2009 Dodge Journey Consumer Reviews

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2009 Dodge Journey
3.8
Average based on 48 reviews
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Randomly does not start

by from NJ on September 10, 2013

I have a 2009 SE and have owned this car since 2010 when it was purchased with 36,000 mi. it was very reliable for the first 2 years but for the last 6 months it is falling apart. Most notably and fru...
I have a 2009 SE and have owned this car since 2010 when it was purchased with 36,000 mi. it was very reliable for the first 2 years but for the last 6 months it is falling apart. Most notably and frustratingly it randomly does not start. the battery has been replaced (100.00) the starter (500.00) the ignition (350.00) the TPM($1200.00) and the alternator (625.000) the problem persists. The car will be functioning fine but randomly will not crack or turn over. power and mechanical systems appear fine but it won't start. The dealer cannot diagnose the problem. I just spent over a thousand dollars on the TPM because this was his best guess and two weeks later I was stuck for 2 hours before it would start. after a time it starts right up like it never had a problem. Dodge denies there is an issue but there are websites devoted to this specific concern. (type " my journey won't start" into any search engine and see what I mean") this car is a total lemon and now I have a 4 year old car that is so unreliable I don't want my wife to drive it around with the kids in it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Nice looking car I bought it used

by from Red bank New Jersey on June 22, 2014

I search for two weeks in a lot car dealers, comparing cars and models and prices and this was the best I could find in Princeton New Jersey and happy with this car the color interior and exterior tha...
I search for two weeks in a lot car dealers, comparing cars and models and prices and this was the best I could find in Princeton New Jersey and happy with this car the color interior and exterior thanku cars.com.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Very Reliable

by from on May 23, 2014

I purchased this vehicle used and have had no problems. It handled extremely well this past winter, always started with no problem, never got stuck in the snow. Very comfortable ride.....I consider th...
I purchased this vehicle used and have had no problems. It handled extremely well this past winter, always started with no problem, never got stuck in the snow. Very comfortable ride.....I consider this to be a good quality vehicle.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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A Journey well taken

by from Dallas, TX on August 25, 2009

I've had my Journey SXT for 12 months and I still can't find anything wrong with it! After having the opportunity to drive a couple of these as rentals while on business travel I became an ardent admi...
I've had my Journey SXT for 12 months and I still can't find anything wrong with it! After having the opportunity to drive a couple of these as rentals while on business travel I became an ardent admirer of the car. Mine has the V6 which has more than adequate power and an actual 19 mpg in the city and about 24 on the highway. I have driven the 4 cylinder versions and felt that they were under powered. That is why I chose the V6. The ride, handling, fit, trim and countless storage spaces stashed throughout the cabin will convince even the toughest critics. True, it is not an ultra-luxury-status-symbol-land-yatch, but for less than $27k it stands at the top of it comparable peers. The oprional remote start feature really comes in handy and the U-Connect Bluetooth cell phone option is one of the best I have experienced.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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You get what you pay for

by from Toronto on June 24, 2016

I have owned a 2009 SXT Journey since 2010. PROS: 7 seater, looks nice, good engine power(V6), as far as engine goes it's been reliable. Nice to drive, smooth ride. Now the longer CONS list: B...
I have owned a 2009 SXT Journey since 2010. PROS: 7 seater, looks nice, good engine power(V6), as far as engine goes it's been reliable. Nice to drive, smooth ride. Now the longer CONS list: Brakes are horrible and need frequent replacement, I have become efficient at doing my own brakes out if necessity to save money. The pads need replacing every 6-9 months and rotors about once a year. First 2 times brakes needed to be done I went to dealer and they only lasted about 24,000 kilometers. No difference when I do them myself, to extend the brake life it is important to service them every 6 months (grease the sliders clean components and if you want to make them stretch out longer tap all the old rust off the rotors, this technique prolongs needing to change them by 6 months MAX. By far the poor brakes for this vehicle are it's biggest downfall. My frost plugs completely corroded this past March 2016 and due to their location it is a labour intensive job and for $40 dollars worth of parts a final bill of $990 is a hard pill to swallow. (Had to drop the tranny to access the plugs) Luckily they failed while the car was parked in my driveway and I was dumbfounded as I could not visualize the source of the leak, if it was a hose or radiator issue I would have done the repair myself. I needed a mechanic to fix it. From day one we had issues with the starting system, would frequently not start and only 'click' with no turnover, paid dealership to do some software stuff but it never resolved the issue, I called the dealer recently about a recall I heard of on the news and although my Journey was not part of that recall it did have another recall related to this problem, They replaced the RFDI and new key fobs and the repair is working well. No longer an issue. Ultimately I am a Dodge guy and I wish the Journey didn't have the break issues it does (this is a wide spread problem with Journeys that is well documented and apparently fixed post 2012 model. I'm not willing to find out for myself) The other issues I had with this Journey were not horrible and overall the car never died on us or left us stranded. Things like wheel bearings (which I recently replaced both front ones) can be expected to go on any vehicle. I got to the point with the Journey that I wasn't confident with it anymore barring the poor brakes so it's time to look at a different vehicle. If you have an older Journey be prepared to spend at minimum $1000 yearly on maintenance or more if you rely on a mechanic to do all of your work. This car could be a lot better. The brakes are inexcusable. premature wear not due to driving habits but I can only believe that the brakes on the vehicle are too small for the weight of it. From cheap brake components to expensive ones the life span on the brakes was extremely poor.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Great for family

by from Brandon, MB Canada on April 24, 2009

My wife and i purchased our journey about 7 mths ago, and currently have 19000 kms. We really appreciate all the space we have as storage, for only 235hp it has sufficient passing power. the tranny is...
My wife and i purchased our journey about 7 mths ago, and currently have 19000 kms. We really appreciate all the space we have as storage, for only 235hp it has sufficient passing power. the tranny is alittle clunky and ride noise is alittle on the high side on vary windy days(45-55km/hrs). All in all we are vary happiy with the vehicle and recommend it to new families.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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New car is in the shop?

by from SC on September 12, 2009

I had my Dodge Journey 2 weeks before the check engine light came on and it was in the shop getting the catalytic converter replaced. I just don't expect to have these kinds of problems with a new car...
I had my Dodge Journey 2 weeks before the check engine light came on and it was in the shop getting the catalytic converter replaced. I just don't expect to have these kinds of problems with a new car. I have a feeling this will not be a last visit to the shop...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Great Value

by from Detroit on October 19, 2008

I purchased my new Journey three weeks ago. At first, I wasn't sure what to think. I bought it because it fit my budget. Although I really wanted a quality used luxury sedan for my family of five, I d...
I purchased my new Journey three weeks ago. At first, I wasn't sure what to think. I bought it because it fit my budget. Although I really wanted a quality used luxury sedan for my family of five, I decided to by new instead. Love the handling, the features, the roominess (looks tight, but feels big), and all the attention to detail in the engineering. Not my luxury car, but a good addition to the family that I enjoy driving.
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Does recommend this car

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No room for coffee

by from Birmingham, AL on June 12, 2008

I like most of the styling except these two important things: The cupholders in front are so squished between the dash and the console, you can't use them for coffee. I have the two row seating design...
I like most of the styling except these two important things: The cupholders in front are so squished between the dash and the console, you can't use them for coffee. I have the two row seating design and whoa be unto anyone that drops something between the back seat and the cargo space. It's lost forever. The drive is kindof weird, it hesitates before acceleration, the transmission is leaking and there is a crunchy sound when I turn left. Once you are on the highway and cruising, it is very nice and smooth, not too much noise either.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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"The most techno car I've ever had"

by from WI on September 30, 2008

I went from a Z71 Tahoe to this Dodge r/t. It is no Tahoe. The main purpose for trading vehicles was for gas mileage and this car by no means live up to the gas mileage that the car said it would be. ...
I went from a Z71 Tahoe to this Dodge r/t. It is no Tahoe. The main purpose for trading vehicles was for gas mileage and this car by no means live up to the gas mileage that the car said it would be. I wish I would have kept the Tahoe. It does have some nice features for the money. I do consider myself somewhat inept at all this computer technology and if you are really into that this is the car for you.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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