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1998 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 152001

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Headlights flickering, problems with sway bar links and upper control arms noticed inspection, if parts fail completely total loss of steering would occur.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 272000

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
When making a sharp turn left or right turn on an incline such as a ditch there is a loud popping noise from the rear suspension.

- Monroeville, AL, USA

problem #10

Aug 101999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Towing issue

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 091999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles

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

Manufacturer has reduced rated towing capacity from 6400# to 2000# without stating a reason or offering an explanation. I need to know why the reduction has been made. Will towing 4000# now cause a failure/accident?

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #8

Aug 091999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Dakota R/T towing issue---Chrysler Corp. Has lowered the tow rating on the Dakota R/T models from 6400 lbs. To 2000 lbs.. at first they told me is was the speed rating of the tires. When I asked why they do not just change the tires they told me it was in the lowered suspension that could cause frame failure. I believe it is time for Chrysler to offically say what the problem is. I also have a 1997 Dakota work truck and I bought the 1998 Dakota R/T to use as a tow vehicle for my classic car. Chrysler has offered to buy back the truck but I would lose about $3500 in costs and interest. I am not interested in losing any money on this truck because Chrysler made a mistake. Like I said earlier it is time for Chrysler to offically say what the problem is. Any help in this matter would be appreciated. Charlie hines

- Renfrew, PA, USA

problem #7

May 021998

Dakota

  • miles
Truck is being sold without stating towing has changed. Dodge is only offering a buy back of the truck, however the truck has been devalued and could be damaged if owner tries to tow more then 2000 pounds. Advertised it would pull 6400 pounds.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 071999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles

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

This is my complaint. Dodge has issued an addendum for the R/T towing compacity weight. Since they sold the vehicle to me stating that it could tow up to 6400 pds; I would like to know what component(s) are failing to make them issue these addendums. Are the people who haven't received this addendum in danger on the highway if there towing a trailing. I can't get any answers from Chrysler. Maybe you people can.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jun 151999

Dakota

  • miles
The recent news of a lowered hauling capacity on the R/T, from 6400lbs. To 2000lbs. I use my truck to haul and when I bought the truck I told it could haul my 5000lb. Trailer and car. This effects me because I do not have another vehicle to haul with, and now I am being told that I can't use my truck for what I need it for. So basically I am told I have a $24000 truck in my yard that I can't use for the reasoins I bought it for.

- Columbia Station, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 301999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Diamlerchrysler has revised the towing rating for all 1998 and later Dodge Dakota R/T trucks from 65oo pounds to 2000 pounds saying that the rear suspension can deteriorate and have a catastrophic failure. They do not intend to repair the defect and have only issued a warning to owners not to tow more than 2000 pounds. This is not satisfactory as the truck was advertised marketed and sold as being capable to tow 6500 pounds and will ultimately result in death and/or injury to a party.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 011998

Dakota

  • miles
Ongoing problem with vehicle having following defective3 parts parts: 1. engine accelerates at high rmp when vehicle is started. 2. rear end makes unnecessary noise when driving. 3. when consumer applied brake, could hear air leaking. 4. front tire wearing uneven. And 5. replaced catalyic converter system.

- Tewksbury, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 301998

Dakota

  • miles
Bought the vehicle new it had 295 miles on it from dealer assured me it was not a demo power train control module failed after a few days everything died as I was entering traffic dealer repaired after 4 days fuel gage not reading properly dealer repaired engine has slight miss dealer checked twice regapped plugs so they say no improvement rear end is starting to whine fluid checked at oil change am concerned if this truck is ok mapgar1391@aol.com

- Kankakee, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 191997

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rearend replaced on vehicle has had three rear ends replaced on vehicle however noise is still heard when driving 40-45 mph.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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