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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,185 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 142008


  • 130,000 miles


Driving at 35 mph valve spring broke losing all compression in cylinder #1.

- Coachella, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 302008


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Dakota. While driving approximately 55 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. Immediately following, the vehicle lost power and was towed to the driver's residence. Approximately two weeks later, the vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that a new engine was needed due to oil sludge build up. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer stated that the failure was not under warranty. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Vehicle stalled while driving at any speed. Sometimes it took 10 minutes, sometimes 2 hours before vehicle will restart. Vehicle was serviced by the dealership six times. Diagnostic test was done, but no engine failure code was found. No parts were replaced. They only reflashed the engine, but this failed to correct the problem. The vehicle stalled causing an accident.

- Hiwasse, AR, USA

problem #1

Nov 292003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 239 miles
Clicking or tapping noise coming from engine compartment. Truck returned to dealer with no satisfaction to date. Mechanics state it may be the timing chain and service advisor states they have to wait on a representative to come check the vehicle before they can state what is wrong with my vehicle. I have no problem with this system however they state the representative cannot arrive before after the new year. A month in a truck that I cannot take on christmas vacation. Dealer has informed me to keep operating the vehicle regardless of the clicking noise.

- Chapmanville, WV, USA

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