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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
71,850 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. new transmission (1 reports)
  3. replace transmission cooler filter & transmission sump fil (1 reports)
2005 Dodge Durango transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 292013

Durango SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


We got this as a used car and everything was fine. At Thanksgiving the car would shift into gear but hardly move. Left it alone waiting on my husband to look at it. A day later car started but the engine light came on. Codes indicated it was a tranny problem _p0700 _p0841. We didn't have time to take it in so it stayed like that for a couple of weeks. We drove 10-20 miles with it like that and the only problem was that it would stall when you stopped at a light.

We took it in to be looked at and of course by that time the engine light was off on its own. They looked at it (or so they said) we paid 100$ for them to run a diagnostic and reprogram the tranny computer? Apparently the battery was low and when we changed it it was stuck in 2nd gear. Whatever. Car kept on stalling on our way home with the rpms fluctuating but when we called they said they didn't have any problem when they test drove it.

- Maria H., kendallville, IN, US

problem #7

Jan 062014

Durango SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Well, the car died again!!!! Even though the dealership said it looked fine, the car died yesterday on a pizza hut parking lot. The car will not go into any gear, the transmission light is on and we are left without a car. We have no idea how much this will cost. Anyone have any ideas please send them out

- Maria H., kendallville, IN, US

problem #6

Nov 042012

Durango 8 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

I just bought my used car not too long ago and one problem I have had is that the horn will go off if it hits any bumps - I'm assuming this may be a faulty system in the security that is in the car. Yesterday on my way home from church the car I went to turn and the car made a strange sound and stopped going into gear. I couldn't move it in reverse, or drive. I can't afford to put out a huge amount of money for this. I am hoping it is not something serious.

- marie128e, Newfield, NJ, US

problem #5

Jul 022010

Durango ST 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


We have a 2005 Durango that started out with the RPMs jumping. This happens on the interstate at high speeds and in town at low speeds. We first noticed it when we were stopped at a red light. Like many other complaints I read here, the car stalls sometimes when idling. However, the problem now includes the transmission slipping. I can't see these issues not being related. We also just replaced the battery due to insufficient cranking amps. Changed the air filter and spark plugs thinking this might help with the RPM issue. The transmission can take as high as 4000 RPMs before it will switch gears and it comes down really rough. Was wondering if anyone else were having these same issues together? If not I would look out as it seams to me they go hand in hand. We're taking the Durango in and I will update when and if they can figure any of this out.

- Nicole R., Ogden, KS, US

problem #4

Jul 072009

Durango Hemi 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

what the hell just got this piece of crap two months,won't go faster then 2 miles with gas pedal pushed all way

- Mary H., Fitchburg, MA, US

problem #3

Jan 012007

Durango ST 4X

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,125 miles

When shifted into reverse the vehicle's transmission hesitates severely, even after giving it time to warm up. This problem has only increased in frequency and severity since our initial lease three years ago!

- monicar, Sheffield Lake, OH, US

problem #2

Mar 202008

Durango 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

It all started 1 year ago 03/07/2007...I had taken my Durango to Glenbrook Dodge Service Center because the service engine light was on and the transmission seemed to be acting funny they tested it and said no its fine all good! Ok must just be me...on March 20th 2008 the parking attendant went to move my car (we double park at work) and it wouldn't go in reverse now mind you I backed out of my driveway and drove into work that day and had fully intended on driving home. We turned it in to the parking insurance because there was a witness who said could have been some abuse. We had it towed to russmoore transmission who did the repair work the insurance guy contacted them and they said that there are two pumps in the transmission and one was NOT working and had more than likely been that way since it came from factory and the clutches were burnt. So therefore the parking guy is off the hook no broken hardware to suggest he did anything. I called Glenbrook Dodge and told them what happened and he said that there was nothing wrong with it when we brought it in and it showed no codes. HOW can the service engine light be on and you get NO codes?? hmmm... I asked how long the transmissions usually last on a Dodge Durango and he said there is no time frame as to how long a transmission will last. It is a 3 year old vehicle with less than 60000 miles HOW CAN THE TRANNY BE BAD.

- Leslie M., Fort Wayne, IN, US

problem #1

Nov 092007

(reported on)

Durango ST 4X 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles

1st incident: My husband and I purchased our 2005 Dodge new from the dealer. At 12,000 miles, our nightmare began. I was backing down a driveway, the truck stalled. At that time we did not take it into the dealer�thinking it was a fluke. About a week later, I was pulling out onto a busy interstate the truck was like a slug�chugging�chugging. I immediately drove it to the shop chugging down the road; only to be told I needed an appointment�.I DON�T THINK SO! After getting upset, they fit it in. I informed them of the stalling issue at that time as well as the reason it was in the shop�check engine light�.sluggish. The Transmission cooler, Return Filter, and Transmission Sump Filter were all 12,500 miles. The dealer could not duplicate the stalling issue. This again is the first of many�

- Trina G., Hollywood, MD, US

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