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Dash Wiring Problems of Dodge Durango



Dodge Durango owners have reported 31 problems related to dash wiring (under the electrical system category).

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 1
Failure Date: 02/18/2008

On Saturday 2/16, the dome lights were not dimming and going out and there was a slight smell of hot wires. By Sunday the smell was very intense. We left he car parked and planned on getting it to the dealer on Monday. Monday morning I went out and started the truck to let it warm up before I took it to the dealer. I went back inside for a couple minutes. While I was inside, a neighbor rang the door bell and told me that the car was on fire. I called the fire department they came and extinguished the fire. We had the fire inspector come out so we could have a report on file. Both the fire investigator and the insurance claims agent felt that the fire was caused by the wiring under the dash. The car was a total loss with a gaping hole straight through the dash, behind the instrument cluster and the interior completely gone.

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Failure Date: 09/28/2007

2004 Dodge Durango slt. Water leaking into junction block. Possible wire harness damage maybe more damage. Not sure where water is leaking in. This cost to much to find out and fix. Vehicle is still in the shop.

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Failure Date: 03/23/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The inner compartment of the vehicle began to burn and the vehicle was completely destroyed. The contact stated that the vehicle was remedied in July of 2006 due to recall # 04v578000. The previous owners had the vehicle remedied by the manufacturer due to recall # 03v528000. The manufacturer refused to disclose the cause of the fire. The current and failure mileage were 50,000.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 4
Failure Date: 03/22/2007

- the contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The vehicle was parked and the door was opened, but the interior lights did not turn off once the door was closed. The ignition had been turned off and turned back on, but the interior lights did not turn off. The battery was disconnected. The next day the vehicle was started and the interior lights stayed on. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that there had been a fire because the circuitry was melted. The failure mileage was 36,000. Recall 07v092000 was for the electrical system. The dealer advised the c ontact that the this vehicle is not involved in the recall due to the VIN. The dealer will not release the vehicle to the contact because it was unsafe to drive it. The dealer would not repair the vehicle at his cost because they did not have authorization. The current and failure mileage were 36,000.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 5
Failure Date: 02/15/2007

- please refer to NHTSA action number : ea05018 . The contact purchased a 2005 Dodge Durango on or about March 2005 with an odometer reading of 10 miles. The contact stated that on February 15, 2007 a fire began on the vehicle's dashboard. The vehicle was driven early in the morning, then parked for 2 hours. The contact went out a second time, and that waswhen the fire was noticed. The vehicle was towed to don weirs reno Dodge on February 16, 2007. An investigator from Dodge was ask to inspect the vehicle. The vehicle was stored at the dealer from February 16, 2007 to the present. The contact received a call from the investigator on February 20, 2007 regarding the fire. A representative from daimler Chrysler called on February 26,2007 who said that it was not an aftermarket defect, but a manufacturing defect and would be covered under the warranty. The contact was faxed a letter from daimler Chrysler, in which daimler Chrysler agreed cover the cost of the repairs to the vehicle if the contact agreed to not to pursue this matter in court after repairs were done, and to exclude daimler Chrysler of any additional liability. The contact filed a complaint against daimler Chrysler because of this letter. The current and failure mileage were both 35,000.

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Failure Date: 02/10/2007

My 2004 slt Dodge Durango was serviced for a routine oil change @42000 miles and the dealership did a routine point check evaluation. On Feb. 10, 2007 @ 10:45 am while stopping at a traffic light, the vehicle began to lose speed before coming to a complete stop, the engine stopped responding & the panel lights started blinking on & off, then a burning smell started & smoke started to come out of the drivers panel and I exited the vehicle before physical harm could be done to me. I called 911 and they had the fire department to respond. My vehicle was completely engulfed with flames before they arrived. The entire interior of the vehicle was burned beyond recognition. It was extremely unnerving to be a part of this,I had not had any problems out of my vehicle before this horrible incident. It is just unthinkable to realize that I have been driving my two kids in my Durango every day for the past 2 years and thanks to the lord above that they were at home on this morning, while I went to pick up the girl scout cookie orders for my daughter, which were in the back of the Durango when it went up in smoke. This incident will financial impact my family greatly. The car is now a total loss.


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Failure Date: 01/09/2007

An instrument cluster circuit board capacitor caused the dome lights to remain on and the battery to die. There is a recall for this but my VIN is not included in recall number c43.

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Failure Date: 12/21/2006

04 Dodge Durango hot electrical smell under the dash. Heating and cooling control lights don't work and interior lights when don't work correctly, hatch door light stays on all the time, I had to pull the bulb out, drains battery. Cd player don't work properly. Recall campain id number 03v528000. When I contacted chysler the said that my VIN number was not on the recall list.

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Failure Date: 09/30/2006

While traveling we returned to the hotel from dinner approx. 9:10 pm local time. At 11:15 pm we were contacted by the front desk informing us our vehicle was on fire. Going out to the Durango a police officer was extinguishing a fire inside the passenger compartment. The fire department arrived and finished putting out the fire. The fire chief and visual evidence clearly indicated the fire started in the area of the instrument cluster. The fire destroyed the panel and center console, broke out the windshield and set off the drivers side airbag, and melted the interior trim and headliner as far back as the rear seat. The vehicle is likely a total loss. This appears to be the issue covered by daimler Chrysler recall c43 but no notice of the recall has ever been received. The vehicle was bought used from a Dodge dealer in summer 2005 and has been in the dealer for service at least once.

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Failure Date: 09/25/2006

All lighting on my 2003 Dodge Durango except hazard and brake lights failed at the same time. This includes all interior lighting, headlights, fog lights and running lamps. No fuses blown. Discussion with Dodge dealership revealed that this is common problem and is caused by failure of the headlight switch unit on the dashboard. Further investigation on message boards also revealed that this is common problem, along with the wiring harness to the switch assembly which becomes hot and melts.

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Failure Date: 08/02/2006

Fire under dash, driver side.

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Failure Date: 06/23/2006

June 23, 2006 my daughter bailey chapman was participating in the 2006 7-11 soccer tournament at the saginaw township soccer complex located in saginaw township, michigan. The soccer complex is located off of mccarty road between bay road and mackinaw. Her team was scheduled to play at 7:30pm. We were instructed to be at the complex forty five minutes prior to game time. We departed our home at 6:30pm for the 10 minute drive to the complex. We parked in an overflow tournament parking lot to the east of the complex. The lot was located off of mccarty road between cabaret trail w. And fortune blvd. We pulled off mccarty road and parked at approx. 6:45pm. As I turned the vehicle ignition off, my wife and I noticed smoke coming from underneath the dash board. It appeared that the smoke was coming from the instrument panel. At that point, my wife and I instructed the two older children to exit the vehicle immediately. My wife assisted our 4 year old out of her car seat. Once everyone had cleared the vehicle, I opened the hood of the vehicle to check for smoke in the engine compartment. I saw no smoke in the engine compartment. Although, I did see a small amount of smoke coming out of the vents located near the windshield wipers. I then proceeded to the passenger side of the vehicle. At this time the smoke went from a white/grey color to black. My first response was to order my family to move away from the vehicle. I then called 911 at 6:48pm to report a potential fire in the vehicle. Shortly after the call to 911, a round flame shot through the dash (behind the driver instrument panel) to the windshield glass. At this point I instructed my family to get as far away from the vehicle as possible. I made a second call to 911 to report that the vehicle was now on fire. The vehicle was entirely burnt within 10-12 minutes.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango 13
Failure Date: 06/16/2006

The blower motor resistor, for the ac/heat on my 2001 Dodge Durango slt 4wd, has failed twice, since I have owned the vehicle. A service garage performed a test of the system and wanted to replace the blower, but the dealer claimed this was a common problem with this model and replaced the resistor, at a much lower cost. Upon review of Dodge Durango online forums, this appears to be an issue for many Dodge Durango owners. Appears to be either a defect in the system or design defect. Please investigate.

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Failure Date: 05/31/2006

My 2004 Dodge Durango caught fire while parked in my carport overnight. The fire started in the dash on the drivers side of the car. I contacted Dodge/ Chrysler about the problem. The only response from them was "claim is denied". I wasn't filing a claim, I was contacting them to see what they could or would do as far what had taken place because of the fire possibly due to a defective part and of course safety was a concern. Considering the car caught fire in the carport and could have blown up and my house could have burn down while we was all asleep. Thanks.

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Failure Date: 03/29/2006

: the contact stated after starting the engine, all of the interior lights illuminated and remained on. Afterwards, the interior lighting went out without warning and would not re-illuminate. The vehicle is currently at the dealership awaiting inspection. There is a NHTSA recall, # 03v528000, regarding the electrical system. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. Updated 4/11/2006 -.

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Failure Date: 02/13/2006

Vehicle caught fire inside the instrument cluster on the driver's side dashboard. The vehicle burned to the point where it was totaled by the insurance company.

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Failure Date: 02/12/2006

Cluster panel for instrument panel fire under hood.

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Failure Date: 01/26/2006

I was driving on the expressway and dome light came on, and it would not turn off. About a minute later smoke started coming out of the instrument panel and within seconds the whole dashboard was on fire. The car was totaled. This happened while I was driving and I barely made it out w/o getting burnt.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 19
Failure Date: 08/03/2005

The vehicle caught on fire on August 3, 2005. The interior dome light was stuck, and that was the only indication there was a problem. The fire department came and put out the fire. , it originated from dashboard around steering column. The dealership was suppose to have specialist come out, but they have not looked at it yet.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2000 Dodge Durango 20
Failure Date: 06/03/2005

2000 Dodge Durango. The consumer had a problem fixed twice. The consumer went to have the problem fixed for the third time, and the mechanic shop told her that they contacted Chrysler, and Chrysler told the mechanic shop this was a very common problem. The problem was a cluster for the dashboard. The consumer stated the engine revved very loudly just sitting still. Also while driving, and even in cruise control. Chrysler said all they could do was put a note in consumer's file.

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Failure Date: 03/04/2005

When we opened the doors to the Durango, there was smoke inside and a burning odor. Fortunately there was no fire. The lights and the radio in the vehicle did not work. We got the car home and disconnected the battery. Durango was towed to dealership and repaired at our cost. The dealership found a short in the harness (for the heated seats, which we do not have) under the seat.

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Failure Date: 11/08/2004

I often smell a burned wire smell when I get into my 2001 Dodge Durango. Recently I got in and started the vehicle and the service 4 wheel drive light came on. I took it to a dealer and they said two modules where burned up. 4 wheel drive tranfer case module and the timing module. I dont understand how these modules on a new vehicle would just burn up and the wiring smell still cannot be explained. I was trying to visit your site to see if I am the only one with these problems. I will list the number of times I smelled this burned wiring smell.

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Failure Date: 06/04/2004

Car fan blower for a/c & heat just stopped at 61,000 miles. Car is only 2001. Loaded Durango in excellent shape. Hard to believe this is a common problem. Dealer said this was common. Talked to many people said it was not a common problem.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango 24
Failure Date: 12/19/2003

Speedometer quit working and (subsequently) now the crusie control will not work either. Speedometer began failing approx. 1 year ago and would not indicate vehicle speed until moving in excess of 30 mph. Now the speedometer is completely inoperative requiring replacement of the complete instrument cluster assembly.

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Failure Date: 12/02/2002

My engine died with 44,000 miles due to sludge build-up dealership says I did'nt change my oil but I did and I have reciepts. I have all my paper work where I took it in for repairs for the guages going off and oil pressure dropping, having to put 2 qts of oil every 200 miles, knocking in motor, and now my warranty is out I have a blown engine. Dealership refuses to accept any responsibility. My power windows and quit working in the summer could not roll down windows and the air condition was not blowing out cold air . Gas tank strap broke with a full tank of gas & was being held on with only 1 strap, gas tank was hanging down. I have several more minor gripes but the main thing now is the engine. I have read over some consumer complaints web sites and it seems I'm not the only person having the same problem. Dt.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2002

Computer didn't recognize the switch to start vehicle. Dealer has been notified ,and they changed electronic shift transport case, and the problem is still reoccurring.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango 27
Failure Date: 08/07/2002

While driving engine light stayed illuminated. While driving 45mph all gauges dropped, and then engine shut off.

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Failure Date: 07/15/2001

Pulled into garage and car would not go into park, reverse, drive, etc. - digital gauge on the dash showed that the car was in gear 1. The car felt like it was in park although we had a difficult time turning the car off since gears would not work properly. Even though the car was in park, it was able to be rocked back and forth as if it was in neutral. We had it towed away on a flatbed to the dealer since we were not able to drive it. We were told that a part snapped in the steering column. We've complained to dealer on two separate occasions (mileage 5963 and 14120) about the problems in the steering column portion of the vehicle - the service department couldn't duplicate the problem, and told us not to worry about it. . . It makes me wonder what would have happened if I was driving (with my two small children) when this part snapped??.

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Failure Date: 08/23/2000

Since getting the the car in Feb of this year the car was back to the dealer for more than 26 days because the car keeps losing all its electrical power without warning twice happend on freeway in heavy traffic . Dealer installed copilot twice to download if car stalls again . Copilot did not work first time plus makes driving dangerous because of wirring between legs.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango 30
Failure Date: 01/05/1999

Computer modules failed causing the vehicle to shut down.

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Consumer had noticed while driving that an error message was displayed on the dashboard regarding the odometer, indicating "no bus reading. " also when driving without prior warning vehicle will stall.


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