hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,891 miles

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2003 Dodge Durango electrical problems

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2003 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Nov 172016


  • 148,000 miles


Chief complaint: Purchased vehicle used with approx. 30,000 miles on it. Have been experiencing engine/electrical issues which require me to change spark plugs and engine coils about every 50,000 miles. I have done this three time in the last six years costing me about 900+ each visit. I have taken it to several different mechanics for opinions. I recently started getting misfiring again. Repaired again one at a time as well as some spontaneous occurrences that were very frightening. For example: Wind shield wipers going crazy, lights blinking, doors locking and unlocking, windows rolling them selves down at night, horn blaring when turning on head lights, and the best one random small acceleration while driving. I have been told I have a faulty tipm. The dealership will not take any responsibility for this vehicle due to it being on year out of the documented recall year. This is very dangerous. Something should be made right.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #41

Mar 012016


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 20 mph, the headlamp flickered on and off. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the central timer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V322000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #40

Mar 312016


  • 162,000 miles
Wife started the truck this morning and had the windshield wipers going and turned on the headlights before backing up. The headlights started flashing and interior lights along with the lights in the dash were all flashing and going crazy. I had my wife turn off the windshield wipers and returned to normal. Research on all the forums says its the "ctm" central timer module. I called the dealership and was told it would cost $520. Just for the part and that didn't include any labor. This is a known issue and some models do have a recall for this very thing but my VIN was excluded.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #39

Jul 112014


  • 98,000 miles


Since purchasing this vehicle new it has had major electrical issues. The sad part, nobody at Dodge cared. It would shift into 4WD low at dangerous speeds. After taking to several Dodge dealers none could or would fix it. Dodge themselves basically laughed at ripping off yet another customer. Nhtsb has totally ignored the thousands of consumers with issues on these vehicles. Ours is another that have the pulsating lights problem that apparently NHTSA and Dodge feel it isn't an issue to have your lights turn off while driving in traffic at 70 mph. Apparently in the automotive/govt. Relationship as long as the vehicle hasn't killed all of us yet everything is okay. At least the Dodge dealers are doing well. They've raked in more cash by denying the issue and throwing expensive parts at these lemons. My question is this: If these vehicles have had a recall on :"specific" VIN's yet thousands of others have the same issue how does the NHTSA justify leaving those consumers without help or protection?

- Blue Grass, IA, USA

problem #38

Jul 272015


  • 199,800 miles
The problem originally started about 2 weeks ago. When I switched on the rear fan (heat or ac did not matter), the entire center console (radio, blower switches, and electronic 4WD switch) would go completely dead, and the "service 4WD" light would come on. Then this started happening when I turned on the front blower or the rear blower. Then it started happening with both blowers off and the headlights on high. Now it does it spontaneously for no apparent reason with all extra electrical components (the headlights, radio, and blowers) all off. I'm thinking there is a short somewhere, but cannot identify it. So far, I have replaced the blower motor resistor, the tccm, and the ignition switch with no apparent improvement. I've also had the dash apart and checked every electrical wire I could get to for obvious shorts. No luck. The problem is getting progressively worse. I talked to the mechanic at the local Dodge dealer, and he said he thinks it's the tipm (main fuse box) in the engine compartment. He said he sees them short out "all the time, some of them so bad they actually catch fire!" (direct quote from him.) I am now terrified to drive my Durango, but I cannot afford the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars it's going to cost to fix the tipm, if that's what it really is. But I do not want drive it with the possibility of a vehicle fire. I've done all kinds of internet research on this, and it seems like a really common problem in the Durangos. Also, my friend who works at a salvage yard says these fuse boxes are one of their most sought after parts. Surely an electrical problem that is this common and of such a catastrophic magnitude should be a recall!

- Ozone, AR, USA

problem #37

Dec 062014


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. After starting the vehicle, the headlights, tail lights, and interior lights started to flash on and off with the emergency indicator illuminating on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the central timer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #36

Mar 152005


  • miles


Many times, when the key is turned to start the vehicle, it has slipped out of park, so it will not start unless the driver is successful in putting it into park. When the weather is warm it is especially liable to this problem. Usually in the winter or in cool weather it does not slip out of park. I have not found anyone who can find out how to correct this problem.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #35

Nov 102009

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
I have a 2003 Durango that has been showing some very unusual electrical problems. The headlights and dash lights will sometimes flicker at night. The door chime sounds like the speaker has a short in it. I noticed that my garage door opener no longer works and sometimes the compass and temp gauge in the overhead freezes. The worst thing that happened was the passenger headlight went out and refuses to work with a new bulb. I tested the circuit and it is dead. I looked into the issue and found out that it has a central time module that controls many of the electrical functions of the truck. Mine has all the classic symptoms of a bad one. I also found out that a few hundred Durango's and Dakota's were recalled for this problem, however mine was not one of them. I have seen multiple threads on the internet of customers complaining of the same thing and Dodge is not replacing them. It is a serious safety issue as the headlights can stop working at night as you drive. I contacted Dodge and they said that they will review this problem and send me an E-mail with their decision in a few day's. this never happened. I have been loyal to Dodge for many years owning 2 Dakota's, 1 Ram truck and my Durango R/T. I am not going to buy any Dodge products in the future as I would like to be able to trust that the company that made my vehicle will do what it takes to fix a serious safety issue. It's as if they don't care about safety.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #34

Jan 052009


  • miles
The blower motor resistor keeps burning out. Constantly have to keep replacing the parts for the resistor. Why has this not been recalled yet?

- Brown City, MI, USA

problem #33

Nov 192014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The blower only works on the "high' setting.

- New Ulm, MN, USA

problem #32

Nov 032014


  • 130,000 miles


Smells like something burning or got hot and know the high speed for heater fan does not work the harness was replaced one year ago for same reason the first time it happen my wife burned her foot on the harness.

- Watkins, MN, USA

problem #31

May 142014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
My headlights and interior lights started blinking accompanied by a clicking sound coming from the left side of the steering panel. The windshield wipers also do not work unless put on high, and the gas light sound beeps every 20-30 seconds continuously until gas is put in. The beeping sound for the gas light will stop once refilled but lights continue to blink, interior and exterior while vehicle is in motion. I have done research on this problem and it seems like every other person with a 2003 Dodge Durango is experiencing the exact same problem but Dodge refuses to recall the part, saying it was fixed, which is the ctm module causing this problem, when taken into a dealership it is the ctm that needs to be fixed and is absurd that more vehicles have not been recalled for this problem when every single one is experiencing the exact same problems.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #30

May 262014


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while traveling 15 mph, the headlights, interior lights, power door locks and remote key suddendly failed. The failure occurred on several occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the central timer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 148,000.

- Leh, NJ, USA

problem #29

Jan 102014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while sitting in the parked vehicle, the vehicle caught on fire from under the hood. The contact was able to extinguish the fire and drive the vehicle home. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Hana Maui, HI, USA

problem #28

Nov 072013


  • 131,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 60 mph, sparks emitted from under the passenger's side dashboard and the contact smelled a burning odor. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the blower motor, wiring harness and the resistor harness needed to be replaced. The contact personally repaired the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 131,000.

- Bettenforf, IL, USA

problem #27

Sep 262012


  • miles
Blower fan resistor pigtail melted twice now. I have 4 kids and am scared my Dodge Durango is going to catch fire because of this happening. It's an electrical problem. We have tried fixing and the same thing keeps happening.

- Big Lake, MN, USA

problem #26

Jul 122013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 128,259 miles
While driving at night headlights and dashboard lights start to flicker. Clicking sound heard while the flash off and on.

- Acton, CA, USA

problem #25

Aug 192013


  • 87,000 miles
Driving home from North Carolina to New York, I-95, legal speed limit of 65mph, truck shut off displaying "no bus" in odometer screen. Was able to pull over safely, thank god, and turned ignition off for a couple of seconds and than restarted truck. Thankfully it started up and I was able to proceed on my way. This happened a few times more while on my trip to New York. Driving locally didn't encounter any other problems. Have scanner at home as I'm a auto repairman at a novice level, and was surprised that not one code was stored in the computer. None of the forums seem to be able to give me any insight as to what caused this problem as none of the recommended checks produced any bad tests. This is a serious problem that should be recalled and fix by the Chrysler Corp before someone gets killed.

- Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #24

Apr 092012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the air conditioning unit wiring harness overheated and failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the wiring harness was found to be burned. The dealer replaced the wiring harness resister and blower. The dealer stated that the wiring harness was registering far too many amps. The contact stated that the failure was recurring. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #23

Jan 012013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving my Durango, my headlights flash on and off. This is very unsafe at night. This problem has been recalled on other Durangos but mine was not included, though it is the same problem. I have taken it to a mechanic only to be told they can not fix it, I have to use a Dodge dealer.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

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