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:
133,152 miles

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2005 Dodge Durango drivetrain problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #98

Oct 122015


  • 195,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving various speeds, the vehicle goes into wheel high mode svc 4WD. The rear end was in low gear, but the front gear was high. The vehicle shifted into either gear randomly and caused the vehicle to hop. While driving at approximately 60 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The failure occurred intermittently. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 195,000.

- Jerseyville, IL, USA

problem #97

Dec 182015


  • 150,000 miles
Transfer case motor engages by itself while driving and while parked. 4-lock light flickers on and off can hear the motor trying to engage. While driving it will engage and lock up the power train. Have to have a person push the neutral reset button while rocking vehicle to free. Have had vehicle stop in middle of intersection on a city street in front of on-coming traffic. Motor has tried to engage while driving at 35 mph. Told by mechanic that the transfer case could explode if the motor tries to engage while vehicle is moving at high speed. First happened approximately four years ago and had to wait over a year for the part. Had to disable 4WD until part arrived. Same thing is happening again.

- Norfolk, NE, USA

problem #96

Nov 132015


  • 74,500 miles
The Durango is flashing on the dash either 4lock or 4lo while driving down the road. It will switch from AWD to 4lock when turning. It randomly switches from AWD to either 4lock or 4lo while idling and when no one is in the car and you use the key fob. It has not switch into 4lock or 4lo at a high rate of speed but has at slow speed. Very concerned that I will happen, as have read other owners have had it happen going 55 mph.

- Elkhorn, WI, USA

problem #95

Dec 112015


  • 140,000 miles


I am experiencing the same exact issues with my 2005 Dodge Durango as other posts. The 4lo and svc 4WD warning lights on the instrument panel periodically flash on and off, and frequently when I slow down to pull into a parking spot or driveway I hear a clunking sound and the transmission actually shifts on its own into 4 wheel drive. The wheels will lock and when I accelerate it actually jerks the car and drags the tires. Recently I heard a loud thump as if something broke and it shifted into 4WD on its own. In addition, when I shut the car off it will occasionally start clicking as if its locking and unlocking the car doors. This will continue for 10-15 seconds before stopping. I have had the vehicle into the local Dodge dealer numerous times for service but they claim to have not heard of the problem before and seem baffled as to what's causing it. Clearly this is not an isolated incident because of the hundreds of reports Iżve seen from people experiencing the same issues. After waiting 6 weeks for an aftermarket instrument panel the dealer replaced it, but that made absolutely no difference and I am still experiencing the same exact issues as before.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #94

Oct 012015


  • 115,000 miles
The Durango switches into 4 wheel drive on its own. Sometimes you can get out of the car use your key fob to lock the car and you can hear it engage in to 4 wheel drive. It also does this while you are driving down the street. It is really bad when it switches into 4 lo. I have read so much about so many people having these issues, yet nothing is being done. It is a real safety issue that needs to be resolved! this has been happening on and off for 3-5 months now and it is just getting worse.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #93

Nov 082015


  • 102,000 miles
AWD will change to 4 wheel lock without selecting it. Happens intermittently while driving, making it hard to make turns. I just bought it used, with no warning from seller.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #92

Oct 132015


  • 126,000 miles


About six months ago 4lo light started flashing then when I shut the car off I can hear shifting into and out of 4WD. Had it checked for codes and they found none. Now as I was driving it locked into 4lo vehicle made a popping sound and stalled.right in the middle of a busy intersection. I was able to start it back up but now I can't drive this car due to fear of it doing this again.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #91

Oct 102015


  • 100,888 miles
While driving, 4lock starts flashing and the 4wheel drive goes in and out of gear. This has happened on many occasions and I feel it is unsafe.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #90

Aug 222014


  • 55,000 miles
2005 Durango AWD 5.7; the transfer case motor is switching on its own regardless of the vehicle being on or off. It occasionally actuates when unlocking the vehicle with the remote. Most of the time it actuates while driving down the road. Sometimes the dash light will blink 4lo other times 4lock. Usually after a bit of blinking the svc 4WD light will come on. Once it is in 4WD, it is hard to steer. A couple of instances, it has shifted out of gear, once I was at an intersection. I had to get help just to get it off the road. I have read countless blogs about this issue online, the majority of them are for the 2004 and 2005 models. If this isnżT grounds for a recall I donżT know what is.

- Wilsonville, OR, USA

problem #89

Aug 152015


  • 122,550 miles
It is switching between AWD 4X4 lo and high on its own. Backing up it felt like a spring propelling me forward. Fearing that I could lose control on the highway. Mechanic is looking into lower the transmission for the issue but online I found a forum under topix and the issue was very clearly a $200 part that can be purchased and installed in under an hour of labor. Its the transfer case switch which has all the symptoms my vehicle is experiencing.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #88

Apr 102014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles


I have replaced the cylinder switch on my truck which cost me $465 to get a new 1 in order to crank my truck aaa repaired this for me in 2014, I've also had a leak sealed up in the coolant area all my freon was leaking out now the windows on the truck will not go down the only thing that opens is the sunroof.I had the truck put on a machine at a shop here they said it was the canbus system under the hood that is inside the computer that is causing this but my truck also has a recall on it as well, I have a white 2005 Dodge Durango hemi 7.5L truck VIN number [xxx] yet to hear anything on the recall 07/25/2015. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #87

Jul 202015


  • 139,000 miles
My Durango has started to engage into 4 wheel drive on its own. It does this when parked and when driving. It now is stuck in four wheel drive and cannot drive on the pavement. This seems to me to be a serious problem and should be recalled by Dodge.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #86

Jul 172015


  • 84,200 miles
I placed the vehicle into reverse and could feel that it had shifted into four wheel drive by itself. The dash warning light did not come on but the vehicle did not operate correctly on the dry pavement. After parking and shutting down the vehicle I could hear the transfer case motor shift the transfer case with no key in the vehicle. Now I hear the transfer case switching modes after the vehicle is shut down, and it has shifted to four wheel drive at least two more times on its own while driving.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #85

Jun 222015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle switched back and forth between 4-hi to 4-lo independently and the service 4 wheel drive indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was not available.

- Cridersville, OH, USA

problem #84

Jun 062015


  • 153,000 miles
The vehicle transfer case changes from AWD to 4hi and 4lo without the switch being moved. This has most often happened at low speeds such as when pulling into a parking space, but when switching to 4lo causes difficulty steering due to the front wheels being locked together. Twice I have come close to hitting another vehicle while parking due to this issue. I have also heard the transfer case switching between modes with the vehicle turned off. I am very concerned about this happening at higher speeds.

- Otsego, MN, USA

problem #83

Jun 292015

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 228,725 miles
While driving, the 4X4 system shifted into 4WD lo nearly causing a loss of control. When parked and not running vehicle was heard making a clicking sound near the front of the engine, the sound was the same as when the vehicle shifts into 4WD mode. Same sound, shifting into 4WD mode was repeated when pressing unlock on the key fob while the vehicle was parked, not running, without even the key in ignition.... I am highly concerned that the defect could cause a serious injury if the 4WD system decides to engage at an inopportune time...updated 09/11/15 updated 10/13/15

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #82

Apr 062015

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,300 miles
Vehicle switched to 4X4 mode on it's own.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #81

Feb 202015


  • 71,876 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed with four wheel drive, the vehicle shifted into two wheel drive when the brake pedal was applied. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,876.

- Clairemont, DE, USA

problem #80

Dec 102014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,900 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While approaching a stop light, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the throttle needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The contact replaced the egr valve, the spark plugs, and the transmission fluid however the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The contact replaced the throttle body but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,900. Updated 4/13/15 the consumer stated the cooler line was leaking. Updated 04/16/15

- Clearfield, PA, USA

problem #79

Feb 022015

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Service 4WD light came on, and goes into lo 4WD when going slow, also making clicking noise when vehicle is not running like it's trying to engage into 4WD, scared this is going to go into lo and cause a severe accident, nobody seems to know what to do to correct the problem.

- Mebane, NC, USA

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