1998 Dodge Durango Overview

Durango

Looking for a Used Durango in your area?

CarGurus has 18,149 nationwide Durango listings starting at $1,495.

ZIP:

Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.

Zip:

Trims

4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV
30 national listings
4 Dr STD 4WD SUV
1 national listing

Dodge Durango Experts

#1 Sigurður Guðmundsson
Sigurður Guðmundsson
Reputation 1,540
#2 Breanskis
Breanskis
Reputation 860
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 410
View All

Average User Score

4.15 stars

Based on 21 reviews

1998 Dodge Durango Slt by JoeNelson
 — I have owned this Durango for about five years. It has been a very reliable vehicle for me. Initially I had some maintenance costs that were incurred because the previous owner neglected to service th... Read More
Awesome by NamELesSNinjALo
 — Was knocking when we bought it. It had a 5.2l 318 in it from factory... We had a 96 RamVan 2500 that wed been trying to sell unsuccessfully that had a 5.9L 360 in it... The older engine had a few issu... Read More
Rugged Performance, Good Value by joeastrue
 — I ordered this vehicle from the factory with the options that would later be grouped as the R/T package, in fact, pretty much every option but the engine block heater, which I probably should have don... Read More

1998 Dodge Durango Overview

Overall User Score

4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.15

Based on 21 reviews

1998 Dodge Durango

Based on the Dodge Dakota, the popular mid-size pickup, the 1998 Dodge Durango is an SUV that has the attitude and power of a full-size truck, but the handling and user-friendly interior of a classic SUV.  Like the Dakota, which combined the best of both worlds, this mid-size SUV combines the towing capacity and interior space of a full-size SUV with the comfort and driveability of a compact SUV.  

In 1998, the Durango came in two trims, the SLT and SLT Plus, which basically just added body-color bumpers, leather upholstery, and more power options.  Two powerful engines were available -- the 5.2-liter, 230-hp V8, or the 5.9-liter, 245-hp V8, both paired with four-speed automatic transmission.  ABS, front dual airbags, and on-demand 4WD, best used for off-roading or snow conditions, all came standard.

Inside sit two rows of seat, comfortably fitting five people, with a removeable third-row bench seat which adds two more.  This third row is easy to access when the second row seats fold forward and flat.  Both rows fold flat for lots of cargo space.  The Durango is wider than the Dakota and has a dropped floor to add more interior room, more than any other SUV in its class.  The roof raises up in the back to give extra headroom to passengers in the rear seats.  Being the creator of the minivan, Dodge has not skimped on such things as rear climate control, storage and plenty of cupholders in the 1998 Durango.

Because it closely resembles the Dakota, the 1998 Durango has a more rugged look and personality than its suburban SUV counterparts, but underneath it maneuvers city streets and parking lots as well as muddy mountain passes.  Drivers loved its 7200-pound towing capacity, storage, interior space, and easy to operate third row seating.  What they didn't love was the poor 12/17 mpg, sometimes rough ride, and endless repairs, particularly with the brakes and ball joints.

Updated

What's your take on the 1998 Dodge Durango?

People researching a 1998 Dodge Durango contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1998 Dodge Durango, exterior
Dodge Durango
23% of the time
Chevrolet Suburban
5% of the time
Ford F-150
5% of the time
Ford Focus
5% of the time
Durango
Looking for a Used Durango in your area?
CarGurus has 18,149 nationwide Durango listings starting at $1,495.
ZIP:

Dodge Durango Questions

Fastfreddy83
0

Hi I Purchased A 98 Dodge Durango The Kid I Bought It From Said It Needed A...

So I purchased a new radiator flushed the system put new thermostat in it and new water pump now it keeps blowing a hole in the 4 inch long hoses that runs from the water pump to the plenum/ inta...

4 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 hours ago)
Mark Ogg
0

My 98 Durango Will Not Start When The Weather Is Cool. It Turns Over Fine (...

I ran a can of Sea Foam through to clean it and dry out the fuel system but didn't seem to help

0 views with no answers yet
Ruby Campbell
0

My Suv Has A Slight Jerk And The Transmission Heat Up Also

1 view with no answers yet
Ruby Campbell
0

I Have A 1998 Dodge Durango V-8! What Are Some Of The Signs That The Torq...

5 views with no answers yet
Tanya Brown
0

I Have A 1998 Dodge Durango V8 5.2 4wd It Won't Start I Have A New Battery...

2 views with no answers yet