Dodge Complaint - Worthless 4.7 Dodge engines

Review by davidlstacy on 2007-06-24
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI -- I recently found out that Dodge does not make good on their warranties on the 4.7 engine. I have two 1500 Dodge trucks. One has a Hemi the other a 4.7 engine. The 2004 4.7 engine failed while driving on a local highway. I changed the oil every 2000 miles and had proof. When the dodge dealership inspected the engine they said there was too much sludge in the engine and would not honor the warranty. Very upset I went to pick it up and a salesman approached me. He told me he used to be a service manager for many years and the sludge in my engine was normal and no reason to be void the warranty. He told me to call Daimler Chrysler customer service number and tell them the problem. They concurred that the engine had too much sludge and therefore was not taken care of even though I had proof of oil changes. It was when I began to try to find a replacement that I was told by every wrecking yard that this engine was a joke. The cheapest engine I could find was a burnt engine that was priced at $1300.00. I sent Daimler a letter telling them I was selling my vehicles and making sure eveyone I met knew of their policy not to honor their warranties. The reply was "oh well" sorry you feel that way but we will not change our mind. If you have a vehicle with a 4.7 you might consider going to a Ford or Chevrolet. For me a Chrysler will never be in my garage or driveway again.
Comments:17 Replies - Latest reply on 2018-06-03
Posted by Justusryan on 2007-06-24:
Dodge sucks!
Posted by prcalmb4storm on 2007-06-24:
Big time!
Posted by GWbiker on 2007-06-24:
It seems that Chrysler has a severe sludge issue with both the 4.7 and 2.7 engines, but refuses to do anything about it. Google 2.7 or 4.7 Dodge sludge to read more on the problem. Too bad you got stuck with one.
Posted by DOdge4.7 sucks on 2011-08-09:
Worst engine I have ever had! Do not even consider buying one!
Posted by michael on 2011-12-03:
have a 2005 dakota with the 4.7, great motor, has 115500 miles on it, and I constantly beat the crap out of it, has aftermarket cams, and throttle body, currently running a 125 shot of hemi nitrous when racing, motor is very strong and just rips
Posted by ex dodge fan on 2012-01-01:
I have owned Dodges most of my life , I was a huge Jeep fan , until I bought a dodge and Jeep with the 4.7litre engine , both are junk , both are no good , both failed prematurely , both had regular synthetic oil changes at 3000 kilometers , both were well looked after . Worst nightmare engine Chrysler ever made well close to it anyway , they have probably made worse but I haven't owned one yet. I am a licensed /factory trained mechanic for 40 years now , and have owned hundreds of vehicles , raced them ,drove the shet out of them , loved them and babied some of them ,I'll never buy another Chrysler product or let anyone I know buy one either .I may even try to start a class action lawsuit against Chrysler . And to all you that say they are a great motor , yep they are a fast little motor and they sound nice , but they are a pig on gas and they are going to prematurely fail .. and that,s the only thing about them that is guaranteed
Posted by Dodge owner on 2012-09-01:
2004 Dodge Durango with 4.7 bought in December of '03. Now has 138,000 miles. Not a single problem except the water pump went out a month ago.

1996 Dodge Ram 1500 (5.2) with 218,000 miles uses a little oil but runs like a dream.

2009 Chevy Silverado blew out rear main seal and water pump went out at the same time at 40,000 miles. Go ahead and enjoy your pieces of shit. I'll stick to my vehicles that work.
Posted by Edward on 2012-09-02:
The dodge 4.7L and 5.7L engines are work horses. There is no conventional oil that can take the heat and stress these motors will inflect on them. I have found that full synthetic oil and a can of sea-foam will keep the sludge and varnish away. Think about it, would you feed your work horse grass (conventional oil)or oats (full synthetic oil)?
Posted by Grant on 2012-11-13:
You are a joke a motor with regular oil should last at least 500k but this motor the 4.7 is a joke I have one and blew at 210k. Chrysler should come good on these motors or I will never get a Chrysler ever again the stress this motor gave me was not good put in another and that one blew too :-(( not happy Chrysler.
Posted by Trina on 2012-12-07:
Have the same problem. Owned a 99 with 5.2. Totaled it or I would still have that Dakota. Replaced it with an 04 Dakota 4.7. Both 4wd. Change oil every 3000 miles. Routinely. Even went to high mileage. Just barely over 129,000 miles. Blew the head gasket six months ago with no warning. Kept all my fluids checked. Babied the truck as far as taking care of it. Didn't use it to go mudding. Rear end went out. Twice. Transmission was rebuilt. Head shaved when the new head gaskets were put on. Six months later it drops a valve seat!! Haven't had it in the woods and haven't even been pulling my boat, no strain on it whatsoever. Biggest crap motor I've ever seen and I was a huge fan of dodge. That little truck was a beast when it needed to be. Seriously considering filing lemon law on dodge.
Posted by Jon on 2013-04-02:
Bought an 07 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 4.7 at Gator Chrysler been trying to get rid of it basically due to the engine 4.7 it has 46000 on it it has idled rough since I boughtit appernently that's normal as far as Gator is concerned but the engine should have never been put in a full size truck its just so gutless.Its been reliable though forthe miles I put on it.
Posted by Jeff on 2013-04-19:
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7l engine. 120k miles starting clicking upon start up and then bottom end knock. Mechanic pulled apart and same problems as others, sludge, excessive heat build up in cylinder causing head gasket issues.

When he checked the oil it was clean and in good shape, except for the lack of lub in different area's (I am old school, change oil in truck and bike every 3k miles with premium oil.

Now I have to get another motor installation sure could have used this 3800.00 for something else in my life....like bills, food, etc

Motor sucks and so do the people that refused to issue a fix at their exspense. I will look to see if I can find a company that can rebuild and fix the enginneer flaws that Dodge created. Sounds great having to do Dodge enginneers job for them and flip the bill myself..Grrrr Not what I needed
Posted by john burks on 2013-06-02:
Have a 2004 Durango never really had any real problems motor wise infill last weak blew out head gasket on passenger side of motor and ofcoarse it over heated ,and in turn it dropped a valve seat on# 8 which in turn made the rocker arm fall off .109000 miles on it ,like everyone else had fairly regular oil changes on it not happy with it .never did like this damn thing anyway was really noisy inside the truck the wind noise was deafening dealer never would do anything about it they said all the newer vehicles made these noisees yea right .always been a dodge guy but not anymore
Posted by b fuller on 2013-12-27:
have a 2012 ram with of course the 4.7 started rattling bout 10 thousand miles been to dealer many many times blew up with service manager called in and this is what I am told this is normal for this engine what a bunch of horse----! I will never own dodge ram again and won't recommend.
Posted by David Benner on 2014-04-05:
I have a 04 ram 1500 and I have 201400004 MILES no problems ever. The best vehicle I ever hsd. Would by a new one in a heartbeat.
Posted by Orignorcalgal on 2014-05-23:
We have 2 Dodge vehicles, a 2006 Ram1500 w/4.7L engine and a 2005 Magnum RT (Hemi) the Magnum is sweet, runs like a racehorse, but the RAM crapped out at just 82,590miles with a blown head gasket, with no warning, just after warranty expired. Cost me over $6200 to replace entire motor (dealer wanted over $8500!) mechanic knew all @ the sludge problem, and photos were tsken of my engine to show the sludge in my engine, etc. (I changed oil every 3k too) This problem is well-documented all over the internet. Dodge should admit they made a s**t motor and pay out! I will never trust/buy from Chrysler again!
Posted by Sue on 2018-06-03:
I have 2000 Dodge Durango, original owner, with the 5.2 L (old school 318cu.in.) engine. When I bought, I insisted on this motor because of past experience with it in a 76 Dodge van. Durango has 217,000 miles now and it is still going strong. I swear by this engine. It pulls my 3200 RV trailer up a steep grade for camping about once a month.
I was about to buy a 2004 Dodge Dakota with 4.7 L. Thanks for information on 4.7L. I will stick with the 318 engine. Anyone know if you can put a 318 in a Dakota?

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