hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,280 miles

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problem #5

Apr 292003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,400 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Dakota quad cab. While driving 60 mph, the contact experienced difficulty steering the vehicle. The mechanic stated that the rack and pinion, ball joints, and tire rod needed to be replaced. The mechanic performed the repair. Approximately four years later, the vehicle experienced the same failures. The current mileage is 85,100 and failure mileage was 57,400.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
I read in today's paper about the investigation of 2004-05 Dakotas and durangos with the investigation into steering looseness and problems - our 2000 Dodge Dakota quad cab had to have the shaft replaced due to a broken connection - it had loosened for a long time until it affected our driving. The dealer repaired it to the tune of $ 250 and about 3 weeks later my minister had the same problem with her Dodge durango also 2000 - the mechanic even said "do you know a Mrs. Ksionzyk from your town - I just replaced the same thing on her Dakota" I don't think this is a coincidence - this is a very small dealer and community.

- Windsor, NY, USA

problem #3

May 102005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Driving down the road made a complete stop started to make right turn but the tires did not turn luckiely I stopped just in time to prevent an accident the steering shaft that connects to the steering colum completly broke off therfore leaving me with no control of my truck. I replaced the steering shaft. The replacemen part has been replaced with a upgraded part. That lead me to believe the manufactuer knows about this problem. This could have been much worse if I was on the highway traveling at a much higher speed. I was out of $286 dollars but I much rather be out of 286. Dollars than out of my loved ones.please help before some body gets seriously hurt or loses thier lives. Dodge also have a recall on this truck problems with the conrol arms that could break and have no control of the steering this also leads me to believe why the the steering shaft on my truck broke off.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #2

May 012002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Steering column develops clunk. Is most notable on braking and acceleration. Original column replaced at end of 36000 mi warranty period. New unit developed same problem after 12000 mi. Concerned that failure may cause binding in steering and loss of control.

- Tullahoma, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 052004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
At approx. 8K miles, pulsing and shimmy started in front end. Had to resurface rotors. Had to do again later at about 35K. Not normal. At 15K reported front end creaks/groans dealer found no problem. At 35K more of the same, dealer replaced front stabilizer/sway bushing. At 38K miles, replaced lower steering column. Helped some but still creaking when steering at low speed. At 53K asked again about steering groan. Dealer says he could fix for about $1000 (of course out of warranty now! and I've been asking about this since 15K miles). Also at 53K, replaced lower ball joints left side and fuel pump. At 59K back in the shop today to replace right ball joints which cause vehicle steering to "wander" and have badly worn inside right tire. Quality of vehicle is lousy and they won't admit it or stand behind it. The rotor and front end problems could be very dangerous because they impair the drivers control of the vehicle.

- Southbury, CT, USA