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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 172014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


Was driving and all of a sudden I smelt something burning in the dash board and all instrument lights started to get dim and dimmer and then I notice smoke coming from the dashboard and all most immediately the door locks and windows stop working, the car would lock itself and the windows stop working at all and at this point the rear door do not open at all. I ask the dealer at the lot that I bought it from at the time of purchase if the vehicle had been in a accident or was there any recalls on this vehicle and he said no and that I bought the van as is and to this day I cant get this dealer to see that this car is unsafe to operate and that I am not going to risk mine nor my kids life to drive it and he will not even trade me out of this car for something better. The other day I was fueling the van and all of a sudden gasoline shot back out the tank and spilled gas all over me, scared the hell out of me. Not only that, I was driving down the interstate in my state and out of no where my seat on its own terms began to move forward all the way to the steering wheeling pressing me to the wheel and I am 6ft 3in tall and weigh 230lbs I again call the dealership to complain and got the same story that I agreed to purchase the vehicle as is, I agreed that I did but I told him that I do not think that he told me everything that I needed to know about possible safety issues. And again I have four children age 6 months to four years old whom I love very dearly.

- Marianna, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 102007

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Dodge Durango brand new, and since I had this vehicle it has been given me problems. There were recalls on this vehicle. The vehicle idled very hard, and it shut off when it idled hard, while sitting at a traffic light or when turning to go around a ramp. When shutting off the wheel locked, and I could not control the car. Recently, the care shut off on the New Jersey turnpike and a tractor trailer truck was behind me. Luckily, I was in the outer lane and managed to steer the car to the shoulder before the truck could hit me and my family. This was very dangerous. Last incident happened on une 10, 2007. Every time I took the car to the dealer they determined there was no problem.

- Irvington, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 012005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Shortly after I purchased my 2005 Durango the plastic piece on where the seatbelt connects to the driver side seat came off. The dealer replaced it, and a few eeks later it happened again. This time it fell of the vehicle and was not noticed. A year after I purchased the vehicle the plastic around the driver's seat cracked along the whole side.

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #1

Mar 162006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Drivers side seat. Plastic molding that goes around the seat belt on the left lower side. Part keeps coming off. Fell off a couple weeks after we purchased the Durango. We took it back to the dealer, the entire part that wraps around had to be replaced. 2 weeks after having this repaired, it came off again. The first time, it fell off on the road when driver exited the Durango. We did not realize it had come off and it got ran over by another driver. We will now have to take it back again for the 2nd time to be replaced.

- Iola, KS, USA

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