definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,279 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota body / paint problems

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 142014

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. While driving 45-50 mph, the frame detached from the vehicle without warning. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 10/24/2014 updated 04/20/2015

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #5

May 242004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,675 miles
Upper and lower ball joints deteriorating 5-24-2004, 27,675 miles steering intermediate shaft 6-22-2004. Ball joints, lower control arm, and right wheel bearing had to be replaced by dealer. Steering intermediate shaft had to be replaced at freehold Dodge NJ very loose front end, hard to control, bounce. Typical symptoms of a front end falling apart. Dates above are replacement dates. Third major problem is all of the bolts attaching the cab are deteriorated. Taking to my nm Dodge dealer. Can not even take off the bots they are so bad on the cab of my truck [xxx] I have been the owner from day one. In my parents name in New Jersey for insurance rate reduction. Updated 07/24/2012* js information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #4

Aug 072001

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph track bar broke off the frame. Consumer could not control vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer got 3 estimates. Consumer was informed by a welder that manufacturer did not properly weld bracket to frame the track support bar supports the entire steering assembly.

- Carthage, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 201999

Dakota 4WD

  • miles


1. noise when releasing the clutch began during a vacation trip in June 1999, with approximately 15,500 miles on the odometer. Over the past 3 months the noise has become worse. The problem is being repaired by the dealer who sold me the truck. They said it was a bearing in the clutch assembly. Even though the warranty for the clutch is only 1 year the dealership is fixing it for me at no charge. 2. the original cab isolators had to be replaced due to the truck making a loud clunking noise whenever I turned a corner or entered/exited a driveway. After the first replacement the clunking still occurred so the truck went back in the shop where the dealer "shaved" the isolators. That didn't help so the truck went back a third time and another set of cab isolators were installed and the clunking sound did not occur again. To get this repair right required 3 trips to the dealership and a total of 14 days in the shop. 3. a leak of transmission fluid was detected during an oil and filter change on a vacation

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Mar 251999

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Have not been informed of recall campaign 98V208000, regarding frame bolts. No mention of defect under recall.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 071998

(reported on)


  • miles
Front wheel wells have a large gap between were the inner fender ends and the frame starts, causing water and snow to be able to enter engine compartment (potential safety hazard).

- Dracut, MA, USA

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