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By billy
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2003 Dodge Durango SUV SXT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)


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Makes getting on a crowded highway feel safe. Great acceleration, but as you might expect, you can watch the fuel gage go down. Also, as a city resident, this mid size, narrow SUV is great for squeezing down narrow streets and parking. Spent about $300 over 2 years above routine maintenance which is not bad. Bought truck with 30,000 and now have 50,000. Overall like the dodge (this is my 3rd) and I think dodge gets a bad rap most prof. reviewers (consumer ratings are always higher).


Best Features

acceleration, sturdy/safe feel, mid size and smooth/quiet highway ride, exterior design


Worst Features

mpg (but you have to give to get)


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Beauty, Brawn and Bling
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By Family Hauler
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2003 Dodge Durango SUV SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)


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This 2003 SLT 4.7L is my second Durango. I previously had a 2000 SLT with 5.9L V8. I bought this one used with 49K miles Dodge Certified (still bought the extended warranty)and have now passed through 83K with only one $200 repair for an emissions control sensor. Truthfully, the gas mileage isn't great, but the 4.7 L is much better than the 5.9 L I had in the 2000. I recently added an after market cold air intake system ($230- 279) from K&N or Airaide. The K&N are Calif Air Resource Board (CARB) exempt, meaning street legal in all 50 states and comes with documentation. They promised a +8hp. I got +2-3 mpg with improved throttle response, and meatier underhood sound.


Best Features

4.7L V8 and four wheel ABS disc brakes.


Worst Features

Cold Air Induction System and adjustable front and back sliding middle seats.


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Not Good, But Not Bad
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By SBF
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2003 Dodge Durango SUV SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)


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Bought the truck used, had 52k on it. Comfortable ride, good looks, and compliments from a lot of people. Really like this design, the '04 and up look too square and bulky. Interior is designed well. Gas mileage is normal for a 5.9L V8 about 15-17 mpg on the highway. Disappointed that the water pump went out at 59k. Cruise control is acting up too, but nothing I can't fix. With gas prices soaring and seeming to never quit, will consider a crossover for a next SUV, no reason to have a V8 powered SUV, don't do any towing and the it's the wife's daily driver.


Best Features

Interior is designed well. Rear air conditioning and heat has come in handy for rear passengers. Third row seat has come in handy when extra people need a ride or if you're driving the kids and their friends around.


Worst Features

250hp is not enough, though torque is good. Should have had the 5.7L Hemi in it. Could also find a couple more MPGs to squeeze out of the engine. Better plastics on the interior, seems a little too econocar.


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Liked it so much bought another
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By rmoore
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2003 Dodge Durango SUV SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)


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I bought this vehicle for my wife several years ago. It was a 1999 with a 318 cid. This thing is a horse. Plenty of power when you need it. Although the third seat is only big enough for young kids it has great space. The looks of this truck is great. Traded it in on a mini-van. Worst mistake I have ever made. So I just bought our second, it is a 2003 and it is even better than the one we had before. I personally have never had any problems with a Dodge vehicle. Luck of the draw? Maybe, but this is a quality truck.


Best Features

Leather, looks, engine


Worst Features

Bring back the old style


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2003 Dodge Durango SXT 4X4
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By Dodge Man
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2003 Dodge Durango SUV SXT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)


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This truck is the best on i've owned. The truck before this was a Ford exporer and I can't believe the difference. Dodge has done a wonderful job with their SUV and I'm a buyer forever


Best Features

V8, smooth shifting, and all around fun truck to drive.


Worst Features

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