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DODGE DAKOTA - 2004 DODGE DAKOTA Problems & Complaints

 
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by Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

There are 202 complaints filed for the 2004 DODGE DAKOTA

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2004 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 2004 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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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

7/26/2004 - PRATHER, CA
TOOK DELIVERY OF 2004 DODGE DAKOTA SLT ON MARCH 5, 2004 WITHIN ONE MONTH, NEEDLE PEGGED AT HOT AND CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON UPON FIRST START UP OF DAY. COMPUTER RESET ITSELF WHEN TRUCK WAS SHUT OFF AND THEN RESTARTED. NO FURTHER PROBLEMS REMAINDER OF DAY. HOWEVER, PROBLEM PERSISTED. TOOK TRUCK INTO FRESNO DODGE FOR SERVICE-1ST TIME, MARCH 23: SENSOR WAS RESET; 2ND TIME IN SHOP, APRIL 10: SENSOR REPLACED; 3RD TIME IN SHOP, MAY 19: COMPUTER REPLACED-VEHICLE IN SHOP FOR 17 DAYS. 4TH TIME, JUNE 6: FRESNO DODGE PLACED DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER COPILOT IN DASH; WE PUSHED BUTTON ON DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER WHEN PROBLEM PRESENTED AGAIN ON JUNE 27. HAVE NOT HEARD ONE WORD FROM FRESNO DODGE. PROBLEM PRESENTED AGAIN ON JULY 26.

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING: COOLING SYSTEM

7/26/2004 - PRATHER, CA
TOOK DELIVERY OF 2004 DODGE DAKOTA SLT ON MARCH 5, 2004 WITHIN ONE MONTH, NEEDLE PEGGED AT HOT AND CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON UPON FIRST START UP OF DAY. COMPUTER RESET ITSELF WHEN TRUCK WAS SHUT OFF AND THEN RESTARTED. NO FURTHER PROBLEMS REMAINDER OF DAY. HOWEVER, PROBLEM PERSISTED. TOOK TRUCK INTO FRESNO DODGE FOR SERVICE-1ST TIME, MARCH 23: SENSOR WAS RESET; 2ND TIME IN SHOP, APRIL 10: SENSOR REPLACED; 3RD TIME IN SHOP, MAY 19: COMPUTER REPLACED-VEHICLE IN SHOP FOR 17 DAYS. 4TH TIME, JUNE 6: FRESNO DODGE PLACED DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER COPILOT IN DASH; WE PUSHED BUTTON ON DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER WHEN PROBLEM PRESENTED AGAIN ON JUNE 27. HAVE NOT HEARD ONE WORD FROM FRESNO DODGE. PROBLEM PRESENTED AGAIN ON JULY 26.

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EQUIPMENT: OTHER: LABELS

6/2/2004 - CHRISTIANSBURG, VA
CONSUMER INDICATED THAT TIRE PRESSURE STICKER PROVIDED WRONG INFORMATION. ALSO, THE MANUAL INSTRUCTION DID NOT PROVIDE THE RIGHT PSI PRESSURE ON THE FRONT AND REAR TIRES. DEALER ADMITTED THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS.

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EQUIPMENT: OTHER: OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL

6/2/2004 - CHRISTIANSBURG, VA
CONSUMER INDICATED THAT TIRE PRESSURE STICKER PROVIDED WRONG INFORMATION. ALSO, THE MANUAL INSTRUCTION DID NOT PROVIDE THE RIGHT PSI PRESSURE ON THE FRONT AND REAR TIRES. DEALER ADMITTED THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS.

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POWER TRAIN: MANUAL TRANSMISSION

4/27/2004 - ORLANDO, FL
TRANSMISSION,DAY 1 LEAKING,REPLACED REAR TAIL AND SEAL, STILL LEAKING,THEN REPLACED THE YOKEAND UNIVERSIL,PROBLEM WITH LEAK SOLVED,NOW TRANSMISSION SHIFTS IREGULAR,HARD THUMPING NOISE COMEING FROM TRANSMISSION,LOUD CRACKING CRUNCHING NOISE COMING FROM SOME WHERE, DEALER SAYS ITS IN TRANSMISSION,DEALER DONT NOW PROBLEM, WANT TO LOOK IN TRANSMISSION, ALSO WHENRESUMEING TO SPEED IN SET CRUZ CONTROL,VIOLENT DOWN SHIFTING 5 MILES PER HOUR BEFORE SET SPEED,GOIG TO DEALER TO HAVE A LOOK AT AGAIN .

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TIRES

4/20/2004 - WESTMINSTER, MD
WHEN ROLLING OVER A PIECE OF WOOD IN THE ROAD RIGHT REAR TIRE BLEW OUT. NO INJURES REPORTED. CONSUMER ALSO LEARNED THAT HE COULDN'T PURCHASE TIRES ON VEHICLE , ONLY PASSENGER SIDE TIRES ARE AVAILABLE.

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SUSPENSION

4/19/2004 - SPOTSYLVANIA, VA
PASSENGER'S SIDE FRONT TIRE WOBBLED WHILE DRIVING. AS A RESULT, THE STEERING WHEEL SHOOK VIOLENTLY.

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SUSPENSION: FRONT: CONTROL ARM: LOWER BALL JOINT

3/31/2004 - KALAMAZOO, MI
I HAVE A BRAND NEW 2004 DAKOTA THAT HAS A BALL JOINT SQUEAK STARTING ALREADY AT JUST OVER 4000 MILES. THE LOCAL GARAGE I TOOK IT TO TELLS ME THAT IT IS THE START OF THE BALL JOINT PROBLEMS THAT DAKOTA'S ARE NOTORIOUS FOR. MY SHORT INVESTIGATION ON THE INTERNET TURNED UP ALL KINDS OF DISCUSSION AND EXPENSIVE HORROR STORIES. MY SON HAS A 2002 DAKOTA WHICH HAS HAD THE BALL JOINTS REPLACED 3 TIMES ALSO. OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS A MAJOR DESIGN FLAW AND A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY HAZARD. ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLE ON CBS, IF THESE AREN'T TAKEN CARE OF, THEY WILL SEPARATE AND THE WHEEL COMES OFF. REPLACEMENT OF THESE PARTS BY DAIMLERCHRYSLER IS NOT ENOUGH. DAIMLERCHRYSLER NEEDS TO REDESIGN THESE AND THE NHTSA NEEDS TO INSIST THAT THEY RECALL THE EFFECTED VEHICLES AND REPLACE THE BALL JOINTS WITH THE REDESIGNED PARTS. AND SOON, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THIS PROBLEM IS VERY MUCH THE SAME AS THE FORD TIRE PROBLEM. LET'S NOT WAIT UNTIL ALL THE LOSS OF LIFE THAT WAS EXPERIENCED WITH THAT PROBLEMS BEGINS WITH THE DODGE DAKOTA'S AND DURANGO'S. I DON'T THINK THE NHTSA WANTS THAT ON THEIR CONSCIENCE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOUR INVESTIGATION HAS FOUND AND WHAT RECOMMENDATION THE NHTSA WILL BE MAKING AND IN WHAT TIME FRAME. I WOULD LIKE TO GET MY BALL JOINTS FIXED WITH NON-DEFECTIVE, CORRECTLY DESIGNED PARTS. THANK YOU. GORDON LANKER RE: EA03 - 023.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE: DELIVERY: FUEL PUMP

3/22/2004 - SPRING LAKE HGTS, NJ
LOUD THUNKING NOISE COMES FROM THE TRANSMISSION WHEN ATTEMPTING TO STOP. REP FROM CHRYSLER STATED THIS WAS COMING FROM THE GAS TANK . THERE IS A VIBRATION BETWEEN 30-45 MPH COMING FROM THE DRIVE TRAIN. REP STATED THIS WAS "NORMAL".THERE IS ALSO A LOUD WHIRRING NOISE COMING FROM THE FUEL PUMP. REP ALSO STATES THIS IS NORMAL.BEARING NOSIE IS COMING FROM THE POWER STEERING PUMP. MY 2004 DODGE DAKOTA SXT HAS BEEN TO THE DEALER 5 TIMES AND THE DEALER STILL CANNOT FIX. THE REP FROM CHRYSLER STATED THIS IS THE "BEST" TRUCK DODGE HAS EVER BUILT. I'D HATE TO SEE THE WORST! SO FAR THE DEALER HAS REPLACED THE AC CONDENSER, COMPLETE RACK & PINION STEERING SYSTEM, COMPLETE DRIVE SHAFT, REAR DIFFERENTIAL HOUSING, REAR SWAYBAR LINKS, THE BRAKES SHUDDER WHEN ATTEMPTING TO STOP , LEFT FRONT BRAKE SQUEAL, FRONT END NEEDED ALIGNING AFTER RACK & PINION STEERING REPLACEMENT . TRANSMISSION FLUID LEAKING FROM TAIL SHAFT SEAL.

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POWER TRAIN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

3/22/2004 - SPRING LAKE HGTS, NJ
LOUD THUNKING NOISE COMES FROM THE TRANSMISSION WHEN ATTEMPTING TO STOP. REP FROM CHRYSLER STATED THIS WAS COMING FROM THE GAS TANK . THERE IS A VIBRATION BETWEEN 30-45 MPH COMING FROM THE DRIVE TRAIN. REP STATED THIS WAS "NORMAL".THERE IS ALSO A LOUD WHIRRING NOISE COMING FROM THE FUEL PUMP. REP ALSO STATES THIS IS NORMAL.BEARING NOSIE IS COMING FROM THE POWER STEERING PUMP. MY 2004 DODGE DAKOTA SXT HAS BEEN TO THE DEALER 5 TIMES AND THE DEALER STILL CANNOT FIX. THE REP FROM CHRYSLER STATED THIS IS THE "BEST" TRUCK DODGE HAS EVER BUILT. I'D HATE TO SEE THE WORST! SO FAR THE DEALER HAS REPLACED THE AC CONDENSER, COMPLETE RACK & PINION STEERING SYSTEM, COMPLETE DRIVE SHAFT, REAR DIFFERENTIAL HOUSING, REAR SWAYBAR LINKS, THE BRAKES SHUDDER WHEN ATTEMPTING TO STOP , LEFT FRONT BRAKE SQUEAL, FRONT END NEEDED ALIGNING AFTER RACK & PINION STEERING REPLACEMENT . TRANSMISSION FLUID LEAKING FROM TAIL SHAFT SEAL.

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