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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,238 miles

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #62

Jun 192011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


Car stalls during idle and cruising at normal speed. Stalling is intermittent. Able to restart immediately. No error codes. Unable to identify cause for stalling. Accident waiting to happen.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #61

Jun 232011


  • 55,000 miles
The engine suddenly, and without warning, stopped running. This happens at low speeds, especially when slowing down for a turn. It is extremely dangerous, as the power steering goes out when the engine stops. The date listed is the most recent incident, but this has happened before.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #60

Apr 052011


  • 87,642 miles
2005 Dodge Durango slt will stall at low speeds without warning.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #59

Feb 242011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 117,100 miles


2005 Dodge Durango (V8 hemi) periodically stalls during normal driving. Engine will die, power steering and brakes will fail. Engine restarts immediately after each incident. Check engine light remains illuminated. Has been to the dealer twice to diagnose with no rectification of the issue. Date of latest incident is shown below.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #58

Feb 242011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 79,533 miles
While driving the rpms will jump around. Then when slowing down or at a stop the engine will stall out. This has usually happens going about 34-50 mph and it stalls leaving you unable to turn. Very dangerous. They have reprogramed computer and replaced throttle positioner. It has occured around 5 times just in the past week. It started out doing it once every couple months now it will do it within feet of restarting. I have to stop, put in park, and restart.

- Marysville, MI, USA

problem #57

Feb 072011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
This vehicle on numerous occasions shuts off while moving down the road. Started out only during slow speeds, but has started to do it while actually cruising down the road. No warning, just total loss off steering, brakes and engine. Luckily it has cranked back up and able to get out of the road. I also have had on several occasions the temperature gauge indicate that the engine was overheating and the car will just rev up and lose power. I have had everything checked (fluids, oil pump, radiator, plugs and wires etc) and find nothing wrong. Of course nothing will be wrong until the engine blows, which then can be fixed at my expense. Another problem to add to the list is the liftgate acuator stopped working which has made it impossible to open the rear hatch. The plastic gear in the motor is broke but you have to buy the whole part to fix it.

- Temple, GA, USA

problem #56

Sep 272010


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 25 mph and making a left or right turn, the vehicle stalled. When the vehicle stalled, there would be no power steering, brakes or electrical power. There were no warning lights prior to the failure. The contact called the dealer who stated that they would not be able to repair the vehicle if they could not duplicate the failure. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000.

- New Milford, NJ, USA

problem #55

Jul 152010


  • 114,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango 5.7 hemi that my husband and I purchased at the end of May 2010. I have only had 5 months and after the first month it stalled on me. The first time it happened I was in a parking lot and went to start it and it wouldn't start. Took 3 times until it did start and stay started. A month later it happened again only this time it shut off while I was driving with my husband and 3 kids. Luckily I was on a back road and was only going 10 mph. So I was able to stop and restart it. It started up fine that time. The third time I was in another parking lot and it wouldn't stay started when I tried to start it. Took another 3 times before it did. The last time it happened was today, October 22, 2010. I was on my way home from taking my kids to school and tried to turn to go up the hill to my street when I realized I couldn't turn or stop cause my vehicle cut off again and I lost complete control since I had no power steering or brakes. I almost went into the ditch but luckily was able to stop since I wasn't going very fast. This was my last straw since if I do wreck it will be my fault and I will have to pay for it since there is no recall out on this situation. I have had it looked at and no one knows what it wrong and thinks I am crazy since it can't be recreated. After seeing how this has been reported since 2005, as long as the gas tank has been reported and got recalled, that this isn't recalled. This is completely dangerous!!!! I have 3 kids and this can cause an accident and hurt someone or even possible kill someone!!! I don't want my kids to die before something gets done. I have reported this and called Chrysler and reported it and I suggest everyone do the same! call 18009921997. If we can report this enough, maybe it will raise attention to someone to do something. I am fearful to drive this truck and even more fearful for my kids to be in it and it is suppose to be our family car. If I get in a wreck I will get a lawyer and I will sue them.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #54

Sep 152010


  • 80,245 miles
My 2005 Durango has been shutting completely off while I am driving it. This has been going on for approximately one year intermittently. I have had it to the mechanics numerous times and they are unable to locate a problem. I fear for my safety and the safety others as I never know when my SUV will shut off. I have found a website that other people have posted exactly the same complaint that I have concerning their Dodge Durango's. the link is

- Manchester, MD, USA

problem #53

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 #52

Aug 172010


  • 80,000 miles


Sludge build up due to improper venting of the oiling system. The engine is blown with only 80,000 miles. Need to either replace the engine or have it rebuilt by a machine shop.

- Whigham, GA, USA

problem #51

Aug 032010


  • 75,900 miles
I was driving my 05 Dodge Durango with my 2 year old in his carseat in the backseat and had just turned left into a parking lot, while in the parking lot the engine stalled (shut off) causing loss of power steering as well. Coasted into a parking stall and was able to restart the engine. Very unsafe and apparently very common in this year, make, and model.

- Wittmann, AZ, USA

problem #50

Aug 042010


  • 121,968 miles
While commuting this morning to work, I was approaching a stop light at approximately 35 mph, as I started to brake, I noticed my brakes were not working properly, at that point I realized my engine had shut off and I had lost my power brakes/power steering. As this has happened multiple times in the past with no warning - as it did this time, I knew I could put my engine into neutral and re-start my engine. Luckily I was not in any sort of serious traffic and had plenty of room to get my vehicle to the side of the road to avoid any accidents. I have attempted to address this issue with the past with Dodge and have had no success. This is a serious safety issue that needs to be addressed.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #49

May 182010


  • 60,500 miles
While driving at low speeds or slow turns the vehicle stalls. Has happened on numerous occasions almost causing accidents.

- Ottawa Lake, MI, USA

problem #48

Mar 052008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The vehicle stalls out at low speeds. So when you are at a stop light or slow down to turn or are in a parking lot, it stalls. When this happens, you can't steer because that only works with the car running. This started right after the 3 year warranty was over and has continued through today. They also didn't fix the recall item and I have fuel spills every time I set the nozzle on automatic and it is supposed to shut off. It does not shut off because the gauge is defective. Now I have a spot under the fuel fill that was eaten away by gas and it is now rusty.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #47

Dec 232009


  • 51,308 miles
Loss of power when getting on freeway. Engine chugs, rough idle, no power to merge with traffic on freeway. Check engine light came on. Checked codes and found P0308 and P2099. Changed all 8 spark plugs, plugs 4, 6, 8, 3, 5, and 7 show sings of setting in water. Found out Dodge has two service bulletins to keep this from occurring, sb 18-006-05 rev a and 18-024-06. Do we need crashes on the freeway before we can force Dodge to fix this on all 2004 and 2005 Dodge Durango with the 4.7 L engine.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

problem #46

Nov 192009


  • 80,842 miles
Started Dodge Durango 2005 and there was a very loud sound coming from the engine. Took truck to mechanic and they are telling me that I need a new engine! it is not operative! metal shards were coming out of the oil.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #45

Jun 272009

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle began to lose power and eventually shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the engine had seized and needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 100,000. Updated 8/10/09 updated 08/13/09.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #44

Sep 152008


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 55 mph, the engine shut off unexpectedly. Prior to the failure, the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was unable to be restarted and was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 89,000.

- Port Vibson, MS, USA

problem #43

May 102008


  • 38,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango and it keeps stalling and shut down. Everytime I slow down and go into reverse the car shuts off. The RPM goes crazy, sometimes, then the car shuts off. The dealership has yet to figure out what's wrong with it. I have gone back and forth with them and they can't tell me what's wrong with the car. They have fixed so many sensors they can't get it right. Car keeps stalling either way. I need a solution. This is a deadly situation waiting to happen.

- Texas City, TX, USA

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