really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,805 miles

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problem #28

May 282007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 mph on the highway I depressed the brake pedal to slow down and the pedal went to the floor and ABS lights came on. Thinking the system needed to bleed I had that done. I drove the vehicle home, and found it very difficult to stop when needed. I had the following parts replaced: Master cylnder, brake power booster, ABS system, rear wheel cylinders, and had the lines flushed. I still have absolutely no brakes! there was no brake pressure at all. The pedal went straight to the floor with no resistance. Took truck to mechanic, and they could not find the cause of the problem. So it still sat with no brakes.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #27

Jan 012007

Durango 8-cyl

  • miles
Dodge Durango's with two wheel anti-lock brake system problems* the rear brakes locked which caused the axle to bounce severely. The back of the vehicle started swerving to the side. The rear axle bounce and the vehicles instability seemed to reduce the effectiveness of the front brakes. The ultimate result was a very slight bumper impact with a semi-trailer.

- Countryside, IL, USA

problem #26

Dec 012006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
On wet surfaces, in seattle area, when, the brakes come on by ABS, but the braking capacity goes down to less than 50 percent brake capacity, resulting in collisions, even though distance factor is safe. Car has 70,000 miles on it.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #25

Dec 022004

Durango 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
While driving into the driveway ABS brake light and the emergency brake light came on. There was a loud noise that came from the front. The wheel, hub, and bearing came completely off the vehicle causing it to slump over. Consumer had the vehicle serviced. However, the same noise could still be heard. Also, there was vibration from the front of the vehicle when driving. Provide further details. After all the repairs the vehicle started vibrating.

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #24

Apr 222004


  • miles
While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor and jerked. This caused the driver to hit another vehicle in front. Driver's foot was on the brake, but the vehicle failed to stop. The driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and mechanic was not able to duplicate or resolve the problem.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #23

Dec 222002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS is not working, and when I bought the used SUV I didn't notice that the ABS light on the dash was going out but at the same time the red brake light was going out. 9 seconds instead of 3 seconds like mitchel says. I checked the bill of sale and found that the mileage that was written on it was not the mileage that I bought it at. I never noticed that before. My brother drove the SUV in the winter with snow on the road and he told me that the ABS was not working, then I tried it and saw for myself.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #22

Feb 012003

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,272 miles
Upper and lower ball joints unusual wear, replaced at 70000 miles. Also dealer and oil change place said sludge in engine. I regularly change my oil, the intake maniford gasket blew and caused engine to knock and have sludge. Speed sensor in rear axle went bad, causing speedometer and ABS system failure.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #21

Jan 302004

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,495 miles
My wife was travelling at 65 mph on a clear day, on dry pavement when traffic reduced speed ahead of her. She slowed by gradually applying the brakes. While applying additional brake pedal pressure, the vehicle continued to slow down, but not at a rate sufficient to prevent a collision. The 2000 Dodge Durango 4X4 is equipped with ABS, which did not actuate at any time while attempting to slow. Prior to the collision, the brake pedal was pressing as firmly as possible. The vehicle was taken to a local Dodge dealer where the brakes and ABS were checked. The initial response was that vehicles with ABS do not stop the same as vehicles without ABS; if pressure is gradually applied, the anti-lock feature will not activate. The brakes must be released and then applied rapidly to activate the ABS. The dealer stated that the ABS is operating properly but the front rotors were out of round. The rotors were causing the brakes to grab, causing the ABS to activate. The front brake pads were replaced with oem pads, and the front rotors were resurfaced. Following repairs, my wife and I tested the vehicle to determine whether the initial condition of failure could be duplicated. During this test, the ABS was activated several times. It should be noted here that the ABS had never been activated in the 14 months of ownership prior to this test. I had my wife drive the vehicle to determine whether, under similar 'simulated' conditions, she would activate the ABS, under sufficient brake pedal pressure. She was able to activate the ABS each time the gradual increase in brake pedal pressure was applied. We believe there is still a reliability question of the ABS on the Dodge Durango and that the vehicle may fail to reduce speed sufficiently to avoid a collision under conditions which should pose no safety concern and we are questioning the safety of continuing to drive our 2000 Dodge.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #20

Nov 302003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,300 miles
When we tried to avoid an accident by braking, our anti-lock brakes locked and we were unable to steer. Also, upon impact at approximately 40-45 mph, our air bags did not deploy even though the front end of our Dodge Durango (2000) was completely destroyed.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 132003

(reported on)


  • 66,700 miles
When brake pedal was depressed while driving at 30 mph, ABS brakes locked up, brakes failed to stop vehicle, resulting in extended stopping distance, and a rear end collision the brake skid mark was 20 feet long. Consumer felt that this failure was the same defect as stated in recall 99V341000 concerning rear brake tube.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #18

May 022003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,769 miles
Approximately 20 occurrences of anti-lock brake failure in hard braking situations, resulting in one accident in 2002. As the brakes are applied, they will cut out and a humming noise can be heard from the motor/front of the vehicle. Sometimes the braking will kick back on after a moment or two, other times the brake pedal must be released and reapplied in order to achieve normal braking. On the May 2, 2003 incident, I was attempting to stop at a red light, traveling 25 mph, clear and sunny day, 52 degrees. The light changed quickly and I began braking. As I depressed the brake harder, the brakes seemed to give out and I heard the humming noise. The Durango slowed to about 2-5 mph but maintained that speed, even with the brake pedal fully depressed. As I was about to roll into the intersection, I released the brakes and quickly reapplied them. The Durango shot forward briefly, but the brakes then kicked in normally and I was able to stop all forward momentum. Most of the above incidents have been on sunny days, dry conditions with an average air temp of 60 degrees. We have mentioned this to the Dodge dealership that maintains our vehicle and the braking system was inspected. They stated that the brakes were operating within specs and that with ABS, there will be a pause as the ABS kicks in. My wife and I have both had prior vehicles with ABS and have never had this situation before.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #17

Apr 172003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
ABS applied when a pedestrian walked in front of vehicle traveling about 30 mph, Durango would not stop, chugging motion, clunking sounds, rear of vehicle skidding to the left. Dry road, sunny day, about 70 degrees outside.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 022001

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
When requiring to stop quickly, front brakes lock up, and vehicle skids, rear anti-locks work but dont keep vehicle from skidding. Clicking noise from under dash when this happens. Have had several accidents due to this problem. Even at 35 mph on dry street they still lock up. Dealer wouldnt talk to me, refered me to Dodge complaints, they tested the brake system and read that the computer showed no failure in braking system.

- Springtown, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 212000

Durango 4WD

  • miles
Driving on wet, snowy road at 40 mph. My car swerved violently to the right and into an embankment. Have had repeated brake problems with brake rotor warping in the past. After the accident and repair, the car developed violent vibtration in front end. Repair shop diagnosed bad front wheel bearings. Repair shop informed me that replacement parts are on "national back order" with 600+waiting list. Appears to be yet another design flaw which may well have contributed to my accident and loss of vehicle control.

- Union Gap, WA, USA

problem #14

Apr 012001


  • miles
I have had three incidents of brake failure with my 2000 (2wd, ABS) Durango. One resulted in a three-car accident with a total of $38,000 (and still counting) damage.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #13

Oct 272001

Durango 4WD

  • miles
My husband was driving our car and was approaching a red light, at 20 miles per hour. As the light changed to red he pressed down on the brakes and it did not slow down any, he proceeded to go through the light applying more pressure to the brakes which failed him. He left tire marks on the road for about 37 ft and ended up hitting a vehicle and in the end there were 4 vehicles total. I have researched on line and have found out that there have been problems with the rear brakes on Dodge Durango's that were made in 1999. Our Durango is a 2000 but was manufactured in December 1999. We feel that in light of this info, we should have recieved some form of recall letter from the dealers which we have not as yet. We are not sure of the total cost of the accident as yet, so the figures are just quotes so far.

- Jones, OK, USA

problem #12

Oct 302001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 20mph ABS brakes locked up, causing consumer to lose control of vehicle. Vehicle had frontal damage. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated that ABS brakes were not suppose to lock up, and would get back in touch with consumer. Consumer was infomred that anti-lock brakes are in the rear not the front.

- Holly Hills, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 092000

Durango 4WD

  • miles
When driving on uneven road surface as I-94 fwy, vehicle expeirences loss of spur traction and brake-out. In three lane trafic, brak-out is a major failure and causes with un-expireanced driver bad exidence. Please check with manufacture, since 5 other owners in my company experiance the same incedent allmost any day.

- Dryden, MI, USA

problem #10

Jul 102001


  • miles
While consumer was driving on highway and without any notice vehicle started to do 180 degree turn, and then brakes would stop working. Has not contacted dealer.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 102001

Durango 4WD

  • miles
Pressed brake ABS kicked in and would not stop. Clear day, dry clean road, and no skidding. 3times in shop still a problem.

- Apo Ae, NY, USA

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