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#239 of 428 tired of dodge dancing around a bad product
Mar 06, 2012 (10:43 am)
hello everyone,my name is roy and i share the same concerns as many of you.i also have a 2004 dodge durango with the 5.7 lit granade,i am a certified auto tech as to which dodge does not want to talk with me.because i called them out on there defective 5.7 lit hemi. the problem with the engines vary,some have ticking noise due to poor material used in the valve seats,which dodge saved about $10 per veh by useing this cheaper press fit matrial at a low tolerance press fit into the head.and once the veh hets some where on it it starts to work its way out of the head.as to which they used the same material on the push rods and over time with the heat up and cool down of the engine the rods becomeweek there for snap and cause failure. as to which dodge will not admitt the failure but when i brought this to there attention all i reicived was silence on the other end of the phone. so i know i stuck a nerve with them but they are still not going to do anything for me. dodge sucks and thats that. i wish i coulod say i didnt own three of these ticking time bombs but i do one of which is blown up the other one is just paid off the other has 4 payments till paid off.if dodge doesnt acknowledge the problem fast ford here i come
#240 of 428 Re: tired of dodge dancing around a bad product [shills1024]
Mar 06, 2012 (12:02 pm)
I finally just got my "bomb" back on the road after it sat for 8 months with a blown rod through the oil pan. Once the engine was pulled out, the mechanic asked me if the car had been under water or in a flood a 2 cylenders were completely filled with water! SO there is a lot of B S going on with this car and year model. I have had no assistance from DODGE what so ever, they blamed me for not maintaining the hunk of junk correctly, so I put an 05 used engine in the thing hoping for a better result. I am now determined to just get rid of the money pit. Shame on Dodge for what they have done and the conspiracy like cover up they perpetuate. THinking thier customers will forgive and forget is a naive concept. NEVER AGAIN will I or any of you purchase their garbage. Not when this is their reaction to their bad behavior and design. The one company that should have never been bailed out!
#241 of 428 Re: tired of dodge dancing around a bad product [angel121]
Mar 06, 2012 (12:48 pm)
I mean this 2004 5.7hemi is B.S. My extended warranty company or my insurance will not cover this blown hunk of junk. Really don't want to put a few grand into this junk and the same thing happens. But still owe money on it. Shills1024 round about what did it cost you do get yours back up and running.
#243 of 428 Re: tired of dodge dancing around a bad product [shills1024]
Mar 07, 2012 (5:19 am)
The overall design of the engine is excellent. A real power house, light weight, small displacement (relatively) and powerful. A win-win combination that yields power without sacrificing descent gas mileage. But why in the HELL did they use such cheap internals?? It blows my mind.
Mar 17, 2012 (8:35 am)
Driving my '04 Hemi Durango, pulled out of toll booth, hit the gas, and BAM!, connecting rod through the side of the block.
As an Amsoil dealer, I'm a fanatic about frequent oil changes, using Amsoil's best synthetic oil and filters. Clean as a whistle inside, my guess is the use of cheap/defective material for the rods.
Jasper wants $3500 for a long block, plus $800 because the core is no good.
Found a 67,000 mile engine for $2,000. Have to give it a try.
#245 of 428 Re: Hemi Failure [avanti67]
Mar 17, 2012 (11:40 am)
The problem with buying another 04' engine is that when it hits around 83,000 miles the same thing is going to happen. You would be better off spending the extra and having the peace of mind that its going to last. I still don't have mine running yet. I have been so upset but I guess i will relent and have a Jasper put in ours. Chrysler owes all of us and it sickens me that they are totally ignoring this problem and taking no blame. This is America, we bailed them out....now the least they can do is stand behind their product....but thats not going to happen.
#246 of 428 Re: Hemi Failure [rambo818]
Mar 23, 2012 (10:31 pm)
Last week. Same track, different lap. 84,000 miles kablewy! Motor grenades. Original owner. Maintained. No warning. What are we going to do folks? Safety issue? ....not. Design issue? ...probably. Does ANYONE know how to get restitution for this egregious injustice? NHTSA is for safety issues. We need to get organized and connected I guess. I can't believe this is normal for a model year. Anyone got any legal counsel? or do we just take it?
#247 of 428 2004 Durango Disappointment
Apr 26, 2012 (12:02 pm)
I was a proud owner of a 2004 Dodge Durango Ltd with the 5.7L HEMI engine. Then it self-destructed at 77k miles. We need to get organized and let Dodge know, at the very least, we are aware of their awful product and follow-up customer service and we will be very vocal about our experiences. They (Dodge, and at least for me, the "new" Chrysler) have permanently lost a customer....plus my husband and son and parents and siblings....
#248 of 428 Re: 2004 Durango Disappointment [lisaintexas1]
Apr 26, 2012 (12:35 pm)
I agree. I also have a 2004 Durango Ltd with 5.7L Hemi and am also in Texas. My engine blew with no warning and I previously had no problems. I did call Chrysler and told them what had happened. They said the engine blowing was not a known issue and basically thanks for the info. They also apologized and said my engine blowing up was just a fluke. I told them this is happening to many 2004 Durangos with less than 100 k miles. AND I would NOT take a chance on another 'fluke.' My husband and I mainly purchased Chrysler products but have lost our business.