really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,675 miles

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problem #17

Dec 182003


  • miles
Have replaced upper/lower ball joints once this year. They now need to be replaced again! am now also getting "whirring noise" when I am driving. When reversing out of parking space or turning corner, pulling into driveway, get huge clanking noise consistently. Dealer refused to replace at 30,150 miles. Bought truck to Transport kids in safety. Now I Transport my 3 kids in terror. Thanks Dodge. Not.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #16

Dec 182003

(reported on)


  • 37,000 miles
Vehicle was taken to repair shop to get a wheel alignment. Consumer was told that the alignment could not be done because the ball joints were worn out.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #15

Dec 182003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Upper left ball joints were detached and the upper right ball joints were loose. Consumer had both sides replaced.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 192003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Upper and lower ball joints premature wear out 45,000 miles.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #13

Dec 012003


  • miles
Consumer heard a noise coming from the left front tire. Consumer took the vehicle to gas station, and mechanic noticed that both upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced due to corrosion.

- Grimes, IA, USA

problem #12

Nov 302003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
While rotating tires right front tire fell off with the lug nuts still in place. This occurred after consumer jacked the vehicle up. Ball joints split down the middle. Prior to this incident, front end would bounce upon coming to a complete stop. 2000 Dodge Dakota passenger front tire fell off of vehicle during wheel rotation. The result of this occurence was due to the ball joints being spilt down the middle. The regular method of checking the ball joints did not reveal a defect.

- Alum Creek, WV, USA

problem #11

Oct 132003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,881 miles
The ball joints on my 2000 Dodge Dakota have failed with 41,000 miles on it.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #10

Nov 192003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
2000 Dodge Dakota sport 42,000 miles, ball joints need replacement.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #9

Oct 112003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
When having new tires put on my 2000 Dodge Dakota, they advised me that the eft front tie rod was loose. I contacted the dealer and got an appointment to have it looked at. They looked at it and said the tie rod was loose as well as the upper and lower ball joints. They said the ball joints were on national back order due to problems with other Dodge models (durango). They would contact me when the parts came in. They called yesterday (11-18-03). I have an appointment for next Tuesday, 11-25-03, to have it fixed. I have the extended warranty on my truck, and I only have 47,000+ miles on it. The warranty will pay for all but the $100 deductible and the $49.95 for the subsequent alignment that will be necessary. With all of the similar problems you have had with the Dakotas, durangos, Jeep, etc. I feel like this should be a recall issue and that I should not have to pay for any of it. My husband says suspension problems like this shouldn't occur in vehicles with this low mileage. I do not use this vehicle hard. It does not pull anything, and it does not carry heavy loads. I am the only owner.

- Lewistown, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 152001

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
2000 Dodge Dakota, bought with 27,200 miles, ball joints progressively gotten worse in two years time and unable to replace parts vehicle now has 74,000 miles a vehicle this young should not have this type of problems.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #7

Aug 152003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,825 miles
Dodge Dakota quad cab, 2000 upper and lower front ball joints failed.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 102003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am having my ball joints replaced for the third time. I have a friend who has the exact same vehicle, and they have had theirs done four times. I also know at least three other people with same truck (year, make, model) that have had this same problem multiple times. This is not mere coinicidence- something is wrong with the suspension of these trucks.

- Sullivan, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 112003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Consumer states both upper ball and lower ball joints needed to be replaced. Vehicle was running without warranty. Dealer notified.

- Corder, MO, USA

problem #4

Nov 202002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,900 miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota, I have been to the dealer a countless amount of times complaining about my from, every from noise to instability, excessive bounce. I am given every excuse in the world about this problem, I have even told them what it is, the ball joints, the tell me that it wheell and they replaced them, but have same trbl over and over again, I believe something jsut need to be done, it you need professional advise or complaint go to dodgedakotas.com.

- Uppermarlboro, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 152001

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles
2000 Dodge Dakota,4.7L aout transmission/upper control arm ball joint assembly defective.replaced at 1.100 miles, lower control arm assembly ball joint came apart at 9,200 wheel came off.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 252003


  • miles
The lower ball joint snapped in half.

- Delmar, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 162002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Ball joints failed.

- Round Lake, IL, USA