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#408 of 1712 Durango Problems!!
Jan 27, 2001 (1:42 pm)
We have a 1999 Dodge Durango and didn't have any problems with it until now. The entire engine needs to be replaced! My sister was just driving down the interstate when it stalled. They towed it to the shop where they told us a push rod had gone through the engine wall. We have always had good luck with Chrysler products, but will not buy one again. It is not that the engine just went out but because of the dealer as well. They are being no help to us at all, and said it was our fault because it was couple hundred miles past due for an oil change, which has never been a problem in any car we own. By the way we have the 5.2 engine.
#409 of 1712 Wind Noise, Mileage, Gears, Etc.
Jan 27, 2001 (7:55 pm)
I have a 2000 R/T. It has 8500 miles on it and has not been to the dealership once. I have no noticeble wind noise. I get 14-17 MPG consistently (no highway). It has the computer option so I always see how it is doing. In fact, it has all options and I paid $31,565 back last August. Can't beat that! Anyway, here is what I did that helped the mileage and acceleration big time. I swapped out the stock air filter and put in a K&N. I drilled a heck of a lot of 1 inch holes in the air box on three sides. I did not drill holes on the side facing the motor so it does not suck the really hot manifold heated air. I added two bottles of Water Wetter to the radiator which helps keep it running cooler. You can see the difference on how quickly the temp gauge reacts to the thermostat opening and closing. Next, I added Energy Release (ER) to the engine, transmission and power steering pump. I also use Mobil 1 synthetic.
All this added together gave me a constant 2 MPG better plus better performance.
This vehicle is a total blast to drive, gives me a big "O" every time I start the motor and hear that manly snort from the exhaust. Nothing else like it!!!!!
As far as the gears, it has the 3.92s. If you don't do a lot of extended 70mph driving, I would always opt for them if you have the chance. In many cases, you would get better mpgs out of them due to not pressing the gas pedal down as far to get the vehicle moving in start and stop traffic. Sounds strange but it is correct. Highway mileage will suffer slightly.
#410 of 1712 5.2 engine failure
Jan 28, 2001 (8:29 am)
I can't believe there isn't more to your story than what you are telling. What was the length between the changes? Also, if you pushed the limit, did you not check the oil level between changes and was it several quarts low? I can't imagine any dealership going that route on a 1999 unless there was enough evidence there was gross neglect.
#411 of 1712 What is the fix for white sludge in Oil Tube for MRBoost
Jan 28, 2001 (2:47 pm)
I have the same problem. MrBoost said there was a fix for it TSB. what is that
Jan 28, 2001 (3:01 pm)
TSB is a Technical Service Bulletin. What that means is there is a re-occurring problem they are aware of and it tells the Dealership mechanics what the problem is and how to correct it. You need to discuss this with the Dealership and tell them you were told there is a TSB for the fix.
#413 of 1712 Well that is the story.
Jan 28, 2001 (4:57 pm)
That is why we are so dissapointed in this car. We take very good care of our cars. My dad takes them in for oil changes all the time. It was a couple hundred miles over the regular interval, but since my mom puts over 35,000 miles on it a year, we go longer between changes than the average person. We had a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited that we had no problems with for 80,000 before we sold it. Of course the dealer is going to come up with some stupid excuse to save themselves money, but we are gonna keep fighting till we get what we want.
#414 of 1712 Durango Sport
Jan 28, 2001 (5:35 pm)
I'm looking at the new 2001 Durango Sports.Does anyone out there own one? Are there any noticeable handling/driving differences from the SLT?
Jan 28, 2001 (7:27 pm)
Sounds interesting. Just was curious, why don't you go for the R/T?
#416 of 1712 2000 sport
Jan 29, 2001 (7:27 am)
I have a 2000 Sport and I love it. Just plain 'ol Durango. Eventually we will put on new wheels and other add ons, but for now....he just stays stock. Handled very well on a recent trip to vegas. No oil useage. We drive it primarily on the freeway. We live 35 miles away from work. Average around 16 gals each fill up. When I used the 87 octain my mileage was 12-13. I went up to 89 and it really improved.
I have the oil changed by the dealer every 3000 miles. We decided to have them do it after hearing about the paperwork problems. After every oil change the D is brought down and inspected by us for workmanship and normal check over that we do with our other vehicle when we change the oil. We also check the oil/water each fill up.
We have been in contact with K & N for the air filter. The service tech at K & N that I emailed said they were still working on it for the 5.2. Then it was ready and we ordered thru a parts house. Guess what? they returned our money cause the filter wasn't going to be available for months.
#417 of 1712 Even though..........
Jan 29, 2001 (7:37 am)
You drive it 35,000 miles a year is no excuse not to do oil changes, I have 60,000 miles on my 98 Durango with no motor problems. I have missed my changes by a couple hundred miles before and there has been no problem. With the newer ones they reccommend that you can go up to 7500 miles before oil changes. Didn't anybody notice the oil light?