I'm having exactly the same problems with my 2001 dodge durango. On Friday I picked up the truck after 5 days at the mechanic to fix the headgasket and yesterday the gauges went all haywire again. This is after fixing the waterpump, radiator hose, temp gauge, engine fan plus changing the oil a zillion times. Have you found a class action suit or any other way of dealing with this at Dodge Chrysler? Now that I'm researching, there are so many people with the same problem!
We purchased this vehicle in Nov 2008 and in early 2009 we started having an over heating problem. The first time it happend was the day after I got home from a 600 mile trip. I was at a drive through and started to leave and the check gauge light came on. I looked and my temp gauge was in the red. We immediatly stopped. Let the car cool down and checked the fluid levels. It did need antifreeze. We took the Durango to be looked at by a local mechanic and he could not get it to over heat. He flushed the sytem and change the radiator hose assembly where the radiator caps lies as a percaution. I drove it for a few weeks locally with no problems. Then I had to go out of town on a 340 mile trip and the problem came back. We took the car back and still they could not identify the problem so they sent it off to the Chrysler Dealer to run some tests including checking the computer which checked out fine. The replace the thermostat and also recharge the ac system saying that if the system was low if could delay the fan from coming on (news to me). Well we drove it for about a month localy and nothing was wrong... then I drove another 300 mile trip and the problem came back.
We just got word that our warranty company will $1973 of the $2600 it is goiong to cost to repair the head gaskets and rework the heads. They are not covering the water pump - thermostat (already replaced once, plugs, tension rods and state tax. They are going to reimburse $60.00 total for rental car based on the # hours of actual repair time - not car down time...
I am glad I do not have to pay the whole thing but this is really spending after forking out the original cost of the warranty which was about $1800.00 -
I think I am staying away from Dodges from here on out - I figure with almost a new engine we should have some time to get the loan paid off and trade it in. Lets hope anyways....