Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,216 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 steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2005 Dodge Dakota:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2005 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 142011


  • 77,105 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While driving at low speeds down a mountain, the front driver side wheel detached from the vehicle while braking. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the driver side tie rod and hub assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,105.

- Manson, WA, USA

problem #5

Oct 072010

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 59,072 miles
Low noise in front while turning - dealership verified complaint and found both outer tire rod ends to be loose and left lower ball joint to be noisy - replaced both outer tire rod ends and set toe also replaced the left lower ball joint.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 082009

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 45,122 miles
Loud noise whenever turning - tech found upper ball joint very dry, also found sway bar links worn - replaced left upper ball joint and both sway bar links.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 222011


  • 53,000 miles


I was driving my 2005 Dodge Dakota at 25 mph there was a loud noise in right tire and I lost control of truck could not steer it the tie rod broke completely off the right side front could not move it and the inner tie rod was bent we had it towed home I had my mechanic look at it both front tie rods had failed had to replace them he straightened out inner tie rod for now very scary situation thank god I wasn't driving on the highway and no one was hurt.there should be a recall on these trucks before someone is killed truck only had 53,000 miles.

- Bradford, RI, USA

problem #2

Dec 012010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact was attempting to make a left turn and the vehicle continued moving forward. There was snow on the ground which also played a part in the vehicle sliding into an embankment. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the left tire rod came apart, but there was no physical damage that would indicate that. The dealer said the right side tie rod was damaged and needed to be replaced as well. The vehicle was being repaired at the time of the complaint. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 60000. Updated 01/11/2011

- Pullman, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102008

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Premature failure of lower ball joints on 2005 Dodge Dakota 4WD pu.

- Bremen, IN, USA

Not what you are looking for?