really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,206 miles

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problem #5

Feb 282007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,528 miles
Noise from engine compartment and vibration from steering wheel. Sounds as if power steering pump was low on fluid. Makes a load noise when steering became difficult to steer. Drove short distance to repair facility and was shocked that the high pressure hoses had split. Also the rack and pinion steering will have to be rebuilt if possible if not replaced. Also a boot was torn and has to be replaced. Work has not been started as I find it is necessary to get more than one estimate. The local garage wants in excess of $1200 for the repairs while the dealer wants over $2000. Approximately 12 months ago I had the upper ball joints replaced under warranty and had to get a front end alignment at an extra charge. No visual signs of wear was noticed.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 122005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,500 miles
While driving at highway speed steering rack and pinion failed, causing the vehicle to pull to the left, and resulting in a collision. Consumer had the vehicle towed. Dealership will be notified.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #3

Nov 082004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving steering wheel jumped on its on. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and took it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the rack and pinion steering and upper ball joint needed to be replaced.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #2

Mar 032003

(reported on)

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Vehicle is experiencing slack in the steering column. Also, there is a problem with the rack and pinion steering. Right side of the vehicle is causing the tires to wear unevenly. There is a rattling and squeaking noise in the front right side.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152002


  • miles
Consumer states while driving approx 45 mph vehicle's power steering failed w/O warning. Checked by dlr who advised rack and pinion failed.

- Carson City, NV, USA