pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,000 miles

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problem #5

Jun 252003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Upper and lower ball joints have failed. 40,000 miles on vehicle. Ball joints should last much longer than this. Dealer wants $1,200 to change them. Truck has already had new front drive shaft, new sway bar bushings, new driver seat cushion, new fuel injectors, new electric motor in right rear window. What has happened to "Ram tough". may have to go back to "like a rock". old pickup 1979 Chevrolet never had ball joint problems, much less any thing else major. Thanks rick worsfold.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #4

Oct 042002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving and no warning the drive shaft are hitting the right rear tire causing heavy vibration and damage to the tire. Dealer notified.

- Dalton, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 142002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
I am the daughter of the owner and am writing and sending this because my father is illiterate and speaks very little english. He is 70 years old and retired. My parents were traveling back from albuquerque, nm on I-40 approx. 8:30 pm at 75 mph when they heard this loud, terrible noise from underneath the vehicle. The steering mechanism stiffenend and they slowly manuevered the truck off the freeway. Preliminary report from a mechanic states it may appear that they driveshaft broke initially and in return, it hit and tore apart the transmission and the transfer case. Previously, this vehicle has no history of having any sort of problems nor had my parents had any inclination that something could be wrong, such as hearing noises, squeaks, etc. This occurred so suddenly. This vehicle also had 90% highway miles verses 10% flat, graveled or dirt road. My father was unlikely to go 4-wheeling or to mistreat this vehicle (as the Dodge dealership is implying).

- Mexican Springs, NM, USA

problem #2

Jul 122001

(reported on)


  • miles
When vehicle accelrates a winding noise occurs in rear end due to defective driveshaft. Cause unknown.

- Macon, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 022000


  • miles
At time of purchase consumer asked the dealer what the skid plates were made out off. Consumer was told metal. Later, consumer found out that they were plastic and broke off, causing the 4- wheel drive to quit. Dealer said the driveshaft would have to be replaced.

- Concord, CA, USA