really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,069 miles

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problem #55

Mar 152020


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start or park with the gear shifter in the park position. The vehicle was only able to start or park when placed in neutral. No warning light was illuminated. The contact spoke with chapman las vegas Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram located at (3175 E sahara ave, las vegas, nv 89104) and was informed that the vehicle was not subjected to a recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #54

Aug 022019


  • 152,000 miles
Came to a stop behind 2 vehicles in left turn lane. When traffic light green arrow came and accelerated there was a loud bang and truck would not move. Car behind skidded to a stop to avoid truck. Tried reverse and drive with no affect then looking under truck ther was rear differential oil puddling under center pumpkin. Group of people helped pushed truck into lot backwards since would roll forward. Towed back to work and inspected next day 8/3/19 and pinion nut had backed off. Pulled diff cover and found several chunks of metal from damage. Build date 08/04 152,000 miles with 9 1/4 rearend. Apparently there was a recall on the Ram 1500 with same rear end and within this build date. Would not the Dakota also be included? L

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #53

Nov 012016


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While operating the vehicle, the service 4 wheel drive indicator intermittently illuminated. During the failure, the vehicle could not be driven in 4 wheel drive. Also, after removing the ignition key, the 4 wheel drive actuator would remain active. Eventually, the transmission failed and was reset. After resetting the transmission, the vehicle operated normally. While driving 60 mph, the transmission erroneously switched into 4 wheel drive and caused the speed to reduce to 10 mph. The failures were not diagnosed or repaired. An unknown dealer was notified. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Lincoln, MO, USA

problem #52

Jan 082019


  • 92,000 miles
Service 4WD light keeps coming on and I was watching it and notice the 4 low light blinked on once. Nothing seems to be wrong with the transfer case but I think it wanting to go into 4WD on its own. The serv 4WD light stays on at times and other times after awhile it will go off but later come back on.

- Quincy, IL, USA

problem #51

Sep 092018


  • 179,000 miles
Approximately two weeks ago from this complaint, while driving the aforementioned vehicle (2005 Dodge Dakota) during normal, summer time road conditions, writer noticed that the "svc 4WD" warning indicator light illuminated. Light remained illuminated for approximately 3 miles before turning off. Light didn't illuminate again until Sunday, 09/09/2018. When unlocking the vehicle using the vehicle's remote unlock on the key, writer noticed a sound that sounded like the vehicle engaging the four wheel drive mechanisms. Writer started the vehicle, noted that the vehicle was not in four wheel drive, and the service light was not illuminated. During the course of this week, the service light has intermittently illuminated on occasion, remaining on for a short period of time, then turns off. Today, 09/14/2018, when leaving my work for an errand, I noted that the "svc 4WD" light was illuminated immediately after starting the vehicle. Writer noted that the vehicle was also, in fact, in four wheel drive, as the vehicle was "skipping" the tires while turning and exhibiting signs of a vehicle in 4 wheel drive while driving on dry pavement. Writer noted that the "4WD control knob" was in the 2wd position. Writer parked the vehicle and made several attempts, while both in park and neutral, to engage the 4WD and disengage using the 4WD control knob. None of these actions were able to disengage the transfer case. Writer drove the vehicle to my destination, (approximately 3 miles), noting upon my arrival that the service light was no longer illuminated and the vehicle was not in four wheel drive any longer. Writer also notes electrical symptoms such as vehicle now honks after locking with the remote lock on the key. Complaint is concerning spontaneous engagement of the four wheel drive mechanism, without cause, possibly related to defects associated with the tipm.

- Demotte, IN, USA

problem #50

May 182018


  • 158,352 miles
My 2005 Dakota has been jumping in and out of 4WD while driving down the road and yesterday the transfercase locked into neutral while the vehicle wad sitting in my mother's driveway and rolled into the road

- Fillmore, NY, USA

problem #49

Mar 012017


  • 130,000 miles
Mine is the 2005 Dodge Dakota extra cab and the exhaust manifold bolts breaking/shearing at the engine block. This can cause (and it has) a ticking sound that gets louder as you accelerate. Once you hear the ticking sound, both sides of the engine are affected. This results in poor mileage, overheating, engine will stall at low idle, ultimately allowing exhaust fumes to enter the cabin, potentiallu, poisoning the occupants with carbon monoxide fumes. I took this vehicle to the dealer to have then replaced. The 1st dealer said it wasn't repairable. 2nd one said, 1400 $ per side to extract broken bolts at the rear of the exhaust manifold on both sides of my 4.7. 3rd repair shop told me this very common on the 4.7 and he does about 10 a week. His price was 350 $ per size plus gasket and doughnut gasket at the collector. Hey! if this is such a common problem why are we Dodge owners being hostage by having to make this repair ourselves and pay for it? it is an emmisions engineering underdesign that needs to be fixed and a recall needs to be issued. It is a design defect. Please investigate and get this situation corrected before some innocent child dies from carbon monoxide entering the cabin. Not to mention other potential hazards that may occur because the driver is overwhelmed by carbon monoxide and runs down 78 people because they passed out from the carbon monoixide filled cabin while driving. Please. Do. something. Time is running out. Before somebody is killed.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #48

Jan 162018


  • 124,706 miles
Truck tries to engage into 4X4 mode while knob is in 2X4 selection and key is not even in ignition. Also while driving truck engages into 4X4 mode while knob is in 2X4 mode. Dodge dealer said they no longer make tipm part to fix this issue and no other parts company make this part.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #47

Jun 152017


  • 135,000 miles
The transfer case on this vehicle will randomly shift from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive or even to 4 wheel drive low range with no driver input. Shifting to 4 low is very dangerous as it tends to lock up the drive train which could result in loss of control of the vehicle

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #46

Nov 112017


  • 100,000 miles
Dodge durango 2005 transmission was replaced at 100,000. Once that was replaced 4WD service light appeared and switching sounds under the truck started. The truck locked into place and could not move. I went into 4WD automatically and when I went to seach problems online I came across hundreds of the same complaints. Please check out https://www.cargurus.com/cars/discussion-T4148_ds482593 I am speechless and very afraid of driving this car.

- New Canaan, CT, USA

problem #45

Aug 102017


  • 82,000 miles
Transmission slips to neutral from full stop while moving from stoped, and bangs into gear while moving

- Rock Tavern, NY, USA

problem #44

Apr 032017


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle independently shifted gears without warning. The failure recurred randomly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that there were no reports for the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #43

Jul 032016


  • 130,000 miles
Four wheel drive engages and disengages by itself. It does it sometimes when I unlock the doors with remote and other times when nothing is done. There is no certain thing that I do to make it happen. It does it in drive also but I have only noticed it when I am stopped at a light or in my driveway. Engaging 4 wheel drive while driving or in drive, I believe falls under unsafe conditions. Have done research on different Dodge forums and found that 04-05 durangos and Dakotas have this problem.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #42

May 252015


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V046000 (power train), 15V313000 (air bags), and 16V352000 (air bags). The parts were not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. The contact called four dealers that could not provide a specific date for when the parts would become available. The contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact was not experiencing a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #41

Dec 082016


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the transmission caught on fire while the vehicle was parked. The wiring harness and alarm system were burned. The contact was able to extinguish the fire. In addition, while the vehicle was in reverse, the gear shifter would shift into park or neutral. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Crawfordsville, IN, USA

problem #40

Dec 152016


  • 86,000 miles
Randomly, the 4 wheel drive will engage when not selected. So far this has only happened at low speed (in parking lots). I can tell it is engaged because I get wheel slippage while turning. After straightening the truck and shifting to neutral, the problem will be resolved. Additionally, the "service 4WD" light or "4lo" lights will illuminate while driving, but the transfer case does not appear to actually shift. No damage to drive train so far. Thirdly, the transfer case will shift while the truck is parked in the driveway, the ignition is off, and the key removed, with no-one in the vehicle. I can hear the shift motor trying to engage.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #39

Nov 102016


  • 140,000 miles
Transfer case shifting into 4 wheel drive on its own. You can sometimes here it shifting when you open the door no key even in the car yet " it tries to shift into 4 wheel drive at all speeds. It sometimes goes into 4 wheel drive when turning at low speeds ? I don't have a problem paying to fix the problem but no one seems to have a solution ? change front control module?, transfer case shift motor?,change wiring from module to transfer case " change 4 wheel drive selector switch. Which one, where do you start. Need help! should be a recall. Seem's very dangerous. Sounds like hundreds with the same issue and no answer's.

- Gilbertville, MA, USA

problem #38

Oct 232016


  • 75,186 miles
Shifting on its own. My truck has 75,186 miles on it and has always been well maintained. For the past 10,000 miles or so, it has been shifting in and out of 4 wheel drive and lo 4X4 randomly by itself without any human interaction. Even sitting parked you could hear it cycling and shifting electronically in and out of 4X4. I recently parked it in a grass field near a pond and left it - was working fine when I pulled in. Came back about an hour later, got in, started it and tried to go... nothing at all. It had shifted into neutral (red "N" lighted) and it would not shift into any gear forward or reverse. Rolled freely now both directions. Had to get it towed out of the field and up to the roadway and then another company to come load it and tow it to the shop. Searched online - there are many similar instances about this vehicle shifting in and out of gears randomly on its own. Why hasn't this electronic shifting mechanism been recalled before someone gets killed? my truck easily rolled regardless of the shifting position. Just lucky I was on flat land in a field at this time and not on a sloping street - horrible to think what could have happened last week when I parked in the sloping parking lot at teh school above the football crowd at the game below. Too terrible to imagine if it would have shifted into neutral by itself at that time.

- Elk Horn, IA, USA

problem #37

Sep 302016


  • miles
4 wheel drive is trying to engage on it's own even if it is not running. I am not going to go into detail because there are several complaints for the same problem. I am kind of curious as to why, with so many complaints, something hasn't been done about this problem.

- Mt. Sterling, OH, USA

problem #36

Jul 152016


  • 137,780 miles
Driving down the road in motion the transmission slams and the vehicle struggles to move it comes up with 2 codes which are P2706 and P0700 and when it sets this code off check engine light comes on.it has caused us to almost accidents as vehicle wont move.I am scared to drive with kids in vehicle in fear of an accident.

- Warren, OH, USA

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