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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
8,833 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota miscellaneous problems

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #12

Aug 142004

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 106,000 miles

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

Clear coat on paint is flaking off of truck on the hood, top of cab, top of tailgate and bed of truck. This has been explained to me that the result of this is because Dodge did not allow the paint to dry before continuing assembly.

- Algood, TN, USA

problem #11

Apr 292004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
FOIA request all material re traffic accidents, studies tests, recalls, civil suits involving 1998 Chrysler Dodge Dakota, firm represent client charged w/death of a passenger in his vehicle following an accident (search attached) (nar)

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 122004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
FOIA request all material re traffic accidents, studies, tests, recalls, civil suits involving 1998 Chrysler Dodge Dakota, firm represent client charged w/death of a passenger in his vehicle following an accident (search attached). (nar)

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 072003

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles

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

1998 Dodge truck Dakota. Transfered to tis.

- Shingle Springs, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 262001

Dakota

  • miles
Engine check light came on while we were on a trip to palm coast, fl on Thursday, April 26, 2001. The oil pressure dropped from normal to 0. we pulled off at the next exit. The truck was still running, however we called Chrysler and they said they would tow it to the nearest Dodge dealership. We told them to take it tallahassee as we were in madison. After one week being in the shop they told us the engine was blown due to non-maintenance (oil changes). We did not understand that because we had the oil changed. It was not every 3000 miles but it was sufficient. They told us that the oil had never been changed in this truck. This is totally untrue. We gave them receipts where it was changed and they said the inspector from Chrysler had to check it out. We had to pay russell Dodge over $200 to break it down just for an inspection. The inspector for Chrysler came after 3 days and said it was not covered under warranty. So my husband works for prestige infiniti dealership in tallahassee and we had it towed to their garage to look at. They told us the engine was gone and they had never seen anything like it. We are going to have to replace the engine. We believe there is a defect in the 6 cylinder 1998 Dodge truck engines, because we can prove that the oil was changed, therefore something in the engine was not working and caused a back up of oil or something was not functioning properly. The funny thing is that when we called to get a replacement engine, the person we ordered it from said they had sold 17 engines for 1998 Dodge 6 cyclinders in the last month. Now come on 17 in a month, what is wrong with this picture"??? a 1998 is only 3 years old and our engine had 42,000 miles on it. Should not an engine last more than 42,000 miles without being totalled???" I think there is definitely something wrong here. Also the Chrysler corporation will not send us a copy of their inspection report do they have something to hide.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 092000

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
No summary

- San Bruno, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 212000

Dakota

  • miles

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

Air bags did not deploy in front end collision.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #5

May 251998

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Problem only occurs when driving freeway speeds over bumps or holes in the road. The truck comes down and pulls to the right then compensates by pulling to the left. I feel this is a hazard due to sometimes it is so severe I feel like my truck will end up in another lane. I have taken it to Dodge in oakland, ca. Three times and they have looked at the front and rear suspension, stabilizing bar, shocks, and tell me this is the best my truck is going to get. I have made a complaint to the Corp office and I am suposed to hear from the regional manager for a test drive with him. I am afraid that I won't be able to reproduce the problem since it does not happen on all bumps or holes in the road. I also feel this is a hazard since I never know when it will react to a road surface. I have many people who tell me this is not normal behavior of a new truck on a highway.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 091998

Dakota

  • miles
Engine--check engine light came on and stays on.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 011998

Dakota

  • miles
Intrument cluster--speedometer, gas tank gauge.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 131998

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
No failure described.

- Mosby, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 071998

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failure.also, engine check light came on.

- Slippery R, PA, USA

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