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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1997 Dodge Dakota exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1997 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 012004

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Catalytic converter inspection. There is a recall out for 1996 Jeep Cherokee with a 4.0 liter engine and 1997 Dodge Dakota with a 2.5 liter engine. I have a 1997 Dodge Dakota with a 3.9 engine and has the same problems that are in the 2 models described above. The check engine light will not come on and the catalytic converter rattles.

- North Platte, NE, USA

problem #4

Jun 012004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
There was a ball joint problem. They made a clanking sound along with a squeal. The problem was discovered when the vehicle was taken to dealer for a catalytic converter problem.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #3

Mar 032004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Ball joints failed.

- Gorham, ME, USA

problem #2

Jan 072001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After parking vehicle noticed fuel leaking from vehicle, fuel line needed to be replaced. Fuel sprayed wheel well area adjacent to the fuel fill area, the large crack in the line allowed large amounts of gas to saturate truck and ground under truck. Catalytic converter replaced.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 281998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Catalytic converter failed.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

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