I love this suv. It looks better than
all others in my opinion, the towing
ability and power are superb,have owned
for 3 years now and no problems other
than new brakes. A lot of issues that
happen to used vehicles are from a lack
of maintenance. No ball joint problems
here,but we don't take off road. Only
thing we added was remote start,
lighted running boards, and new
Michelins. The tires make a huge
difference in ride quality. Would buy
aggressive styling, best looking suv
out there, power for towing my boat,
room for kids and groceries,
comfortable ride-our friends have a '98
4Runner and it beats you to death
I bought by 98 Durango used in 2000
with 46,000 miles. It's now at 90,000
and I have had no problems with it at
all (besides getting it stolen, then
returned). Nothing has fallen off,
nothing is loose, and I keep it
looking like new. The only thing
negative I can say is that the gas
mileage is starting to hurt. But, who
knew 4 years ago that gas would be so
expensive. I must say, though, I've
not had the terrible gas mileage I'm
reading about on here. I've been able
to get 19 mpg on the highway with 92
octane, and about 15 in the city.
Must be different driving habits. Oh,
and change your air filter and keep
your plugs clean... it works wonders.
Cavernous interior. Lots of cargo
space with no third seat. Aggressive
styling. Nice interior layout.
Suspension - I don't mind it riding
like a truck, but I've driven 3/4 ton
trucks with better suspension.
I loved it at first, but then I hit
70k miles. YIKES!! Needed a whole
new transmission for the tune of
$3,600. Now the A/C evaporator has a
leak - $1,100. Have had to replace
radiator, water pump, thermostat, ball
joints, etc. Has a minor oil leak -
who knows where that will lead. On
the positive, has great room for the 2
car seats and all of their gear, but
am now looking into a mini-van, which
is what we were trying to avoid in
buying the Durango!! Poor gas mileage.
3rd Row Seat, great in the MN snow,
great interior room, love the exterior
design, isn't a mini-van, which is why
we bought in the first place.
Improve the gas mileage and
quality... The quality is just plain
poor. Shouldn't have so many problems
with a car that only has 74k miles!
I got an awesome deal on my ’98, back
in ’02. So I used $$$ left in my truck
budget to completely rebuild its front
end (all 8 new Moog ball joint). The
difference was amazing! Overall, gas
mileage was poor (11-12mpg). But I had
ZERO other problems with the truck and
it now has 148k miles!
4x4 and AWD transfer case (only offered
in '98 and '99)
Great towing capability.
Ball joints, ball joints, ball joints.
I guess Dodge didn't listen and will
now be dealing a NTSA...