1998 Dodge Durango User Reviews

1998 Dodge Durango Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 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 stars 4.1 / 5

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"power" 9 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"big space" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Rob writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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4

Pros

lots of room inside not cramped

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sometimes it uses more gas then other times lol

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Great Suv — done miner repairs to it parts are decently priced so far its fun to drive better on fuel on the highway then in town driving some day gets me were i need to go without any problems future upgrades planed

Primary Use: Family transportation

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JoeNelson writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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5

Pros

Multiple Passenger ability, Handling, Cost of ownership

Cons

Radio Volume Knob Failure, Driver's Power Seat Problems

JoeNelson
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1998 Dodge Durango Slt — 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 the truck as it needed to be. Once all of the initial repairs had been made, most were very minor $200 or less fixes, it has been a solid multiple passenger vehicle. The major annoyance for me in this vehicle was the two most common problems with the Driver's power seat. The first problem is it has linkages that when failed allow the seat to rock back and forth on acceleration and deceleration similar to a rocking chair motion. The second problem with the seat is the forward/backwards adjustment bushings, when failed allow the seat to slide back and forth under accel and decel conditions. The factory radio uses a weird rubber insert to give the tactile feeling of a detent as you are turning the volume knob. When this failed on mine I could no longer control the volume which unfortunately was at an elevated position. The 4WD is an option that some may not need but it is very capable off road as well. The 5.9L (360 cubic inch displacement) V-8 engine and the four wheel drive setup makes for a thirsty combination but it wasn't made for fuel economy. Overall a very good SUV/Truck for me.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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NamELesSNinjALo writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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5

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LOVE it!!! It ws way old when we bought it, and the motor was knocking, but we got that fixed. (Read below)

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Its only a 1/4 ton "truck", ( its on a Dodge Dakota platform), so that makes it a very light duty truck. Only problem I can complain about

NamELesSNinjALo
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Awesome — 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 issues, but I was prepared to tackle the swap. Had to change ALL the engine mounted sensors as well as the throttle body for it to plug up without "adapting" the wiring harness. Cost of swapping the sensors, etc was minimal, since I had a second engine.... New water pump, timing set, intake/exhaust manifold gasket sets, oil filter adapter gasket, front and rear main seals, valve cover gaskets, oil pan gasket.... pretty much all the externals.... past that... it was a HECK of a time.... but I did it.... MAN was it worth it!!!! Thats a mighty fun little SUV.... PLENTY of power

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D_Rango writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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5

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You can haul just about anything!  People, cargo, luggage, pull a trailer, you name it!

Cons

Big gas loving engine

D_Rango
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Rusty But Trusty — I love the old style durango! 2004 or older are the best! They are big and tough, but not huge like a Tahoe or Expedition. They like gas, but if you take it easy it isn't too bad. Very consistent fuel consumption with my 5.9L V8. I really like the towing power. Makes me feel like I can do anything or go anywhere!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Colleen writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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lots of room

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gas hog

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Grab Life By The Horns — Love it! Never lets me down anymore. Had a few issues when i 1st bought it, but we got them worked out over time. It is a huge gas hog, but thats expected with a V8. Doesnt ask for much matinence, can 500 on oil changes Only complaint is the rubber trim on the bottom of the windows rusted from underneath and causes the trim to flap in the wind while driving

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Richard writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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reliable, strong, v8 power, limited sip dif,leather

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its a dodge , suspention lift very expensive, not solid front axle

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Dodge From Hell — This thing rust's faster than a salt truck in january But is drives and performs with pure perfection + gas milage is not so bad parts and maintenance cheep engine is solid as as a rock tranny is weak , but I know how to fix it needs more ground clearance and bigger brakes

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dont writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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3rd row seat

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front end

dont
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Better Have Lots Of Money To Put In It — front end needs better equip.. wheel barings suck. needs alinment every 6mo. needs constent alinment. under hp,and tork. ac needs to be redone every two years. takes for ever to worm up in the inside during the winter time.....

Primary Use: Family transportation

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joeastrue writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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5.9L V8 has more power for same gas mileage as the 5.2L.  With the luggage carrier, you really can seat 7 on a long trip if you need to, in a fair degree of comfort.  CD player with Infinity speakers delivers outstanding sound.  Kids can climb in and out easily with the running boards.  Gas mileage (15-16 range) not significantly worse than the V6 minivan (18-21).

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If you really want to tow 7000 lbs. over high mountain passes, get a diesel.  This rig can do it, but it does slow down when you're climbing a couple thousand feet at 6% or 7% grades.

joeastrue
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Rugged Performance, Good Value — 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 done. It's been to Montana in the winter, and up and down the west coast of the US, often towing a 28 foot travel trailer, with bikes or skis on the roof racks. Handling and traction in dicey road conditions has been superb, even while watching Subarus sliding out of control across my path. There have been occasional repairs, but I think we have gotten our money's worth, owning this vehicle for the last 10 years.

Owner for 10 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:8,000

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ClaudeS writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV Review
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4WD when you need it

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Rear end is loose in watery conditions and when not in 4WD

ClaudeS
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Failure! — Will never own a first year model 'anything' ever again! This truck has been a mechanical nightmare from very early on. Only good news is that with 170K I haven't replaced the transmission yet. Understand the newer Durangos are far more reliable but not enough for me to chance owning another.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jus writes:
1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr STD 4WD SUV Review
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It was mine...pay off and owned.

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The the frequency of fill ups and I didn't like the color.

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Durango — I thought it was a good and reliable car. I didn't have many issues wit it.The car was used a a family vehicle and we utilized the backset often for the kids friends. When the third row was down it was roomy enough for transpo of the dog and we even used it once or twice to load up to move out of our appartment.

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1999 Dodge Durango Reviews

Nice By crumbob

I love this truck ive worked on it a lot changed the back axel it had a leak in a bearing so I changed that and the heater core it was blowing smoke through the vents but it was a learning experience Read More

Looking To Replace It By asidler

There are not enough perks to overshadow the continuing problems with it overall. I barely use the 3rd row, and it takes a bit of work to get anyone back there. I'm okay with the amount of space. The ... Read More

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2000 Dodge Durango Reviews

Awesome Family-fun Truck By CRV22

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Roomy Beast With Lots Of Power, But Costly On He Fuel Economy. By djkluffinator

Overall i Liked this vehicle. It has everything a large family needs such as room and storage. It is comfortable to drive and has off road capabilities. I enjoyed this vehicle very much and would o... Read More

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2001 Dodge Durango Reviews

Awesome Suv By mditzler

We love the appearance of first generation Durangos.. The real only downside to this vehicle is the fuel economy. But that is Dodges normal thing. Fair trade off for me though. Don't know if ours is... Read More

Great Automobile By jamest1042

I like everything about this vehicle. It has been one of the most reliable cars we have owned and would buy it again. It has plenty of seating and cargo room. Comfortable to take on long trips and a p... Read More

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2002 Dodge Durango Reviews

Great Looks, Plenty Of Room, Comfortable Ride, Dependable. By mycars123

Liked everything but the mileage on long trips, which I rarely took, which is why the mileage is only 96,000 miles after 12 years. The 3 seats is greats, heated seats up front, air , cruise control, a... Read More

I Should Have Kept It. By Michael

Great versatile truck. Maintenance expenses only. No towing but had front hitch for snow plowing. Lots of room inside. 7 seater with tons of room with seats down. Good stereo and other power options. ... Read More

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2003 Dodge Durango Reviews

Our Standby 4x4 By mtnman73

We like the room, we like that it was cheap to buy one used, we love the spacious interior, we like the rear a/c controls, I like that I can easily change the spark plugs rather than pay $170 for a jo... Read More

The Durango Is An All Around Sport Suv/cargo And A Dream To Drive By theresacwpryor14

the dodge durango sle is in a class by its self, it roomy for the tall people in your family, great on gas mileage and easy on the wallet. This 2003 Dosge durange has not bad or blind spots, it is an... Read More

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