(2017 Dodge Journey) Transmission Problems/Repair Costs/Fluid Change

Last Updated on November 8, 2023 by Robert Wilson

If you’re considering a 2017 Dodge Journey, you may want to think twice.

Reports are coming in of serious transmission problems that are leaving drivers stranded and frustrated.

The issues seem to be with the nine-speed automatic transmission, which is used in many of Fiat Chrysler’s vehicles.

The problem seems to be that the transmission can’t handle the power of the Journey’s V6 engine, leading to it slipping and jerking uncontrollably.

This isn’t just a minor annoyance – it’s a serious safety issue. If your transmission fails while you’re driving, it could easily lead to an accident.

And even if it doesn’t fail completely, the constant jerking and slipping is extremely dangerous and makes it very difficult to control the vehicle.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an easy fix for this problem.

Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall for some of the affected vehicles, but many owners are still reporting issues even after getting their car serviced.

So unless you’re prepared to deal with potential problems down the road, you might want to steer clear of the 2017 Dodge Journey altogether.

2017 Dodge Journey Common Problems

Water leaks

Rough idling

Vehicle gets stuck in park

RPMs revving too high

Early corrosion on components and so on!

Is There Any Recall on 2017 Dodge Journey?

As of October 2017, there are no recalls on the 2017 Dodge Journey.

However, there have been several recalls on previous model years of the Journey. In 2016, there were three recalls issued for the vehicle.

One recall was for an issue with the airbags, one was for a problem with the engine stalling, and one was for a fire hazard posed by an electrical issue.

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If you own a 2017 Dodge Journey, it is important to stay up-to-date on any recalls that may be issued for your vehicle and to have any recalled parts repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

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Overheating Issues Explained

The most common issues with the Dodge Journey is that it tends to overheat. This is usually due to a faulty thermostat or water pump, and can often be fixed by replacing these parts.

However, if the overheating problem persists, it could be indicative of a more serious issue such as a head gasket leak.

Dodge Journey Transmission Replacement Cost?

Assuming you need a complete transmission replacement in your Dodge Journey, it would cost you anywhere between $1200 to $3500.

This price range depends on various factors like the model year of your Journey, whether you’re replacing the transmission with a new or used one, as well as the labor costs involved.

If you’re looking to just replace the transmission fluid however, that would be a much cheaper endeavor and would only set you back around $100-$200.

2007 Dodge Journey Specification

The 2017 Dodge Journey is a mid-size crossover SUV that seats up to seven passengers.

It has standard front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional. The Journey’s base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque.

2017 Dodge Journey Transmission Problems

A 3.6-liter V6 with 283 hp and 260 lb-ft is available as an upgrade on most trims except the base model.

A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on the four-cylinder engine, while the V6 gets a six-speed automatic.

EPA fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) for the front-wheel drive four cylinder, 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway) with all wheel drive, and 17 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway) for the V6 models.

The Journey has received generally positive reviews from critics since its debut in 2009.

However, some reviewers have noted issues with its quality and reliability over time.

In particular, Consumer Reports gave the Journey poor marks for predicted reliability in both 2015 and 2016, citing problems with its transmission, suspension, body integrity, and electronics as common issues among owners.

Most Common Dodge Journey Transmission Failures

  • Engine Overheating.
  • Interior Water Leaks.
  • Transmission Issues.
  • Electrical System Problems.
  • Brakes Wearing Out Prematurely.
  • Malfunctioning Remote Keyless Entry System.
  • Head Gasket Issues.


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