pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
79,700 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. transmission needs to be replaced. (2 reports)
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problem #4

Aug 192020

Dakota ST V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,430 miles

The transmission will slip if going over half throttle and I have an engine light on for a problem with the torque converter.

- Kyle B., Westfield, MA, US

problem #3

Jul 202021

Dakota ST 3.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

Bought this truck last year with 148000 miles on it. Since I bought it, I have put in new brakes, replaced shocks (front and back), upper rocker arms, sway bar links, all the bushings (front and rear), inner and outer tie rod and ends, new spark plugs and wires and coil packs, tranny cover, new brake lines, rear shackles, cooling line, tranny flush, oil change and filter every 3000 miles, new belts, new pulleys, and the damn thing still runs like the springs have been cut.

And now the tranny goes out without warning, just driving 35 to 40 on a residential street and it stopped going into gear. I just stayed in first and had to drive it 1/2 a mile to mechanics. It cost me $2200 for a remanufactured unit and he charged me 400 in labor. Unbelievable. Never buy a Dodge Dakota - it can't even tow anything with it even if I wanted to. The tow weight is wrong.

- Diana L., Pleasant Hill, US

problem #2

Jun 012016

Dakota SLT 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

Stays on 1 shift rpm will go up wont shift ,changed transmission fuse on fuse box and fixed for 6 mths but it won't fixit this time can anybody help

- ismaelcortez, Davidson, Aruba

problem #1

Jul 242006

(reported on)

Dakota Dakota ND5L33

  • 200 miles

I have taken the 2005 Dodge Dakota 4X4 back to the Dealer for repair on July 24, 2006. Service Technician stated that the problem could not be duplicated. No repairs were made to the vehicle.

1) Buzzing noise when shifting into Drive also in Reverse. 2) Transmission slips in Drive and Reverse when going up a steep incline. The Transmission is not downshifting to a lower gear when driving up a hill, have to put Transmission in 2nd gear to drive up a steep hill. 3) Truck has to come almost to a complete stop before Transmission downshifts into 1st gear. 4) After the truck has been driven for a while, there is a metallic "clanking" noise coming from the Transmission shifting gears. 5) The front axles (driveshafts) are making a grinding noise when executing a sharp turn with the steering wheel. 6) When in Park with the truck turned off there is a lot of play in the steering wheel, it will not lock into place when the key is removed.

- nesher, Mansfield, AR, US