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 1 of 6)

problem #118

Dec 302016


  • 151,448 miles


Two days ago I was driving down the highway about 75 mph when my service 4 wheel drive light came on and then it switched itself into 4 wheel drive by itself. And then I herd a load pop and it started smoking. I managed to get pulled over while it was yanking me to the left the hole time. I popped the hood to fined what smelled like burned tranny fluid all over my engine. I managed to move the vehicle to the exit in front of me and had it towed from the gas station back home. I had my mechanic from the car lot I bought it from come and take a look he said the transfer motor was ready a faulty voltage and triggered the 4 wheel drive and going 75 mph when it engaged blew my transfer case and maybe more. He have to get it back to the shop to find out more. I looked on several forums to find that for over the past 5 yrs a lot of Dodge Durango owners have had the same issue and have spent thousands to fix an issue that obviously was a defect from the factory. They replaced front control module, transfer case, transfer case motor and had it rewired. Some did part and later had to do it all just to fix. If I had not had durby driving experience when this happened I could have been killed. I feel this is a major safety issue for the people that don't have knowledge of controlling a vehicle that you have shift on its own and put you all over the road. Here is one site among others where it is a major issue,

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #117

Dec 062016


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly shifted to 4 low and began to decelerate. The contact was unable to shift out of that gear. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #116

Oct 142015


  • 115,000 miles
On my vehicle the 4 wheel drive will automatically engage while I am driving. It has switched into 4lo a few times which almost caused a serious accident. There is also a clicking noise that sounds like the gears are switching back and forth, when I use the remote lock/unlock on the key fob. The Dodge dealership did not know why it was happening and said maybe I should replace the transfer case but they did not know for sure if that would do anything. So I lost over $100 and got nothing out of it. I took it to my mechanic who said that unplugging at the transfer case would stop the issue but the 4 lo and other switches would not work and the service 4X4 light would remain on. Since I have to drive I had him do this and it did fix the problem but now I don't have any 4 wheel drive which really sucks living in Utah with all the snow. The fact that the vehicle would switch into 4 lo when I was doing 70 mph on the freeway is a major safety concern. There needs to be a recall on this problem.

- Lindon, UT, USA

problem #115

Mar 152016


  • 110,000 miles


Having problems with the 4WD engaging on its own while vehicle sitting after shutoff as well as has shifted automatically from AWD into 4WD while driving down the road at 55+mph...totally unsafe. Have seen many complaints for this same issue going on from other Dodge owners for '04 and '05 Dodge Caravan for same issue. Appears to be related to faulty chinese manufactured part Dodge was installing and faulting out connections causing power load to not be same power load as original spec (easily corroded wiring) and then screwing up the connection and faulting the unit out to start to shift on its own. Major safety concern if occurring on many different personal over the past 5 yrs histories seen for same vehicle models. When vehicle is shutoff can also hear the 4WD selector clicking / engaging back and forth the 4WD system in / out from AWD to 4WD. Vehicle is currently stuck in 4WD lo now.

- Montpelier, OH, USA

problem #114

Nov 032016


  • 215,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle converted into four wheel drive lock and became unstable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 215,000.

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #113

Aug 122016


  • 148,225 miles
Car stalls at stop light. No reason. Car started shifting into all wheel drive by itself. I could hear it shifting as I opened driver door, and car was not on. Did not know what the noise was. Car sounded like it was grinding the gears when moved into drive. Towed to shop. Transmission guy could not figure out why it changed all by itself. Cargo lamp is one if I open rear hatch. It will only go off if I close the hatch twice. Now airbag light is on, since new battery was replaced.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #112

Oct 142016


  • 183,000 miles


The vehicle is swithing into 4wheel drive on its own and svc 4X4 flashes on dash. Also when key off and/ or after unlocking doors wit key fab I can hear it swiching in and out of 4X4. I have read forums about this problem and there should absolutely be a recall on this issue. Shame on Dodge bigtime!!

- Mount Clemens, MI, USA

problem #111

Oct 032016


  • 200,000 miles
Several incidents of uncommanded engagement of the four wheel drive from the all wheel drive mode. No indication at the dash or at the switch located on the dash. This has occurred while in motion at highway speeds and while the vehicle is stopped and turned off (the sound of the transfer case servo motor operating is quite obvious). This presents a very dangerous situation since engagement of the 4WD at highway speeds, particularly when the road surface is slippery, could easily results in lose of control.

- Forest Grove, OR, USA

problem #110

Sep 222016


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving at various low speeds, the vehicle independently switched into four wheel drive. The dealer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Netleton, MS, USA

problem #109

Aug 142016


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle voluntarily went into four wheel drive. The failure occurred when the vehicle was driven for long periods of time. When the vehicle was in four wheel drive, it became harder to steer, turn, and drive. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The dealer was notified of the failure and no repairs were made. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #108

Jul 012016


  • 180,000 miles


When I unlock the doors with the remote or open unlocked doors, the shift motor activates, I can hear it engaging and disengaging. There is a delay upon starting my truck before the drive gear kick in and I can proceed to drive vehicle. When I make a sharp turn going forward or backing...the rear tires lock up. The AWD lights flickers on/off. Constant smell like something is burning.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #107

May 252016


  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While the vehicle was being operated, the vsc sensor warning light illuminated and the power steering suddenly failed. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver. In addition, the transmission switched to all wheel drive and the speed drastically reduced. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Ofallan, MO, USA

problem #106

May 012016


  • 112,000 miles
While driving, turning, parked, vehicle on or off, the 4WD selector will switch between AWD, 4lock and 4lo. The svc4wd light sometimes blinks after start up, sometimes while driving. This happens in park, neutral or drive and the transfer case motor can be heard switching under the vehicle. See issue described exactly here: this is not a one-off issue, this is affecting multiple Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler 4X4 vehicles over multiple years with both the 2wd-4WD and AWD options. Can be hazardous when traveling at highway speeds and causes loss of control during turning while on hard surfaces due to locked axles. Even the manual warns against running in 4 lock/4lo on pavement or blacktop, this can cause damage to the powertrain.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #105

Jan 072014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph and when making a turn, the steering wheel seized. In addition, the transmission made a clicking noise. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Tonca City, OK, USA

problem #104

Nov 012015


  • 99,000 miles
In my 05 Durango, the 4WD keeps clicking on and off randomly. I could be driving down the highway or just turned the car off. The engine has not been able to go in drive, reverse, etc. I had a mechanic look at the transmission, spending a ton of unnecessary money when the whole time the 4WD has been stuck in neutral. Dodge knows about the problem, why isn't there a recall" apparently the switching into 4lo at high speeds can cause serious damages -- even death to me or my children or other innocent people on the highway. What am I supposed to do???"

- Villa Ridge, MO, USA

problem #103

Feb 162016


  • 188,000 miles
Vehicle started showing an intermittent "svc 4WD" light and vehicle would shift itself into low 4WD while making low speed turns. Had it checked by dealer, who said codes showed "unequal tire pressure". tires were within 1 psi of each other. Drove vehicle again, and codes said "unequal tire speed". dealer advised we replace all four tires, which we did. During our next trip (yesterday), the "svc 4WD" light came on and off several times, then vehicle suddenly lost all forward momentum while driving at highway speeds. Vehicle's transfer case had shifted itself neutral, leaving vehicle stranded in highway with no shoulder. While starting the car to try to troubleshoot the problem, it suddenly and without warning shifted itself into low 4WD and lurched forward. I have researched the issue online in various Dodge forums, and have found dozens of similar cases where there have been vehicles stranded in the highway due to the same problem. Several Dodge dealers evidently have had problems diagnosing the problem, replacing all possible parts only to have the issue recur within days. There are others who say they have filed complaints here and urge us who experience the same problem demand a recall. Please investigate and force Dodge to fix this obvious safety flaw that could easily cause a loss of life accident.

- Eureka Springs, AR, USA

problem #102

Jan 232016


  • 175,000 miles
The vehicle tries to shift into 4 wheel drive on its own while traveling down the road. Depending on speed it is sometimes successful causing difficult steering on dry pavement. It also sometimes sounds like it is trying to shift into 4 wheel drive when the vehicle is parked and not running; especially right after unlocking the doors with the key fob.

- New Hope, MN, USA

problem #101

Oct 302015


  • 153,661 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the transfer case shifter would shift automatically without warning. The four wheel drive warning light illuminated whenever the transfer case shifter would shift independently. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic, who attempted several repairs. However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 153,661.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #100

Dec 242015


  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while accelerating from a stop light, the service four wheel drive warning light illuminated as the vehicle independently shifted into four wheel drive. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to move forward. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #99

Dec 282015


  • 151,000 miles
While driving my 2005 Dodge Durango limited at low speeds in my neighborhood, the 4WD automaticly engaged with the selector switch still in the AWD position and no indicator lights on the dash stating that the 4WD was engaged at all. It make it very difficult to turn the corners even at low speeds sometimes even binds up enough to even stop the vehicle if I turn too sharp. Very unsafe and is starting to happen more and more frequently. When I park it in the garage and with the key out and no power, I have started to notice you can hear the 4WD trying to engage and disengage multiple times while just sitting there.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

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