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Dodge Durango, SUV
#862 of 1712 Recycled Air
Feb 18, 2003 (8:04 am)
I didn't read all the complaints, but the ones I read didn't address the problem that I have. Doesn't anyone else have this problem? I bought my 2002 Durango with the impression that it had a recycle air option. The salesman showed me which button it was, but didn't bother to tell me it didn't work when it is cold. Maybe he didn't know. I've had the dealer check it out several times, and after putting in a new part they fineally told me there was nothing they could do, because that was the way it is designed. Fine! but they should have told me that it didn't work all the time. I've owned Honda's, Mitsubishi's Pontiac's and the recycle air option worked just fine on all of them, summer and winter. Is there anything that I can do, or anyone I can complain to about this. I emailed "Dodge" and they basically told me the same thing, that is the way it is designed. The recycle air option is very important to me because I have a lot of allergies. I would not have purchased it, had I been told it did not work all the time.
I also filed a complaint with NHTSA but it really is not a safety issue, but a deceptive advertising issue!
Help! I'm stuck with this for another 6 years.
#863 of 1712 clydesdale_4
Mar 04, 2003 (10:44 am)
I'm in the same boat as porknbeans. I have a 98 SLT (loaded) with 54k and in the last 3 months have replaced the radiator,waterpump,rear and the trans is currently being worked on. I had more reliable vehicles in the 70's. Trans was "fixed" but still have a hesitation (often bucks) when shifting from 1st to 2nd. Trans shop is looking into this now. The 98 is not high on the reliability list. I have been offered about $10.5k for trade in. My advice is to stay away from the 98-99 models. Odds say your only asking for trouble in the long run.
#865 of 1712 90,000 Miles and Still Going Strong
Mar 12, 2003 (8:31 am)
I just turned 90,000 miles on my D and am happy to report all is well. The only problems I have had are new rotors at 85,000 and a new fan clutch. Everything else is working fine. I am going to put her in the shop for a good going over but I am happy as heck that this truck has done so well. It has been more reliable that any other car I have owned. I will be keeping this one for awhile!!!
#866 of 1712 More Engines
Mar 13, 2003 (5:37 am)
I have a 2001 SLT+ 4.7L Love it! I'm not going to do the conversion but gas is at .80/Litre in Toronto right now, any word about a hybrid program or diesel engines from DC for the next generation of this truck??
#867 of 1712 bougioni ...
Mar 13, 2003 (7:21 am)
I have heard that DC was working on a hybrid but don't hold your breath. All others have dropped the idea of a hybrid and reasonably so. They cannot justify the cost to make one that would be affordable as well as maintainable. However, I have heard they may consider diesel engines in the future. Cummings comes to mind since the already put them in the pickups. I could really go for diesel myself. The US is finally getting themselves together and going to get all the sulphur content out of the diesel. Clean diesel would make a big difference. No bad smelling fuel and no bad smelling fumes.
#868 of 1712 radiator clutch fan sticking
Apr 05, 2003 (9:51 pm)
I bought a new 2003 D SXT about a month ago, and I am very impressed with it. The V-8 and 5 speed auto work well together, and I am finding myself pushing down harder (not to get it moving, but actually to pass little sports cars . It has great performance and GREAT looks (my neighbor bought a new Honda Pilot about the same time, and even though he has a brand new design, it looks boring compared to my new D).
Anyway, I have one concern. It is not really a pressing concern, and it can wait till the first service. My clutch fan for the radiator seems to be sticking on when the engine is cold. I have a very loud rushing of air/noise from engine cold start, then it goes away. I know it is the clutch fan, but thought it should be fully engaged mostly during hot weather...Anyone know if it is sticking or operating correctly?? Myself and my neighbors would like to know.
Thanks in advance. David
#869 of 1712 davidinalex
Apr 07, 2003 (12:13 pm)
This is normal. When cold it seems the fan blows quite loud. It will settle down in about 3 minutes after you take off. I have a 2000 SLT 4.7 liter which I believe your engine is as well. Mine has done it since it was new. 3 years now and 91,000 plus miles. I believe with my continuing maintanance I will get 300,000 out of my D. At least I am going to try.
#870 of 1712 94,000 and still kicking
Apr 29, 2003 (7:56 am)
Just turned 94,000 on my 2K, 4.7, SLT. Still running strong and as reliable as ever. After owning VW'v and SAAB's, this truck runs circles around them as far as reliability goes. No problems and road ready!! Anyone else out there with Durango's care to comment good or bad about thier D's? Let's hear from some of you!!
#871 of 1712 The good w/ the bad
Apr 30, 2003 (6:07 am)
I have a 00 R/T and have a love/hate relationship with my truck. I have about 45k miles on it so its not a "high" mileage vehicle. I've had both front power window motors replaced and that's been it for major repairs so that's not too bad in 3 years. However what gets me is the cheap ass material quality. If I cough up 30+K for a car I expect the leather on the steering wheel not to flake off or the cheap plastic interior. The factory installed wheels didn't last very long, neither did the brakes. On the other hand being able to pass people on a hill while towing a big trailer full of crap is sweet