pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,785 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2005 Dodge Dakota:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

problem #2

Jun 072005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 470 miles
At 470 miles, my 2005 Dodge Dakota club cab developed a bad shimmy/vibration whenever the brakes were applied. The dealers service department determined that the rear brake drums were defective. They replaced them under warranty and several days later the problem returned. They machined the rear drums and put them back on the vehicle. At 1472 miles I had to return to the dealer again. The same vibration upon application of the brakes had returned, only worse. They confirmed the problem and machined the drums one last time. This fix only worked for a few more days. The shimmy/vibration was gone, only to be replaced by a loud thumping noise from the rear end whenever brakes were applied. At this time, the vehicle had just over 1700 miles on it. I returned to the service department on 13 September 2005 and the service team made 6 more attempts to remedy the problem, including brand new drums, machining of same and trying drums from another 2005 Dakota in their inventory. Nothing worked. The problem is worse than ever. They had the vehicle for 10 days and could not fix it! it was returned to me still defective on 22 September 2005. I sent a certified letter to daimler Chrysler customer center on 23 September 2005 notifying them of my intent to invoke my rights under Alabama lemon law section 8-20A. I want a full refund. This is ridiculous!

- Spanish Fort, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 252005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,100 miles
While driving above 50mph if you apply brakes the rear tires vibrate very vogorous and sometimes sway off the lane. I dropped my new 2005 Dodge Dakota quad cab St (V-8) magnum at the dealer service center. As of today the truck has been there for over a week and have attempted three (3) times to rectify but with no success. They replaced the brake drums, replaced the whole axel and have also replaced tires without any improvement.

- Dallas, GA, USA