hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,702 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Dodge Durango drivetrain problems

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2003 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 162015


  • miles


Truck will not go into park.

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 282015


  • 172,200 miles
This company claims to sell Chrysler fluid that which almost killed my driver and me because of my disabilities and other issues and for using dexron fluid in their product. They are advertising this to other Chrysler owners. I have research and locate a few documents where this company mislead me and used dexron instead of Chrysler fluid atf4 which completely different dexron. Transtar tried to pass the blame when my 2003 Durango was working perfectly until using their fluid which cause my transmission to overheat and destroy it. I only asking them for filter. They claim to be expects in transmission and who knows who else that sell this bad product to other Chrysler/Dodge owners. Https://www.transtar1.com in the letter from transtar they upfront admitted fault of using the wrong product as they claim its good for Chrysler/Dodge, when it has not.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 082014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 189,876 miles
My Dodge Durango will not go into park, will shift without applying the brake and will not start unless vehicle is in neutral - I have had the transmission rebuild and the PCM changed and the problem is still there. I have taken it to two different mechanics and no other problem can be found that would cause this from happening. I do not feel safe driving my vehicle and I do not have any more money to have a dealer take a look at it to see if they know what is wrong.

- Byron, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 162014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 166,587 miles


At an idle engine rev, S up and down, revs up enough to move the vehicle with the brakes on, transmission slipped a lot esp on the highway, will also drop into passing hear and speed up sometimes on its own. Very danerous to drive sometimes.speeds up by its self almost caused an accident.

- Hinsdale, NH, USA

problem #3

May 152012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 57,250 miles
Never had any problems til we drove almost 5 hrs on vacation to gatlinburg and before we even got into town the check gauge light came on and realized the temp gauge was in the red. Never leaked coolant or smelled any antifreeze. The next day after letting it sit overnight it seemed fine no check light was on drove it back still no engine light on and temp was fine, few weeks later all hell broke loose! the valve train started ticking. Had it towed to the dealership (kings cjd) and found a failed rocker & tappet had replaced 4 days later was doing it on the driver side, took it back that's when it took them a few days to figure out it was leaking coolant down into the cylinders. Chrysler didn't have cylinder heads available it took over 2 months for us to get the part (not from Chrysler) as far as we know they still don't have the part available. 28 plus people are on a waiting list to receive cylinder heads that are still not available! repeated trips to the dealership for leaking valve covers on both sides, still dealing with issue of possible leak around crank seal on timing cover. Chrysler does seem to give a darn about our time and money wasted for the supposed repairs that are not fixed!! has anyone else reading this had any issues regarding cylinder heads"??" I think when you have 28 plus people on the waiting list for the same part for the same make & model vehicle same engine 4.7 V8 obviously their is a manufacture issue not an owner issue!!! that's just a taste of what is going on their is plenty more and Chrysler just keeps telling us im sorry and that's it im sorry!!! we have had several case mgrs and noone seems to be caring.

- Blue Ash , OH, USA

problem #2

May 012012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Vehicle stalling.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022005


  • 40,000 miles
While driving any speed, the vehicle stalled.. the cause was not determined. Updated 5/3/2006 - the consumer sat for about ten minutes and the vehicle was restarted. When it was restarted it made a lot of noise. The consumer drove the vehicle home about 10 mph. The next morning the vehicle was towed to a local repair facility who indicated that the problem was probably with the engine or transmission.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

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