really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,892 miles

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2003 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 162006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


I was caught in an ice storm in my 2003, Dodge Dakota, 4X4 quad cab. The truck went into a slight spin and bumped a small curb then slid up over the curb. I was only traveling at approx. 5 mph when I bumped the curb. The axle sheared off and broke the hub, rotor, wheel, tire, and bent the axle housing. The truck was rendered undrivable and was towed to a Dodge dealership for repairs. I called DaimlerChrysler and asked for the parts to be tested for defectiveness. I had seen several web sites devoted to axles put into Dodge trucks that were known to DaimlerChrysler to be defective due to poor heat treating. I was treated very rudely and the problem was not addressed. Since the accident, I have had several mechanics and machinists look at this axle and all say that it should have never broken under the circumstances it was subjected to. I am now afraid to drive this vehicle, fearing that the rest of the axles are also defective. I am getting no satisfaction in solving this problem and my own insurance had to pay the $3,000. Damage caused by a 5 mph bump.

- Camanche, IA, USA

problem #2

Nov 212003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,976 miles
Rearend whines under power from 50-60 mph and while decelerating from 45-40 mph.

- Portales, NM, USA

problem #1

Jun 122003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
While driving the rear of the vehicle vibrated and the tires bounced up and down.

- Ferris, TX, USA

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