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If you will feel more secure replacing it then feel free to do so but it's not required.. What is the last 8 of your VIN?
I just went and looked up a 2004 Durango-5.7 and there are no bulletins or cases of water entering the engine. The only way water could possibly enter the engine and cause damage is in the throttlebody or a leaking intake gasket.. So if your worried about something you read somewhere then I would replace the intake gaskets to ensure a good fit. Anytime I have to remove the upper plenum I replace the gaskets because they are rubber and they will get swollen up and not seal properly..
But in all reality I have never had one suck in water as you speak because of a cowl panel, but the most common issue on the older HEMI engines are the broken valve springs...
Let me know if this helps,
The Star case you posted is what I was telling you about.. I attached it so you can read it..
Like I said, if your worried about it then I would replace the gaskets so just incase the cowl does allow some water to get to the top of the engine so it can't be sucked up in the engine...
But other than that I wouldn't get rid of the Durango as they are very good vehicles...
I hope this helps,
The valve spring issue is the most common issue with the older HEMi engines and the issue was the valve springs were breaking causing a misfire.. So if you ever experience a misfire and a tuneup doesn't fix it, check compression and then pull the valvecover and inspect the springs...
Glad I could help and thank you for the positive rating,
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