definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,615 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Dodge Dakota body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 232007


  • 65,000 miles


The paint is coming off of my truck. I have seen quite a few trucks on the road with the same problem. A repair shop near my house says he has seen this often, also. He says the primer used is probably the cause.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #4

Jun 082006


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Our truck's paint is flaking. We want daimler Chrysler to re-paint our truck. We found out from our insurance that this is a manufacturer issue and screwup. Our roof and hood are flaking and if not taken care of soon it is going to rust. We have noticed that other trucks in our area that is in the same year model range is doing the same as ours with the paint. What is the deal?

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #3

Oct 302002

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Vehicle leaks on the passenger side floor board. After searching for the leak spotted the source under the front dash.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 012002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Dakota sport 4X4 5.2L V-8 w/125K miles, in the last two years the once shiny black paint is flaking off in large areas on the roof, the flaking/peeling has now begun to start on the top of the doors and the bed rails. I have contacted my local Dodge dealer here in dublin California and spoke directly with the service manager who told me that Dodge has not taken a position on this issue, that they realize it is wide spread and refuse to do anything about it. Many other Dodge owners inthe mid West have been able to receive some sort of good faith effort form their local dealer by way of a $300 credit toward paint. Here in California we are not so lucky. The local dealers do not give a damn about the Dodge owners once the leave the lot. I challenge any northern calif dealer to prove to me this is an isolated issue! Dodge will never get any of money again and have soured me from any Dodge Chrysler product!

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Water on passenger side floor board.

- Apopka, FL, USA

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