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:
21,693 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 022014


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle in wet conditions, the engine suddenly began to misfire and the check engine light illuminated. The contact indicated that the vehicle had stalled on several occasion while being operated in the rain or after washing the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the problem was caused by water leaking into the engine compartment causing the engine sensor to activate. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jan 012014

Durango 6-cyl

  • miles
Everytime it rain water is getting inside the engine due a defect water cowling at the windshield that let water into the intake and spark plug ignition coil causing engine misfire and hydro lock causing the engine to fail. There had been lots of complaint about this issues with customers who own 2004-2006 Dodge Durango and Chrysler is refusing to fix it. I made a video to show you the problem. Https://

- Orange City, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 142007


  • 24,000 miles
Bought car in 2007 had to replace one key because of electronics at 180 dollars each, 2009 changed car battery had to reset keys at 80 dollars, 2011 keys need replaced again at 130 dollars each. Bad design so they can keep fleasing you for money. Also had fuel tank replaced, brake lines rubbed together causing hole in line and loss of brakes, dust cover on drivers seat belt broke off, screws in back tail gate keep loosening and falling out.

- Dacono, CO, USA

problem #7

Mar 152008


  • 32,000 miles


I have a 2005 Dodge Durango limited w/ hemi. We purchased this vehicle used w/ 26,000 miles on it a year and 4 months ago. I have experienced several problems w/ it: Broken remote keys-the remote locking devices on both keys are now dysfunctional due to the solder that holds the battery in place breaking. I cannot lock/unlock vehicle from outside and when it is locked from inside prior to exiting, upon re-entry, the alarm sounds until key is put into ignition and vehicle is started. The amount of money to replace these keys is outrageous!!!! windows shaking while rolled down-anytime any of the windows are rolled down they shake violently w/ in their casing. There is also quite a bit of wind noise heard when windows are rolled up completely. Had dealership look at it but they could not determine there was a problem. Navigation system-the main knob has become almost dysfunctional. It seems that it is sticking out farther than it once had. With out use of this knob, the entire nav system is virtually unusable. Seatbelt cover-drivers side plastic dust cover where seatbelt goes into seat came off and the plastic around it has a crack in it. There is quite alot of dust building up inside the seatbelt mechanism. Liftgate screws falling out-this has happened a dozen times regardless of how many times they are tightened. It is the screws that hold the plastic on the inside of the liftgate-where the closing handles are located. Broken pin on accelerator pedal-dealer calling this a "push nut pin" and it is what attaches the accelerator to the arm. Dealership certain it is a part malfunction however Chrysler refusing to repair. Underside steering wheel radio control-the left button that changes the pre-set radio stations as well as which disk is playing in the cd changer is sticking. If you just barely touch it the stations/cd's change continuously. In order to get it to stop, you must depress it very hard while moving it back and forth.

- Whitney, TX, USA

problem #6

May 032006


  • miles
2005 Dodge Durango - when a window or sun roof is opened independently it creates extreme "air buffeting" which has a direct effect on the occupants ears. This extreme pressure is painful and very distracting to the operator of the vehicle. Although briefly identified in the owners manual, with little concern, this is a serious safety concern. No mention of this "buffeting" issue at time of sale.

- Rsm, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,261 miles
Sun roof was leaking, the hoses were plugged up, vehicle brand new. Water leaked through the electrical component in roof, where digital information displayed. They order parts, had three of the tubes/hoses, but one on national backorder.

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #4

Jan 202006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


My 2005 Dodge Durango has excessive wind noise in the cabin when driving above approximately 45 miles per hour. The noise is particularly pronounced when driving in a moderate head or cross wind. At highway speeds in a moderate head or cross wind it is impossible to carry on a normal conversation within the cab of the vehicle due to the magnitude of the wind noise. The wind noise seems to be originating primarily from the front door seals. Both of the front doors can be seen flexing when driving with a head or cross wind. The noise can be lessened by pulling in with considerable force on the door while driving. This is the highest level of wind noise I have ever experienced in any vehicle I have driven and I have been driving for nearly 25 years. In the absence of a head or cross wind or at low speeds the vehicle has a very quite interior. I have taken the vehicle to the dealer twice without resolution to the problem as of yet.

- Trumann, AR, USA

problem #3

Dec 152005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 673 miles
The contact stated while driving at 65 mph she rolled down the rear windows and the vehicle shook violently. The vibration was so severe that there was a gap between the driver's side door and the frame. The dealer indicated the vibration was normal and referred to it as the tunnel effect. The manufacturer was in agreement with the dealer and offered no solution.

- Nooksack, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 072005


  • miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango. The way the vehicle is engineered there are serious blind spots. This is observed when the drive looks to his right. The passenger side "B" pillar is in their direct view. The way the front cockpit is designed you can't see overhead street lights while stopped or approaching a stop bar. There are also blind spots to the passenger side and rear and driver's side rear of the driver.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer rolls the windows down in the 2005 Dodge Durango the whole vehicle shakes. Consumer states that when windows are down the passengers in the vehicle ears hurt. Service manager was able to replicate the problem but refused to fix the problem, saying it was an engineer problem and told consumer to just roll the front window down. Consumer feels this is a major safety problem and needs to be addressed before someone gets hurt, or in an accident.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

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