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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,813 miles

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2011 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #56

Nov 062014


  • 46,120 miles


My vehicle start to being slow. It does not star, turn off after start. Has a strange noise when running. I call de dealer, asking what happens if I have an accident with children. The said the insurance will pay. That they have not received the parts already and I have to wait until tomorrow. What will I do without my car for severals days? I do not have another one, the insurance says they will not allow me to have another.

- San German, PR, USA

problem #55

Dec 062014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Check engine light started to come on and would go off on its own. Every time I took it to dealership, I was told they could not diagnose vehicle as engine light was not on. It also constantly stalls and parts are not available to get recalls fixed as informed by gossett dealership. When engine light was on dealership never had time to check it. One day driving at approximately 45mph, the car started to make screeching noise and the noise was extremely loud. I manager to get home as it was night time. The next day, I called dealership and they said that they could not see me that day and tried to give an appointment for the next week. I then took it to midas and $650 later they said it was fixed. Now, the transmission is not changing gears properly and heater sometimes blows air and then sometime does not...this SUV is a piece of junk and Chrysler group should be sued and made to take all these junks excuse of vehicles back!

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #54

Nov 102014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. In addition, the contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V530000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Upton, MA, USA

problem #53

Dec 032014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 75,200 miles


While driving heard low moaning sound, 5 minutes later (still driving) battery light came on. I decided to take vehicle to auto parts store because it was late afternoon (~7:45pm) to see if my need was a battery. I asked technician to come and see if it was my battery or alternator, as I opened vehicle door to pop the hood, the SUV was filled with smoke. The techs scurried to open the hood and waived smoke in attempt to remove the battery cable to disconnect power. I was rushing to get child out of car, because smoke was bellowing from underneath the hood. After technician removed the power cable from the stud under the hood, the fire and smoke from the alternator slowed and eventually went out. I called insurance company and had vehicle towed to dealer. Had I parked the vehicle in the garage for the night and sought support the following morning, I was informed that my 2011 Dodge Durango could have potentially caught fire in my garage, because power was continually being supplied to the alternator (over powering it). This is a serious, potential fatal system failure and needs immediate attention! dealer confirmed the failed alternator and is charging me $855 dollars, and required prompting to engage discussion on possible recall. Dealer claimed no recall has been formalized. Due to my disbelief that Dodge was unaware of this problem and persistence in questioning other potential customer complaints, the dealer began to advise that this was a previously known problem with "Chrysler" that is being fixed by refurbishing alternators and selling them back to the dealer for $500. Dealer also stated the I could request repayment for my services once a formal recall disclosure was submitted to consumers. I am furious to see that is in fact a formal recall; NHTSA campaign number 14V634000.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #52

Nov 032014


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the engine lost power without warning. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. On a separate occasion, the contact stated that the remote starter independently activated as a result and the engine was turned on while parked. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the total integrated power module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #51

Nov 122014


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. As a result, the brakes failed and the steering wheel seized. In addition, the contact stated that he received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V530000 (fuel/propulsion system). However, the parts needed to do the repair were not available. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage of the vehicle was 17,000.

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #50

Oct 192014


  • 30,000 miles


Driving with my family to church on rucker avenue in everett Washington at a speed of approximately 35 miles per hour. The engine stalled and car lost power. Was able to safely pull to the side of the road. Same thing happened a week later while driving on colby avenue in everett. The car had been having difficulty starting, it would crank over but not start. On October 1'St I took the car to dwayne lanes in everett, they told they had fixed the problem. The car still did not start and the problem remains. Took the car back to dwayne lanes and informed them that the car was stalling while driving. They commented that the part was on back order and subject to a recall (P54/NHTSA 14V-530). Dwayne lanes advised that they did not know when the part would be in and suggested that I take the vehicle back and utilize it until the part came in. I informed dwayne lanes that I would not be driving a car that loses power at random times on public roads. I informed dwayne lanes that this would put my safety at risk as well as everyone else on the road. Dwayne lanes informed me that there is nothing they can do. The car has 32,000 miles on it, and is still under warranty. Have contacted Chrysler, tempe Dodge, and dwayne lanes, as well as insurance. No person will provide a loaner vehicle, or an estimate of when the car will become drivable again.

- Everett , WA, USA

problem #49

Aug 012014


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start until after multiple attempts. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Berea, KY, USA

problem #48

Jun 302014


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle would start intermittently and the stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Garden City , NY, USA

problem #47

Nov 032014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V530000 (engine). The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Mathis, TX, USA

problem #46

Nov 042014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (engine). The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #45

Oct 262014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 46,254 miles
1st time: Car would not start after getting gas, I was rving car just fine before this occurred. Went to start car, did not turn over, tried again push the start button and car kept trying to turn over with no luck, I let the car sit for a few minutes and tried again, it started. Day two, started car just kept turning over had to press "stop" tried again and it started.

- Cudahy , WI, USA

problem #44

Oct 202014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 43,889 miles
Vehicle engine would start with use of ignition button, then vehicle engine would shut off with out warning. At this time vehicle will not re-start with use of ignition button. Vehicle would just engage starter motor and not fire engine with use of ignition button. Starter would run on until button is pushed to engage the off position, with a no start condition. After several cycles of the ignition button vehicle engine will finally start and stay running. Problem is recurring often.this is absolutely unacceptable for any vehicle and the safety of its occupants. This can lead to loss off control of vehicle, possible collision and loss of life, at high speeds on the crowded interstates, or moderate speeds on small town streets.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #43

Oct 072014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I had to have the tipm replaced because the vehicle would not start.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #42

Sep 252014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 50,800 miles
I bought a 2011 Dodge Durango in October of 2013. There have since been several recalls, all took some time to resolve because there were part shortages on both occasions. The most recent problem that has yet to be officially termed a recall because Chrysler claims they are still "researching" the issue involves a faulty ignition wiring harness. This defect prevents the proper communication between the ignition and fuel systems, which results in a vehicle that has problems starting or won't start altogether. My vehicle falls under the latter category as it is currently stuck in my driveway. I called my local dealer and they are well aware of the problem, but there is a nationwide backorder for parts to correct the issue and Chrysler corporation is dragging their feet in declaring it a recall, presumably trying to avoid bad publicity. In the meantime, I'm stuck with an useless vehicle, and Chrysler Corp refused to provide a rental vehicle when I called them on 13 Oct 2014 because they didn't know when the parts would be available. They also refused to provide anything in writing stating that they keep their own records. The only thing they claimed to be able to do is provide a an email when the parts became available, for which they could provide no estimate. Their conclusion appears to be that it is perfectly acceptable to sell a vehicle that can be rendered inoperable through their own negligence or poor manufacturing practices within 3 an active duty service member an unreliable vehicle is not an acceptable option.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #41

Oct 042014


  • 31,000 miles
I believe there is actually 3 incidents that are all connected. First was August 2014 check engine light was on and car was losing power. The dealer replaced the battery. I asked them to check alternator but was told it was fine. Oct 4, 2014 we where driving and the check engine light came on car was having power loss and engine began to smoke. Took to the dealer and they claimed it was a bad waterpump. They also did recall work on the braking system. Two days later the check engine light was on again and the battery light would come on and off. My wife and daughter were driving car down the road and car power system just shut down. They had no control over anything at all in the vehicle. Towed to dealer and they claim it was the alternator and the batter. I am sorry but a vehicle with 31,000 miles with proper maintenance and around 10,000 miles a year should not be having all of these problem.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #40

Oct 162014


  • 60,400 miles
I was told the totally integrated power module (tipm) was bad and needed to be replaced. Never heard of this part until my vehicle started acting up. It would just not start even though it was trying. I thought it was just a starter going bad or something small. Nope! I learned about tafn and the nearly $1,600 it cost to replace it. In speaking with the technician I found out that it could go completely out at anytime, and if it did, my vehicle would be dead in the water no matter what I was doing. Scary thought. Especially if you're driving down the freeway. So, needless to say, we don't really have a choice when this part goes out. What's sad is that the vehicle is only a few years old and has relatively low mileage. After getting off the phone with the technician I googled tafn and found all kinds of articles and learned that Chrysler has been struggling with this part on various models for several years. Hopefully they end up doing the right thing and covering this and reimbursing those of us who have no choice and have to replace the faulty part now. To not do so is putting our lives and those around us in jeopardy.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #39

Sep 012014


  • 45,000 miles
Durango will not start. Just purchased it a couple months ago and I have been stranded several times because it will not turn over. Have to take to a Dodge dealer and have it looked at, which the closest dealer is hours from me. Apparently a recall has been issued but has not been released so I can not go get it fixed. Very upset with Dodge!!

- Wray, CO, USA

problem #38

Sep 222014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Went out to my car to go to work and couldn't unlock door with key, noticed a red light on dash, tried to start my car and completely dead. I took battery to auto zone they charged it and car started then stalled, did this twice and then stayed running. I drove it to work, came out of work started it and it started shook then cut off three times then started. Next day went out to go to work and would only start and shut off then smoke from the hood and a smell, I have made a phone call into tate Dodge they don't know anything about any on going problems. I have been down a car now for almost two weeks waiting to hear something.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #37

Sep 152014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
The 2011 Dodge Durango started having issues with failed starts. It would take multiple instances to get vehicle to start. Sometimes the the fuel pump would continue to pump even though engine was stopped. This causes a very smoky burning smell coming from exhaust and engine. Took car to dealership and they report the issue is a faulty tipm module. The part is on back order but vehicle is unsafe due to potential issues with stalling while running. Repairs estimated at $1200.

- Mcgehee , AR, USA

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