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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
75,268 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. rebolted manifold to engine (1 reports)
  3. replaced motor 4x4 still engages without warning (1 reports)
2005 Dodge Durango engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 022013

Durango LX 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


2005 dodge Durango magnum hemi 5.7L V8 engine started knocking. then Durango died on highway, had to be towed and now needs new engine that I cant find unless you buy a brand new 1. I don't have that kind of money

Update from Mar 19, 2014: Got motor put in finally coming home 4x4 engades n disengades on its own no warning very scary im pissed of putting money in this piece of sh*t I still make loan payments on the vehicle live on 1month income i fill this isnt my responsibility its did this before I put a different motor in I haveseen many complaints on line about same problem I called dodge the guy I spoke to was very rude told me not nothing can br done he hung up on me I will never buy dodge again I have had diff cars n past I have never had this problem with any other company DONT KNOW WHY THERE ISNT A RECALL ON THIS VEHICLE THIS CAN CAUSE A TRAGEDY PLEASE HELP US ALL ABOUT THIS IT'S NOT FAIR WE HAVE PAID ALOT OF MONEY PLUS THE MONEY TO FIX PROBLRMS

- , Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 012011

Durango 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Took it to the dealer and they told me it wasn't covered under warrenty. One of the bolts broke that holds the manifold to the motor. It has to be tapped out

- , Charlotte, MI, USA

problem #4

May 022013

Durango Limited 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,610 miles

We purchased this vehicle new, only had delivery miles on it. My wife is the main driver of this 2004 Dodge Durango. She drives it about 3 days a week 30 miles one way, this is also our vehicle we take trips in. Always keep the oil changed, tires rotated and other thing you do to keep your vehicle in top shape. The vehicle still looks new inside except the cheap plastic panel that goes on the side of the seat next to the door on both the pass. and driver seat. Now my problem is one morning my wife started the vehicle up to go to work it start tapping like a lifter are valve was sticking. She turned it of and came to get me so I could hear it and for sure it was a loud tapping in the engine. The vehicle is paid for but not ready to buy right now. I see many others have posted this same problem I guess the Hemi is not what it was hyped up to be. Please Don't say hemi.

- , Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 072001


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


My car has been making a wierd ticking noise that is very noticeable for about a year .I dont know why ar what it is and I have been unable to bring it in due to my budget however I do get all my oil changes and tune ups in a timely manner.

- , Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 152006

Durango SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

My mom drives hers and there is a knocking every so often in the engine. The dealership thought she was nuts, and so did I. She took us all for a ride one day and we heard it. They still don't know what the hell it was...

- , Concord, NC, USA

problem #1

May 292008

Durango Limited 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

In summer 2007, my 2005 Durango starts having a knocking noise in the engine/drivetrain that can also be felt while driving. It only happens when the vehicle is warm. I took it in for repairs and they said they could not duplicate the problem. The second time I took it in for the same problem, I went with the mechanic on a test drive and he said "oh, that noise." Anyhow, I had the vehicle in for service 5 times with that dealer and so far 3 times with another and they are still unable to identify/solve the problem. I am deeply frustrated! This has cost me a lot of money not to mention time and a lot of anguish! Although I was a loyal Dodge customer for the last 15 years, I will never buy one again!

- , Centreville, VA, USA

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