2003 Dodge Durango Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Dodge Durango

2003 Dodge Durango Problems

Exhaust Manifold Bolts May Break

A ticking type noise may develop, most noticeable when the engine is cold. This is commonly caused by one or more broken exhaust manifold bolts. Our technicians recommend to replace the broken bolts as needed, also the exhaust manifold gaskets should be replaced at this time.

Water May Pass by Cowl Screen During Heavy Rain/Car Wash

On vehicles with a 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8, water may pass by the cowl screen (at the base of the windshield) in heavy rain or a car wash. This can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A revised cowl screen may be available to fix this problem.

Cam Sensor Failure Causing no Start or Stalling

On the 4.7L V8 engine, the Camshaft position sensor failure can cause the engine to crank but not start or it can cause intermittent stalling. A new camshaft position sensor will be needed.

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2003 Dodge Durango Recalls

Recall 06V339000
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FRONT BENCH SEATS ONLY, IF FLUID IS SPILLED FROM THE FLOOR MOUNTED CUP HOLDER, AN UNUSED CONSOLE POWER OUTLET CONNECTOR LOCATED UNDER THE SEAT MAY BECOME CONTAMINATED.
Chrysler Recalls 2000-2003 Dodge Models Due to Excessive Upper Ball Joint Wear

Chrysler is recalling certain 2000-2003 Dodge Dakota and Durango 4WD models because the front upper ball joints may wear out prematurely. Water intrusion can cause rust to develop, which will accelerate wear and cause a clunking noise in the front suspension, which may or may not be heard by the vehicle occupants. Excessive wear may allow the ball joint to separate, which could result in loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace both front upper ball joints to correct this issue.

Chrysler Recalls 2002-2004 Dodge Models Because the Windshield Wipers May Stop Working

Chrysler is recalling certain 2002-2004 Dodge Dakota and 2002-2003 Dodge Durango models because the front windshield wipers may stop working. This is a result of corrosion in the wiper motor due to water intrusion. Failure of the windshield wiper may result in reduced visibility, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will replace the front windshield wiper module to correct this concern.

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2003 Dodge Durango Reviews

I bought my Durango in 2004 with 26,000 miles on it. Now in 2012 I would have to say it is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It now has 140,00 miles on it and has never let me down. I have only replaced the radiator, alternator, front wheel bearings, upper ball joints and the right outer tie rod end. I have had 3 sets of tires on it and never had to do an alighment on it. I do have to sa...
Air conditioning system design is terrible.
Would like some info concerning the handle that contols the steering wheel in a up or down position. Mine doesn't work and the steering wheel is in the down position. Is there an easy way to remove / replace or tighten up. Or do I need to purchace another one ?

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