hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,168 miles

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2006 Dodge Durango drivetrain problems

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2006 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Dec 152016


  • 60,000 miles


While driving my Durango will just shut off (it doesn't run rough or sputter, it just shuts off) leaving me with no power steering or braking. I will coast to the side of the road, put it in park, then try to start it again. Most times it will start right up and other times it may take 2 - 5 minutes. This will happen about once or twice a month for the past couple of years. Otherwise it runs fine before and after it shuts off on me. One oddity that I notice is that all the gauges seem to work fine except the speedometer drops to 0 even through I am still coasting along. The engine light does not come on during this. This is very dangerous as I have almost hit other cars before since I loose my steering and braking abilities.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #29

Aug 162016


  • 132,000 miles
The traction light and service 4WD lights stay on, you can hear the 4WD kicking in and out when the car is sitting the driveway. Dodge acts like they have no idea what is causing this problem. You can google the symptoms and everybody that has a 04 to 06 Dodge is having the same issue. This should be something covered under a recall, there is to many people having the same issues.

- East Lynn, WV, USA

problem #28

Aug 262016


  • 15 miles
I am experiencing a problem with the engine cutting off in full drive situations, all of sudden my check engine light pops up and that's my pre warning that my truck is getting ready to turn off. It is hesitant sometimes and waits till I am complete stop or sometimes it totally shuts down while driving in traffic. Very scary.

- Tolleson, AZ, USA

problem #27

May 032016


  • 175,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. While driving 50 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle jerked, attempted to shift into neutral, and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. An independent mechanic suggested that the failure could be due to a faulty transfer case. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Picayune, MS, USA

problem #26

Apr 282016


  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 50 mph, the rpms increased to 3,000 as if the vehicle downshifted. The 4lo warning indicator illuminated. The contact continued to drive the vehicle and the "service 4WD warning indicator illuminated as well as the stability control warning indicator. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 151,000.

- Fairmount City, PA, USA

problem #25

Mar 312016


  • 145,712 miles
Durango is shifting into 4 lo by its self. It is trying to shift into 4 lo while driving down the road making the 4 lo light flash and causing a whining sound. If you stop while it is doing this it will shift into 4 lo by its self and you can not make it shift back.

- Bradgate, IA, USA

problem #24

Dec 142015


  • 161,000 miles


While driving, my vehicle is switching into 4-lock on its own. The light comes on and all wheels start turning together. Has one time made it so it wouldn't move. Had to turn off and restart vehicle. Has happened when I was driving slowly on city street. Happened another time, 4-lock lights flashing and moaning sound of tires moving at same time. Did shut off on its own.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #23

Sep 132015


  • 128,500 miles
As I braked to park the Durango, the engine abruptly stalled. Not sure why it stalled, but I know there was a problem with the 2004-2005 Durangos where the engine would stall during sharp turns while braking.

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #22

Jul 152014


  • 77,500 miles
While driving down the highway, without any warning, my 2006 Dodge Durango stalled out. I still had radio and power steering, so I pulled over to the side of the road. I restarted my Durango, the check engine light was on, but was able to continue without any further issues. The same type of issue happens sporadically, regardless of weather or speed. There are times, after sitting at a light or stop sign, when you press the gas to go the gears are slow to engage and actually start moving. Sometimes the Durango shifts roughly as you accelerate or decelerate. As time has gone on the problem has become more persistent. I finally took my Durango in to our mechanic and he replaced the egr valve and the throttle position sensor. Within 2 weeks of these parts being replaced, my Durango again began stalling out. I did have the Durango stall out twice, back to back, losing all power in the vehicle, including power steering. I managed to get home and called the mechanic. This time he replaced the throttle control module. The Durango is still stalling out and sometimes very slow to engage gears when starting off from a stopped position. This problem was supposedly address in the 2004-2005 models and corrected. I am afraid to drive my Durango as it is not reliable; this is an accident waiting to happen. Clearly the problem has not been fixed.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #21

Jul 112015


  • 122,465 miles
While vehicle is parked there is a noise from transmission switching in and out of all wheel drive and switching back to 4 wheel drive by itself. Engine is not running. This happens when parked only so far. I'm afraid could switch during driving. It has happened also when hitting the unlock button on the key fob. I originally thought another car was having trouble starting beside my truck. I soon realized it was my vehicle making this noise issue?

- Lynbrook, NY, USA

problem #20

Jun 292015


  • 112,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. While turning at approximately 5 mph, the all wheel drive failed and the wheels seized. The service all wheel drive warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lousiville, KY, USA

problem #19

May 012015


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. While operating the vehicle, the power train erroneously switched to the 4 wheel drive low position and the traction control and 4 wheel drive sensor lights illuminated. While stuck in the 4 wheel drive position, the vehicle became very difficult to steer and failed to accelerate normally. When refueling the vehicle, fuel would spew out of the filler neck. The cause of the failures was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Allenstown, NH, USA

problem #18

Jun 112015


  • 140,000 miles
My 2006 Durango will shift into four wheel drive automatically without warning. Sometimes this occurs when unlocking the vehicle when not running, using the remote to unlock the door. I feel that this is a life and death safety issue and should be resolved by the manufacturer. I have seem many other complaints of this happening.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #17

Mar 182009

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
1st time turned truck off got out keys in hand shut door heard shifting from undertruck, .truck was empty and no keys.. 2nd.on hwy going 65 came to exit.slowed down to 35 service 4 wheel drive lite came on then went to turn a right hand turn and truck shifted into four low. Happened again while towing my trailer..been doing this everyday now shifts into 4 lo easily now and stays foelonger4 periods of vtime.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #16

Nov 042014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
After buying the vehicle in 2009, it began shutting off when I decelerated for stops or turns. No engine light warning. In 2009, took it to the dealership 4 times. No help. Issues have continued. Took to dealership in 2010 3-4 times for same issue. Seems to shut off more in winter than summer but is very random. In 2011, more exploratory work was completed at dealership. Is there a lemon law? in 2012, I had someone else tinker on it. Still no assistance. The issues are less annoying now and becoming dangerous as it now shuts off at any time, at any speed, in any weather. I've tried new brakes, couple of new batteries, new computer chip, complete visual overall with computer assistance at dealership. Once when check engine light came on, O'reily's computer said that the sensor box had moisture in it. Dealership found no such evidence. All maintenance like oil changes are up-to-date. In 2013 in addition to the shutting off, there is a bumping when the brakes are applied and no one can contribute that issue to anything either! no help. Scared to drive but no $$ get a new one. I feel abandoned with a lemon.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #15

May 012012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My car at 65 miles on the highway car just turned off. No warning or notice. Car came to a crawl. I was lucky to get to the side of the highway. One there the car lights came on the check engine, red bolt lights and the oil light. After a few minutes I started car and it stalled then started but was a rocky start. I shut it off and restarted. The car worked fine. Then 3 months later the car did the same time. This when I placed it in the shop they said it was the transmission. So $1400 dollars later and 5 days I picked up my car and 3 miles away from shop the car did the same thing again. I took it back they did a test the codes where coming back as a weird codes. They did not have a clear answer so they did a throttle clean. Car worked fine. Next 3 months. I went out of state in June 2013 when my car stopped again my car was left in this state waiting on computer board that was out of stock until August 2013 when I picked up my car they placed the new system in it along with a wireless key. As soon as I crossed state line it stopped again. As you can see these issue are unsolvable or no want to take responsible for issue. I still have issue but I cant express it all in this some amount of time.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #14

Apr 152012


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted as normal. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle jerked intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #13

Jan 012012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The service 4WD light comes on. The transfer case engages and disengages when the interior light comes on when its not running. 4WD turns on at low speeds when turning and locks up the wheels. When the dash light turns on the 4WD dash switch doesn't work. I was told encoder motor or servo motor or front control module. Sounds like it happens a lot and its a wiring problem. Its been going on now for over 2 years just looking for the right answer.

- Genoa, IL, USA

problem #12

May 182012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
At random times, including while sitting in the driveway, the transfer case on my 2006 Dodge Durango AWD will engage the 4WD. It can happen while sitting in the driveway when you insert the key and before you start the engine. It also makes the clicking sound as if it is engaging when you unlock the doors (possible electrical problem?) it can also happen when driving while turning a corner, such as the sharp corners in a drive-thru. The effect is such that one wheel locks up as if one front wheel has the emergency brake on. When going straight there is no issue. I have researched on the internet and found forums where others are having the same exact problem. The problem is that it is random and intermittent, and difficult to reproduce at the dealership. Often their response is to simply replace one or more of the three main components without verifying that is the issue. This can be quite expensive for the owner and frustrating after spending large sums of money and the issue remains unsolved. I feel it is a safety issue because an inexperienced driver might have this issue in a drive-thru, and to overcome the lack of movement after pressing the gas pedal, they may rev the engine. This might overcompensate and cause the vehicle to dart forward into another car, or even into the building as the wheels are turned to go around the corner. If the 4WD disengages at the revving of the engine, this could also cause the vehicle to suddenly accelerate into another vehicle, pedestrian, or building.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #11

Dec 302013


  • 90,000 miles
Unfortunately have had problems with the Durango from the first week of purchase in 2006. The current issue and is very scary while driving is the 4 lo light will quickly flash rapidly for several flashes and then stops. The car will hesitate and seems to become engaged in 4 lo all on its own. It also makes a noise when unlocking vehicle that sounds like something under the vehicle is moving. It has be doing this more frequently. Concerned for my safety and there is no warning or control. Also when this occurs the steering is affected. In a parking lot recently I was almost rear ended because I was trying to make a sharp left turn and the vehicle just locked up completely and even when trying to accelerate it would not move. I have had many times taken this vehicle to the dealership for "instrument panel" recalls. It really seems that this car has serious safety concerns as this again seems to be electrical in nature and potentially could be fatal if driving and having complete lose of control. I have been concerned about this and also noted that many other Durango owners have the same problem. I would like for Dodge to be responsible for all of the issues with this vehicle and the repeated recalls and repairs that do not seem to help this vehicle. This is a serious issue and hope that a recall will be done before there are increased accidents or worse due to the poor quality and safety of these vehicles.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

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