Notes: The third generation Durango is plagued by a defective TIPM, particularily in the 2011 and 2012 model years.

TIPM, which stands for Totally Integrated Power Modules, is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all the vehicle’s electrical functions. So when your TIPM goes haywire, bad things start happening. Things like your water pump can stop working, your engine can stall out and your airbags can randomly deploy.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,142 miles

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2011 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Aug 012016


  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving 70 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 44,000. The VIN was not available.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #29

Apr 152016


  • 38,364 miles
On an intermittent, but regular basis, the vehicle (2011 Dodge Durango) stalls when slowing into a turn or approaching a stoplight. Once the vehicle stalls, the steering column locks making it difficult to turn the vehicle. This has resulted in several close calls with other vehicles and even objects (curbs, light poles, etc.) I use this vehicle to Transport my children on a daily basis and am concerned for their safety as well as my own. We have taken the vehicle in to the dealership that it was purchased from (arrigo Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Ram) in West palm beach fl. Eight (8) times for this same problem. They have replaced various parts, and even been able to recreate the problem once, however, every time we get the vehicle back, within a few days or weeks it stalls again. There have been several recalls on this particular vehicle, including one for the fuel pump relay within the tipm-7 and one for the 160 amp alternator, both of which can cause the vehicle to stall. I have included as many of the applicable service reports as the upload will allow. The dealership stated that they contacted Chrysler at one point, but did not receive any answers as to how to fix the problem.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #28

Mar 022016


  • 90,000 miles
Our Durango has had major issues since the day we bought it. We have nearly died in three occassions due to malfunctioning of the vehicle for issues the manufacturer was well aware of and did not address in a timely fashion. We have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars on repairs including replacing the tipm, altenator (twice), brake booster, #2 engine cylinder, transmission intercooler, and dozens of other issues. We have had to do this out of pocket because Dodge wont assist until there is a recall made and then forces us to drive a dangerous vehicle because there are not parts for the recall for several months if not a year. This recent issue the car kept bucking and kicking drive driving. Very clearly there are transmission issues. In all the forums, it is a known defect and yet again Dodge does nothing about it. There is clear evidence Dodge knew and continues to know of many faulty leaking seals and missing seals for the transmission and ac condenser, yet will not cover them. When we took the vehicle in to the dealership bc it was leaking fluids and the transmission was bucking and kicking. When they evaluated it, they found a bad alternator assembly and a power steering leak plus a transmission leak. (see attached invoice). Some was covered under warranty (as we previously paid out of pocket ourselves to replace the alternator so there was a warranty on it) and the rest was not. Again we had to fork out more money for known defect issues of Dodge. The bucking and kicking occurred randomly without notice as we drove down the road. There were also electrical outages randomly as well and periods of uncontrollable acceleration with no control of the vehicle. Its important to note: We had no issues with the ac at all. It would run cold and only have issues when random electrical outages occurred.

- Seaford, VA, USA

problem #27

Oct 012015


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle shook violently and the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The failure recurred several times with the vehicle failing to shift into gear. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Detroit, IL, USA

problem #26

Oct 302014


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving at 60 mph, the vehicle jerked and there was a sudden increase of engine rpms. Shortly after, the vehicle lost power and the rpms decreased. In addition, the vehicle failed to start intermittently and both turn signals on the mirrors failed to function. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. All warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #25

Jun 152015


  • 54,800 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving various speeds, the gears slipped into neutral without warning. The vehicle stalled, but the engine was still running and the gear shifted into neutral. Once the transmission slipped, the rpms increased. The contact would have to shift the gear into drive when the failure occurred. The dealer was unable to locate any failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 54,800.

- Perkinston, MD, USA

problem #24

Jan 232013

Durango 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles


The date and mileage above are approximations. I purchased a 2011 Dodge Durango in November of 2012. When I purchased the vehicle it only had about 24,000 miles on it. A couple of months after I got it, I was going down the road and the rpms went crazy. My engine was revving up, but the vehicle was stalled. I had to put it in neutral, then put it in drive to get the transmission to change gear. Since that time, I have had this same problem occur on at least 5 other occasions. The latest incident was on Saturday, 3/7/2015. The rpms were going crazy as if I was gunning the vehicle. The vehicle did not stall, but it was barely moving. I had to stop, put it in neutral, and then put it back in drive. It drove fine after that, but I should not have to stop my vehicle on a public road to get the transmission to change gears. I am very concerned that my vehicle will stall, causing a wreck. I am surprised this problem has not resulted in an accident yet. My vehicle does not even have 52,000 miles on it, and there is no excuse for the transmission problems. The Durango is the only vehicle my family owns, so if the transmission fails, we will have no way to go anywhere. I do not have the money to get the transmission looked at, much less to get the part(s) that may be required to repair the problem. I want a reliable vehicle that I can feel safe driving.

- Perkinston, MS, USA

problem #23

Oct 102013


  • 80,000 miles
Was having problems with our car starting and took it in and was advised that there was a problem with the tipm our warranty did not cover the repairs so had to wait about 4 months to fix it as it was a $1200 out of pocket expense. After they fixed that problem only a year after I bought the vehicle they advised that my trans cooler was leaking transmission fluid and it would cost approximately $900 to fix that. My co-worker has the same model Durango and has the same problem. Poor manufacturing I guess, I hope they issue a recall this is ridiculous to have a car only two years and have to make two major repairs on it. Not happy with the Dodge Durango at all!!!

- Winter Garden , FL, USA

problem #22

Jan 152015

Durango 6-cyl

  • 44,750 miles
I was driving the SUV in about 30 degree weather attempting to enter the highway when I lost almost all engine power simultaneously the check engine light tripped. Luckily there were no vehicles behind me, I was able to make it to the next exit. The code tripped was : po6dd mod $00 engine oil pressure control circuit performance/stuck off. Is this safe" and do the electrical issues with the other modules have any effect on this"

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #21

Sep 182014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 45,757 miles
Power train:automatic transmission fluid leaking from transmission oil cooler. Significant amount of transmission fluid has leaked out before the leak was detected. Transmission performance / damage could have resulted from lack of fluid. The loss of transmission fluid could cause the transmission to function improperly and the vehicle to stop accelerating, increasing the risk of a crash.

- Broomall, PA, USA

problem #20

Sep 152014


  • 38,000 miles


I initially bought the 2011 Dodge Durango from gillman Nissan of rosenberg tx. Three months after buying it all of the electrical on the vehicle went haywire while driving on the interstate and stalled out. My husband looked at it and had it towed to gillman Nissan where they determined it was a powertrain issue where it was sent to Dodge. After it was sent to Dodge they stated that it wasn't a warranty issue and forced my husband to pay the towing and an additional fee of $100 to look at it. Later they stated they could diagnose it until they put an alternator in it for $1200, my husband being a mechanic put a alternator in it and they refused to diagnose it nor fix it without paying more. My husband filed complaints with Chrysler customer care where they did nothing and keep stating they set up appointments that we didn't show up on even though that wasn't the case, no appointments were ever made. Now a month later my car started acting crazy again, my husband looked at it and diagnosed it as the tipm but when I called Dodge they stated that there's a recall on the tipm but they don't have them in stock and it will be months before they ever get them. I am needing help here with they're default defect vehicles they're selling.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #19

Jan 042015

Durango 6-cyl

  • 50,403 miles
Driving through town, every warning light came on and wipers starting going uncontrollably. RPM starting diving to 0 and then back up to appropriate RPM for speed. Other dials and nav/media screen also starting flashing. Tones and lights kept flashing on and off and I immediately proceeded the few miles down the street to drop it off at the Dodge dealership. Vehicle was up to date on all service and recalls, except the fuel pump recall which we were told we were in line for based on parts and capacity issues. I spent $1300 to replace the tipm to fix 37 out of the 38 codes, and then another $1300 for a new headlight power module (for the last code) which shorted out and, per the mechanic, shorted out the original tipm (since they are in series with no protection between). The tipm houses all of these power modules internally, so one bad short on a subcomponent can ruin your entire tipm. The recall on the fuel pump power module adds an external component for this subsystem to protect it from these tipm failures, but does not address the major tipm safety issue! from researching other owners' experiences I was lucky the entire vehicle didn't shut down on me while driving. This is a major safety issue! I can't believe that I had to pay for these costly repairs, and all this does is replace these flawed components with the same flawed components again. I have to get rid of this car and soak up a huge financial loss to do so because this car is a ticking time bomb and I can't allow my family to ride around in it safely.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #18

Jan 052015


  • 51,624 miles
Was traveling 55 mph the engine goes from drive mode to 4 on the dash without changing the gear shift. Came to a stop on hill vehicle would not go forward when applying gas peddle had to roll down hill tried to move vehicle from park to drive gear on dashboard showed 4. stopped vehicle placed it in park then checked in neutral then went to drive but it would not show drive on the dashboard display shows gear 4. turned vehicle off then started vehicle back up the check engine light came on moved gear shift from park to drive but dashboard display shows 4 it will not show drive on the dashboard display but you can drive the vehicle it did not stall. Vehicle was parked until it can be taken to dealer to determine problem why the check engine light is on why the vehicle is showing 4 gear not drive on the dashboard display.

- Monticello, GA, USA

problem #17

Nov 242014


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly decelerated without warning. The contact shifted into park, drive and then the vehicle was restarted but the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer informed the contact that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000(electrical system) however, the parts were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would become available to service the vehicle under the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #16

Oct 012014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 43,200 miles
Vehicle would not start after sitting for an hour. The car also did not run very well while driving. Dealer is saying it is a faulty tipm which controls the electrical features of the vehicle.

- Keizer, OR, USA

problem #15

Sep 152014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 62,584 miles
My 2011 Dodge Durango stopped starting with the push button start. It happened the first time when my wife was bringing home our 5 kids from school and daycare. My wife was able to manually start the vehicle with taking off the push to start button and starting it with the key. However, this only works 80% of the time. We took it to a Dodge dealer and they found it is the tipm(totally integrated power module). This is the part that is effected in the upcoming recall that starts on the 24th. My vehicle build date is 4/21/2011 which is right in the middle of the vehicles effected.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #14

Sep 052014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 35,600 miles
Vehicle was purchased on 9/1/14 and began exhibiting problems in first five days. 9/3/14, the car did not start on the first push of button, but started on the second attempt. On 9/5/14, the car was running and in park, I attempted to put the car in gear (drive) and it began shaking side to side. The car did not move when I pushed the accelerator. I put it back in park and hit the stop button and the engine turned off. It started on the next attempt. On 9/20/14, had a similar problem starting, but this time it took multiple attempts and the engine sputtered a bit and eventually shut off. I tried it again and it worked. My daughter attempted to start the car the same day and had the same issue. 9/21/14 experience the same issues with the car not starting. On 9/22/14, I drove it to work and it started fine. Upon leaving work the car failed to start on three attempts, but eventually started. When I stopped 15 minutes later the car would not start again. I placed one foot on the brake and I hit the accelerator as I started the car and it worked. I drove home and attempted to start it again to take it to the dealership, but it would not start. After several attempts it fired up, but began shaking really hard side to side. I put it in drive and the shaking was worse. I put it back in park and the car began sputtering and lurched forward as the engine shut down. I was able to start it a few minutes later and drive to the dealership. It has been at the dealership since 9/22/14 and they have not been able to fix it. I spoke with a Chrysler representative who indicated that a recall for the fuel pump relay would go into effect on 10/24/14. The dealership has asked me to take the car until the recall is in effect, despite the fact that both they and Chrysler are acknowledging the safety defect. I refuse to put my family at risk in a clearly unsafe car!

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #13

Dec 012011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 4,532 miles
The truck will not turn over or start. It has been towed to the shop 3 times due to this. Noticed that when the truck does not want to start, the truck is having issues with changing gears - example is going into reverse, there is a huge thump, the truck will not move, and then all of a sudden will go when it wants to. Then the starting issues begin. Once that truck is not in the "mood" to start, it will not do anything for me. The battery is good because all accessories come on, but the truck will not turn over. The shop does not give me a reason for the issue, but just tries different things. One was transmission flushed, the other was a computer reset and it's in the shop again while I wait to figure this one out.

- Prince George, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 112014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 45,926 miles
When attempting to use the push button ignition to start the vehicle, the vehicle crank over to start and then stutter out or crank to start and get stuck cranking until operator shut it down- sometimes would not shut down immediately but keep stuttering for a short period of time. Upon bringing to dealership, the mechanic identified issues w/ lariant #5 stating need to be replaced with the new style lariant #6. dealership informed me- not covered under any type of warranty. Why not" what is wrong with lariant #5 that needed to be upgraded to a new version" after researching online, multiple owners of the 2011 Durango have reported issues of this same part. An investigation needs to be performed on this faulty part from the factory. Dodge is aware of this safety issue and has done nothing to resolve and no recall has been issued. This has resulted in heavy consumer out of pocket costs for a newer vehicle.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #11

Jun 212012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
Power train thump and shudder, constantly complained to dealership, did not take any action until recently (Jan 2014 with approximately 58,000 miles), when the automatic 4 wheel drive would not engage in poor winter driving conditions. No codes related to the problem, I drove the vehicle and demonstrated the problem. Dealer could not recreate problem when Chrysler technician came to service location. It is likely the system was reset to learn mode, transmission did not display problem during learn mode.rebuilt the transmission and replaced the transfer case (over 9 weeks in the shop). Problem may have been solved, but have not been able to drive the vehicle due to weather and business travel. The transmission in this year is a Mercedes unit, effectively a bastard step child with no ongoing technical support.. the drive train integration with engine controls and diagnostics dangerously ineffective.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

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