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?


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,252 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 transmission problems

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2004 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 062008

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,180 miles


Engine stalls infrequently at low speeds <15mph at the same time before this happened RPM jumps up-if a recall is closed will it reopen if this is an already known problem.

- Clayton, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 242007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
2004 Dodge Durango with the 5.7L stalling going around corner, almost causing accident. This is a safety hazard, as it could cause an accident possibly injuring myself, family, or others.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 262007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,670 miles
2004 Dodge Durango with 5.7 liter hemi engine. Have been experiencing engine stalling while driving on 4 occasions. There have been two occasions while accelerating from a stop and turning and two while driving at highway speeds. After the first 2 occurrences the truck was taken to the dealership where they were unable to reproduce the event and as a precaution replaced the egr valve. After getting the truck back from the dealership the engine stalled 2 more times at highway speed. Truck is back in the dealership and once again the dealership can not duplicate the problem.

- Woolwich Twp, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 102007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,200 miles
We recently purchased a used 2004 Dodge Durango limited. Equipped with the 5.7L hemi. We have owned the SUV for just under 90 days and on three separate occasions the engine has stalled when my wife was backing out of our driveway and shifting into drive. I spoke with a Dodge dealership on the phone a few days ago and they offered little help. I intend to call them in the morning and set up an appointment to have them look at it. This is the vehicle my wife uses to Transport our two young boys to pre-school and herself to work. This is very concerning to us because the truck dying in the driveway is one thing, but what if the next time they are on the highway or in the middle of an intersection.

- Silex, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 302006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,210 miles
2004 Dodge Durango with hemi (5.7 L) has stalled on five occasions. All instances have occurred at low speeds before coming to a stop at an intersection or exiting a parking lot. The PCM module was flashed updated per tsb 18-013-05A and the problem has occur 3 additional times.

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

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