10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,664 miles

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problem #15

Jul 132001

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed and replaced at 40000 miles and 1 1/2 years on the road. Just had transmission serviced 7000 miles ago. Dodge agreed to replace parts, but I still have to pay service which is over 1000. Dodge never told me why it failed, nor how. I asked them to check fluid level, never did. Brakes when applied cause vehicle to "wobble". brake repair said rotors were warped. They were fixed only to be occurring again. I shall never buy another Dodge.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #14

May 152000

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Can put my truck into revere and it will not move. The dash says its in reverse(digital read out) but acts as if it is still in neutral. Have file arbitration and had to refile after disatisfaction of outcome. Daimler Chrysler says its not unasfe.

- Bay Minette, AL, USA

problem #13

May 152000

Dakota

  • miles
Can put the truck in reverse and not move. The dash will say its in reverse(digitail dash) but truck will not move. Acts as if it is still in reverse. Have gone to arbitration, and then refile again.distirct manager says it is not unsafe.

- Bay Minette, AL, USA

problem #12

Oct 012000

Dakota

  • miles
Dip stick will not fully seat in tube, permitting transmission fluid to leak from tube during vehicle operation. Fluid drips onto hot engine.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 122001

Dakota

  • miles
As of 10/22/00 until 01/14/01 I have had 18 problems with vehicle. Wont start at different times, but will restart after several minutes. Transmission stays in 3rd gear or slips in & out of gear. Brakes make growling noise & shutter. Truck will die with no warning. Has spark knock with 87 or 89 octane fuel. Many problems.

- Bethlehem, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 012000

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 112000

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever slowing down or changing gears, vehicle would either stutter or stall. Have taken vehicle to dealership serveral times & mechanic indicated it was a factory defect & that manufacturer knew of problem. Can not resolve stalling problem.

- Moneta, VA, USA

problem #8

Nov 042000

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My truck dies when it is cold and warm, jerks when shifted into drive, and jerks when shfting from second to third..

- Borger, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 072000

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
While accelerating transmission will not shift into gear. The driver has to deaccelerate and then accelerated. Dealer has repaired/replaced the transmission twice.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #6

May 212000

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing ongoing stalling problem which the dealer has been unable to fix. The truck has stalled in the middle of traffic. A tow truck was needed. Truck had a problem on the freeway forcing the truck to not exceed 40 mph when traffic was at 55mph.

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 022000

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shutters and skips upon shifting into overdrive. Transmission has been replaced with a new transmission. Problem is less, but still evident. Does not always downshift when depressing pedal to the floor. Vehicle looses power when goin up a long grade. Vehicle is passed by school buses.

- Beachwood, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 222000

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about average speed transmission jumped out of gear into neutral without warning, and lost power.

- Lizell, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 312000

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tramission slips on shift from 2nd to 3rd at 3000 RPM when cold.transmission was repaired once and problem still existed, transmission was replaced and the problem still exist intermittently.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #2

Dec 251999

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission went out at 3000 miles. Also, engine was missing spark plugs.

- Benavides, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 291999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Automatic transmission failed.

- Pickens, SC, USA