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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,195 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.

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2006 Dodge Dakota body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 302015


  • 139,584 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. While the vehicle was undergoing routine maintenance, the contact was informed that the subframe of the vehicle was bent. The contact was also informed that the front passenger side axle was damaged. While driving 70 mph, there was an abnormal vibration in the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 139,584.

- Ellenton, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 012011


  • 36,000 miles
Have had to replace upper and lower ball joints both sides of vehicle prior to 65K miles. Lower front clip/frame, frame mounts and lower radiator support rusting away (under the paint). First noticed problem around 36K miles with surface rust appearing thru paint. Steel has deteriorated to point where chunks are falling off (paint still attached), and some of the steel has turned to flakes/powder beneath the paint. To this date this is the only area of truck frame affected by this problem. Brake lines are showing excessive rusting and will be replaced soon due to concern of rupturing. Have never encountered brake lines rusting like these are. Inquired about rusting of frame and was told it is common on Chrysler vehicles painted silver. Truck is well maintained and kept clean. My opinion is it's a combination of low quality steel and paint. I am concerned how much this will compromise the integrity of vehicle safety in event of front end collision.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 012008

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
2006 Dodge Dakota quad cab 4X4...power door lock actuators have failed and had to be replaced a total of six times since 11/2008 (all four doors once and the rear doors twice). Problems started at 35,000 miles with front driver side actuator, then proceeded to front passenger several months later, then rear driver side, rear passenger side, front driver side, rear driver side. Mileage at last failure: 82,000. Vehicle not subjected to extreme conditions. City/highway driving only (no off road).

- Newburgh, IN, USA

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