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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
71,850 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. switch to red long-life coolant with high glycol mix (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Dakota cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2000 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 112008

Dakota SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,885 miles


Same as other complaint below. Over a roughly one month period of regular driving the coolant level goes from the 'full' to 'fill' line with absolutely no signs of leaks. I'm planning on having the cooling system pressure tested to be sure, as there are no leaks on hoses, no signs of coolant in the oil (regularly change the oil myself), no stains on the driveway, has not overheated and the mixture is correct. So for now it's keep adding coolant to ensure it doesn't go dry

- Jason M., Red Deer, AB, Canada

problem #2

May 152009

Dakota Sport 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,565 miles

For the most part I'd have to say this truck is bullet-proof - considering the abuse myself and the previous owner have subjected it to. I have it lifted with 33x1250 mud terrain tires and I spend as much time on the trails as I can. The only things to fail have been the electric rad fan and my front drive shaft CV link. Normal and minor stuff, really. Hell, I only just replaced the factory battery after 9 1/2 years. But when I switched to the old-fashioned green coolant on a "mechanic's" advice I started to lose coolant at a steady rate. It evaporates or something. It doesn't hit the ground and it doesn't go into the oil. It evaporates - unless I'm towing then it sprays everywhere! I just put two and two together and I'm switching back to the red long-life stuff. I don't believe it has the same expansion rate as the green stuff. Maybe the overflow is too small for the green stuff. We'll see.

- coling, Calgary, AB, Canada

problem #1

Jun 272006

(reported on)

Dakota 4x4 Sport

  • 25,000 miles

you constantly have to monitor the coolant level. It goes low, but shows no visible leaks.

- buyadodge4stress, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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