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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,091 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.

2009 Dodge Dakota drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 092014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • miles


The rear axle pinion nut on your vehicle may loosen due to undersized pinion shaft splines. A loose pinion nut could cause the rear axle to seize or cause the drive shaft to separate resulting in a loss of motive power. Either situation could cause a crash without warning.

- Lake Wales, FL, USA

problem #5

May 132013

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Safety recall N08/NHTSA 13V-038 was announced May 13 2013. Since that day I have repeatedly contacted the dealer, [xxx], requesting that the recall repair be performed on my 2009 Dodge Dakota. Every time I call they tell me they do not have the parts. They also tell me they have no idea when they will get the parts. It is unacceptable that four months after a recall is announced the dealer and the manufacturer are doing nothing to correct the defect. It is more unacceptable to me that it appears NHTSA is doing nothing to enforce their recalls. The notice states that my vehicle "could crash without warning"! when is NHTSA going to require Chrysler to repair these defective vehicles" this month? next month? next year? is there any deadline for these repairs to be done" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6),

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #4

Apr 012013

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 13V038000 (power train) had exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The rear axle began to experience the bolt separation failure as listed in the recall. The manufacturer advised that the part was not available for repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage 39,000. Updated 10/31/13

- Galloway , NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 032013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that there was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 13V038000 (power train) and the part remained unavailable since April of 2013. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the remedy part to become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced any failure.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 052013

Dakota 8-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Dakota. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V038000 (power train) but was advised by the manufacturer that the part was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure. The approximate current mileage was 37,000.

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

problem #1

May 022013

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 68,547 miles
Veh RPM started to go up on its own.I stopped vehicle put transmission in neutral and engine would rev up from 1400 RPM to 2400 RPM every 2 seconds I turned veh off and restarted and engine stayed at 2400 RPM and would not come down to a normal idle speed. Was able to drive veh home. This has happened four separate times with same results.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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