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:
2 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,920 miles

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2005 Dodge Durango electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #103

Sep 012014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


While driving on the freeway, I noticed that my 4 lo warning light was flashing on my instrument panel. Once I came to a safe stop, I could hear what sounded like my 4 wheel drive actively trying to engage itself by making a clanking noise. Several days later, it did the same thing, only this time, it succeeded in shifting itself into 4 wheel drive but only for a brief period. Now it does this on a daily basis and will even do this in my garage with the keys out of the ignition. It will also do this when I use the key fob to unlock my doors. Please look into this as there are several other Durango owners who are experiencing the same issue. My worry is that it will find a way to shift itself into 4 lo while either my wife or myself are driving down the freeway. If that happens, it could be catastrophic. This is something that Dodge needs to recall to prevent any injuries or deaths. People have attempted to replace the transfer case, replace wiring, and several other fix attempts but to no avail. As a 16-year career firefighter, I am pleading with you to look into this.

- Moxee, WA, USA

problem #102

Nov 052014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Ignition switch locked up this is the 10th time that it has done this and I don't know what to do the dealership said there is a recall on my car but I don't know.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #101

Nov 012014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 1,800,083 miles
As I went to work today, I noticed my truck was kicking when accelerating down the street. As I would come up to a complete stop, the truck would still keep on going. I have been hearing clicking when I open up the driver door, and on occasion on my daily commute to work, I was noticing the 4lo light blink. Well, today, I drove to work, and on the interstate, the 4lo light came on without blinking. A solid color. I started to see a lot of white smoke come from under the hood of the car, and from the bottom of the car as well. I pulled over to look at the vehicle and noticed that the truck was leaking all the tranny fluid. I was blocks from work, when I went back into the Durango and noticed that the extreme heat light had turned on in the dashboard. I waited about 30 minutes until I turned my truck back on, and begin to drive to work. It was still kicking and now it felt like the tranny was slipping. I finally made it to work. The truck was engulfed in smoke. I've noticed that when the 4lo lights start blinking, I have a hard time trying to turn the wheels left or right, and my wheels lock. This should be a transfer case recall... its a real big safety issue.

- Socorro, TX, USA

problem #100

Jan 012014


  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the four wheel drive activated independently and the vehicle independently shifted between gears. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. In addition, the A/C independently operated, the headlights and the instrument panel lights failed intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #99

Jan 012014


  • 115,000 miles
The central timer module (ctm) or body computer as some call it went bad causing the 4 wheel drive to engage or disengage without warning. When the 4 wheel drive engages while driving it makes it nearly impossible to make tight turns and at low speeds you are unable to turn at all. The part also causes the wipers to randomly engage, the door locks to randomly engage or disengage, and more.

- Willmar, MN, USA

problem #98

Sep 242014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Vehicle engine shut off/stalled with no warning. Dash lights turned off, brakes wouldn't work.

- Keyser, WV, USA

problem #97

Jul 152014


  • 140,647 miles


Vehicle stalled while driving, completely froze up. Was unable to use brakes, steering wheel was also affected. Was very scary as we were driving in traffic. This has happened on more than one occasion while driving and also when backing out of driveway.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #96

Aug 292014


  • 174,112 miles
My 2005 Dodge Durango has an issue with the transfer case. When using the key fob to unlock the doors, the transfer case will switch from AWD to 4WD hi on its on. Also while driving the service 4WD light will appear and it will switch to 4WD hi and if going around a turn. My wheels have locked up causing me to slide and almost hitting another vehicles. I believe this is unsafe and have been many complaints. How many more of these have to happen and ends up taking someones life. I would like to see this issue resolved.

- Martinsburg , WV, USA

problem #95

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 #94

Aug 102014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 75,775 miles
Vehicle stalled while pulling into a parking stall. When that happens you lose complete power and it is extremely difficult to steer. The Dodge dealer claims to have no idea of what I'm talking about nor did it do the same to them when they were driving. When they called to talk about fixing some issues with the vehicle they were trying to charge me $959 to change an alternator that is working at 90% and the efr. This does not guarantee the problem will be fixed. These are 2 (two) codes their machine is throwing. Their machine does not indicate anything about stalling.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #93

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 #92

Jul 012014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The tire pressure warning light on my 2005 Dodge Durango limited hemi has been on for approximately 3-4 years. Other than this issue, the vehicle is in excellent condition (50,500 miles). After dealing with several dealerships, I filed a complaint with Chrysler and was given a case number. A Chrysler case manager named "paul" (1-800-763-8422 ext. 66371) notified me via voice-mail today that they will not pay to resolve/investigate the matter. The case manager is clearly avoiding speaking to me by contacting me at my home number during the day, even after I left him a message with my primary contact number. The issue: This vehicle was subject to an instrument cluster/wiring recall in 2007. I obtained a copy of the claim form. The cluster was not replaced, however, the wiring was modified. Apparently, this recall was done due to overheating issues. So far, I haven't experienced this issue. But the tire pressure warning light should not be on - especially given the fact that my vehicle is not equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Clearly, the wrong cluster is installed in the vehicle and/or the wiring modification was done incorrectly as part of the recall. I believe, these issues came to the forefront when the battery was low and/or replaced. The internet/forums are littered with issues regarding the instrument cluster and electrical issues with the Durangos manufactured during 2005-2007. The "labor operation number" is 08-G0-71-82 as part of safety recall G07. I am in the process of obtaining a quote from the dealership to investigate and fix the matter. A rough estimate is the cost will be approximately $1,000. Chrysler is avoiding taking responsibility for an issue(s) directly related to a matter subject to a previous recall. I would greatly appreciate this matter be thoroughly investigated. Please contact me.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #91

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 #90

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 #89

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 #88

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 #87

Mar 012010


  • 30,000 miles
Engine turns off randomly usually at a lower speed but not always.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #86

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 #85

Mar 192014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
On 3/19/2014 I was driving in the middle lane of a very busy street called gratiot ave with heavy traffic and the engine just stopped. I could not accelerate and had just enough speed to slowly merge right and turn into a shopping mall off the street in order to miss oncoming traffic. My truck had completely stalled.

- Mt Clemens, MI, USA

problem #84

Mar 152012


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

- Hobbs, NM, USA

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