I bought my Durango a little over 2
years ago and have been pleased. The
5.9L is very
thirsty but great power when needed.
Ride is trucklike but agile. Too much
wind and road noise at highway
speeds. Only problems have
been a tough-to-fix tranny leak that
has added up to $400 and a driver's
side power window motor(vehicle now
has 87000 miles). Great size but
would be nice to have enough for 4 x 8
sheet of plywood/sheetrock.
Aesthetically appealing interior and
exterior. ABS system poor on
snow/ice; I could stop faster
without. Have been thinking of
selling for less expensive payments
but it is too fun to drive and too
handy to get rid of.
5.9 plenty of power. 4 wheel drive
system great. Exterior looks
appealing. 7 - 8 passenger seating.
Rear heating and A/C great
5.9 very thirsty (10 mpg in town - and
lucky to hit 15 mpg hwy). I think the
2004 Durango is addressing and
attempting to fix deficiencies of
My husband and I ordered our Durango and
took delivery on new year's eve 1998. I
have never ever regretted that day! I
absolutely would recommend this vehicle
to anyone and everyone. I think they
screwed up when they redesigned it for
2004! I have no plans to trade or sell
my durango. I love it! No mechanical
problems, albeit the normal wear and
tear (brakes, tires, etc.)
3rd row seat, rear a/c, audio controls
on steering wheel, handling and good looks!
gas mileage could use improving, but
hey, it is a SUV and I don't know many
that size that get "good" gas mileage!
Purchased our 5.2L new in 1999. This
has been a wonderful vehicle. Yes, it
rides a little stiff, but so do most
other SUV's manufactured back then.
However, the stiff ride allows for
great cornering ability. Everyone
knocks the gas milage. Have you
checked other V8's fuel economy? Have
you replaced your air filter? We just
added a K&N air filter and are now
getting 20 mpg on the highway! That's
a 2 to 3 mpg improvement. As for the
power....WOW! Passing has never been
easier! And the pinging has all but
disapeared. The truck has been nearly
trouble free. Complete the scheduled
maintenance and you shouldn't have any
I have loved my '99 Durango in the
three years I have owned it. It adapts
from traveling to work, to carting kids
to the game, to hooking the camper
behind and going on a trip. Its never
let me down with any sort of
Absolutly love the optional third seat
that folds down easily, the back air
and the cup holders!
My only suggestion would be the gas
milage - it does have room for
Like many the best day of my Durango
ownership was the day I traded it.
Constant problems with the electrics
(windows, locks, etc.) and then a
transmission failure after 61k miles of
soccer patrol. So the "ram tough" V8
durango with "heavy duty towing package"
lost a tranny after 61k miles of hauling
kids to shcool and gym. Happy trails
Dodge, my fist and last.
Power and the perfect size.
How about a reliable powertrain and
electrics that don't fail every 10k miles.