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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,523 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission failed.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #12

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed twice.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 101999

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Truck was idling in park on level ground when it shifted itsel into reverse and hit a tree. I was loading items in the truck at the time of the mishap, but could not run fast enough to open the door and stop it.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #10

Jun 301999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at approximately 70 mph transmission locked up, causing loss of control, and resutling in an accident.

- Osh Kosh, WI, USA

problem #9

Dec 101998

Dakota

  • miles
Dealership service department contacted numerous occasions over past 7+ months with either no response or extremely slow response. Tansmission/brakes/shocks/tires, and seat belts, not repaired to date.( dot number: Tire size: 235 75R15 )

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 161999

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving the vehicle would stay in only one gear. Transmission completely failed. Dealer contacted. Repairwork done to remedy problem. Problem still exists. Provided further information.

- Salem, NH, USA

problem #7

May 011998

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When accelerating the transmission fails to fully engage and the vehicle does not proceed forward as expected.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 011998

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Everytime the vehicle is put into reverse the gears grind and make a loud noise. Dealer can't fix problem.

- Shelton, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 081999

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
This concern regarding the power train - automatic transmission also includes the operation of the cruise control! the original defect manifested itself by extreme "power-downshifts" on moderate upgrades, while running on cruise control (all further mention of "power-downshifts" are while the cruise is engaged). They were extremely rough, to the point that I was concerned about not only the damage to the powertrain, but to also losing control of the vehicle if it would happen to occur at the "wrong time." They even occured while running "at speed" on the interstate highway. The extreme of these downshifts is indicated by the fact that at 65 mph the transmission would be forced down to 2nd gear, thereby "red-lining" the engine on the tach. First visit brought little if any improvement, and only after an adjustment was made at the last minute from "under the hood." After this adjustment (or because of problems surfacing from the "power-downshifts") the transmission began to have intermittant "rough shifts" around 30mph. A 2nd visit brought adjustment to the "tranmission throttle pressure" which has almost entirely eliminated the "power-downshifts" (they have only occured twice in the past 2000+ miles. However, the transmission is now suffering much greater problems in shifting. Not only does it give the occasional "herky-jerky" shift, but it now also seems to occasionally "slip" on shifts. The vehicle is scheduled to return to the dealership for "pressure testing" at a later date.

- Westfield, IN, USA

problem #4

Mar 261998

Dakota

  • miles
Going up hill when vehicle died out for no reason. Towed to dealer & 1st time, nothing found. 2nd time it happened, was told torque convertor needed changing. 3rd time, was told transmission was in bad shape along with torque convertor & both needed replacing.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #3

May 041998

Dakota

  • miles

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

Loud noises coming from drivetrain. Dealer does not know how to fix it.

- Riverside, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 071998

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failure.also, engine check light came on.

- Slippery R, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 211998

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission not shifting properly.

- Marion, OH, USA

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