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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 2
Average Mileage:
90,388 miles

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2005 Dodge Durango steering problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #19

Jun 092012


  • miles


I have a 2005 Durango and lately it has been dying with no type of any warning. It usually will happen if I am turning a corner, coming to a stop and then trying to accelerate, or going through parking lots. Saturday I had a car full of kids leaving a baseball game and I stopped at a stop sign to cross a busy hwy in my hometown and when I went to accelerate to go across the intersection of the hwy my Durango died right there with oncoming traffic headed toward us...I couldn't steer and had to stop in the middle of the hwy with the kids in my car and put the car in park and frantically try to start the car hoping this would help (which thankfully it did this time). This has happened more than once and each time is getting more and more scarier. I am afraid to drive the car for fear one of these times my family and I won't be so lucky and will end up being killed due to the defect in the vehicle. I have reviewed many forums online and see many complaints in the forums where this has been brought to Dodge's attention and even complaints on this site with nothing done to resolve this issue. This is very dangerous for everyone involved because of the stalling of the vehicle. Please listen to the consumers and help resolve this issue. Thank you.

- Newberg, OR, USA

problem #18

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 #17

Dec 272011


  • 120,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact was driving 40 mph when the engine stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted after the failure but was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 120,000. Kmj

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #16

Sep 302010


  • 60,000 miles


This has been an ongoing issue with our Durango. The first time it happened was about one month after I bought it used with approx 60K miles on it. It is totally at random. I'm always able to pop it into neutral and start it back up again as if nothing ever happened. The biggest problem with this is not only that the engine totally shuts off(as if that isn't a huge issue in itself), but that the power steering/power brakes go out as well making the possibility of an accident a huge issue. It has always had a stutter when driving. After taking it to the dealer, being told they couldn't replicate the problem or pull any codes. In order for them to find the problem I would have to pay them to locate their defect. At this point Dodge needs to resolve this since I am not the only one experiencing this huge safety issue. I urge everyone to also submit this problem to the NHTSA.

- Cresco, PA, USA

problem #15

Apr 082011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While the contact was driving approximately 15 mph in rainy weather conditions, suddenly the steering wheel locked for a brief moment. There were no prior warnings. The similar failure occurred twice while it was raining. The failure had not been diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- East Fallowfield , PA, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Jun 302010


  • 83,000 miles


The car (Dodge Durango 05) totally dies at any random time, the steering locks and everything shuts down while driving this car. This has happened several times in the past month or two while on the highway and in town. I was lucky not to get hit last week from behind..I jumped out of the car to warn traffic coming off a hill towards my dead car, that I was distressed and to go around.....we purchased this car 3 1/2 months ago. Took to the Dodge dealer and had them go thru it and they could not find any thing wrong. They checked the computer and drove it...I can no longer feels safe driving this car.

- Lewiston, ID, USA

problem #12

May 182010


  • 99,500 miles
2005 Dodge Durango stalls and power steering seems to go out when making a sharp right turn. The vehicle has done this 5-6 times over the last two weeks. There have been several close calls in getting rear-ended by a car behind us. The Dodge dealer can't seem to find anything wrong!

- Goddard, KS, USA

problem #11

Feb 262010

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,932 miles
I own a 2005 Dodge Durango. Whenever the vehicle runs through a moderately sized rain puddle and water is sprayed up under the car the power steering fails but returns to service a short time after. This has happened repeatedly and the dealer has been called and they acknowledge the problem but say nothing can be done about it. It is truly a safety issue. I have experienced this along with my wife and sons. I live in tampa, fl and rainfall is quite routine (approx 52 inches/yr) and puddles cannot be avoided.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 222008


  • 57,000 miles
Whenever the contact drives the vehicle at low speeds and begins to make a turn the steering column will suddenly lock up. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and the contact did not notice any differences beforehand. The current mileage is 92000, failure mileage was at 57000. Bml

- Looneyville, WV, USA

problem #9

May 082009


  • 87,000 miles


We have a Dodge Durango 2005 and the steering wheel locked while driving. When decelerating to stop, the car engine turned off. The car started again after putting in park mode and turning the ignition key again.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 302008


  • 59,500 miles
When negotiating a right turn through an intersection, my 2005 Dodge Durango would not turn in the expected direction of travel; thereby the vehicle proceeded into a ditch. No injuries to driver. No damage to property or other vehicles. After review of the vehicle for damage, the right front tire appeared to be severely misaligned and broken from the tie rod assembly. As of the date of this complaint, there severity of the damage to the vehicle has yet to be determined, and is still under review with the insurance company.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 172008


  • 84,000 miles
Steering wheel wobbled then pulled dead left and vehicle went into oncoming traffic lane and struck dump truck pulling a trailer with a backhoe on it luckily everyone walked away.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 282006


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. When the vehicle reaches 60 mph, it feels as if it will flip over and the wheels are uncontrollable. The contact stated that the vehicle does not need to be aligned; however, they pull the vehicle in the opposite direction. The vehicle also clunks and clinks during acceleration and the engine light remains illuminated. The sensors were changed and the engine light dimmed; however, it illuminated again the following day and still remains lit. The vehicle has new brakes and when the brake pedal is depressed, the vehicle jumps before it stops. The contact must turn the steering wheel in order to avoid a crash. NHTSA campaign id number's 05V460000 (power train:automatic transmission) and 07V092000 (electrical system: Instrument panel) were referenced. The current mileage was 82,000 and failure mileage was 62,000.

- St. Louis , MO, USA

problem #5

Jul 312007

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Dodge Durango - steering failure. When traveling in wet conditions, water will splash on to the engine pulleys - resulting in lost of power steering.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 162007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,614 miles
We purchased a 2005 Dodge Durango used March 11, 2006 with 16,568, miles on it. On March 13th two days after we purchased it and 16,614 miles later (48 miles later) the truck broke down on the highway! we had the truck towed in to earnhardts Dodge, find out the ring gear and pinion set needs replaced, differential side bearings - all axles replace (includes case and side gears if necessary) this is quoted from all my receipts. 2nd time around (July 18,2006) - now has 24,795 miles on it, rear end issues again! again this is the repairs - seal, axle shaft oil - replace all other axles-right. Brake pads, disc brake-both sides rear replace due right rear axle seal leaking contaminated pads, rotor has fluid burned into the surface. Replaced right axle seal and brakes. Also had to replace watts link sway bar, replaced bell crank and links. Replaced both rear stabilizer bars again. 3rd time (January 10,2007) - now at 38,051 miles replace seal, axle shaft oil, replace all other axles - replace seal, drive pinion oil replace all others. 4th time, (January 29,2007) now at 39,329 again, replaced bell crank, watts link. 5th time (July 16,2007) - 52,058 failed bearing in rear diff, need to replace ring & pinion and all bearings- cost - $1,474, (why would I want to pay this much when they haven't been able to fix this problem?) told them to put the truck back together, we can't afford to fix it. 6th time - now after researching this vehilce, we found out, earnhardts Dodge/Hyundai in gilbert Arizona (same placed we purchased it at) January 17,2006) (now 6 repairs) noticed the Durango had rear differtial leaks, they replaced seal, drive pinion oil and all three parts - then returned the vehicle to stock when it was finished at 16,614 miles! just 48 miles before we purchased the vehicle!!

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 20 mph, the contact was unable to turn the steering wheel to the left. The failure only occurred during rainy conditions. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. The current mileage is 45,611 and failure mileage was 25,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 152005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
My firm represents several passengers and the personal representatives of the estates of two decedent who were killed when a 2005 Dodge Durango lost steering control on the Florida turnpike. The vehicle is a rental vehicle from dollar rental car. It may be a case where the bolts in the steering were missing, but is yet to be determined. Please call 1-800-801-9399 and ask for don hardeman. He has placed a "legal hold" on this vehicle and he is aware of the location of the vehicle. The vehicle number is 8136354. Please ask him for the location of the vehicle for inspection. NHTSA action number : PE05056.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

May 142005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,456 miles
The vehicle is making popping noise when turning. I traded my 2003 Caravan in for the Durango because it was making the same noise that my new Durango is making and the dealerships (2 different ones) could not find or fix the problem. Now the Durango is making the noise and the dealerships cant fix it. I called Chrysler and all they could suggested was to take it to a different dealership. If that's all they can do then I will file lemon law after the fourth trip to the dealership and will never buy another Dodge/Chrysler vehicle...

- Nederland, TX, USA

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