hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,750 miles

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problem #4

Jan 012016


  • 144,000 miles
I have a 96 Dodge Dakota that frame is rusting out. It has rusted out where the emergency brake cable hooks up so now no emergency brakes. Tubular frame is rusted out in about 3 places, a bumper bracket rusted out. I have tried twice to paint frame with out any success. Body is not rusting at all. I am also a volunteer fire fighter. Called Dodge and they said there is nothing they are doing to fix or recall this problems done research and mine is not the only one this is been happening to. Included a youtube video of one that they took the body off of www.bing.com/videos/search?Q=96+Dodge+Dakota+frame+problems+youtube&view=detail&mid=4094674F6964C6F203F74094674F6964C6F203F7&form=vire

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 102013


  • 235,000 miles
At idle/park my 1996 Dodge Dakota 4X4 V8 5.2L slt will sputter and sometimes kill the engine. Now I'm not sure if that's a safety feature so the engine doesn't over flood itself, but I've replaced the iac valve, PCV valve, distributor rotor/cap, and spark plugs with no improvement. I recent had a problem where the conditions out we're somewhat icy and mid turn into a parking lot I took a blow to a fire hydrant because the vehicle killed itself, meaning loss of power steering and power brakes. I was fine, but my vehicles body took the damage. Luckily the airbag system didn't deploy but this issue has been brought up a lot with the 1995-1996 Dakotas. And honestly I'm scared that the vehicle might do this while on the free way. Also, of 3 O2 sensors that's just above the catalytic converter, all three have left the vehicles check engine light on and have tested faulty. I have yet to return to the exhaust systems shop to see if they can fix it due to it being under warranty, but my mechanic said that it mostly because there's an unneeded amount of extra power going to the O2 sensor which is causing it to fault. Anyhow, I appreciate anything that can be looked at into this, because I do live on a hilly suburb and I rather not take the fault of my vehicle failing and damaging state, neighbors or even my own property, let alone myself getting hurt.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #2

May 012001


  • miles
Bushings on front right of vehicle were becoming worn. Consumer took vehicle into dealership, who examined it and determined that there was a crack located on lower right front wheel well area of vehicle. Dealership informed consumer that vehicle was unsafe to drive. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- El Dorado, AK, USA

problem #1

Feb 211997

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Water leaking into cab.

- West Covin, CA, USA