Crossover & Midsize

Consumer Reports Warned Against Buying a 2018 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango is a spacious family hauler with the potential to house some truly powerful engines. It’s a challenge to find many other SUVs on the market with a beastly supercharged V8 cranking out 710 hp. However, one area where the Dodge Durango doesn’t shine is reliability.

Even though Consumer Reports loved test-driving the 2021 Durango, it has a rock-bottom reliability score. Other models aren’t that great either; CR placed the 2018 Durango on its list of worst cars to buy used. Here are the biggest problems you might encounter if you own a 2018 Dodge Durango.

The Dodge Durango’s cosmetic problems

Consumer Reports surveys show that drivers found cracks in the taillights of their new cars, as well as exposed tape. One driver speculates that this film-like tape was meant to protect the paint, but it developed holes and accumulated dirt. The problem was covered under warranty, but the driver had to wait months for the necessary part to arrive.

Interior electronic hiccups

The 2018 Dodge Durango’s infotainment system is also quite frustrating to use, especially the display screen. One driver reported that their screen froze and emitted a loud noise before restarting itself. This driver also wasn’t happy with the service they received at the dealership.

The upgraded Beats audio system for the higher trims also doesn’t sound as great as it should. Another driver experienced problems with the GPS system, saying it can’t always detect where the car is located. A Florida driver reported that the A/C suddenly stopped blowing air, which had apparently happened in another Durango they owned.

A recall was also issued for 2018 Durango models with cruise control equipped. In some vehicles, this safety feature can’t be turned off once activated, increasing the risk of an accident.

Performance issues

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Premature brake wear seems to be the biggest issue for the 2018 Dodge Durango. One driver reported needing to replace the brakes, rotors, and calipers due to corrosion. According to CarsDirect, a complete brake repair can cost $800 or more depending on the vehicle.

The 2018 Dodge Durango’s fuel system is also known to cause problems. Some drivers experienced O2 sensor failures, while one driver had problems with the EGR filter. However, after the filter was replaced, the car had to be repaired again due to a leaking intake hose.

This Durango’s suspension also isn’t reliable and often resets itself after you stop and start the car. This results in unpredictable ride quality, which can be annoying to manage. According to another recall, some 2018 Durango models also had a faulty powertrain control module that caused the engine to stall.

The transmission was also recalled due to some systems having an incorrect park lock rod. Without this specific rod, some Durangos would keep moving after the driver had moved the shifter to Park mode.

While the 2018 Dodge Durango’s engine is safer than its other components, some drivers still reported problems. Oil and radiator leaks can occur, and one driver on Car Complaints reported unexplained acceleration problems.

Are all 2018 Dodge Durango models bad cars?

A 2018 Dodge Durango could potentially need more TLC than the average vehicle, but the majority of them run just fine. In fact, CR was impressed with the 2018 Durango’s performance on the test track. Testers reported a comfortable ride, surprisingly athletic handling, and a plush interior with top-notch technology.

The average price for a used 2018 Dodge Durango starts at around $23,350, a fair price for a midsize SUV. It’s also considered one of the Durango’s best model years because of the new technology upgrades. Just be aware of potential issues early so that you can avoid a high repair bill.