really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,556 miles

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2006 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Sep 022013


  • 140,000 miles


When we unlock/lock the doors we can hear a clicking noise under the truck. Sometimes while driving or taking a tight turn I can feel the 4X4 kick in and the tires lock up. Sometimes the 4X4 dash indicator will flicker on and off while driving normally and sometimes the red neutral light indicator by the 4X4 switch comes on. Usually shutting the truck off and on again makes that go away.

- Fitchburg, WI, USA

problem #19

Mar 162011


  • 60,000 miles
This vehicle dies randomly going down the road. When it is wet out it is worse. With no warning the vehicle just stalls. During this you loss all controls of the vehicle. But you can turn it over and it will start right back up. I have talked to other people with the same year make and model vehicles and there Durango's are doing the exact same thing. This is a major problem that needs be taken care of before someone is killed. I have had it to a Dodge dealer ship and they said that they have had similar complaints but are unable to figure out what it is. I just want to be safe in my vehicle!

- Leslie, MI, USA

problem #18

Feb 132014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 73,935 miles
Exhaust manifold bolts are broken on passenger side, with heat shield detached. Dealer reports that drivers side are deteriorated and may fail in the near future. Recommend replacement of all bolts/studs that will most likely break off due to the failure of the material used by Chrysler. Will require drilling out bolts from heads at a minimum cost of over $1400 per the experience of the dealer. Contacted Chrysler and they consider this normal wear... even when the owner is required to drill the bolts out. This is a failure in the engineering and design of a vehicle and should be investigated as it creates dangers due to extreme exhaust temperature, exhaust gases and the potential failure of an engine... all due to the deterioration of inexpensive bolts. This is an example of cutting corners to save a dollar while costing the owners thousands of dollars in repairs. Many reports of this problem exist on forums and discussion boards but the manufacturer ignores the defect and does not issue a recall.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #17

Jul 102013


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was advised that the connector rod had failed. The engine was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #16

Nov 062013


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 60 mph, the contact heard a banging noise as the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was found that there was sludge in the engine and a rod had been thrown. The contact was also informed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #15

Aug 122013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
My vehicle stalls with no notice. No RPM loss. No warning lights. Just stalls. This is going to cause a serious accident. The first time this happened I was making a left turn into my drive way. The next time while slowing from 35 mph to make a left turn onto a side street. The last 2 times I have been in heavy traffic having it stall when merging into the turn lane. I have searched the internet and find numerous complaints of this very same issue. Not sure why Chrysler has not stepped up and addressed this issue.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #14

Jun 012013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


The dash board lights/ warning lights go off and on, and the odometer and RPM gauges bounce from zero to like 5000 RPM while driving. The ac and radio and dvd and navigation all shut off and on also while driving. I took it to crown motors on June 21 and had a diagnostic tests ran and nothing came up all was fine. They told me to bring it back in when it did it and to leave it run when I go inside to let them know. I took back down there on June 24 as it was doing it all again. They immediately took it back to the shop and stated you definitely have something wrong. They told after an hour that they could only get the reading up to the ECM and anything after that it is not showing up that it is dead. They called the lead engineer at Dodge to try and find a solution. I talked to them on June 25 and still no answer. They told me they had to put $10 in gas and was going to charge that to me as they lost the signal to diagnostic sue to turning the vehicle off. They drove around four different times to try and reestablish the problem and has not happened. I called them today June 27,2013 and told I could come and pick up the vehicle as they can not get the vehicle to do the problems again to reestablish the connections. They also said if it happens again to just bring it back over so they can reestablish the connection for the problems. I know that there has been recalls for the electrical system on these vehicles. They dealer told they were all closed out and my vehicle was not one of them. Still have not resolve the problems with my 2006 Durango. I do not feel comfortable driving my family around in it due to a possible fire like some have had or the engine shutting off going down the highway.

- Bonne Terre, MO, USA

problem #13

Oct 192012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the check engine light. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Westlake , OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 012013


  • 58,000 miles
The vehicle has been continually stalling at lower RPM. I have had a tune up on the vehicle to include cleaning the throttle body, new plugs, plug wire boots, air filter and repeated diagnostic analysis at local garage. No engine codes are being registered. The local garage has a mechanic that has been a Dodge mechanic for 15 years. He coordinated w/ the local Dodge garage and re-flashed the ECM. 2 hours out of the mechanics garage, the vehicle stalled in a busy intersection and continues to stall and run horribly at low RPM.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #11

Apr 132013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 106,542 miles
The vehicle, on cold start up exhibited a surging idle, from 500 RPM ranging up to 2000 RPM. The idle finally leveled out and settled down. While driving the vehicle, I noted some surging present while at a steady speed. Once, while sitting at a traffic light while in drive, the vehicle idle jumped up and caused the vehicle to lunge into the intersection. Luckily no cross traffic was present and applying the brakes very hard stopped the vehicle from completely running through the intersection. There was no check engine light present, nor has the check engine light ever illuminated on this vehicle, (other than the bulb check on start up), for any reason. As an ase master automobile technician and a former Chrysler factory trained technician, I connected a scan tool to this vehicle to see what was going on. As stated, there was no cel, so there were no codes active, pending or historical. Observation of the live data stream revealed nothing out of the ordinary. With access to identifix, I researched and found several other instances of the same concern with 2006 Durangos, with recommendations of replacing the throttle body assembly due to intermittent "glitches" in the throttle position sensor sending false readings to the PCM causing the idle control motor to increase the idle speed. I currently have this part on order from my local dealership. Once received and installed I will determine if further action will be required.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #10

Apr 102013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


I have a 2006 Dodge Durango that just dies going down the road with out warning! this has happened many times. It started around 80000 miles and has gotten worse. When this happens I loss all power to the vehicle including the steering and brakes. This is a very important issue that needs addressed asap. People carry there family's in these vehicle's. from what I have read this is a ongoing problem with Dodge during. Dodge needs to step up and fix the problem before some one is killed from this issue.

- Leslie, MI, USA

problem #9

Dec 212011

Durango 6-cyl

  • 37,465 miles
Repeat engine light alerts upon acceleration above 40 miles per hour. Engine light comes on and the truck engine misfires, it starts jerking and bumping. I've had to slow down in front of angry traffickers because I was afraid the engine would fail completely on the interstate. Twice in December 2011 within a weeks time, a coil was replaced and all 6 spark plugs, due to cracking and corrosion. Again in 2012, the truck began misfiring, and multiple coils are corroded, and again- all 6 spark plugs are as well. Upon research on the internet, I found a number of chat sites with angry Dodge owners who have been alerted to the bulletin posted by company about the faulty cowl, which by poor design leaks water onto the engine. I am now faced with replacing all the cylinders, and replacing the faulty cowl with a newly designed cowl/ pins. Labor and parts could run into the thousands easily. Other issues I have faced since purchasing the vehicle second hand in September 2011 include wiring issues: Headlamps fail, and horn honks when lights are turn on. Left turn signal signals right, and right turn signal does not work at all. Drivers power window intermittently stops functioning. Dome lamp will not turn off at times. This vehicle should be recalled immediately, and Dodge is lowest on my list for my next vehicle purchase.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #8

Dec 212012


  • 104,300 miles
As I was exiting a highway, my 2006 Dodge Durango suddenly stalled out. The engine light came on after it stalled. I lost control of steering and was unable to brake. I nearly crashed into the car in front of me, and was barely able to turn the steering wheel enough to run into the curb to stop my vehicle! I was not able to re-start it and had to be towed. While waiting for police to arrive, I was nearly rear-ended multiple times. It was towed to a shop and the mechanic was able to start it up with no problem the next morning. He checked everything, and ran all diagnostic tests - all came back showing no problems. There is clearly a problem - and there are man, many, many complaints about it all over the internet. If I had been on the highway when this happened, I could have been in a very serious accident and could have been killed, or killed someone else, since I lost complete control of the vehicle and was unable to steer or brake. Is it going to take a fatality before this is recalled and fixed"????" I am scared to death to drive it now!

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #7

Jun 162011

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Our Dodge consistently stalls and dies when sitting at a stop light and/or slowing the vehicle to make turns. When this happens the engine dies resulting in the loss of brakes, steering, etc. Multiple times this has almost caused a wreck with other vehicles or has caused us to jump the curb almost hitting trees, etc. We've also had this happen pulling trailers and boats. This is extremely dangerous. I'd like to see Dodge acknowledge this problem before someone gets hurt.

- Union City, OK, USA

problem #6

Nov 122012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle, crashing into a wall. The contact sustained injuries to the shoulder. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belts did not restrain the contact. The contact called roadside assistance and they disconnected the battery. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The manufacturer advised that they would investigate the crash and the vehicle was towed to a dealer. The dealer determined that the air bags did not deploy because the speed of the vehicle did not trigger air bag deployment specifications. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012010


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at 65mph the vehicle stalled and jerk. The contact mentioned that the engine light illuminated after the failure occurred. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnose that the engine solenoid sensor needed to be replaced. The remedy failed to repair the problem. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000 and the current mileage was 94,789.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

problem #4

Aug 172011


  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact state that the while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning lamp illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact restarted the vehicle which was operating normally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnose that the cam shaft censor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 151,000.

- Spring , TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 152012


  • 64,393 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 64,393.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle stalled. The contact waited fifteen minutes before she was able to restart the vehicle. The engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was inspected at a repair shop and the failure was found in the throttle position sensor as well as the electronic stability control sensor. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the sensors and the ignition switch; however the failure recurred constantly. The manufacturer was not made aware of failure. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 127,000.

- Hastings, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 202012


  • 78,490 miles
The contacts own a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 2 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted immediately. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the contact was told that the vehicle stalled because her keys were too heavy. The keys were removed and later, the failure recurred. The dealer was notified again and the contact returned to the dealer who tested the fuel pump but could not replicate the failure. A month later, the failure recurred and the air bag warning light also illuminated. The manufacturer was notified but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 78,490.

- Knoxville, MD, USA

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