It's a water problem with the 2004 Dodge Durango as well as a safety issue.My 2004 durango also threw a rod going down the road.If anyone had the same problems as i did, the vehicle acted up and would shake and sputter in moderate or higher rain or going thru a car wash and/or die having to wait for a bit before it would start back and run normal.All this is caused by a faulty cowling around the windshield allowing water to get down to the engine and internally going in.That eventually leads to the engine blowing up/throwing a rod.Dodge denies knowing anything about this and blames it on other issues to keep from having to pay out.
Just purchased after looking for several monthes. Found a clean used 04 Durango SLT for a great price. Has 156k miles but ran a Carfax on it and it had the best Service record I had ever seen for a used vehicle. Drives and handles like a new vehicle considering it’s age and miles. Gas mileage is not great but I bought for comfort and it fits that bill perfectly.
The 5.7L engine in my 2004 Durango with 98,000 miles failed and must be replaced at ~$7000. based on research this is a common problem. Loved the vehicle and loyal to Dodge prior to this problem. not likely to buy another dodge
2004 Dodge Durango Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
My Durango is now 14 years down the road - still in great condition - except small area of rust on driver's side rear wheel well, and I've seen this on a number 2004 Durango's - could be a minor defect in water deflection, directing it to that specific area. Overall - a great vehicle - great in snow or rain, comfortable on long drives and reliable