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Dodge Durango Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 230 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Dodge Durango

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Aggressive Dodge styling, large interior, V8 power, competitive price.

  • Cons

    Nine cupholders, no refrigerator.

  • What's New for 1999

    Two-wheel drive models finally show up for true flatlander use, and all Durangos gain a rear power outlet. Also available are steering wheel-mounted radio controls, heated mirrors, and two new colors: Bright Platinum Metallic and Patriot Blue.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

1999 dodge durango

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV

My mom bought this car new out of the lot back in 1999. She passed on to me with 100,000K when I graduated from high school. Car ran great but gas millage was horrible. The only thing I did not like about this car is that when you would drive it it was very heavy to drive and not smooth. It now has 192,000K and it still has the original tranmission and engine. Ive taken this car to Canada, Mexico and North Carolina and it did great and til this day it still runs great and looks good new too.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Reason i will never own

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV

Great motor. transmission started giving trouble at 65k. Electrical problems massive. Switches,window regulators, speed sensors, etc., etc. Brakes crap with defective bearings from dodge.




Will you be 'thumbing it'?

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV

Love this vehicle's design, space, and characteristics. Hate the fact that you might be left on foot! Going on my 'possible' 3rd transmission job in 3 years. If I keep it! Like many before, front passenger window motor, bumper peeling/rusting easily, and now, faced with another transmission job! 2 people depend on this vehicle for work while other "Dodge" in shop (over 2 wks) with no luck on getting it going. I will not buy another Dodge or Ford at this point! Either its something missed in a recall or just wasn't caught by a safety expert that gives a da**. Oh yeah, front upper/lower ball joints both wheels, sway bars, bearings to keep from crashing




Most unreliable vehicle i've ever

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV

I bought this SUV used last year. It had 100,000 miles when I bought it. In just one year, I have put $1,500 in transmission repair, replaced alternator, water pump, thermostat, had work done to the driver side door when it just stopped opening, and currently the gas gauge only works part of the time. Not to mention this is the biggest gas hog. The display says it averages 13.5 mpg on highway. I found documents from the original owner where they also had transmission work, replaced belts, and had various mechanical problems. I certainly will never own another Dodge!




Excellent truck

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV

I love this truck! It's way more of a truck than I thought (which is good for me). The 5.9L is a great engine and the parts for the LA based engine are extensive. I have the tan leather which was pretty dirty when I bought the truck but they cleaned up to perfect condition and there is no sign of wear after 8 years. The truck had 115,000 miles on it and a regular tune up was in order but other than that I have had no problem at all with the Durango.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good and bad

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV

Very utilitarian. Great for trips and easy to drive around a large metro area. Gas mileage is reasonable. Much better to operate than a large SUV. On the negative side, the transmission went "belly-up", a major expense, the AC has been a problem, and keeping the alignment corrected has been an issue.



Full 1999 Dodge Durango Review

What's New for 1999

Two-wheel drive models finally show up for true flatlander use, and all Durangos gain a rear power outlet. Also available are steering wheel-mounted radio controls, heated mirrors, and two new colors: Bright Platinum Metallic and Patriot Blue.

Introduction

As the most recent addition to the Dodge truck lineup, the Durango makes quite an entry. Offering the most cargo space in its class, along with a standard Magnum V8 engine, eight-passenger seating, and three-and-a-half tons of towing capacity, the Durango is one of the most versatile sport-utility vehicles on the market.

Remember the Ramcharger? Neither do we, with the help of the Dodge Durango. Based on the Dakota platform, the Durango is Dodge's best-ever attack on the booming sport-utility segment. And from the looks of things, the Dodge boys have done their homework. Though 80 percent of its parts are shared, the Durango's frame is actually three times stiffer than its Dakota sibling.

Competing directly with the sales king Ford Explorer is no easy task. But the Durango can seat up to eight passengers, which is one set of triplets more than the Explorer. It can tow up to 7,300 lbs., which is a full ton more than the Explorer. The Durango has a minimum of 7.9 inches of ground clearance, and feels plenty capable off the pavement. With the rear seats folded, it can swallow up to 88 cubic feet of cargo. Big, strong, and utilitarian; sounds like a winning formula.

The Durango is larger than anything else in its class, which explains the expansive interior. Yet it's noticeably smaller than the Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition giants, so we can't call it full-sized. But the niche is filled. Need more room than an Explorer, Blazer or Cherokee? Don't want to fork over the price of an Expedition? Take a good look at the Dodge Durango -- it's the only option.

There are now three engines to choose from: a 3.9-liter V6 with 175 horsepower and 225 foot-pounds of torque, a 5.2-liter V8 with 230 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque, and a massive 5.9-liter V8 with 245 horsepower and 335 foot-pounds of torque. The massive engine is our favorite, but fuel conservation is not one of that motor's strong points. For the environmentally concerned, go with the 5.2-liter V8. It's not as thirsty, and performance doesn't lag far behind anything else in this class.

A two-wheel drive model is available for 1999, meaning that even more buyers are likely to defect from the competition's ranks. With fresh new styling, superior versatility, and an attractive base price, the newest Dodge makes a statement all its own. It says, "Buy me."

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
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  • 17
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