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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,514 miles

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2005 Dodge Durango fuel system problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 23)

problem #444

Jul 312005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


2005 Dodge Durango. Consumer writes in regards to the fuel tank inlet valve recall notice issues. The consumer stated he has been trying for more than 18 months to get Chrysler to honor the recall. To date, with no success. Right after purchasing the vehicle, the consumer began to experience a serious problem with gas spilling out of the tank as it was being filled. The problem subsequently returned and the dealer gave him cosmetic explanations. After the vehicle, nearly caught on fire, it prompted the consumer to investigate and he soon discovered a recall had been issued for the same problem he experienced.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #443

Dec 312014

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. When attempting to refuel the vehicle, fuel ejected out of the filler neck. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel tank inlet check valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 09V003000 (fuel system, gasoline) but the VIN was not included. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V817000 (air bags); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000. Updated 6/8/15

- Evart, MI, USA

problem #442

Nov 042014


  • 75,000 miles
Every time I went to fill the gas tank it had a delay overflow. Started out with about a cup of gasoline and then increased to about 3/4 of a pint and this is even when filling very slowly. I checked online and found that there had been a recall on Durango's in 2005 for gas tanks overflowing because of a defective check valve. When I contacted the dealer he said that recall did not apply to my VIN number?. I do not see how that can be. I have owned many cars over 40 years and never had one overfill the fuel tank and splash all over you.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

problem #441

Mar 152010

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles


I can not fill up my vehicle all the way because fuel spews out before the pump shuts off. I have contacted the dealer and they will not look at it as a defect or recall anymore. I have to pay for it. I do not think that this right because this is a very serious security hazard. This issue is clearly a serious problem and could cause serious injuries or even death if an ignition source happened to blow nearby. I think the dealer should fix it free of charge. I know that there has been a recall on this before so the dealer should fix any issue that comes up concerning all factory defects and/or recalls regardless of how long it has been.

- Willard, NM, USA

problem #440

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 #439

Aug 012014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 135,555 miles
Having 3 major issues that can be life threatening..1) driving at any speed sometimes vehicle will completely shut off leaving me on the highway at 60mph no power steering 2) filling gas tank up no matter if I go slow will always spit lots of gas back out of the neck 3) 4X4 is engaging by itself. I can park it turn motor off and you can hear it going into 4X4 without me being in the vehicle or touching the 4X4 knob. This has cause me issue steering when it decides to go into 4X4 mode by itself. I need to know if their is current complaints about the above issues and how can I get them fix without me paying.

- Brunswick, MD, USA

problem #438

Feb 012007

Durango 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


I have a 2005 Dodge Durango 4.7L and when filling the gas tank the gas splashes out when the pump shuts off. Even when pumping slowly it still comes out of the filler neck and onto the ground. If pumping faster it tends to shoot up and out. This is a hazard and needs to be fixed asap.there is a recall out for this problem on the 2005 Durango but mine is not one of the VIN numbers that qualifies. The dealer says the entire gas tank needs to be replaced due to the check valve getting stuck and not closing properly. I have read several forum sites where other people have the same issue and Chrysler is not replacing those parts.

- Goddard, KS, USA

problem #437

Jun 042012

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
When I'm driving in traffic (approx 30-45 mph) or stopped at a light, my vehicle randomly shuts off. There's no indication this will happen. No lights flash or anything. The truck simply stops. I take it to mechanics and they say they can't identify the problem--but they recognize there's a problem. I'm fearful for the safety of my family in the vehicle and/or anyone we encounter when this happens. It's nearly impossible to steer the vehicle out of traffic, and the steering locks up as well. I've had the cooling system flushed, transmission replaced to no avail. Is there a recall on this thing?! there sure should be! I'm sure someone has died by now due to this malfunction.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #436

Oct 112012


  • 89,600 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while refueling the vehicle, fuel spewed through the filler neck and onto the contact. The contact also mentioned that the check engine and ABS warning lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank filler inlet check valve needed to be replaced. In addition, the dealer informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V003000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 89,600 and the current mileage was 106,200.

- Ocalla, FL, USA

problem #435

Apr 012014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the inside of the vehicle had a gasoline odor after the fuel pump assembly was replaced. The contact discovered pools of gasoline on top of the fuel pump assembly. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. No repairs were performed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000. The current mileage was 71,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #434

Oct 142011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


It spits gas back at you when you fill up I just read about the recall I've only owned the car for 2 year.

- Duchesne , UT, USA

problem #433

Aug 012013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
2 problems: 1) even though our local dealership is insistent that we don't have a recall, I can see a recall on your page about windshield wiper motors. Our wipers come on every time we start the vehicle, and they work sporadically. Sometimes while they're on, they won't come on at all, as mentioned in the recall information. Why isn't mine covered? 2) biggest problem: Several times (upwards of ten times) I have been going slow, usually making a turn, and my engine stalls. I have to turn the key off and then restart, and I'm okay again. Took it to a mechanic in the last part of July/first part of August last year, and he replaced the fuel pump. It didn't occur again until December, while we were on vacation- we were slowly going up a hill and it stalled. Had to turn the key off and then re-start it. It hadn't done it again until a couple days ago. It did it three times in one day, then has been doing it each day since. I'm really afraid that the Durango is going to die in the middle of traffic and I'll get hit. I have four young kids, and I am panicked thinking about having to drive it with them inside, because I'm afraid that we're going to get hit and hurt. It's so scary that I'm tempted to trade it in- though I can't really afford it, we just bought this thing used last year. I'm wondering if it did this for the previous owners as well. There are complaints all over the internet about this same problem, but no fix for it. Even if I could get a mechanic to tell me what it is and fix it, I'd do that, but nobody seems to know what the answer is. It's obviously a huge safety issue!! please help!!

- Riverton, WY, USA

problem #432

Aug 212013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Fuel overflows when you fill the tank up. Gas kicks back smell gas fumes while parked some times. Dealer says its not covered. But there is a recall.

- Shelton , CT, USA

problem #431

Jan 022014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
When refueling vehicle, fuel gushes out of fuel filler tube violently. This occurs no matter what speed fuel is pumped into tank. I see that 2 recalls affect this condition in this model year vehicle but the recalls seem to affect only a portion of vehicles for this model year. My vehicle appears to have been manufactured in April 2005. This appears to place it between the 2 groups of vehicles covered by the recall. I went to a Chrysler dealer on 3-5-14 and was told that my vehicle is not covered by the recall. Why aren't all vehicles affected with this problem covered. Seems to be very unsafe to have a large quantity of gasoline ejected from the filler each time it is fueled. The incident date I indicated above is the date I purchased the vehicle. I have no knowledge of problems the previous owner encountered, it was owned from new by a local police department.

- Chatfield, MN, USA

problem #430

Feb 192014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Spits back fuel after refueling. Possibility of fire hazard.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

problem #429

Aug 312012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 175,859 miles
I am having an issue with the fuel tank when I am filling up the truck, when fueling, the pump handle will click off and then fuel will shoot out of the fuel tank all over the place. I have never seen or experienced this issue ever before and it is quite alarming when you gas up and end up covered in gasoline not to mention the fact I am spilling gasoline all over at the pump, I feel this is a liability because of fuel spills and the fact it could potentially start a fire. I have seen several recalls on this issue and also several reviews as to Chrysler/Dodge not helping to repair the problem, this is why I was told to start here with a formal complaint.

- Goodrich, MI, USA

problem #428

Jul 012013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 146,897 miles
When filling the fuel tank up, the gas pours out and goes everywhere the car, ground, and me.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #427

Oct 012013

Durango 8-cyl Diesel

  • 75,000 miles
When fueling up my vehicle at the end of the pumping procedure, gas shoots out of tank and depending on pressure it can reach my forehead.

- El Dorado, CA, USA

problem #426

Jul 012011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
During fill-ups with gas, fuel spills out. There have been multiple recalls on the issue, but the dealer says our VIN is not covered even though it falls within the dates of manufacture that the recall states.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #425

Sep 012011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I have seen lots of complaints about this same issue online as well as 2 open and closed investigations on this website! while driving my 2005 Dodge Durango it will shut off on its own, steering is impossible at this point. It use to happen a lot to me. Normally it would always happen pulling in or backing out of my driveway. But I live in rural wv and we have mountains and curvy roads. Once I was driving about 30-35 mph and I was on a curvy road and it stalled out on me and I about went over the mountain as I could not steer! we had the vehicle checked over and there was no warning our check engine light on. Ultimately have the mechanic played the guessing game, he replaced the egr valve and that had fixed the problem. Just recently it is beginning to happen again. This investigation needs to be reopened! manufacturer should be responsible. My Durango has 3 very common issues with lots of other folks that should be recalled: 1. the stalling of the vehicle for no apparent reason. 2. the fuel leaking out as you are filling it was gas! they say my car is not part of the recall and will not pay to fix it. 3. 4 lock kicks in on its own as you are driving. This is very dangerous! they need to investigate and solve the problem and recall. I love my Durango and I have had it for 6 years as I bought it used and I am the second owner. I would love for Dodge to make this right. As I do not want to get another vehicle.

- Summersville, WV, USA

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