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6.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,114 miles

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2005 Dodge Dakota engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 232006

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 15,414 miles

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

I used my Dodge Dakota quad cab to pull my 5,000 lb travel trailer on vacation at the time. The truck was very unstable and unsafe while pulling the trailer to and from pigeon forge, Tennessee. The engine is a 4.7 V8 rated at 230 hp and 290 lb ft. Torque. I purchased the towing option package with the truck. It is suppose to be rated for 7,000 lbs. Daimler Chrysler falsified the towing ability of this engine / transmission set up by overstating its towing capability. I base my accusation on the fact that Chrysler retooled this 4.7 V8 engine for 2008. It is now rated at 302 hp and 329 lb ft. Torque yet still its maximum towing capability is still rated at 7,000. Common sense would dictate that improved engine should make it possible to tow more weight since it now has more horsepower and more torque. There are thousands of these trucks on the highway that may be towing an unsafe amount of weight since chrsyler overstated the towing ability of the 2005 trucks with the 4.7 V8. I have had my truck in the shop four times for repairs and their only solution is to tow less weight. I believe their overstatement of the towing ability of the vehicle warrants a government investigation for safety reasons before someone gets injured or killed. The manufacturer was unable to fix the problem and the truck has been sitting in my yard for the past 2 years.

- Batesville, AR, USA

problem #3

Nov 132006

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
During stops the rpms on my 2005 Dakota will go erratic. The rpms will go from a few hundred to over 3000. The vehicle will stall and has to be put into park and restarted. No service engine light will ever come on. I have had it at the dealership were I purchased the vehicle 3 time for this problem and they can find nothing wrong with the it. The last time I took it in to have this problem it stalled in traffic that same day I was told they could not find any problem with my truck. This is just one of several issues I have had with this truck that the dealership could not find a problem.

- Cabot , AR, USA

problem #2

Aug 212006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,044 miles
At random, my vehicle will shut off or die causing me to loose the ability to steer. It can stall while waiting at a stop light, or turning left. Most recently it stalled while I was turning left and I almost hit a parked car since I had no steering. This has happened about 12 times. One time it happened 3 times in one day. I have brought it to the shop and they could not find anything wrong with it. Its seems to stall after I was stopped and waiting or when I decelerate.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 022005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota laramie. The contact stated when it rains water is sucked up through the air intake and forced to the back of the engine, causing it to go into the pistons. There was no place for the water to go so it broke the number five piston. The consumer will have to cover the expense of having the vehicle repaired because the repair will not be covered under the warranty. The dealership will have to pull the head and replace the number five piston. The contact stated while driving the engine light came on, and the vehicle started missing.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

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