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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,367 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.

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 182011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


2005 Dodge Durango. In 2007 tierod end on passenger side broke while going down the road. Luckily there was not an accident and the dealer fixed it for free. In August 2011 we discovered that the brake line was laying on the front axle on the drivers side. This caused the brake line to rub in two and caused brake failure resulting in a crash (which is how the problem was discovered). The tow truck driver also said he picked up a Durango that had the upper and lower ball joint broken causing an accident. The front end of the 2005 Dodge Durango is apprently very poorly designed.

- Scottsville, KY, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Feb 282005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
Once again while driving my 2005 Durango slowing down to make a turn the vehicle stalled in the middle of a busy intersection. Oncoming traffic just missed colliding with the passenger side of the vehicle. Also there has been a problem with the vehicle accelerator sticking causing the vehicle to have excessive RPM. Also the front end seems to have some type of problem, while turning the vehicle the front end knocks and feels as if the wheels are going to fall off. Daimler chrylser was contacted about the stalling problem again. This is my second Durango as this was the replacement for the 2004 (lemon) Durango which daimler chrylser bought back. Chrysler still has not issued a recall for the stalling problem as this seemes to be a big problem with the 2004 model year as well. The dealeship had a mechanic test drive the vehicle and the stalling could not be reproduced. Therefore nothing was fixed and the problem still exists, hopefully someone looks into the crash data statistics of how many Durango had crashes due to vehicle stalling.

- Coral Springs , FL, USA

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