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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,306 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #16

Mar 152005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,000 miles

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

: the contact stated when the tires are aired up they slowly deflate. There is a NHTSA recall, # 04T001000, regarding the tires. The tires have the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the serial number. Updated 4/11/2006 -

- Snowflake, AZ, USA

problem #15

Feb 022003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Replaced the two upper ball joints, shocks, and tires on my 1998 Dodge Dakota with 61,000 miles on it.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #14

Oct 222003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,900 miles
While driving at 25 mph, the driver heard a loud noise coming from the left rear of the vehicle. The consumer pulled over to investigate the noise and noticed that the left rear tire had blown out. After going to several tire dealers they offered no suggestions but to replace the tire at the consumers expense.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 032001

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles

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

Tire blewout, looks to be tire separated was cause. (dot number: W2hh awb tiresize: P225/75R15)

- Gregory, MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 202000

Dakota

  • miles
Air conditioning hose leading to aluminum assembly failed due to cut in hose. Middle portion of hose rests directly over one corner of plastic air filter cover assembly. At the corner of air filter cover there is a small vertical spline that is part of the molded pastic lid cover. The thickness of the spline is similar to a common plastic picnic knife but without serrations. Apparently over time due to vibration while driving, the hose rubbed against this plastic spline wearing a 1/4 inch slit/hole. When the hose finally rubbed through, the refrigerant decompressed rapidly. I consider this a safety hazard as all automoble air conditioning refrigerant contains a certain amount of oil. When the refrigerant decompreses explosively or extremely rapidly, it creates a mist that is highly flammable. Tires. The original manufacturer tires (Goodyear P235/70 R16) have premature wear and the vehicle pulls to the right when braking. Excessive tire wear has taken place to varying degress on all four tires. Tire wear was first noticed around 25,000 miles, but due to the amount of wear, I estimate it started at 20,000 miles. These tires are rated for 40-45,000 miles. I do not think the tires are at fault. Since the truck veers to the right when braking, I suspect that an out-of-alignment condition exists. Premature tire wear presents a safety hazard if the tire fails at highway speeds. Also, an out-of-alignment condition should not exist before 20-25,000 miles on a new vechicle.

- Baltimore, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 011998

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine experiences rough and low idle, and stalling, dealer has replaced throttle body, manifold gaskets, and valve body, however stalling still exists, dealer stated the combination of stopping, shifting, and the turning of the steering wheel causes the engine to stall, there was also an oil pan leak and coolant leak, purge solenoid was also noisy. Reverse lights had a defective switch and the headlights had a defective switch. Exhaust was noisy and the exhaust bolts were broken. Moldings were leaking, dealer had to also replace carpet. Brakes locked up, dealer found they were full of brake dust, front rotors gouged, dealer replaced brakes and rotors. Steering gear box and power steering gear assembly both leaked. Transmission experienced many problems, a defective leaking pressure line, vibration in driveline, vehicle would slam in reverse when going from drive, differential was replaced due to a humming noise, and the gear shift broke. New tires (no size or brand) due to vibration in front end.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 011998

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine experiences rough and low idle, and stalling, dealer has replaced throttle body, manifold gaskets, and valve body, however stalling still exists, dealer stated the combination of stopping, shifting, and the turning of the steering wheel causes the engine to stall, there was also an oil pan leak and coolant leak, purge solenoid was also noisy. Reverse lights had a defective switch and the headlights had a defective switch. Exhaust was noisy and the exhaust bolts were broken. Moldings were leaking, dealer had to also replace carpet. Brakes locked up, dealer found they were full of brake dust, front rotors gouged, dealer replaced brakes and rotors. Steering gear box and power steering gear assembly both leaked. Transmission experienced many problems, a defective leaking pressure line, vibration in driveline, vehicle would slam in reverse when going from drive, differential was replaced due to a humming noise, and the gear shift broke. New tires (no size or brand) due to vibration in front end.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #9

Sep 072000

Dakota

  • miles
This tire blew out on the freeway with no warning at freeway speed, the tire destroyed the aluminium rim, I sent what was left of the tire to pirelli, they claim that their examination indicates no manufacturing defects, but that the "tire suffered an impact to the wheel at the 6:00 clock position the impact was severe enough to cause complete deflection of the tire down to the well smearing the interliner rubber on the well of the wheel." I did not have an impact, the tire blew out without warning. I have retained the tire and rim. I have 2 other tires on my vehicle and I am concerned that there may be a defect in the tire. (dot number: Ckhfgbc356 tiresize: 215/75R15)

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 232000

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Goodyear Wrangler tires hydroplaned on vehicle. This has caused vehicle to slide into a ditch at 30mph in wet weather. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Burlington, VT, USA

problem #7

Sep 222000

Dakota

  • miles
Tire blowout- the tires have less than 8000 miles on them Firestone firehawk P2257015 these are not on the list yet but I am concerned about them. Is anybody doing anything about this tire" can I get them replaced at a lower cost, if they are not on the list" I do not want these tires on my truck.( dot number: Hyuujba489 tire size: P2257015 )

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

Dec 011997

Dakota

  • miles

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

Tranmission ongoing, popping in rear ongoing, tires bald in 5,000 miles. Someone is going to get killed pulling out in traffic and having the transmission not work properly( dot number: Tire size: P215 75R15 )

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Tires. Bridgestone.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #4

May 151998

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The right rear tire (good year P215/75R-15) blewout.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Premature wear of (Goodyear all season P/215 75R15) tires.

- La Crescen, CA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Nov 031998

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Front and the rear tires are prematurely wearing or feathering, causing the vehicle to veer to the right. Cause unknown. Please give any further details, add all vehicle VIN#.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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