Worst Complaints About the Dodge Dakota

Dakota owners are having the most trouble with the engine (19%), brakes (16%), and the transmission (10%). We've listed the most common owner complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Loss of Oil Pressure Due to Oil Sludge 9 complaints at an average of 89,559 miles in the 2000 Dodge Dakota.
  2. Oil Sludge Resulting in Engine Failure 7 complaints at an average of 78,432 miles in the 2004 Dodge Dakota.
  3. Oil Sludge 7 complaints at an average of 93,486 miles in the 2003 Dodge Dakota.

What's Wrong with the Dakota?

You should avoid the 2nd generation (1997–2004) Dakota because of its overall PainRank™ of 18.16.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
3rd Gen Dakota 2005–2011
222 10.24
2nd Gen Dakota 1997–2004
605 18.16
1st Gen Dakota 1987–1996
72 1.88

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