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5.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,256 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #18

Aug 072005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

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

Ball joints seperated...costing me over $1000 in repairs...and now they have failed again....also control arm bushing is failing.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 242005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I took my 1998 Dodge Dakota 4X4 in for a front end alignment and found out that all four front ball joints were bad. One side was very loose and was almost ready to break. I talked to several mechanics who said this is expected for any Dakota of this era. I found out that the 2000 and above years have been recalled. Why aren't the 98's included in this, they have the same problem.

- Gobles, MI, USA

problem #16

Jan 102001

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had to replace rack&pinion after only 35000 miles

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #15

Apr 012005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

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

1998 Dodge Dakota has upper and lower ball joints failing. The vehicle was taken to service center to have front wheel alignment done. The technician noticed sever front tire wear and concluded that the front upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced.

- London, OH, USA

problem #14

Nov 162004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,634 miles
I have a 1998 Dakota 4X4, making suspicious noises in front end. Took to alignment shop where I was told that all ball joints and tie rods needed replacement badly, as, according to shop owner, the wear was so extensive that the truck was dangerous to drive. Truck was repaired on 12/01/ 2004. This truck has never been an off-road used vehicle, hwy. Miles only. I was also told by the shop owner that he has recently been receiving same complaint and need for repair by an unusually high number of Dakota and durango owners. Recall for 2000-2003 vehicles as released by the media occurred after my truck was repaired.

- Stoddard, WI, USA

problem #13

Jun 052000

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sir, I just read on the internet where Chrysler is recalling the Dodge Dakota going along with the governments recommendation. I understand they are only going back to the 2000 models. Well, I have an 1998 model that's going through the same things. The ball joints have gone bad the steering has gone bad. There's been a bad crunching coming from the front-end for over a year and no-one can find out what's making it. I'm getting scared to drive it. I've already spent a load of money on the front-end of this vehicle!!! I have been to the Dodge dealers numerous times and they tell me there is no bulletins on these problems but you can go on the internet and check on complaints for the Dakota and there are thousands on the front-end ever since they changed to the new body style. I don't know what you guys can do about this problem but I think you should, in good faith, make them reimburse or recall all of these vehicles having the problems not just the last 4 years. This is just a cop-out on their part to keep you guys off their backs. If you think there are not complaints just go on the internet and check it out. This problem began several years ago, not just in 2000. Thank you -------- an answer to this E-mail would be appreciated. Jim jerles.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #12

Nov 112003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

1998 Dodge Dakota XLT truck upper and lower ball joint failures. Mileage: 40,000 V8 (318ci) engine highway driven bought new experienced intermittent front end shimmy from day one. Total of 12 tires tried resulting in no improvement and marred rims from tires being mounted and over 18 balancing.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Jun 012000

Dakota

  • miles
The tires have been replaced twice due to wear on the outside edge of the front tires. Had the front end aligned each time and the mechanic stated minor adjustment. The problem seems to be the camber, the last mechanic I talked to (8/29/202) stated that has had several dogde dekotas in with the same problem and the dealers state that there is no problem.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 012002

Dakota

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 011999

Dakota

  • miles

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

In 1999 steering was tight/ hard to turn, and difficult to steer. Consumer tookvehicle to dealer, and they replaced rack and pinion. Currently, vehicle needs another rack and pinion. Consumer states he thought he saw where there was a recall regarding steering on his vehicle. Ball joints need replaced, however shop could not get the pin out to make repairs. Front end needed alignment, it was out of specs.

- Farmington Mills, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 202000

Dakota

  • miles
Rotors (front discs) warp extemely quickly because of cylinder seal. Seal is allowing brake pads to remain in contact with rotors. Braking at high speed causes the front end to vibrate and is very difficult. Rotors turned and pads replaced at 36000, and is needed again at 59000. This vibration is also causing the front end to get out of alignment very quickly. In 59000 it has required 4 major alignments and is now in need of 5th.

- Platte City, MO, USA

problem #6

Oct 302000

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
While vehicle is being driven steering wheel pulls extremely to the right or the left, also, after vehicle is in park vehicle jerks forward, cause unknown.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 042000

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
No summary

- Marshalls Creek, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 152000

Dakota

  • miles
Vehicle required ur & ll control arms replaced at 27,500 miles for failed ball joints, now at 66,500 miles ul balljoint has failed. 2wd, virtually all highway miles, no heavy usage, although no accident has occurred this a potentially hazardous condition. In addition to the 3 failures of ball joints on my vehicle my fathers 1997 Dodge Dakota required a control arm replacement for the same problem @ ~13000, miles. Frankly, I believe this may warrant a recall, or at least extended coverage of replacement parts by daimler-Chrysler.

- Westminster, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012000

Dakota

  • miles
I have gone thru 3 sets of tires for the front rh side of my vehicle. I have done 3 alignments on my truck already. I took the truck into a 2nd dealer to check out the front end 2 weeks ago and the conclusion was that I needed a 4th alignment for this truck. This truck has 60,000 miles on it, mainly commuting back and forth to work. I am going to be traveling 4,000 miles next month and am very leery of taking this vehicle. What are my options. I have never had a vehicle in my 15 years of driving need 4 alignments in 2 years.( dot number: Tire size: P21575S15 )

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 261998

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Clunk in front suspension, felt in driver floorboard when turning on uneven pavement. Been to dealer 3+ times, can't fix. Manufacturer's representative says normal, but I think it feels loose.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 011998

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving in wet conditions vehicle sways left to right. Problem is intermittent. Consumer is very concerned for safety.

- Sunny Dale, CA, USA

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