really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,272 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 202004

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,088 miles


Discovered upon vehicle inspection; abnormal wear to front tires, front brakes and rotors, upper and lower front ball joints.

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 022003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Replaced the two upper ball joints, shocks, and tires on my 1998 Dodge Dakota with 61,000 miles on it.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #2

Apr 051998

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
1. front crank seal leaking at first oil change, dealer finally replaced. 2. leaking front right shock absorber noticed at first oil change. Dealer replaced both at owners request. 3. there is a loud popping sound coming from the front steering components when the vehicile is in motion and you turn the steering wheel lock to lock. The sound is made when turning left or right. 4. water leak through back slider window resulted in two new carpet/pad assemblies to installed. Dealer finally fixed after 4th visit and threat of filing for lemon law protection. 5. drivers side air bag failed to deploy at 25 mph in a front end collision.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 101998


  • miles
Dealership service department contacted numerous occasions over past 7+ months with either no response or extremely slow response. Tansmission/brakes/shocks/tires, and seat belts, not repaired to date.( dot number: Tire size: 235 75R15 )

- Richardson, TX, USA

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