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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,984 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #57

Jan 132004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

Driver side upper ball joint completely failed and had to be replaced. Mechanic indicated the passenger side was "not in good shape" but operating.

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #56

Apr 082004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Consumer took the vehicle to an inspection station and vehicle did not pass inspection due to worn out upper and lower ball joints. Consumer will take the vehicle to the dealer in the near future.

- Laurel Fork, VA, USA

problem #55

Mar 312004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,606 miles
Upper and lower ball joints wore out prematurely.

- Richmondville, NY, USA

problem #54

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 #53

Mar 182004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles
Ball joint's in Dodge Dakota's. I have a 1998 Dakota with low miles, my warranty is up already and my truck has very low miles for it's age. 14,500. I noticed that it was riding funny so I took it into car-X whiting in. And he informs my my ball joints are shot, plus I needed an alignment. It's bad enough that I needed a serpentine already, but now this. It hasn't even been broken in and these are shot for $500 bucks. Are there any other people complaining about this" there is an article from a news paper www.wcax.com/global/story.asp"S=1700237 about bad Dodge. I think Dodge should pay me pay the money.

- Whiting, IN, USA

problem #52

Mar 122004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,170 miles
Premature wear on both upper ball joins and one lower ball joint.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #51

Mar 102004

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

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

The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection after a road trip. Dealer determined that upper ball joints were about to separate, and the lower ball joints were worn out. Upper and lower ball joints were replaced.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #50

Sep 142003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
An independent shop replaced the lower and upper ball joints lat September at the consumer's expense. Dealer notified. The cv drive and axle shaft were also replaced.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Mar 052004

Dakota

  • miles
Upper ball joints on both sides are worn severely and lower left side is showing signs of significant wear. My truck only has 82K miles on it. I am aware that Dakota trucks have been reported to have a possible defect in the ball joints and when is Chrysler going to issue a recall. My truck is unsafe to drive at this time.

- Moncks Corner, SC, USA

problem #47

Mar 052004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 100,000 miles

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

While driving there was vibration in the front end. Dealership replaced both upper ball joints. Also, at 100,000 miles right front upper ball joint was replaced because it was loose, and the wheel was about to fall off.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #46

Nov 262003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had to replace both front upper ball joints and both inner tie rods.

- Forest City, IA, USA

problem #45

Feb 022003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Replaced the two upper ball joints, shocks, and tires on my 1998 Dodge Dakota with 61,000 miles on it.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #44

Mar 042004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Vehicle was taken to dealer for premature wear of the tires. Mechanic determined that ball joints were rubbing, and needed to be replaced.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #43

Mar 042004

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Dealer replaced the lower and upper ball joints at 90000 miles.

- East Helena, MT, USA

problem #42

Aug 132002

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,021 miles
Premature failure of right and left upper ball joints

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #41

Mar 042004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
While driving and turning left or right at lower speed consumer heard a noise coming through the front end. Vehicle was taken to the dealership and the mechanic determined that the ball joints wore out and needed to be replaced.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #40

Mar 032003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Failure of all ball joints in March of 2003 and then a subsequent replacement of 2 of those ball joints in July of 2003. Currently 1 more of the ball joints is going bad.

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

problem #39

Jun 142002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The ball joints on my 98 Dodge Dakota have failed several times. One time the wheel almost fell off. They have been replaced as well as the wheel bearings and entire hub assembly which they cause to fail when they fail.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #38

Sep 152002

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Ball joints and steering column on my 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. Both were worn out after 30,000 miles.

- Belair, MD, USA

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