1st Generation (1998—2003) Durango Problems

Durango owners with a 1998—2003 model year have the most problems with the engine (39%), transmission (10%), and the hvac (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Oil Sludge in Engine 46 complaints at an average of 96,352 miles in the 2000 Dodge Durango.
  2. Oil Sludge Resulting in Engine Failure 21 complaints at an average of 83,550 miles in the 2002 Dodge Durango.
  3. Shuts Down While Driving 183 complaints at an average of 141,667 miles in the 1999 Dodge Durango.

What Durango Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 109 6 30 30.09
2002 114 6 35 31.02
2001 145 7 61 35.56
2000 311 4 81 50.18
1999 619 5 88 34.69
1998 108 6 100 19.55

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