pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
129,672 miles
Total Complaints:
38 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (26 reports)
  2. install new pcm computer (6 reports)
  3. test/replace following sensors: ckp/cmp/map/tps/gps (2 reports)
  4. replace or rebuild the ecu (1 reports)
  5. replaced it twice and nothing changed (1 reports)
  6. reset PCM (complaint #8) (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Durango engine problems

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2000 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Aug 042011

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,596 miles


This car was great for the first couple of months after we bought it in 2010. It's a 2000 and we have had more problems than is possible to imagine because of the engine stalling while driving. We have a 1 yr. old that is always with us in the car and it is a dangerous situation when we are on the freeway or busy highway and the car just stops running. #1: The cars behind us do not know what has happened and they barely miss us as they slam on their brakes to avoid us. # 2: We cannot steer the car without power, so getting to the slow lane becomes extremely dangerous! # 3: There is not always a place to pull over, so traffic must quickly come to a halt to avoid hitting us or try to maneuver around us. We let it sit for about ten min. and it will usually start again and we try to find some way to get it home or off the busiest streets. I finally bought another computer that was on-line and re-furbished. DID NOT HELP!! still stalls! We are now going to hire a very good mechanic that has worked with Dodge Durangos before. I agree with some of the others about getting a lawyer and suing Dodge for knowing they have created this dangerous problem and for not even making an attempt to resolve it. As usual, some people will probably have to die in a terrible accident before they will step in and investigate. The car is indeed a beautiful car, but it has lost its beauty with this dangerous problem!! I will never own another Dodge as long as I live, American made vehicles are not as dependable as foreign cars today.

Update from Feb 6, 2012: We have done all the suggestions given on this site. Our next step is to bring it to the best electrial men here in Santa Cruz. After all we did last, it shut down while in the worst traffic in town one evening when it was actually cool outside. Waited about 5 minutes and it started back up and we drove it back home on side streets, just in case it happened again. It has been seting in the front yard now 2 months. If they find the ACTUAL PROBLEM I will post it for everyone to see. This shop is the best and charges $115 per hr. Their rep is very good for troubleshooting.

- , Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 242011

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

my 2000 dodge durango frustrates me so bad. it cuts off while driving to work. my shift starts at 7:30am but i leave for work at 5:30 just to be on time , i hope we can get a recall so that i can get my money back. I'm so displeased with my durango. it just drives me nuts. no bus no power wait 30 mins and it starts right up, 15 mins later shuts back down what the *uck!

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #16

May 112011

Durango 318 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

This should be a class action law-suit. This is a safety issue. Driving on the highway at 65 mph and have your car just shut down with no power steering or brakes!!!!!!

- , Croydon, NH, USA

problem #15

May 132011

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,300 miles


So my 2000 durango 5.9ltr keeps shuting down in the middle of driving. as soon as the temp gage reads 160-200* it shuts down. I called dodge and like most of us on here they say we had no idea. I am so fu&%ing mad rite now at them. What is the problem and what can I do to fix it without getting raped by a dealership? PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!!!!!!!!!!

- , Elyria, OH, US

problem #14

Feb 222011

Durango SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,226 miles

2/22/11, had the PCM replaced and had yearly car inspection. Everything was going good, no engine light on. After a few days it started riding awkard again. Pissed Off!!! Hoping it was not the problem. it looks good on the outside, but damn the motor is all F*%^*(0 up. This really pissing me off, because me and my family has to rely on this truck its our only transportation.

- , Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 102009

Durango SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,682 miles

THIS D%@# TRUCK, SHUT OFF WHILE DRIVING. IT STARTED IN 11/09. We thought it was the battery cable, because it would start again. We looked on the internet and found this site. We took the vehicle to the dealership in 3/09, they replaced it. We recently took it back 3/10, exactly 1 year later. It has to be replaced, we drive home on the highway, it rode good, WE THOUGHT!!!! Im be a SOB, it cut off as SOON as we got off the exit. We had to take it right back.

- , Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #12

May 282010

Durango 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,500 miles


Engine dies while driving and reads 'no bus'. Dogde needs 2 recal there trucks and fix all of thesse bus only problems because it will die with out worning if they dont im going 2 try 2 find another way 2 file a civil suite on the company it stops in the middle of the road and starts n 5- to 30min later with out warning some ones going 2 get killed and it not going 2 be me.

- , Slc, UT, USA

problem #11

Jun 152010

Durango SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

This is what I reported to the NHTSA website. Took awhile to trace, but with the help of the complaints on this site, I was able to trace it down to the module, the exact harness clip and the best way to reset the system until Dodge (or we) find a way to cool this thing down and/or replace the harness connector (let's just hope nobody dies from a rear-end accident or an intersection side-swipe until then):

I own a 2000 Dodge Durango SLT 4WD. The vehicle shuts off when the outdoor temperature exceeds 75 degrees. I have traced the issue to the PCM of the vehicle, which becomes so hot that you cannot touch its metal housing with your hands. The PCM is located in the engine compartment, bolted above the passenger front tire. The PCM has three wire harnesses attached to it, and once the PCM heats up, a "kill" switch is triggered and the vehicle shuts off. Shortly after, the odometer reads "NO BUS" and the only way to reset the PCM is to leave the ignition key in the "ON" position, pull the PCM wire harness that is closest to the passenger compartment, re-seat the harness and hope that you hear a "clicking" sound. The vehicle normally re-starts, but will again turn off at intermittent times. On a typical day of 80*, I will perform this process several times in my 22-mile round-trip to work. Many people have been experiencing the same events, thus causing nightmares for those that do not have a safe pull-off from roads, or those that are in intersections or near crosswalks, since the engine shuts down sporadically.

Complaint Number:10336683 PLEASE make sure you add your complaints to the NHTSA website...it only takes a couple of minutes: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/confirm.cfm?

I'm off to Lowe's to buy some 1" tubing, similar to 'Nathan S's" post (#59), but using smaller tubing to avoid the cuts and crimps. We have to find a way to cool this thing down and keep the harness attaced to the PCM, too! Remeber the reset needs to be done with the ignition key in the "ON" position until you hear the click coming from the motor. Good luck!

Update from Jul 28, 2010: I installed a cooling vent, similar to the pics in Nathans post, where he has three pictures of a tube that he put in place to cool the PCM. I cut a 25" piece of 4" corrugated drain pipe, similar to what people use to drain water away from their gutters. I then stood on the pipe to make it oval in shape. I fished the pipe in from the front of the vehicle on the left side of the radiator (be careful, since compression tubes are everywhere in this vacinity), and then upwards towards the left of the air filter and bent the end down towards the PCM. I did not have to make a single cut in the pipe, nor modify anything under the hood, but it did take a whole lot of patience. When done, I used cable ties to hold it in place. The new vent is solid as a rock, rain doesn't affect the PCM whatsoever (because of the turns in the pipe), and it is cooling the PCM so well that I have only had one shut down since my last post during an unusually hot day here. I do recommend parking your vehicle in the shade, where possible, since it takes a bit of time for the vent pipe to cool the PCM down with outside air. I wish all of you luck!

- , Stuarts Draft, VA, USA

problem #10

May 212010

Durango SLT Limited 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I bought my beautiful durango on May 4 2010. I knew that since it was older it would have some issues, but this one could have never have been expected. On May 17, I was on my way to pick up my kids from school and everything was running fine. Out of nowhere and with no prior symptoms, it just stopped running. I was on a country road (at least 15 miles from anywhere) in between 2 hills. In the milage window of the dashboard read No Bus. I called the closest Dodge dealer and spoke with a mechanic who was nice enough to give me suggestions on what to try to get it to restart. Nothing worked. 2 hours later my husband showed up and still the vehicle wouldnt start.

The dealership I purchased it from had it towed back to their place at their expense. They are currently going through the vehicle in an attempt to find the problem. They have replaced the PCM and that did not solve the problem. They are fixing and covering the cost. I am frustrated at the fact that no one has a definiate fix for this problem and the Dodge dealerships act clueless. Why is Dodge doing nothing about the problem. Seems to be a big issue in the 1999, 2000 and 2001 models. Anyone have any suggestions?

- , Anderson, IN, USA

problem #9

Feb 262010

Durango EX 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,449 miles

ughhhhhhhhhh! i bought the sucker off a used car lot in feb and wish i never bought it! The price was well worth it but one thing i forgot 2 do was...............of course looking up complaints on the internet! So i keep it parked till i can find out the problem because i dont want to get rear ended or killed! So if any one out thr can give me sum advice i would really appreciate it!

- , Gilroy, CA, US

problem #8

Aug 252009

Durango SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


My Durango has frequently endangered the life of myself and my children. I am so scared to drive it. I am currently driving my 19 year old daughter's car to avoid getting into this DEAD MAN DRIVING automobile. It started in the summer of 2009. I was driving on a local road, when all of a sudden I noticed all the gauges on the dash board were not registering and the odometer read BUS. The truck suddenly and without warning died on me WHILE I was driving. I thought this was a one time occurance. After a couple of minutes the engine would start again. But it happend again while I was in the middle lane of the interstate. OMG, how can I glide this piece of sh*t over to the side of the highway without putting my life and the lives of other drivers in danger. It was so frightening. My husband said it was the computer because when he tinkered with the computer, the engine would start again. It has done this consistently and I refuse to drive it any longer.

I am so disappointed that Dodge has not taken the initative to recall this obviously defective and life-threatening vehicle for part replacement. If anyone decides to place a class action suit against the car company because of gross neligence, please contact me via email, phone, letter, whatever. I thought I was buying a safe SUV in 2001 but it turned out to be a dangerous POS (Piece of Sh**).

- , Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #7

Jul 062009

Durango SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

Durango completely shut down without warning when my 15 year old was driving today; this is the fifth time this has happened in the last six weeks. Thankfully, this has only happened while driving around town versus on the interstate. Regardless, this is an extremely dangerous problem.

I noted all the great info others have shared about this problem and relayed it to my local shop. I also called the dealer in Boulder that I purchased the vehicle from and they "have no knowledge" of a pattern of this being reported to them.

I have an appointment with the local shop and will share any relevant information, if any surfaces.

I would appreciate finding out from others if the distributor cap module or stepper motor have been positively correlated to this failure in their vehicles.

- , Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #6

May 102009

Durango 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,360 miles

Same problem as you all are having, Dealer wants hundreds of dollars to fix in there shop.Have found other options on internet. Just need to know how to put in the new PCM. Other than that despite all the complaints I do really like this vehicle is our 2nd one.

- , White, OR, USA

problem #5

Mar 202009

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

I bought this piece of crap last month and a week later starts stalling while driving with no warnings, I almost was rear ended.After 20 minutes or so it run again and stalls 10 minutes later. My mechanic check the pcm the computer and said is overheating.So I will replace it.

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Nov 282008

Durango Sport 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,700 miles

2nd incident:Once again the surangop stalled out with no warning, no check engine light, nothing. Just took my foot off the accelerator to slow down for a car in front of me and no steering. This is very dangerous I keep waiting for someone to rear-end me, I have 2 children with me always, this is not safe for them, me or anyone. No one can say why it happens, of course it doesn't happen when the mechanic looks at it. And what are codes for when none come up? Very disturbing that dodge has done nothing with this knowing all the complaints.

- , Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 302008

Durango Sport 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,330 miles

3rd incident: has now stalled every day since tues the 30th. will start back up and seem to catch then runs no problem. but then next time in the car take your foot off the gas and oops no steering try to get out of the way. so random, nothing seems to be the problem yet there is a big problem with this. I just don't understand how this isn't an issue for dodge!

- , Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 112008

Durango Sport 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,500 miles

My Durango randomly stalls, with 2 kids in the car very dangerous and nerve racking. One day it seems fine then all of a sudden my foot comes off the gas pedal and it stalls, no warning, just dead. Trying to steer off to the side of the road with no power, not quite. No-one can say what the problem is, just, try to replace this sensor, replace that. I've read alot of complaints for this happening why is there no recall on it? Some say it's the pcm, some fuel pump, come on dodge you know about this already, DO SOMETHING!

- , Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 172007

(reported on)

Durango Leather 5.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,362 miles

My problem continues. So far, the air intake sensor and the throttle sensor have been replaced. This did not fix the problem. The problem occurs only during the day when the Las Vegas temperature is HOT! There is no overheating of the engine.

It is dangerous because it shuts down while driving in traffic. The service engine light does not come on. Consequently, there are no error codes for the diagnostic tester to display.

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

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