hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,268 miles

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2008 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

May 302016


  • miles


I was driving home on highway and heard a pop like sound found out in morning the pinion was the issue and neighbor found nut was lose and I got another and he is a mechanic so he installed it and a week later was making noise so I took it to a garage and they found it lose and installed another one and just the other day I took it back and found it was lose some so he ordered another one and he put some retainer or not sure but he will put the new nut on when it comes in and I see 44,000 trucks from 2009 to 2010 and trucks from 2005 have pinion problems so I am amazed that 2008 has same issue and I see so many post ball joints I did one side already and for god to and now air bag I see and had Ford and Chevy and all I repaired on the were normal things

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 172008


  • 112,000 miles
2008 Dodge Dakota quad cab 4X4 is the biggest piece of junk I have had 3 trans done and trans lines 3 times all front end tie rods struts sway bars wheel barrings rotors radio air bags seat belts and more replaced on this rolling wheeled piece of junk ive had people say nice truck and I say thanks but dont buy one they are a junk only 116K miles on it and will be lots more to spend on this junk dealer asked me if I ever drove it down a drit road and I said why he said the tie rods are wore out on it and I said how this is when I had 10K miles on it they said they that you should not go on any dirt roads come on now where are no dirt roads I laughed at them and said I had not went on one yet. Now how do anybody get this thing right on get rid of it what a lemon.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 172015


  • 66,000 miles
My father had taken this truck into the dealership multiple times for front end noises. He passed 3 months ago, and the truck became mine. Once I got it, I took it into the shop to have it looked over. They informed me the front suspension was ready to fall out of it at 66K miles. We had the front suspension fixed and it still makes suspicious noises. I believe there are probably more 08's out there that have this problem, so I think the 08 Dakota's should be included in the newest Dodge recall. The entire time my father owned this truck, he repeatedly took it to the dealership saying something was wrong with the suspension. I'm sure key Chrysler in new carlisle oh has records of these visits and his complaints. It's a shame he didn't live to see this recall, he would have felt vindicated. The 2008 Dodge Dakota should be included in this recall.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 192015


  • 25,000 miles
Tie rods failed under 25K miles loss of control violent shaking 26 thousand miles water pump bearings failed leaking seal possible belt slippage from leak repair shop also noticed rack N pinion seals leaking fluid that was replaced now I hear a clunking when I turn. Ball joints?? that you cannot lubricate they were replaced for free on my 2002 Dakota for my ownership free they should be free for this one too before it kills someone.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 022014

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,342 miles
Vehicle failed state safety test due to need for lower ball joints at <70K miles.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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