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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,600 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.

1998 Dodge Dakota body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

May 212011


  • 128,000 miles


The spare tire hoist / carrier cable broke, causing the full size spare tire to drop to the road. Fortunately, it happened as I pulled into my driveway. This could have easily been a severe accident on the interstate.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 182003

(reported on)


  • miles
White spots were showing through the black paint on the vehicle. Vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that vehicle was made with faulty primer. Manufacturer was willing to pay half of the cost.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #3

Nov 101999

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Center console keeps breaking after a few months of use while raising and lowering it.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #2

Apr 091999

(reported on)


  • miles
Console failed.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 051997


  • miles
The front center cupholders on the 40-20-40 seats are very low in design, when you put a hot drink in them and make a turn the drinks in them (cup and all) will fall out, if hot drinks are in them it will burn your leg while driving but worse it distracts you and could cause an accident.

- Stockton, CA, USA

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