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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,200 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.

2008 Dodge Dakota drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

May 302016


  • miles


I was driving home on highway and heard a pop like sound found out in morning the pinion was the issue and neighbor found nut was lose and I got another and he is a mechanic so he installed it and a week later was making noise so I took it to a garage and they found it lose and installed another one and just the other day I took it back and found it was lose some so he ordered another one and he put some retainer or not sure but he will put the new nut on when it comes in and I see 44,000 trucks from 2009 to 2010 and trucks from 2005 have pinion problems so I am amazed that 2008 has same issue and I see so many post ball joints I did one side already and for god to and now air bag I see and had Ford and Chevy and all I repaired on the were normal things

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #4

May 302016


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Dakota. While driving approximately 65 mph, a loud popping noise emitted from the exterior rear end of the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic whom replaced the pinion nut. The failure recurred, but the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V474000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 172008


  • 112,000 miles
2008 Dodge Dakota quad cab 4X4 is the biggest piece of junk I have had 3 trans done and trans lines 3 times all front end tie rods struts sway bars wheel barrings rotors radio air bags seat belts and more replaced on this rolling wheeled piece of junk ive had people say nice truck and I say thanks but dont buy one they are a junk only 116K miles on it and will be lots more to spend on this junk dealer asked me if I ever drove it down a drit road and I said why he said the tie rods are wore out on it and I said how this is when I had 10K miles on it they said they that you should not go on any dirt roads come on now where are no dirt roads I laughed at them and said I had not went on one yet. Now how do anybody get this thing right on get rid of it what a lemon.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 022015


  • 48,000 miles
Pinion bearing froze up spinning race in rear end housing. This required replacement of all bearings and house assembly. Pinion bearing was defective at the time it was installed. Pickup has only 48K miles on it. Chrysler was contacted agreed it was bad but refused to help on replacement. Said warranty was only good to 36K. This happened on the highway but was able to get truck to garage. All required services had been completed per Chrysler requirements.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #1

Apr 292015


  • 25,000 miles
Crank position sensor failed causing total loss of engine power harsh downshift from transmision at speed and loss of power brakes and power stearing could get someone killed if it was in a intersection or on the highway replacement should be free + towing

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

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