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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,667 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.

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

Aug 182011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
2005 Dodge Durango. In 2007 tierod end on passenger side broke while going down the road. Luckily there was not an accident and the dealer fixed it for free. In August 2011 we discovered that the brake line was laying on the front axle on the drivers side. This caused the brake line to rub in two and caused brake failure resulting in a crash (which is how the problem was discovered). The tow truck driver also said he picked up a Durango that had the upper and lower ball joint broken causing an accident. The front end of the 2005 Dodge Durango is apprently very poorly designed.

- Scottsville, KY, USA

problem #4

Nov 012010


  • 55,000 miles
First, the cruise control stopped working. Then, the speedometer and odometer quit working when the ABS, parking brake, check engine, and traction control lights all came on. Took it to the dealer to repair the instrument cluster recall, and was told that it needs a new ABS control module and wiring harness. The wiring harness is completely melted, probably because of a short in the control module - at least that's what I was told at the dealership. The wiring harness is on a national backorder until late September, so I am without ABS brakes, traction control, and a speedometer/odometer until then.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 282006


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. When the vehicle reaches 60 mph, it feels as if it will flip over and the wheels are uncontrollable. The contact stated that the vehicle does not need to be aligned; however, they pull the vehicle in the opposite direction. The vehicle also clunks and clinks during acceleration and the engine light remains illuminated. The sensors were changed and the engine light dimmed; however, it illuminated again the following day and still remains lit. The vehicle has new brakes and when the brake pedal is depressed, the vehicle jumps before it stops. The contact must turn the steering wheel in order to avoid a crash. NHTSA campaign id number's 05V460000 (power train:automatic transmission) and 07V092000 (electrical system: Instrument panel) were referenced. The current mileage was 82,000 and failure mileage was 62,000.

- St. Louis , MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 292006

Durango 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
: the contact stated while having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, at 3,000 miles, the dealership was alerted of brake dust on the wheels. The dealership determined this was normal wear. The vehicle was in for routine maintenance, at 12,000 miles, and the dealership determined the brakes are 50 percent worn and will have to be replaced at 19,000 miles.

- Coolidge, AZ, USA

problem #1

Aug 012005

Durango 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the brakes failed and the vehicle stalled. When she put the vehicle into reverse it revved, but did not go anywhere. The vehicle then stalled with no warning lights. This happened eight to nine times. The brakes have failed three times, almost rear ending a truck. The brakes will not respond when pressed. She has to take foot and slam it to the floor for the vehicle to stop. The vehicle has been to the dealership for both problems multiple times, but they could not duplicate either problem. They thought it may be a computer glitch. These problems happened separately. Updated 1/4/2006 -

- North Liberty, IN, USA

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