CarComplaints.com Notes: When the 3rd-generation Durango was introduced in 2011 owners almost immediately started having a wide range of issues -- from water pump failure to stalling engines. Turns out the TIPM is to blame and those problems carried into the 2012 model year.

TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Modules) is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all the vehicle’s electrical functions. So when the TIPM starts acting up, so do all sorts of problems in the vehicle.

The problems have been so bad -- and replacement parts became so hard to find -- that a class-action lawsuit was filed against Chrysler focusing on the 2011-2012 Durango. The lawsuit accuses the automaker of ignorning the problem until it spiraled out of control.

9.1

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,110
Average Mileage:
80,700 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace tipm (4 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
2012 Dodge Durango electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 242018

Durango Crew 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We purchased our Durango in March 2018. It has been in and out of the shop since. We have had the battery, alternator and security system replaced. Still to this day no one can figure out the issue and I cannot drive the car.

Each time the battery light comes on and the car just dies in the middle of driving it. Each time I have had my children in the car and have broken down on roads, freeways, construction zones, intersections etc. each time the car has to be towed and ends up in a shop where nobody can properly diagnose the car.

I don't know what the problem is and I regret ever trying out a Dodge vehicle, I hate this car!!!!!

- Shawna H., Reno, US

problem #6

Sep 062016

Durango SXT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

Just let me say I'm never buying a f*cking Dodge again. The end.

- Micheal A., Glenwood, IL, US

problem #5

Jan 092017

Durango Crew 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

After test driving a 2012 Dodge Durango in February 2016 I fell in love and bought it 2 days later. However that love was short lived just like my marriage. I purchased a 3 month warranty from the dealership at the time of purchase. 2 months after the initial purchase the Durango would stall after cranking and while driving. I took the car back to the dealership and they ran several tests but couldn't find out what the issue was. Over the next year the problems started to add up.....stalling while in drive, automatic headlights wouldn't work or they would cut off while driving down the road in the dark, windshield wipers wouldn't cut off even after car was turned off, wiper pump wouldn't stop pumping wiper fluid out of the back of the car etc.We had snow in North Carolina in January and my wipers were on automatic when I went to crank my car after and there was snow on the windshield that wouldn't allow my wipers to move. My wipers wouldn't work after that. I thought that I had fried a fuse or some wiring. In North Carolina they have car inspections, one of the requirements for an inspection pass is that the wipers work. I recently moved out of North Carolina so I don't have to worry about it not passing inspection but it is extremely DANGEROUS driving a car in the rain with no windshield wipers. I finally took my car to a mechanic on 4/6/2017. I'm not a mechanic but I diagnosed the problem as a faulty multifunction switch. I called salvage yards all over the US for weeks trying to find a switch, every salvaged Durango had a multifunction switch that was melted to the steering column(which is another issue for the 2011-2013 Dodge Durango FYI). My mechanic took my steering column apart only to find out the switch wasn't melted to the column so he dug a bit deeper. The windshield wiper switch is sending the message out to turn on the wipers but the stupid TIPM isn't receiving the message. I called Fiat-Chrysler as soon as I heard from my mechanic. I was told that since I wasn't the original owner, my warranty was up, and I was over 60,000 miles there was nothing they could do for me. Well guess what Fiat-Chrysler I have a 30-45 min drive to work Monday-Friday and I will call every day for as long as it takes!! This isn't something that I've done, you cut corners and now it's time to pay the F-ing piper. I bought a $26,000 death trap!! I have contacted the NHTSA and I will daily post on forums, contact the media, I will hire lawyers, I will be the thorn in your side till you fix what you are more than well aware of what you did wrong. I pray that something doesn't go wrong while I'm on my way to work, I pray that I am not hurt, and that I don't hurt anyone else because Fiat-Chrysler won't take responsibility. To end my rant here's a little LOVE note to Fiat-Chrysler....

Dear Fiat-Chrysler,

You folks don't have a conscience!! How in the world do your CEO's sleep at night knowing that you have people out on the road driving your defective cars? You should be ashamed!! Issue a recall for gods sake before innocent people and lives are damaged because of your pride. We are all human and we make mistakes. Take some ownership.

Love,

An unfortunate Dodge Durango owner.

- Ann D., Bluff, US

problem #4

Oct 022015

Durango 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2012 Dodge Durango is has been giving me intermittent fits for a few months now. Sometimes I can crank it other times not. Sometimes it will crank and run fine then all of a sudden a big Red Z flashes on my dash, the engine feels like it dies, I lose power an many of the lights on my speedometer come on, such as anti skid light, etc. The only thing I can do is pull to the side of the road, turn it off and back on. When I restart it everything clears up and is fine. It has gotten worse as of late and neither my mechanic nor the local Dodge dealer fully understand why the truck is acting possessed!! I am worried that it will shut down trying to go up a bridge or around a sharp turn and I will get in a wreck.

My mechanic said the Dodge forums are shouting bad TIPM modules so I went online to research and found the article that you are listed in. My mechanic said if they can find a TIPM is may cost me $1,200 to replace. I don’t have that kind of money laying around so is there any help available for me to get this fixed? Are there used TIPM’s or Dodge financial assistance? THIS IS AWFUL!!!!

- Bradford M., Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #3

Mar 072015

Durango SX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

This vehicle has been in the shop several times for a random stalling problem. The Dodge dealership claimed to have changed the TIPM but the problem persisted. They claimed to have changed the TIPM again, saying that it may have been a faulty replacement TIPM. Problem still persisted. It is back in the shop again and they are now changing the WEN module. They have also recommended changing a fuel pump control module, but one is not available yet. We love the vehicle, but it is unsafe to drive with this stalling problem.

- Gregory F., Katy, TX, US

problem #2

Aug 132014

Durango R/T 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,829 miles

Vehicle would fail to start, would stall out driving down the road, the dealer did a fuel pump relay bypass to TIPM, said would fix issue, 2 months later, same problems are popping up again.

- Robert S., Groveland, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 282014

Durango SXT 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

Hard starts, which led to no starts, which led to vehicle starting then immediately shutting off, which finally led to vehicle stalling while driving... multiple times... once while turning onto a 6 lane roadway. Not fun. Took the vehicle to local dealerships, they found the cause to be a faulty TIPM (go figure with all of the complaints on this issue), charged me $1100 (of course my vehicle was literally just out of warranty), and sent me on my way.

Dodge has recently recalled the 2011 models of this vehicle to replace the faulty TIPM's, but they need to realize that the issue is not only specific to that year, but others as well, like my 2012. This starts out as just an annoying issue, but can turn into something extremely dangerous. A vehicle that stalls while turning onto a busy roadway with other traffic approaching at 45 MPH is not a vehicle that should be on the road. If you are having the same issue, take it to your local dealership, bite the bullet and pay to have it fixed, and hopefully Dodge will issue a recall and reimburse you. Not to be over dramatic, but it could save your life.

- Dermot M., Delray Beach, FL, US

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