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 5 of 6)

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problem #38

Dec 172012


  • 90,000 miles


At various times for no particular reason, the vehicle switches in and out of 4-wheel high and low. The issue began with it off, there was a audible mechanical shifting coming from what appeared to be the transfer case. After that the issue began getting worse and worse, several mechanics have looked at it and were unable to identify what the issue was. Recently, the vehicle has begun shifting into neutral at 45 mph+, at that point a loud metal grinding sound begins and does not stop until the vehicle is slowed to < 25 mph when the vehicle slams into gear, which is usually 4 wheel low. The vehicle will no longer shift into any chosen mode, it chooses its own mode at random. At times if the vehicle is stuck in 4 wheel low putting it into neutral and then into reverse can help to switch the vehicle back into AWD or at lease 4 wheel high.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #37

Dec 052013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
First sign of problem, when pulling into driveway or parking spot doing either a left or right hand turn, my 2005 Dodge Durango would not turn even after applying more gas than usual, my truck actually stopped as if the brakes were engaged. Then, while driving I noticed my 4lo light coming on intermittently, also when I either lock or unlock my truck with the remote I hear a clicking sound underneath the truck like something is engaging. You can also hear this switch sound under the car even when the car is off. Seems like the transfer case motor is switching on its own regardless of the vehicle being on or off. Also some sort of electrical problems when it rains...

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #36

Dec 032013


  • 112,000 miles
2005 Durango has been stalling at various times for the past 3 weeks. The whole car turns off. Lights....everything. Mechanic, transmission specialist and Chrysler dealership have no idea why. It has only happened at low speeds either going in reverse or going forward. It usually happens when you start driving the car but it has happened after driving it for a little while. It can also go for days without happening. The only code is a the number 6 cylinder misfire but everyone agrees that one cylinder misfiring would not result in the car going dead. The throttle body has been serviced and software has been updated and it continues to stall. We have spent $600 on repairs and car rentals and I still have no car. Chrysler dealer has had the car for almost two weeks.

- Lansdale , PA, USA

problem #35

Dec 022013


  • 89,402 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. This happens enough some nights that in the morning the battery is dead. I read the forums and thousands of people are saying the same thing and no real answer. Many complaints filed to Chrysler with no answer. Kicks into 4 wheel drive while in motion at 65 mph on the highway.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #34

Oct 312013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 112,085 miles
My 2005 Dodge Durango 5.7 hemi has had a vast amount of stalling. I was going to pick my son up and the throttle light and the engine light came on. The throttle light was blinking. I would just be driving and it would die. This is a serious matter and if Dodge is not made accountable someone could be hurt. I had my Durango towed to a Dodge dealer and was told it was the egr valve. So I had that replaced along with new spark plugs and wires. It was fine for a week then it did the exact same thing on a very busy road. It would start then die. So I had it towed a second time to the Dodge dealer. This time I was told it had pulled 12 codes but they were not active but just stored codes. The dealer could not diagnose my Durango. I was told they also checked the wiring and could not find anything. So I paid for the diagnostic and was told it never acted up on the mechanic. So again a week later it did the same thing and so we replaced the electronic throttle control. It ran ok for a week and now it is doing the exact same thing. It stalled on the interstate and my husband was nearly hit. Can someone please look into this with Dodge before someone gets hurt. The dealer cannot find what is wrong with my truck.please someone help figure this out I saw all of the complaints on line for this exact same problem.and also with mine this happened on more than one occasion.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #33

Nov 292013


  • 124,000 miles
Has occurred multiple times. Initially my 05 Durango would stall when pulling into parking spaces. Has progressed to normal driving conditions at around 35 mph while turning the engine will shut off. Occasionally the rpms will jump up and down too. Engine idles around 500rpm. When this first occurred there were no warning lights illuminated. I just don't feel like this is a safe vehicle at this point in time and based off of the other reports, Dodge should investigate and repair at no cost.

- Exeter, NH, USA

problem #32

Nov 052013


  • 192,345 miles


The truck even when unlocking the doors or driving will engage into 4 wheel dr without activating anything many internet post have stated this problem I guess Dodge won't do anything until something happens and they get sued.

- Boca Raton , FL, USA

problem #31

Sep 012011


  • 70,000 miles
2005 Durango 4.7 V8 hemi my vehicle randomly shuts down on its own, locking the steering column, when slowing down and turning at the same time as when coasting into a parking space or coming to a stop. Also, on some of these occasions, all interior electrical components seem to go out, inst panel, radio, fan/blower, etc. Brought in multiple times for inspection, they say they find nothing. In last 6 months, 4WD light blinks as if its changing from AWD to 4WD on its own, sometimes can hear it engaging under car when using key fob locking or unlocking, and when turning into a parking spot it feels like it changed to 4lo as its almost skipping/hopping like trying to take a turn with 4WD and rpms go way up like I'm in a low gear. Many, many of the same complaints on Dodge forums with many people just throwing money at it and having multiple things replaced etc, just to find out its not fixed. Needs to be recalled soon.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #30

Sep 232013


  • 123,000 miles
Was driving down the road and the 4X4 engaged without the switch being touched. It has done this numerous times now even when it is parked in the driveway and the vehicle is off. I can here it engaging into 4 wheel drive. Even when you hit the unlock button on the key you can hear the transfer case engage into 4 wheel drive. When this happens as you are driving down the down road it makes it very difficult to turn. I have read many other complaints on here for the same issue. This is going to end up causing an accident as it can shift into 4lo while going down the road.

- Montpelier, OH, USA

problem #29

Sep 052013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle resumed normally when restarted but the failure recurred five times. On a separate occasion, the transmission shifted into fwd independently while traveling between 35-40 mph. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Castle Rock , CO, USA

problem #28

Sep 202013


  • 125,000 miles


I was pulling into a parking space and the car started skipping and jumping, vehicle was hard to steer and it also hesitated to go, turning was very difficult. The 4 lock light was flashing on all by itself and the knob has been on AWD I only rarely switch the vehicle to 4 lock in the winter time. This makes about a dozen times it has happened to this vehicle. Twice in one day is very scary. I am very afraid of what might happen if I am going a higher speed at the time it decides to mess up. I have talked to a mechanic and he has never heard of the issue but says it could be very dangerous if it would happen while driving a higher rate of speed. I have search on line by typing '05 Dodge Durango 4 lock by itself' and there are a lot of people having the same issue. Also with no luck figuring the problem, one person had replaced the transfer case 3 times and it was only a temporary fix.

- Summersville, WV, USA

problem #27

Sep 022013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
2005 Dodge Durango 5.7 hemi. While driving down the road the service 4WD warning light started blinking and the 4WD started to activate on its own. As the vehicle sits when activating the door locks with the remote the 4WD actuates on its own.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #26

Sep 042013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 112,341 miles
While operating the vehicle the service 4WD light came on. At some point after that the transfer case shifted into 4hi lock.I scanned the obdii and had no codes present. Also scanned the 4WD selector switch and it showed the switch was operational, but the transfer case shift motor was not shifting. Dropped the vehicle off at an independent transmission shop one week later and it sat for a few hours and when they went to road test it no warning lights and it was now in AWD. Again the repair shop did an obd scan and came up with no codes.if these vehicles were to shift into four wheel drive (low or high range ) at highway speeds of 65 mph I feel major driveline damage and or failure will result, which could lead to serious injury or death.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #25

Jan 162013


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the four wheel drive system engaged independently and caused the steering wheel to become difficult to turn. The contact restarted the vehicle and it functioned properly until the following day. The contact was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Douglasville , GA, USA

problem #24

Apr 012013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I have a transmission problem that can't be defined or pin-pointed. It has occurred over the last year numerous times. No one can seem to fix. The transmission drops out into neutral at high speeds or drops into 4WD low at moderate speeds, lately the transfer case will make noise when I unlock the truck and when I go to start it the transmission grinds and drops into 4WD low!!! if it wasn't for my awareness of the sounds of the truck and ready to make a safe maneuver, there could have been a serious crash. This is a common problem with these trucks! look on the internet. It happens randomly and without warning. No mechanic can fix it yet! they say change the transfer case out $2000, but it doesn't always fix it... this is a severe hazard and I will not let anyone drive my truck but me.. I found if you shut down the car and put it in neutral and push the towing neutral button it sometimes kicks it back in to the right setting. You will see it scroll through 4WD low.. 4WD high and service 4WD on the dash. Then go to normal.. this is a very serious defect!!! the feds need to go after Dodge to find the issue and issue a recall!!!! I will sue Dodge for everything if any accident occurs from this. I should sue them now just for my expense, loss of work time and anxiety!!!! they need to take responsibility for this and stop "looking the other way"! please someone at the federal level needs to take the lead and force Dodge to do what's right!

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #23

Aug 012013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
When vehicle is off, switching noise from the transfer case switching motor on the AWD Dodge Durango moving on its own from AWD to 4lock to 4lo occurs. Src 4WD light may come on but then clears when engine is turned off. The switching is not controlled by the normal operational control that would be done by drive. I am concerned about shorting wiring in vehicle causing a fire due to shorting. When unlocking the doors with the key flob, the switching action may start which should not be related to the changing of AWD, 4lock & 4lo.

- Methow, WA, USA

problem #22

Jul 022013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 184,000 miles
The first time it happened, the transfer case went into neutral, on it's own, while driving on a divided highway, with no shoulder. It kind of created a traffic jam. Long story short. A friend towed me home. I reset the transfer case per the instruction manual, and it went back into gear. Still do not know why it went into neutral in the first place. Now, when you open the doors, the transfer case motor operates like crazy, for up to 30 seconds, and some times longer. I got on line and have found out that is a problem experienced by many Durango AWD owners. I bought it used and the previous owners claimed that it never did it before. Also, when filling the tank up, the filler neck will "purge" fuel out onto the ground and your feet. This is listed as a dealer recall, and mine was looks to have been done, but the problem is still there.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #21

Jun 042013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
4WD engages without switch being thrown. 4WD engages and disengages at will. So far just annoying, but could cause crash if it engages on turn at medium speed.

- Dawn, MO, USA

problem #20

Apr 232013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Date investigation opened: Nov 02, 2005 date investigation closed: Aug 29, 2007 NHTSA action number: EA05018 component(s): Power train all products associated with this investigation details 26 associated documents manufacturer: Chrysler group llc summary: Analysis of the complaint, field report and warranty data shows that the majority of stalling incidents in the subject vehicles appear to be related to the engine calibration concerns that DaimlerChrysler addressed with service bulletins releasing revised PCM software. Analysis of the complaints and ODI's survey of owners of vehicles that received engine management software updates under tsb #18-013-05 show that these stalling incidents have the following characteristics: - they occur at low speeds, often during parking lot or driveway maneuvers; - they occur during decelerations, such as braking for a stop sign or traffic signal; and - the operator is almost always able to immediately restart the vehicle. When compared with other safety defect investigations and recalls of conditions that result in stalling during low-speed deceleration with immediate engine restart possible, the failure rate in the subject vehicles is low. Analyses of complaint and warranty data also show a declining trend. Accordingly, this investigation is closed. The closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist. The Agency will continue to monitor complaints and other information relating to the alleged defect in the subject vehicles and take further action in the future if warranted. See document file for additional information regarding this resume.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #19

Apr 232013


  • 106,000 miles
Same issue as reported below: Date investigation opened: Nov 18, 2010 date investigation closed: Open NHTSA action number: AQ10001 component(s): Unknown or other all products associated with this investigation details 43 associated documents manufacturer: Chrysler group llc, Ford Motor Company, General Motors llc summary: The Agency, particularly in recent months, has been informed of incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death claimed to have been caused by safety defects and failures to conform to minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) on rental car vehicles for which a safety recall to remedy the safety defect or noncompliance had allegedly not been performed prior to the rental car company's lease of the vehicle. NHTSA understands that there is presently a petition before the federal trade commission (ftc) seeking to prohibit at least one rental car company from renting vehicles on which safety recall campaign remedies remain outstanding. The purpose of this audit query (aq) is to investigate recall remedy completion by rental car companies on the above-listed safety recall campaigns. These campaigns were chosen due to their inclusion of vehicles used in the rental market. This information is expected to provide the Agency an indication of how completely and how quickly rental car fleets, in general or individually, perform necessary recall-related repairs or other remedies on the vehicles owned and then leased for use on the roadways. This aq is opened.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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