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Dodge Durango, SUV
Jan 10, 2002 (7:39 am)
I would just like to share my experience with dodge. In October of 1998 my husband and I leased a 1999 dodge Durango we were so excited it was beautiful and it was a 4x4. We had it 3 months and the engine went out caused by the factory leaving out a chip. Then in 2 weeks later were at the hopsital having a baby and my husband pulls the Durango up to the main entrance to bring us home turns the car off we get in baby, flowers and all get all buckled up and start the car and it doesn't start. We have to have the car towed my mother has to come and get me and the baby and my husband rides with the tow truck to the dealership. Talk about an hormonal break down. Then they tell us a wire had come disconnected in the engine. WE were not happy. Then in fall of 2000 the temp light kept coming on aying the car was hot but it wasnt this went on for about 3 months dealership said it was something to do with the cooling system it was about 900.00 to fix. also the windows would not go up and down. That was a chip. Then in 2001 about 9 months after fixing the cooling system it starts again we take it in and they fix it again costing us about 400 and the windows dont work again. they tell us there stuck and they work when we leave but the next day all work but one and today it still wont let down. Unfortunately we are in a lease that is not up until October and you can bet I will sell this baby. The sad thing is that I really love the SUV the style the inside and know there are people that have them that have had no trouble. WE take very could care our cars they have regular oil changes and tune ups so we do not neglect the car. The sad thing is we are well over our mileage and will have to pay about 18500 for a car that is not worth 13500. You can get a new one for the same price. You can bet I will never buy a dodge again.
#644 of 1712 Buying a used 1998 Durango
Jan 10, 2002 (8:31 am)
Can anyone tell me the pros and cons between the 5.2L and the 5.9L 1998 Durango. What kind of gas mileage can I expect from both of these engines?
Jan 11, 2002 (5:38 am)
blg61497 - I understand your frustration. I had to take my truck into the dealer where they had it for 6 weeks as they replaced a wiring harness (which was covered under warranty). In the mean time I'm out $1200 in rental car costs(insurance did pick up part of it). This wasn't covered under any type of warranty and both the dealer and manufacturer felt no obligation. I've also had problems with the power windows, cruise control and I can hear the power lock on the hatch starting to fail. I love the looks and utility of this vehicle but I will not own another one. There are far better and more reliable vehicles currently on the market and coming to market soon.
paulypooh - I'll try to help you on your decision by telling you my experience. I've got a 2000 with the 5.9 and my mileage typically is 13. I've gone as low as 10.7 (winter driving) and as high as 17 (once). The truck is maticulously maintained and I don't drive hard. My driving is probably 60/40 highway and city. I use the vehicle as my main type of transportation and do haul 4-5 passengers (and all of their goodies)at least once a week. I hope this helps.
I ask questions on this board and keep getting sent to a durango club web site. In my opinion the sites forum is difficult to follow and rarely has the information I'm looking for.
I would appreciate it if I asked a question that someone would give me an answer. If you take the time to send me to another site why not use that same time to give me my answer.
I follow several boards on Edmunds and they have healthy exchanges of information. I hope that this board can become the same.
#646 of 1712 re: I'll reply
Jan 11, 2002 (6:44 am)
I noticed that ywilson was kind enough to answer your previous query about OEM tires quite specifically and also suggested another source where you might get additional information.
Your most recent query seemed to ask for a divination which, perhaps, no one here feels qualified to address.
Jan 11, 2002 (8:59 am)
Point taken. What I'm trying to do is get an active discussion going by all people who may use or pass thru this discussion board. I've seen it on several other boards here at Edmunds and was attempting to spark some activity. My apologies to a poor approach to make this happen. I know that there are many with answers to questions I have posted who choose to not answer and I wish they would. Yes, I do understand it is there choice not to answer and have taken that route myself on many occasions.
Jan 11, 2002 (9:48 am)
What I'm trying to do is get an active discussion going by all people who may use or pass thru this discussion board.
Fair enough! Anyone? Can we accomodate him?
#649 of 1712 Durango add ons
Jan 13, 2002 (6:33 am)
I have a 2001 SLT Plus 4wd Durango and really enjoy this vehicle. I am wondering if anyone has purchased a rear window air deflector as the rear window seems to get dirty very easily.
Also, has anyone tried to upgrade their infinity sound system with either a new amplifier,speakers
or changed the head unit.
#650 of 1712 Front ABS is an option
Jan 14, 2002 (5:25 pm)
Front Anti-lock brakes are not standard,but an option.Rear anti-lock brakes are standard. Why would anyone not want to have front ABS? I realize you could stop quicker on gravel or snow without front ABS, but I would think you could stop quicker with them on wet pavement. Most vehicles these days have standard front and rear ABS. Does anyone know the logic behind the Durango's design or has anyone had a problem with this?
Jan 14, 2002 (7:47 pm)
Planning to buy the Durango and dead scared. I have owned Japanese cars for as long as I can remember, and yes, I've heard horror stories about domestics. I owned ONE domestic, a Ford Granada, which turned out to be a total piece of #$%&.
I've heard that Chrysler has the worst reliability record for a domestic. Is this true?
Does anyone have a Durago over 2+ years that wants to share any problems that came up with the Durango?
Sure this question has come up already, but does gas mileage improve over time?
Can anyone tell me a story about Durango's resale value? I only keep my cars for around 1-2 years (not lease) and am dead scared.
I just love the Durango, but there's just little things that block me from buying it immediately.
Thanks in advance.
#652 of 1712 Wiredsung:
Jan 16, 2002 (9:54 am)
I have had my Durango for 19 months now. Not quite the 2 years you are looking for but I can say that I have had no problems whatsoever. I have the 4.7 engine and 4x4. Not alot of fancy stuff. I just got the base SLT. No leather, etc,etc. I am about to turn 50,000 miles. I have taken long driving vacations and it is a daily driver. I had it totally synthed out after about 300 miles. I am a stickler for synthetic fluids for any vehicle. Just my choice. I traded a SAAB 900 for it. It is my first truck and after having and enjoying it, I am sure it will not be my last. All vehicles have something go wrong with them today it seems. People that are posting the problems here are doing so for info. The majority I know of have no problems. Some have had thiers longer than me. Hope this helps. By the way, you can't compare anything with a Granada. Least of all a Dodge truck. If there is one thing that America builds good it is trucks!!