really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,616 miles

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problem #9

Feb 272014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I turned on my heated seat, as I have done several times this winter. After approximately 15 minutes, I smelled something burning. I reached around the back of me as I was driving because a spot on my back was very heated. I actually stuck my finger through a hole in the seat that had burned through both the seat and my coat. (also my finger, at this point.) I immediately turned the heat off and went directly to the dealership. Their solution was to contact Chrysler's customer claims resolution center, who in turn inspected the vehicle and my coat on March 3, 2014. The next contact I had was a letter dated March 10 that stated, "the inspector found no indication of a manufacturing defect that caused or contributed to the incident..." I subsequently called their general office counsel and was told they would not be doing anything further and I should make a claim to my insurance agent. They refused to answer my questions regarding how many vehicles had similar problems and that there were no "higher ups" that I could contact. Needless to say, I'm not happy with the outcome and would welcome any suggestions you might have for me. Thank you.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #8

May 012008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the vehicle emitted a squeaking noise upon entering and exiting. The noise was also present while the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the head was rebuilt and the electrical harness was replaced. The manufacturer was notified and was working with the contact to repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 87,000.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 202012

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 101,253 miles
I started vehicle and turned on the drivers side heated seat switch prior to cleaning the snow and ice off windows and hood afterwhich I let my coworker clean his vehicle off. I went back to my vehicle to smell something burning and noticed the left side of the seat smoldering through the cloth. I turned the switch back off and wiped the area with snow thus stopping the impending fire. I would estimate the time running/warming up; to be approximately 6 minutes.

- South St Paul, MN, USA

problem #6

Mar 082011

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • 118,943 miles
March, 2011, as I was in the front passenger seat, smoke filled the truck. We immediately stopped and I got out. The seat back was smoking and burning and a hole was burned in my coat. I reported this immediaely to Chrysler. It was investigated and Chrysler replaced the element and put a new seat cover on the seat back. I did not ask for reimbersment for the coat. On 12/27/11, the same seat, now the bottom, caught on fire. I immediately called Chrysler again, bought the truck for an inspection along with my new burnt coat. I received a letter this time saying that they found no defect. I asked for an explanation as to why it was not defective this time and was told that the decision was final and no explanation was necessary. I do not want heated seats and told them I didn't even want this seat fixed, just my coat replaced. Why, if the seat back was defective, then the seat bottom catches on fire a year later, I feel that I need more of an explanation than too bad. Heated seats are apparently very dangerous.

- Rensselaer, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 042012

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,324 miles
Drivers seat shorted out and overheated, causing a 1 inch square burn on the seat, and also burned a hole in my jeans. Heated seat fuse did not blow. Concerned that a fire could have started while the vehicle was not occupied.

- Winchester, TN, USA

problem #4

Dec 152009

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Dodge Dakota key will not turn to start vehicle.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022009


  • 41,000 miles
I bought my 2005 Dodge Dakota new. At about 40,000 miles going to work at night and in a snowstorm my headlights flickered a couple of times then started to intermittantly go off then back on. Only my fog lights below my bumper were on. Fortunately there was no accidents. Later I looked at all the wiring and connectors and found nothing. The problem went away for about 3 months then came back. This is very dangerous and at certain instances could be dangerous: Fog, winding roads, etc. I spoke to a Dodge mechanic and he informs me that there's a know problem with the interior instrument cluster light intensity switch (its part of the headlight assy). This needs to be addressed before someone gets hurt. Thanks bob paulding

- Wakefield, NH, USA

problem #2

Mar 282008

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2005 Dodge Dakota V6 4 X 4 less that three months ago. The power steering pump went out. I bought a new pump at the dealership for $172 & put it in. The truck is still not working. I believe the new pump is also shot now. The hoses have been cleaned out & the rack is not leaking. There was always fluid in the power steering reservoir. None of the fluid is circulating.

- Kings Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152006

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,158 miles
: the contact stated while driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was maneuvered off the road, restarted, and was driven to the dealer who determined the computer needed to be upgraded.

- Wendell, NC, USA