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This version of Durango is a wholly different animal from the body-on-frame truck derivative it replaced. Now it's based on the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee, a descendant of the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class. This Durango rides well and the spacious cabin is comfortable, quiet, and well appointed. Occupying the large end of the mid-sized SUV spectrum, the Durango has a third-row seat that's actually usable.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2011 Dodge Durango has been recalled 7 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Body Integrity
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Dodge Durango owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“The right headlight burned out. In order for the dealer to install a new headlight they had to remove the entire front facia. It was a $300 charge to replace a headlight”

David L., VA (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

“both headlight went out at 65000 miles, then the fog lamps both went out a month later. very expensive to replace, dodge part only on fog lamps. ridiculous”

Charles M., IL (2011 Dodge Durango Express 3.6-L V6)

“One HID light went out which was a very expensive item to replace. There was no damage to the light”

Richard C., VA (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)
Cruise control

“does not work all times. It has been reset once”

Anonymous, WV (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Both fog lamps went out. dealer item only for bulbs. incredibly expensive”

Charles M., IL (2011 Dodge Durango Express 3.6-L V6)

“Lights and turns singles have gone out far too many times”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

“Since we've had the vehicle, all of the headlights and brake lights have had to be replaced. I expect to have to replace the lights over time, but these went out soon. They are also very, very difficult to replace because of bad design”

Doug L., IN (2011 Dodge Durango Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Very frequently, the keyless entry will not work, and I'll have to use the key to unlock/lock the doors”

Anonymous, AL (2011 Dodge Durango Express 3.6-L V6)

“Minor problem getting the key synched. Had to order a new key”

Doug L., IN (2011 Dodge Durango Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

“sometimes, intermittently, the warning lights would light, the radio would not turn on, the stored settings would vanish and I would need to shut down and restart to make them go away”

Rob M., DE (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Dodge had problems with the TIPM on 2011,2012,2013 model. Engine would crank but not start Problem is/was with the fuel relay failure. Replace the 1st time out of my own pocket after purchase used from dealer W/39000 miles. That failed last OCT 2016 again. Replace at local Dodge dealer under recall”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

“The tipm is the main computer and well known with numerous problems online they still have not had a recall”

John A., WI (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)

“Fuel Pump relay in the TIPM went bad and cost about $1,100 to replace. About 7 months later, this item was recall P54/ NHTSA 14V-530. At the time, Dodge did not have a fix for this recall, but I was reimbursed for the TIPM I'd already replaced. Yay!”

Bruce K., NJ (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)

“It was the TIPM recall”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

“I had an oil change, inspection (standard 72 point inspection), and my A/C filter replaced on Wednesday March 5, 2014. After I left the Auto Shop I drove the car to the store then home. I drove the Durango for about 15 minutes on Thursday but noticed”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Dodge Durango Express 3.6-L V6)
Engine mounts

“Fluid filled mounts leaked and led to roughness while at idle, acceleration and at speed”

Richard C., VA (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

“Hydraulic mounts lost it's fluid causing engine vibration into the cabin”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Fuel leaks

“Gas cap does not have a tight fit. Bought 2 new caps”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Rear main bearing seal leaked...fixed by dealer. I paid 25% of cost and dealer paid balance under loyalty warranty. Both front wheel bearing hubs needed replacing. I paid full price for both. All of this occurring after vehicle had 90,000 miles on it”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“Shocks replaced at 50,000 miles and now the second set is bad as well”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

“Front end struts needed to be replaced at approximately 60,000 miles”

Anonymous, WV (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“No comment”

Gary G., UT (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“This was first diagnosed as hose leaks but after driving nearly 3000 cross country it was diagnosed as a leak in the rack”

Gary G., UT (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“On a trip with my family, the Check Engine light came on due to a thermostat failure that caused too much coolant flow. To resolve the issue, the thermostat had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AL (2011 Dodge Durango Express 3.6-L V6)
Water pump

“water pump was leaking necessitating replacement, given that the vehicle is well maintained I'd consider that a water pump failure at 130K is premature”

Richard C., VA (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

“Water pump failed at 103,000, just after the warranty expired and had to be replaced. Part only available from Dodge”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)
Antifreeze leaks

“Faulty head gasket caused a slight anti freeze leak”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

“Lost most of it's Freon in 66k miles. Dealer re-charged system and added dye in case it happens again so they can see where the leak is. $100 deductible covered by Manufacturers extended warranty”

Ralph T., CA (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

“Leak in a hose. Repair shop said they could replace it or just recharge the system with know way to know how long it would last”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

“Vehicle required new rear A/C lines”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Durango Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“rotors were warped and had to be replaced, rotors caused a vibration when braking”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

“Brake pedal suddenly became mushy & went to the floor making stopping difficult. After changing the pads (which were due) it was discovered that the master cylinder booster was bad. It was covered by a recall, but took 34 days to get and install”

Bruce K., NJ (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“rotors worn after 45,000 k”

Tim N., ON (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Cylinder head had to be replaced. Valve and push rod issues”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

“Cylinder head had to be replaced once done no more issues”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Head gasket

“Faulty head gasket caused a slight antifreeze leak”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The entire U-connect system quit working and had to be replaced. Luckily I have an extended warentee that covered the cost with a $300 deductible”

David L., VA (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“Cruise control button replaced”

David W., TX (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“Clock would intermittently freeze on one time. Actually had happen once near the dealer and got to show it to them”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

“Gauge registered a quarter tank of gas, but was actually empty”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)
Fuel injection system

“Had to replace TIPM module”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Vehicle would not start. Fuel pump relay bad”

Craig S., UT (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Alternator failure. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

“The module for the ignition switch was bad and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint has pitted in various locations, very small blemishes though not where you would expect them. For example the front end is fine but there are three spots 1mm each on the hood, door at driver and rear hatch”

Rob M., DE (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Boot issue with the struts”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“driveshaft had horrible vibration and had to be replaced”

Gerald F., MI (2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“Transmission cooler exploded internally. Not covered by powertrain since it's attached to the a/c”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST
Sep 18 2017
If the brake booster shield was not installed properly, the vehicle's braking ability may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The affected vehicles had brake booster shields installed under a previous campaign to prevent water from entering the brake booster and limiting braking ability. This recall is to verify that the brake booster shield installation was performed properly.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake booster shield, correcting the installation as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November10, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T59.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V572000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 646394
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
Jul 10 2017
If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. There is also the possibility that the alternator may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Dodge Durango, and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The affected vehicles have electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) and are equipped with a 5.7L or a 3.6L engine and a 160, 180 or 220 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the alternator and depending on the part number, will replace the alternator, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began February 12, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T36.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V435000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 442214
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Dec 28 2015
The vanity lamp wiring may short, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured December 3, 2009, to September 1, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after having been remedied for a prior recall for the vanity lamp wiring. This recall is also addressing certain vehicles that have not been remedied under that prior recall.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealer will install clearance for sun visor wiring, protection from sharp edges, and replace the sun visor, free of charge. The recall began on July 28, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R71.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V879000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 389252
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
Oct 08 2014
If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango; and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured April 22, 2010, to January 2, 2014, and equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail.
What should you do:
Chrysler has notified owners, and dealers will replace the alternator, free of charge. The recall began on February 27, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P60.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V634000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 435081
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Sep 04 2014
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, to July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6L or 5.7L engine. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM, free of charge. The recall began December 19, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P54.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V530000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 189206
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Jul 02 2014
If the vanity lamp wiring shorts, there is an increased risk of fire.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, through December 11, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after a service repair is performed.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring, and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire, free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P36.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V391000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 653562
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Apr 01 2014
The water inside could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through September 8, 2013. The subject vehicles have a brake booster with a center shell that may corrode and allow water to get inside.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced. Repairs will be made free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is P14.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V154000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 646498
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