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DODGE DAKOTA - 2007 DODGE DAKOTA Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 136 complaints filed for the 2007 DODGE DAKOTA

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2007 DODGE DAKOTA. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2007 DODGE DAKOTA, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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STEERING

3/28/2012 - KNOXVILLE, TN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 DODGE DAKOTA. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING 5 MPH, THE FRONT TIE ROD FRACTURED AND BENT THE GEAR BOX, AND THE RACK-AND-PINION. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE DEALER BUT NOT REPAIRED. THE CONTACT REPAIRED THE VEHICLE INDEPENDENTLY. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE WHO OFFERED NO ASSISTANCE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 64,000.

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POWER TRAIN

3/27/2012 - SARASOTA, FL
DRIVER PULLED TRUCK INTO SLIGHTLY INCLINED DRIVEWAY AND SHIFTED INTO PARK. VEHICLE WAS IDLING. BOTH DRIVER SIDE AND PASSENGER SIDE WINDOWS WERE OPEN. DRIVER PUT DRIVER SIDE POWER WINDOW UP. THE BUTTON TO RAISE THE PASSENGER WINDOW FROM DRIVER SIDE DOES NOT WORK. SO DRIVER GOT OUT OF VEHICLE, LEFT THE DRIVER SIDE DOOR OPEN AND WALKED AROUND REAR TO GET TO PASSENGER SIDE. PASSENGER WINDOW WAS OPEN. DRIVER UNLOCKED PASSENGER DOOR, OPENED IT, AND PUT POWER WINDOW UP. DRIVER LEFT PASSENGER DOOR OPEN AS THERE WAS SOMETHING ON THE SEAT TO PICK UP ONCE VEHICLE WAS OFF. DRIVER WALKED BACK AROUND VEHICLE. AS THE DRIVER WAS APPROACHING THE DRIVER SIDE TO TURN THE VEHICLE OFF THE VEHICLE STARTED DRIFTING BACKWARDS. DRIVER TRIED TO STOP VEHICLE BUT MOMENTUM WAS TOO STRONG. OPEN PASSENGER DOOR STRUCK WOODEN MAILBOX POST AND VEHICLE STOPPED. VEHICLE DRIFTED APPROXIMATELY 8-10 FEET. DAMAGE IN FORM OF DENTS WAS INCURRED TO PASSENGER DOOR. DRIVER CHECKED TO SEE IF MAYBE HE HAD LEFT THE VEHICLE IN DRIVE, OR SHIFTED TO REVERSE, NOT PARK. DRIVER CONCLUDES THE VEHICLE WAS IN PARK. TO CHECK THIS, THE DRIVER REENACTED THE SEQUENCE WITH THE VEHICLE IN BOTH DRIVE AND IN REVERSE AT THE SAME POSITION ON THE DRIVEWAY. THE VEHICLE LEFT IN DRIVE DID NOT MOVE. THE VEHICLE LEFT IN REVERSE IMMEDIATELY DRIFTED BACKWARDS. THE UNKNOWN IS THAT IN THE ORIGINAL INCIDENT THE DRIVER ESTIMATES THAT THE VEHICLE WAS IN PARK FOR NEARLY ONE MINUTE, IF NOT MORE, BEFORE DRIFTING. DURING THIS SPAN THE DRIVER 1) PUT UP THE DRIVER SIDE WINDOW - 10 SECONDS 2) WALKED AROUND THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE TO PASSENGER SIDE - 10 SECONDS 3) OPENED THE PASSENGER DOOR AND PUT UP THE PASSENGER WINDOW - 10 SECONDS 4) WALKED AROUND THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE AGAIN TO THE DRIVER SIDE - 10 SECONDS 5) APPROACHED THE KEY TO SHUT OFF THE VEHICLE WHEN IT BEGAN TO DRIFT.

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VISIBILITY: POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS

3/27/2012 - SARASOTA, FL
DRIVER PULLED TRUCK INTO SLIGHTLY INCLINED DRIVEWAY AND SHIFTED INTO PARK. VEHICLE WAS IDLING. BOTH DRIVER SIDE AND PASSENGER SIDE WINDOWS WERE OPEN. DRIVER PUT DRIVER SIDE POWER WINDOW UP. THE BUTTON TO RAISE THE PASSENGER WINDOW FROM DRIVER SIDE DOES NOT WORK. SO DRIVER GOT OUT OF VEHICLE, LEFT THE DRIVER SIDE DOOR OPEN AND WALKED AROUND REAR TO GET TO PASSENGER SIDE. PASSENGER WINDOW WAS OPEN. DRIVER UNLOCKED PASSENGER DOOR, OPENED IT, AND PUT POWER WINDOW UP. DRIVER LEFT PASSENGER DOOR OPEN AS THERE WAS SOMETHING ON THE SEAT TO PICK UP ONCE VEHICLE WAS OFF. DRIVER WALKED BACK AROUND VEHICLE. AS THE DRIVER WAS APPROACHING THE DRIVER SIDE TO TURN THE VEHICLE OFF THE VEHICLE STARTED DRIFTING BACKWARDS. DRIVER TRIED TO STOP VEHICLE BUT MOMENTUM WAS TOO STRONG. OPEN PASSENGER DOOR STRUCK WOODEN MAILBOX POST AND VEHICLE STOPPED. VEHICLE DRIFTED APPROXIMATELY 8-10 FEET. DAMAGE IN FORM OF DENTS WAS INCURRED TO PASSENGER DOOR. DRIVER CHECKED TO SEE IF MAYBE HE HAD LEFT THE VEHICLE IN DRIVE, OR SHIFTED TO REVERSE, NOT PARK. DRIVER CONCLUDES THE VEHICLE WAS IN PARK. TO CHECK THIS, THE DRIVER REENACTED THE SEQUENCE WITH THE VEHICLE IN BOTH DRIVE AND IN REVERSE AT THE SAME POSITION ON THE DRIVEWAY. THE VEHICLE LEFT IN DRIVE DID NOT MOVE. THE VEHICLE LEFT IN REVERSE IMMEDIATELY DRIFTED BACKWARDS. THE UNKNOWN IS THAT IN THE ORIGINAL INCIDENT THE DRIVER ESTIMATES THAT THE VEHICLE WAS IN PARK FOR NEARLY ONE MINUTE, IF NOT MORE, BEFORE DRIFTING. DURING THIS SPAN THE DRIVER 1) PUT UP THE DRIVER SIDE WINDOW - 10 SECONDS 2) WALKED AROUND THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE TO PASSENGER SIDE - 10 SECONDS 3) OPENED THE PASSENGER DOOR AND PUT UP THE PASSENGER WINDOW - 10 SECONDS 4) WALKED AROUND THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE AGAIN TO THE DRIVER SIDE - 10 SECONDS 5) APPROACHED THE KEY TO SHUT OFF THE VEHICLE WHEN IT BEGAN TO DRIFT.

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SUSPENSION

3/24/2012 - BRINNON, WA
THIS VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED 11/07 NEW. THE CORROSION ON THE DRIVE COMPONENTS IS INCREDIBLE. YOU CAN CHIP THE RUST OFF . THE BRAKES HAVE SEIZED UP FOUR TIMES. THE FIRST TIME IT WAS JUST PAST THE THREE YEAR WARRANTY AT APPROXIMATELY 22,000 MILES. I CALLED THE DEALER AT THE TIME, AND THEY SAID THERE WAS NO WARRANTY. THE LAST TIME WAS FRIDAY 3/23/2012, AT 4 1/2 YEARS OLD AT 28,000 MILES. IT BURNED UP THE FRONT PADS. THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME I HAVE HAD TO REDO THE FRONT BRAKES. I HAVE REDONE THE REAR BRAKES ONCE FOR THE SAME REASON. I CALLED RAM CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE, AND AT FIRST THEIR REPRESENTATIVE SAID THEY WOULD BUY THE REPLACEMENT PARTS. AFTER TALKING WITH THEM A SECOND TIME, A DIFFERENT REPRESENTATIVE REFUSED TO HELP ME AND SAID THE CASE WAS CLOSED. THE STEERING COLUMN IS FALLING APART, THE MUFFLER AND DRIVESHAFT ARE READY TO FALL OFF, THE FRONT AXLES, BALL JOINTS AND THE STRUTS ARE EXTREMELY RUSTY. YOU CAN CHIP THE RUST OFF OF THESE COMPONENTS. I DISMANTLED THE BRAKE SYSTEM AGAIN, AND THE CALIPER PISTONS WERE FROZEN SOLID. UPON REMOVAL, I FOUND THE CALIPER PISTONS FULL OF RUST AND PITS ON THE INSIDE. THE BODY ITSELF HAS NO CORROSION AT ALL. I AM LOOKING AT $2000 TO $3000 THOUSAND IN PARTS ALONE. THIS TRUCK HAS NEVER TOWED A BOAT OR BEEN ON A BOAT RAMP. I LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE THEY RARELY USE SALT OR SOLUTION ON THE ROADS AND HAVE MAYBE 1-3 INCHES OF SNOW A YEAR. I NEED HELP AS THIS TRUCK IS GOING TO FALL APART WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR OR SO. I HAVE DOCUMENTED ALL OF THIS WITH PICTURES, AND I HAVE A CASE NUMBER WITH CHRYSLER.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

3/24/2012 - BRINNON, WA
THIS VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED 11/07 NEW. THE CORROSION ON THE DRIVE COMPONENTS IS INCREDIBLE. YOU CAN CHIP THE RUST OFF . THE BRAKES HAVE SEIZED UP FOUR TIMES. THE FIRST TIME IT WAS JUST PAST THE THREE YEAR WARRANTY AT APPROXIMATELY 22,000 MILES. I CALLED THE DEALER AT THE TIME, AND THEY SAID THERE WAS NO WARRANTY. THE LAST TIME WAS FRIDAY 3/23/2012, AT 4 1/2 YEARS OLD AT 28,000 MILES. IT BURNED UP THE FRONT PADS. THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME I HAVE HAD TO REDO THE FRONT BRAKES. I HAVE REDONE THE REAR BRAKES ONCE FOR THE SAME REASON. I CALLED RAM CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE, AND AT FIRST THEIR REPRESENTATIVE SAID THEY WOULD BUY THE REPLACEMENT PARTS. AFTER TALKING WITH THEM A SECOND TIME, A DIFFERENT REPRESENTATIVE REFUSED TO HELP ME AND SAID THE CASE WAS CLOSED. THE STEERING COLUMN IS FALLING APART, THE MUFFLER AND DRIVESHAFT ARE READY TO FALL OFF, THE FRONT AXLES, BALL JOINTS AND THE STRUTS ARE EXTREMELY RUSTY. YOU CAN CHIP THE RUST OFF OF THESE COMPONENTS. I DISMANTLED THE BRAKE SYSTEM AGAIN, AND THE CALIPER PISTONS WERE FROZEN SOLID. UPON REMOVAL, I FOUND THE CALIPER PISTONS FULL OF RUST AND PITS ON THE INSIDE. THE BODY ITSELF HAS NO CORROSION AT ALL. I AM LOOKING AT $2000 TO $3000 THOUSAND IN PARTS ALONE. THIS TRUCK HAS NEVER TOWED A BOAT OR BEEN ON A BOAT RAMP. I LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE THEY RARELY USE SALT OR SOLUTION ON THE ROADS AND HAVE MAYBE 1-3 INCHES OF SNOW A YEAR. I NEED HELP AS THIS TRUCK IS GOING TO FALL APART WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR OR SO. I HAVE DOCUMENTED ALL OF THIS WITH PICTURES, AND I HAVE A CASE NUMBER WITH CHRYSLER.

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STEERING

3/24/2012 - BRINNON, WA
THIS VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED 11/07 NEW. THE CORROSION ON THE DRIVE COMPONENTS IS INCREDIBLE. YOU CAN CHIP THE RUST OFF . THE BRAKES HAVE SEIZED UP FOUR TIMES. THE FIRST TIME IT WAS JUST PAST THE THREE YEAR WARRANTY AT APPROXIMATELY 22,000 MILES. I CALLED THE DEALER AT THE TIME, AND THEY SAID THERE WAS NO WARRANTY. THE LAST TIME WAS FRIDAY 3/23/2012, AT 4 1/2 YEARS OLD AT 28,000 MILES. IT BURNED UP THE FRONT PADS. THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME I HAVE HAD TO REDO THE FRONT BRAKES. I HAVE REDONE THE REAR BRAKES ONCE FOR THE SAME REASON. I CALLED RAM CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE, AND AT FIRST THEIR REPRESENTATIVE SAID THEY WOULD BUY THE REPLACEMENT PARTS. AFTER TALKING WITH THEM A SECOND TIME, A DIFFERENT REPRESENTATIVE REFUSED TO HELP ME AND SAID THE CASE WAS CLOSED. THE STEERING COLUMN IS FALLING APART, THE MUFFLER AND DRIVESHAFT ARE READY TO FALL OFF, THE FRONT AXLES, BALL JOINTS AND THE STRUTS ARE EXTREMELY RUSTY. YOU CAN CHIP THE RUST OFF OF THESE COMPONENTS. I DISMANTLED THE BRAKE SYSTEM AGAIN, AND THE CALIPER PISTONS WERE FROZEN SOLID. UPON REMOVAL, I FOUND THE CALIPER PISTONS FULL OF RUST AND PITS ON THE INSIDE. THE BODY ITSELF HAS NO CORROSION AT ALL. I AM LOOKING AT $2000 TO $3000 THOUSAND IN PARTS ALONE. THIS TRUCK HAS NEVER TOWED A BOAT OR BEEN ON A BOAT RAMP. I LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE THEY RARELY USE SALT OR SOLUTION ON THE ROADS AND HAVE MAYBE 1-3 INCHES OF SNOW A YEAR. I NEED HELP AS THIS TRUCK IS GOING TO FALL APART WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR OR SO. I HAVE DOCUMENTED ALL OF THIS WITH PICTURES, AND I HAVE A CASE NUMBER WITH CHRYSLER.

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SUSPENSION

3/12/2012 - TERRIL, IA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 DODGE DAKOTA. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING 2 MPH, THE FRONT END SUSPENSION FELL FROM UNDER THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE LOST ALL POWER STEERING AND THE TIRE ROD PUNCTURED THE FRONT DRIVER SIDE TIRE. THE DEALER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED BACK TO THE CONTACT'S RESIDENCE AND WAS NEITHER DIAGNOSED NOR REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 63,000.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

2/23/2012 - RISING FAWN, GA
AT ABOUT 7500 MILES ON 02-29-2008 THE RIGHT CALIPER LOCKED UP AND BURNT THE BRAKE PADS DOWN TO NOTHING. TOOK THE VEHICLE TO DEALER SHIP AND THEY REPLACED RIGHT BRAKE PADS. IN AUGUST THE SAME YEAR AT 11,000 THE RIGHT CALIPER LOCKED UP AND BY THE TIME THE WAS TAKEN TO DEALER SHIP THEY HAD TO REPLACE THE RIGHT CALIPER RIGHT BRAKE PADS AND RIGHT ROTOR. ON 02-21-2012 AT 45,000 MILES THE RIGHT CALIPER LOCKED UP COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN AND BY THE TIME IT WAS TAKEN TO A SHOP IT HAD BURNT THE BRAKE PADS ON THE RIGHT SIDE TO THE POINT THAT THE ROTOR WAS AGAIN DESTROYED. DODGE DENIED AN WARRANTY OR ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE BRAKE SYSTEM. I HAD THE CALIPER, ROTOR, AND BRAKE PADS REPLACED BY A INDEPENDENT SHOP. LOOKING AT THE PADS THE ORIGINAL ON THE LEFT SHOWED TO BE LESS THAN 30 PERCENT WORN. WHEN THE CALIPER LOCKS UP IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO CONTROL STEERING. I HAVE DATES NAMES AND CASE NUMBERS FROM TALKING TO DODGE. THANKS

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

1/26/2012 - ERIE, PA
MULTIFUNCTION SWITCH HAD A INTERNAL FAULT THE DEALER REPLACED IT ON 12/30/09 THE SWITCH HAD TO BE REPLACED 2 WEEKS LATER BECAUSE THE SWITCH REPLACEMENT SWITCH WAS BAD. IN 2010 AFTER THE TRUCK OUT OF WARRANTY I HAD TO REPLACE IT AGAIN. NOW ON 01/25/2012 THE SWITCH FAILED AGAIN WHICH CAUSES THE TURN SIGNAL TO FUNCTION INCORRECT ( LEFT WILL TURN ON RIGHT, RIGHT WILL NOT WORK ALL OR RIGHT WILL TURN ON LEFT).

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

1/26/2012 - ERIE, PA
MULTIFUNCTION SWITCH HAD A INTERNAL FAULT THE DEALER REPLACED IT ON 12/30/09 THE SWITCH HAD TO BE REPLACED 2 WEEKS LATER BECAUSE THE SWITCH REPLACEMENT SWITCH WAS BAD. IN 2010 AFTER THE TRUCK OUT OF WARRANTY I HAD TO REPLACE IT AGAIN. NOW ON 01/25/2012 THE SWITCH FAILED AGAIN WHICH CAUSES THE TURN SIGNAL TO FUNCTION INCORRECT ( LEFT WILL TURN ON RIGHT, RIGHT WILL NOT WORK ALL OR RIGHT WILL TURN ON LEFT).

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