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 Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #43

Sep 082009


  • 300 miles


I own a 2005 Dodge Durango limited the dealer sold to me & installed a starting system and a navigation system. I have had my car shut off while driving down the highway and my car just doesn't start. It turns over but no start. The dealer fixed it many times and now it is out of warranty so my mechanic is trying to fix it and states that the dealer told him they should have never placed those in the same car together. He also said Lincoln towncars are having the same issue.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #42

Mar 262009


  • 66,000 miles
Pertaining to the 2005 Dodge Durango: While driving this vehicle, it just shuts off, this has happened several times. When this happens, you loose powersteering, which puts you in a dangerous situation. I'm not sure if its electrical or mechanical related. I have visited a few recall sites and various people from all over are having this problem. The vehicle has been checked out for many things to include spark plugs. I think it may be the electric control module, but that's just an opinion. I feel this situation needs to be addressed by Dodge before someone gets hurt or even killed because of this defect.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #41

Feb 112009


  • 68,945 miles
Engine stalls randomly and in different driving conditions but mostly when coming to a stop RPM will drop off all the sudden then engine dies it also looses power when accelerating and surges pretty hard when this happens this has happened twice since I bought the vehicle on 2/25/09 first time was on 3/11/09 and the second time was 3/21/09.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #40

Feb 122009


  • 50,000 miles


I have a 2005 Dodge Durango that I recently started having problems with. Problem 1: when filling the fuel tank the pump does not automatically shut off and fuel comes shooting out the top of the tank. Problem 2: when driving at night the instrument panel flickers on and off. I checked the website and found that there were recalls issued for both of these issues that I've experienced so I took my car to the dealer. The dealer said my VIN is not covered under the recall and that I have to call Chrysler. I contacted Chrysler and was told that the dealer is unwilling to work for any discounts and that because my car is out of the warranty period they will not pay for any services. In both recall notices it states that these issues are both fire hazards and I don't feel that I should have to pay $1700 out of my own pocket to resolve them, as these are known issues with 2005 Dodge Durangos. Please help!

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #39

Oct 152006


  • 25,000 miles
The complaint I have is about the wireless remote key for the 2005 Dodge Durango. The remote stopped working after a short period of time. I notified the dealer and I was advised I needed to buy a new key. I opened the battery compartment and noticed one of the contacts from the battery to the actual circuit board had broken off. I fixed that problem by using adhesive buy now the key is not programmed. Dealership wants to charge to solve that. I did a little research and found out I am not the only one with the problem. There is a lot of people that had the same issue. That is why I believe the wireless remote keys are defective and something must be done about it. Thank you. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #38

Mar 152008


  • 32,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango limited w/ hemi. We purchased this vehicle used w/ 26,000 miles on it a year and 4 months ago. I have experienced several problems w/ it: Broken remote keys-the remote locking devices on both keys are now dysfunctional due to the solder that holds the battery in place breaking. I cannot lock/unlock vehicle from outside and when it is locked from inside prior to exiting, upon re-entry, the alarm sounds until key is put into ignition and vehicle is started. The amount of money to replace these keys is outrageous!!!! windows shaking while rolled down-anytime any of the windows are rolled down they shake violently w/ in their casing. There is also quite a bit of wind noise heard when windows are rolled up completely. Had dealership look at it but they could not determine there was a problem. Navigation system-the main knob has become almost dysfunctional. It seems that it is sticking out farther than it once had. With out use of this knob, the entire nav system is virtually unusable. Seatbelt cover-drivers side plastic dust cover where seatbelt goes into seat came off and the plastic around it has a crack in it. There is quite alot of dust building up inside the seatbelt mechanism. Liftgate screws falling out-this has happened a dozen times regardless of how many times they are tightened. It is the screws that hold the plastic on the inside of the liftgate-where the closing handles are located. Broken pin on accelerator pedal-dealer calling this a "push nut pin" and it is what attaches the accelerator to the arm. Dealership certain it is a part malfunction however Chrysler refusing to repair. Underside steering wheel radio control-the left button that changes the pre-set radio stations as well as which disk is playing in the cd changer is sticking. If you just barely touch it the stations/cd's change continuously. In order to get it to stop, you must depress it very hard while moving it back and forth.

- Whitney, TX, USA

problem #37

Jun 272008


  • 75,000 miles


Friday morning June 27th while my wife was driving to work, she noticed smoke coming from the driver side panel below the dashboard. Within minutes the vehicle was filled with smoke and fire spread from the dashboard to the rear of the SUV completely burning it until the fireman put it out.

- Pembroke Pines , FL, USA

problem #36

Dec 312007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
My 2005 5.7L Dodge Durango slt has stalled approx. 5 times since my purchase in 2005. Each time varied in driving, I.e., a few times occurred during decreased speeds in turns, others during normal highway speeds (65+). each time, all controls, I.e. steering, electronics, ceased functioning without warning. No accidents yet but anticipate this will occur as close calls each time this has occurred. Vehicle was stopped and put into park, then restarted without problem. Our Durango computer has been flashed previously but stalling still occurred.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #35

Jul 292007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While parked in the driveway the vehicle burst into flames. The fire investigator stated that an electrical malfunction caused the fire. Approximately three thousand miles prior to the fire, the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they reprogrammed the keys. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 33,000. Returned usps, 2nd attempt made 08/28/07 failed.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #34

Jun 102007

Durango 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
2005 Dodge Durango (4.7 L V8) stalls in an unexpected manner while driving. Stalls have occured while driving on at least 5 occasions. Stalls have occurred in normal street traffic and on the highway. Had a Dodge dealership look at the vehicle in May 2007. Vehicle has stalled twice since the dealership looked at it. The vehicle most recently stalled today on I-90 (June 10, 2007).

- Lake City, PA, USA

problem #33

Nov 232006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 75 mph, the vehicle shuts off without warning. The contact is able to restart the vehicle immediately after the failure. The contact stated that the malfunction indicator light is constantly illuminated. The dealer stated that the vehicle shuts off due to the O2 sensor and the malfunction indicator light. The vehicle was unable to be repaired because the manufacturer has not provided a resolution. The current mileage is 31,000 and failure mileage was 26,000. Updated 07/06/07

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #32

Jan 012006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SUV stalls with I make a turn or just slow down. I almost hit someone making a turn because the car stalled. My car has been in the shop about 3 times for this problem. They looked at it and the Dodge people and could not fix it. Then they gave me a computer that would collect data about the car when the problem happened. I drove with the computer in the car for about 2 weeks. They did not find any information that would help them fix the car. Then they replaced the ignition switch. The problem did not happen for a long time. But it has happened about 3 times after they did that.

- Colfax, LA, USA

problem #31

Feb 042007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The 2005 Durango stalls during acceleration and at highway speeds with no warning, it will not start again until vehicle is completely stopped even if shifted into neutral. The ECM sets no codes and normally vehicle run fine and everything checks out ok. This can be dangerous because suddenly your vehicle is powerless in the middle of six lanes of traffic and your looking for a safe place to go so you can stop and start it again.

- Shelby, IA, USA

problem #30

Aug 012006

Durango 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I own an 05 Dodge Durango purchased in Jan 06. Since Aug 06 I have had intermittent problems with it cutting off while I am driving. It seems to occur when I am slowing down to make a turn. It's happened 5 times since then. No lights come on on the dashboard and I lose my power steering. I have to come to a complete stop, put the car in park and then it will restart. I've had it at the dealer twice and since they can't "duplicate" the problem, they can't fix it. The first time I took it in, they said my throttle body needed cleaning, of course, this was not something my warranty covered, but, I paid for it in the hopes of fixing the problem. I am concerned that next time it stalls, I will either rear end someone or someone will hit me.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #29

Jan 012007

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Dodge Durango with excessive vibration and stalling***

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #28

Aug 262006

Durango 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 27,625 miles
Purchase a vehicle from howard wislon Chrysler of flowwod, Mississippi, and a vehicle with full warranty, they sold the truck knowing it a had a defect, the truck stalls out while drive in the middle of speed while driving to the point where my disable a daughter and I almost got hit from the back by a eighteen wheeler truck and killed if it had been from a officer helping us realize the truck was stopping on it's own. I have complained to Chrysler itself and they have blown me off, and stated they cannot fix the problem the truck has been in the service department more than I have owned it. To the dealer and Chrysler my children and I was nor hurt so that to them is not a problem.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #27

May 012006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
El motor de mi durando 2005 de repente SE apago, la lleve con el distribuidor Y reseteo la computadora, pero como 3 mees mas tarde volvio a ocurrir, urge que analicen el problema mas a fondo.

- Delicias, 00, USA

problem #26

Oct 022006

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated while traveling various speeds on normal road conditions, the vehicle stalled and the steering became inoperable. The vehicle was taken in a local dealer who referred the contact to another dealer because the problem could not duplicated. The vehicle was taken to another dealer, who determined there was a misfire in the engine. The dealer was not specific and could not determine the true cause of the problem, but replaced the spark plugs and coils. The type of coils replaced was unknown. The problems persisted on a busy highway during traffic, when the engine stalled almost causing an accident. The vehicle was currently at the dealer for further examination. The vehicle was not included in any recall due to the VIN, however the dealer did not know which component was the cause of the problem.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #25

Sep 242006


  • miles
Drove home from a trip and parked our 2005 Dodge Durango in our garage at 11:30 pm and awoke at 5:00 am to smoke alarm to find the inside of our truck on fire. Had our car windows been down, my 2 sons, my husband and myself would be dead. It looks as if something overheated behind the steering wheel inside the dash and ignited.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #24

Jan 242006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,800 miles
I purchased a 2005 Dodge Durango from delamaker Dodge, watertown, NY, in Dec of 2005. The vehicle had 218 miles on it. A few weeks later I was involved in an accident and hit a tree and telephone pole. Dealmaker and the insurance company determined that the vehicle would not be totaled, but rather repaired. I have had nothing but problems with the vehicle. My biggest comcern is that the vehicle shuts off on me while operating. I have contacted Chrysler and I am told that they can do nothing because it is a repair issue. Dealmaker states that it is manufacture defect. Most recently dealmaker drove my vehicle for 3 weeks and put 500 miles on it, but found no trouble. Two hours after I picked the vehicle up it shut off on me and the check engine light came on. Both are issues that have been ongoing and both were the reason they had my vehicle. The main computer shorted out and was replaced a few months ago. I was told that was a manufacturer defect as well.

- Cape Vincent, NY, USA

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