pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
129,050 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. had transmission repaired by Aamco (1 reports)
  3. rebuilt tranny , add aux. cooler (1 reports)
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problem #4

Jun 022015

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 230,187 miles

I need help. I'm a trouble shooter and open for suggestions. My wife's 2000 Dodge Durango was running on the freeway and the transmission stopped responding. The car runs but has no gear response. Not even on overdrive. Gear shifts but transmission doesn't respond. Please anyone out their that can help...

- tonysoto, San Diego, CA, US

problem #3

Mar 012011

Durango 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Dodge Durangos with the 5.9l V8 need an external transmission cooler to prevent failure, Most Durangos for sale with the 5.9 have tranny issues or if you own one of these plan for tranny problems , have it rebuilt and add a external tranny cooler on the return oil line out of the radiator , and flush the cooler in the radiator .

P.S. Have your intake gasket checked they're bad about leaking also

- Russ D., Waycross, GA, US

problem #2

Aug 142009

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,885 miles

Ok, here we go!

Bought that suv with the 5.9L engine in march 2009 with only 129000 km (80625 miles for my American friends...) and paid 6000$cn for it. Was a big mistake! Besides being incredibly thirsty with gas, shortly after I got it, problems started. Had it fully serviced and tuned-up, had to change all 4 shocks, water pump broke down a month later while driving (lucky enough it didn't touch the rad), check engine went on so changed an O2 sensor and speed sensor, changed front wheel bearings, upper ball joint, then tranny started freekin' out in august. At first the second gear slipped out on occasions when downshifting around 70km/h, then couldn't put it into park for about 2 months. Then out of nowhere park came back... Next, tranny stopped shifting down to first gear when coming to a stop, so I had to manualy shift it to take off until 40km/h (cause no more 2nd gear) and then shift it to D. F...g annoying! So took the car to a tranny specialist who changed both governor solenoid and pressure governor and serviced it (370$cn), that didn't work. The guy said tranny had no more 2nd gear and was dropping pressure so it had to be taken down. 2200$ to rebuild it... Sh....! I said the hell with it, I'll drive like it that till it breaks down for good. Drove it that way for more then a couple years still until the inevitable happened last September and tranny wouldn't sh*t out of first gear anymore. Had it rebuilt for 1650$cn and is ok now. Differential has been noisy when accelerating while turning at intersections, front and especially rear suspensions have been squeaking unbelievably during warm seasons when dry. Had to replace front bumper due to rust, tail gate had to be repaired also. Three weeks ago had to change battery, outer tie-rod end and a ball joint and yesterday I changed the lower direction column joint, part was 393freaking $ at dealer... all parts are so expensive on that car. Yet it's not over, still have to change steering gear rack, 2 lower b-joints, front sway bar bushings and rear leaf springs had softened quite a bit. So after 2½ years and 161390 km using this car for work as I am a handyman, I'm down 5600$cn in maintenance and repairs into this sh.... ( and I have done most of the repairs myself) and still counting. That car is a great driver but sadly enough it's been nothing but a money pit... Now you must think, "sell the freaking thing!" At a 1,31$/L of gaz (X4 per galon) in Montreal and some 32L/100km (that's like 6-7miles/gal) in the city, who would buy that... Plus considering all the money I had put on and what the car is still worth, I might as well keep it and use it for off roading or project... I've owned 2 Caravans before that and it was basically the same story.... So, no More Dodge for me. Until and unless Chrysler-Fiat proves to build more reliable cars...

- Martin L., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

problem #1

Dec 032006

(reported on)

Durango SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

Ya what what is up with Dodge they have the 7yr. 70,000 mile warranty. I've seen them fail twice before. Now that I own a Dodge, my Durango blew it's transmission at 77,132 miles. The mechanic tried to tell me it was the neutral park switch then it was the whole tranny. I don't like how it shifts in and out of overdrive, so I'm gonna try a programmer to adjust a few things.

- Ryan D., Eagle Point, OR, US