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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,875 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 Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 012001

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer stated upper ball joints wore out prematurely. The protective coating broke, which allowed dirt onto the ball joints.......also, dealer replaced wheel bearing, and performed throttle body service.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 172002

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
While driving through water the throttle sensor and vehicle starts to runs roughly. Took to dealer and dealer indicated to replace sensors. Nlm

- Northport, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 011998

Dakota

  • miles
Owner's manual stated 87 or higher octane should be used. When putting a meduim grade gas in vehicle overdrive stopped working/torque converter would not lock up, and caused rpms to increase. Rmps went up too high for truck. Consumer took vehicle to dealer, and they didn't want to do anything.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 151998

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

At 9500 miles the speed control sensor malfucntioned, causing speedometer to operate erratically. Dealership repaired this problem under warranty. Then, with approximately 61,000 miles on vehicle, speed control sensor has malfunctioned again. Consumer states that when the sensor malfunctions, the ABS and brake light silluminate, the ABS does not work, the speedometer works erratically along with all other instrument gauges, vehicle also stalls out as soon as the consumer lets up on the gas or have it in neutral.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 302000

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
While vehicle is being driven steering wheel pulls extremely to the right or the left, also, after vehicle is in park vehicle jerks forward, cause unknown.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 281998

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck will quit running at idle because of sensor failure.

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 161999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving with cruise control engaged and going up a hill, vehicle goes past 3rd gear into 2nd gear, races up to over 5000 RPM which resulted in a collision. Took vehicle to dealer and they adjusted the speed control linkage, but problem reoccurred causing loss of control. Speed control linkage adjusted again, problem has not reoccurred since.

- Park Falls, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 011998

Dakota

  • miles
Ongoing problem with vehicle having following defective3 parts parts: 1. engine accelerates at high rmp when vehicle is started. 2. rear end makes unnecessary noise when driving. 3. when consumer applied brake, could hear air leaking. 4. front tire wearing uneven. And 5. replaced catalyic converter system.

- Tewksbury, MI, USA

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