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#1599 of 1712 Re: 2001 Dodge Durango To many problems [rr3]
Mar 01, 2006 (5:48 pm)
Hi everyone. We (meaning my dh and I) got totally screwed with a 2003 Durango lease. (OK, so it's because my dh will ONLY have DODGE vehicles and was the biggest sucker on earth, but that's beside the point...).
What is really irking me is that three weeks after we got the Durango, the "LIGHT" came on. I don't remember what the problem was, but it was still under warranty, so no problem, except adding the 100 mile round trip to the mileage. Three months later, the LIGHT came on again. Back to the dealership. A couple of months later, the LIGHT came on again. Back to the dealership. NO PROBLEM, they said (still under warranty). There was a lull of several months, and BANG!...the LIGHT comes on again. By now we're out of regular warranty and the PLATINUM WARRANTY they stuck us with comes into play. But of course, whatever was wrong wasn't covered. Less than two weeks later, the stupid light comes on again. I'm stranded at the grocery store: the Durango won't start and stay started. Towing is included, they tell me. So I have it towed. The problem is covered by the PLATINUM warranty, but only AFTER I tell them it is. Then I find I have to pay another $90.00 for towing, because only $50.00 is covered. They keep my car for THREE weeks and OK a rental for TWO days. Two weeks later, the stupid light is on AGAIN. By now, my dh is rabid and calls the dealership. (he is a warranty guy for several companies and knows how warranties work.)
I take the car in and the mechanics stay nearly an hour after the repair shop is officially closed. The head mechanic says, NO PROBLEM. No charge. Two weeks later, the stupid light comes on again. This time it's a vacuum hose. A week later, the stupid light comes on AGAIN. This time they replaced the vacuum pump, and the mechanic tells me that I could've driven with the light on forever; it's just an emissions thing. Like I'm supposed to be able to tell what is wrong when the light comes on???? That was yesterday. Today I drove to work at 7am. Everything was OK. Today I started the Durango at 5pm to come home, and guess what? The STUPID LIGHT WAS ON AGAIN.
I have a business trip to take Friday AM. I called the dealership and told them that I WOULD make my trip, even if the *!!***%!! salesman had to drive me in his personal car and wait in the parking garage for me for three days.
Sorry for the rant, but it just seems to be SO stupid to have ONE LIGHT for EVERY FREAKING THING that goes wrong with this car. I work with a woman who got rid of her Durango because of the same thing AND her electrical system (windows, locks, etc. went nuts after 18 months).
My mileage is WAY over the lease agreement, and upwards of 100 miles is just for REPAIRS. I'm disgusted with Daimler-Chrysler. I'm hating MOPAR. I'm thinking that when this lease is up, I will sneak out of the house while my Dodge obsessed dh is asleep, and I will go straight to Honda or Toyota or Ford or Chevy.
Am I the ONLY one with these problems?
Mar 05, 2006 (1:35 pm)
How would I find out what I have for gears
#1601 of 1712 Re: Power door locks going crazy [peted31bgn]
Mar 07, 2006 (5:34 pm)
I am having the same problem with my Durango. Were you able to get it fixed and what was the problem? Any hope of fixing it myself?
#1602 of 1712 Re: durango overheating [babyjacky]
Mar 13, 2006 (9:46 pm)
We have a 2001 Durango SLT 4x4 4.7L V8 that over heats everytime we pull our pop-up camping trailer (3000 lbs max). We have had the thermostat and fan clutch replaced, the system flushed and the radiator thoroughly checked. The dealership recommends a maximum size radiator replacement at a cost of $460. We also find that it over heats when going up steep hills with the RPMs held at 3000 to maintain speed up the hill and this is without pulling a trailer. I don't have any solutions to the overheating problem, but would like to hear any suggestions whether it be equipment or computer related.
#1603 of 1712 Re: Towing Horse trailer 2000 5.2 V8 2wd DD [huntinghawk]
Mar 13, 2006 (9:55 pm)
We also have a 2001 Durange SLT 4x4 4.7L V8 and it over heats everytime I pull a pop-up camping trailer (3000 lbs max). We have had the thermostat and fan clutch replaced, the system flushed and the radiator thoroughly checked. The dealership recommends a maximum size radiator replacement at a cost of $460. We also find that it overheats when going up steep hills with the RPMs held at 3000 to maintain speed up the hill and this is without pulling a trailer. I don't know what else to do, but will take your email to the dealership and see what will help. I would like to hear any other suggestions to solve the problem of over heating while towing.
#1604 of 1712 Re: 2004 Durango Brake trouble [bedrock9]
Mar 24, 2006 (10:54 am)
At 28,000 Mi. my front rotors had to be turned down and pads replaced on my 2003 Durango. Cost $180.00. The vehicle has 37,000 on it and I am well pleased except for the 14 MPG mileage. I would consider purchasing another Durango. This is my 18th new vehicle since the 1952 Chevy Belair hard top first arrived. I've had them all. No complaints with the service department in my home town.
#1605 of 1712 Re: Durango: Bad Ball Joints ?? [bkr80]
Apr 01, 2006 (2:03 pm)
there is a recall on the upper ball joints for the durango.
the dealership will replace it for you for free.first thing i do when shopping for a car or truck is do a surch on any recalls for that car or truck. hope this helps.
#1606 of 1712 Re: Durango 4.7L Gas Mileage [jleads]
Apr 01, 2006 (7:11 pm)
I have a 2000 Durango SLt 4x4 with 110,750 miles. I average 15. Have gotten up to 18 and as low as 10 in the mountains.
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Apr 05, 2006 (2:45 pm)
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