really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

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2003 Dodge Dakota wheels / hubs problems

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 292014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


On Saturday, March 29, 2014, during a trip from saint paul, Minnesota to laramie, Wyoming, we suffered two blowouts of Goodyear Wrangler tires in size P265 70 R16. In each instance the tread separated from the tire. The tires were well maintained and properly inflated. At 10:00am, traveling 65mph on interstate 35, North of des moines, Iowa we suffered the first blowout. There was a loud whup, whup, whup noise and the vehicle became difficult to steer. We were able to safely reduce speed and pull over. We discovered that the right rear tire tread had completely separated from the sidewall. We had the damaged tire replaced in ames, Iowa at a Goodyear dealer. At our next stop, I checked the air pressure in all 4 tires. The left rear tire was at 32 psi. I inflated the left rear tire to 40 psi to match the other 3 tires. While traveling 75 mph on interstate 80, East of laramie at 11:00pm we suffered the second blowout. Again there was a loud whup, whup, whup noise and the vehicle became difficult to steer. I reduced speed and attempted to brake which sent the truck into a wild fishtail skid. We crashed into the guardrail and the vehicle was rendered inoperable. We got out of the truck and surveyed the damage. It was then we discovered that a portion of the left rear tire tread had separated from the tire. The inner tube of the tire was exposed but still inflated. After the crash I was made aware of a recall by Goodyear of their Wrangler tires. While the tires described above do not fall into the dot numbers of the recall, I would ask that NHTSA investigate further and broaden the range of recall as the blowout that caused our crash appears to be the same as the blowout that caused a crash in Texas that resulted in the deaths of two college students on August 01, 2011.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 232012

Dakota 8-cyl

  • miles
I have purchased several tires for this vehicle, and the problem is mainly in the front. I have had it aligned as required and it continued to eat the tires in a very few months. I recently (within the last 6 - 8 months) had the brakes, rotors, idler arm, bushings and other items replaced that dealt with the steering and the braking of this vehicle and it is doing the same thing again. When turning left or right, it will pop, and when pressing on the brakes it will grab, release then grab again. The brakes are not making a noise and I know when new brakes are installed that they have to allowed to maintain their fit, however, once they maintain their fit, they shouldn't start grabbing. When I have to press the brakes in a hurry the ABS light comes on and it concerns me the vehicle will not stop in time. This has been a problem for the last 4 or 5 years.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 042002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems wit the right rear wheel. Also stated that while shifting gears the wheel will spin by it self. Dealer was contacted and stated that if the consumer does not give a good reference on the dealer survey they will not fix the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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