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 4 of 6)

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problem #58

Mar 272014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,447 miles


This vehicle clicks into 4 wheel drive randomly and won't come out. The vehicle was being driven at 55mph when it kicked out of gear and quit. It sounded as if the transfer case dropped out of the vehicle and driver felt as if going to go through the front windshield. The 4X4 kicks in and out, and won't steer. Driving is difficult and vehicle barely moves. When called Chrysler they don't know what it is and suggest trying multiple different things but nothing is guaranteed, and will cost thousands of dollars to fix more than the cost of the vehicle. While vehicle is not turned on but key is in hand you can hear the actuating motor clicking in and out. Very difficult to drive and when vehicle stalls won't start back up. A safety hazard on the highway, and apparently there are numerous complaints of the same kind. This needs to be addressed by Chrysler.

- Manlius, NY, USA

problem #57

Aug 012014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 135,555 miles
Having 3 major issues that can be life threatening..1) driving at any speed sometimes vehicle will completely shut off leaving me on the highway at 60mph no power steering 2) filling gas tank up no matter if I go slow will always spit lots of gas back out of the neck 3) 4X4 is engaging by itself. I can park it turn motor off and you can hear it going into 4X4 without me being in the vehicle or touching the 4X4 knob. This has cause me issue steering when it decides to go into 4X4 mode by itself. I need to know if their is current complaints about the above issues and how can I get them fix without me paying.

- Brunswick, MD, USA

problem #56

Jun 042012

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
When I'm driving in traffic (approx 30-45 mph) or stopped at a light, my vehicle randomly shuts off. There's no indication this will happen. No lights flash or anything. The truck simply stops. I take it to mechanics and they say they can't identify the problem--but they recognize there's a problem. I'm fearful for the safety of my family in the vehicle and/or anyone we encounter when this happens. It's nearly impossible to steer the vehicle out of traffic, and the steering locks up as well. I've had the cooling system flushed, transmission replaced to no avail. Is there a recall on this thing?! there sure should be! I'm sure someone has died by now due to this malfunction.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #55

May 052014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 184,000 miles


Was driving along and the "4lo" light had been flashing on and off intermittently for about 3 weeks. Occasionally the "svc AWD" light would flash afterwards. When the latter happened, the car would lock into 4 wheel drive from AWD. But when the crash happened, the transfer case actually shifted into 4lo and the rear wheels locked up and the car spun sideways and stopped quick enough to avoid any damage or injury. No one at Dodge can explain this, or fix it.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #54

May 052014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 138,400 miles
While. I'm driving my SUV lock up the 4 wheel light come on out of no where and then 4 low light come on I have been smelling a burning smell and don't know where it's coming from everyone whom look at it don't know what's wrong. All I know is yesterday I was on the highway and the same thing happen again with no warning even when I lock my car door I hear this funny noise.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #53

Jul 012014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Svc light comes on and if engaged in 4 wheel drive! the passenger air bag light goes on and off. Sometimes all electrical goes hay wire...svc, radio, cd player and air bag light.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #52

Sep 132013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


My Durango shift into 4 wheel hi and 4 wheel lo by itself while driving and while sitting. This cause my truck while driving to jerk and it locks the wheels up. This situation causes difficulty to turn also.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #51

Jul 112014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 114,670 miles
Summary: When I parked and exited/locked my 2005 Dodge Durango, I could hear the transfer case switching all on its own. On my way home the svc 4WD light lit and then 4lo began flashing. We left on vacation and when I came home and backed the car out there was a loud noise and it is undriveable. I have read many reports of other ownwer's vehicles doing the same thing on years 2004 & 2005 with the hemi motor and the dealers not knowing what is going on and charging several expensive repairs for different findings not always fixing the problem.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #50

May 282014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
The power train or something starts to change gears when you unlock the doors. The car is not even running and it starts shifting. Sometimes it locks itself into 4 wheel drive, when you are going down the street.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #49

May 142014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
My Durango is one of hundreds possibly thousands of vehicles that has the transfer case mysteriously shifting on its own. It can be triggered by the unlock button, even the dome light. The transfer case is now shifting all the time in and out of position both when the vehicle is under operation and parked. The is dangerous and Dodge claims to know nothing. I spent 10 minutes and found hundreds of Chrysler vehicles with the same symptoms and no definitive answers. (google Dodge Durango svc 4WD light) please help.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #48

Jun 232014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 137,000 miles


As I approached my vehicle and used the remote to open the doors, I heard a noise under the vehicle like gears were shifting on their own without the vehicle even running. I started the vehicle and started driving. When I went into a parking lot and turned left to park, it was like someone was putting on the brakes making it difficult for me to turn and to accelerate--felt like I was in 4WD despite not shifting to 4WD from AWD. I nearly hit the car next to mine because I had to accelerate so hard to get into the spot without getting hit from the rear. I turned the car off and let it sit for 1/2 hour and restarted it and drove home. When I let the car sit in the garage, I was in the garage and heard gears shifting on their own while the vehicle was not running. This has already happened 3 times and it is quite scary! if I try to turn left and this happens on the road, I could get into a serious accident.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #47

Jun 212014


  • 188,200 miles
Vehicle will illuminate "svc AWD" and the vehicle will automatically switch vehicle into different gears while driving on its on. One day the vehicle switched to 4lo while in drive, not changes were made. Another time while vehicle was parked, no key in the ignition, when hit the unlock button on the key you can hear the vehicle switching gears on its again! while making a sharp turn to park the vehicle switched into neutral on its on and was unable to drive or reverse. I put the vehicle in park waited a fe seconds restarted it and parked and the svc AWD light was still on. I have had the ignition switch replaced, along with the transmission and transfer case all within the first 6 months of 2014. The svc AWD light comes on and off on it own randomly. I am not sure what the issue is and neither does the dealer. I had the ignition switch changed at a palmer Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership and the svc AWD light is still on the vehicle continues to switch gears on its own.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #46

Oct 022013


  • 107,000 miles
My car started having problems with the 4 wheel drive. It would start jerking at slow speed whole turning (usually while parking). Shortly after that the 4lo light started flashing. The car would also make a sound while parked like something was trying to switch on, this would happen usually after using the keyless entry remote. I've done quite a bit of research and this seems to be a problem a lot of Dodge Durango owners have. I have since had the 4WD disconnected and have not had the problem but that's not a permanent fix.

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #45

May 142014


  • miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango 4X4 that is suddenly kicking in on its own, vehicle parked key out still clicking and turning on and off. So the service 4 wheel drive came on as I was driving, then the vehicle switched in to 4 wheel drive and stuck. We towed this vehicle home then took to the transmission shop where are vehicle still sits 5 days later, can not find the issue, also when you click the alarm unlock and lock you can hear the transfer case engaging and disengaging, we have read lots of peoples reports of their vehicle doing the same thing on years 2004 & 2005 with the hemi motor, please if anyone finds out what is going on with theirs or if find any other suggestions then please write a post about it, , I think our next step is to go to Dodge and make them take this pos back.... or fix....

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #44

Mar 122014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
The four wheel drive will engage and disengage with engine off and key out and will also engage while driving.

- Trinity, TX, USA

problem #43

Apr 032014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 126,502 miles
I was driving my 2005 Dodge Durango home on the freeway going 55 mph getting off on the off ramp the transfer case shifted into 4 low which in turn locked my wheels up (top speed in 4 low is about 30 mph), this nearly caused me to roll the vehicle. When I got off the off ramp the service 4X4 light was on then went off, went 2 more blocks came back on and shifted into 4 hi. The transfer case does shift on its own even while I am not in the vehicle with my key in my hand. I have read more complaints about this transfer case issue than I can count, it is not only the 2005 models doing this it has been happening well into the first generation Durango. Something has to be done about this before some one is seriously injured or killed. I was lucky this time I am afraid to take my wife and kids with me any where in it due to this problem. Please do something about this before some one is injured or killed.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #42

Mar 252014


  • 96,000 miles
I was on my home from work going about 40mph. I got to a redlight before I stopped the SUV jerked. And when I press the gas peddle to go, the SUV would not move. I then tried to put it in another gear it was on but it still would not move. The police officer that pushed it out of the street said that it was the transmission. Also you can just be driving the SUV would just stop. This is very dangerous, and can cause accidents. On one occasion I had to nearly run off of the road to keep from having and accident. I think that Chrysler llc should replace my 2005 Dodge Durango. Being that I'm a single grandparent and now I have no transportation. So I can't get to work to provide for my granddaughter.

- Dania Beach, FL, USA

problem #41

Mar 122014


  • 132,000 miles
Vehicle switches in & out of 4WD on its own while driving, or puts itself into neutral on the 4WD, also hear something engaging when unlocking doors with remote when parked or remote won't work at all to unlock doors. Mechanic found lots of other mechanics working on same issue on a forum he subscribes too and I found tons of Durango & some pickup owners complaining of and trying to get the same issue fixed. I have had several other minor electrical issues in my Durango for the past two years so I am convinced this is an electrical issue.

- Berthoud, CO, USA

problem #40

Dec 202013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 181,000 miles
Driving down the highway and the 4X4 engages without warning. The vehicle begins to jump every 1/4 mile or so, slowed speeds to 25, continued to jump until I pulled to a complete stop and parked. Problem continued to occur every time I drove even if I never went any faster than 25mph. I took the vehicle to where I had a warranty and after them keeping my Durango for over a month and a half they said there were metal shavings in compartment for the transfer case and the transfer case was replaced under the warranty, however there is a transfer case shift motor that is not covered because they say it is outside of the transfer case. They said even if I pay the hundreds of dollars to replace this part, the problem will continue to happen. I want the problem fixed and I would like to be reimbursed because I've seen thousands of people complaining of this problem all over the internet. I refuse to pay for something Dodge should be responsible for because it is a defect of their vehicle.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #39

Mar 152012


  • 70,000 miles
4X4 locks up when turning end result broke my transfer case.

- Hobbs, NM, USA

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