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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
61,748 miles
Total Complaints:
12 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. no solution yet (7 reports)
  2. not sure (4 reports)
  3. egr valve and oil pressure switch replaced (1 reports)
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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 122014

Durango 3.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Have replaced the erg valve, spark plugs, radiator, radiator cap, water pump, head on passenger side of the vehicle and all other small parts. Do not know why the check engine light continues to stay on. The reason we replaced the passenger side head is because the rocker arms blew out.

- , Hornsby, USA

problem #11

Jul 252011

Durango SXT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

Ever since the first month that I bought this car, the check engine light has been coming on intermittently. They have told me that there is no problem all the way to telling me it's a bad gas cap. I have had it in the shop at least 8 times for this problem, and they have never solved it. Oh yeah, they also said it may be the gas I am putting in it, The dealership definately treats me as though they think I am just a stupid woman that doen't know any better.

- , Modesto, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 072010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

My check engine light has been on for over a year now .At first I thought that I needed an oil change so I took my car to nearest changers and was shocked to see the light still on.It does go off sometimes but most of the time its on despite tune ups and oil changes .

- , Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 222010

Durango 4.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,471 miles


Where should I start

I've had a recall for the instrument cluster

I've had 2 check engine lights come on, one was for the knock sensor and my latest is for code P0456,which is for a evap leak which I am not going to start to dig for under the hood.

At 23,000 miles the internals on my a/c compressor exploded and I had to have that fixed.Thank god I bought an extended warranty.

And as for the brake squealing at 30,000 miles,all I did was remove the brake pads and bevel the edges down.The squeal has seemed to go away.

I have contacted Chrysler about these problems and am still waiting for a response back.

- , Gettysburg, PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 052008

Durango ES V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

The stalling out at low speeds happened right after this. I thought it was my gas and used better gas and a treatment. It did not help at all. It does not happen all the time, but I was in Wal-Mart and did a couple of stops for ped traffic and the next time I took my foot off the gas at a low speed, it died again.

From day 1, fuel would overspill and they sent me a recall notice for that. I took it to the dealer and they smiled and said it was fine. Now, I have to listen to hear the fuel get close to the top (or guess) and I have rust under the fuel nozzle because the gas that overspilled ate the paint.

This was my second and LAST Durango. When the dealer doesn't want to take care of my issue, they won't get my business. I think I will stay away from Chrysler/Dodge products all together. It is not good business when someone spends so much money to get so little service and I am not going to be their victim a third time.

- , Davenport, IA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012008

Durango Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Durango shuts off during turn without warning. Check engine light always on. Replaced O2 sensors and computer, two months later Catalytic converter. I am tired, what is the problem!!

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 012009

Durango SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


It seems the check engine light is tied in with the gas spewing issue. I had Autozone run the diagnostic on it and it came back with something about the gas cap which basically interprets to the vent valve problem which causes the spewing gas. I haven't had it fixed yet so I can't say for sure that fixing the vent valve issue will stop the check engine light. I still love my Durango.

- , Winfield, MO, USA

problem #5

May 302009

Durango ST 4.7L 8 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

When I brought my plastic laden 2005 Dodge Durango to the dealer for inspection I was told it failed emissions due to check engine light being on depicting a unknown reason. And I would need a diagnostic at the tune of $100 to find the code. I said sure go ahead. After the test I was told I would need a new EGR valve and oil pressure switch to the shocking price of $700 of course I told them I would get it fixed elsewhere. After having the repairs done at Pep Boys for $294 and doing a proper drive cycle of well over 100 miles I returned to Chrysler dealer a week later to complete inspection. This time the car would not test stating a further drive cycle was needed of 50 mile or more. Of course they offered to do it for $95 being minimum and of course I declined. So after a week and 100 more mile of drive cycle I returned to dealer to complete inspection. During my visit I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch a customer testing driving a Chrysler Sebring..people really need to do their homework. Sad. I was finally called to the service desk only to be guessed it....the Durango will not test due to the catalytic converter not being hot enough to register on machine and would need an hour of driving at the low price of $95. And due to the fact that it was raining pretty hard could be why the converter is not heating properly. The service person told me this is common with Chrysler especially in the winter. Of course I refused the drive cycle charge and told her I would be back on Monday after a nice long drive. Stay away from Chrysler products PLEASE!!! I also notice my Durango stalled during sharp turns during has not repeated since EGR valve replacement. If your check engine light is on go to Autozone for free diagnostic to check for codes and have it repaired.

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

when the truck is at 3/4 tank of fuel. the light is on at 1/4 tank the light is off. it cuts off for no apparent reason, at any time.

- , Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 062008

Durango LIMITED 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Driving down the road the check Engine light comes on and will stay on for a little bit and go back off Had it hooked up toa computer to see what was wrong Dealership said nothing..Autozone hooked it up and said EGR valve or sensor

- , Buford, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 282008

Durango 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,500 miles

i went to drive my truck and it felt like it was pulling. i stopped and backed up to a parking space and after a couple minutes the check engine light came on. i got my truck in dec. 2005 and have approx 22,500 miles. i know things aren't suppose to last forever but i want it to last longer than this.

- , Orange, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 112006

(reported on)

Durango SLT

  • 23,000 miles

I turned my truck on, took something out of the trunk, then went to go on my way. The truck moved really slow and the engine raced, I looked at the instrument panel and the engine light went on.

I looked up how to check the code and found the code is P0700 Transmission Control System Malfunction. I now need to take it back to the dealer ship.

- , Union, NJ, USA

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