2002 Dodge Durango SLT Plus 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
Although I have low mileage on this truck, I think it is one of the best vehicles I have owned. Absolutely no initial defects, no trips to the dealer except for the ball joint recall. I tow a 3000 pound boat with the small V8 and have no problems. My only gripe is that I wish the rear glass opened. It's also hard to back up or turn sharply in 4wd on dry solid pavement. I hate the 2005 re-design. They killed the looks.
The look. It looks like it has muscles. I also like the simple analog guages and controls.
Rear glass that opens. Redesign the new model to look more like this one.
One paint flaw and a transmission electric doo- hickey have been the only problems. This is my fifth Dodge. I really am a Dodge guy and this is one of their best. I am not too fond of the new body style though and will probably get a truck next. The gas mileage smokes the Ford and Chevy SUVs and it doesn't look like a big box. I tow a hybrid trailer on camping trips and am close to the GCWR and am very pleased with my performance. Get 9-13 mpg depending on terrain.
Third row seats and hidden cubby in back
They've done it now with the 5-speed trans and improved the MPG a tad. 2'nd row seating needs to be adjustable
2002 Dodge Durango Sport 2WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
I have had this 02 Durango since Mar 03,
and have put an average of 40000 miles a
year on it. I currently have 100000
miles on it. I had one electrical
problem with it, no other. It tows
great, I am comfortable, but it is a
little tight for my big frame. Overall,
I love it. I get 17 mpg on avg, but
only 9 when towing, which it does a
great job of. I put a heavier duty
susspension on the rear, which now it
rides quite rough (rear hop), but it
wasn't bad before I made the change
v8, 5 sp auto, gas mileage not bad
bigger, better ride (2004 improved both
of these items)