to see what other people have to say. I have had mine die in HEAVY congested areas of traffic, but have always been fortunate to be where I was able to get off the road safely.

Chrysler will have one huge problem on their hands when someone does loose a life. All willing to step forward should let their dealership know we want to speak to a higher representative form Chrysler. They think they have slow sales now, maybe we should all start a web-site that will tell the real story or maybe even get the press involved. I think everyone is tired of hearing about the elections so, maybe they would like something new to harp on? What do you think????

- , Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #3

Jun 122007

Durango SLT 5.2lV8

  • Manual transmission
  • 123,000 miles


- , Sallisaw, OK, USA

problem #2

May 012008

Durango 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

-- GO DOWN TO PROBLEM #2 -- 1999 DURANGO ENGINE GOES DEAD - PCM - it is the same problem, summer approaching, warm weather, the PCM gets hot, and the engine goes dead. It is incredibly inconvenient, under the sweltering sun. I learned about the solution from reading all the posts. I feel sorry for people, and I, being under the Dodge dealership's mercy, or rather, financial torture. #1 The problem is the faulty PCM design and/or soldering and/or inferior circuit board component. I found the best price on a re manufactured PCM at a website before or during the winter months, but I misplaced it. Now that the heat is here, I have to find it. The cost is about $250, with you mailing back the core PCM. When I find the website, I will post again, with it's web address. Until then, or to find out what I have found out, for the site's address for getting the Durango's PCM, I will post to or this might look better, http://www.jumpsquid.com/durango-pcm The other problem with the Durango is the a/c cooling, and in concert with that, the engine cooling. The exterior a/c radiator is rather large, completely covering and in front of the engine's radiator. When the a/c radiator gets clogged with junk, bugs, dirt, etc. and with it completely covering the area of the engine's coolant radiator, the air flow, hence cooling is always compromised; bad design, in my opinion. I have heard of, read of, Durango owners burning up their engine's oil with the constant hot temperatures, then the engine freeze. That is bad. As one AutoZone long-time employee, advised me against buying a thermostat with too low of a temperature rating, 160 F, I think,,, he said, '... those V-8s like to run hot, ... if you keep it too cool, it will mess with your fuel efficiency, ...' . I don't think so, with the huge potential disaster of possible burning-up and freezing an oil eating hot engine, I prefer and recommend to go cool. There are obvious heating design flaws with this engine and I think that no engine should be fooling around with coolant temperatures near 200F. Any engine causing the coolant to boil in the cooling system, is headed for disaster. As it is, right now, out in my driveway, I cannot let the Durango sit there and idle, with or without the a/c, on. It will eventually burn off all the coolant, then the oil, and then freeze. #2 So, I guess it is sort of good that the Durango does stall from the faulty PCM. Maybe this is telling me that I need to conquer the engine coolant problem first. ....la la la, this is getting long,,, so, back then, last year, I removed/disabled the engine thermostat. I cut-out the center of the thermostat, and replaced the clear-for-coolant-flow metal thermostat mounting ring. A high speed electric cooling fan should be put in front of the sandwiched? radiators. A meticulous cleaning of the radiators, would be very important to do (taking care not to damage the a/c or engine radiator fins (leakage-then disaster)). I plan to do this, cleaning. #3 The third main problem that I can think of is: the weak a/c performance. I read somewhere that there is or might be a valve to stop the coolant flow to the heating coil/a/c air-cooling radiator,,, aka-evaporator, area. Supposedly the coolant flow to this compartment is not really blocked when you want it cool in the cabin. I haven't researched this yet; I don't know if a simple turn valve exists. I do think that halting the flow of coolant to the heater core would be a great help with cooling the cabin.

- , Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

May 282008

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Dodge is absolutely ignoring this issue, and it's time that someone do something. A massive recall of the CPU should be done. The vehicle will stall at any speed, in any traffic, and any time the temperature gets too warm for the CPU. This morning I was only inches from being crushed by an 18 wheeler who was behind me and didn't see me stall.

To get running again, all I need to do is pull the wire harness toward the CPU module and I then hear the relay reset, but it can happen multiple times, and has already caused several severe accidents across the country.

As a result of Dodge's complete lack of interest, I will no longer purchase any vehicles from them or their subsidiaries. If they choose to treat loyal customers so poorly, I will no longer be a customer.

Toyota makes a rock solid vehicle and has better mileage per gallon....hate to say tm but I will be buying foreign from now on!

- , Avondale, LA, USA

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