really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #1

Mar 092008

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2001 Dodge Durango started having problems with interior lights, dash lights, intermittent wipers, door locks not operating, the 4-wheel drive light on, and headlights not working. Checked all fuses and all were good. Disconnected/reconnected battery and all returned to normal. Two days later, while my 16 Y/O son was driving the vehicle, the interior and dash lights (later to learn the headlights) were flickering on and off. I took it for a test ride and all seemed normal for first few miles, when suddenly the dash lights and headlights started to flicker rapidly. A few seconds later the headlights went out completely for approximately 5-7 seconds and came back on. The headlights went out again as I was pulling off the road for approximately 7-10 seconds with intermittent interior dash lights flickering. I turned the vehicle off, removed the negative battery terminal for approximately 3 minutes and again all returned to "normal". this ┐defect┐ is well known on the internet with the cause being the central timer module (ctm) and all local Dodge dealers I contacted are well aware of the cause and the fix (avg. Cost from local dealers $690) yet there is no recall for this anomaly. Why" headlights turning off while driving┐am I the only person who sees a safety problem here? also, according to the people at Chrysler's 1-800 customer service center, this is only affecting a small number of vehicles. So what. My thoughts are: One vehicle is enough, and if this is really a true statement from Chrysler, it shouldn't cost the corporation that much to fix those ┐few┐ vehicles. My concern continues with the belief that both Chrysler and the NHTSA know about this failure - which is obviously a safety issue - and neither have taken any positive action for an immediate recall. This situation also leaves me with one haunting question: Does it really take a death before anyone takes action??? btw: What does the 's┐ in NHTSA stand for again"

- Niceville, FL, USA