really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,993 miles

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2007 Dodge Dakota transmission problems

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2007 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #12

May 152013

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


Truck feels as if it is has been shifted down sputters and slows down them in a few minutes it is back to normal....there seems to be a recall #06V341000 Dodge recall 37518..but Dodge says that doesn't apply to my truck I don't know how that can be possible please help.

- Mirmar, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 022011


  • 39,000 miles
Was going down the interstate doing approximately 65-70mph when the truck starts shaking and then looses power. Within one to two miles it will go back to normal. This problem has occurred at least 7 times within the last month and half. The truck has 39,000 miles on it. Took it to the dealer and they said there were no error codes recorded and there is nothing they can do. This is a very dangerous situation on the interstate because the last time it happened a semi was running at 70mph behind me when the truck started shaking and loosing power and he had to slam on his brakes because of my reduced speed. I almost got run over by the semi.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #10

Dec 082010


  • 42,600 miles
After cold start and normal warm up, truck lurched forward at a stoplight, then stalled. Happened several times over the previous month, without stalling. If I had been in a left turn lane at a traffic light, results could have been deadly. Dealership correction was a PCM flash software update, at my expense. This should be a safety issue and covered by the manufacturer. The truck is still under powertrain warranty also.

- Mississauga, 00, USA

problem #9

Jun 082010


  • 36,100 miles


While driving to work yesterday morning driving around 60mph, my wife stated the transmission of our 2007 Dodge Dakota suddenly down-shifted and would not shift out of gear, she could not travel past 55 mph. The truck made a loud noise and she noticed the RPM reaching just over 4500. She pulled over, turned the truck off then re-started. The truck still would not shift. The truck only has 36,000 miles. Truck is at the used car dealership getting checked out and the mechanic stated he could not duplicate the problem.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #8

Dec 282009


  • miles
The transmission has quirky responses when put in reverse or drive. This does not happen all the time, but it has happened on a number of occasions for as long as we have owned the vehicle. Another incident we have had with our vehicle while traveling home one afternoon at a higher rate of speed was the feeling of someone who had pushed real hard on the brake for a moment. The only problem is, I was the driver, and my foot was on the gas pedal. While this has happened only once, to me that is once to many. We reported this like we had with the other quirks that I had mentioned, only to be told the same thing, that our computer did not store any codes, and they could not get the vehicle to duplicate the problem. We then talked to the manufacturer who told us that we still had a warranty and not to worry. At that point I asked him what would happen once the warranty expired, and his response was for me to purchase another warranty.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #7

May 162009


  • 38,258 miles
I bought my Dodge Dakota in July of 07 and after I got out of warranty the transmission decides to go haywire it goes from drive to neutral back to drive then gets stuck in 2nd gear and doesn't go in reverse so now im going to the dealer to fix the first defect that cause the second 1 to happen.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #6

May 122009

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota clubcab 4X2. When the contact attempted to shift into reverse, the gear became stuck in first gear. He was unable to change gears. He inspected the vehicle and noticed smoke coming from the engine. A few minutes later, the vehicle caught fire and burned to the ground. Fire and police reports were filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed away. The current and failure mileages were 28,000. The consumer stated he was towing a boat out of the water. Smoke emitted from the hood and minutes later the vehicle exploded. The consumer stated the transmission overheated. Updated 06/12/09.

- Jonestown , TX, USA

problem #5

May 152008

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the motor would rev, but the transmission would not engage correctly. The vehicle would barely move when it was shifted into drive or reverse. The issue occurred each time the vehicle was operated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer over three times and they stated that there was an ongoing failure, but they were unable to provide a remedy. The manufacturer informed him to take his vehicle back to the dealer and they stated that they would attempt to work something out. They later called back and stated that nothing could be done. A claim was filed with the manufacturer. The current mileage was approximately 22,000 and failure mileage was approximately 5,000. Updated 03-06-09 updated 03/09/09.

- Sadieville, KY, USA

problem #4

May 302008

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 16,450 miles
I purchased a 2007 used Dodge Dakota still under factory basic warranty. The test drive was fine and we did not hear any noise coming from the transmission while the windows were up. We took the vehicle home and I had turned off the radio and rolled down the window to put the truck in reverse and all of a sudden I experienced a loud bang, and grind noise. I thought nothing of it and the next day I heard the same but then also the automatic transmission would not go into gear right away and started hesitating while going form park to reverse and vise versa (reverse to park). I took the truck to the Dodge dealer and they said it was common form the transmission to do that and did not bother to run a diagnostic on the truck. They just put the car through its gears and heard the noises and experienced the hesitation in the transmission and said it was normal. The truck has 16,500 miles on it and is a 2007 model. I wanted to register this complaint because I feel the problem is going to get worse and could put someone's life in danger if the transmission delay and hesitation become more pronounced and the Dodge dealer continues to says that the automatic transmission delay and hesitation is normal.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 242008

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
I purchased a 2007 Dodge Dakota quad cab in August of 2007. Before the 1st service O my vehicle, my wife stated that the transmission would not shift out of 2nd into drive. For her to correct this problem she had to pull to the side of road, stop the motor and restart the truck. She took it to the dealer service department and informed them of the problem. They told her that they could not duplicate the problem. When I drove the truck I encountered the same problem, along with the turn signals when cancelled will flash an each side and the wipers would jump. I informed the dealer myself that this was an intermittent problem and was told to call a wrecker and pull over to the side of the road. In heavy traffic it can not be safe to pull over leave the truck running and hope that the wrecker driver does not turn off motor before hauling to service department.

- Gorham, ME, USA

problem #2

Apr 022008

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,109 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. While driving approximately 20 mph in dry conditions, the vehicle would not shift past first gear. The contact had to pull to the side of the road to let other vehicles pass. The Dodge dealer stated that the manufacturer was aware of the failure, but there was no remedy available. The current and failure mileages were 15,109.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 012008

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,400 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that after pulling her vehicle in driveway, she left the vehicle on to unload supplies. When she turned the ignition off, the vehicle began to roll backwards striking the contact. She could not move away from door before the vehicle began to drag her running over her left arm. Daimler Chrysler sent an inspector to investigate the failure and he stated that no manufacturer defect would cause transmission, shifter or braking problems. The dealer stated that since the vehicle was idling it caused the failure. The current and failure mileages were 5,400. Updated 04/16/08 updated 04/16/08

- Williford, AR, USA

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