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:
117,794 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 suspension problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 292016


  • 172,000 miles


The car stalls alot whenever you're at a light or going slow speeds. Will turn off and needs to be turned on. The ignition locks and the key wont turn when trying to turn the car on. The airbag light is constantly blinking when the driver seat belt is not on. When the seatbelt is on, the airbag light is permanently on. This morning the front passenger tire area make a loud clunk when I turned left. Shortly after as I was going about 35 mph it felt as if I had a flat tire so I pulled over. Turns out the entire ball joint had broken and the front passenger tire had fallen to the side.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 012015


  • 183,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving at various speeds, the contact noticed an abnormal clicking noise from beneath the vehicle. The svc, 4WD, and 4lo warning lights illuminated. The engine revved independently. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to accelerate. When making a turn, the steering wheel seized and required excessive force. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the tie rod and front end suspension, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 183,000. Updated 09/25/15

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #5

May 052014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 138,400 miles
While. I'm driving my SUV lock up the 4 wheel light come on out of no where and then 4 low light come on I have been smelling a burning smell and don't know where it's coming from everyone whom look at it don't know what's wrong. All I know is yesterday I was on the highway and the same thing happen again with no warning even when I lock my car door I hear this funny noise.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #4

Apr 232014


  • 103,000 miles


I have a 2005 Dodge Durango limited 4X4 it constantly locks into 4lo and 4lock all on its own and engages on its own even with vehicle off most times locking in 4lo causing tires to stick and very difficult to drive or turn this happens at any rate of speed also when first starting truck and putting it in drive or reverse transmission is gives a loud air leaking noise and takes a long time to pick up and drive I have just recently bought this vehicle and have taken it back to the dealer multiple times to be told they are unsure what is causing the issue. I have done research and see that several Dodge Durango owners are having this issue please help.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 112014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 133,943 miles
Play in both upper and lower front ball joints needing new control arms. Caused cupping on good tires and also an alignment.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #2

Mar 062011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 94,212 miles
Upon filling up at the gas station, when the pump shut off, there was an overflow from the gas tank. About the same time, I had to replace the tires and was told the car needed to have the ball joints replaced and there was a recall out for the job. However, I was told my VIN number did not qualify. Updated 05/08/14

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #1

Aug 302007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ball joint failure on 2005 Dodge Durango. I find it amazing that a vehicle that 27 months old and driven soley on the streets of New Jersey would suffer "ball joint" and "tie rodend" failure. The vehicle has only 40K miles and has been dealer service.

- Allendale, NJ, USA

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