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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,867 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 lights problems

lights problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 262004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,600 miles


Headlight switch malfunctioning - headlights act erratic, switch gets hot & smells as if it's burning up.

- Livonia, NY, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Apr 082000


  • miles
Due to an electrical overload relay light switch burned out and melted, causing the lights to go out. There is a recall for Dodge Ram 1995 on this problem. But the 1998 Dakota is not included in the recall although it has same part. Dealer is ordered parts to fix vehicle at consumer's expense. Recall 99V024000.

- Lusby, MD, USA

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