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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30 miles

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2005 Dodge Dakota steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 232006

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90 miles


I have taken the 2005 Dodge Dakota 4X4 back to the dealer for repair on July 24, 2006. Service technician stated that the problem could not be duplicated. No repairs were made to the vehicle. 1) buzzing noise when shifting into drive also in reverse. 2) transmission slips in drive and reverse when going up a steep incline. The transmission is not downshifting to a lower gear when driving up a hill, have to put transmission in 2nd gear to drive up a steep hill. 3) truck has to come almost to a complete stop before transmission downshifts into 1st gear. 4) after the truck has been driven for a while, there is a metallic "clanking" noise coming from the transmission shifting gears. 5) the front axles (driveshafts) are making a grinding noise when executing a sharp turn with the steering wheel. 6) when in park with the truck turned off there is a lot of play in the steering wheel, it will not lock into place when the key is removed.

- Mansfield, AR, USA

problem #2

Mar 132005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck from venice Dodge/Nissan, venice, fl on March 13, 2005. The steering wheel, which is not tilt, blocks my view of the instrument panel. Called Dodge Corp. And they said I should have notied this before I purchased the truck. I said this is my fault because of Dodge design error? Dodge Corp. Said there is nothing they can do to fix the problem. Went to the Dodge dealership service dept.. service manager looked at steering wheel. He is at least 6 ft 1 inch tall, puts seat back, said had no problem. Iam only 5 ft 9 inch tall, must have seat farther up. Service manager said nothing they can do to fix problem. This is a saftey hazard. I must look under or over steering wheel to read the speedomter. Takes my eyes off road for a longer period of time. Talk to other owners of same truck, have same problem.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 202004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Anyone over 5'11" cannot see the speedometer without slouching or tipping their head sideways. The view is blocked by the steering wheel. No one at the dealer had even sat in a similar vehicle a month after I brought to their attention. The only way to safely see the anti lock brake indicator, high beam indicator or oil light is if the vehicle is equipped with a tilt wheel. I notified the dealer after driving this vehicle less than 100 miles. To date they have done nothing and tell me it could cost me $3400 - $5000 to rectify.

- E Aurora, NY, USA

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