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 11 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.

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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2013 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

Interior lights

"pass vanity mirror in visor and was covered on a recall"

Ron H., CO (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

"For approximately 2 years when the passenger door closes the car will tell me "the key (fob) has left the vehicle". I've taken it to the dealer numerous times and because they can't duplicate it they won't change out any sensor electronics or check for bad connections. I continue to have the problem"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Sensor for intermittent wiper needed replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)
Body control module

"We had 2 sensors go out that cost $3500"

Betty P., AZ (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)
Cruise control

"cruise control will at times sens a vehicle and deactivates so as not to cause an accident, then returns to set speed"

Al M., CA (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 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

Calipers

"complete brake job at 42000 miles First one"

L C., NY (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking Brake sensor needed to be replaced"

Jeremy H., MO (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Recall"

Martin B., CT (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced scarred brake caliper (from factory assembly) replaced pads at same time"

Lon W., AZ (2013 Dodge Durango R/T 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

"Alternator burned up due to ECM failure"

Frank C., DE (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Alternator failed, towed it to dealer, alternator and batter replaced under recall"

Jeff S., MD (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced @ 30,000 miles"

Robert B., OK (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery drained due to recalled alternator and was replaced at same time"

Jeff S., MD (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 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

"Power Monitoring computer failed"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"All wheel drive went out. It was covered under extended warranty"

Brian A., NE (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"After repeated concern with driveline shifting dealer seemed to locate problem and made adjustments with on board computer"

Roger D., MI (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)
Traction control

"System would kick in inappropriately limiting the ability to accelerate"

Anonymous, PA (2013 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

"The compressor failed and we had to buy a new one"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"evaporator leaking refrigerant"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Noisy and uneven distribution of heat from vents"

Seymour T., ON (2013 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)

"Map updates have not been made available by Chrysler through Garmin since owning. I've spoken with the dealership and they say there is nothing that can be done as that is up to Chrysler"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)

"The entertainment system has never been able to consistently store favorite channels and settings. Each month, saved settings for Driver 1 or 2 are permanently forgotten and it goes back to blank. The only way to fix is to reset everything"

P S., OH (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone would initially pair with the car, but intermittently, calls would be dropped from the car's head unit but still actually be connected on the phone. A software update resolved this"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Transmission tail shaft leak had rear seal replaced under warty"

Gary D., CA (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)
Rough shifting

"it didn't know wheter to up shift or downshift"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 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 pump

"Challenging problem because it was intermittent and required several visits to dealership. Even when it did present itself at dealership the dealer said there was fuel pressure. They finally replaced the pump and we haven't had any problem since"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Failed switch which caused "loose fuel cap" message to be displayed"

Donald M., FL (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Anti Freeze leak from bottom petcock of Radiator. The radiator was replaced under warranty/"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 3.6-L V6)

"A popping sound and feeling in the drivers seat lumbar support. The dealer lubed up the bearings inside, but ultimately, they have said that it cannot be fixed"

P S., OH (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"ECM failed twice causing total vehicle failure while driving and an $800 out of warranty alternator repair"

Frank C., DE (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Rough shifting, engine seems to stall or miss fire"

Roger D., MI (2013 Dodge Durango Crew 5.7-L V8)

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

"Had to be reply"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"Replaced water pump @ 18,000 miles"

Robert B., OK (2013 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

"Front hood of car has beginning of rust, car is only 4 years old and is the first car I have owned that has rusted"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"$1,915 repair needed at 51000 miles but was covered under original warranty"

Paul A., FL (2013 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Nov 14 2019
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with a 3.6, 5.7, or 6.4 liter engine and previously recalled under NHTSA Recall 14V530 or 15V115. 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:
The remedy for this recall is still under development. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed beginning December 19, 2019. Vehicles that experience a fuel pump failure will receive an interim repair. Owners will receive a second notice when the final remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is V62.
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: 19V813000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 528594
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
Feb 27 2015
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured September 17, 2010, to August 19, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6, 5.7 or 6.4 liter engine, and 2012-2013 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured January 18, 2011, to August 19, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6 or 5.7 liter 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. The recall began on August 7, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R09. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-530. Note: This recall has been superseded by recall 19V813.
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: 15V115000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 339525
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: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
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
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK
Mar 04 2014
If the driver experiences a hard brake pedal, the driver may not push the pedal as intended, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 11, 2011, through October 1, 2012. Under certain braking events, the Ready Alert Braking System (RAB) may result in the driver experiencing a hard brake pedal feel.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS module software, free of charge. The recall began on April 3, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number associated with this recall is P05.
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: 14V104000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 18780
SEATS
Dec 04 2012
The vehicle may be filled over capacity which could increase injury during a vehicle crash.
Summary:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Durango vehicles manufactured April 27, 2012, through September 14, 2012. The vehicles may have been built with incorrect seating capacity information labels. The label might overstate the seating capacity. Therefore, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS number 110 "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and provide replacement labels free of charge. At the owner's option, they may take their vehicle to a Chrysler dealer for installation of the label. The service will be performed free of charge. The recall began on February 18, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.
For more information:
Chrysler's recall campaign number is M36.Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V560000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 734
AIR BAGS
Aug 08 2012
In the event of a side impact, rearward of the second row seat, the supplemental side air bag inflatable curtain may not deploy as intended, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Summary:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from April 11, 2012, through July 20, 2012. Some vehicles may have been built with the incorrect airbag occupant restraint control (ORC) module.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ORC module, free of charge. The safety recall began on September 24, 2012. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
For more information:
This is Chrysler recall number M25.Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V391000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1449
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