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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,523 miles

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #139

Jun 032014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


The vehicle shuts off after you fill it up with fuel.

- Pine Grove, WV, USA

problem #138

Jul 012014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Durango is stalling while I am driving it. First time it stalled I was on a onramp to enter the freeway. I was lucky the car behind did not hit me. The vehicle stalls when I am trying to find a parking place and sometimes when I am trying to leave my driveway. It has never happen yet at high speed only at low speeds but I do think this is dangerous. I have taken the vehicle into the dealership twice. It does not happen for them. There are no warning lights. It just happens but it has not happened for them. So I am driving not knowing when the vehicle will stall out. I am under warranty.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #137

Aug 122014


  • 214,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise and observed smoke rising from under the hood of the vehicle. The contact discovered oil leaking from under the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 214,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #136

Jun 162014

Durango 6-cyl

  • miles


Moisture entered into the cylinders via that air intake manifold due to a water seal design defect in the area of the windshield wiper arms. When the vehicle is parked, rain water coming down the front windshield will flow directly under the cowl and onto the engine block. This water intrusion causes undue stress on the pistons, rods, and crankshaft eventually causing a rod to break and puncture the engine block. If this happens at highway speeds, the results could be deadly. The other known scenario is after the car is parked for a period of time (exposed to rain), the cylinder will fill with water, causing a hydro-lock condition and the vehicle will not start. The engine usually is found to also have a bent or fractured rod at this point. This is a known problem by Dodge / Chrysler and they refuse to do anything about it. See the numerous complaints on blogs and on youtube regarding this topic. I made a video of the problem so you see

- Orange City, FL, USA

problem #135

Apr 152013


  • 114,969 miles
Just got my Durango on 1-14-2013 coming home and the engine light came on and it just cut off coming down a busy highway when it cut off there is no power stalls hard to get off the road the cars behind me don't know what gone on just in front of them so they don't know to stop. When I got this Durango no one told me about this..

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #134

Oct 312013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 112,085 miles
My 2005 Dodge Durango 5.7 hemi has had a vast amount of stalling. I was going to pick my son up and the throttle light and the engine light came on. The throttle light was blinking. I would just be driving and it would die. This is a serious matter and if Dodge is not made accountable someone could be hurt. I had my Durango towed to a Dodge dealer and was told it was the egr valve. So I had that replaced along with new spark plugs and wires. It was fine for a week then it did the exact same thing on a very busy road. It would start then die. So I had it towed a second time to the Dodge dealer. This time I was told it had pulled 12 codes but they were not active but just stored codes. The dealer could not diagnose my Durango. I was told they also checked the wiring and could not find anything. So I paid for the diagnostic and was told it never acted up on the mechanic. So again a week later it did the same thing and so we replaced the electronic throttle control. It ran ok for a week and now it is doing the exact same thing. It stalled on the interstate and my husband was nearly hit. Can someone please look into this with Dodge before someone gets hurt. The dealer cannot find what is wrong with my truck.please someone help figure this out I saw all of the complaints on line for this exact same problem.and also with mine this happened on more than one occasion.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #133

Feb 112013

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


My 2005 Dodge Durango slt stalls without warning. This has happened multiple times.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #132

Sep 102012

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
This car has stalled multiple of times, with no lights, no warning of it going to happen. This is very dangerous and I have taken it to bob boyd dealership where I bought the car 6 years ago. It now has around 80000 miles on it and in the last few months, it has started to get worse. I took it to the dealership and they told me that they cant do anything with it until the can replicate the problem. The first time I took it there, it was 1 year after I bought it, they replaced the battery as they said that was the problem. Was till the year and now the problem is back again. This time more frequent. I have taken the car to them twice now and they give me the same answer, that they cant fix it till it breaks, they have to replicate the problem to make sure they can fix it, meanwhile, I have a car that's not working right and very dangerous. They had the car for two days the first time, and then took it back to them after it stalled driving it home from the dealership. The second time, they kept it for over a week, still, they say they cant fix it cause they don't know what the problem is. You can google this problem and it is wide spread across this country, other Dodge products are doing the same thing and the dealerships aren't doing anything to fix it. Please contact these people and give us consumers a fighting chance in getting this fixed. I will never buy another Dodge product after this. Thanks for reading this, and if you decide to do something about this, thank you dearly for doing so. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #131

Oct 122011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph and approached a traffic stop signal. The brake pedal was engaged when suddenly, the vehicle stalled without warning. The engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to locate the problem. The failure recurred five times. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 8/31/12 the consumer stated the vehicle would stall when shifting between gears. Updated 09/11/2012

- Coshocton, OH, USA

problem #130

May 012012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact was traveling 35-40 mph when the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileages were 75,000.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #129

Mar 282012


  • 55,610 miles


I was making a U turn and the truck just shut off on me. I had put it on park and restart the engine. I experienced the issue numerous times and have taken it back to car max and they are unable to locate why the vehicle was just cutting off. I recently experienced where the car would start and turn off. Just today I was trying to park the vehicle and the engine just cut off.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #128

Oct 182011


  • miles
Oil burning smell when purchased. Salesman said possible when they changed oil some spilled on engine, it has been doing it since now and gotten worse, we replaced the valve cover gasket with no help have no idea what's wrong it smells like burnt oil.

- New Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #127

Mar 142012


  • miles
I was in nyc last week. I was making a turn in the city the truck cut off. A tractor trailer and several cars were behind me. I was able to put the car in park and re-start it. However, if someone behind was not paying attention that accident could have been terrible. Prior to that I was driving on the fdr and truck cut off on me again, while in traffic. Again I had to put the truck in park and start it up again. I know good and well Chrysler knows about this problem because I see too many Durango owners with the same problem. Please create a recall we and our families lives are depending on it!!!!

- Union City, GA, USA

problem #126

Jan 182012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The dealer was contacted but did not acknowledge the failure. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 103,318.

- Burkley , CA, USA

problem #125

Nov 152011


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that when attempting a left turn the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the vehicle needed a tune-up and the crankshaft sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed but no failures were found within the vehicle. The failure mileage was 125,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Windsfield, MO, USA

problem #124

Feb 232012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 83,250 miles
Engine runs rough and stalls when driving slowly and going around turns. It does not brake or steer effectively after the engine stalls.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #123

Jan 012012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall without warning while driving at any speed. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #122

Feb 012012


  • 136,400 miles
While driving my vehicle, coming to a stop, or turning left at slow speeds 0-5 mph my engine stall without warning. No lights light up on the dash to indicate a problem. I have also noticed that rpms fluctuate (increase/decrease) while my foot is off the gas pedal. This is a daily occurrence. I first thought that I had bad fuel and put an fuel additive in the tank to hopefully resolve the problem. When the problem continued, I replaced the air filter, but the problem continued. I am now going to replace the egr, but I have seen that others have done so without any success in resolving the problem. Based on the notices placed here and at various other web-sites for several years running, it appears that Dodge does not have any procedures in place to resolve this problem. This is a health and safety issue that needs to be addressed. I purchased this vehicle for the purpose of transporting my grand kids, and lacrosse players to and from various events. If Dodge does not resolve this problem, and I or someone I am transporting is injured or killed in a accident based on the above mentioned vehicle malfunction, Dodge will be held accountable.

- Bonners Ferry, ID, USA

problem #121

Apr 122011

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure was intermittent and the vehicle would restart successfully. The vehicle had not been to the dealer for a diagnosis. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 100,000. Updated 03/14/12

- Wyomissing, PA, USA

problem #120

Jan 112008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Stalls while driving since we bought it, fan motor for heat needs same part replaced ever 3 month to year, loud ticking, bad engine, only 86,000 miles.

- Wildwood , NJ, USA

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