Have owned this vehicle since it was 1 year old (16,600 mi). Have had only one issue of note. The cam position switch failed, $200 repair and good to go. This has been and continues to be a good reliable vehicle. The gas mileage is horrible but the interior layout and design is nice. The quality of the interior components is not the best, the plastic will fail (esspecially with kids). However the parts are inexpensive to replace. Maybe I've been lucky, but I have had less problems with this than friends and family with 2002 Montero, and 2001 Tahoe.
Third seat and layout in the vehicle.
Better quality interior components including the stereo speakers. Improve the gas mileage.
We've owned the Durango for roughly 2 years and it only has 54,000 miles. Overheating is very common and now the head gaskets are blown. It'll run $1,100 to $1,600 to repair. Save some heartache and don't go Durango. However, if you enjoy sitting in the 3rd seat while it cools down, this may be the gas guzzler for you.
Get up and go ability.
Dodge should listen to disgrunted consumers and fix their product. As sad as it is to say, I think I'm going to stick with foreign products.
Had to replace engine at 86,000 miles. This is due to an engine sludge problem Dodge doesn't want to talk about. The limited slip differential needed rebuilding at 91,000 miles. Any dealer would say these troubles are do the lack of maintanence, not true in my case. I'm done with DaimlerChrysler Croporation.
This car is okay, and that's about it. You don't expect an SUV to get 25 mpg, but this thing is like Dudley Moore at last call - drink, drink, drink. It doesn't "hug" the road well, and it really feels only average in the snow (part of the reason for owning an SUV). It hasn't been a horrible experience, but no way I buy it again.