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#4657004 - 02/05/18 01:51 PM New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer
Bighorn2500 Offline


Registered: 05/24/16
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Loc: Michigan, USA
Looking at buying a New Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer this coming spring. We’ve had issues with the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4, six recalls later, two navigation radios replaced, and one transmission replaced all under warranty. Has been in the dealership for over 25 days total combined. In the dealership again today as the ABS service light and Transmission service light came on again this morning. Apparently a bad ABS sensor they have found now. Only 55,2xx miles on it and just has been one thing after another it seems.

Reliability between Durango and Explorer is my question, would like something that would go 100,000 miles plus without nickel & dimeing me to death after the warranty expires.

Thank you in advance for the recommendations.
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#4657019 - 02/05/18 02:07 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
HemiHawk Offline


Registered: 03/09/16
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What about a 4runner? I feel like that is least likely to have issues long term. It may have slightly less interior volume compared to the other two.
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#4657022 - 02/05/18 02:07 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
Danno Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
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Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
I think both would cost you after warranty is up. Hard to make a call on which would be less painful after warranty. If it were my money, I would go with Ford.
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#4657029 - 02/05/18 02:13 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
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Registered: 04/28/08
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The Durango is on a very mature platform with an equally mature powertrain, I don't think you can go wrong there. I have no experience with the present version of the Explorer, but I believe it's built on a FWD-based platform if that matters to you.

We've had excellent service from our Durango thus far.
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#4657030 - 02/05/18 02:14 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
If I had that much trouble with a car make, I wouldn’t turn around and buy another.

If it’s only between the two, I’d get the Explorer. But I think you should keep shopping. What about a Santa Fe.
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#4657035 - 02/05/18 02:18 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Nick1994]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: NE,Ohio
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
If I had that much trouble with a car make, I wouldn’t turn around and buy another.


he isnt buying another.. hes buying a different platform vehicle.

by your statement If I got one of those powershift focus transmission that is a total POS I should avoid all ford.

The grand cherokee is a very good option too IMO.

hyundai, they have massive issues too on some models. Its knowing which model to buy more than any one specific car manufacturer.
IIRC they have a class action lawsuit for engines failing 2.4 and 2.0T (not just oil burning like subaru)

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#4657041 - 02/05/18 02:23 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2227
Loc: The Northeast
Originally Posted By: Bighorn2500
Reliability between Durango and Explorer is my question, would like something that would go 100,000 miles plus without nickel & dimeing me to death after the warranty expires.

Honda or Toyota if you want long term reliability.
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#4657057 - 02/05/18 02:44 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
Old Mustang Guy Offline


Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 967
Loc: Rockwall, Texas
I've had good luck with Ford so I would say Explorer or Toyota Highlander.

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#4657058 - 02/05/18 02:45 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
A_A_G Offline


Registered: 06/13/08
Posts: 325
Loc: D-town
Neither, both have reliability issues. Go Honda Pilot

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#4657064 - 02/05/18 02:49 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
itguy08 Offline


Registered: 09/15/11
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Originally Posted By: Bighorn2500
Reliability between Durango and Explorer is my question, would like something that would go 100,000 miles plus without nickel & dimeing me to death after the warranty expires.


The Explorer platform is shared with the Taurus and Flex and the Police versions of each. Based off an old Volvo platform, IIRC. Powertrain is solid as the 3.5 and EB 3.5 have been out for years now. 6F50/55 is solid.

That being said, Ford reliability is ahead of Dodge long term so I'd go there. Having 122k on a first gen Taurus, my total out of warranty non maintenance cost has been $0.


Edited by itguy08 (02/05/18 02:51 PM)

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#4657067 - 02/05/18 02:51 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
wemay Offline


Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 8864
Loc: Southeast Florida
Durango
I like the lines on that vehicle.
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#4657072 - 02/05/18 02:54 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
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Registered: 03/10/13
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Loc: NY
I drive both at work. They are rental vehicles. I like the Durango better but that's pretty much based on looks. They both haven't had any issues in aware of as far as power train problems or recalls.
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#4657074 - 02/05/18 02:55 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Bighorn2500]
tcp71 Offline


Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 270
Loc: Alberta
Isn’t the Cherokee and Durango based in the same chassis?

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#4657075 - 02/05/18 02:57 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Rand]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: Rand
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
If I had that much trouble with a car make, I wouldn’t turn around and buy another.


he isnt buying another.. hes buying a different platform vehicle.

by your statement If I got one of those powershift focus transmission that is a total POS I should avoid all ford.

The grand cherokee is a very good option too IMO.

hyundai, they have massive issues too on some models. Its knowing which model to buy more than any one specific car manufacturer.
IIRC they have a class action lawsuit for engines failing 2.4 and 2.0T (not just oil burning like subaru)

You're more forgiving than I am. Doesn't really matter if it's a different platform, it's all under the same tent and if I personally had terrible issues from one make, I probably wouldn't shop it again for a while. I had that issue with some VWs, not going to make that mistake again.

Engine recalls from older model Hyundai's are fortunately irrelevant to mine, so I'm good to go.

BTW, I'll admit every day and twice on Sunday on here that my Jeep is definitely not wearing a halo above it for being low maintenance. It's needed a ridiculous amount of work and needs more done, but I only keep it for sentimental reasons and I need a 4x4.
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#4657081 - 02/05/18 03:03 PM Re: New 2018 Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer [Re: Nick1994]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35846
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
You're more forgiving than I am. Doesn't really matter if it's a different platform, it's all under the same tent and if I personally had terrible issues from one make, I probably wouldn't shop it again for a while.
Yeah, I'm the same way. Bought a new Honda in 2000, and had issues with it. Haven't bought another Honda since. It's not completely rational, I know. I guess I just hold my grudges for a long time. smile

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