hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,950 miles

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2006 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

May 212014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 80,300 miles


Radiator support bracket rusted away. Radiator could become detached from vehicle while in motion.

- Franklin, ME, USA

problem #3

Sep 302011


  • 56,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the bolts on the exhaust manifold detached, causing a manifold to leak oil. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and dealer stated the manifold bolts needs to be replaced. The contact did not replace the manifold bolts. The failure mileage was 56,900.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 192007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. In September of 2007, the contact noticed that the vehicle was leaking oil. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the oil filter. She was then informed that there was a defect in the internal engine and the entire engine needed to be replaced. Chrysler advised her to fax all the oil change receipts. The contact cannot afford to pay for the engine replacement. The vehicle is currently in the shop. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 40,000.

- Mase Landing, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 082007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,600 miles
We purchased a 2006 Dodge Dakota club 4X4 truck intended for our business use and personal use, in September 2006 with 15 miles on it from Nebraska, we live in Iowa. The first incident occurred shortly after purchase and repaired January 2007, (exact dates unavailable at this writing due to the fact the vehicle is in the shop). The brakes would grab intermittently when descending a hill causing the vehicle to shimmer and shake viciously. The vehicle was taken in and replacement parts were free. Total days lost 2. the second incident occurred on May 30, 2007. We were on vacation in wi and the vehicle wouldn'tstart. We were made to wait for a tow truck that had to drive an hour away to be able to tow us less than 15 miles. We had to rent a vehicle (car) that I was unable to use for business purposes, to return home for my spouse to be able to get to work. This meant we had to drive back with the rental to pick up the vehicle. It was 4 days with the rental. The diagnosis could not be made with the tool until the master computer system was replaced. After this was done, nothing wrong. The first time it was used after our return home, I drove less than 15 miles and it did the same thing, wouldn't start. The engine would crank but not turn over. Again, no warning lights. I called the towing service provided by daimler, I waited an hour and 45 minutes. I decided to try it again just seconds before the tow guy arrived and it started. I decided to not have it taken in for repair, the manager of the tow service reassured me, I panicked and it was a vapor lock. Oh yeah this was on June 8, 2007 just 4 days after receiving our vehicle back. I believed him. I went maybe 5 blocks, crossed over a busy highway when the whole truck shook (felt like the engine was going to fall out) and stalled, coasted over the hill to safety. We were notified the next day and he said, after driving it 5 miles, nothing happened, tried it again still being serviced.

- Ridgeway, IA, USA

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