Notes: A prime example of why you should never buy the first model year of a new vehicle.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,785 miles

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2009 Dodge Journey Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #5

Feb 182010

Journey 6-cyl

  • 18,115 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Journey. The contact stated that while braking at 55 mph, the steering wheel shook. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where the brake pads and rotors were replaced. The failure occurred at least four times and each time the dealer had to replace the rotors and brake pads. Also, the engine would take at least a couple of minutes before starting. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the contact should notified NHTSA. They offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 18,115 and the current mileage was 47,000. The consumer was informed, the vehicle had a history of premature wear of the brake pads and rotors due to them being too small and thin to handle the braking duties required by the size and weight of the vehicle. Updated 08/13/12

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 172012

Journey 6-cyl

  • 37,735 miles
Today after a short trip, the engine refused to start. It clicked, but nothing. Everything else worked. Doors locked and unlocked, windows opened and closed, but as for the starter, nothing. This is the 3rd time the car has refused to start first time. Both other times were less than a year ago. The dealer has not yet been contacted, so I don't know what it will do. A federal complaint will be filed and a link to this site will be provided. 45 or 46 similar complaints are far too many for this not to receive serious attention. The following link shows 45 other similar complaints.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 112012


  • 60,260 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Journey. While driving approximately 30 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle began to overheat. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics. The mechanic advised the contact that the coolant engine recovery tank was fractured and would have to be replaced. The contact stated there was an orange spot that looked like the area was burned. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,260.

- Inwood, WV, USA

problem #2

Oct 152011

Journey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns 2009 Dodge Journey. While driving approximately 30 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact was able to stop on the shoulder of the road and restart the vehicle. The failure happened three times intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000. Updated 06/21/12

- Georgetown, IL, USA

problem #1

May 132012

Journey 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Engine fails to start. When I turn on the key nothing happens. After several turn of the keys finally there is ignition. Last night as my wife was driving home the car dies out and she lost hydralics, so the brakes didn't work and she is lucky that she did not crash and kill herself or someone else. I have had the car in for calliper and brake replacement for both the front 22,000 miles and rear 28,000. The ignition starting problem 3 times.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

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