really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,192 miles

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problem #13

May 212014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
Driving on regular road just turns off and you loose control of steering, brakes and speed, it has happened on highway and lucky it has happened while on right lane. Steering locks down and you are force to use muscle power to get it out of the way. Can I make a lawsuit against the Dodge people to fix such problem or should I wait until my wife gets killed or others as it has happened with other Durango owners? replacing the PCM didn't do the job the problem's still happening and now is in the parking lot until it becomes safe.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #12

Oct 052011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
While driving nb on southwest highway in palos the light changed to yellow, then red, I applied the brakes and the vehicle was slowing down as normal. Suddenly the brake pedal hit the floor as if the hydraulics fluid had been let out of the brake system. The ABS and brake light went on and I could hear the anti lock system making noise. I pumped the brakes quickly and car stopped in just enough time to prevent an accident. I pulled to the side of the road and opened the hood to inspect the fluid levels, they were perfect, no leaks either. I restarted the car and the ABS and brake light went out, the brakes do not appear to be working correctly however, I will have a mechanic check them out on Friday.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #11

Apr 052010


  • 118,000 miles
While driving at road speed southbound on nc state road 1922, and approaching a stop sign at the intersection with nc state highway 98, I noticed a sudden and nearly complete loss of braking power accompanied by brake pedal travel to the floor. No visible fluid leakage exists, nor are any diagnostic lights illuminated on the vehicle's dashboard. Replacement of the brake master cylinder was done, and the failure persisted.. the failure is persistent and occurs with every use of the brake pedal. The consequences are greatly increased stopping distance with pedal travel to the floor even under moderate foot pressure. Diagnosis by certified Dodge mechanics after consultation with Chrysler indicate a failure of the ABS accumulator. Failed part is available for analysis. No additional work has been completed at the time of this filing.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #10

May 292009


  • 110,493 miles
Driving on city roads through traffic lights and suddenly had no brakes. Brake pedal was on the floor. Narrowly avoided crashing by swerving into free turn lane and turning. Applied parking brake to come to a stop. Dodge dealership looked at vehicle and reported that the retaining clip for brake pedal to booster was missing. They replaced the clip to correct the problem. There is no old part since it was missing completely.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #9

May 122009


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Durango. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle began driving roughly and smoke appeared under the hood. The brakes stiffened when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact eased off the brakes, but they failed completely. More smoke appeared under the hood. The contact attempted to pull the vehicle over, but lost control. She heard two snapping noises under the hood. She applied the emergency brake, which stopped the vehicle. The passenger opened the hood and noticed flames in the engine. They called the fire department and a report was filed. The engine fire spread to the passenger compartment of the vehicle. A few minutes later, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. There were no injuries. Prior to the fire, repairs had been made to the engine because it would stall and overheat. The contact brought the vehicle in for service the day after the vehicle was purchased in November of 2008. The current and failure mileages were 124,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #8

Dec 052008


  • 1,000 miles
2000 Durango 2-wheel drive. Brakes lock up and tail slides around. It is as if the rear end is bouncing when braking (back end too light). Even worse when road wet. Very dangerous. Why does it do this"?" no accident. Am very careful and don't let people drive it.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #7

May 062006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
During normal highway driving front left brake engaged and locked. Vehicle was pulling extremely hard to the left and controllability was an issue. Upon stopping left wheel assembly was smoking.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #6

May 202004


  • miles
While driving 20 mph, the rear brakes locked up. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the front and rear brakes needed to be replaced and replaced them. However, the problem still occurs at this time.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #5

Sep 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Brake failure at 60 km/H rear ended other vehicle

- Pickering, UN, USA

problem #4

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
When driving the SUV, there is a loud noise the whole time when driving this vehicle, the dealer said it not under the extended warranty that we purchased, also the window in the back left side will not let up or down. It has been very difficult I am only had this vehicle for 5 months.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #3

Mar 092004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There was excessive shaking in the steering column. Vehicle was pulling to the right, consumer thought it was the brakes. Took vehicle to mechanic, and they replaced the brakes, but the problem still existed. Another mechanic determined that ball joints were prematurely failing.

- Keota, OK, USA

problem #2

Mar 052004

(reported on)


  • miles
When brake pedal was depressed vehicle slid forward. This almost resulted in an accident. Dealership inspected the brakes, but couldn't find the cause of the problem.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 022002


  • miles
Consumer stated that when applying the brakes the brake pedal would go to the floor causing the vehicle to have extended stopping distance and struck the vehicle in front. Dealer notified.

- Richmond, VA, USA