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Dodge Durango

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An SUV produced by Dodge beginning in 1998.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dodge Durango page on 18 August 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Dodge Durango is a mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by Dodge. The first two generations were very similar in that both were based on the Dodge Dakota, both featured a body-on-frame construction and both were produced at the Newark Assembly Plant in Newark, Delaware.

The third-generation Durango is built on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, features unibody construction, and has been assembled at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan, since mid-2010.

First generation (1998–2003)

The Durango was marketed as a sturdy truck-based SUV designed to hold up to seven passengers and tow up to 7,500 lb (3,400 kg) when properly equipped. The Durango shared a front end, instrument panel, and front seats with the Dakota pickup on which it was based. Original designs of the eight-passenger Durango featured a rear-facing third row similar to many older station wagons. To make room for a more practical forward-facing third row, Dodge shortened the length of the front doors and raised the roof two inches (5 cm) beyond the front seats, allowing for stadium seating. The Durango's roof rack was designed to mask the appearance of the raised roof.

The 4.7 L Magnum V8 replaced the 5.2 L Magnum V8 engine for 2000; however, the 5.2 was still available in the early 2000 models. In that same year, a special AWD performance version called the R/T was released with a 5.9 L Magnum V8. In 1999 and 2000, a limited-edition Shelby S.P.360 version was offered that featured a supercharged version of the 5.9 L Magnum V8 engine. Output is 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS) and 412 lb⋅ft (559 N⋅m) of torque. Exterior modifications include unique wheels, tires, suspension, and bumpers. It came standard with Viper blue paint with two racing stripes down the center of the truck. It had a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 7.1 seconds. The top speed was 142 mph (229 km/h).

Second generation (2004–2009)

The second-generation Durango was first shown as a concept dubbed Dodge Durango R/T concept at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. It debuted shortly before the companion Dakota. Like the Dakota, it has much in common with the large Dodge Ram pickup, including a fully boxed frame. It is 7 in (180 mm) longer, 2 in (51 mm) wider, and 3 in (76 mm) taller than the previous model. It also offered a third-row bench with three seats, giving it an eight-seat capacity. The design took its styling primarily from the Dodge Powerbox concept, which was itself based on the 1999 Dodge Power Wagon concept, and the 2003-2004 Durango R/T concept.

Debuting for 2004 was a new coil-spring rear suspension for the solid rear axle. A Watt's linkage system is fitted to the rear axle, centering the axle and reducing rear-end skate over rough surfaces, and allowing a lower and wider cargo floor.

Third generation (2011–present)

After announcing the discontinuation of the Durango after the 2009 model year, Dodge released an Internet site and teaser photos of the third-generation Dodge Durango on August 16, 2010.

The 2011 Dodge Durango entered production on December 14, 2010, alongside the second-generation Charger in the 2011 vehicle lineup. It went on sale for general dealership availability in mid-January 2011.

The third-generation Durango is built alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan, sharing the assembly line, running gear, powertrains, and chassis parts with the Grand Cherokee. The wheelbase of the Durango is longer than that of the Grand Cherokee. It features three rows of seating compared to the Grand Cherokee's two rows.


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2001 BookChrysler Full-Size Trucks 1997-2000 Repair Manual by Joe Pellicciotti; Chilton Automotive Books


Photographs

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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
December 1997On-Site Redesigned Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1998 Dodge Durango SLT
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,007KB - 14 pages
June 1998Remote Air Bag Deployment Report
Vehicle - 1998 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 323KB - 10 pages
July 1998Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 476KB - 9 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Durango 4 x 4, 4-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 40.6MB - 101 pages
classified date 1998In-depth Vehicle Occupant Report
1998 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 13.7MB - 113 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Durango, 4-door 4x4 SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.6MB - 105 pages
March 1999Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1999 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 427KB - 9 pages
classified date 2001Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Durango SLT, 4-door 4x4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.8MB - 113 pages
January 2011On-Site Child Restraint System Investigation
Vehicle - 2002 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 681KB - 12 pages
23 January 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201U: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2003 Dodge Durango SXT 4-Door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.2MB - 168 pages
9 September 2003>Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110(Indicant): Tire Selection and Rims
2003 Dodge Durango, MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.3MB - 24 pages
24 September 2004Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2004 Dodge Durango MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Part 1 PDF - 2.5MB - 199 pages
Part 2 PDF - 14.7MB - 200 pages
Part 3 PDF - 8.5MB - 94 pages
30 October 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2003 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 535KB - 56 pages
5 February 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201U: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2004 Dodge Durango ST MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.3MB - 134 pages
March 2004Calspan On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 321KB - 20 pages
23 September 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2004 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.2MB - 67 pages
April 2004On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 2004 Dodge Durango Limited
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 664KB - 14 pages
May 2010On-Site Child Restraint System Investigation
Vehicle - 2005 Dodge Durango SLT
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 728KB - 23 pages
April 2007Remote Not in Traffic Surveillance Back Over Investigation
2007 Dodge Durango
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,680KB - 24 pages
2011SAFETY RECALL L33: ENGINE BLOCK DEBRIS
Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 24KB - 1 page
26 September 2011NHTSA Recall 11V487000
2012 Chrysler 200, 2012 Chrysler Town & Country, 2012 Dodge Charger, 2012 Dodge Durango, 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2012 Dodge Journey, 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
26 September 2011From: David Dillon, Chrysler
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 107KB - 4 pages
29 September 2011Rod Bearing Failure
From: Ric Willard, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: David Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 27KB - 3 pages
November 2011Safety Recall L33 - Engine Block Debris
Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 4.5MB - 41 pages
17 November 2011NHTSA Identification Number 11 V-487
From: David Dillon, Chrysler
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 18KB - 1 page
6 January 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 12/31/11
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 85KB - 2 pages
4 April 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 3/31/12
From: David Dillon, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 38KB - 2 pages
6 July 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 6/30/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 105KB - 2 pages
5 October 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 9/30/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 39KB - 2 pages
7 January 2013RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 12/31/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 1.1MB - 2 pages
18 April 2013RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 3/31/13
From: Kristin J. Kolodge, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 44KB - 2 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
6 June 2011Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2007 Dodge Durango Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles Manufactured for the Mexican Market Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
25 May 2018Consumer Advisory: Owners of Certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Should Stop Using Cruise ControlNHTSA


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