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#10 of 428 Re: Some satisfaction [tidester]
Nov 12, 2009 (1:40 pm)
I had the EXACT problem with my 2004 Dodge Durango. On 10/30/2009 I started my car in the morning and the whole engine failed! NO WARNING, NO NOTHING!!!! I was told a rod broke and there was a hole in my engine! Of course I have 85,000 miles on it! I have had it relegiously tuned, oil changes every 3000 miles....just had the last oil change in September of 2009. My truck has now been at the dealership for two weeks, with still NO news....Chysler is "reviewing" the options. It seems to me like this has been a somewhat common problem and they are aware of it! Is there anyone else who has had this problem?? Or any success with Chrysler?
Nov 12, 2009 (6:29 pm)
My Durango was still under the 7 year/70,000 mile warranty. Yes the exact same thing happened. THe valve stem broke and the rod dropped into the block. After about 2 weeks, without any questions, Dodge put in a rebuilt motor. I was a little annoyed when they told me that the replaced motor is only covered by the balance of my warranty, (about 5500miles left) I have since been having numerous issues with it stalling while slowing down. It's at the dealership now, still under warranty. As usual though, it's not stalling for them.
I have found various articles on the web in regards to 2004 Hemi Motors. Apparently there has been an issues with the valve stem braking and the rod dropping into the block. Dodge supposedly fixed it for 2005 and up, but the seem reluctant to do anything for the 2004's except for hope it happens after warranty. Good Luck..
#12 of 428 Re: Good Luck [speedtrap]
Nov 12, 2009 (7:22 pm)
Well just got the news....Please keep in mind that Thankfully, I have a friend who is a mechanic, the morning this happened he came over and looked at the engine....He said, "well I have bad news for you, it appears that a rod has broken and your engine has a hole in it"and he had NEVER seen anything like this especially with a Hemi engine....needless to say I was completely shocked!!! So I bring it to the dealership where it sat for almost two weeks, meanwhile they are "Dissecting my engine" taking apart different things, taking pictures, etc....basically having a science experiment, becasue "no one" had ever seen anything like it, so they say..Today I finally get the call...Chrysler will pay $3200.00 for the "diagnosis" and I am responsible for $2500.00....!!!!! AND they will be putting only the short block and they will use one of my old heads, basically piece together the engine, and they will only warranty it for 12,000 miles...Seriously, they are going to pay $3200.00 for something that was obvious when I brought the truck in and then charge me for the rest of it!!!!! The very fact that this is a "commonly known about problem" and they are acting like "they are helping me, when the truck was out of warranty" well lucky for them, MY truck did run out of warranty! There has got to be some sort of way around this....Does anyone know who to contact if I would like to pursue something against Chrysler...?? Seriously, a truck that is $40,000 brand new should not have this sort of problem after 85,000 miles....In an earlier post, someone mentioned contacting NHTSA...but can they really do anything....I just think of ALL the people who are suffering as a result of the negligent Chrysler company, who dont take the time to post on a sight like this....there has got to be some way to pursue this further....If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them!!!
#13 of 428 Re: Good Luck [durangocrap]
Nov 13, 2009 (7:11 pm)
That sounds excessive. THe entire diagnosis and engine replacement cost just under $4000 for my truck. Howeer, it's now back in due to stalling issues. Apparentlu the EGR Valve needs to be replaced...
#14 of 428 2004 Dodge Durango engine problems
Nov 13, 2009 (11:01 pm)
I need help! I bought my 2004 Dodge Durango in june of 2005. It has the V-8 5.7 Hemi engine. From the time I had it i noticed a light ticking sound when it was idling. I took it to the dealer but they didn't hear anything. Now the warranty has run out and the engine has died! My daughter was using it and she called and told me that it didn't want to go. So she made it to a shop and they checked it out. They said something about no pressure from somewhere and not all the cylinders firing. They said I need a new motor. Since it's not under warranty anymore, is there anything i can do? Is there any type of class suit since so many people are having this problem? i changed the oil every 3000 miles, had it serviced regularly. It had started cutting off when I came to a stop after driving it a while, but when I put it in park and crank it back up, it ran fine. My daughter is beside herself. she can't believe a truck that we barely had 4 years would go bad so soon.
#15 of 428 Re: 2004 Dodge Durango engine problems [kaykaywc]
Nov 18, 2009 (8:54 pm)
So sorry to hear about your problem too!!! How many miles do you have on the truck? We called Chrysler and they are willing to help me with the cost of a new engine....I am thinking the dealership is trying to "mark - up" their costs. Long story my truck still sits at the dealership (3 weeks later)....still "waiting" for whatever part...This whole process has been terrrible! Funny thing, as posted before by others.....the 'Dealershp" still has no "reason" as to why this has happened.....They just "cant figure it out"....I have been researching online for class action suits....I am finding there is already one for the 4.7 engine, problems with engine sludge....however we DO know for certain that was NOT the reason my engine failed....there was in fact a broken rod..., no warning, no signs, nothing....why or how that could happen is still yet to be determined.....
#16 of 428 Re: 2004 Dodge Durango engine problems [durangocrap]
Nov 18, 2009 (11:29 pm)
I think it has 110,000 miles. But a engine should last longer than that. I just had it towed home from the city where my daughter lives. Was your truck still under warranty? I wonder if Chrysler would help me with another engine? They said there was no pressure in one of the chambers or compression or something to that nature.
#17 of 428 5.7L Hemi Broken Rod
Feb 13, 2010 (4:45 pm)
Pretty much the same as the other posts. Wife went to start the 2005 Durango one morning and that was it. 81,000 miles. Broken rod. Did everything right with respect to maintenance and oil changes. Any ideals on the scrap value?
#18 of 428 Re: 2004 Dodge Durango engine problems [durangocrap]
Mar 05, 2010 (8:51 pm)
so what ended up happening with your durango? the same thing JUST happened to my 2004 5.7 durango. no warning, no signs, nothing. it just died in the middle of the road. it has around 80,000 miles, so no warranty anymore. I could start it back up but the idle was really rough and it would die again. the shop that I took it to (not dodge) said "the motor was bad and that the 7th cylinder was not firing at all." they hadn't said anything about a rod. please give me any info. thanks!
Mar 06, 2010 (6:46 pm)
Mine was still under warranty (if only a few months). One dealer kept giving me a hard time, demanding all maintenance reciepts and then saying that "It may take WEEKS to figure out the problem... and that my rental car wouldn't be covered until they found out what the problem was and determined that it wasn't caused by something I did.
So, I went to another dealer and they gave me a rental car and replaced the motor. Only paid $100.00 deductible. I was told that the 2--4 hHemi motors have problems with the valve stems, they brake after a while thus resulting in the piston dropping into the engine block and basically destroying the engine. The problem was supposedly fixed for 2005 Hemi motors and on, but the never did anything about the 04 Hemi. No recall, no nothing.