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#326 of 428 2006 5.7 HEMI DODGE DURANGO
Dec 29, 2012 (9:59 am)
..need a truck for my biz cuz my 1998 Chevy C/K 1500 has 250,000+ miles on it..and truthfully, I'm AMAZED it lasted this long (only reason I've kept it this long is cuz it has a $3000 rail liftgate on back..and come to think of it I think I'll go BACK to Chevy ASAP)
..so I'm looking for good solid used SUV..and came across what seemed to be a real sweet 06 Durango with 87K miles on it..leather moon roof towing package 4x4..even color I dig..BUT the thing that "DID IT" was it had the "LEGENDARY" HEMI engine..price was a li'l more than I had budgeted but hey "it's got a HEMI" ..right? I figured I was making an investment and even treating myself a li'l
..bought it from an individual and when I drove it I drove just fine..guy didn't wanna turn it over to me til check cleared and since Thanksgiving Holiday it was almost 2 full weeks before I finally got to take possession of it
..on way home it started knocking and check engine light came on and accompanying bong sounded 3-4 times
..called the guy to see if he could tell me what that might be and this would be the first attempt (of many) at contacting him..to date he has yet to respond
..drove it next day and engine began shaking so bad and lost power that I immediately diverted to my trusted mechanic that was luckily only 3 miles away..he's worked on my fleet vans for years and never steered me wrong..he found oil in the MDS solenoids on #5 & #7 cylinders (OBD2 logged these cylinders as misfires)..he replaced these and felt this should solve problem but that his computer was down and wasn't able to give full diagnostic..when I picked up the Durango I drove it home and started to get knocking and check engine light again
..gotta admit I was NOT pleased with "trusted mechanic" (cost me $550..but he did admit upfront his computer was down and he'd have to diagnose and fix it old skool for now..I was in a pinch time wise so I WAS kinda pressing him..in other words I WANTED to believe he could fix it)
..so I did something I swore I would NEVER EVER do again (from my experiences with previous dealerships) and had it towed to nearest DODGE dealership..sure enuf get a call 2 days later telling me that the cam shaft and lifters were worn and that I was looking at $4000..HOWEVER even then he couldn't guarantee this would solve problem (jeez guys REALLY? did I take it to the DODGE DEALERSHIP or GREASE MONKEY GARAGE?)
..truthfully, I need this for work so I was half tempted to say fix it but I wanted him to tell me why he felt even this might not solve the problem..and it was his answer that floored me
..he said the mechanic was worried that there might be a problem with the #7 cylinder rod..at the time it didn't make sense but AFTER reading these posts it did..I asked him if he heard/knew something that would make him say this..and he said no and that he was 90% certain this would fix problem..but after reading these posts..I know why he said that
..CUZ THEY KNOW THIS IS A RECURRING PROBLEM!!!
..like many I have a large rolling paperweight
..I am in the process of suing the person I bought it from..and after consulting with my "trusted mechanic" he/we feel the only route to go is to drop another good remanny-ed engine in and then see if I can't get a year's worth of driving out of it and then sell..although I'm not a real big fan of just passing my problems onto someone else..like was done to me
..truthfully, my biz does well and I can likely afford (altho it stings) the 15K+ this is finally gonna cost me..but for someone on a fixed income..this can be DEVASTATING!
..if anyone has any insight I would (also) truly appreciate it..(i.e. lawsuits, dealer assitance, gov't credits etc)
#327 of 428 2004 Dodge Durango Engine issues
Dec 31, 2012 (10:37 am)
So I have have my 04' Durango not even a year and have had several issues with it. First sign was it started idealing high, stalled and the check engine light came on. Had it checked and nothing came up, light shut off and problem seemed to go away I just recently had to replace the starter and then yesterday driving it started to run hard and as I went to take out from a light I heard a pop, grinding and then smoke, well I now have a softball size hole in my engine. Really disgusted so many people seemed to have the same issue and yet no recall.
#328 of 428 Re: Which cylinders are most common to fail? [ifucantdodgeit]
Jan 02, 2013 (5:45 am)
I havent done anything to it yet. i am in the military and will be gone for a while. when i get back im gonna break it down and try to see whats going on. i wrote a complaint on that website, but i dont think its gonna go anywhere. im just gonna have to buy the parts to fix it myself.
#329 of 428 Re: Which cylinders are most common to fail? [gibson85]
Jan 02, 2013 (7:08 am)
Well if it is anything like mine ( which I hope it is not ) you will have to buy a whole new engine. Good luck and thank you for your service to this country.
#330 of 428 Has anyone seen this? Does this have anything to do with the blown motors?
Jan 05, 2013 (9:20 am)
Copy and pated from NHTSA. Results from search for service bulletins.
Make : DODGE Model : DURANGO Year : 2004
Manufacturer : Chrysler Group LLC
Service Bulletin Number : 0422 Date of Bulletin : OCT 01, 2004
NHTSA Item Number : 10010567
Component : ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
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Service Bulletins Summary
Make / Models:
DODGE / DURANGO
DODGE / RAM
DODGE / RAM 3500
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5.7L ENGINE LONG BLOCK REPAIR / REPLACE PROCEDURES. WARRANTY PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION *TT
#335 of 428 2004 Dodge Durango Engine
Jan 11, 2013 (11:44 am)
My motor just blew. My mechanic said he had never seen anything like it before. It was the #8 rod. If this happened to you, you need to file a complaint at (888)327-4236 safercar.com You will need your vin#.
I keep reading the same complaint so I'm posting to hopefully get some people calling in to the government. So far they have lodge 32 complaints on this matter. I asked what is the magic number & there is none. When they notice a pattern they will investigate.
If there are enough complaints the gov will issue a recall & will make them reimburse us.