2004 Dodge Durango Review

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V8 engines, smooth-shifting transmissions, excellent ride quality, rugged good looks.
  • Thirsty V8s, maximum passenger capacity decreased to seven.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

With its tough truck styling, available Hemi V8 power and an even more spacious interior, the Durango offers one of the most enticing combinations of power, comfort and utility on the market.

2004 Highlights

The Durango is reborn and now sports the option of Hemi V8 power.

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Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
2004 Dodge Durango Limited 5.7 Hemi with under 80,000 miles. I am the original owner. Car has been well maintained. Oil changes every 3000 miles. Never had any overheating problems. This vehicle has served me well for the past 9 years until about a month ago. Without warning, while going down the freeway, it made a terrible noise. I knew it was something major. The oil light came on. There was a bunch of smoke. I shut the engine off and pulled off the freeway. I could see oil dripping from the engine. After having to towed, i learned there was a hole in the engine block from a thrown rod. After doing some research on the web, i found 100s if not 1000s of cases just like mine.
One great car :-)
SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
I owned my 2004 dodge durango SLT 5.7 Hemi for almost 9 years. I've owned over ten cars in my life and never had a better car than my durango. Only had to replace the battery, and the brakes but that's it. I just hit 100 thousand today and still drives like when I bought it with 8 miles. This car could go for another 100 thousand without a problem!! My sister just got a 2009 ford explorer and that has had more problems than my Durango.
Just bought 14 yr old Durango
SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
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.
Best vehicle I've ever owned
SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
I own an SLT 5.7L HEMI V8 4X4. Absolutely LOVE IT!! I bought mine in 2008 with 76,000 miles on it. It looked and ran like brand new. In my 5 years of ownership all I've had to replace is routine stuff. Battery, tires, brakes, serpentine belt, trans pan gasket at 110,000 due to small leak ($75). I have 151,000 miles on it and it runs the same as the day I purchased it. Only complaints: CD player stopped working and rust on rear tailgate by handle. I pull a large boat every summer with it also. I had a severe 50mph accident couple years ago in snow which smashed the entire passenger side. Not a scratch on me and drove the vehicle to repair shop. Extremely safe and reliable vehicle!!!


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
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    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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When the Durango was introduced back in 1998, it quickly gained popularity because it was rugged-looking, packed a big V8, offered eight-passenger seating in a midsize body and exuded a uniquely American individuality. But that was then and now consumers want all that, along with an even more spacious and refined interior. Enter the 2004 Durango, an SUV that tries to straddle all the markets and seems to succeed at this demanding task.

As Dodge executives presented the new Durango in truck-friendly Austin, Texas, it quickly became apparent that the redesigned SUV is being aimed at a new market: women. In proposed TV spots, the Durango is humorously being shown as appealing as much to Venus as to Mars. Women were shown choosing it for refinement, men for its size and power. Executives touted the refinement in the SUV's interior, the added space and, in the case of the Hemi Magnum V8, much more power. The need to cover all bases is obvious, especially with the intense competition of 65 other SUVs on the market — 16 of them competing directly with the Durango.

Will the added refinement lure buyers? Or will it just alienate loyal fans who liked the no-nonsense appeal of this domestic SUV? The answer was found on the twisting roads of the hill country outside Austin: this vehicle gobbles up the road with class-leading power and solid handling, while offering excellent off-road capability. The new Durango even boasts a 10 percent improvement in fuel mileage (although 10 percent of "not very good" is still pretty low). And, while some devotees may not like the new exterior changes, there are enough of the former styling cues to preserve the Durango heritage.

The 2004 Durango is a complete redesign, with the SUV growing in virtually every dimension. Styling cues include Dodge's signature cross-hair grille and aggressive wheel arches. The windshield is more steeply raked than before and the taillights were changed to give an "afterburner" effect. The headlights are also more contemporary, housing two lights in one unit.

As expected, passenger and cargo room now approach, or even exceed, that of full-size 'utes such as the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia. The cabin features more comfort for second-row passengers, thanks to added room, reclining seat backs and options like secondary climate controls and a DVD entertainment system. However, maximum seating capacity has dropped from eight to seven passengers.

Along with the body changes are a couple of new engines. The standard power plant for two-wheel-drive Durangos is a 3.7-liter V6 that supplies 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. Standard on four-wheel-drive models is the carryover 4.7-liter V8 with 230 horses and 290 lb-ft. For maximum towing and hauling power, an optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available that generates 335 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. We soon determined that the base V6 provides barely adequate power, so if you want quick acceleration opt for the 4.7-liter V8.

All three engines use automatic transmissions; the V6 runs through a four-speed gearbox, while the V8s have five-speed units that feature a "tow/haul" mode that reduces gear hunting. The five-speed automatic makes great use of the Durango's V8 power, although it was a tad slow to come up with downshifts. Both transmissions shifted smoothly.

The chassis boasts a fully hydroformed frame that promises greater structural integrity for better ride and handling characteristics along with a decreased chance of rattles and squeaks cropping up down the line. When we got the Durango out on some country roads around Austin, the added rigidity was immediately apparent. It felt rock solid with no body flex and few of the expected creaks that accompany the twisting and turning of spirited driving.

We found that the steering in the new Durango was very light, leading to a reduction of road feel. However, Dodge tells us that its engineers intentionally dialed in the lighter feel to satisfy the demands of target buyers. In every other way, the Durango handled well, staying level even through tight turns. Really, it handles better than you would ever expect given its size and weight (5,076 pounds for the SLT with the Hemi engine). On the highway, the Durango offered a compliant ride with few of the trucklike qualities exhibited by some SUVs. Naturally, the power from the Hemi V8 was intoxicating, with great midrange performance and a nice growl to the exhaust. But one has to wonder if it's worth it, given that the fuel ratings plunge to an EPA-estimated 13 miles per gallon city and 18 highway in four-wheel-drive Durangos.

One big selling point that Dodge stressed for the Durango was its real off-roading capabilities. A short ramble over an off-road track seemed to support this claim. Despite some steep descents and loose dirt under the wheels, traction was never lost. When fording streams, the nose never plunged into the opposite bank. And on rugged trails, the suspension never bottomed out. As before, four-wheel-drive Durangos come with dual-range transfer cases for serious off-roading.

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard on the Durango. The brakes felt a little spongy at first but hauled the speed down quickly with good pedal modulation. Side curtain airbags (which protect the head and upper torso in side-impact collisions) that cover all three rows are optional, as are power-adjustable pedals. Three-point seatbelts are fitted at all seating positions, and Dodge engineers designed the Durango's new frame to better absorb frontal impacts.

The interior of the Durango SLT has some nice touches such as wood grain paneling on the center console and white-faced gauges (in the ST, the center console comes with attractive brushed aluminum). There are, however, a few too many hard plastic surfaces on the dash and door panels. The front seats are comfortable and provide good thigh support and aggressive lumbar bolstering. The backseat offers adequate legroom and a 40/20/40-split bench rear seat. The third row is a one-piece folding seat — as in the Ford Explorer, it folds flat into the floor.

The 2004 Durango is offered in three trim levels: well-equipped ST, luxury SLT and top-of-the-line Limited. The base ST comes standard with power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; an AM/FM/CD stereo; and cruise control. The SLT adds a power driver seat, rear air conditioning, wood grain cabin accents, body-color front and rear fascias, foglamps and a third-row seat. Spring for the Limited and you'll get leather seating; automatic climate control; a high-output audio system with six-disc CD changer and steering wheel-mounted controls; auto-dimming mirrors; Homelink; memory for the driver seat, mirror, stereo and climate system settings; power-adjustable pedals; alloy wheels; and a security system.

The base ST stickers at about $28,705 while the top-of-the-line Limited sells for $31,965 before options. This means the Durango will compete against the Chevy Tahoe and the Ford Expedition, although it is cheaper than either of these other vehicles. Furthermore, from our point of view, the Durango has more personality than either of these SUVs. If you are shopping in this segment, and want to buy a domestic product, the Durango should be on your must-test-drive list.

Earlier versions of the Durango proved popular because of an attractive blend of on-road comfort and off-road ability. With an even stiffer frame and redesigned suspension, and more creature comforts, we can't help but think this 2004 Durango will be a strong contender in the crowded SUV market.

Used 2004 Dodge Durango Overview

The Used 2004 Dodge Durango is offered in the following submodels: Durango SUV. Available styles include SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), SLT Rwd 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 4A), Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), ST 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), and ST Rwd 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 4A).

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