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2001 Dodge Durango

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 12/Hwy 16/Comb 14 MPG
Max Seating: 8
Engine: V8, 4.7 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

2001 Dodge Durango Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 970 Ratings for the 1998 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

My superb little "Tow Beast"

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Cheap to buy. Fun to drive. Tug Power!"

Cons: "Not exactly the most fuel efficient vehicle."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I needed a nice solid old no-frills V8 to tug my new sailboat around, preferably with 4-wheel drive for slippery boat ramps, and I found this one on craigslist with a jot shy of 180,000 miles on her clock for just $1,500. Frankly, the owner, who turned out to be some sort of software tycoon living on ten acres overlooking the Potomac River in something that looked like a Russian Orthodox Cathedral probably didn't care too much what I paid. I understand that rehabbing old junkers is just sort of a hobby for him, and that already having proceeded on to his next project, resurrecting some super-high-end wrecked Beemer SUV already in his garage, which was about the size of our split-level home, and full of other wondrous vehicles, he wanted to let loose of the Durango. While in his care, he had put in all new suspension parts (like ball joints, shocks and whatnot), treated it to a high-end Flowmaster exhaust system, headers and a cool-air intake (so it "breathes" really well), and did lots of other random this and that throughout. In short, six months later and I like it enough that I tend to use it as my "daily driver" instead of our old sensible Honda Accord. With gas less than $2/gallon, The Beast's average 12 mpg aren't really a deal breaker for just getting me up the hill to the bus stop or to the supermarket. The Uniroyal tires it came with, though still legal enough, were a bit too "Ghetto Fabulous" for my taste, down to about 3/32nds tread in spots, so I treated it to a fresh set of those Walmart "Dextero" tires (which, by the way turn out to be pretty damned decent for the price!), and on those Durango got us sure-footed through the recent blizzards like a trooper. And yes, that 5.9 liter (360 c.i.) V8 tugs that 26 foot 3,000+ lb. sailboat almost like it's not even back there. I've heard lots of folks have had issues with the Durango's engine "sludging up" or its tranny getting wonky (especially its various sensors), but I wonder how much of that may have to do with owners neglecting to change the engine oil regularly or putting the wrong type ATF in (No Dextron, folks! Use Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth type ATF-4! Naturally, I changed the filter and oil to full synthetic 10W30 just as soon as I got my hands on it, and as a sort of preventive measure I pumped out about half of the ATF right out of the filler/dipstick tube, and replaced that with nice fresh ATF-4 and a bottle of Lucas Transmission Conditioner (which really works the charm with my old Plymouth Voyager). No seal-busting pressure flushes for this old fellow's tranny! Since then about 5 or 6 ounces of Marvel Mystery Oil in the fuel with each fillup, with maybe a pint in the oil, along with 3,000 mile oil and filter changes, and that will gently clean and soothe those old innards nice and proper."

Goes through terrain!

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very roomy!"

Cons: "Always in the towing gear, so low gas mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 4 wheel drive is GREAT! Drove uphill, of a 300 ft. curvy driveway in 29 inches of snow! Also, with the 2nd & 3rd row seats down & flat, PLENTY of Cargo room!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

THE BEST VEHICLE EVER

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 247,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "So fun to drive, has lots of power."

Cons: "Don't have any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF DODGE. STARTED OUT WITH A RAM CHARGER.THAT WAS IT FOR ME. SHE LASTED TILL OVER 325,000, WITH MANY MANY YEARS OF FOUR WHEELING, GREAT MEMORIES. PULLED SNOWMOBILES ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING SHE DID. THEN I SOLD HER AND THE YOUNG MAN DROVE HER FOR ANOTHER YEAR. I ALWAYS KNEW I WOULD GET ANOTHER DODGE, I TRIED A CAR AT SPOUSES (not happily) REQUEST.NOT!!!!!!! LIVE IN MIDDLE OF WOODS, WORK AS VISITING NURSE, SO DECIDED TO BUY A BRAND NEW 2003 DURANGO.NOT ONCE HAVE I BEEN DISAPPOINTED. LOVED THAT FEELING WHEN I PUT HER IN FOUR WHEEL. THE ONLY WAY I CAN EXPLAIN IS FELT LIKE SHE HUNKERED DOWN AND DID THE JOB.YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT... SHE IS NOW SITTING IN MY YARD. I KNOW I KNOW WHATS THE DEAL WITH THE EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT? EVERYONE TOLD ME NO WAY WILL YOU GET THAT TRUCK HOME. WANNA BET.... BLOWN HEAD GASKET A WELL AS ENGINE. P.S. I TOOK VERY VERY GOOD CARE OF HER.MANY A PRAYER AND MANY A SNOWSTORM WE WEATHERED TOGETHER TO GO TO SEE PATIENTS WHEN OTHERS WERE UNABLE. PRETTY MUCH I'D GIVE MY RIGHT ARM FOR ANOTHER JUST LIKE HER!!!"

I love my Durango

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,794

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had my Durango for 10 years and never had issues, other than the norm. MPG not that great but it's a beast so I can roll with that. I'm glad to own it"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Overall good cond. mechanically, new tires,

By on Saturday, December 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"needs new grill and radiator from minor fender bender. 2 passenger electric windows need repair.All 4 breaks newly installed."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Plenty of pulling power, plows through snow

By on Sunday, November 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 189,163

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Power Reliability Spacious interior"

Cons: "MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Other than regular PMs i have had no serious problems mechanically, or electrical in 13+ yrs. Very Dependable Year Round, has more than enough power for pulling, and does excellent in mountains Up and Down steeps in Winter. Ive drove it in some rough terrains while hunting, does better than any jeep ive ever owned, i'm 68yrs old owned many 4wd"

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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