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 already caught on fire.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,620 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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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 072011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


This vehicle on numerous occasions shuts off while moving down the road. Started out only during slow speeds, but has started to do it while actually cruising down the road. No warning, just total loss off steering, brakes and engine. Luckily it has cranked back up and able to get out of the road. I also have had on several occasions the temperature gauge indicate that the engine was overheating and the car will just rev up and lose power. I have had everything checked (fluids, oil pump, radiator, plugs and wires etc) and find nothing wrong. Of course nothing will be wrong until the engine blows, which then can be fixed at my expense. Another problem to add to the list is the liftgate acuator stopped working which has made it impossible to open the rear hatch. The plastic gear in the motor is broke but you have to buy the whole part to fix it.

- Temple, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 102010


  • 60,000 miles
Each and everytime our vehicle is refueled gasoline sprays out of the filler neck..we have found recalls of 2005 Dodge Durangos such as ours but according to Dodge our SUV is not one of the ones covered for the recall. There answer to us is oh just take it to the dealer and pay for the repairs and send us the bills and maybe we will pay for it.. we feel that this vehicle should be included ion the recall as it does fall within the recalls of 2005 Durangos.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 222009


  • 20,000 miles
Airbag sensor and rear liftgate. Airbag sensor has been replaced twice. Once by me at my cost through the dealer and once by them as it was under warranty. It is on again and I refuse to pay for the fix again as this seems to be a trend. Liftgate just stopped unlocking/opening. Non-powered liftgate. Only way to open the liftgate is by unlocking it with the key fob and or the electric unlock panel on the drivers side door. There is no way to open this liftgate manually. No keyhole or "escape "latch" inside the liftgate door. I am getting this fixed as the dealer said something was "jammed" in the mechanical device. I asked if I jammed something and they said nope it was a mechanical issue. $369.99 for the new electronic lock and mechanism. I have read in other forums that the 2005 Durango's and Caravan have had similar issues and that the fix was approximately 350 dollars.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #2

Dec 192008


  • 48,098 miles
On Dec 19 2008 as I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm when my driver side wind shield wiper suddenly stopped working and got tangled up with the passenger side wiper that continued to work normally. This happened minutes before I was about to enter the freeway so luckily I was in a place where I could safely pull over. I tried to wait out the storm but it was getting really bad so I had to drive at 20-30 mph with my hazard lights on. I first thought that the bolt holding the wiper arm was stripped but after taking it to the dealer to get inspected, to my surprise I was told that it was the linkage for the wiper system. The linkage just broke out of nowhere. Our vehicle is only 3 1/2 years old and I have never heard of such a thing happening on new or old vehicles of any make. The repair technician told me that the linkage broke because of the way the part was made. The amount it cost to repair my vehicle came out to $607 for parts and labor and was barely able to get it replaced today. It also took 7-10 days to order and ship the part to the repair shop. I was informed that it was replaced with the same model part so this problem might happen again which is not comforting at all. I asked to take the broken part back to show proof or a description of the area that broke. So if needed I can send that in.

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

problem #1

May 162007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 35 mph under normal driving conditions, the vehicle suddenly shut off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle in neutral. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of failure. The current and failure mileages were 50,000. The consumer provided repair invoice. The dealer stated replaced door lock actuator. Udpated 06/26/07

- Cayce - West Columbia , SC, USA

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