Power Train Problems of Dodge Durango - part 1

Dodge Durango owners have reported 279 problems related to power train (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Durango based on all problems reported for the Durango.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2013 Dodge Durango 1
Failure Date: 11/06/2018

Engine shutdown twice today during low speed driving 30mph. Needed to shift to neutral and move key to off and restart. During shutdown dash lights went dark - no rpm, speed or warning lights were turned on. Has happened multiple times since 2017 including when accelerating on an highway ramp, currently shutting down daily typically when engine is cool. Humes Dodge in waterford PA could not replicate issue when vehicle was checked 10/2018. Dealer stated battery was low capacity, battery replaced and issue repeated. No fault codes shown in computer scan.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2018 Dodge Durango 2
Failure Date: 09/11/2018

With less than 4000 miles on my brand new car, the transmission drops from 8th gear to neutral (and would go from reverse to neutral) and lose all power while driving. The engine will rev and nothing happens. You have to place the vehicle in park, turn the car off and back on to get it to work again. It happened while making turns (left and right), driving down the interstate, reversing, pulling out of parking spaces, on city streets, highways and interstates, and while stationary. This is a serious safety issue. This happened several times (after being serviced) and nearly causing accidents. At one point, I was driving at approximately 80mph on the highway, in traffic, and the transmission dropped to neutral with the engine light coming on. The engine light does not stay on. I have done a little research and have found where this has happened to multiple new Dodge Durango owners. I can get copies of the service records if needed.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2018 Dodge Durango 3
Failure Date: 09/04/2018

Since approximately 4,000 miles we have experience numerous electrical issues. Our back-up camera, navigation, radio, and a/c work intermittently. The dealer initially felt the battery was backfeeding the system causing a short. That was quickly changed and we are still just waiting for an answer. While parked overnight, one of the map lights came on and could not be turned off. The overhead control panel was replaced due to an open circuit. Most recently, when shifted into reverse, the "r" indicator on the shifter and display would blink and the car acted as though it was in neutral. The engine would rev, but the vehicle won't reverse. This has occurred on both a flat surface while trying to back out of a driveway and once on a hill while backing out of a parking spot. While on the hill, the car rolled forward while engaged in reverse. We do have a video but are unable to upload.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 4
Failure Date: 08/05/2018

Driving on freeway coming back from payson area and we heard a pop noise at drivers seat headrest and saw that the headrest popped open. We didn't know it was an airbag until a Dodge dealer said that it was the airbag and it's not under warranty and can't take care of it. Kept asking if we were in a collision when the headrest broke and we were not! we were driving at about 65 miles an hour when that happened. We were also told that our motor mounts have to be replaced and the vehicle is only 3 years old. We have kept our vehicles for longer than this before and never had to replace motor mounts. Not sure if they are defective or if these problems are just because it is a Dodge. I have never owned Dodge before. I've been driving the vehicle with the headrest open for about 2 months now as one Dodge dealer in tempe made me go to the one in avondale since that is where I purchased it from and I had to make appointments each time and it took forever to get the appointments for each. Now my neck hurts as a result of driving my vehicle with my head leaning forward and still I haven't heard from the warranty company or the dealership. I called an 800 # after the dealer told me they couldn't do anything and they were to call me back within 3 days and now it's been about 2 weeks and no word from them. The date below is approximate. Please help. Irma chaira.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Dodge Durango 5
Failure Date: 07/17/2018

Tl- the contact owns a 2014 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that after stopping and switching the transmission to the park position the contact stepped out of the vehicle and the vehicle erroniously rolled backwards causing the opened door to crash into the a wooden gate. The contact was able to get into the rolling vehicle and pressed the brake pedal to stop. The cause of the failure was not determined. The local dealer and manufacturer was not notified of the failure and no police report was filed. The failure mileage was 61,000. Jft.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Dodge Durango 6
Failure Date: 07/15/2018

Tl-the contact owns a 2014 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked with the gear shifter in the park position with the ignition in the on position, the vehicle rolled away. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled onto the neighbors farm. There was no damage done to the vehicle. There was also no injuries. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer were contacted or made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Ah.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 7
Failure Date: 07/04/2018

The vehicle randomly switches from awd to 4wd lock, does not seem to be any one thing that causes it. Also have looked up hundreds of other reports on this from other people. Everyone says that Dodge dealers claim they have never heard this before. Bullshit. Dodge is trying not to have to do a recall. That is obvious. Shame on Dodge.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 8
Failure Date: 06/30/2018

I started the vehicle with one foot still outside of the vehicle so the key fob could be detected and exited. As I exited the vehicle and took my right foot off the brake the car then engaged into drive and crashed into the woods. My right arm was slammed in the door and I hit my back on the side of the vehicle. Four of my small children were outside of the vehicle when this happened. There was a decent amount of damage to the vehicle. I took my vehicle to a local dealership where the problem was not duplicated and they could do nothing to rectify the problem. I am currently waiting to hear back from the manufacturer. I have received medical attention for my injuries and a police report has been filed. This a very dangerous issue that needs to be addressed.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2012 Dodge Durango 9
Failure Date: 06/19/2018

Using the push button start system, with the engine off, the brake pedal not depressed, and the transmission gear selector set to p(ark). When the push button start is pressed twice, the vehicle attempted to start up, and started to move on it's own. There was nobody in the driver seat, the brake pedal was not depressed, the transmission was in park. Blue water Chrysler dealership in fort gratiot, mi has verified this to be happening and reproducible.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Dodge Durango 10
Failure Date: 06/11/2018

My car would not downshift, I was going 50 mph on freeway and it was raving by itself at 5-6000 rpms. . . . At dealer now they tell me I need a new transmission cooler!!! this vehicle has been a complete lemon, headliner caught on fire while I was driving, due to recall on visors which had already been performed. Alternator caught on fire due to recall they had no fix for. . Engine heads replaced, recall. . . Totally unsafe, as my vehicle lost all power, lights steering, when alternator went out.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 11
Failure Date: 05/20/2018

Had pulled car into garage and thought car was in park. Had not turned rotary shifter all the way to park, so car was in reverse. Started to exit the vehicle and removed foot from brake and car started pulling backward. I jumped back into car and applied brake just as car door, which was ajar, struck garage framing, badly damaging door. If I had not been able to get back into the car I may have been killed because there was nowhere to move in the garage. Chrysler should automatically put these rotary shifter cars into park if vehicle is stopped and car door is opened.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Dodge Durango 12
Failure Date: 03/23/2018

Complaint involving shifting problems. When I get in my car and I put in drive the light starts flashing and my vehicle does not move. I have to put in park turn off the vehicle and turn it back on and do it all over again until it finally catches the gears and lets me drive off. I also have the same problem when I put the vehicle in reverse. The light that flashes is the one above the shifting nob.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2016 Dodge Durango 13
Failure Date: 03/16/2018

While driving the vehicle a message came up on the cluster "start/stop system disabled. Service start/stop system". Shortly after there was another message "low battery mode. Some systems function reduced". I looked at the system health status and the battery voltage was at 11. 2 volts. While driving the voltage continued to drop. I called the dealer and they asked me to bring the vehicle in to check diagnostics. While driving to the dealer the voltage continued to drop and the radio turned off and would not turn back on. When I arrived at the dealership the voltage was at ~10. 1 volts. When I pulled the vehicle into the dealership service bay the service writer came over and we agreed to not shut off the vehicle as we weren't sure whether it would restart given the battery voltage. As the vehicle idled in the service bay the voltage continued to drop and the voltage was just over 9 volts when I got out of the vehicle. The vehicle was running and was in park. Parking brake was not engaged. A dealership employee got into the vehicle and was going to move it but the service writer asked him to leave it where it was until they determined which technician it would be assigned to. The dealership employee told me that he did not move the vehicle and did not take it out of park. I went into the waiting room inside the dealership and a few minutes later the service manager came out to tell me that there was an issue with my vehicle and that it drove into a wall in the service bay with no one in the vehicle. When I went out into the bay the rh front wheel had climbed a curb and the vehicle had hit a wall. Fca special investigation team reviewed vehicle and determined that there was no mechanical issue which would cause the vehicle to move on its own. No explanation was found for low voltage condition. Dealership has video of incident.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 14
Failure Date: 02/28/2018

About 2 weeks ago, my 4lo light would blink and then go off, and then my svc 4wd light would go on for about 4min. I took it into my mechanic, he could not find anything. Today, as I was backing out of my driveway - with my 3 kids, all my wheels locked up and I could not drive it. Mind you, I am in the middle of the street now. When I got out of my car I could hear my car trying to shift from 4lo/4hi/awd. I had to call my husband to come home to get my car off the street. In looking up this matter online, there seems to be alot of issues with this and seems to be a huge safety issue when you're talking about your car shifting from awd to 4lo or 4hi - thankfully, I was not on the highway going 55. We were able to get it to the mechanic and you can hear it trying to shift when the vehicle is off - no key or anything - wow! mechanic said I was very lucky. I would highly suggest someone looking into this issue, it seems to be a pretty widely known issue.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 15
Failure Date: 02/24/2018

I was parked in my driveway on a slight decline and the vehicle was running and in park and I ran into the house to grab something and when I looked back it was rolling down the driveway and crashed and got stuck in between two trees. The vehicle is now totaled.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 16
Failure Date: 02/23/2018

This vehicle has rolled back while in park at least 4 times now. Yesterday being the most severe as I was standing behind the vehicle when unloading groceries in my driveway. The vehicle rolled back over me injuring my leg. Luckily my kids were not behind the vehicle or it could have been really dangerous. I know longer feel safe with this vehicle. It was purchased used through carmax.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2018 Dodge Durango 17
Failure Date: 02/22/2018

We purchased our 2018 Dodge Durango srt in 02/2018. After 300 miles, all dash lights lit up and a trouble code of esc was displayed. We brought it to the dealer who advised there was water penetration of a wiring harness connector which lead to the axle actuator shorting out. It was repaired by cleaning the connector and replacing the actuator. We picked up our Durango 4 days later and drove it an additional 990 miles at which time the same issue happened - lights, esc message. We dropped it off at the dealer on March 26, 2018 and they advised the same issue occurred, water penetrated the harness connector and shorted out the axle actuator. Parts are not readily available at this time as the dealer indicated all the awd Durangos are having this issue. The harness is on back order through the middle of April. I've contacted fiat/Chrysler and on the first repair, they covered an extended warranty to 85 months for us. In my second contact with them, I was advised this will be an ongoing issue as they have no fix for the harness connector issue and actuator problem. The dealership advised once repaired the second time, the issue will recur once driven in wet weather. Both issues occurred as my wife and I were driving, which resulted in the loss of awd, cruise, and other safety functions of the vehicle. Both times is happened, we were driving in wet and/or snowy weather.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 18
Failure Date: 01/15/2018

Tl - the contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated the 4wd will engage intermittently and will not disconnect after she pressed the 4wd button, the check engine and the service 4wd warning indicators illuminated and remained on. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed the vehicle and stated the actuator had failed and it was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000. Jc.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 19
Failure Date: 11/29/2017

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. On multiple occasions, while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle attempted to stall. The contact heard a clicking noise underneath the vehicle and the 4 low warning indicator illuminated. The dealer (larry h. Miller Dodge peoria at (480) 865-3986 (8665 w bell rd, peoria, az 85382) stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Dodge Durango 20
Failure Date: 11/27/2017

I have reported my car not going in the the gear selected and instead going into neutral or park. It has also driven forward when in park. There has also been issues with the auto park not always working if door is opened and the car is in gear. Now I am being told my car even though it came with this safety feature was not supposed to come with it, and Dodge is looking to remove this feature. Dodge has also referred to these safety issues as characteristics of my car. When their is a safety defect it cant be a characteristic that can be overlooked. My car now has been in the shop for 37 days now and unable to be repaired.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango 21
Failure Date: 11/17/2017

While driving on an interstate highway at 65 miles per hour the engine shut down and I pulled off onto the shoulder. After sitting for about 5 minutes I tried the ignition key and the engine started and I continued on my way.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 22
Failure Date: 11/13/2017

The contact owns a 2015 Dodge Durango. While the vehicle was parked, the vehicle shifted into neutral without warning and crashed into a tree on the contact's property. The contact's spouse fell and injured her arm while trying to stop the vehicle. Medical attention was provided. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic at a body shop. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 38,000.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Dodge Durango 23
Failure Date: 11/08/2017

The transmission puts itself into 4wd sometimes with an instrument panel light, sometimes without. It does this both when stopped and at highway speeds. I've seen hundreds of the same complaint when I searched this online. It's a 2008 model but it's a relatively new car for me so, that is why I'm just mentioning it now. In the few months I've owned the vehicle, this has happened no fewer than 10 times. On two separate occasions it happened while I was driving. I did not crash on either of those occasioins but, it was very close both times. The second time, after lurching very hard across two lanes, it then kicked into neutral and I was unable to accelerate or even continue down the road to a safe spot to stop. Instead, I was stuck in an active lane to wait on a tow truck. Luckily, I was not hit. I was just stranded. If this was just me, I wouldn't complain here. But, as I said, I searched online and found hundreds of complaints of the same matter dating back the past decade or so. I live in dubai, uae. My phone number is 00971568531955. The number in the information below is a very old home phone number from when I lived in the us. The attached form wouldn't take my actual address or phone number.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 24
Failure Date: 10/06/2017

While driving the 4 wheel drive kicks in and out without moving switch to 4 wheel drive.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 25
Failure Date: 10/03/2017

I was backing a small trailer into its storage location in my yard. I was on a slight downward incline with chocks aligned with the trailer wheels. It was evening and dark out. As I approached the chocks, I placed the car in park. I know because the rear reverse lights went out. The engine was running. I got out to see how far I needed to go back before reaching the chocks. When I exited the car it started going backward down the slight incline fast enough for the trailer wheels to go ever the chocks. I barely got back into the truck before being knock over by the open door. By the time I got to the brake pedal to stop, the truck door had struck the corner of a greenhouse, bending the metal greenhouse frame and forcing the driver door open too far causing hinge and body damage to the door and front left fender. Luckily,, no one was hurt. The door now closes with difficulty. This was actually the second time this happened. The first was in the parking lot at my office when I pulled the car into a spot, put it in park and was getting out to run inside for an item that I had forgotten. The engine was running. As I was getting out of the car it began to move forward. I braked and shifted back to drive then to park again and made sure it wasn't moving before I got out. This first time I attributed it to me not turning the knob all the way to park, but now I believe it was the same defect.

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