definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,478 miles

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2005 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

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2005 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 212009


  • 72,908 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota extended cab. The contact stated that the vehicle began to exhibit and unusual squeaking from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic facility for routine maintenance where the contact was informed that the front suspension lower ball joints and stabilizer bar could collapse at any time without warning and would need to be repaired. The manufacturer was called and informed the contact that there were no recalls on the vehicle. No other assistance was offered. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,908.

- Coaldale, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012006


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the vehicle made a clunking noise at slow speeds because the lower ball joints were defective. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The contact continued to experience the failure. He took the vehicle back to the dealership where he was informed that the ball joints and sway bars were defective and needed to be replaced. The dealer agreed to give him a discount on the labor expenses. The contact had filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000. The current mileage was approximately 62,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Deep River , IL, USA

problem #2

May 272009


  • 34,003 miles
2005 Dodge Dakota front end was making a rattling noise. Took it to my mechanic and he said the lower ball joint is bad. What gives with all of these problems with the front end of these Dakotas without any recalls. Jeep had a recall on the same problem.

- North Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102008

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Premature failure of lower ball joints on 2005 Dodge Dakota 4WD pu.

- Bremen, IN, USA

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