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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,327 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 transmission problems

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 202008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


My 2005 Dodge Durango 5.7 w/hemi the vehicle will stall out when turning or when at a stop or slow idle. Loss of power brakes and steering.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #10

Nov 132007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Engine starts sputtering then stalls. This has happened on numerous occasions over the last four months. I took the truck to the dealer four times they could not duplicate the problem.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 112007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
2005 Dodge Durango with hemi engine continues to suddenly stall at slow or slowing speeds in traffic....dangerous! auto trans. Control module reflashed already, vehicle just had complete 50K service with all plugs replaced says within manuf. Specs. Vehicle stalls and is unsafe !

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #8

May 052007

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,551 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While idle at a red light, the vehicle's engine began to sputter. When the light turned green, the contact attempted to accelerate, but the engine stalled and shut completely off. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The failure occurred on three previous occasions. At 2,845 miles, the wire harness had a failed wire and was repaired. At 2,551 miles, the pedal assembly module was defective and the clutch was replaced. At 6,033 miles, the open circuit and the module transmission control were both reprogrammed. The current mileage is 25,000 and failure mileages were 2,551.

- Absecon, NJ, USA

problem #7

Apr 192007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2005 Dodge Durango stalls while driving & the steering wheel will lock in position. The first time this happened (approx Aug, 2006), I was turning into a shopping center & almost hit a car coming out of the shopping center B/C my truck stalled & the steering wheel locked & would not allow me to turn in any direction anymore! the second time this happened (just this week, April 2007), I had just backed out of a parking spot, put it in drive & started to go forward while turning (both times this happened I was turning to the right)... I moved forward slightly & then it stalled out... again, the steering wheel locked up. When the vehicle stalls, everything shuts off... all electronics, everything... and the steering wheel will lock in place. The local dealership wants me to pay $100! just to tell me what is wrong, if they can find anything on the trucks computer! I purchased the truck in Feb, 2006 in pittsburgh, pa. I drove it down to key West & had a problem with an oil sensor during the trip. My biggest concern is the fact that when it stalls, everything turns off & the steering wheel locks up. I have to hope other drivers are as cautious as I am & that my brakes don't fail on me too!

- Key West, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 252005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,206 miles
Bought 2005 Dodge Durango slt on 10/21/05. On 10/25/05 it idled down and cut off but no service light came on took to dealer and they said couldn't find anything. I have called or been to the dealer 46 times from 10/05 -11/06. No panel lights came on so they stated they couldn't fix it, but the Durango will idle down and cut off in park or at low speeds. October 2006 dealer changed the cluster and problem stopped for a week. Then started again either at idle or in park. 12/06 I took back due to it started to cut off while driving. But still no panel lights and nothing showing on computer. In January 2007 was driving and cut off in the middle of crossing traffic and another car had to swerve around took back to dealer. The dealer added 1 qt of transmission fluid and problem stopped for 3 days. Then idle down and cutting off again. Then did a transmission flush due to technical support recommendations. Drove for 4 days and it cut off when turning and lost power had to slam brakes to miss a pole. Next day driving down rd and cut off had to hit brakes to stay out of the ditch because I was on a curve. I have children and this is a safety issue. First incident date was 10/25/05-present(1/21/07)

- Whiteville, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 182006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Unexpected and immediate engine stall at highway speed caused complete loss of power, including loss of power steering and power brakes. I was able to coast to the side of the road, place the truck in park, and restart. This was a very dangerous situation that could have produced grave consequences. Took the truck to a Dodge dealer would could find nothing wrong. Warranty work six months prior included changing the fluid return filter on the transmission. This service work was a result of sluggish power to the transmission. Truck has also died while driving in slow traffic.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 102006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
Engine surge causes vehicle to lurch. First instance was on March 10th 2006. The vehicle was running, I entered the vehicle put it into reverse and the tachometer jumped to almost 2000 rpms and vehicle lurched backwards then stopped. The second instance was on March 28th 2006 my wife was entering a parking space facing a store and reported stepping on the brake and the vehicle lurched forward jumping the concrete parking block with all 4 wheels, hitting the building then stopping. I believe this really is a problem as I now realize that during the first incident I needed to have the brake depressed to move the gear lever from park to reverse. Maybe related to NHTSA ODI id#S 10112496,10125643, 10141521, and 10152704.

- Clearfield, UT, USA

problem #3

Feb 162006


  • 14,896 miles
2005 Dodge Durango stalls when driving. The dealership indicated software failure in power train control module, the tech. Performed technical service bulletin #18-013-05.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 162005

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Durango which I purchased 9/10/05. It has a little over 2000 miles on it now. I was turning into my parking lot at work, when all of a sudden my steering column locked up! I was just sitting at the curb trying to put it in reverse, or continue going forward, and the engine would not acknowledge any gear I put it in to. I turned my engine off, restarted it and it "magically" started back up and worked. I immediately parked it and had it towed to the nearest dealership. To my dismay, they stated they'd never heard of such a problem and couldn't figure out what the problem was. I suggested replacing the PCM. They said they could not since it "appeared" to be working fine. I'm very concered about my family's safety due to this problem. I'm scared to even continue to drive this vehicle, because who knows when it will happen again!

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 142005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,240 miles
2005 Dodge Durango hemi stalls while turning dealer has "flashed" the ECU (updating the powertrain control module per service bulletin).

- Puyallup, WA, USA

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