I got my '03 Durango a few months ago with 130k miles on it, and I love it. It handles great - not much body roll, feels lighter than it is. Seats are very comfortable, and it has a LOT of power. The drivetrain is very responsive & the engine feels like it's bigger than 287 Cu. In. I DO wish there was more legroom for the 2nd row passengers as I am a big guy & leave my seat very far back. And yes, the gas mileage is poor (13/18 MPG), but I knew it when I bought it (probably why the car was so inexpensive). I like the styling & features of this generation of Durango. I'll write another review after I put some serious miles on it. After 5k miles so far I love it!
Even the base stereo is good
Responsive engine & transmission - V8!!
Good acceleration & hauling capacity
Very good handling
Room for 7 people
Excellent styling, not just another cookie-cutter SUV
Full array of gauges, not just warning lights
Heavy duty cooling, suspension, etc.
Logical layout of controls
4WD works great
4 wheel disc brakes
Many were incorporated into the next gen Durango -
More legroom for 2nd row passengers
Better mileage - maybe a taller 5th gear
As with all cars, MORE ACCURATE FUEL GAUGE