really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,852 miles

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problem #7

Mar 162005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,980 miles
Rack and pinion failure 48,000 miles. Seals leaking and pump whining..

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #6

Nov 292004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
2002 - Dodge Dakota: Truck mechanically sound when it comes to the engine. Recently had a tune-up & 27 point inspection @ 50,000 miles and was informed that the upper and lower ball joints need replacement and would cost about $1200 to fix. The dealers mechanic asked if I have been hear a "clunking" sound when making sharp turns. I advised the mechanic that this sound started happening around 30,000 miles but did not pay to much attention. I asked the dealership if it was common for this to happen so prematurely. No answer. Any recalls in the works. There seems to be may issues from others surrounding the balljoints!!! if I would have known about the additional cost of $1200 maybe I would not have considered purchasing the truck in the first place.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 042004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,200 miles
I had a brake and rotor job done at 36000 miles by a local mechanic and found that my rack and pinion is leaking at the boot and there is to much play from tie rods. Dealer ship will do nothing to help exept charge me $3750 to fix it. I do not no how long the problem has been there. Anouther dealership told me it was a messy oil change ya right!

- Hamburg, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 272004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,680 miles
I had loss of control of my vehicle this morning which I believe is a direct result of my steering/ball joint / rack and pinion failure. It's at the dealer now being looked over thoroughly. The dealer just replaced the intermittent steering shaft last week.

- St Charles, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 042004

(reported on)


  • 35,000 miles
When making a left turn there was a popping noise in the steering. Dealership replaced the steering shaft sector, rack and pinion, and upper and lower ball joints.

- Malvern, AR, USA

problem #2

May 142003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,104 miles
I own a 2002 Dodge Dakota. At 27,000 miles, the dealership replaced all four ball joints. They also worked on the 4 wheel drive. At 34,000 miles they replaced three ball joints and worked on the 4 wheel drive. At 42,000 miles they replaced the rack and pinion on the passenger side and worked on the 4 wheel drive. At 49,000 miles I had to replace wheel bearings in the passenger side. Fortunately, I have not had any accidents. I have heard noises and taken it to the dealership or my mechanic. I am very concerned about driving it. I do not feel safe driving it anymore. I think they have some serious front end problems that they should be addressing. I don't think I should be footing the bill for it. I am also very upset that the dealership and Dodge have known about the problems and chose to blame them on other conditions caused by the owner.

- Ellington, MO, USA

problem #1

Dec 162001


  • miles
Engine stumbles at 2300 RPM, two dealers have said problem is characteristic and not repairable. Steering is stiff at center very light elsewhere causing oversteering at the transition, also characteristic according to dealers. Steering problem amplified starting from stop and turning corner. Excessive vehicle roll and stumbling accentuates steering instability. Also noticable on freeway entrance/exit ramps when steering is on the transition between heavy and light effort.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA