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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,014 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Dodge Dakota body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012008


  • 67 miles


The paint its coming off.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #2

May 062005

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Dodge Dakota experiencing problems with the ball joints as well as the welds of the truck bed at the upper part near the rear window. A recall was issued for the upper ball joints (04V596000) but the dealer wanted the consumer to pay to diagnose the problem. There are plastic rivets on both side panels that attach to the rear panel truck bed. The rear panel truck bed is so weak that about five pounds of pressure bent the panel. The consumer believes the plastic bed liner is stronger than the rear truck bed panel

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 152003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,976 miles
Rattle in dashboard, drivers side.

- Portales, NM, USA

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