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7.4

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,167 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.

2004 Dodge Dakota cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2004 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 082006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles

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

Consumer would like reimbursement for repairs to there 2004 Dodge Dakota sport. The radiator failed and resulted in the vehicle overheating. The rear differential failed. The right front axle, axle shaft assembly was worn. Electric engine cooling fan failed which damaged the new radiator.

- Peninsula, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 062005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,401 miles
I purchased a 2004 Dodge Dakota slt from elk grove Dodge, elk grove, California, engine started overheating, first two times they couldn't find the problem, the third time was a broken radiator hose and the fourth time replaced both cylinder heads as heads are cracked due to overheating. They found coolant on spark plugs.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 232004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,100 miles
Took delivery of 2004 Dodge Dakota slt on March 5, 2004 within one month, needle pegged at hot and check engine light came on upon first start up of day. Computer reset itself when truck was shut off and then restarted. No further problems remainder of day. However, problem persisted. Took truck into fresno Dodge for service-1st time, March 23: Sensor was reset; 2nd time in shop, April 10: Sensor replaced; 3rd time in shop, May 19: Computer replaced-vehicle in shop for 17 days. 4th time, June 6: fresno Dodge placed diagnostic computer copilot in dash; we pushed button on diagnostic computer when problem presented again on June 27. Have not heard one word from fresno Dodge. Problem presented again on July 26.

- Prather, CA, USA

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