"I've owned my 2005 Dodge Durango SLT 4WD Hemi for 6 years and it's been one of the best vehicles I've ever owned. In that time, the only issue I've had was a bad EGR Valve (easy fix). Other then that, it's just been basic maintenance. The Durango has plenty of power and drives smooth. Fuel economy isn't great, but I knew that when I bought it. Winter handling is the best I've ever experienced. Total confidence driving in the deepest snow with the AWD selected. If you need a vehicle that is great in snow, can seat 8 and tow/haul, then this is the one."
"Will skip the looks and styling for the most part as that's just cosmetic and get to the important stuff.
Good Points: Ride is smooth and rough roads are tolerated well. Plenty of space even with third row seat in use in terms of storage. Headlights provide good visibility and the fog lights add good short distance improvement. Hemi is plenty strong enough to pass and pull (not going to go into gas mileage, it's a V-8, deal with it or don't buy it). Controls and the like are easy to reach and clearly marked. Wind noise is well supressed. Leather seats are quite comfortable and provide good support. Heated seats are quick to warm and high setting should only be used if you want to fry an egg! The extra 12 volt outlets are handy including the one buried under the CD storage, nicely concealed. Anchors for child seats are easy to reach, well located and solid. Have the middle grade stereo/cd player and sound quality is excellent and well distributed, CD player doesn't skip no matter what your driving over.
Bad Points: Transmission is slow to engage, especially when going from reverse to forward, quite an annoying delay. Angle of windshield makes it impossible to reach far enough to clean inside glass with a normal human hand. Glove box is ridiculously small and barely holds a few napkins with the owners manual taking up most of it. No room for 2nd row passengers when anyone over 6 foot is in the front seat. Access to 3rd rown seats is cumbersome and you need to be a gymnast to get in there. Not enough visible gauges, only speed, rpm's and fuel status are available. Pillar behind driver prevents you from seeing what's next to you no matter how you try to crank your head around, quite the blind spot. No standard overhead console for temp, direction, fuel mileage, etc for the adventurer and no standard auto dimming rear view mirror. There is no light under the hood and you have to use the manual prop rod instead of springs that hold up the hood. These should all be standard on a $38,000 vehicle. Seat track broke at 18,000 miles and a front end noise is now starting around the driver side tire area. DVD player is way to expensive of an option, would like to have it but glad it didn't come standard.
Overall: Glitches like any American made vehicle but seems solid and have enjoyed driving it. To bad they're going to do away with this vehicle after the 2009 model year."
Cons: "Gas mileage isn't great, but it's a big SUV."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this car new in 2004. I have always had a 30 to 40 minute commute to work and back. I put 227,500 miles on it so far. I broke down one time only, because of a bad water pump. Other than that I had no flats, or mechanical problems, until now. It is old and tired, and it has served me well. I feel like I am losing an old friend. My kids are grown, and I am downsizing."
Cons: "small rust issue. Gas tank fill ups blow back gas"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought the vehicle used because of the good reviews and have not been disappointed. Comfortable for 8. Great to take to the ballgames and tailgate. Decent mileage for a Suv. 20 on the highway 16 in town. A little rust issue on the back driver side fender. Seems to be a frequent problem. Blow back of gas if you fill the tank to the top."
Pros: "Love the hemi, great ride and functionality"
Cons: "rather plain interior for a limited"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Aquired new in late '05. After nearly 7 years still performs flawlessly. Only minor issue with broken plastic seat trim which was replaced under warranty. Hemi has plenty of power and vehicle rides super smooth for a large suv. Drove a new 2012 Durango and interior is much improved although overall size of model has been cut down and is now based on Grand Cherokee. My '06 has considerable more cargo space and a more functional 3rd row seat when needed. At 60000 miles I upgraded to new 20 " wheels and tires which makes me feel like I have a new ride. American autos are continuing to improve and I may keep this baby for a long time as it is so hard to part with something that stills works and looks good."
"I drove this beast into the ground. It looked great until it hit a ditch last week and was totaled. I definitely got my moneys worth and consider the vehicle a great value for the miles I received from it.
It had some AC issues, and some sunroof leaking issues. The local Dodge dealer is not that customer/service friendly. Luckily I did not have to deal with them often."
"When I purchased the Durango. The first thing I noticed besides it size was the seats when I sat in them for a half hour my legs were not hurting. As I looked thru the car its roominess. LOL then I noticed electric windows and locks. After a half hour this was the vehicle I wanted I felt safe and welcomed home. Safety is and was a big issue I have had no problems and have not regreted the decision I made 2years ago"
"I love my 2004 Durango. I bought mine new in '04 and have put 155,000 miles on it so far. The only thing I don't like about it is the lack of storage when the 3rd row is being used. It is easy to get the kids in the back and it's fairly comfortable for adults. Beware of the maintenance cost. I haven't had to do much to mine however, routine maintenance does cost$$$. I was able to get 110K miles on the origional spark plugs but it cost me almost $300.00 to change them. Tires over $200ea. Overall GREAT VEHICLE!!!"
"Actually, this is not my vehicle - it's my Sister's. According to her, she has had minimum-to-no problems out of her Durango and she refuses to give it up - higher gas prices and all. I'm a living witness, for I've driven it, rode in it, and did some minor work to it. All that I can say is it IS quite a vehicle. We can use that truck to do almost anything with it. Gas goes a little quicker than I'm accustomed to, yet one thing must be considered - it's a Magnum engine. What people don't get is fuel delivery in both Magnum and HEMI engines of the Mopar sector DO tend to be a little more thirsty than most. However, the power in them both is awesome! They have terrific pull and they don't play around on the road. The turning ratio is top-notch as well. Here's a tip to those who have "knocking" issues: use mid-grade gasoline. It burns a little slower and more complete, and gives the vehicle the power that regular unleaded robs from them. If mid-grade is used, the knocking should stop almost immediately - unless there's a more serious problem. Sure enough, though, I'd recommend one to anybody. I won't buy one because Sis already has one ; that's the ONLY reason. Why have two of the same thing in the immediate family? :-)"
Cons: "motor burned up at 38000 mi among other problems"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bought a 2005 model in 2007, starting having problems within a year: interior lights stay on, stalling(replaced EGR valve and fixed this), and in Dec 2010 with only 38000 miles, the engine began knocking. Found out that a cam bearing fried. Service was kept up on it, but no explanation yet why the motor burned up.
Don't think I will by a Dodge again."