really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,030 miles

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2006 Dodge Durango transmission problems

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2006 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 202009


  • 58,000 miles


Our 2006 Dodge Durango 4X4 slt is in the service dept for the 2nd time in two weeks for a transmission problem. I am told the "transmission solenoid" and "transmission filters" need to be replaced. Two weeks ago, a "transmission control switch" needed to be replaced. In both instances, the vehicle was traveling on interstate when the Durango's "transmission check light" came on. Shortly later, the vehicle began to hesitate as though it was losing power. In both situations, the Durango exited the freeway but began to jolt forward and backward. In both cases, my wife (2nd situation) and I (1st situation) barely made it home and to the service dealership. There is a clear safety problem with this vehicle... and it looks to be many more may have the same issue (safety bulletin #0803006; item #10021239). These situations could have had serious safety results due to the nature of the issue. Please respond with detailed information regarding the referenced safety bulletins and items #'s. the parts are on back-order for 1+ weeks and we do not feel comfortable with this vehicle going forward... even when/if it is "repaired". I asked the service manager at Chrysler if they would drive the vehicle to NY, fl, myrtle beach, or the tn mountains after it is repaired... it was not recommended. Safety recalls should be issued for Durango transmissions.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 072009


  • 90,000 miles
2006 Dodge Durango shifts out of gear without key installed in ignition. My three year old son climbed up into the driver seat and shifted the vehicle into neutral without a key, and rolled down a hill with just him in the car and crashed into a tree. No one was seriously hurt but the circumstances could have been alot worse. There is a recall out there for this year, make, and model Durango but my VIN number was not included, the recall is for a "shifter pawl improperly installed". the vehicle is in the shop being repaired and photos of the item will be taken when the vehicle is torn apart. For some reason Chrysler denied my claim to assume financial responsibility because they stated my vehicle had 90,000 miles and was not covered under factory warranty, although it was there mistake that caused the accident to begin with. The vehicle could have very well had this problem for the last 80,000 miles, but know one ever tried to shift it out of park before without the keys. Total damage to car has not been totaled yet, but is estimated to cost $5,000 to $8,000 dollars.

- Parkersburg , WV, USA

problem #5

May 152008


  • 22,000 miles
With our 2006 Dodge Durango, there is a shake of the transmission between 40-50 miles an hour. We first took the truck in to the Chrysler dealership with this problem and a leak they replaced the front end differential. After this there have been 3 transmission leaks that they have repaired. The truck continues to have the same shaking so we took it to another Chrysler dealership. With this dealership, they went on a test drive with us and were able to recognize the shaking. It is noted that this is a problem with our vehicle and when calling the Chrysler star center they say that this is the way the truck is designed and there is no current fix for the problem! we were told by the Chrysler district manager that we need to wait for Chrysler to make a fix for the problem. They say that the shaking will not cause any problems, but as I said earlier, we have had multiple transmission leaks. When we were contacted about extending our warranty, we were denied due to there being a claim against Chrysler. Because of the shaking of the truck, we are unable to pull our travel trailer that is the main purpose of this vehicle. When we did drive the truck pulling the trailer that is much less than the towing capacity of the vehicle, it shakes bad enough to shake cups out of the holders. We now have to use someone else's vehicle to pull our camper.

- Sheffield Lake, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 182006


  • 10,000 miles


I have a 2006 Dodge Durango which I bought new I took the truck in for a clunking sound from the transmission or rear end at 10,000 miles the dealer said that the sound was normal now at 42,000 miles it is getting louder and more frequent I took it back in and was told it is normal I went on Dodge forums and found several other complaints similar to mine my personal mechanic test drove it and said it was not normal and to take it back to the dealer he thinks it is either the transfer case or transmission.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 152008

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased 2006 Dodge Durango June, 2007 August, 2007-vehicle started violently jerking -engine light came on-was told it was the cam sensor. Instrument cluster also defective and replaced. Electrical problem, causing door locks to malfunction replaced. December 6, 2007, car jerking again-engine light came on - drove it to the dealership - was told it was the transmission- front pump and torque converter replaced. December 18, 2007 mileage not reading accurately-told that the instrument cluster that was installed in August was "faulty?. replaced again. January 2, 2008, vehicle violently jerking again- dying in the road, if over 40mph. Engine light on-dealer replaced the cam sensor. -very hesitant that my car was become a threat. February 22, 2008, vehicle jerking, then died on the road at 45mph -able to start it, drove to the dealer-was told it was the PCM. PCM replaced -cam sensor also. Complained to Chrysler, trying to get answers for this ?lemon?. was told this time that they were 100% they fixed the problem. Dealer gave me written ?good will? extended warranty on my vehicle for 5,000 extra miles. April 15, 2008. Traveling 45mph- car started violently jerking again and died in the middle of the highway. Power steering gone- struggled to veer of and slow down, losing control. This time, a bus was behind me and swerved, laid on the horn and avoided hitting me. Was able to make it to the shoulder of the road-called the dealership. Towed my car. Have had enough of this vehicle -will not put my family in danger one more time!!!!. need to be free and clear of all financial responsibility of this car. Dealer now tells me that they are ?hard-wiring? the PCM directly to the cam sensor. They told me that there is a ?glitch" within the wiring that they will simply bypass by putting in a direct connection, thus manipulating original wiring codes.. I will not put myself and 3 children in this situation again, and refuse to pick up my vehicle!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 012006

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This is my second complaint. My 2006 Durango seems to not want to change gears. It seems to do it more frequently when the air is on. However, it does it way too often when the air isn't on. It seems like a big jerk, and it takes it a minute to get into the gear. Especially when I try to speed up. It happens on short trips as well as on the interstate. It makes me feel like the transmission is about to fall out. I love my car. I have only had it a little over a year. However, if these problems continue, I will have no choice but to trade it. I have already had one recall on it for the instrument panel. I need to know if there is a recall on this problem. I have talked to other people who are having the same problems.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #1

Jan 222007

Durango 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,209 miles
- the contact bought a new 2006 Durango on 11/18/06 from towbin Dodge and she has been having problems since the purchase date. She took it back to the dealership four times for a shutter in the transmission when shifting gears at 10-15 mph. The failure has occurred four times. The dealer has had possession of the vehicle for 50 days and has not been able to repair the vehicle. She called the manufacturer, and they kept telling her to call the dealer, and the dealer told her to call the manufacturer. She requested a different Dodge Durango and they will not comply. Updated 2/27/2007 -

- Henderson, NV, USA

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