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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,300 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 #4

Jun 262007

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 152,000 miles

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

After making a turn the driver's side tie rod separated from the steering link, both the tie rod and the steering link were stripped out, loss of steering luck would have it there was no traffic next to me and my speed was slow able to get vehicle off road with the passenger side steering still attached, had the truck towed to a shop where the link and the tie rod were replaced, after inspection the mechanic suggested the passenger side be done due to wear not as bad.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 022007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,700 miles
The tie rod on the passenger's side front suspension is separating from the steering rack. Tie rod boot is twisted and vehicle makes a loud knocking and clicking noise while turning. Dealer service mechanic stated the steering rack was separating and a gear box needed replacement as well. Failure of tie rod could result in steering failure and loss of vehicle control. Needs replacement, but was informed an entire steering rack and gear box must be replaced.

- Hainesport, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 302005

Dakota 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles
On July 30th 2005, 2004 Dodge Dakota tie rods pulled apart while making a turn from a complete stop. Truck has 14500 miles on it. Chrysler refuses to cover under warranty.

- Harrison Twp, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 262004

Dakota

  • 6,000 miles
Got Dodge Dakota 4X2 brand new. Brakes squealed after 6,000 miles, fixed under warranty. At 12,000 miles there was a loud clunking noise while turning, taken to dealership, said it was fixed. It was not fixed. At 14,000 miles, both tie rods snapped while making a turn from a complete stop. Fixed under warenty. Now at 15,000 miles, the clunking noise is back while brakes are applied and making turn. These cars are not safe to drive.

- Rochester, MI, USA

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