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Differential Unit Problems of Dodge Durango - part 1

Dodge Durango owners have reported 46 problems related to differential unit (under the power train category).

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 1
Failure Date: 03/01/2013

Purchased vehicle on 2/19/13 drove it for 2 weeks. Was driving on the highway and heard a loud noise followed by clunking noise which sounded like a flat tire but wasn't. Took it to my mechanic who told me that the front differential needed to be replaced. Fixed that problem. 2 weeks after that on 3/29 was getting off the highway when I heard another loud noise followed by a clunking noise this time I lost steering and barely made it into a parking lot. Had it towed to my mechanic to find out it blew a rod and needed to have the engine replaced. After having this vehicle for 6 weeks I have had 2 catastrophic failures. My dealership will not help me and I cannot afford to replace the engine on my own. I purchased this vehicle to be a safe and reliable mode of transportation for me and my 4 children. Now I am out $6000 and have no vehicle. Something needs to be done about this. People should not be forced to pay for an issue that is known to be a problem.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2000 Dodge Durango 2
Failure Date: 12/12/2012

The vehicle started making a loud humming noise in the rear end coming from the rear differential at around 30 mph, and gets loud while increasing speed. Dealership wants $1200 just to install a new one, price does not reflect the $2500 rear differential. Widespread problem, and no action I being taken. Obviously a flaw on there end, the car has not been beat and in pristine condition. Called about this problem, only for them to tell me the warranty expired 10 years ago, obviously but everyone's warranty expired and are helpless because of a problem arose by them.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango 3
Failure Date: 01/08/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal rumbling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times but was never able to duplicate the failure. Most recently, the contact was informed by the dealer that the failure was caused by the rear differential, after the warranty was expired. The contact believed the failure to be an extreme safety issue because the vehicle could have slammed to a stop in a dangerous situation and the manufacturer denied the failure until after the warranty expired. The failure and current mileage was 62,000.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango 4
Failure Date: 11/15/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 10-15 mph, he heard a noise. When the vehicle was taken to local repair shop, the clutch pack retaining clip on the rear differential was replaced. The failure mileage was approximately 95,000. Updated 1/21/11 the clutch pack retainer failed and had to be replaced as well as the entire rear differential post unit. Updated 03/23/11.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 5
Failure Date: 05/19/2008

Bought 2005 Durango 12/05-needed several transmission services---dealer stated low transmission fluid causing engine light to come on (9/06), stalling 3/07, at least 5 times-low transmission fluid blamed, stalling 2/08--4 times in high traffic areas, again blamed low transmission fluid. Differential leak in 3/07, now rear gear shot with a $900+ price tag and the warranty was only 3 years/36,000. (news to me--in 2005 they were advertising 7 years-70,000 on drive train).

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 6
Failure Date: 05/15/2008

With our 2006 Dodge Durango, there is a shake of the transmission between 40-50 miles an hour. We first took the truck in to the Chrysler dealership with this problem and a leak they replaced the front end differential. After this there have been 3 transmission leaks that they have repaired. The truck continues to have the same shaking so we took it to another Chrysler dealership. With this dealership, they went on a test drive with us and were able to recognize the shaking. It is noted that this is a problem with our vehicle and when calling the Chrysler star center they say that this is the way the truck is designed and there is no current fix for the problem! we were told by the Chrysler district manager that we need to wait for Chrysler to make a fix for the problem. They say that the shaking will not cause any problems, but as I said earlier, we have had multiple transmission leaks. When we were contacted about extending our warranty, we were denied due to there being a claim against Chrysler. Because of the shaking of the truck, we are unable to pull our travel trailer that is the main purpose of this vehicle. When we did drive the truck pulling the trailer that is much less than the towing capacity of the vehicle, it shakes bad enough to shake cups out of the holders. We now have to use someone else's vehicle to pull our camper.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango 7
Failure Date: 04/18/2008

Abs and brake light came on in the dash. The brakes did become spongy. Vehicle was taken directly to the mechanic about 3/4 down the road. He found the clip to the rear abs sensor had broken and the sensor torn apart. Further investigation showed that the sensor had been broken by the rear differential which had for no good reason shattered into pieces. This is a garage kept vehicle with 50,000 miles and no abuse.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 8
Failure Date: 02/08/2008

I have a 2006 Dodge Durango my incident happened on February the 8th 2008 my mother was driving my vehicle back from a funeral with my 88 year old grandmother they heard a loud sound that seemed to be something dragging beneath the Durango. The vehicle immediately lost it's power and locked up. Drive shaft had fallen off the Durango and was lying on the pavement. The dealership has taken a month to fix this vehicle and it still isn't working. Last Friday March 7th of 2008 I was told my vehicle was ready to be picked up by the dealership. Since I never was given a rental my husband and I had to drive two hours to go and pick up the Durango. Once we got the Durango it was after 5:30 which the service department was closing. My husband and I ventured home he followed behind to make sure that I had no trouble with the Durango. He noticed about 40 minutes after we had been driving that fluid was spewing out the rear-end of my Durango and the passenger back tire was bouncing and wobbling uncontrollably. He immediately pulled me over and took over the driving of my vehicle while I drove his truck. I called the dealership first thing in the morning to tell them what was happening with the Durango. They asked that I drive the vehicle back even though it wasn't safe to drive period. Once they realized that I wasn't going to make this drive they tried to get me to tow my vehicle to the closest dealership to me knowing that my warranty wouldn't pay anyone else since they had already started and were paid $2,600. 00 to fix a vehicle that still wasn't running. In other words" I " the customer would get stuck with the bill. After arguing with them an entire morning including the warranty people and the dealership that was closest to my home. The dealership two hours away finally agreed to take my vehicle back. A tow truck had to be called again and drive two hours to come and get the Durango.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango 9
Failure Date: 10/09/2007

On routine maintenance of the rear differential (ie. Fluid) found clip had broken and attached to magnet in housing. Called local dealer to inquire as to a recall, was told this was a recurring problem with this vehicle, but no recall and manufacturer would not pay to correct the problem.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango 10
Failure Date: 12/15/2005

Had rear rebuilt in 2003 by dealer. Back in 12/15/05 rear went again. Talked to mechanic he said Dodge knows about rears being bad. Due to tight tolerances in gears.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango 11
Failure Date: 11/01/2005

The contact stated the rear differential clutch pack retainer clips broke, causing damage to the rear differential. He took the vehicle to a dealer, who confirmed the damage. This was not covered by warranty. The vehicle is currently being repaired by the contact himself.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango 12
Failure Date: 05/08/2005

At christmastime our transmission began acting up. We believed the harsh winter weather was causing the problem bc once the engine heated up, the vehicle drove just fine. At any rate, we took in to be serviced in March and had the 4x4 rear differentials flushed and serviced and the fluid changed. While it was in for that repair (at a dealership) they called and said the 2 front ball joints needed to be replaced. We knew about the recall, so asked them about it, but it just figures our VIN was not included. So, $1600 later, we went and picked it up and seemed to drive just fine. Well, then 3 wks. Later I was driving to the grocery store. I was stopped a red light, and when it turned green I went to go and it just barely accelerated. Luckily, the red light was right in front of the garage we normally use. I was able to turn the vehicle around and get it to where I was parked in front of the garage. I went in and told the mechanic what happened. The truck was in the shop for 2 wks. It needed a new transmission after having just been serviced! it cost $3300! over the past 2 months we have spent $4600 in repairs on a vehicle that we are still paying for! I am irrate! we even bought the extended warranty when we purchased the vehicle 5 yrs. Ago, but now with 108,000 miles it's not covered any longer (warranty only went to 100,000). 2 yrs. Ago I was involved in an accident with Durango where the front drivers side wheel popped off after another vehicle hit it. We don't believe he could have hit it with enough force for that to happen if it had not been defective to begin with. His wife even spoke to me about this last christmas after the recall came out. I am fed up with this truck and I want Dodge to know it.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango 13
Failure Date: 04/27/2005

2001 Durango unsafe to drive while in 4 wheel drive. The problem was not with the transfer case. The problem was that the vehicle had two different differentails on it.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango 14
Failure Date: 04/19/2005

The differential on the front of the 2001 Durango was different than the one in the rear. This was causing a hazard for driving. It entailed the changing on one rear end. Vehicle was bought at an auction. It had a manufacturer's defect. The consumer has been in contact with Chrysler, and Chrysler repaired the defect. Consumer had to pay the bill for that. The consumer noticed this when they tried to put the Durango into 4 wheel drive, and it started erratically. The front differential was the correct one, but the rear was not the correct one. The front differential is 396 and the back was a 355 from the factory. The consumer stated Chrysler sent a check for the repairs. Updated 11/16/05.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango 15
Failure Date: 10/21/2004

Broken pin that houses critical parts in rear differential may cause loss of control of SUV Dodge 2002 Durango called manufacture no replacement parts availeable and no idea when one will be poses the question if this is a serious issue.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango 16
Failure Date: 09/02/2004

I have a 1999 Dodge Durango. In 2/04 I had to replace my transmission (45. 000) miles. In 9/04 (47,000 miles) I now have to repalce my rear differential.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango 17
Failure Date: 09/01/2004

The vehicle rear differential was replaced at 60000 miles because it made noise. While the rear differential was being replaced the dealer informed the consumer that both the upper and lower ball joints were bad. The consuemr requested reimbursement for the ball joints since they were recalled.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango 18
Failure Date: 08/16/2004

Consumer complained about the differential system. Vehicle had been to the dealer several times and had the rear end and front suspension rebuilt. Currently, differential malfunctioned again, causing front end to lock up. Dealer claimed they did not hear any noise, and that there was nothing they could do.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango 19
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

Dodge dealer reported that ball joints on 1998 Dodge Durango have excessive wear and require replacement. The quote to replace exceeded $2000 and I was told at the time that the recall was pending. I am the original owner, vehicle mileage is 76,898. VIN is 1b4hs28z8wf180844. I see that the recall is for 2000 through 2003 and that warranty on 2000 thru 2003 models was extended to 100,000 miles for ball joints. Is there any recourse? isn't this the same suspension design as the 2000 model? I also replaced the rear axle in 2003 following a total failure resulting in rear locking up and shearing the u-joint and dropping the drive shaft while driving. Replacement cost exceeded $3000 and I was told at the time that this is a known problem with Durango's as well.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango 20
Failure Date: 01/27/2004

Rear differential pinion gear shaft broke twice. The metal separated at the shoulder on the pinion shaft. The consumer has the second defective pinion shaft in his possession.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango 21
Failure Date: 10/14/2003

Vehicle was making high pitch sound when gas pedal was pressed. Truck only had 70,000 miles on it when I bought it (April 2003) used. I was assured by well known and respected car dealer (koeppel of new york) that vehicle was in great shape. 6 months later the vehicle need to have the front differential and rear differential to be replaced. Front differential was leaking fluid and rear was causing high pitch noise.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango 22
Failure Date: 08/15/2003

Defective rear-end of the vehicle including the ring and pinion of the differential. Dodge Durango 1998.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango 23
Failure Date: 08/12/2003

While driving, the vehicle had a high pitch squeaking noise. This was caused by a failure in the rear end. The front rotor disk, ring gear and pinion was replaced.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango 24
Failure Date: 08/02/2003

Whining noise coming from rear. Took to Dodge dealership. Needs complete rear end rebuild. $1300-$1500 estimate. Only 63k miles. Apparently it's a design defect by Dodge.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2000 Dodge Durango 25
Failure Date: 05/20/2003

At approximately 55k (5/03) miles I had to spend $1662 for work on my Dodge Durango's differential. It has been my experience that these types of problems don't come up until way over 100k+ miles. Then 11/03 it was mandatory that I replace all 4 ball joints. This also doesn't seem right since the car only had approximately 65k miles on it at that time. You would think when you take your auto to the dealer for all its scheduled maintenance and having spent $35k on it new, one wouldn't be having these sorts of expensive problems.