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1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,094 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 062004

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,000 miles

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

My 1998 Dodge Dakota 4X2 pickup has 74000 miles on it. The truck recently developed a loud squeak in the area around the front driver's-side wheel. This squeak was traced to the sway bar and anti-sway rod. The bushings in this area of the truck are poorly designed and prone to failure. A check of a Dakota owners' forum (www.dodgedakotas.com) lists many Dakota owners having this same issue. What can happen with a sway bar that fails due to this type of bearing failure? the vehicle can become unstable during turns. This can lead to rollovers, injury and death. This is an unsafe and common failure on this vehicle.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 312004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,189 miles
Front suspension, ball joints, & stabilizer bars were all replaced due to unusual wear & tear. The steering was popping and my front tires were loose. My vehicle was deemed unsafe by the dealer & needed immediate repair. According to the dealer this is a common problem with the Dakotas & durangos & daimler Chrysler is fully aware of this issue. I was told it would be in my benefit to bring my particular vehicles problem to NHTSA's attention as well as daimler Chrysler.

- Denver, CO, USA

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