definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,042 miles

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2003 Dodge Dakota fuel system problems

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 102006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,290 miles


Gas caps are defective on Dodge Dakota's 2003 series...this causes computer to fire an error that their is a leak in the pollution system..take to dealers and they charge 90 dollars to reset and then tell you gas cap is all right and if it does it again bring it back...again at a 90 dollar charge. On the internet I was able to discover thousands of people having exactly the same bad gas caps......then I wrote the manufacturer and back and forth on 3 replies..each time they simply tell me go to a dealer...apparently they do not even properly read E mails they receive...these are available if needed! the pollution control system is major on the newer vehicles, and certainly a known continuous failure of faulty gas caps effects the entire system and is a high cost item for the consumer to try working over and over with the dealers..when the manufacture is or must be aware of the defective gas cap failures.

- Hoyt Lakes, MN, USA

problem #2

May 192004


  • 25,835 miles
I own a 2003 Dodge Dakota 4X4 has problem with ball joints. Front end alignment pulling to the right. Consumer wants to be reimbursed for time and labor. The engine light illuminate. The dealer found that there was an evaporator leak which was caused by an aftermarket fuel cap.

- Feeding Hills, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
At 6,000 miles the upper ball joints failed. When riding over any size bump in the road the front end collapsed. The vehicle pulled to the right when driving and when braking, the flapper door for the fuel filler neck was missing and or fell inside the tank, the transmission did not shift properly, the front and rear rotors were grooved, worn uneven and pitted.

- Castleton, NY, USA

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