Dodge Recalls Durango Pursuit Due to Shifter Boot Interference

The police-spec Durango Pursuit differs in a few notable ways from the 'Rangos available in dealer showrooms nationwide. Par exemple, Dodge uses an instrument panel-mounted shifter compared to a console-mounted shifter for the eight-speed box.
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As per documents filed with the federal watchdog, a handful of 2023 model year police vehicles have been hit with a recall over shifters that may come out of gear while driving. FCA US LLC became aware of said issue on June 26. To date, Chrysler has received two warranty claims over said problem.

The Auburn Hills-based automaker determined that the shifter boot is the culprit, for the high durometer shifter boot impedes fully seating the shifter in the detent for drive. As expected, the remedy comes in the form of a lower durometer shifter boot. A grand total of 125 vehicles are called back, namely 2023 models produced between April 26, 2023 and May 4, 2023 at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant.

Both dealers and law enforcement agencies will be informed about recall number 23V-640 on or about November 7, 2023. Twinned with the previous-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango is also related to the W166-gen Mercedes ML and X166-gen GL. A product of the DaimlerChrysler era, the mid-size utility vehicle carries a sticker price of $40,640 in rear-wheel-drive 3.6L naturally-aspirated V6 flavor.

The Pursuit is a tad pricier at $41,415 for the 2023 model year. Select police features include standard all-wheel drive, a heavy-duty alternator, 255/60 R18 tires with a V speed rating (149 miles per hour or 240 kilometers per hour tops), heavy-duty brakes, heavy-duty engine cooling, steelies, a mini center floor console, and either 650- or 800-amp batteries. The latter is available on the optional 5.7-liter HEMI, which is going the way of the dodo soon enough.

The 6.4- and 6.2-liter V8s are getting discontinued as well in favor of a twin-turbo sixer that makes up to 510 horsepower in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Even the 2025 model year Ram 1500 TRX is ditching the Hellcat supercharged V8 for it, although we don't know the 3.0-liter Hurricane's output ratings for this particular application. With Direct Connection offering a 1,000-plus-horsepower Hurricane crate engine, the refreshed TRX may get 700-ish ponies.

Turning our attention back to the Durango Pursuit, the standard 3.6er makes 293 horsepower at 6,400 revolutions per minute and 260 pound-feet (353 Nm) at 4,000 revolutions per minute. Stepping up to the 5.7-liter HEMI results in 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet (529 Nm). As for the civilian-spec Durango, the Hellcat is the most exciting of the lot. And the most expensive to boot, for it stickers at $94,605 (excluding the destination freight charge).

Scheduled to start production on November 6th, the 2024 model year is the final one for this generation of the Durango. Its replacement is rumored to be dubbed Stealth, a nod to the Mitsubishi 3000GT-based coupe that came with a choice of three V6 powerplants. Expected to drop in late 2024, the Stealth could glom onto the Grand Cherokee's Giorgio platform or the new STLA Large platform.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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