hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,789 miles

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2003 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 312010


  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact was traveling in inclement weather when the headlights and instrument panel lights failed. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility for diagnosis. The mechanic advised that the failure was caused by the ctm. The contact inquired with the manufacturer about NHTSA campaign id number: 02V322000 (exterior lighting: Headlights: Switch) but was advised his VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer would not provide any further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 51,000.

- Buckhead , GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 052008

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
A recall on central timer module. 2003 Dodge Durango vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. The consumer is requesting reimbursement for the expense he incurred for the inoperative headlights in which the ctm was faulty.

- Greenville, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 212010


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated when he started the vehicle he noticed that his headlights and the dash board lights failed. He contact the manufacturer, the manufacturer stated his VIN was not included in recall 02V322000 exterior lighting: Headlights: Switch therefore they will not assist. The current and the failure mileage were 87,000. The vehicle had not repaired at the time of the complaint. Updated 03/15/10 updated 05/12/10.8jb

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #8

Dec 312009


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact was driving at night approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions when suddenly, the headlights flickered and failed to operate. The driver was able to reach his destination without incident. The failure occurred intermittently. In addition, the interior light remained illuminated which required the removal of the fuse. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. The failure was contributed to the central timer module (ctm). Recall NHTSA campaign id number 02V3220000, exterior lighting headlights switch is related to the failure; however, the VIN was excluded from the recall. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Homer, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 312008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2003 Dodge Durango had problems with a bad module. Consumer states that her vehicle was not a part of the recall for this problem due to the timeline by Chrysler. The consumer stated the headlights started blinking. The right passenger low beam went out completely and would come back on after a period of time. The horn also blew, the locks would lock and unlock, the interior lights and alarm went off every time the consumer unlocked the doors. The gauges would act up at times, and the 4-wheel drive would be lost. The consumer hasn't experienced any more problems since the central timer module was replaced.

- Couderay, WI, USA

problem #6

Apr 202008

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,100 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact heard a clicking sound and noticed the instrument panel lights and headlights were flickering on and off. The lights flashed in 2 to 5 minute intervals. The failure occurred every time the vehicle was operated. He took the vehicle to the dealer and a technician stated that the central timer module needed to be replaced. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch); therefore, the contact would be responsible for the repair costs. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 87,100 and current mileage was 87,224. Updated 06/03/2008 the dealer replaced the time and alarm module. Updated

- Shakopee, MN, USA

problem #5

Jan 252008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


Friday January 25,2008 I experienced loss of headlights, electric doorlocks, interior lighting, fog lights, had to use my emergency flashers to drive home from work after taking the vehicle to my repair shop it turns out it was the central timing module, I also found a recall from the NHTSA dated December 2-2002 for the 2003 Durango and Dakota, I was never notified of this recall, I had my vehicle fixed January 31,2007 the central timer module was replaced and the components are all fine. I am writing and sending copies of my bills & recall notice to the Chrysler customer center to be reimbursed my $265 for the part. If anyone needs the number go to the NHTSA.dot.gov web and enter campaign #02V322000.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 052007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,780 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The headlights flashed on and off intermittently and the interior lights flickered on and off in the passenger compartment. The dealer stated that the sensor timer module malfunctioned. No repairs were made. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch). The failure mileage was 67,780 and current mileage was 67,802.

- Florence , AL, USA

problem #3

Aug 102007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,800 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the headlights would shine off and on while driving at night. The failure caused him to lose visibility because no street lights were present. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA recall number 02V322000 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch). The speed was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 69,800. Updated 02-01-08 updated 02/01/08

- Friendship , WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 122006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
: the contact stated the exterior lighting failed due to a defective central timer module. There was a NHTSA recall #02V322000 pertaining to the exterior lighting:headlights:switch. The number was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Trenton, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 252006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
All lighting on my 2003 Dodge Durango except hazard and brake lights failed at the same time. This includes all interior lighting, headlights, fog lights and running lamps. No fuses blown. Discussion with Dodge dealership revealed that this is common problem and is caused by failure of the headlight switch unit on the dashboard. Further investigation on message boards also revealed that this is common problem, along with the wiring harness to the switch assembly which becomes hot and melts.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

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