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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,906 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 7 of 9)

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problem #42

Jan 072004

(reported on)

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

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

While driving consumer heard a squeaking noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The front left upper ball joint was replaced by an independent mechanic.

- St. Thomas, 00, USA

problem #41

Jan 062004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,823 miles
Upper ball joints wore out prematurely.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #40

Jan 012004

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
While making a left turn from a complete stop front left ball joints failed, causing the front left tire to detach from the vehicle.

- Middletown, DE, USA

problem #39

Dec 222003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,408 miles

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

Upper ball joints worn to the point of breakage

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #38

Nov 062003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Upper ball joints worn out. Only 53435 miles and front end shakes, pops and wobbles.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #37

Sep 092002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Upper right ball joint failure.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #36

Nov 272003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

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

Both upper ball joints on my 2001 Dodge Dakota are displaying characteristics of excessive wear. Grease is leaking out around the ball joints and a popping sound comes from the front left of the vehicle under hard braking. It also "pops" when I turn all the way to the right. The ball joints are not fitted with grease fittings, so I cannot lubricate them myself.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #35

May 192003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34 miles
Left/driver side ball joint replacement.the front was making a squeaking noise. The ball joint was found to be bad with only 34000 miles on truck.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #34

Dec 202003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Both upper ball joints failed and had to be replaced. The ball joints have no way to grease them so they will fail. I replaced the upper ball joints with a 3 party joint that has a grease fitting so that I will be able to use my truck safely.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #33

Nov 192003

Dakota

  • miles
2001 Dodge Dakota quad-cab 4X4. I had one upper ball joint replace at 37,863 miles. The remaining ball joints also seem to be failing. There is similar noise coming from the front suspension. After viewing a program on cbs news, I felt it would beneficial to report this problem.

- Barto, PA, USA

problem #32

Jun 042002

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Ball joints. My 2001 Dakota quad cab was only one year old when my ball joints started squeeking. Now two years old and they are completely rusted and worn.

- Oneida, NY, USA

problem #31

Nov 152003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The upper and lower ball joints both went out and had to be replaced.

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #30

Nov 252003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Ball joints on 2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab have gone out.

- Crete, NE, USA

problem #29

Nov 222003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,776 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge dakoda quad cab pickup that has only 91,233 miles on it that both upper ball joints are shot alredy. I am not sure what year the Dodge people came out with the ball joints and upper control arms as being one piece and this might have something to do with the premature failures. My dayly travel is about 75 miles per day to work and home. The roads are asphalt and concrete construction. The road ways are in good working condition. I drive about 100 feet in my drive to get to the hard road and never get off the road other than to my carport.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #28

Nov 092003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Upper and lower ball joints.

- Crowley, LA, USA

problem #27

Dec 042003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
While driving consumer heard a loud knocking noise coming from the ball joints. The dealership/mechanic informed the consumer that the upper front ball joints were worn out.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #26

Dec 032003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,800 miles
Bad ball joint failure.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #25

Nov 252003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
I am very concerned with the national news report regarding the upper ball joints severing off the vehicle without warning. I have very recently as of 11/25/03 had the sway bar bushings replaced. I had an annoying problem with the front end squeaking very loudly. Replacing the bushings has alleviated that problem for now. I have little or no confidence in the vehicle at this time a safety issue of this magnitude should not be taken lightly, ultimately people's lives are at stake and the manufacturer should take action immediately. Thank you.

- Marstons Mills, MA, USA

problem #24

Nov 192003

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 33,000 miles
Upper and lower ball joints malfunctioned.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #23

Nov 092003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
My 40K '01 Dakota qc has a very loose upper left ball joint, a loose lower right ball joint, a loose right outer tie rod and has been making a popping noise/thunk for a number of months. When I called Dodge and asked them why they would need to be repaired they said, "just wear and tear." As if it was no big deal. They didn't mention any safety concerns.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

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