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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,967 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 202004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


Rear plastic step bumper has been re-coated three times and is failing again..I wanted it replaced as per the dealers recommendation, but Dodge said no recoat side step running boards are perfect and have no dents, scratches or problems...

- Trabuco Cyn, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Not even making my first payment yet, my car has seen the shop several times and still not fixed. My brake line was "cross treaded" in the assembly line. There for I had very little brake fluid left (only 2 weeks after buying the car) and the fluid leaked on my rim which now has to be replaced but is on back order till "whenever". I was with out my new car for over a week for this problem. Then I have to get the bumper replaced due to fading which the service dept says has happened to several Durango's and PT CRUISER. This will be a 2-3 day process once Chrysler figures out how they are going to repair since they have stopped replacing. (this will be more time with out my new car.) then it was in the shop because the radiator cap was not put on correctly during assembly and it loosened. All the coolent leaked and caused the car to overheat. Last but not least the air bag light came on and they said that they have to replace the impact sensor switch...which you guessed it... is on backorder. This might or might not be the problem but they can't go any further until this is changed out. So once again I will be with out my car. I have talked to another service department and they warned me that I shouldn't be driving this car because with out the impact sensor switch, the airbags won't deploy on imact. This car has been too much trouble and not worth the hassle.this is my first Dodge and I would never recommend buying one. I understand that sometimes there are just bad apples in the bunch, but Chrysler and the dealership hasn't made efforts to fix problems. I just get the typical run around.

- Ladson, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 242004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,900 miles
Plastic bumper facia cracked under cold conditions with little to no impact. - polymer used during bumper construction cannot withstand cold temperatures.

- Franklin, WI, USA

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