really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
134,203 miles
Total Complaints:
182 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (107 reports)
  2. new computer (16 reports)
  3. cool down engine (12 reports)
  4. no solution factory need to call back (11 reports)
  5. replaced pcm (9 reports)
  6. wiggle the wires to the pcm (5 reports)
1999 Dodge Durango engine problems

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1999 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 9 of 10)

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problem #22

Jun 152007

(reported on)

Durango ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Engine shuts off. Friend Marty drove by and helped me. Started messing with relays in relay box and car started back up immediately. Car was idling when it occurred. Happened again three more times once when idling, twice on road. Always temporarily fixed the problem by rearranging relays. Always happened in city traffic and air conditioner full blast. Took to Dodge dealership and paid $900 for repairs. Could not guarantee problem was fixed but felt confident. Engine shut off later on a road trip three times. Took back to dealership. Could not find problem, diagnostics they said showed "no smoking gun". Said they could not duplicate problem. Charged me nothing. On road trip currently, had a two shut offs in city traffic, pulled over on shoulder coasting in neutral, electric automatically came back on, restarted with turn of the key.

- , Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #21

Jun 282007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,071 miles

Bought a used 1999 durango last year, ran great then the radiator clogged and blew up on the freeway. we fixed that no biggie used vehicle and all, then it had problems cranking to start so we replaced the started again no big deal it was a used vehicle and parts do wear. Now it stalls at random times this is my vehicle to drive my son around in along with nieces and nephews that I watch, I no longer feel safe to have my son with me when I have to go to the store. My husband and I have tracked the problem or so we think to the pcm located on the inside passanger side fender behind the air filter housing. the pcm has three connectors two black and one white. the white one which is in the middle seems to turn back on all of the sensors when we wiggle it. as soon as the car dies and we push or move the sensor we can hear a click and the fuel pump turns on. we have yet to find a sure fire fix but have tried zip tying the connectors to the pcm, a hose clamp, taking the connector apart and cleaning it with electronics cleaner, placing a conductor gel on it called no-loax, and we added a fuel additive just to make sure it wasn't a clog. None have stopped the problem, we are however sure it is a problem with just the one connector because this seems to be a single system failure, the fuel pump sensor is what seems to be shorting out just based on the fact that the fuel gauge reads empty or shuts off moments before the vehicle dies and once the engine loose fuel it shuts down, causing the power steering to go and the abs. This could be a potentially deadly problem and I wonder if that is what dodge is waiting for, if you are doing 70 on the freeway and come to a dead stop, which is very common in los angeles, your engine dies and abs goes out there is no way you can stop your vehicle in time to not have a major accident and with no power steering, there is not much of a chance of steering on to the shoulder (if you are next to one). Come to think of it maybe dodge is waiting for an entire family to not make it out of one of these stalls before it even will admit to a manufactures defect. sorry about the long rant, but hope it helps someone, or maybe someone from dodge will read this and fix the problem before it get to the point of losing a life over their mistake. I would even be happy if dodge would say hey this is what need to be fixed, even if they don't fix it I would gladly pay to feel safe in my car.

- , Pomona, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 082007

(reported on)

Durango 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

My 1999 Durango has the exact same problem of shutting off whenever and wherever it feels like. The gauges don't work and "no bus" is displayed in the odometer. Another symptom is lack of fuel pressure when the car stalls, if that helps anybody... If anyone has an idea as to what is causing the stalling or a way to fix it please reply. It definitely has potential to be a deadly malfunction.

- , Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #19

Jul 112007

(reported on)

Durango 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


With all these problems (complaints) on the Durango don't you think that Dodge would do a recall? I have had my Durango for about 2 weeks and got to drive it one week and that following Sunday it stalled for no reason with my kids in the car with me and then that same week that Monday it did it to me again in traffic on the street. Tuesday it did it again and then we took it to the dealership they can not find anything wrong with it to why it shuts down by itself. But they are fixing all the things that are wrong with it that they found that the dealership that I bought it from didnít. I do believe that it will be in the shop again. If it is the computer, can someone please tell me if they have been replaced and if it has stop stalling on them?

- , Van NUys, CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 262007

(reported on)

Durango Slt 4x4 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

Where is our recall notice. This is definitely one of the most dangerous situations out there. I can't believe that Chrysler is turning a blind eye to this problem. I suffer the same symptoms as others with the stalling out with no warning and the "no bus" warning in the odometer. This problem does seem to happen more often when the car is hot and has been driven for quite a while. To others with this problem, best of luck and buy Toyota!

- , Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #17

Jul 292007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

My wife and I own a 1999 dodge durango and a 1989 Toyota 4WD. We bought the durango @ a dealership in 2004 with 97000 miles on it. This SUV has been trouble free besides a water pump, surpintine belt, and regular maintence. Two weeks ago our durango started dying while idling and driving for no apperent reason. After this happened a few times, my wife started the letting the complaints begin. Since we paid it off just two months ago, I though it would be a good time to have the whole thing gone through,[tranny service, rear end, transfer case, front diff., diagnostic check, ect.]

On the way to have this done, the rotten thing died on me and wasn't starting again. After letting it sit for about a half hour, I finally got it started again and drove it straight to the Chevy dealership in our town and told them to fix it. The next day we got a call from the dealership and they told us after puting it on the diagnostic machine, they found that the cam sensor and the cranking sensors were faulty. The estimate was $972 and some change, owch. Well we spent a week without our family vehicle which was a inconvinence but we got through with the help of my parents and their minivan. We got back the durango an it seemed to run just the same as it did, but at least it ran. less than a week later my wife called my panicing as it had died in the midle of the road during the buisiest time of the day on the busiest road in our area. She was stranded with our two young children and with the durango stuck in the middle of the road, people were yelling obsene words at her. She called me at work crying and not knowing what to do. I told her to hang on about 40 min. as I was coming that way and I would get the car pushed of the road. Before I arrived, a good hearted logger finally stopped to help her push it off the road. I arrived shortly after in my Freighliner classic w/ a 48 ft. container chassis behind me. I pulled that big pig right into the grocery store parking lot[imagine the look on people's faces]. Anyway I took my family to where our 1989 toyota was so they had transpo. The same dealership towed it and ran another diag. check on it. It showed no faults. They dug a little deeper and finally found that the stupid PCM had fried. FU@#$NG PIECE OF S#$T. Needles to say I was a hot potato. we had them replace the PCM and it runs better than ever now. After reading complaints about Dodge Durango's, my wife is now considering selling it and buying a Toyota Land Cruiser. The point to my story is if you have your Durango die for no reason, take it to a dealership, run a diagnostic check[about $80], and insist they test your PCM. 9 times out of ten this will be your problem. A new PCM for a Durango with install & programing it about $1000, give or take $50. Keep your head up, they can't all be lemons. Can they?

- , Tokeland, WA, USA

problem #16

Jul 202007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles


I had the same symptoms as everyone else. So far, the car has shut down 3 times, usually in the heat, and each time when idling such as in a drive-through lane. I get the "no bus" message, and the car started up again after resting for 20 minutes. I will be taking it to a dealer tomorrow.

- , Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 152007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

We are in the same boat as everyone else. We bought a SLT 5.9L about a month ago as is from a dealership and the very next day it died on me on a major highway. I'v read what others have posted and tried replacing the crank shaft sensor. It was fine for about a week and then the first really hot day that we went out and made multple stops, it happened again. It's very frustrating. We had to borrow the money to buy this POS and don't have the extra money to have someone try many things to figure out what could be wrong. If anyone has been able to get this fixed, we would love to know what it finally was.

- , Pennsauken, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jul 052007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I have a 1999 Durango with the 5.9l engine. Same problem everybody else has. Damn thing just quits running, odometer reads 'no bus'. Dealer says it is the PCM. ~$900.00 to fix. Maybe if Chrysler reads this complaint often enough, they might fix it. I doubt it!

- , Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #13

May 032007

(reported on)

Durango LX V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Ok.. I can relate to all your situtations.. Try having your Sister and your two small children in the car with you on the interstate and miss being hit by a Transfer Truck by 2 seconds when your car dies without any notice... I can say without any remorse.."My car is a pain in my ASS!" I have not even had it a year. It seems like when anything goes wrong with my car it dies.. No one can figure out why. I thought at first it was my fuel injector. So I bought some Fuel Injector and started putting the most expensive gas in it and it worked for awhile but then just started cutting out again without notice. Dear Dodge, I really hope you read what I have to say about your piece of sh*t vehicle and you should be ashamed to even sale this car. Yes it does have a 4 star rating for safety, Thats a JOKE! HA HA! NOt when it dies without notice and you have your family in the car with you and your on the interstate going 70miles an hour. Being a single mom of two children I thought I was getting a great investment. Boy! was I wrong! As soon as I possibly can afford it, I will being getting a new car. I'd like to take this one and push it off a cliff and let it go straight to HELL! I've looked there is no recall and there really should be. Hope you can sleep at night. This has caused a major strain on my life.

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #12

Aug 022006

(reported on)


  • 138,000 miles


When vehicle becomes hot it shuts off. No warning. If I ride around with a bag of ice on the computer it stays running. Change computer, coil, wiring harness and other things. Wrote letter to Dodge, no response.

- , Hazlehurst, GA, USA

problem #11

Feb 192007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

99 Durango SLT 5.9L V8 is dying with no warning, just stops in the middle of driving, seems to be worse when it is hot outside especially if I am running the AC. Receiving message "NO BUS" on the odometer, sometimes doesn't make it a couple miles before it dies, other times I can drive around all day and not have a problem. Was told by the dealer I needed to replace the computer for about $900.00. Found a site online, Auto Computer Exchange, that sells refurbished computers programmed by your VIN. I may buy a computer from them and try to replace the computer myself for about $300. If anyone has had experience doing this themselves please let me know.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #10

Feb 042007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.2 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

My 99 durango started the stalling for no reason, took to dealer, they made me pay for a new ctm, did not fix problem. I searched the internet found a great site dodge forum, people talked of the PCM and it sounded like my problem. and it was, but of course it was still under warranty and they didn't really want to do that for free. I had to demand to talk to a zone rep. and told him if this happens while my husband is driving in the city and he feels hurt that I am going to take your daimler chrysler down.... needless to say they gave in and that fixed the problem.

- , Bellaire, MI, USA

problem #9

Jan 212007

(reported on)

Durango 4x4 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

What a pain in the ass! Driving down the expressway with family and the car shuts off! Driving in town, car shuts off. After sitting for a few minutes, it will start back up again.

Took to the dealer for check out of OBD and they came up with nothing. Runs great when it runs, but you never know when it's going to quit. Ughhh! How frustrating!

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Jan 142007

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.9

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Problem with my 1999 dodge durango is that bout two years ago i started having problems with the P.O.S. stalling, but it would crank right back up. It got worse now it might run in cool weather about 30 minutes yep i get the no bus and i know it will start after i fool with the wires on the pcm and all the gauges reset. I have replaced the pcm, the solenoid, the distributor cap and its expensive guts, replaced the crank sensor, and also replaced the auto shut down relay. Yep you guessed it the piece of crap is still stalling, we all paid wayyyy too much US greenback to have to play these games. anyone have a clue would really thank u for some advice. 5.9 liter 4x4 all the bells and whistles, 1st to solve this for me gets a 12 pack and a pat on the back.

- , Bremen, GA, USA

problem #7

Sep 282006

(reported on)


  • 114,000 miles

this is a bad situation wheres my recall notice

- , Picayune, MS, USA

problem #6

Sep 082006

(reported on)


  • 112,000 miles

Very dangerous problem as car completely shuts down!! Won't restart until engine cools. Seems so only occur during "in town" driving--luckily not on the freeway but still very unsafe situation. Dealer couldn't solve the problem.

- , Fremont, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 102006

(reported on)


  • 120,000 miles

I'm so freaking frustrated!!! Someone else has posted this same problem. My Durango has been stalling on me without warning. After I try to start it again, I get the message "no bus" on the odometer display. I had it at Pep Boys for about a week. They charged me the diagonostics ($175.00) and told me I need a new computer, about $1,200.00 new. I took it to another mechanic for a second opinion. He kept it for a couple of days and replaced the Throttle Positioning Sensor and the Idle Control Soleniod. That didn't fix the problem, but the Durango drives a little better now. He also says I need a new computer. The Durango is still stalling on me!!! Does anyone out there have the solution to this nightmare?

- , Rio Rico, AZ, US

problem #4

Sep 012006

(reported on)


  • 89,000 miles

I was driving down the road when my car just stopped running, I was able to pull off the road without incident. I had a friend pick me up and take me home, We returned the next day with a trailer and it started right up. I thought maybe it was a glitch didn't think to much about it until it happened again two days later. I took it to the local mechanic trying not to go to the dealership. He found some grounding problems and charged me $50.00. The problem seemed to disappear, until I was about 100 miles from home but luckily in my home town, when it stopped running on the expressway. I called a local mechanic that I trusted and he found some wiring problems. I drove the 100 miles to pick it up and paid him $240.00.

I set my odometer and drove 12.2 miles before it stopped running again. He sent a tow truck after me and we decided to send the computer off to get rebuilt $280.00 compared to a new one $750.00. We waited 3 weeks and after he got the rebuilt computer back he took it for a test drive and that did not fix the problem either. He didn't charge me the $280.00. And told me that he recommended that I take it to the dealership. I took it to the local dealership they replaced the timer control module and installed a new computer and they tell me that it is working fine now. I will pick it up this weekend and let everyone know the outcome. Oh buy the way the dealership charged me $1,300.00 to fix it.

- , Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #3

Aug 242006

(reported on)

Durango LT

  • 122,000 miles

vehicle shuts down without warning, the words "no bus" is displayed where the odometer readings are, after setting for about 45 minutes vehicle will start and run until the next time it decides to quit. Had it towed to a local shop and they had it for about four days and replaced a componant and charged me 598.00. we took the car out for the weekend to the mountains of colorado and it quit leaving us stranded in the back country for about 2 hours then it started again and we got the hell back to town dropped it off at the mechanics shop and it has been there over a week and they still can't find the problem. this is the fifth time it has quit in a month. it seems like a electrical componant is getting hot and the points stick and as soon as it cools off they open and allows the current to flow again.. its downright irritating

- , Loveland, CO, USA

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