hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,857 miles

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2001 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #14

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 #13

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 #12

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 #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

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 #9

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 #8

Jun 052013


  • 173,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic stop, the headlights and all of the lights on the dashboard stopped illuminating. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 173,000.

- Nawalla, OK, USA

problem #7

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 #6

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 #5

Mar 022011


  • miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango and the interior panel and exterior lights flicker intermittently. I can also hear a relay switch click when the lights flash on and off. It is dangerous as I cannot drive at night.

- Terrace, 00, USA

problem #4

Jun 142010


  • 47,500 miles


I was driving home from work one night, it was raining, when my headlights, wipers, and dashboard just went out. I pulled over in a parking lot, shut off the engine waiting a couple of minutes and turned it back on and they still wouldn't work. I can not drive my car at night or when it is raining, or even lock my doors. They tried replacing the ignition switch and still no lights.

- Dawsonville, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 022010


  • miles
2001 Durango had headlight and windshield wiper failure at night in the rain at 60 miles an hour. The central timing module went out. We couldn't see to drive and oncoming drivers couldn't see us. Its was like being blindfolded. You cant navigate the highway without having the ability to see.the NHTSA was notified, and they told me that unless an investigator finds a trend, they cant issue a recall. Upon looking at their website I have found over 100 complaints for this... which to me is a trend. I guess someone has to die before this will be taken seriously. I called the Dodge Corp. Office and they are aware of the issue but until the NHTSA makes them recall, they wont. Shame on Dodge and the NHTSA for not fixing the defect. This is not an inconvenience defect, this is a safety defect. If you have problems with your lights, wipers, electrical system please post complaint so that the NHTSA will finally see a trend. This potentially fatal defect must be recognized! please involve your local media if you get no response with the NHTSA. The time for bailouts to the car company's' is over if they aren't required to manufacture a safe product! the NHTSA said they receive over 500 complaints a day. With that many complaints could they be missing this defect trend? it is time to check into the electrical, transmission, and seat belt issues that Dodge is having. The NHTSA should be doing all they can to avoid innocent deaths from the neglect of greedy car manufacturers. Driving without windshield wipers or headlights=death!

- Mayfield, KY, USA

problem #2

Mar 092008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2001 Dodge Durango started having problems with interior lights, dash lights, intermittent wipers, door locks not operating, the 4-wheel drive light on, and headlights not working. Checked all fuses and all were good. Disconnected/reconnected battery and all returned to normal. Two days later, while my 16 Y/O son was driving the vehicle, the interior and dash lights (later to learn the headlights) were flickering on and off. I took it for a test ride and all seemed normal for first few miles, when suddenly the dash lights and headlights started to flicker rapidly. A few seconds later the headlights went out completely for approximately 5-7 seconds and came back on. The headlights went out again as I was pulling off the road for approximately 7-10 seconds with intermittent interior dash lights flickering. I turned the vehicle off, removed the negative battery terminal for approximately 3 minutes and again all returned to "normal". this ┐defect┐ is well known on the internet with the cause being the central timer module (ctm) and all local Dodge dealers I contacted are well aware of the cause and the fix (avg. Cost from local dealers $690) yet there is no recall for this anomaly. Why" headlights turning off while driving┐am I the only person who sees a safety problem here? also, according to the people at Chrysler's 1-800 customer service center, this is only affecting a small number of vehicles. So what. My thoughts are: One vehicle is enough, and if this is really a true statement from Chrysler, it shouldn't cost the corporation that much to fix those ┐few┐ vehicles. My concern continues with the belief that both Chrysler and the NHTSA know about this failure - which is obviously a safety issue - and neither have taken any positive action for an immediate recall. This situation also leaves me with one haunting question: Does it really take a death before anyone takes action??? btw: What does the 's┐ in NHTSA stand for again"

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I heard about upper control arm failure. I had mine checked my mechanic stated right side upper showed signs of wear & should be replaced. Waiting to see if recall is forthcoming. Noticed power steering was hard to turn also a rattle in the steering wheel if shook side to side fastly (cause worn steering column and box). Light selector switch burned out. Had to replace the switch module.

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

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