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#1290 of 1712 Re: Gun shy-->03 Durango Reliability? [my3sons]
Jul 24, 2004 (12:06 am)
There are still new '03 Durangos out there. A quick search at autotrader.com for a new 2003 Durango "any distance" from your zip code should return 100+ results. I just tried it from my zip code and got 134 results. Most appear to be highly optioned SLT models and a few R/T's. However, considering they will soon be 2 years old, I would imagine the dealers would be willing to make someone quite an attractive offer. There were also a couple of dealer Demo's listed as well.
I have had my '03 SXT 4x4 since October of '03 and now have almost 12,000 miles on it. I like the truck very much and it has only needed routine maintenance. I did get my first recall notice today in the mail, but it is nothing major...Dodge wants to replace the front wiper motor due to a potential design flaw. I will get it done eventually...maybe next month sometime when it goes in for its annual state inspection.
Our neighbors have a first year Durango with well over 120K miles on it. They have admittedly had some problems, but continue to use theirs as a daily driver.
#1291 of 1712 Re: Gun shy-->03 Durango Reliability? [ryster]
Jul 24, 2004 (9:58 am)
Thanks Ryster. I did that exact search last night and found a couple that I might be interested in. Closest one ~600 miles away. I am still interested if there are other people out there that have the Rango w/4.7L (00-03) and whether that was a significant overall improvement. Also did this engine change require a major change to the overall drive train?
Still a little gun shy but we might be convinced if we can believe that we just got stuck with lemon.
#1292 of 1712 Re: Gun shy-->03 Durango Reliability? [my3sons]
Jul 26, 2004 (2:32 pm)
In terms of a drivetrain change, starting in the '02 model year Dodge went to a 5-speed automatic in the Durangos. Not sure what other hardware changes went along with the tranny change.
The Durangos are not reknowned for their stellar reliability, but they are no worse than a comparable Explorer/Mountaineer or Blazer/Trailblazer/Envoy.
Personally, if I had bad luck with any kind of vehicle I would probably not buy another one. There is no guarantees when it comes to vehicles.
#1293 of 1712 K+N aicharger in Durango
Jul 31, 2004 (2:44 pm)
I've just put a K+N aircharger on my 04 hemi Durango and while the power is up, so is the engine noise!
I knew there'd be some induction roar but the ticking and other noises are really noticeable even on a steady throttle, my 04 truck now sounds like an 80's one with 300,000 on the clock. Any thoughts?
#1294 of 1712 Re: K+N aicharger in Durango [denimo1]
Aug 01, 2004 (5:45 pm)
let me know if you get better gas mileage with the k&N in, as far as the ticking noise, i have it to, when i brought it in they said its the pulse of the fuel injectors, so i left it at that
#1295 of 1712 Do I need a HEMI?
Aug 02, 2004 (6:15 pm)
Our family just increased by two with twins, and we need to upgrade the family car. All along we have been looking at the new Durango, but I am wondering what size engine I should get. It is a stretch on our budget to get the Hemi. Most of our driving is on the interstate, so I want the truck to be quick out of the exits. We also will not be towing anything more than 2 tons, so I wonder if we really need the bigger engine.
#1296 of 1712 Re: Do I need a HEMI? [trashguy]
Aug 03, 2004 (6:52 pm)
I test drove Durangos with both engines. I liked them both.
in the end, it came down to what was on the lot with the options i wanted.
I was easily able to deal to edmunds tmv for the truck (plus the 3500 rebate).
You cant go wrong with the "base" 4.7. Plenty of power for the interstate.
I wouldnt go broke over a hemi - but drive one of each and decide for Yourself.
Its a great truck - enjoy!
Aug 11, 2004 (2:03 pm)
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#1299 of 1712 Re: Do I need a HEMI? [trashguy]
Aug 18, 2004 (2:01 pm)
I've owned a 2000 and a 2002 with the 4.7 and just bought a 2004 Limited with the 4.7. I notice a little less power on hills than my '00 and '02 had but I'm still very happy with the 4.7. I'm currently getting 15.6 MPG around town but have not taken it on any long trips yet. I had to search around a bit to find a Limited with the 4.7. It seems the majority of Limiteds I have seen have the Hemi.