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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,977 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace ball joints and tie rod ends (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Dakota steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152009

Dakota SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


Began to notice shuddering feel and noise (similar to being low on PS fluid, although the fluid level was OK) when turning steering wheel left at low speed. Dealer said rack was leaking, replaced it. Noise still there, truck drove very squirrelly. Took it back to dealer; they replaced a steering link and gave it a 4 wheel alignment as a "courtesy". Truck drives decent now, but not great. Noise is still there. They said it's air in the system and it could take 6000 miles to work it out. I have driven 5500 miles since the rack was replaced, and at 6000 miles they're going to see it again. Typical dealer BS!!

- , Independence, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 022009

Dakota 3.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,954 miles

My company currently uses the dodge dakotas as our vehical of choice. We have about 30 of these across the country. Every single truck has the same things wrong with it. The front ends are all being rebuilt as the ball joints and steering cant handle the roads. The injectors are acting up on half the trucks and the transmissions are now an issue. these trucks are a money hole and i can really say that i would never buy a dodge again just from this expirience.

- , Abbotsford, BC, Canada

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