really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,500 miles

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problem #10

Aug 312018


  • miles
Hello, I recently purchased a one owner 2005 Dodge Dakota, which has less than 35,000 miles and has been very well maintained. The car fax came back clean for accidents etc, but I have found, that both the front and rear sections of the chassis had to be replaced on driver and passenger sides and most of the front suspension had to be replaced too. Due to excessive deep rust. To the point of the nut holding the left outer tie rod end disintegrated. The straight side rails of the chassis are excessively deep rusted. As well as the oil pan and rear axle housing (which are original). The dealership had to cut off the front suspension components and replace all bushings and most of the front suspension components. Due to excessive rust and wear. My truck has barely been on the road for its year and has had minimal exposure to road chemicals such as salt etc. These components rotting away to this extent with such low mileage regardless of age indicates the use of poor quality materials being used during assembly and posing a potential safety issue to consumers. I opened a case# 57271603 with Chrysler and the agent told, that even if the case was moved up for review. It would be sent back due to the age of the truck. Which I disagree with, as the front suspension components should not have rotted and disintegrated so badly and the chassis should not have had to have extensive repairs in less than 35,000 miles. I would think, that this poses a potential safety issue for anyone buying trucks using the same chassis and components from the same vendor, if they are not manufactured at a Dodge plant. Ultimately it should be the car manufacturer's responsibility, that the parts they are using are quality and will not pose potential safety risk to consumers. Please let me know, if further information etc. Is needed. Thank you

- Riverside, RI, USA

problem #9

Apr 182018


  • miles
2005 Dodge Dakota. Consumer is seeking reimbursement for vehicle. Consumer states that dealer refuses to repair vehicle.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Apr 012017

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the wiring inside the driver's seat cushion burned holes in the fabric. The vehicle was taken to rairdons Chrysler Dodge of kirkland (12828 ne 124 th St kirkland, wa 98034), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and sent a special investigator, but did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 81,000. Updated 10/26/17 updated 10/30/2017

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #6

Feb 152017


  • miles
As I drive down the road, 4lo will flash and a quick grindy noise will come and go... happens randomly on both city and highway... don't know what's going

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 012015


  • 42,000 miles
Keys partly slip out of ignition causing electrical failures. While in motion, if you bump your keys with your knee or hit a bump in the road, multiple dashboard warning lights appear and gauges, including the speedometer, will give inaccurate or nonexistent readings. Cruise control and other systems may fail. Vehicle must be pulled over and turned off to clear the electrical failures. This failure can occur multiple times in one trip.

- Harbor Beach, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 072011


  • 30,000 miles
Driving vehicle, turned on seat warmers, back started getting very warm and a terrible smell. Pulled off to side of road, got out, smoke coming from seat and two burn holes in fabric.

- Bridgeview, IL, USA

problem #3

May 052010

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Problem is with the rear axle on the 2005 Dodge Dakota. I have had the dealership rebuild the axle at 15,000 and 50,000 miles. It's being rebuilt for a 3rd time by a independent auto shop. I tried to take it to a Dodge dealership in santa maria ca to see if they would repair it since it was a ongoing issue but informed me that it's not and would cost $2200. Of course the independent shop is doing it for roughly half that. I went to Dodge.com and filled out a complaint with them. I faxed the repair documentation with them and left messages but my rep (david) never calls back. I did receive a email from Dodge for a customer survey but it's funny how their links don't work and their website security certificates are out of date. I guess if they can't maintain a website it's probably asking too much to fix a truck.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 232009


  • miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota slt. I purchased it in 10/2005. I have had problems with this truck since I first bought it. Recently I had to replaced the tire rods, sway bar and linkage, brakes, calipers, and rotors. Two days after I had all of these things fixed I noticed that the truck was still shaking and making a lot of noise. When I brought the truck to Dodge I was informed that the rear axle in the truck needed to be replaced. I was told that when the truck was manufactured the wrong size axle was put in the truck. This caused all kinds of problems. I was told that other parts are damaged and need to be replaced and repaired.(rear brake shoes, front disc rotors) I was told that the axle part is covered under warranty but I have to pay the $100 deductible. I was told that everything else that is damaged (due to the axle) and requires repair and replacement is not covered because it is considered "normal wear and tear". I was given a quote of somewhere around $400. (depending on labor) my complaint is simple, I am being forced to pay for damaged parts on my truck that are directly caused by the manufactures error. A problem that can be proved to be the manufacturers fault. I was sold a vehicle that had the wrong axle installed. Which then caused additional problems. When I bought this truck I was under the impression that the manufactures made the vehicle properly. They did not. They sold me a truck with the wrong part installed. Not only is this wrong but there should be some kind of an investigation into this. If the wrong size axle is in my truck, there are other trucks that also have the wrong size axle installed. It is dangerous and suspicious. I think it is even safe to say that it is fraud too! selling trucks that have the wrong parts installed and then making profit from the repairs and replacements. Sounds like fraud to me.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #1

Jul 172005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,005 miles
Dodge Dakota 2005 quad cabs has 2 floor mounted cup holders for passengers in the back seat on floor, becuae of there location they have caused me to break my wrist when I loaded items in my back seat when seats are folded up, also they caused my dog to break two toes in his paw when he jumped in back seat, they are in a stupid location and create a hazard, . they are uselss feature not needed.

- Issaquah, WA, USA