After releasing the worst model year in 2009, Dodge Journey improved its design with the new 2010 Dodge Journey model year. While the model year had lots of improvements, it still was ranked as the second-worst model year according to the carcomplaints.com website. This website intends to allow vehicle owners to report complaints about any issue they face during the lifetime of their vehicles.
According to carcomplaints.com, the total reported complaints decreased from 962 to 471 between the years 2009 and 2010. 471 is still a high number of complaints when it comes to vehicles. The most-reported complaints about the 2010 Dodge Journey had to do with the brakes and electrical problems.
Luckily, the highest complaints reported about 2010 Dodge Journey problems were related to issues that required relatively lower repairs costs. In other words, less reported complaints had to do with engine or transmission failure. Since this is the case, the high number of complaints doesn’t always suggest staying away from the vehicle model and year. Any new buyer should consider the number of complaints along with the type of problems before making the buying decision.
The long list of reported complaints did not prevent people from buying the 2010 Dodge Journey. The car has a lot of pros, including the very nice interior and the great safety scores. The vehicle was ranked as one of the top 2010 affordable SUVs with three rows, 2010 affordable Midsize SUVs, 2010 affordable crossover SUVs, according to cars.usnews.com.
In this article, we would like to provide an overview of the main 2010 Dodge Journey aspects. Then, we will walk you through the most commonly reported problems by owners to carcomplaints.com. Along with the problem, we will also list the common repair options and costs in addition to the problem ranking.
2010 Dodge Journey description
Before we discuss the different problems associated with the 2010 Dodge Journey, we would like to provide a high-level description of the main aspects of this vehicle. This description is based on intensive research from different trusted resources.
2010 Dodge Journey is the second model year by Dodge Journey. The vehicle seats up to five passengers, and it has a relatively good fuel economy. Other than these features, the owners did not like other aspects of this car, especially the poor interior and cheap-fealing material.
The 2010 Dodge Journey gets from 15 to 19 miles per gallon on the city roads and 23 to 25 miles per gallon on the highways. The vehicle comes with two options, a four-wheel-drive and an all-wheel-drive, and it gives from 173 to 235 horsepower.
This car comes with a 2.4 L four-cylinder engine and has the option for a 3.5 L V6 engine. These engine options are associated with either a four or six-speed automatic transmission, and the total curb weight ranges from 3,796 to 4,239 lb.
According to Kelly Blue Book, you can get a 2010 Dodge Journey for about $21,000 as the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP.)
2010 Dodge Journey Problems
In an improvement to the 2009 Dodge Journey, Dodge Journey came up with the new 2010 model year in the hope that it resolved all the problems reported by its owners. However, this 2010 vehicle still has a high number of reported complaints, according to carcomplaints.com.
Most of the 2010 Dodge Journey problems are related to the brakes, electrical system, interior, engine, and others. In this section, we will highlight the most commonly reported problem for each category.
2010 Dodge Journey brakes problems
About 181 of the 471 reported 2010 Dodge Journey problems are associated with the brakes. This indicates that there is a real issue with the model design when it comes to brakes capabilities and quality. In general, the reported complaints were related to brake and rotor wear, grinding noise, squealing brakes, and locked up brakes.
The majority of reported 2010 Dodge Journey brakes problems were associated with a premature tear and wear in the brake itself of the rotor. These problems were resolved by replacing the pads, rotors, and brakes. The repair cost was about $410 on average, and this problem occurred mostly at vehicles around 33,000 miles. The problem was ranked as “Pretty Bad,” according to carcomplaints.com ranking.
A good number of owners reported that their brakes would start grinding whenever you use them. When trying to resolve the issue, they were told that it’s either the front rotors or the brake pads. On average, the grinding was resolved by replacing the front rotors pads for about $100. A grinding brake was reported mostly by vehicles around 40,000 miles, and the problem was ranked as “Pretty Bad,” as well.
Furthermore, the 2010 Dodge Journey brakes might keep sticking. Several owners had to replace the calipers, brake lines, rotors, and bled brakes multiple times in a row. The website did not include information about the best repair options or repair costs. However, it mentioned that sticking brakes might occur at vehicles around 53,000 miles. the problem was also ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
2010 Dodge Journey electrical system problems
The second most reported complaints about the 2010 Dodge Journey vehicle were related to the electrical system. These complaints had to do with the engine not starting, issues with the TIPM, faulty horn, and dead battery.
More than 50 people reported that their 2010 Dodge Journey engine wouldn’t start due to electrical system issues. The problem can be resolved by replacing the TIMP or installing a better battery quality. In general, repairing this problem costs most owners about $550 on average. The problem would mostly occur at vehicles around 65,000 miles, and it was ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
Another group of owners reported defective TIPM problems associated with their 2010 Dodge Journey, in at least one case, the faulty TIPM resulted in totaling the vehicle. Overall, most owners were able to resolve the problem by replacing the TIPM module for about $1,100. The problem occurred mostly with vehicles around 70,000 miles, and it was ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
Furthermore, the 2010 Dodge Journey horn might start blowing without control due to issues with computer updates that cost most owners about $300. The blown horn problem occurred mostly with vehicles at 100,000 miles, and it was ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
Lastly, the 2010 Dodge Journey was reported to have a dead battery continuously by more than ten people. They all had to replace the battery for about $510. A dead battery issue occurred mostly at vehicles around 80,000 miles, and the problem was described as “Pretty Bad,” as well.
2010 Dodge Journey electrical system problems
Following the brakes and the electrical system, many people reported issues with their interiors. Most reported 2010 Dodge Journey interior problems are related to a broken accelerator pedal, doors and windows unlocked, and stereo not working.
Several complaints were reported that the 2010 Dodge Journey accelerator pedal broke on its own without any pressure or harsh use of the vehicle. Replacing the pedal cost most of them about $230, and the problem occurred at about 50,000 miles. a broken accelerator pedal was ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
One reported problem has to do with the vehicle’s safety. At least one owner mentioned that the electronic unlock system doesn’t work properly; when they lock the car at night, they wake up the second morning with windows down, and doors unlocked on its own. This problem was very concerning and increased the risk of stealing the vehicle. While the website did not include information about repair options or repair costs, it did mention that this problem occurs at about 80,000 miles. the problem got a rank of “Fairly Significant.”
The last problem we would like to highlight here is the stereo issues with the 2010 Dodge Journey. A couple of owners mentioned that the stereo wouldn’t work properly for no reason, knowing that their car is at about 155,000 miles. the problem was resolved by replacing the entire stereo part, and it was described as “Fairly Significant.”
2010 Dodge Journey engine problems
Engine problems are the last problems any driver would like to deal with. Unfortunately, the 2010 Dodge Journey engine problems were the fourth most reported issues associated with this vehicle. These issues require higher repair costs, especially if they needed a complete engine replacement.
Luckily, the majority of reported engine problems for the 2010 Dodge Journey was resolved by replacing the EGR valve or the wireless ignition node for about $100. These vehicles were at about 75,000 miles, and the problem was ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
The second group of reported engine issues were a little more complicated and required higher repair costs. For instance, a good number of owners reported that their check engine keeps illuminating without a clear reason. To resolve the problem, they had to either replace the powertrain control module or the front and rear heads. Resolving this problem cost most owners about $2,500, and most of these vehicles were at about 50,000 miles. The problem was ranked as “Pretty Bad,” as well.
Finally, a couple of owners reported a complete engine failure with vehicles at 70,000. These owners indicated a full frustration as they maintained regular maintenance to their vehicles.
2010 Dodge Journey other problems
So far, we listed the most commonly reported problems by 2010 Dodge Journey owners. In this section, we grouped all less frequently reported problems associated with their repair costs, options, and problem ranking. Note that, due to the long list of reported issues, we only included the most important and common complaint about each category.
In this section, we included the 2010 Dodge Journey AC and heating system, transmission, wheels, steering, exterior, and light issues.
2010 Dodge Journey AC and heating problems
If you are driving a 2010 Dodge Journey, don’t be surprised if you had a faulty heating system, AC blowing hot air, or a damaged fan switch because these are a very common reported AC and heating system issues.
2010 Dodge Journey transmission problems
Although the 2010 Dodge Journey did not have a large number of complaints related to its transmission, the very few complaints required high repairs costs.
For instance, a couple of owners reported that their transmission would bang into the gear when stopping. Others indicated that their transmission would jerk and make very loud noises when being used. Furthermore, the transmission might start vibrating for no reason.
Overall, carcomplaints.com did not include any information about repair options and repair costs for problems with the 2010 Dodge Journey transmission.
2010 Dodge Journey wheels problems
The most common reported 2010 Dodge Journey wheels problems were associated with premature tire wear and TPMS sensors rotting out. Owners had to pay about $900 to resolve most issues associated with their wheels.
2010 Dodge Journey steering problems
2010 Dodge Journey steering problems were also very few with a total of only five complaints about some leaks in the steering fluid, noise when driving, and disconnection in the power steering hose. Most reported steering repair costs were relatively low, at about $100.
2010 Dodge Journey lights problems
The last problem we would like to highlight here is the 2010 Dodge Journey lights problem. At least four owners reported that their headlights burnt out continuously despite the regular repair.
In an attempt to address all reported problems in the 2009 model year, Dodge Journey released good improvements in its 2010 model year. Vehicle owners reported Desipte the improvements, more than 471 complaints to carcomplaints.com website. This website is meant to allow owners to report any problems they face during the lifetime of their vehicles.
Most reported 2010 Dodge Journey complaints had to do with the brakes, electrical system, and interior. Less reported complaints were associated with more complicated problems like the engine or the transmission.
The intend of this article is to educate current 2010 Dodge Journey owners about what type of mechanical problems they will face. Furthermore, this article can help new buyers make the best decision about buying this model year or not.