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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,721 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Dodge Durango seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 302016


  • 149,050 miles


Seat belt is locked but light comes on as if it was not on. I have to undo, and reapply for light to go off. Radio will not work at times. Radio repair guy said I needed a new amplifier. One day it just starts playing, but when I stopped to get gas, the car would not start. After battery was replaced, the cargo lamp stays on if I open my rear hatch. Will only go off if I closed it twice.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Dec 192012


  • 110,000 miles
The mechanism on the seatbelts that locks the seatbelt during a sudden stop or crash is made of plastic. They break easily especially after a few years of use. There are 7 seat belts in my 2005 Dodge Durango. Three of them broken in this fashion. I contacted Dodge who refused to assist me in having the vehicle repaired.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 142007


  • 24,000 miles
Bought car in 2007 had to replace one key because of electronics at 180 dollars each, 2009 changed car battery had to reset keys at 80 dollars, 2011 keys need replaced again at 130 dollars each. Bad design so they can keep fleasing you for money. Also had fuel tank replaced, brake lines rubbed together causing hole in line and loss of brakes, dust cover on drivers seat belt broke off, screws in back tail gate keep loosening and falling out.

- Dacono, CO, USA

problem #4

Apr 102009


  • 95,000 miles


The seatbelt buckles in the 2nd row seats have broken. The plastic part on the buckles that makes the belt stay tight for a car seat has cracked on one and totally broken off on the other. I do not feel safe putting my child in the seat due to the belt not tightening. The dealer assured me that the belt is still safe for a child that is not in a carseat, but I do not feel it is safe. I have not gotten it fixed yet due to funds being available we just use the other seats. Please investigate this. They should recall vehicles that do not have safety belts that hold up to daily use.

- Concordia, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 152008


  • 32,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango limited w/ hemi. We purchased this vehicle used w/ 26,000 miles on it a year and 4 months ago. I have experienced several problems w/ it: Broken remote keys-the remote locking devices on both keys are now dysfunctional due to the solder that holds the battery in place breaking. I cannot lock/unlock vehicle from outside and when it is locked from inside prior to exiting, upon re-entry, the alarm sounds until key is put into ignition and vehicle is started. The amount of money to replace these keys is outrageous!!!! windows shaking while rolled down-anytime any of the windows are rolled down they shake violently w/ in their casing. There is also quite a bit of wind noise heard when windows are rolled up completely. Had dealership look at it but they could not determine there was a problem. Navigation system-the main knob has become almost dysfunctional. It seems that it is sticking out farther than it once had. With out use of this knob, the entire nav system is virtually unusable. Seatbelt cover-drivers side plastic dust cover where seatbelt goes into seat came off and the plastic around it has a crack in it. There is quite alot of dust building up inside the seatbelt mechanism. Liftgate screws falling out-this has happened a dozen times regardless of how many times they are tightened. It is the screws that hold the plastic on the inside of the liftgate-where the closing handles are located. Broken pin on accelerator pedal-dealer calling this a "push nut pin" and it is what attaches the accelerator to the arm. Dealership certain it is a part malfunction however Chrysler refusing to repair. Underside steering wheel radio control-the left button that changes the pre-set radio stations as well as which disk is playing in the cd changer is sticking. If you just barely touch it the stations/cd's change continuously. In order to get it to stop, you must depress it very hard while moving it back and forth.

- Whitney, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 062008

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the rear and front passenger side seat belt would not release. As of April 7, 2008, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 69,000. The VIN and engine size were unavailable.

- South Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 102005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. He stated that the dust cover for the seat belt popped off which caused dust to gather between the seat belts. He felt that over time dust would accumulate and prevent the seat belts from operating correctly. The dealer was unable to provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

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