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#1011 of 1712 2004 Recall - Great Pricing - Daimler Chrysler Blasted
Dec 18, 2003 (6:26 pm)
1) I was talking to my dealer today who is locating a new Durango for me. He said his most recent shipment will be delayed a few days for a recall fix of something. I didn't get a chance to ask what the problem is. Anyone else here of this?
2) My wife works for Chase Manhattan Bank which has an affinity program with Daimler Chrysler. We get a special program # and BAM, 1% under dealer invoice, no hassle, no fuss, no sleazy car salesman/manager stuff. Easiest shopping I've ever done for a car. They also let you use any rebates out there too. I get another $1000 off because I'm in a current Dodge lease. My 2004 loaded Limited with Hemi is going to cost less per month than my 2001 R/T. Awesome.
3) Anyone see CBS and Dan Rather on the ball joints on the Durangos and now Dakotas? Daimler Chrylser didn't come off very well. Hopefully this might put more pressure on them to take care of the problem.
#1012 of 1712 Now What???
Dec 19, 2003 (4:48 pm)
I took my 2003 D 4x4 to the dealer due to a thumping sound that appears to be coming from the right front. They claim they could not find anything, tried to say it was the stops you hit when you turn the wheel all the way....but the sound happens even when going straight and slow over small bumps. They said they checked all susp parts, etc.
Has anyone else had this problem? Is there something else that could be loose that could be thumping against the bottom of the D?
#1013 of 1712 Now What???
Dec 19, 2003 (4:48 pm)
I took my 2003 D 4x4 to the dealer due to a thumping sound that appears to be coming from the right front. They claim they could not find anything, tried to say it was the stops you hit when you turn the wheel all the way....but the sound happens even when going straight and slow over small bumps. They said they checked all susp part, etc.
Has anyone else had this problem? Is there something else that could be loose that could be thumping agianst the bottom of the D?
#1014 of 1712 Front Left Wheel Noise
Dec 19, 2003 (7:15 pm)
I have a 2001 Durango sport with 36,100 miles on it and for the last few weeks I noticed a pulsating sound coming from the front drivers wheel area. I even lifted the drivers side up on a jack and rotated the tires and it made the same noise. It sounds like maybe the brake rotor maybe warpped. Is this right or is it something else? Maybe dirty brake pads? The sound is really loud. If you just coast without pushing the gas or break, you can really hear the sound.
Also, sometimes when I turn into a parking spot or hit a bump while turing, my car makes a loud popping sound from the front wheel area. Is it due to a bad upper ball joint?
#1015 of 1712 Durango Redesign
Dec 28, 2003 (7:21 am)
Happy Holidays everyone. Just test drove new Durango yesterday. Very nice ride! Very comfortable interior with power seats that actually bring you to a decent height. Side curtain airbags are an option, btw. Here is the downside.....those damn black door handles and mirror!! How in God's name can Chrysler "totally redesign" this truck and stick with the dumb black door handles. I saw new one's on the lot and there were already stains that you would have to scrub out. I know this may be petty, but when I asked the part dept guy if these could be replaced or painted, he just laughed and said, "You are the 6th person in the last two days who has asked me that!"...Next time, Chrysler should ask the public what they would like.....any thoughts on this?
#1016 of 1712 2004 Dodge Durango...New Owner
Dec 29, 2003 (11:51 am)
Ruskus....I bought the new 04 Durango HEMI on 11/03....very nice vehicle. The recall is for a capacitor on the instrument panel circuit board...could overheat and cause a dash fire. Will take an hour to repair. We have experienced a few inconveniences also...brake pedal creeks/squeeks...heater fan on high setting makes a clicking noise...dealer fixing today.
My only complaint and a question for other 04 Durango owners: The HEMI engine seems a little louder at idle than the 4.7 or other comparable V8's. It makes a rhythmic ticking sound. You can't hear it from inside the vehicle but you can from the outside. I have listened to 4 other 04 Durango HEMI's and they all sound the same, so it must be normal. Any suggestions on why the HEMI's idle is louder than most?
#1017 of 1712 Door handles
Dec 29, 2003 (12:30 pm)
Any reputable body shop should be able to properly prepare and paint the black door handles for you.
I have the black ones on my '03 Durango and actually prefer them. They are more durable and less prone to abuse over time. Painted handles tend to scratch and show more abuse than the black ones.
You could always get a black Durango and they wouldn't be as noticeable
#1018 of 1712 2004 Durango Review
Jan 04, 2004 (2:29 pm)
Car and Driver Feb 2004 edition gave the Durango a road test. The results were quite favorable.
#1019 of 1712 New 2004 Durango arrived for New Years
Jan 04, 2004 (10:12 pm)
Picked up my new 4x4 SLT Durango Dec. 31. I ordered it from the factory - it took a little over a month to get it done, but most of that was waiting for them to get it in line. Can you say "Hemi"!!!! Extremely smooth handling and ride. I live in rural Arkansas and I can say that it is far smoother than any other ride I tried. Plenty of power of course. By the way, I bought black so the door handle thing is not an issue. I will let you know how it goes as I put on the miles.
Jan 08, 2004 (6:02 pm)
i agree with you guys...i've always thought that unpainted door handles and mirrors cheapen the vehicle's look. especially since that has been a well known cost saver...ie...put the unpainted ones on the lower priced models. well, putting unpainted door handles on the 40k bucks worth limited durango is silly!!