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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,951 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.

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2004 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 242005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,150 miles


My gas peddle got stuck and when I hit the brake peddle it would not brake. I hit a car in front of and the brakes would not work. There's a recall on the throttle on the Durango's. I had taken my Durango to the shop and I told them that the Durango was sounding wierd that it felt like something was skipping. But they said nothing was wrong.

- Uvalde, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 062004

Durango 8-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
While driving the throttle stuck, and the brakes failed. This caused the consumer to go into a ditch. Vehicle was towed. Dealership repaired the problem three times, but it recurred. Dealer did not repair problem they installed code reader and said nothing was wrong. They called Chrysler and Chrysler said that there was no problem.

- Laclede, ID, USA

problem #2

Nov 102004


  • 21,000 miles
While braking any speed vehicle accelerated, causing it to hit a mail box. Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Danville, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 072004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,655 miles
ABS and traction control lights come on and stay on. I just turned on the car and the lights stayed on. I have had my 2004 Dodge Durango for 9 months and it has been in three times for the ABS problem. A total of 17 days and still counting. They changed the speed sensor, the wiring harness, and the ECM for ABS and now its back in the shop.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

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