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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,310 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.

2005 Dodge Dakota drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

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

I have been trying to get Chrysler to fix the vibration/or wobbling sensation in my 05 Dodge Dakota since October. They did replace the axles but the truck still vibrates. They will not work on my truck- they say everything is normal and I disagree. I believe there are safety issues here. My 3.7 V6 engine has a lower engine knock at slow idles. They refuse to acknowledge the sound or say it is normal. I have been to the dealership several times and had to finally hire a lawyer for advice. I have also had problems with my heater not working and transmission/rear end making unexplained noises. I'm very frustrated and disappointed with the truck and how Chrysler is handling the situation.

- Sparta, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 042006

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
'05 Dakota was repaired under the tsb which stated the rear axle was improperly welded, causing a shuddering while braking. Since then, the shudder has reappeared and continues to worsen. The vehicle has over 18,000 miles on it and the shuddering has been a problem since vehicle was purchased in 02/2005.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 312005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge Dakota tilt steering does not work, brakes shuddered. ** answer required*** it was determined that the problem was not the brake but that the rear axle had been milled incorrectly causing the brakes to shudder and vibrate. The consumer was involved in an accident in which the brakes shuddered and locked up. As a result he rear ended another vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the brakes were checked. Neither the technician nor the computer found any problems with the brakes. The consumer traded the vehicle in for another 2005 Dodge Dakota.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 202005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 860 miles

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

The contact stated while driving the vehicle it vibrated. The brakes locked, and the transmission slipped. The dealer has replaced the axle, the braking system, and the transmission control module. This only made the problem worse. The vehicle has not been specifically diagnosed to determine the cause of the problem. The dealer said they would again have to replace the axle, braking system, and the transmission control module to remedy the problem. The vehicle is going to be repaired as soon as the parts are available. Updated 01/11/06.

- Nineva, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 192005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Brand new 2005 Dodge Dakota has the wrong axle on it. This is a safety issue. When I brought the vehicle it only had 9 miles on it. I put it in the repair shop for the axle and now it has 1,000 miles on it. This is fraudulent.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 202005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
I purchased my 05 Dodge Dakota quad cab in May 2005. Approx. 1 month after purchase I started experiencing severe vibration when trying to come to a stop or slow down especially over 40 mph. I took it to the dealership in which I purchased (service dept) and they told me the rear axle is out of factory specs. They replaced my rear axle & drums. This took 5 days. When I picked up the vehicle in mid July, the problem was not fixed. I took it back to the service dept. (it is still there and it has been 12 days) they tell me they have replaced the axle 5 times and the vibration is still there. I contacted diamlerchysler and they are sending a rep. From their office to try and repair. I have already filed for the lemon law (defective vehicle form) as I have been without my vehicle for more than 15 days. Still have not heard a thing from the dealership or from DaimlerChrysler.

- Sanford, FL, USA

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