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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Dodge Dakota steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 042005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles


2004 Dodge, Dakota. The consumer stated steering has been replaced three times and it was still defective. The idler arms were replaced once. The consumer stated that a month after purchase the vehicle made a clicking noise on the front passenger side. She repeatedly took the vehicle to dealer, and had the idler arms replaced. The vehicle would click when the steering wheel was turned, it was replaced three times and problem recurred. The consumer filed a complaint with the manufacturer. Also, power steering pump, the radio, and the knee panel has been replaced twice. In addition, the rear shocks and springs/ the rear window regulator/driver's side seat/the clock driver's side door handle, roof joint molding were replaced. The vehicle was purchased new with 800 miles on it.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #1

Mar 172004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Loud thunking noise comes from the transmission when attempting to stop. Rep from Chrysler stated this was coming from the gas tank. There is a vibration between 30-45 mph coming from the drive train. Rep stated this was "normal".there is also a loud whirring noise coming from the fuel pump. Rep also states this is normal.bearing nosie is coming from the power steering pump. My 2004 Dodge Dakota SXT has been to the dealer 5 times and the dealer still cannot fix. The rep from Chrysler stated this is the "best" truck Dodge has ever built. I'd hate to see the worst! so far the dealer has replaced the ac condenser, complete rack & pinion steering system, complete drive shaft, rear differential housing, rear swaybar links, the brakes shudder when attempting to stop, left front brake squeal, front end needed aligning after rack & pinion steering replacement. Transmission fluid leaking from tail shaft seal.

- Spring Lake Hgts, NJ, USA

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