Notes: The second generation Durango was introduced in 2004 and instantly came under fire for, well, catching on fire.

From 2004-2006 electrical overloading in the driver's side instrument panel caused numerous reports of interior fires. The interior infernos became so commonplace that Chrysler eventually issued a recall.

The problems didn't stop there, however. Owners of the recalled vehicles complained about being treated unfairly and given take-it-or-leave-it low ball settlement offers. "They offered me $2000 under NADA retail as a settlement," said one owner, "and have been rude and hostile to deal with." Nothing says awesome service like treating your customers rudely after their cars have caught on fire.

Have we mentioned all the reports of complete engine failure due to oil sludge?


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,875 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Dodge Durango AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owned a 2004 Dodge Durango. Air conditioner as well as the remote control switch. Malfunctioned. The system blew out steaming hot air because of a short circuit. It was so hot in the vehicle that consumer was unable to drive for a long period of time in hot weather. Dealer could not find out what was the cause of the problem.. when this occurred the remote key did not work. Also, all the electronic features in the vehicle stopped working. This interfered with the navigational system. Consumer reported this to the manufacturer, and they have not contacted him.

- Woodbrige, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 162004


  • miles
Driving 2004 Dodge Durango accelerator got stuck to floor. Preening the brake, vehicle caught on fire. The incident was due a manufacturer's defect per fire inspection. Other problems were; the electric remote was inoperative, there was a delay in the shift when the A/C was on and there was a lot of water coming from the A/C.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 252004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,700 miles
Air conditioner fails to cool. Fan works but blows hot air. If veh is shut off and restarted the unit again functions properly. Dealer replaced the control unit but air conditioner continues to fail.

- Elmer, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 072004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
2004 Dodge Durango limited. Air conditioning stops cooling. Wife discovered that turning off the engine and electrics, then restarting all will get cooling back. She does this fairly often, even in traffic.

- Carencro, LA, USA

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