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Dodge Durango Transmission Problems

Q. Hi. I have a 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4WD, 5.9 liter V-8 with about 85,000 miles. I've noticed intermittent transmission slippage when starting from a dead stop. Not often, but often enough. I've also noticed it when re-accelerating after slowing down, like when turning a corner. I have never engaged the 4WD system, I'm not an off-roader.

Dodge Durango Transmission Problems

I have heard that Dodge has a history of transmission troubles such as this. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this type symptom and can offer me any ideas besides the obvious transmission repair?

Thanks!

A. A lot of Dodge Durango owners, as well as owners of Dodge Rams and other Chrysler trucks, are having problems with those transmissions. Some have failed as early as 6,000 miles. Here are some excerpts from complaints of vehicle owners.

"DURANGO`S TRANSMISSION WENT BAD, DEALER OF NO HELP ,50,000 MI. ON VEHICLE ALSO NOT THE SAME PROBLEM THAT WAS COMPLAINED ABOUT."

"TRANSMISSION WILL RED LINE IN 1&2 GEAR (AUTO TRANSMISSION) UNTIL THE COMPUTER SHUTS IT DOWN. WE HAVE BEEN TO ARBITRATION BUT THE PROBLEM WAS NOT FIXED. DALMER CHRYSLER WILL NOT TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS PROBLEM. IN MY OPINION THIS CAR IS A LEMON"

This one sounds like yours...

"IN THE PROCESS OF A TURN AND GOING FROM FIRST GEAR TO SECOND GEAR, THE VEHICLE EMITS A VIOLENT JERK AS IT STRUGGLES TO SWITCH GEARS. THIS HAS OCCURRED SINCE I PURCHASED THE VEHICLE 2 YEARS AGO. THE DEALERSHIP HAS EXAMINED THE VEHICLE AND CONTENDS THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT."

"HAVE HAD CAR IN DEALERSHIP 7 TIMES FOR VARIOUS TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS. DEALER CLAIMS THEY CANNOT FIND PROBLEM. FINALLY ON THE 7TH TRIP, THEY ADMITTED THERE WAS A PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM NOW, IS EXTENDED WARRANTY COMPANY DOES NOT WANT TO REPAIR PROBLEM BECAUSE CAR IS 3000 MILES SHORT OF WARRANTY EXPIRATION. CAR APPEARS TO SHIFT BACK AND FORTH FROM 1ST TO 2ND RAPIDLY (OSCILLATES), WHEN DOWNSHIFTED AND THROTTLE HELD OPEN. CAR BUCKS LIKE A BRONCO. VERY DANGEROUS."

"I WAS DRIVING ON THE PARKWAY AT APPROX. 65 MPH. I WENT TO ACCELERATE TO PASS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WAS A LOUD "BANG" AND THE TRUCK "BUCKED" AND THAN THERE WAS VERY LITTLE ACCELERATION. I HAD TO PULL OFF OF THE PARKWAY AND INTO A LOT. I NEEDED TO BE TOWED TO THE DEALER BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT MOVE. THE DEALER CHECKED IT OUT AND SAID MY TRANSMISSION IS "SHOT". I ONLY HAVE 16,000 MILES ON IT AND IT IS 2 YEARS OLD!! THEY TOLD ME THEY DON'T KNOW IF I'LL GET A NEW TRANSMISSION OR A REBUILT ONE......IT DEPENDS ON WHAT CHRYSLER SENDS THEM."

These are all from complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a matter of public record. There is also a concerted effort to file a class action lawsuit against Damiler-Chrysler because of all these transmission problems.

It's gotten to the point when a 1999 or later Chrysler truck comes in with transmission problems, I send them straight to the dealer with it. My Mother raised one fool, fortunately it wasn't me.

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