1999 Durango New Car Test Drive
1999 Durango Owner Reviews (2)
1999 Durango SLT
jack04062 2011-06-23 20:49:41
I bought this SUV as a tow vehicle when it was 2 years old with 90,000 miles on it. It has performed as well as expected and now has 190,000 miles on it with very few problems. Routine front end parts tires, brakes and mufflers. The exhaust pipes are stock with the exception of a rusted bolt at the collector pipe. I changed a water pump but otherwise the engine has only had ignition parts replaced. It has been a great car. The tailgate rusted out and when I purchased a used one it was the wrong color so 3 years ago I painted the car to get a few more years out of and it has not disappointed me. I test drove a 2011 and my old Durango is going to be hard to replace. I had interest in a new RT model and was disappointed to learn the only interior option was black. For that reason primarily I will not buy one until a lighter color is available. I am not as concerned about gas mileage as I am the performance for towing trailers from my 17 foot boat to a 24 foot enclosed sled trailer. My old high mileage Durango has towed both flawlessly, again that is why I bought it. I still see a lot of older Durango's on the road and fewer of the newer models built on the RAM platform instead of the Dakota platform as original. The new ones are built on a Jeep Grand Cherokee platform and seem to be comparable to the older models but Dodge needs to fine tune a bit. I was impressed with the comfort and ride of the new model but the salesman brought a V6 for the test drive even after I told him I had no interest in a V6. The test drive confirmed that I will never purchase a 3.6 V6 as in was simply "NUM" with 3 adults in it, not to even think about a loaded vehicle for vacation towing a boat. The difference in gas mileage between the V6 and the Hemi 5.7 V8 is minimal and I am looking for a vehicle to tow with as well as commuting for my wife. The V6 simply does not cut it. I bought the Durango after buying a 1999 Dakota with a 3.9 V6 and that was not adequate for long trip towing.
jimg111 2010-11-12 08:25:47
My Durango is the perfect size, it's too bad they ruined it by going bigger. I have 155,000 miles on it and it is still going strong and runs like new. The gas milage is terrible( 12-16) and the body has more rust than it should have (I've replaced the rear lid because it rusted out and the body has rusted out around the wheel wells and the middle of the drivers door rusted right through for some reason!). Despite all these drawbacks I love my Durango (which has the BIG engine) and wish the new one goes back to this size.