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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,108 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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2003 Dodge Dakota miscellaneous problems

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,100 miles


Peeling paint from front grille assembly. Also at 10600 miles the transmission shifts hard. Both upshifts and downshifts cause a noise and a slight hesitation, followed by a very harsh shift. And the engine seems to engage the electric heat/exchanger fan assembly causing a tremendous amount of cab noise. No temperature change has been detected with the dash gauges when the electric radiator has engaged. Very noisy. There will be a follow up letter after the truck is taken to the dealer. Oct. 5th, 2003. 2:30 pm mst

- Park City, UT, USA

problem #1

Apr 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 2,115 miles
Transfer case leaks fluid on output shaft seal. First repair attempt replaced seal. Second attempt at 2531 miles replaced seal again. Third attempt at 2909 miles replaced extension housing on transfer case. Extension came with new seal already installed. Fourth attempt at 6,745 miles replaced extension housing again also new yoke and checked balance in driveline.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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