really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
155,544 miles

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 012016


  • 134,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. While driving various speeds and making a right turn, the vehicle pulled to the right and a cracking sound was heard from the front suspension. The contact indicated that the cracking noise was caused by faulty ball joints. In addition, the brake lights would not illuminate and the light bulb and socket was replaced on several different occasions. Also, the plenum gasket leaked oil from the engine, which caused the engine to lose power. The cause of the failures was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 134,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Aug 102015


  • 212,282 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. While driving 55 mph, an unknown liquid splashed onto the windshield before the thermostat gauge indicated that the vehicle was overheating. The contact pulled over and observed under the hood that the coolant was low. The coolant was refilled, but the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the fan clutch, electric fan, radiator cap, serpentine belt, and thermostat were replaced. The remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The cause of the failure was not found. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 212,282.

- Silvana, WA, USA

problem #8

Mar 202015


  • 156,000 miles


Intake or exhaust valve fell out of # 2 cylinder.faulty valve seats according to the engine company, the original Chrysler design presses the valve seats into the cylinder heads. The problem results when the powdered metal the valve seats are made of expands, causing it to drop into contact with the valve and pistons, which leads to catastrophic failure. In this process the seat breaks into many pieces causing deterioration of the piston, cylinder wall, valve and cylinder head. www.torquenews.com/397/two-fatal-flaws-ruining-Chrysler-engines-catastrophic-breakdowns

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Jan 132015

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
The engine continue to leak oil near the head gasket and there is water coming out of the tail pipe and continue to leak coolant. Can not drive long distance without loosing the coolant. Had to be towed off the freeway due to this happening. I was told need possible new engine and this is problem with Dodge engine.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Apr 012014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 40mph, a loud knocking and metal sound emitted as the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the engine to failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 160,000..... updated 08/05/14 updated 08/18/2014

- Nappanee , IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 012013


  • 140,000 miles
I was driving down the road with 2 of my kids.. I started to smell antifreeze going into my car, all of a sudden there was smoke bursting out of my car. We replaced the thermostat 3 different times with in 3 months, the radiator house burst. And no lights came on.. the oil pressure also dropped. Took it to shop to have it fixed, cracked head gaskets and blown motor, now we are with out a car.... sad because I will never buy another Dodge. We were also never notifies about the recall about the ball joints and paid cash for them to be replaced.

- Highland , MI, USA

problem #2

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 #1

May 012012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 223,000 miles
Whe I drive the Durango it starts out fine. When I am driving at a highway speed the oil pressure is fine, but when I slow down or come to a complete stop the oil pressue is at the line right above the 0. I have read many complaints about the sludge that the engine makes. I have 4 kids and I don't need anything to happen to this vehicle to break down. I also hear a ticking sound when I first start the engine and then it goes away. I don't have the money to pour into this vehicle! if there are so many complaints and the mechanics know about it why isn't there a recall! very dangerous situation for anyone to be in.

- Florence, KY, USA

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