Stopped at idle, you have to consult the tach to determine if the mighty Hemi is lit. Bigger than the first-generation models, the Durango now fits between the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition in terms of size. Inside is a quiet, roomy, comfortable and technologically sophisticated cabin. The first-generation Durango was rough around the edges, but the current model is far more refined. Bigger than the first-generation models, the Durango now fits between the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition in terms of size.
For vehicles that were sold, or are currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U. And the two-speed transfer case is standard with the Hemi 4×4, optional with the other engines. Single headlight covers conceal dual lights. It's smooth and quiet, quite different from the relatively noisy, rough-riding pre-2004 models. It's powerful and really smooth.
The second-row seat easily flips forward with the touch of one hand, and the seatback flops flat just as easily. We slammed on the brakes several times from 70 mph and found the Durango stopped steady and true. Another Limited option is the hands-free, voice-command cellphone system compatible with Bluetooth phones, utilizing a microphone in the rearview mirror and the sound system's speakers. The V6 is also available. A four-speed-automatic transmission mates with the V-6, and V-8 models work with a five-speed automatic. When we put sport-utilities through their paces in standard road tests, we spend a lot of time talking about handling, acceleration, and braking—the dynamic subtleties that help give each vehicle its personality.
The second-row seats recline and have their own climate control, so back-seat passengers can snooze in comfort. Aside from a peculiar glitch with the trailer lighting circuit one night in the construction chaos skirting the south end of Lake Michigan—not a good place for your trailer to go dark—the Durango went about its work without a murmur. The distance between the wheel housings is 48 inches, good for loading wide cargo. The advanced front air bags deploy with varying power based on the weight of the person in the seat. Still, it didn't feel like 335 horsepower to the seat of our pants. Handling is less than ideal, even on the expressway, as the Durango is a little too inclined to edge out of its lane. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-7700.
The first generation was from 2003 and is still used in some applications today. The roofline slopes briefly downward at the rear, and the liftgate window curves in to meet it. When you need to use the brakes to slow down or stop, they'll be there. Head and Block Construction The Hemi engine uses cast iron block to go along with its aluminum cylinder head. Chrysler modernized the design last year after it had been gone but not forgotten for decades. Standard 17-inch tires are mounted on steel, aluminum or chrome-plated wheels.
It's cool when you come toward a turn at high speed and back off, and your automatic transmission drops a downshift for you. The was previously available from the 50s-70s, but the 5. Remedy Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The biggest problem we encountered manifested itself at about 26,000 miles, a grinding resonance that sounded like—and turned out to be—a bad left-front wheel bearing. The windows have an extra layer of lamination to deaden sound. This peculiar behavior didn't repeat, but later that same day the Sirius radio stopped picking up satellite signals. The engine sits farther back in the chassis resulting in better balance.
A new Adventurer model with heated cloth seats debuts for 2005. The aerodynamics are fine tuned, including the mirrors and the subtle ducktail at the trailing edge of the hood under the wipers, for reducing wind noise over the windshield. They come with a five-speed automatic that's smooth, refined, smart and responsive. Durango's taillights are distinctive as well, looking like afterburners from a jet fighter with two big red stacked circles per side. Side-impact air bags are not available, however.
Interior Features With a large amount of glass and huge cargo space, the Durango feels big spacious. New manufacturing processes resulted in a more rigid chassis, which benefits from hydroformed boxed frame rails, a new independent front suspension and innovative adaptation of a Watts link rear suspension with coil springs. The V6 is also available. Forward of that is another important compartment designed to serve as a fast-food bin. Cargo volume behind the third row is 19 cubic feet; that space grows to 102. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The motor mounts were calibrated to reduce the frequencies and harmonics of each engine.
Suspension, f: independent Suspension, r: Watts link, coil springs Ground clearance: 8. Redesigned for 2004, the Durango takes styling cues come from the 1946 Dodge Power Wagon. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor and features 15 percent more cargo capacity. The second and third rows are notably easy to access, as the rear doors open an exceptionally wide 84 degrees. The 2009 version was able to reach up to 390 horsepower and 407 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available for purchase in several Dodge models, including the Ram, Durango, Magnum, Charger, and Challenger. Does it get any better than this? The subtle mineral gray side molding and front and rear fascias visually identify the Adventurer.