really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,386 miles

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problem #62

Feb 012010

Durango 4WD

  • 15,000 miles
Since purchase of 2000 (new) Dodge Durango 5.9L 4 wheel drive, the transmission has been serviced several times at great amounts of cost. I rarely use 4 wheel drive and take care of each required service. On the internet I notice several similar/same complaints. The 4 wheel drive light stuck on and the transmission is stuck in 4 wheel with no indication of going into 2 wheel/neutral or other wise.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #61

Aug 202009


  • 150,000 miles
While driving in 4 wheel drive I reversed heard a clunk. Thought I hit something saw nothing that I could have hit. Put it into drive and drove for a few minutes had to back up again and found I had no reverse. I was able to get where I needed but found that the forward gears were now not cooperating. Called transmission shops and every one of them stated that it is a common problem for Dodge transmissions especially those in the Durango. It is a 2000 Dodge Durango with about 150000. I believe if a Toyota or an older Dodge call last more than 250000 then these newer was should last longer with our supposed better technology.

- Kearns, UT, USA

problem #60

May 182008


  • 116,438 miles
Driving at highway speeds, transmission will not properly shift. Runs to about 3500- 4000 rpms doing 45mph and fails to shift. Have not had a chance to take to a dealer will update when dealership is notified.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #59

Jun 102005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles
1) no warning signs 2) popping out of park and going into reverse, running me over while I was outside of the vehicle 3) have had transmission work done, always use the emergency brake do not trust being in park.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #58

Dec 022007

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Durango. While driving 45 mph over ice and snow, the rear of the vehicle slipped as the contact decelerated. The vehicle landed into a ditch and then flipped over. The air bags never deployed. A police report was filed. He believes that if the vehicle flipped over, the air bags should have deployed. The failure and current mileages were 78,000. The consumer stated the transmission made a sudden shift prior to the accident and when evaluated by the mechanic the only error code admitted was that of the transmission. Updated 12/18/07 updated 12/18/07.

- Schoharie, NY, USA

problem #57

Dec 062006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
You do not have to apply the break when shifting from park to drive.

- Okc, OK, USA

problem #56

Nov 102006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
My steering all of a sudden was loose and scary to drive. I checked my powers steering fluid to find that I was almost completely out. So I filled it. One day later it was down again. I took it to a shop and found out my rack and pinion needed to be completely replaced, at 75000 miles. I have had plenty of vehicles over 150000 miles and never replaced a rack and pinion. This just seems to bizarre for me. Also my transmission sometimes wont go into gear when I shift for a few seconds and then it will click in. It doesn't matter if its cold or warm either. When I took it to a shop they drove it for a couple days and couldn't find a problem but it still does it.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #55

Sep 182006

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked with the keys in the ignition and the engine running, a child climbed into the driver's seat, and moved the column gear shift allowing the vehicle to roll backwards and crash into another vehicle. There were no injuries, but the vehicle sustained moderate damage. The police were on the scene, and a report was taken. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to await further inspection by a factory representative.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #54

Oct 312005

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,377 miles
Transmission failure.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #53

Oct 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
When the transmission gears slip it would cause the vehicle to hesitate before accelerating. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Belden, MS, USA

problem #52

Oct 302004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Durango that has 109,000 miles. Traveling on an interstate highway at 75 mph, my transmission dropped from 5th gear to 1st/2nd gear causing me to lose control of my vehicle ending up in the median. Upon taking the vehicle to a dealership in topeka, they replaced the transmission solenoid (which I was told usually goes out around 100,000 miles)(I believe this was the part, they told me that it controlled all shifting based on pressures inside the housing) and told me that nothing else was wrong with the vehicle. Less than 80 miles after receiving this service, the same incident occurred on a two-lane highway at approx. 65 mph. I, again, lost control of my vehicle, initially West-bound, and ended up nearly getting impacted on my passenger side by an 18 wheeler before coming to rest in the East-bound ditch. This time, the complete transmission was replaced by the topeka dealership. I have the parts for the "old transmission" minus any parts that required a coring fee (the dealership stated they would not allow me to take these parts, even after offering to pay the coring fee). The dealership explained to me that the original replacement part was a temporary fix and "could have lasted up to 2 years, but for you it only lasted 1 week."

- Wamego, KS, USA

problem #51

Nov 132004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Automatic transmission went out completely after 58,000 miles, just under 5 years of use. The vehicle was serviced regularly for all recommended preventative maintenance per vehicle handbook. In addition, it was taken in for transmission check-up once during the first 36,000 miles and was informed that everything was okay. I still felt there was a problem due to the fact that there was a high pitched whinning noise coming from the transmission. Also transmission seemed like it was slipping.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #50

Nov 082004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,300 miles
Transmission just stopped working. I only had 49000 miles on my 2000 Dodge Durango when I was just driving down the road and it stopped shifting. Lost all power to the drive system. Per transmission shop in the area and all over the usa this is a know problem with the 518 transmission. There is a check value in the cooler line that will pug up and cause the transmission to over heat and burn out the cluch. Dodge knows that this is a problem and have replaced many transmission under warrenty. Went the transmission is replace they put in an upgrade kit for the cooling line and the value is taken out per Dodge instrutions. The tork convertor is replaced with a new stile that does not flot and does not put mental patrs into the flueded that plugs the check value. The only good thing there is that I was not in Chicago or some other big city durring rush hour. Or I would have been in big trouble with no way to get off the road.

- Dixon, IL, USA

problem #49

Jan 012003

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After two weeks of purchasing our (2 years old @ that time)Durango, as we were driving we heard a loud screaching noise, we found a piece that appearantly broke off, it had to do with the brakes we were told. Later our transmission wasnt functioning properly, it needed new sensor. When steering it screaches (had problem right after purchasing) and its been getting worse, we took it to dealer and they flushed power steering fluid and we also had to have right ball joint replaced at the same time. When steering it still sounds bad. We had to replace the battery a year after purchasing one at the dealership and a month after that our transmission went out. Dealer wanted to charge $3700. We took it somewhere else, hope to pick up today from shop will be paying $2570.

- Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

problem #48

Aug 262000

Durango 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Since day one this vehicle has been in and out of dealership, from transmisson problems, steering, noises. I stopped bringing in truck at 30,000 miles when my warranty expired, and know I just have live with it.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #47

Jan 152002

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Transmission "grabbing" and "slipping" in all gears. Most noticable on the highway. Transmission goes from overdrive to one and sometimes two lower gears at highway speed. Vehilcle will jump and sputter. Vehicle was taken to dealer who did not get it repaired. It was also taken to my local mechanic, who says it's a lemon. (I have no faith in the dealer who sold me the garbage after they claimed to have not figured my fianancing correctly abd hit me with a $975 additional fee.) ellenville Dodge.

- Youngsville , NY, USA

problem #46

Oct 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the transmission completely failed. When trying to accelerate the vehicle would not go over 25 mph and then it just would not go at all. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. The consumer was told there was nothing that could be done. Please provide vehicle identification number.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #45

Sep 172004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While shifting transmission downn shifted on its on. Transmission hesitated while applying the accelerator pedal, and then accelerated on its own. Consumer drove vehicle to the dealer, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem. The driver informed the mechanic that this problem has occurred more than once and has not been resolved. Please fill in additional information.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #44

Jun 052004


  • 51,000 miles
While the engine was idling the vehicle was able to engage into drive without applying the brake. As a result the vehicle rolled forward colliding with a parked vehicle. The dealer stated that "the brake disengagement feature is not on the vehicle". the consumer was told that this safety feature was not installed on Dodge vehicle's until 2001.

- Elgin, IA, USA

problem #43

Mar 312004


  • 86,000 miles
The over drive will engage and disengage by itself, then the transmission started slipping. The dealership replaced the overdrive solenoid. The problem still exist. The cause of the problem was due to the pressure boost valve cover plate holes not being big enough. There's a tsb 211100 on this issue, in which it indicated that the dealership will replace the existing plate with a plate that has bigger holes to correct the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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