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 5 of 8)

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problem #63

Nov 172011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles


The multi function switch in the steering column fails and causes the wrong turn indicator lights (both on the dash and on the exterior) to activate. For example, when pushing down on the stalk to indicate a left turn the right turn lights are activated. So, if you are in a left turn lane and you try to indicate that you are turning left the right indicator lights will activate and confuse the other drivers and could cause a very dangerous situation.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #62

Sep 092011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Driving in my neighborhood at 35 mph and the engine turned off completely! I coasted to a full stop, turned off the ignition...waited 10 seconds and then turned the ignition back on and drove off. Vehicle also feels very sluggish especially driving over 55 mph. You must really push the pedal down to accelerate. Engine shutting off is soooo dangerous. God for bid this will happen when im driving with my children in the car while on the freeway!!!

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

problem #61

Nov 012010


  • 55,000 miles
First, the cruise control stopped working. Then, the speedometer and odometer quit working when the ABS, parking brake, check engine, and traction control lights all came on. Took it to the dealer to repair the instrument cluster recall, and was told that it needs a new ABS control module and wiring harness. The wiring harness is completely melted, probably because of a short in the control module - at least that's what I was told at the dealership. The wiring harness is on a national backorder until late September, so I am without ABS brakes, traction control, and a speedometer/odometer until then.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #60

May 022011


  • 64,000 miles


Car shuts off without warning, loosing power steering and braking.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #59

Apr 212011


  • 63,000 miles
My Dodge Durango 2005, shuts off periodically while driving. This is extremely dangerous when I have to drive this crap with my kids in it. Dodge is aware of this problem and just wants to brush everyone off. Saying they found no evidence of a problem, well we all cant be wrong. I will tell everyone I know not to ever buy a Dodge. At least fix this problem Dodge, because right now your reputation is really bad. I am surprised Dodge doesn't have a lawsuit yet. This problem will kill someone.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #58

Apr 112011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Durango shuts off randomly, especially when turning at slow speeds.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #57

Mar 122011

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles


I own a 2005 Dodge Durango slt V8 hemi. My vehicle stalls without warning will driving 60mph on the freeway. It will also randomly stall if making a turn. It will start back up sometime and other times it takes awhile to start back up. This is very dangerous and Chrysler need to recall this vehicle and correct this problem before someone dies.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

problem #56

Feb 172011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I have two safety concerns about our 2005 Dodge Durango. First, during the end of fuel filling, as the vapor lock on the pump engages and shuts the valve to the pump off, gas immediately spews from the filler neck, as if the tank depressurized. It has happened to me three (3) times now. This is a major safety concern! the result could cause a fire resulting in serious injury or worse! the other issue that I have a major concern with is that the vehicle stalls during low speed turning. If at an intersection and attempting a turn, the vehicle may stall and cause an accident. This has happened to me more than ten (10) times in the eight months that we have owned the vehicle. This too is a major concern as it can also cause serious injury or worse to not only myself, wife, young children, and others that may become involved in an accident if it where to happen! I have reported the issues to Dodge and their response to me is to have the vehicle diagnosed. I do plan on doing this however, while researching the issues online, I have found a many numbers of vehicles (same year, make, and model) with the exact same issues. This leads me to believe that this is not isolated and should be cause for safety concerns throughout the nation for the vehicles/owners.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #55

Jul 052010

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving at 45 miles per hour in a rain storm the electrical system suffered a catastrophic failure. Engine would stop and then restart, all powered equipment would turn off and then back on. Every light in instrument panel would go off and then back on again. Vehicle was unresponsive to cycling of the ignition switch. The vehicle would turn off while the ignition switch was in the full run position. The vehicle would continue to run when ignition switch was moved to the off position. After being powered off for a long time and with the key completely removed from the ignition, the instrument panel and any accessories (radio, ac, etc) which had been powered on before shutdown, would re-activate.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #54

Mar 092010

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
While driving at 55 miles per hour in a rain storm the windshield wiper suffered a catastrophic failure.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #53

Feb 012011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


My 05 Dodge Durango with 5.7 hemi is stalling with no warning. No power steering, no power brakes, no check lights come on, the radio remains on but thats it. I can put in park or nuteral and it comes back on. This normally happens when I am turning, this is so dangerous!! searching the web I have found there are quite a few people out there experiencing the same problem I think its time Dodge figures this out before something terrible happens.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #52

Aug 052009


  • 45,000 miles
On 4 occasions my vehicle has shut off while trying to turn on a intersection at a low speed. All fluids are in the correct levels and no fault lights appear. The vehicle does start normally after a second. The incidents are sporadic however are concerning because it could cause an accident. This appears to be a common issue with this type of vehicle an many have complained. The dealer can't do anything because they cannot recreate the problem and computer does not show fault code. I tried contacting Dodge customer service about it but they are not willing to help.

- Newman, CA, USA

problem #51

Jan 012011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Dodge Durango electrical system instrument panel.

- Robinsonville, MS, USA

problem #50

Nov 132010

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 84,321 miles
Car is stalling when at a stop or slow speeds. It just dies with no warning. It is getting worse. I will not sit at a stop without shutting off. It seems to me it is the NHTSA EA05018 problem. I think the recall needs to be reopened.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #49

Mar 282008

Durango 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
2005 Dodge Durango with 5.7 hemi engine will shut off without warning while driving. Does not throw a code so the dealer can't find the problem. Most times it will re-start but sometimes takes several attempts before restarting. Sometimes it happens more than once a day, sometimes a couple of times a week....need help to get Dodge/Chrysler to do something about the problem. Bought new in 2005 and didn't start having trouble until 2008.

- Magee, MS, USA

problem #48

Aug 042010


  • 48,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango that will just shut off on me without any warning. I almost got rear-ended the other day when I tried to turn on my road and I had no power steering or power. I called Dodge dealership and they said without any lights coming on they can not get a code. I have read and read about hundreds of people with this same problem who own a 2005 Dodge Durango..and Dodge isn't doing anything about it. I have a 6 year old daughter who rides with me everyday and it is not safe for me or her and something needs to be done now!!

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #47

Jul 012010


  • 45,000 miles
Alarm/key fob fails to activate due to defect in soldering of battery holder to circuit board. Found many people with the same problem on The battery holder in 2004-2006 Dodge keys comes apart from the circuit board, making the key not work, and stranding you where ever you happen to be. When you open the key, you see the battery holder out of where it was attached to the 'motherboard', and can push it back in and make the key work, but it's only a temp fix as it keeps coming apart.

- Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA

problem #46

Mar 292010


  • 50,000 miles
My 2005 Dodge Durango V8 hemi, several months back, started losing all power while driving including power steering and power brakes. I would have to try and coast to a stop without being involved in or causing an accident. The Durango would then restart and run fine. This has been increasing in frequency over the past couple of months with it occuring twice yesterday, March 29,2010. This is becoming a serious safety hazard and will undoubtedly cause an accident. It has occured while turning, slowing down for traffic, and while accelerating through an interesction. I have called Dodge on several occasions with no answer as to what the problem is or that they would fix it, as it is an obvious safety concern. There are many sites with other owners voicing this same thing happening to them and also list that this was brought to Dodge's attention in the past and they didnt feel that it was important enough for them to issue a recall to get the problem fixed. I only hope it doesn't cost soimeone's life for them to admit that it is of concern to them

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #45

Dec 012009

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 59,123 miles
When putting gas into the tank of my vehicle, it spits gas back out. At the same time, we are getting surges in the speed of the engine, seems to be more frequently when speeding up from low RPM. The internet is full of instances of this same problem, but my dealer says no recall pertaining to this matter. They are replacing the gas tank at no charge, but say that I must pay for a diagnosis and a replacement sensor for the surging. They claim that neither problem is a recall, nor covered in my expensive extended warranty. I am being charged close to $300, including rental car.

- Capistrano Beach, CA, USA

problem #44

Aug 202009


  • miles
Recently, Toyota has had problems with spontaneous acceleration. It appears that both foot pedal and electronics are at fault. I believe the problem may be more widespread. I own a 2005 Dodge Durango which suffered from spontaneous acceleration. The "brain" had to be replaced twice. Once when I got the SUV and last year. It would be interesting if the electronic computer part or parts were made by the same manufacturer. In both of my cases it could have been deadly. Please pass this on so it will not get lost in the "shuffle".

- Fort Bragg, CA, USA

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