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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
971 miles

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2005 Dodge Dakota transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 252008

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. While the vehicle was parked and the key was not in the ignition, it began rolling backwards on its own. The vehicle knocked down the contact, traveled across the street, and crashed into a tree. The front passenger side door was damaged and the contact was injured. She was informed that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V460000 (power train: Automatic transmission). The speed and failure mileage were unknown. Updated 10/07/08. Updated 10/08/08.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jun 012006

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
: the contact stated a recall letter was received, NHTSA recall, # 05V460000, regarding the power train: Automatic transmission. The vehicle is currently in Hawaii and the contact is unable to have the vehicle sent to a Dodge dealership for the necessary repairs. The manufacturer was alerted and explained they would not ship the part to a mechanic in Hawaii nor would they pay for the repair by the independent mechanic.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 152005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles


The contact states there is NHTSA recall campaign 05V460000 concerning automatic transmission. The parts needed to repair the vehicle are not available at their local dealership. He spoke to their manufacturer, who confirmed that the parts were not available at this time.

- Ukiah , CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 252005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,554 miles
The contact complained about transmission problems. Took vehicle to dealer 5 times. The vehicle jerked forward when the transmission shifted gears, and there wa sa clanking noise in the rear of the vehicle. Dealer reprogrammed the transmission and replaced the pump and the converter. It will stick in gear, and it seemed to have no power when going up a hill in reverse. Dealer said to keep bringing the vehicle in for repairs. Manufacturer said to the contact call consumer office and file a complaint.

- F'sted, 00, USA

problem #2

May 202005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer bought new vehicle, Dodge Dakota, consumer found that when he tried to back out of a neighbor's driveway that was on an incline vehicle bogged. Vehicle rolled forward into the road. Consumer was told by dealer that the transmission was the same as previous year Dodge intrepid. When the vehicle was placed in reverse the transmission automatically went to second gear. Vehicle does not seem to have enough power to clime on incline in reverse because of transmission being in second gear. Consumer says that when vehicle would climb hill that there was a smell of something burning, the smell came from the catalytic converter. Dealer states that all Dakotas 2005 with 6 cylinders have the same problem, and dealer cannot fix the problem.

- Reliagh, NC, USA

problem #1

May 272005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
The truck will not engage in reverse when maneuvered to back up a slight incline on either pavement or loose ground with or without trailer in tow. Also, will not perform even when in 4-wheel drive. Took to dealer, and duplicated the problem. Dealer did search online to remedy this problem through Chrysler. Service bulletin noted this problem however did not provide a current remedy only suggested to drive forward. This issue is under review by Chrysler.

- Vanhornesville, NY, USA

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