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Dodge Dakota Problems and Repair Histories

200 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Dodge Dakota. 35 of these members (17.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 41 repairs to Dodge Dakotas--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Dodge Dakota problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Dodge Dakota problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Dodge Dakota problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Dodge Dakota repairs by problem area

29% of the Dodge Dakota repairs were to the engine, 29% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 32% to the suspension, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 41 repairs.

Dodge Dakota repair cost distribution

Of the Dodge Dakota repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 14% cost less than $100, 75% between $100 and $499, 7% between $500 and $999, and 4% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 28 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Dodge Dakota problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

230-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Dodge Dakota in North Dakota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
188 Replace EGR valve Transmission cooler line 52029226AD was leaking where rubber hose joined to fitting into the radiator - line was replaced.  
0 Screw came loose in driver's door latch mechanism, causing the outside handle to not work. Screw was located inside the door and reinstalled with Loctite. DIY job. 
315 RH outer tie rod end replaced, front end realigned.  
16 Oil pressure light on, suspect pressure sensor. Sensor replaced and oil pressure light performed as expected. DIY job. 
300 Camshaft angle sensor failed - lost invoice, cost is approximate. 
215 Replace LH outer tie rod end and realign -- at tire shop 
72 Replace RH front swaybar endlink - DIY in family farm's shop. 
192 Replace LH front swaybar endlink - serviced at dealer.  
0 Noticed noise from steering column, tightened pinch bolt on steering shaft located above brake pedal. Noise went away.  
455 U-joint beginning to fail at front end of rear driveshaft. Rear axle pinion seal leak noted also. U-joint and pinion seal replaced at dealer.  
95000 315 Check Engine Light started flashing after passing a slow truck. Read codes, code P0305 was set. Changed cyl. #5 spark plug, no improvement. Took to dealer, dealer replaced injector in cyl. #5 and solved problem. 
105000 761 CEL came on, vehicle would buck at higher throttle openings. P0344 code. Diagnosis determined the cam position sensor was bad & cam position sensor was replaced Trans cooler line leak observed during recent oil change. Leaking line 52029226AD was replaced. Dealer observed leak at front crankshaft oil seal - seal was replaced. 
111000 0 Front axle gearbox leaking oil where left driveshaft comes out 
113000  

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2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

210-horsepower 3.7L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Dodge Dakota in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
180 Right front wheel bearing was replaced. 
19000 100 right front axle seal was leaking 
21000 319 left front wheel bearing replaced 
21000  

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2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

230-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

Dodge Dakota in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 61000    
62000 0 Broken bolts on both exhaust manifolds. New bolts and gaskets installed 
62000 0 Front crankshaft seal leaking oil. New seal installed. 
63000 25 Squeaky suspension, greased ball joint 
64000 400 Replaced the driver side ball joint (loose). Replaced leaf spring bushings (squeaking). Had replaced the passenger side ball joint soon after buying the truck in April 2011. 
 

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2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

210-horsepower 3.7L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

Dodge Dakota in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
420 Front rotors warped, which over heated the brake pads and caliper seals. Replaced rotors with high performance slotted & drilled rotors, new brake pads and OEM calipers. 
48000 75 Replaced rear shock absorbers. Replaced front struts. 
52000  
Dodge Dakota in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 1st rebuild of rear end. New shaft axles, lubricant, etc. 
0 Shoe kit 
100 Rebuild rear axle. Grinding from axle started about 3 months after first month and got worse with time. 100 deductible. 2nd rebuild for this. 
326 Transmission pan leaking. New seal and 5qkts of fluid. 
138 New Bearings, Seal Axle, cup diffe, cup drive, lubricant, gear kit, etc was done to the truck.  
117000 0 Rebuild seems to have been done right this time. Previously required a rebuild every 35000 miles or so. The winding sound would get louder the closer it got to going out. 
128000 600 Radiator replacement 
147000 0 Lost 2 quarts of transmission fluid. No leaks detected. Keeping a eye on it. 
 

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