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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,514 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 212007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Vehicle stalls during deceleration and turning maneuvers. Vehicle has had fix per case id EA05018 and still exhibits problems.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 292007


  • miles
While moving forward at 5 mph. Cold engine and engine stalled. Started when tried 4 hours later.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 282006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge Durango 5.7L hemi, engine stalls within the first 10-15 minutes of driving, typically at 45 mph. It has happened numerous times and the dealership has not been able to locate the problem. Most recently, the loss of power, nearly caused a crash as I had no steering nor brakes when the engine stalled. May be related to NHTSA action number EA05018??

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #5

May 122006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


On several occasions, my wife's 2005 Dodge Durango (4.7 liter 8 cylinder - non-hemi) SUV has stalled in the middle of traffic. The problem has occurred on several occasions and the vehicle has been brought to the dealer for servicing and this problem has been expressly noted. The service manager maintains he knows nothing about a problem and he can find nothing wrong with the vehicle. Just yesterday, the vehicle stalled in the middle of a busy Washington, DC intersection and my wife was almost broadsided as a result. This is a huge problem and Chrysler (at least this dealer - tysons Dodge Jeep) does not seem to care one bit about it. The vehicle was purchased new and now has approximately 8,000 miles. I understand there is an active investigation into the problem and my question is: What is it going to take for someone to take corrective action" are lives going to have to be lost" it appears that Chrysler is well aware of the situation and is choosing to close its eyes to the problem. NHTSA should not allow this to happen. Too much is at risk and Chrysler is making a great deal of money off of these vehicles. We paid well over $30K for this vehicle. Please provide any suggestions that you may have for fixing this problem.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Apr 152006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
My 2005 hemi Durango has stalled on three occasions recently. Twice while I was backing out of the driveway, and another time when I was coming up to a stop sign.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 112006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,600 miles
2005 Dodge Durango 5.7 L hemi stalls while driving.

- Leesburg, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 092006


  • miles
Dodge Durango stalling while driving and turning.

- Sulphur Springs, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 132005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,513 miles
Had driven 05 Durango about 5 miles. When braking to enter the driveway at home, vehicle engine shut off. No power at all. Vehicle has 4513 miles with a 5.7L hemi.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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