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.


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

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2012 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Dec 312013

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,848 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while at a stop light and while making a turn. The contact also stated that the central computer was replaced due to the engine failing to start; however, the repair caused the vehicle to stall. The dealer performed a diagnostic test that was unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 36,848. Updated 03/31/14 the dealer replaced the center computer and so far, the stalling has not returned. Updated 04/01/14

- La Habra , CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 242014


  • miles
I have had my vehicle for a little less than two years. And my radiator has had a hole in it. And I have several major mechanical issues that are not a part of regular scheduled maintenance.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012013

Durango 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The vehicle was purchased used with approximately 19,000 miles. Current mileage is 37,705. During about 1/3 of all engine starts, hot and cold, the engine will run briefly (less than 5 seconds) and then stall. The engine will usually start and run on the second try but sometimes will not start until the third try. The vehicle was inspected at approximately 30,000 miles by the local Chrysler dealership in cathedral city, ca, which reported they could not duplicate the problem.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 102013


  • 38,000 miles
The contact 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available the approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Largo , FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 152012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 504 miles
Sitting idle on a driveway vehicle began to smoke and smell. Punched gas three times and each time huge white blue cloud of smoke pushed out. Smell of burning metal came with cloud of smoke. Took to dealership where they at first could not recreate the problem. After placing the vehicle on an incline and starting it up they too got the smoke, and not just from mine but from another on the lot. They tell me that it is the oil pan design is faulty and that my vehicle will smoke when on an incline, driveway, hill, stuck in traffic at a slope. The emissions are horrendous and I am shocked that a 57 hemi engine would do this. Shocked more that Chrysler knows of the problem and has not yet fixed it.

- Sherwood Park, MT, USA

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