really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,859 miles

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2001 Dodge Durango drivetrain problems

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 142014


  • 123,000 miles


Car idles fast when in park. RPM needles also reacts. When driving car appears as if transmission isn't working. Upon acceleration the car appears as if it's about to stop. When it does accelerate it reacts very sluggish.. thought tranny was bad, but was informed tranny. Took in for a tune-up, was told only spark plugs may need replaced. Did online research to discover several others having same trouble. On-line feedback suggested possible tps problem or needed to replace idle speed control module. My husband and I are both on fixed incomes and don't have money to pay for "it could be". we need a definite answer to our trouble so we can properly repair it. We use this vehicle to Transport our grandkids in as well as use it for vacations. Please help!!! we need an answer asap.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #11

Feb 032015


  • 177,402 miles
Headlights, overhead dome, instrument lights all flash on and off when headlights are turned on which is impossible to drive at night without serious being a serious major safety hazard. Checked forum for Dodge products, there is also a service bulletin in your database there are many complaints of people with the same malfunction, and mechanics told everyone same thing power train or body control module (BCM).

- Danielson, CT, USA

problem #10

Oct 292014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 215,905 miles
The other driver was at a stop and I was driving between 50 and 55 mph on the highway. The other driver pulled out infront of me from my left to right. As we impacted my air bag did not deploy but the passenger's air bag did deploy. I was the only person in my car. I struck him with such force that the vehicle I was driving was forced off the road and then was stopped by a tree. After 2 hits the driver's side air bag still did not deploy. The vehicle was deemed a total loss.

- Wagener, SC, USA

problem #9

Jun 162008

Durango 8-cyl

  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. While driving at unknown speeds, the doors would lock and unlock independently. When the vehicle was parked, the doors would unlock even after the lock had been engaged. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 136,000. The rear passenger door appeared to be permanently locked. The consumer also stated the transmission was slipping. The vehicle would move slow, when the accelerator was applied. Updated 11/10/14.

- Dupont, WA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012011


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the gear shifter could be moved without depressing the brakes first. A local mechanic diagnosed that the neutral safety switch was defective. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000 and the current mileage was 133,340.

- Apache Junction , AZ, USA

problem #7

Dec 292011


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle could be shifted out of park even when the brake pedal was not depressed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that a pin within the gear shift mechanism was bent. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 87,000. Updated 01/10/12

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #6

Nov 032011


  • 156,000 miles


I was driving my 2001 Dodge Durango to work one day when it died at an intersection. I tried to start it for about three minutes before it finally turned back on. I got to my destination, then on the way back it stalled out three more times in a row. I managed to get it to a safe parking lot. That weekend I went to get it with my wife following me, and made it home safely, where it sat in my driveway until I could replace the fuel pump. Then, on November 16, 2011, I was driving to work when it stalled out again. Obviously it wasn't the fuel pump, and after doing more research and calling the local Dodge dealer I found out that it was probably the PCM (powertrain control module). Apparently there has been a big problem with Dodge Durango's and Dakota's stalling out due to malfunctions of the PCM.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 142007


  • 89,000 miles
Have a loud humming sound comes from the front starts about 30mph and gets louder as speed is increased. Also have a continuous chime while driving in forward or reverse. I have taken it to many mechanics including dealers and they say there's nothing they can do.

- Eloy, AZ, USA

problem #4

Oct 042008


  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango with 103,000 miles and the transmission has been replaced 3 times. Again it's bad, the computer is bad again (replaced twice) and now the air bag light is flashing............ I ended up buying a cheap car to drive since I could not afford to fix this truck, not to mention 10 miles to gallon....... this truck is a complete piece of ?!@#$% and I would not recommend anyone buy a Dodge, they should go out of business selling the cars they do...

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 102007


  • miles
When I drive my Durango above 40 miles an hour I get a loud humming noise about 50 decibels coming from the front in I checked my hub its not that it sound like its from the axle.

- Eloy, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008


  • 75,000 miles
After purchasing my Durango used from a local dealer I immediately began having issues with the transmission slipping out of gear while going up passes, passing car, towing etc. I took it back to the dealer and they stated that the transmission had been over filled causing this. I then drove it again and it still happened. In researching my Durango I found that it already had its tranny replaced at 60K miles by the previous owner. I also have the gear shift lever that will come out of gear without the brake being pressed, but I see they actually recalled that particular item so it will soon be fixed. I also have rear and passenger window that stopped rolling up or down by their controls but still operate with driver controls. And last but not least my engine service light came on right before a trip stating that I had a coolant leak. I had just washed my Durango so I reset the light and it hasn't came back on again. What did happen though is as soon as I reset the light my service 4WD light came on and will not clear. Does Dodge actually recall the annoying things too or do they wait until it becomes a problem that actually kills someone before anyone takes notice? hello Toyota here we come tire of all the tranny issues with american cars.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 272001


  • miles
Consumer stated the vehicle stalled while driving, after stalling the engine would turn over but not start, the message no bus appeared right when the engine stalled, the dealer replaced the powertrain control module and the PCM crankshaft.

- Sandy, UT, USA

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