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Jan 30, 2013 (5:38 pm)
OMG. The exact situation just happened to my 2004 dodge durango yesterday . I was driving and there was a loud clunk and my vehicle started smoking. We had it towed to our mechanic who said there was a hole in the engine and couldn't understand because the vehicle was otherwise in very good shape externally and internally. The next day, we had it towed by a towing company, who told us this was his fourth dodge he had to tow with the same problem, blown engine over the starter. In fact, he said his boss had a dodge durango that blew when he went to start it. It is so sad, cause I had a nice looking vehicle with no payments and it is now sitting in my driveway. The cost to repair is not worth it, too run into other mechanical problems later. I plan to write a complaint of dissatisfaction to chrysler.
#349 of 428 Re: 2004 Dourange Limited, is not "Limited" [meduey]
Jan 30, 2013 (5:44 pm)
I wish I had read this post two days ago. My situation is completely identical to everything that was written. Although, I would desparately like to keep my durango, i'm afraid of what else my go wrong now that this has happened.
#350 of 428 Re: 2004 Dourange Limited, is not "Limited" [durangolover]
Jan 31, 2013 (1:18 am)
Please file a complaint at (888)327-4236 safercar.com You will need your vin#. I feel like if enough of us complain they will have to do something.
#351 of 428 Re: Here is another consumer help option [wuzziern]
Jan 31, 2013 (1:27 am)
Wow, Todd's documentation is impressive.
I was sure where you filed your complaint. Dodge told me I had to file (888)327-4236 safercar.com This is the gov agency in charge of recalls. I also filed a complaint with dodge.
#352 of 428 update on Catistrofic Failure
Feb 05, 2013 (10:52 am)
My original post is # 184 back in Nov. 2011. After about 2 months I had a mechanic rebuild my 5.7 Hemi and it is doing fine now. It was a broken rod and it did go through the block. After the $500.00 core charge for the block and the remove and replace cost I paid about $ 4,200.00 for a newly rebuilt engine with a 3 year unlimited milage warrenty. Otherwise I would have had a beautiful flower planter in my driveway.
Like every on else I called Chrylser and they knew nothing about this problem.
Today I filed a complaint with Safecar (888) 327-4236
I asked and was told as of today there are 41 complaints filed about broken rods.
The more complaints the get filed the more of a chance we have to get compensated.
#353 of 428 Re: update on Catistrofic Failure [rickraff]
Feb 11, 2013 (2:43 pm)
After letting mine set for 6 months I had another mechanic ask to look at it. After doing all the tests he told me my number 3 cylinder is shot but it is repairable without replacing the entire engine. Has anyone else had these problems? I am half afraid to drop the $1,000 into it and have it break down on me again!
Feb 26, 2013 (4:08 pm)
hey all, been reading about the problems with the 5.7 hemi. i too am having basically the same problems. i went to start my durango and it acted like it came up on compression but kicked back. then it acted like a dead battery. the stater had no power. so got out my battery charger and charged battery. when it started it made a scrapping noise. it still runs and is smooth running but this scrapping noise is still there. i was having problems with the starter like it was having a weak bendix and it would crash into the flexplate and not engage.but it would always start after a couple of trys. so figured i'd fix it when the weather got better. i sent a email to chrysler and they told me this is the first they have heard of the connecting rod problem. they really don't want us as loyal customers. so i went out and bought a kia. to heck with dodge. i have my durango in the paper for 3500.00 bucks. it still runs but i'm trying to get rid of it before it dies completely. there is no chance for me to get anything from them at chrysler. mine has 143,000 miles. my kia has 100,000 mile warranty. as far as i'm concerned dodge sucks. i'll never buy another newer dodge. i'll stick with my old 71 dart swinger. i know what it will do. good luck to the rest of you
#356 of 428 Re: 2004 dodge durango [bigdaddydon]
Mar 02, 2013 (4:25 am)
This is exactly what happened to me today. Torrential rainstorm last night. Tried to start my 2004 Durango hemi. Acted like a dead battery. Jumped the car with my wife's car. Took a while to turn over then rattling very badly.
Dodge you should be ashamed of yourself! This will be my last dodge product.
#357 of 428 Re: 2004 dodge durango [vancouver2010]
Mar 02, 2013 (12:07 pm)
I can almost guarantee that the cause of both engines failing was the known cowl panel flaw in combination with worn intake gaskets allowing water to fill up one or more of the rear cylinders. This obviously causes a severe hydrolocking condition which either bends or snaps connecting rods. Fixed two of these last year by putting reman engines in. However I was not satisfied until I could find a reason for an otherwise good engine design to suddenly fail. Whenever I tested to see if the intake gasket was water tight, both Durangos leaked allowing water into the cylinders. This is a terribly simple problem that can be avoided by getting the $133.00 updated cowl panel which diverts water better. Along with a fresh set of intake gaskets that are not dried out and smashed flat. My sympathy to all of those out there with these 04-05 Durangos. They are just waiting to fail after a hard rain storm.