fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,606 miles

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problem #9

May 212008


  • 53,000 miles
The transmission in my 2004 Dodge Dakota slt is a piece of crap. First I had to replace the valve body at 53,000 miles, now the torque converter tries to lock too soon (at 30 mph), which results in the truck shuddering between 30 and 40 mph. It only occurs under light acceleration. Heavy acceleration keeps the converter from locking.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #8

Jun 202006

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,791 miles
Vibrating at speeds greater than 50 mph. Spoke to Dodge reference #15238936 the vehicle continues to vibrate after multiple attempts to repair truck at dealers. Tires balanced and rotated, then tires replaced, brakes replaced, shocks replaced. Swapped rims. Serviced transmission, replaced driveshaft and U joints. Pressure balance the tires. Replaced axel bearings and possibly the axel. Replaced ring gear and pinion and all bearings. Multiple alignments.

- Cullman, AL, USA

problem #7

Jan 292007

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Transmission defect, will not go into fourth and third gear after initial cold start, truck jerks and makes noise.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 242004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am looking for all people that are willing to speak to my attorney about problems they are having with their 04 Dakota's. I have had clunking noise coming from front end, whirling noise at idling gets louder when blinker on, windows make clunking noise while rolling up or down, sever E shaking while braking ( warped rotors), transmission leaking, and the list goes on. I am in the middle of lemon law and it took me a long time to be able to find an attorney. This one is excellent.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 192004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
When the vehicle is cold transmission is not disconnecting from the engine. Once the vehicle warms it runs okay. Consumer stated that the vehicle will be left overnight at the dealers to see if they can duplicate the problem.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jul 132004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Transmission slips, rattling in the front suspension of the vehicle. Took this truck back to outten county Chrysler numerous times and they would not fix any of the problems.

- Minersville, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 152004


  • miles
Transmission hesitates to shift gears.

- Roy, UT, USA

problem #2

Jun 082004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 560 miles
After having the vehicle repaired four times, while driving at 65 mph vehicle shuts down. Also, the gear dropped into lower gear and bucked.

- Houston, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 172004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Loud thunking noise comes from the transmission when attempting to stop. Rep from Chrysler stated this was coming from the gas tank. There is a vibration between 30-45 mph coming from the drive train. Rep stated this was "normal".there is also a loud whirring noise coming from the fuel pump. Rep also states this is normal.bearing nosie is coming from the power steering pump. My 2004 Dodge Dakota SXT has been to the dealer 5 times and the dealer still cannot fix. The rep from Chrysler stated this is the "best" truck Dodge has ever built. I'd hate to see the worst! so far the dealer has replaced the ac condenser, complete rack & pinion steering system, complete drive shaft, rear differential housing, rear swaybar links, the brakes shudder when attempting to stop, left front brake squeal, front end needed aligning after rack & pinion steering replacement. Transmission fluid leaking from tail shaft seal.

- Spring Lake Hgts, NJ, USA