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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 101998

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles


I have had numerous problems with my 1998 Dodge Dakota. I purchased it brand new. 2 months after 8/98 purchase date, the transmission went out. The brakes have had to be replaced several times, the map sensor went out while driving down the highway causing the vehicle to shut down. I recently had to replace the lower ball joints. The seat belts come off entirely too easy. All of this and the vehicle only has 39,000 miles on it. I sent arbitration papers to Chrysler twice with no response.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #5

Dec 311999


  • miles
The transmission has been overhauled two times, the consumer feels this is excessive and that the first repair should have lasted longer that 40,000 miles.

- Colman, SD, USA

problem #4

Jun 201999

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
1. noise when releasing the clutch began during a vacation trip in June 1999, with approximately 15,500 miles on the odometer. Over the past 3 months the noise has become worse. The problem is being repaired by the dealer who sold me the truck. They said it was a bearing in the clutch assembly. Even though the warranty for the clutch is only 1 year the dealership is fixing it for me at no charge. 2. the original cab isolators had to be replaced due to the truck making a loud clunking noise whenever I turned a corner or entered/exited a driveway. After the first replacement the clunking still occurred so the truck went back in the shop where the dealer "shaved" the isolators. That didn't help so the truck went back a third time and another set of cab isolators were installed and the clunking sound did not occur again. To get this repair right required 3 trips to the dealership and a total of 14 days in the shop. 3. a leak of transmission fluid was detected during an oil and filter change on a vacation

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Apr 091999

(reported on)


  • miles


Transmission box failed.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 121999

(reported on)


  • miles
Loud clunking noise while depressing accelerator-in manual trans. Grinds going into reverse. Cupholder defective this is my first new vehicle, and my last chrylser product, I am not happy with my Dodge!!

- Oak Forest, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 081998


  • miles
Reverse gear grinds badly. The teeth are being worn each time the vehicle is put into reverse.

- Felton, CA, USA

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