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3.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,379 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 #10

Nov 072003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,794 miles

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

Had to replace upper and lower balljoints and outer tie rod ends.

- Eutawville, SC, USA

problem #9

Dec 142004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
My mechanic informed me that all 4 ball joints and the inner & outer tie rod ends need replacing on my 1998 Dodge Dakota. Since there is currently a recall for 2000-2003 Dakotas & durangos and a class action lawsuit pending for 1998 durangos, I wonder if there is merit to my 1998 Dakota failure and the resulting expense.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 292004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • miles
While vehicle was being serviced technician noticed that the ball joints along with the tie rod ends were loose.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #7

Mar 182004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

Defective upper and lower ball joints on my 98 Dodge Dakota. I just went to les schwab to get new tires and an allignment when they told me all of my ball joints needed to be replaced. This seems way to soon for this type of problem. And it cost me 800 dollars to get it fixed.

- Woodinville, WA, USA

problem #6

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
While vehicle was being serviced mechanic determined that ball joints and tie rod ends were loose.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #5

Feb 172004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Consumer had to replace the upper and lower ball joints and inner tie rods at 42,000 miles. The ball joints and tie rod ends had excessive play.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #4

Jan 142004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Upper and lower ball joint require replacements as well as tie rods.

- Okoboji, IA, USA

problem #3

Nov 192003

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 34,000 miles
While having tires replaced and aligned mechanic noticed that the lower ball joints and inner tie rods were defective and needed to be replaced before an alignment could be performed.

- Ulster Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 082001

Dakota

  • miles
Consumer states that vehicle wonders all over the road. Took to dealer and dealer replaced the tie rods, ball joints, upper control arm. Consumer states six months later problem reoccured.

- Saxonburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 102000

Dakota

  • miles
Tie rods on both ends are worn out with about 48,000 miles which may cause the tie rods to break.

- West Grove, PA, USA

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