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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
121,843 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. cleaned throttle body, replaced iac motor (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. throttle body cleaned (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Dakota engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012009

Dakota 3.9L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 135,200 miles


the engine would shut off whenever in neutral (moving or idling) after at least 20 minutes of continuous driving. the throttle body was cleaned, which seemed to fix the problem. really annoying.

- , Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 032008

Dakota 3.9L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,000 miles

this has been on-going. it wouldn't idle for more than 5 minutes. the ignition coil was replaced, and when that didn't work, the crank shaft was replaced. now it barely idles, and when it does, it's rough.

- , Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 142007

(reported on)

Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 111,330 miles

Well, it just keeps getting worse. Now its costing me because the parts that are breaking aren't covered under my powertrain warranty. Spent $450.00 to clean my throttle body, and a new IAC motor, whatever THAT is. Also, I should point out, I have paid $95.00 twice to Northglenn Dodge, for diagnostic tests. These were paid for in a span of about two and a half months. On the first test, it said my downstream O2 sensor was bad. On the second test, it came up with all sorts of other things wrong, to include the cateletic converter needing replaced but, no mention of the downstream O2 sensor. did it suddenly fix itself?!

- , Commerce City, CO, USA

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