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.


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,999 miles

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2012 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Jan 062015


  • 43,000 miles


I bought my 2012 Dodge Durango 3 weeks and it is not starting properly. I used the keyless remote entry and starter but the car will not start or sounds like the starter is stuck. I have to turn off the car and try again. It will normally take 4-5 tries just to get the car started and it depends if it will continue to run. I am not happy with this and noticed multiple people have the same problems.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #24

Jul 012014


  • 43,000 miles
When trying to start the vehicle using the pushbutton, the vehicle will start trying to turn over but never start. On some occasions when vehicle is trying to turn over, the vehicle will start shaking violently like the engine is about to come off. I have caught the whole scenario on video. It was every now and then in the beginning, but happening more and more as it goes on. Hopefully there will be a recall to fix this problem soon.

- Sunset, LA, USA

problem #23

Nov 102014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 50,200 miles
The car hesitates to turn on and the battery has been changed, the fuel pump remains running when the car is turned off.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #22

Oct 302014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


In my 2012 Dodge Durango it was determined that there is a problem with the total integrated power module which is affecting the way the engine starts and gets fuel to the fuel pump. The repair cost is $1213.71. It is my understanding that there are hundreds of documented cases regarding this issue in the Chrysler line and nothing has been done to correct the problem. It is unfortunate that Chrysler is awaiting a tragedy to take place before they do what is right for the customer and fix the problem that has been reported. I understand that a class-action lawsuit has been filed to address this issue. I just want to go on record in the event that something detrimental happens to me or my family because of this recognized and publicly documented part failure.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #21

Sep 022014


  • 65,000 miles
I have been experiencing issues with vehicle not starting with both the inside push button, and the remote start. It has lost power while driving twice, however I was able to maintain control of the vehicle. Yesterday however, it lost power, I still had control of the vehicle while it was shutting down, then it "powered" back up, during which there was about three seconds in which I had no control over the vehicle. I simply lost all control.I believe that the vehicle may be experiencing problems related to the fuel pump relay, possibly the tpim, alternator, or a combination of all three. I am taking vehicle in Monday to have two recalls done for brake booster, and vanity light wiring issue. At that time they are going to do a diagnostic on it to see what the issue is.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #20

Sep 182014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
I went outside to start my car and it would not start it would just keep turning over but never crank eventually stopping. I then would attempt to start it again and the car would try to turn over then crank shake very badly then shut off. On the third attempt it would finally start and stay running. While running or idling engine would run rough vibrating/shaking. This happened multiple times throughout 2' weeks. I could remote start it without any problem but when it came to push to start it always had a problem. I called to set up a service appointment and it was two weeks later when I finally had an appointment. When it was finally time for the appointment the car had not did this in 3-4 days. Hasn't done it since. Service department could not determine what it was. Nothing was done. 4 days after the appointment and having 2 recalls fixed ( one of which was brake booster that they had me holding on for 3 months only did they fix it when I took my car in for the water pump, and pulley. I was told the same only 2-3 parts were coming in each month. If there is a recall get it fixed in a timely fashion not on your own time see are peoples lives!)and some computer systems reprogrammed and water pump and idler pulley were replaced the cel came on it was the weekend and service department was closed. We took it to the local auto parts store to have it diagnosed the code had something to do with the fuel system. A day later before the service department had reopened the light went off and has not came back on since. I see others with similar problems and see that there is an open investigation on this. Please issue a recall so this can be fixed on all cars affected before someone is hurt. We spend all this money on cars that are supposed to be safe then please make them safe or fix the wrongs so nothing will happen.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #19

Jul 012014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles


Initially in early July, 2014 my 2012 Dodge Durango developed a computer failure causing the battery to eventually drain, loss of engine power and ability to maintain or accelerate. Repair was made after the vehicle was towed to the local Dodge dealer, manfredi Dodge, staten island N.Y, and subsequently the battery repaired and the computer replaced. Shortly after the repair was completed the passenger airbag failure light would intermittently illuminate and the vehicle occasionally would not start. Another trip to the dealer and the passenger seat airbag sensor was reported faulty and the vehicle tipm sensor needed replacement or repair. Conferral with the dealer suggested that the tipm sensor be replaced rather than repaired to assure longevity of the repair and overall satisfaction. Vehicle is a lemon!

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #18

Sep 262014


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 75 mph, the engine stalled and was unable to restart. The dealer stated that the total integrated control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.

- Ridgeland, SC, USA

problem #17

Sep 022014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 69,334 miles
I was driving approx. 45 per hour, when the vehicle seemed to just shut off in stages, I was able to pull into a parking lot however it did not want to start for a few minutes. When I hit the push button, it would not start.also it has since been turning over, but not starting. This has been an intermittent problem, and has done this under all conditions including when it has been sitting, and after it has been driven.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #16

May 212014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Pensacola , FL, USA

problem #15

Sep 242014


  • 30,000 miles


Car was having trouble starting for a few weeks. Then once started, was sputtering, then car completely stopped working in the middle of the road. Took to dealer and were told we had a faulty tipm.

- Liberty Township, OH, USA

problem #14

Feb 032014


  • 33,000 miles
Twice in early February, 2014, the engine (V-6) stopped running and the cel popped up. The first time I was cruising at 50 mph and the cel came on and the RPM went to zero, but as I coasted to the side of the road the engine restarted by itself at about 40 mph, so it was off for less than 10-15 seconds. The second time, I was backing out of a parking space. After moving about 6 feet the engine died and the tach went to zero and the cel came on. I turned everything off and restarted the engine and continued with my errands. In both instances the engine was at operating temperature and the fuel tank had at least 10 gallons. The dealer checked the car but found no codes to identify this problem.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #13

Sep 012014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
On several occasions my 2012 Dodge Durango would acted like it was having a hard time turning over when I would start it. One time all of my auxiliary lights lit up and then the entire SUV cut off. After I had my oil changed 09/08/14 my 2012 Dodge Durango started having even more issues with starting up. It would take me anywhere from 3-10 times to get it started. I heard a sizzling sound under the SUV after I had parked it and got home. The next morning the entire SUV was dead. My neighbor was able to jump start it, so I went and purchased a brand new battery. It still had issues starting, but after several attempts it would finally turn over. It even completely cut off on me while I was sitting at a stop light. Last night I heard the same sizzling sound somewhere underneath my Durango and this morning it was completely dead again. This time it wouldn't even turn on even after giving it a jump. Obviously it¿'s not just me. This situation is so unfair because right now my car doesn't work at all and the dealership is acting as if they have no idea what I¿¿M talking about. If I was able to ¿¿easily¿ figure out there is an obvious issue that we are all having just by doing a simple google search, you would think the ¿¿experts¿ responsible for selling me my car and working on it would know too. Individuals and big companies who take advantage of moral correct people always end up losing in the end. I hope they do the responsible thing and recall the faulty tipm associated with all of our vehicles with no charge to us.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #12

Sep 112014


  • 77,123 miles
2012 Dodge Durango crew with a V6. Engine died while driving down the highway. I lost power steering and power brakes, but managed to get out of traffic and let it coast to the shoulder. The engine would crank, but immediately die. After a few attempts, the engine began running smoothly. Since then, it will occasionally not start (the starter turns over, but the engine will not run). No codes are displaying when hooked to a computer. A mechanic told me it was the tipm and I would have to take it to a dealer. After looking online, I found many other complaints for the same problem. Engine seems to have a better start record if I turn the key on and wait 2 seconds before starting vs immediately trying to crank the car as soon as I insert the key. Remote start rarely works now. My main concern is the engine dying while my wife is driving in heavy traffic (she is the primary driver). To me, this is a much more pressing issue than the current recalls.

- Starkville, MS, USA

problem #11

Nov 302012


  • 30,313 miles
The totally integrated modular engine (time) has had many problems since the purchase of the 2012 Dodge Durango. The SUV has stopped dead while in drive on interstate 95. The panel lights has all come on all at once while driving. The engine has stalled and would not restart several times late at night. The exterior lights has gone off completely at night without panel light notification. The fog lights will not work at all times. The radio at times will not pay. The push start button will not always start the vehicle. The engine permits a foul order at times. The engine has gone from automatic to manual drive without placement in manual. The brake pedal will not come back after being pushed to the floor. The mother board has had to be replaced. The entire electrical system has shut down - vehicle had to be towed to the dealership. I have been given a rental car 4 times for an approximate total of 30 days to try to rectify the problems. I have 4 recalls for various issues and none have been fixed due to parts are not readily available. Recall id's - April 2014 service brakes and brakes hydraulic anti-lock #102663, #102664, #102298 and July 2014 105085 - electrical system wiring. There are several class action lawsuits against the Chrysler group, llc for the 2012 Dodge Durango. I no longer feel safe in this vehicle, I can possibly cause an accident or someone can hit me with all the problems and potentially hurt myself or others with all the recalls and engine problems.

- South Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #10

Jun 182014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Push start button, car gurgles, spits and sputters. Told to try to drive vehicle because they need a code. Put car into gear instantly died. Now at dealership, could not replicate the problem one month ago, has had it for two days before it died on them. Ordering a new tipm after we found online the same issue with multiple Chrysler/Dodge vehicles!

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #9

Jul 142014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 23,500 miles
On several occasions upon pulling out in to traffic the vehicle either stopped accelerating or would not accelerate at all. This has also happened on a few occasions attempting to pass another vehicle. Upon pulling out to pass the vehicle would not accelerate. This is a very unsafe problem that has caused my family to nearly get T-boned after pulling out into traffic. Other owners seem to have similar symptoms which eventually get traced back to a faulty cylinder head. Regardless of how many times the vehicles is sent in for service nothing is done about it until the check engine light shows a trouble code. Chrysler has been aware of this problem since the middle of 2012 but has refused to issue a recall.

- Millboro, VA, USA

problem #8

Jun 212014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 54,375 miles
I have a 2012 Dodge durange rt. When parked at a gas station, tried to turn engine on with push start switch and engine does not start. When pushing start switch again it makes the sound like the engine is trying to turn over but does nothing. In order to get the engine to stop from making the turn over noise I have to move from park to in gear. Then I receive the "ignition or accessory on" message. In order to get the message clear I have to turn off vehicle without pressing the brake. This puts the engine into the off mode and I have to start the process to get the car to start all over again. This has happened multiple occasions and I have video to show the defect. I have done research and read this issue with many people saying it is the tipm defect. Also, when using my right blinker instead of the front blinker working my fog lights flash. For the vehicle to not start or stall is a big safety concern and liability.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #7

May 162013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 172013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled following the illumination of the no key warning message. The vehicle was restarted and proceeded normally. The contact indicated that the failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Surfside Beach, SC, USA

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