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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,000 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.

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1998 Dodge Dakota engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 142010


  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the vehicle shut off without warning. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic who suggested that the air idle control solenoid be replaced. The contact replaced the idle control solenoid but that did not remedy the issue. The vehicle continued to shut off without warning at 50 mph. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the problem. The contact stated the vehicle is unsafe to drive and the dealer needed to diagnose the failure. The contact also noticed online that the ECM needed to be replaced but the dealer did not performed a diagnostic test. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 262009


  • 90,000 miles
Warm weather causes 98 Dodge Dakota 3.9 engine to stall at any speed, anytime. Engine completely dies and takes 20 to 30 min for engine to cool while off. Then able to restart, but problem persists within 5 to 15 minutes after cooling. Consequences are I have paid to have PCM replaced, as well as fuel pump. Could cause death on freeway when everything dies at 70 mph. Almost caused wreck today. No known fix, have spoke with Chrysler and dealership on many occasions with no answer.

- Tumwater, WA, USA

problem #2

Apr 082004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle has a cracked mirror, crack in the catalytic converter, and a broken manifold bolt. (nar) the evening that the consumer took the vehicle home he noticed a rattling noise in the engine area which he did not notice during the test drive. The vehicle was taken tot a different dealer for an unbiased opinion. The dealer determined that the vehicle had a broken manifold bolt, a crack near/on the catalytic converter and a broken mirror. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who initially decided to repair the vehicle. Later the dealer refused repair stating that the vehicle was purchased as is.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine experiences rough and low idle, and stalling, dealer has replaced throttle body, manifold gaskets, and valve body, however stalling still exists, dealer stated the combination of stopping, shifting, and the turning of the steering wheel causes the engine to stall, there was also an oil pan leak and coolant leak, purge solenoid was also noisy. Reverse lights had a defective switch and the headlights had a defective switch. Exhaust was noisy and the exhaust bolts were broken. Moldings were leaking, dealer had to also replace carpet. Brakes locked up, dealer found they were full of brake dust, front rotors gouged, dealer replaced brakes and rotors. Steering gear box and power steering gear assembly both leaked. Transmission experienced many problems, a defective leaking pressure line, vibration in driveline, vehicle would slam in reverse when going from drive, differential was replaced due to a humming noise, and the gear shift broke. New tires (no size or brand) due to vibration in front end.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

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