8.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,130
Average Mileage:
59,300 miles
Total Complaints:
20 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace tail light (16 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
  3. no (1 reports)
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problem #20

Sep 152021

Durango Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Water intrusion and LEDs non functioning in long rear tailgate lamp. I have had this lamp replaced three time already! Now the dealership is telling me it won't be covered under warranty and the burden is on me. This is absolutely unacceptable! I will not pay for this reocurring issue which is documented in the warranty system of my dealership, Dodge and the lighting manufacturer. This should be a recall for failure of a SAFETY item, which can lead to accidents, injury or death! Shame on you Dodge and the lighting manufacturer!!

- Rachel H., Brownstown, IN, US

problem #19

May 122019

Durango Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Water intrusion in the long rear tailgate lamp. I have already had this lamp replaced twice before due to water intrusion. Why should the consumer have to have this lamp replaced every year or two? This is insane! Clearly there should have been a recall done. Do the right thing! Shame on you Dodge!!

- Rachel H., Brownstown, IN, US

problem #18

May 122017

Durango Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Water in the long rear tailgate lamp. Already had this lamp replaced once for water intrusion, now replacing that lamp. This burden should not be on the consumer. The lamp manufacturer should be held responsible by the car manufacturer to fix their issue!! This is a SAFETY item on the car! Without question this should be a recall!

- Rachel H., Brownstown, IN, US

problem #17

Feb 062016

Durango Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

I purchased this Durango used with water in the long rear tailgate light. I requirement for my buying the vehicle was that the dealership replace the rear lamp with water inside, which they did. But the problem is reoccurring, requiring lamp to be replaced every year, otherwise LEDs fail from water intrusion. Luckily the lamp has a 2 year part warranty so it hasn't costed me anything to replace. However, WHY should the consumer have to have this lamp replaced every year??!! It is a hassle and a SAFETY issue. This burden should not be on the consumer. The lamp manufacturer should be held responsible to fix their issue.

- Rachel H., Brownstown, IN, US

problem #16

Nov 082017

Durango Sxt Special Services 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

It was great that the warranty has fixed it once, but it is still happening and Dodge does not consider it an issue, and they also will not replace unit again. I proved to them water is leaking in by pouring a gallon of water down the rear of the car. Also, my inspection station also informed me the vehicle may not pass inspection next time.

- questss, Margrettville, NY, US

problem #15

Oct 012019

Durango Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,500 miles

The water in the taillights is causing the backup camera to fail in addition to the taillights. Another $200 to replace. Dodge should put in a recall and fix the problem.

- Darrin S., Painesville, OH, US

problem #14

Apr 012021

Durango AWD 5.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Clearly all dodge Durango tail lights (racetrack light) fill with water because there isn't one Durango that I pass on the road that doesn't look like mine. Every time I open the tailgate water pours out on both sides. It sucks! I hate having a nice SUV and it looks busted up from behind! Clearly the race track light is an issue and an expensive one at that!

- baldacchino, Shamong, US

problem #13

Feb 032020

Durango Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

This is really annoying because part of the tail light is off

- Anilson P., Irvington, NJ, US

problem #12

Oct 012019

Durango SXT 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

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water in tail light

Looking around on the internet, this seems to be a VERY common problem.

Considering how expensive the fix is, and how common it is, this is obviously a design flaw that Dodge should address with a recall.

- Daniel R., Huntington, NY, US

problem #11

Feb 252015

Durango SXT 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

Had the light fixed once on Dodge and then 2 years later, same issue. Heavy rain, rear race track light fills with water. Dodge does not even want to look at problem and swears they never heard of it before. My complaint was if its not a problem then why did you have to replace light the first time.

Dodge/Chrysler need to issue a recall. My service station told me they will not pass the car for its inspection unless this is fixed.

- dr. zync, Tappan, US

problem #10

Jun 062019

Durango RT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Defective middle light housing of rear taillights, which separates over time and allows water to pool in lower light bar, around leds - eventually leading to led failure. This appears to be a known issue for Dodge.

- ekosil, Chicago, IL, US

problem #9

Jan 312019

Durango RT Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Purchased a 2014 Dodge Durango R/T on October 31, 207. On November 2, 2017, I noticed that lower right corner of the tail light had water in it and was not working. I took it back to the dealer and they replaced the tail light. Shortly after they replaced the tail light, the license plate light stopped working and the reverse camera stopped working. I took it back to the dealer and they repaired it. Shortly after the dealer repaired the light, it began to flicker and ultimately stopped working. I took the car back to the dealer. They said that they could not repair it and referred me to a Dodge dealer. I took the vehicle to the Dodge dealer and they replaced the light. A little less than a year since the Dodge dealer replaced the tail light, it has water in it and the license plate light along a few LEDs have stopped working. I contacted the dealer and I am waiting to see how this problem will get resolved.

- Christopher B., Rochester, NY, US

problem #8

Dec 122017

Durango RT Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

Purchased a 2014 Dodge Durango R/T on October 31, 207. On November 2, 2017, I noticed that lower right corner of the tail light had water in it and was not working. I took it back to the dealer and they replaced the tail light. Shortly after they replaced the tail light, the license plate light stopped working and the reverse camera stopped working.I took it back to the dealer and they repaired it. Shortly after the dealer repaired the light, it began to flicker and ultimately stopped working. I took the car back to the dealer. They said that they could not repair it and referred me to a Dodge dealer. I took the vehicle to the Dodge dealer and they replaced the light.

- Christopher B., Rochester, NY, US

problem #7

Mar 042019

Durango Limited 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,603 miles

Live in Toronto and face snow and rain. Recently smelled burning electrical wiring in car and tried to find source but in vain. Few days ago I found part of the race track light on the right side of the Durango burned out and smelled like burnt electrical wiring upon close inspection. Bingo source found !

Dealership said issue not covered with extended bumper to bumper warranty. Heartbreaking and on research found replacement with labor approx $1500 and the issue could arise again. I’m not going to dish out this money for a repetitive problem! I did web search and no OEM replacement available other than used ones on EBay. Even Porsche’s have cheap OEM parts and easily available. Drove Porsche before and first Dodge ......

Solution upon research was to loosen the two side screws to let the water out and use heat gun. Also consider to use sealant to seal around the racetrack light, car camera areas.

Pretty disappointed and Similar complaints about this matter. Dodge should issue recall as it’s a real fire and health hazard with the toxic fumes of electrical burning in the cabin.

- Paul P., Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #6

Nov 102017

Durango RT Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

Purchased a 2014 Dodge Durango R/T on October 31, 207. On November 2, 2017, I noticed that lower right corner of the tail light had water in it and was not working. I took it back to the dealer and they replaced the tail light. Shortly after they replaced the tail light, the license plate light stopped working and the reverse camera stopped working. I took it back to the dealer and they repaired it.

- Christopher B., Rochester, NY, US

problem #5

Nov 012017

Durango RT Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

Purchased a 2014 Dodge Durango R/T on October 31, 207. On November 2, 2017, I noticed that lower right corner of the tail light had water in it and was not working. I took it back to the dealer and they replaced the tail light.

- Christopher B., Rochester, NY, US

problem #4

Jul 202018

Durango Limited 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Adding to the heap.... water is pooling up on the lower right portion of the racetrack lighting, and the LEDs are burnt out on the lower left side. Dodge should definitely be taking care of this; I bought the vehicle 2nd hand, so I guess I'm screwed.

- Marc D., Danielson, CT, US

problem #3

Jul 142018

Durango Citadel 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,644 miles

Condensation and water starting to gather on the left side of the rear racetrack lighting on my 2014 Dodge Durango. Would a replacement be covered under the 5 year factory warranty?

Update from Feb 13, 2021: Water still pouring into the light when it rains. Why can't the dealer contact us to bring the vehicle to them and take out the light and Re-seal the taillight to stop the water from coming in with a clear silicone or epoxy and the vehicles where the lights have shorted out already, the dealer should replace the taillight. I would do that myself but I was told by my Dealer that if I did that and Dodge decides to do a recall, seeing that I tried to fix it , then Dodge wouldn't honor my recall . 02/13/2021

- Glenn S., Shelton, Ct., US

problem #2

Sep 012016

Durango Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

The cost of replacing the tail light is relatively expensive, over $1000. I don't know how the water is getting in. Every time it rains I have to take a screw out and drain the water. Then my headlights and bright lights went out during a rain storm. The GPS works when it wants to. The dealer just gave me a website and a phone number to call about it.

- lisom, Elizabethtown, US

problem #1

Nov 102017

Durango Limited 3.6lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

$1,200 to fix @ dealer. Way to much to fix a tail light. Living on social security and can't fix. I like car otherwise. Thought tail light problems were solved at least 80 years ago. Isn't this a safety issue for the feds? I've heard of others with this same problem.

- Roger B., Murfreesboro, TN, US