10.0

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

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problem #35

Dec 012008

Dakota

  • 174,168 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Dakota. The contact noticed a small red puddle underneath the vehicle. Upon further inspection, he observed that the transmission fluid level was low. He added transmission fluid to the vehicle. While driving at an unknown speed, he took the vehicle to the dealer. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 00V197000 (power train:automatic transmission), although the failures were identical. The dealer would have to get authorization prior to making any repairs. The manufacturer stated that because the vehicle was eight years old, they would not assume responsibility for the repair. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 174,168.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #34

Apr 212008

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
We bought a 2000 Dodge Dakota sport in January 2008. Ever since we've had it, it's RPM goes up to 3 1/2 to 4 rpms before it shift from first to second and from second to third. At first, it was when we would first leave our parking lot, and now it does it almost all the time. We bought it at kunes in delavan, Wisconsin and they say that it's normal. We've never owned a vehicle or known anybody who has ever had that happened to. The truck only has 67,000 miles on it. If this is normal why is it getting worse the more we drive it.

- Elkhorn, WI, USA

problem #33

Sep 242005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
Transmission failed on Dodge Dakota on a hill. No crash but I heard this is happening to tons of Dodge trucks at around 70,000 miles. Some one could get hurt. Transmission had to be rebuilt.

- Carnegie, PA, USA

problem #32

Sep 222005

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2000 Dodge Dakota developed a misfire in the engine while driving with the cruise control engaged. The consumer stated he recently read where there was a service bulletin out regarding a sensor in the transmission.

- Magnolia , TX, USA

problem #31

Jun 062005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,500 miles
Transmission shifted rough from when it was brand new. Brought to dealershop no less then 10 times in 5 years complaining. No problem could be id'd until last week. The engine malfunction light came on while sitting in park. The dealership id'd problem as faulty valve body. Replaced valve body and transmission solenoid, at a cost of over $950. Vehicle has 63,000 miles.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #30

May 252004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicles transmission would heat up and we could only use first gear. After driving the vehicle 25 miles at 55 mph transmission would only use first, reverse and park. It has been to two transmission shops and two dealerships and still don't know what is wrong.

- Kendallville, IN, USA

problem #29

May 242004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,494 miles
The transmission just act liked it went into neutral, but now I know the transmission completely went out suddenly.

- Leavittsburg, OH, USA

problem #28

Oct 012003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Transmission in a 2000 Dodge Dakota, transmission started to slip in overdrive. Dodge recommended a total rebuild. Total cost of rebuild was $1465 at my expense.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #27

Nov 172003

Dakota

  • 70,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph check engine light came on. Vehicle would not shift into a gear higher than two. Vehicle was driven to a dealer, who informed the consumer that the aceum piston, in the valve body broke.

- Barstow, CA, USA

problem #26

Jul 272003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving the vehicle would only shift to neutral. Dealer notified. When the vehicle was in 3rd gear it went to neutral and the engine RPM's increased for a short period of time when the transmission should have changed to 4th gear. The vehicle had been to the service dealer 6 times for repairs. There was a vibration in the front of the vehicle due to warped rotors. Faulty wheel bearings caused a popping noise in the steering when the consumer made left turns.

- Reidsville, NC, USA

problem #25

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 #24

Mar 252003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I stopped the truck and put in the park position, I then came out of the truck, closed the door and the truck started to move in the reverse direction, I ran after the truck to see if I could stop it but the reverse speed was to fast for me and the truck hit the tree damaging the rear bumper and I fell back injuring my back. Checked the position of the shift after above incident to see the pointer position above "R". I tried several times to duplicate the same symptom without any success. This I know for certain you can not get out of the truck when it is in reverse.

- Munster , IN, USA

problem #23

Dec 272002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 330 miles
Latest problem is stalling at stops. One occurred while crossing railroad tracks. The problem was traced to the transmission.

- Carnesville, GA, USA

problem #22

Nov 242002

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,647 miles
2000 Dodge Dakota quadcab - I was going forward in my driveway when I stopped the truck and put it in "park", engine still running. I got out of the truck and after about 15 seconds it engaged itself in reverse. It smashed through a gate and I got injured when I got caught between the gate and the left front fender of the truck. When the truck stopped I got in and still found it indicating in "park". the driveway was level. I have since been able to duplicate the condition with the gear shift just slightly out of "park", particularly with a cold engine.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #21

Jul 012001

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When shifting transmission made a crunching sound and hesitated, then, would not shift. Vehicle was taken to dealer 3-4 times, could not find cause of problem. Vehicle at dealership at this time. This started at 5000 miles.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 182002

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While at dealer for transmission problem, mechanic determined engine head was cracked. Please add further information.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #19

Oct 202001

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed after 45,500 miles. Dealer had tried to fix problem in April 2001 but transmission failed in October.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #18

Mar 222002

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Truck was in for several things wrongat 1542 miles, brakes and powertrain was a couple of then they said it was okay, they must not have checked anything because now they are failling in a short time while I'm tring to get all this straightened out my truck is getting worse please help

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 272002

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering column starting squeaking, and the shift stick would wiggle a little while in gear. Then one of the next times I went to go move the truck I put it into reverse, stepped on the gas and it shifted itself into drive. Also, when driving it, when I turn the wheel it would change gears. I have taken it to my dealer a year ago for the same problem, but all they did was tightened things in the steering column.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #16

Mar 042000

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When turning very sharp corner vehicle dies. Vehicle could easily be rear ended. Also, gears do not engage properly. When shifting into drive it reads that it was in a different gear.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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