really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,069 miles

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2001 Dodge Durango electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #60

Apr 282016


  • miles


One day I was out shopping parked my car got out tried to lock doors they would lock unless I manually did it. The next day I noticed my headlights, inside lights, windshield wipers, and volume control on staring wheel would not work. That same day when I started my car it started great as always but there was a clicking noise on the driver side by the front wheel. I took it to midas they diagnosed it and fixed it, 3 days later my car did the same thing he told me to take it to the Dodge dealer. I've tried they wont call back! now there is a red security light that came on and wont go off even when the car engine is off. After 4 days of my car being parked with the security light on my car is now dead. I've read online that its a alarm system and I need a key to program it. I bought my car used from the dealer and did not receive an alarm key, alarm key pad or even a spare key fir my car. I see a lot of reviews online about this issue, this has been going on for 1 month or longer now. I believe its a factory issue. Im still going to contact the dealer and get an appointment to get Y car fixed.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #59

Oct 192015


  • miles
Driving down the road and all of the sudden all lights interior and exterior are blinking off and on like in rapid succession. I have a seizure disorder and strobe/flickering lights are a trigger. This is extremely dangerous. Along with further investigation myself and my mechanic figured out it is the ctm which is not uncommon because there are hundreds of complaints about this and I've already dumped hundreds of dollars into this repair!

- East Canton, OH, USA

problem #58

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 #57

Jul 042008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


This vehicle and just about every other Durango and similar make Dodge from 2001 to 2005 has a blower relay and harness under the dash that overheats. It melts the plastic causes smoke in the vehicle and can cause a fire. Chrysler has a fix for it for about $100 just for the part not including labor which is about 2 hours. When it happened to me the relay had fallen out of its place in the blower and landed on my wife's burning her foot. Why should the consumer have to pay for a defect that can cause injury or if someone panics and accident there has to be thousands and thousands of these vehicles with the same problem. I decided to look in the junk yards for this problem and turns out every vehicle in this year range has the exact problem.not a couple every one of them.

- Effort, PA, USA

problem #56

Oct 082007


  • 33,500 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 65 mph, the electronic door locking mechanism automatically unlocked and locked the vehicle. Additionally, the shift lever became difficult to shift out of park. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that an unknown part needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 33,500.

- Dupoint, WA, USA

problem #55

Sep 252014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 146,245 miles
While driving my 2001 Dodge Durango my dash lights and exterior lights flash on and off.this problem also happens when the vehicle is parked and unattended.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #54

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 #53

Apr 202014


  • 47,850 miles
While driving on the freeway my headlights started flickering" on and off as well as my dashboard lights..when I applied the brakes they also seem to blink on/off. I exited the expressway fearing the car would shut off and cause crash..now I fear driving after dark. It has happened several times again but short distance from my home, I turned the A/C/off and the light failure seems to stop..I googled my problem and it seems a Dodge problem still unresolved.my car has less than 50,000 miles N never had problems except for brakes..after reading most of complaints I feel it is a defective electrical factory problem.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #52

Sep 142013


  • 150,000 miles
The power front seats after time come loose in the 20001 Durango and move back and forth on the tracks. Seems like they are moving more and more every day. I read so many other complaints on this web site. Another problem which is common is the wiring burning up connected to the resistor pack on the blower motor. I read stories about how people have to replace the blower motor, resistor pack and plug at the end of the harness. The manufacture should have used thicker wire to handle the current draw for the motor that is installed in the vehicle in the first place. I have been using the original motor for 2 years now I just don't have any speed control now, but the motor is fine. The resistor pack is also fine just need to replace one or all of the wire that are burnt up.

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

problem #51

Mar 052013

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
Bought vehicle about 1 month ago and my horn and cruise control were working at time of purchase. Took car home and went out the next day and found out that horn didn't work after almost getting into and accident, so now I no longer have a horn or cruise control on my car.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #50

Sep 012012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 166,798 miles


While driving my vehicle at 30 mph, it shut off without warning. The vehicle had half a tank of gas, new alternator, and new battery. I was crossing an intersection when the incident occurred.

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #49

Aug 102012


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the instrument panel failed, which would illuminate and power off sporadically. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Mims, FL, USA

problem #48

Aug 082012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 169,700 miles
While crossing an intersection my vehicle shut down without warning.

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #47

Jun 052012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 151,598 miles
Car just stops and doesn't give you any warning, loose steering and brakes makeing it hard to get tothe side of the road. Having to take off battery cables and remove relays and replace hoping that it will start for you. I'm afaird to take any where thinking I will get stranded.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #46

Oct 152011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The headlights on my 2001 Dodge Durango blink on and off when they are turned on. This problem renders the vehicle inoperable to drive at night. I read on the internet that thousands of other drivers have also experienced this problem. It has something to do with the central timer module. Dodge should be made to issue a vehicle recall to fix this unsafe blinking headlight problem.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #45

Feb 032012


  • 75,000 miles
Airbag light comes on when steering wheel is turned to the left. Horn becomes inop. When steering wheel is returned to the right, airbag light goes out. Horn operates again. Suspect fault with the clockspring.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #44

Oct 072011


  • miles
My power locks are constantly locking and unlocking by themselves while driving, also while car is off.

- Duquesne, PA, USA

problem #43

May 102011


  • miles
A/C control panel burned out...smoke came through dash directly behind ac control unit. Smell of burning wires..I pulled to the side of road and turned off vehicle.. pulled panel away from A/C control and unplugged the ac control unit..took to dealer had to replace ac control panel and fuse was blown in fuse box.

- Aledo, TX, USA

problem #42

Jul 012011


  • miles
Headlights flashing: High beam to low beam, windshield wipers not working, variety of warning lights coming on and off during driving:security, low wiper fluid, service 4WD, engine light, interior lights coming on during driving, I am told it is the central timing module and have spoken with many having same prob.

- Aledo, TX, USA

problem #41

Dec 102010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated was driving at 10 mph and below in inclement weather, the lights, windshield wipers and door locks failed. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer and they advised that the failure could have been caused by a fuse. After having the fuse replaced, the failure recurred a short while later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they advised him that there was a failure with one of the computer components but they were not sure of the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

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