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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
42,209 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 062005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,500 miles


While driving my 1998 Dodge Dakota at 55 mph on the highway the front driver's side wheel bearing failed, causing the wheel to become separated from the bearing making control of the vehicle extremely difficult. The resulting damage required the axle, bearing, wheel, cv joint, cv boot, rotors and pads to be repaced for a cost of $2036. The truck only has 38,500 miles on it.

- Gansevoort, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 102005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,990 miles
On my 1998 Dodge Dakota I experienced a "klunking" sound in the front end. Found out at 84,000 miles that the ball joints were bad and contributed to wheel bearing and hub assembly problems. Repair bill was $738.95. I had the repair performed at my local Dodge dealer "morgan Dodge" in durham, nc. The dealership told me the repair was necessary and the vehicle was unsafe to drive without the repairs. The oem replacement parts are on national backorder and the dealership had to use aftermarket parts for the ball joints. I have contacted Dodge and they said the vehicle is out of warranty and "is not subject to any recall" so they can not assist me.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 012001

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Consumer stated upper ball joints wore out prematurely. The protective coating broke, which allowed dirt onto the ball joints.......also, dealer replaced wheel bearing, and performed throttle body service.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 292003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


I have a 1998 Dodge Dakota. I purchase the vehicle with 55,000 miles. Within a couple of weeks I heard a clunking from the front end in a hard right low speed turn. I took the vehicle to the Dodge dealer and both front wheel bearings had to be replace. Had a failure occured at high speed it could have been a big failure. As a second owner I can say how the vehicle was maintained, but the vehicle showed not other signs of abuse. Quite the opposite it showed signs of excellent maintenance. Date below is approximate. The repair was expensive, but more important it someone could be killed if the wheel cuts lose at even moderate speed. The property damage checked is to vehicle thanks.

- Gonzales, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 242003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,972 miles
Worn front wheel bearing & excessive wear on upper & lower ball joints.

- Washington, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 172002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer stated the front wheel bearings keeps wearing out. When applying the brakes the vehicle vibrates. Also when making a sharp left turn the front wheel feels as though it skips. The dealer has been contacted. Nlm

- Northport, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 202001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The A-arm/bushing failed causing an accident, the front end always felt unstable and after numerous repairs the problem seemed to get worse not better. Nlm

- Riverside, CA, USA

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