I owned a 2003 Durango and the improvements in its ride and handling are remarkable. I bought it at Capital Chrysler in Garner from Sal R., who is a very good rep and takes care of his customer during and after the sale.
The comfort and ride is really good. I have to watch my speed it handles so well and smooth. Lots of room in the cargo area and one of the main reasons I bought another Durango. The back up camera is great, something I was skeptical about. The touch screen radio is very handy too.
I would definitely change the stick shift for the transmission options. It is very easy to knock it into 1st when you are in drive. The transmission also seems to rev up at times as it goes up and down hills. I would also recommend to get running boards.